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William Michael Cunningham, AM, MBA

ESG Consulant at Creative Investment Research

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

William Michael Cunningham is an economist and impact investing innovator. He is highly skilled in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) analysis. He received his MBA in Finance and a Masters in Economics from The University of Chicago. Mr. Cunningham is on the faculty at Georgetown University. See:

Current projects include creating impact measurement methodologies, high social impact investing vehicles, blockchain, cryptocurrency and writing books on crowdfunding. He is the author of the first book on the JOBS Act and Crowdfunding -

Mr. Cunningham is founder and owner of Creative Investment Research. He launched his first website on November 16, 1995.

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First Socially Responsible Investing Portfolio Devoted to Diversity Launched. July 31, 2006. -

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He forecast the rise of crypto currency in comments to the SEC dated 10/5/2006: "Competitive advantage with respect to capital access is available to any country with significant economic potential and a modest communications infrastructure." See -

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Washington, DC
Speaking Topics: ESG, Diversity and Inclusion, Economics, Impact Investing

William Michael Cunningham, AM, MBA Points
Academic 0
Author 120
Influencer 64
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 184

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Business Unit: ESG
Theatre: North America and Europe

Areas of Expertise

Big Data
Business Strategy 34.90
Climate Change
Diversity and Inclusion 50.44
Entrepreneurship 40.45
Renewable Energy

Industry Experience

Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Professional Services


2 Books
Thriving As a Minority-Owned Business in Corporate America: Building a Pathway to Success for Minority Entrepreneurs 1st ed.
January 08, 2022
The dramatic increase in minority- and female-owned companies continues to transform the business world while setting standards for those who follow. Thriving as a Minority-Owned Business in Corporate America offers you a comprehensive guide to current practical knowledge of minority business development, from grants and loans to market building. This book demonstrates how you can use specific laws, institutions, and new technologies to set up and steer your business to success.

Expert coverage includes both established and underused resources at the federal, state, and local levels dedicated to minority business expansion. You will learn how to tap resources made available by government agencies like the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and programs such as the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). Non-governmental funding sources (e.g., banks, credit unions, venture capital) are also examined in depth, with sound advice on approaching each.

The author explores the critical role of social media in leveling the playing field, spotlighting minority/female business-related sites and strategies for leveraging your online presence. And he provides real-world guidance on business certifications, tax breaks, credit issues, and more.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion

The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Guide to Small Businesses and Startups 2nd Edition
January 24, 2012
The second edition of this book shows how full implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by the SEC in 2016 enables entrepreneurs and SME executives to leverage crowdfunding platforms to raise significant amounts of capital for their startups and small-to-medium–sized businesses. The unprecedented fundraising opportunities contained in the hundreds of pages of new SEC rules have generated tremendous excitement in the startup, small business, angel investing, and venture capital worlds—tempered by uncertainty about the correct interpretation of the rules and the compliance risks implicit in them.In The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Guide for Small Businesses and Startups, 2nd Edition, crowdfunding pioneer William Michael Cunningham trawls the hundreds of pages of new rules for the essential takeaways and practical tips on successfully tapping the new crowdfunding sources that the JOBS Act opens up to small businesses and startups, while complying with new SEC regulations in the least burdensome way.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship



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