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Stephen Distante is the Chairman and Founder of Vanderbilt Financial Group, a disruptor in finance focused on socially and environmentally responsible, ethical, and impactful investments. A leader of leaders, Steve shares his unique message of entrepreneurship with purpose as an engaging keynote speaker, a filmmaker, an ambassador to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and through the online educational platform he pioneered, Impact U.
Under his leadership, Vanderbilt’s culture has garnered awards such as the Future50 Award, Corporate Culture Award from SmartCEO and was recently heralded as a Best Place to Work on Long Island for 2019, as well as being recognized as one of the finest run companies by the M.A.P. organization. Headquartered in a LEED-certified Platinum building, Vanderbilt has become known as “The Sustainable Wealth Management Firm” for their continued commitment to impact investing. Steve has been a pioneer in the impact investing space – embracing it early on as an opportunity to affect real change in the world by providing capital to impactful companies without concessionary returns to clients.
As an influencer in the impact space, Steve is dedicated to increasing the reach and importance of impactful business. He founded the online education platform, Impact U, providing students, Financial Advisors and investors with unique opportunities to increase their knowledge on impactful business through videos, podcasts and fun interactive exercises. His award-winning documentary film “Igniting Impact” shares the story of eight impactful entrepreneurs using their businesses to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Steve also helps to prop up the entrepreneurial community. As a former President of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) of New York City, Steve recently founded the new EO Long Island chapter. EO is the world’s most influential group of founding entrepreneurs, with over 13,000 members across 179 chapters in 57 countries. Named as the United Nations Global Ambassador of EO, Steve represents entrepreneurs working across the globe on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 global goals set to transform the world by the year 2030. Steve champions the SDGs in EO, Vanderbilt and Impact U as a tool to foster conversation and collective action towards a better world.