Ahhh, August. It marks the beginning of what some Kevins would argue is the best 3 month period of the year. Over the next few months, NIB intends to make an admirable contribution to the nostalgia generator that is late summer/early autumn. We’ll start things off quietly this month: while we are busy shaping the latest version of our Leadership Team, the rest of you can enjoy the sun, sunsets, moon, meteor showers and occasional electrical storm. Just save some time and room for the(Sustainability) Breakfast on 8/19. More details of what lies ahead in September can be found below, so please read on.
Before I sign off, however, I should mention that this is my final month as President of Net Impact Boston, which makes this my last installment of the President’s Corner (sniffle, sniffle). It has been an exciting and interesting year, and it has indeed been an honor to lead such an outstanding organization, so thanks to all who have participated and contributed to our efforts over the past 12 months.
Over the next 12 months, I will serve as Vice President in support of our new President, Laura Teicher. Laura has been expertly (and tirelessly) leading our Events Team over the past 2 years, and she is thrilled for the opportunity to serve you all and lead NIB forward in the coming months. We are in good hands.
On Monday, June 29th, we started our week off right at the 8th Annual Speed Networking Event at the NERD Center in Cambridge, MA.
With over forty attendees and five VIP’s, the conversations started flowing with topics around sustainable investing, policy, sustainable business models, food waste and more. Over hearty apps and drinks, both VIP’s and attendees were able to learn from one another and network.
The attending VIP’s were the following:
- Erica Mattison – Legislative Director at Environmental League of Massachusetts
- Graham Sinclair – Sustainable Investment Strategist at SinCo
- Elizabeth Turnbull Henry – Sr. Manager for Energy & Environment at adidas Group
- Ashley Stanley – Founder of Lovin’ Spoonfuls
- Tedd Saunders – Chief Sustainability Officer at The Saunders Hotel Group
VIP’s set a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that allowed participants to truly engage and ask questions. It was a learning opportunity for everyone involved in addition to a fun evening.
We were able to ask for specific career guidance as well as learn how our VIP’s worked their way to where they are today. Takeaway messages included being proactive in your community, following your passions, and asking your financial advisors about sustainable investing opportunities. Attendees and VIPs left inspired and motivated for action on a personal and professional level. The event was three rounds of speed networking and attendees were able to select their top VIP’s to meet with during the rounds. The conversations each round were catered to the interests of the group, which led to in-depth discussions.
The night ended with more opportunities to share stories and learn from one another as we ventured onto the outdoor patio. With the Boston skyline in the background, participants and VIP’s had the chance to continue conversations that were sparked by the speed networking rounds. We were happy we could all share the beautiful summer night together and look forward to seeing you all at the next Net Impact Boston event!