2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on Friday 2/27 @ BU!

The 2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit is the third annual Summit that brings together local professionals, job-seekers and graduate students interested in a career with positive social or environmental impact. This year’s Summit theme is “Impact Across Industries”.

FOR TICKETS VISIT: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-net-impact-boston-career-summit-tickets-15388620779


The Career Summit is a collaboration among Boston area Net Impact Chapters and will feature:

  • The opportunity to network and build connections with other like-minded individuals in the Boston area
  • Panel discussions on topics you care about
  • An incredible workshop on “Leadership in Any Role”
  • Exhibitors from the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors


Peter DeBruin
Vice President, Office of Environmental Sustainability
State Street Corporation
Sue Reid
Vice President of Climate & Energy Programs
 Dr. Gregory Norris
Co-Director of SHINE
Harvard School of Public Health
Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute

For more background on last year’s Summit, read this blog post.

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your knowledge and network for jobs that address the business for impact!

Please note: All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Registration closes on Tuesday, February 24.


Registration and Networking: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast will be served

Opening Keynote: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Sue Reid, Vice President, Climate & Energy Programs, Ceres
Peter DeBruin, Vice President, Office of Environmental Sustainability, State Street Corporation

Moderator: Devon Long-Lytle, Consultant, Sustainable Business Strategies

Panel Session I: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Innovators in Sustainable Product Design
Panel 2: Impact Investing: The Challenge of Aligning Values, Risk and Return
Panel 3: Exploring the Sustainable Food Movement

Summit Expo: 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 

Workshop: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Leadership in Any Role: Be a Changemaker in Your Organization

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary lunch will be served

Panel Session II: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Panel 4: B Corps: Certification for Companies
Panel 5: Infrastructure: Weighing Reduction Targets Versus Renewable Resources
Panel 6: Tech for Impact: Pace of Change

Coffee Break: 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 

Panel Session III: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Panel 7: Challenges with Measuring Data
Panel 8: Creating Social Impact through New Business Approaches
Panel 9: Cause Marketing: Do well by Doing Good

Closing Keynote: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Gregory Norris, Co-Director, SHINE, Harvard School of Public Health; Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute


Panel 1: Innovators in Sustainable Product Design

Panelists will discuss current trends and issues surrounding the sustainable design and manufacturing of a variety of products, as well as issues of supply chain management and the future of creating and delivering sustainable and low impact products to consumers.

Moderator: Benjamin Linder PhD, Associate Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jacquie Ignacio, Corporate Resonsibility Programs Manager, EMD Millipore
  • Bryan Sheehan, Senior Consultant, Pure Strategies
  • Anne Sherman, Director of Sustainability, Staach

Panel 2: Impact Investing: The Challenge of Aligning Values, Risk and Return

How does one succinctly define the topic of impact investing? Some say it revolves around the integration of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors into financial analysis. Others argue that it must direct capital to underserved communities for business and economic development. Additionally, it can be channeling endowments into investments that align with an institution’s values and goals of return or supporting green revolving funds. This panel seeks to delve into the nuances of impact investing through a diverse panel from an array of sectors to explore definition of impact investing.

Moderator: Mary Ellen Morris, Director of Masters Programs and Lecturer in Accounting and Finance; Clark University

Confirmed Panelists: 

  • Natasha Lamb, Portfolio Manager, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
  • Shoshana Blank, Senior Research Associate, Sustainable Endowments
  • Maggie Cohn, Southeast New England Loan Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Max Storto, Associate in Business Development, Boston Common Asset Management

Panel 3: Exploring the Sustainable Food Movement

Locally sourced, fair trade, environmentally sustainable, organic, traceable, non-gmo, cruelty free, farm to table – what do all of these movements have in common and how are they able to create a positive impact on food businesses and food systems. In this panel, we’ll explore the food movements and initiatives underway – from farms, schools, business, and government – to innovate and change the system. Panelists will share their expertise in food policy, social responsibility, supply chain, and economics and what it means for healthy food systems, consumers and businesses.

Moderator: Rachel Greenberger, Director Food Sol, Babson College

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Sydney Oland, Product Development Coordinator, Taza Chocolate
  • Ryan Midden, General Manager, Ben & Jerry’s
  • Drew Love, Real Food Challenge

Panel 4: B Corps: Certification for Companies

B Corps are companies that are certified by the US-based non-profit B-Lab. Qualification for BCorps certification requires companies to meet rigorous standards based on social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The current B Corps community consists of 1,000 companies from 33 countries and over 60 industries. This panel will consist of members from different local B Corps companies who will share their experience from within the B Corps methodology and the positive implications it has for business.

Moderator: Ryan Midden, General Manager, Ben & Jerry’s

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Margot Isman, Managing Director, Vera Solutions
  • Dena Becker, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Preserve
  • Jeff Barry, Founder, Boston Organics
  • Jackie Herskovitz Russel, President, Teak Media

Panel 5: Infrastructure: Weighing Reduction Targets vs Renewable Resources

With the recent movement towards sustainability, the two key methods are to increase efficiency through reduction targets and the pursuit of new innovative energy solutions. How do these methods address the sustainability issues and how do these methods influence the infrastructure of our cityscape, environment, and behavior?  This panel will provide insights on how reduction targeting practices and renewable solutions work in complementary but unique ways to save energy.

Moderator: Paul McManus, Senior Lecturer: Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Boston University School of Management

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Kamran Taqui, Manager of Energy Efficiency, EnerNOC
  • Suzanne Robinson, Sustainability Director, Vanderwell Engineers
  • Vithal Deshpande, Environmental Coordinator, City of Somerville

Panel 6: Technology for Impact: Pace of Change

With technology ever-changing, companies and customers struggle to keep up with the pace of change. To move the dial, companies must offer newer technology faster than their competition. Doing so means investing in research, development, training, and customer support. This panel discusses the challenges companies face when developing responsive solutions for customers, empowering their staff to lead amid change, and developing a sustainable work culture.

Moderator: Paula Gutlove, Professor of Practice, Simmons College School of Management

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Karen Mancini, Operations Director, EMC
  • Karen Greenleaf, Content Strategy, Google Play for Education
  • Jennifer Thayer, Bio Bridges
  • Kara Rodgers, Project Manager in Energy Efficiency, Eversource formerly North East Utilities

Panel 7: Challenges with Measuring Data

Given the challenges we face today in an ever changes world, it seems that measuring the challenges and changes of the actual data can be difficult. When it comes to sustainability this can be even more difficult as the globe begins to work setting a baseline for ourselves on what a “good” or “normal” reading should be in any particular field. The best example of needing to set a baseline is with energy and pollution. The purpose of this panel is to further discuss and investigate how we can overcome those challenges, and ensure we are carving a path for a more sustainable and renewable future.

Moderator: Indra Guertler, Professor of Practice, Simmons College School of Management

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Ellen Shea, Analyst, EDF Climate Corps
  • Kathleen Luvisi, Senior Engineer, Alternative Resources, Inc.
  • Ryan Raffety, Assistant Professor, Simmons College

Panel 8: Creating Social Impact through New Business Approaches

Successful social enterprises are uniquely able to create positive social impact while generating revenue through a for-profit business model. In this panel, we’ll discuss the balance that social entrepreneurs must find between core business needs and mission-centric impact goals, as well as the pros and cons of for-profit versus non-profit organizational structures. Panelists will share expertise in innovative and disruptive approaches to education, food, and consumer goods.

Moderator: Ambereen Mirza, Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, Tufts University

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Hannah LeMieux, Project Manager, Bridge International Academies
  • Josh Trautwein, Founder and Executive Director, Fresh Truck
  • Raja Moubarak, Founder, Beyt by 2b design

Panel 9: Cause Marketing: Do well by Doing Good

Many For-Profit companies are adopting Cause Marketing as a business practice to raise awareness, money, and/or consumer engagement in a social or environmental issue. As studies increasingly point to consumer preference for socially responsible brands, Cause Marketing potentially allows companies to support a worthy cause while increasing profitability. This panel will cover best practices, challenges and implementation techniques for building a successfulCause Marketing campaign.

Moderator: Tricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Mauren Lederhos, Director of Marketing, Two Ten
  • Joe Waters, Consultant and Professional Speaker, Selfish Giving
  • Harriet Henry, Senior Consultant, Cause Consulting
  • Amy Shapiro, Director of Corporate & Cause Partnerships, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Featured Workshop: Leadership in Any Role: Be a Changemaker in your Organizations

Do you want to

  • Leverage opportunities and lead effective change?
  • Create positive impact for others?
  • Gain visibility as a leader?
  • Build your resume?
  • Move your own career forward?

This collaborative intrapraneurship workshop on the importance of intentional action to effective organizational changemaking, leadership, and career development will equip you with concrete tactcis to achieve your organizational impact goals. Do you want to.

Confirmed Workshop Lead:

  • Amy Green, Net Impact Boston Marketing Chair

Summit Expo:

Engage with forward-thinking employers and innovative organizations in an open, exhibition-style format. This is an opportunity to make valuable connections whether you’re looking for a job, networking, or exploring innovations in the fields of environmental or social responsibility.

Participating companies include:


Next Street

Common Impact


More Than Words

Seeding Labs

EMD Millipore




Pure Strategies


….more companies being added everyday!

For more information about the Summit, please visit: http://netimpactboston.org/career-summit/


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