2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit

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”. Find more information, including the full event program, on our Career Summit webpage, and register today on Eventbrite!

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 Net Impact Members 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

Date: Friday, 2/27/15
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
Location: Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Ticket Types/Price(s): See Eventbrite page for details.
Early bird pricing and normal pricing are available for

  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Premium members

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your knowledge and network for jobs that address the business for impact! Reserve your spot today. Please note: All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Registration closes on Friday, February 20.

For more background on previous Summits, please visit our 2014 page.

NIB Q&A: Maureen Lederhos, Director of Marketing, Two Ten Footwear Foundation

Maureen Lederhos, Director of Marketing, Two Ten Footwear  Foundation, will be participating in the “Cause Marketing: Do well by Doing Good” panel at the 2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 27.

Maureen LederhosMaureen Lederhos is a marketing communications strategist with extensive experience creating and managing content to build brand relationships. As the director of marketing for Two Ten Footwear Foundation, Maureen’s focus is on increasing awareness of the Foundation and the important work it does. Sign up today for the opportunity to join the discussion.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
After years of punching a clock within the technology sector on the west coast – I found myself wanting to connect with more than just a tag line about widgets – or simply the bottom line. After 9/11, my decision to exit technology was made much easier by the simple fact that most of my network began wearing sweatpants as they, too were displaced. California dreaming. I moved back east and landed a great job with Babson College. It was there that I began to understand the triple bottom line; people, planet and profit. My work with Babson provided me with a wonderful perspective of what it means to give back. Working with students to create a difference in the lives of others opened my eyes and led me to where I am now.

What’s the most interesting/most challenging aspect of your job?
I am fascinated by the compassion of the footwear industry – or perhaps better phrased, the footwear community. Many of the companies that occupy the domestic footwear market are either exploring, launching or fully embracing philanthropy as part of their individual missions. Associates understand the importance of giving back and that charity begins at home in the communities where they live and work. Now in its third year, Two Ten’s Footwear Cares program provides a variety of volunteer experiences for the footwear community – to enable shoe people to make a difference within their communities. During the month of April, over 6,500 volunteers from more than 100 companies will come together to participate in Footwear Cares. Remember, these companies compete for shelf space during the day but Two Ten – the industry’s charitable nonprofit – is able to bring them all together to volunteer side-by-side with nonprofits across the country. While the community service projects will vary, they will all focus on one unique goal: getting people back on their feet. It’s a huge job to organize Footwear Cares, but I’m so proud of what our industry, our community, does when it unites around cause.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
It’s important to find your passion and pursue it – with energy and purpose. Love what you do – because in many cases, you’re always pitching your cause. It is becoming easier and easier to “sell the benefits” of establishing and maintaining corporate social responsibility.

The theme for the Career Summit 2015 is ‘Impact Across Industries’ – do you think it is important for different industries and sectors to come together to tackle social and environmental issues and why?
I do think it’s important to work cross-industry and cross-function to talk about needed change. Different industries have different challenges, however there is common ground. I believe in the value of collaboration.

Sign up today for the Career Summit on February 27 and prepare to be inspired!

Finding a Job at the NIB Career Summit: NIB Q&A with Katie Montgomery

Katie Montgomery headshotLast year, Katie Montgomery attended the Net Impact Boston Career Summit as a young professional interested in sustainability and the social impact space.  While the keynote speaker was interesting and the panels thought-provoking, she was most impressed with the Career Expo portion of the event where she could network with local companies and non-profits, as well as other professionals, looking to make a meaningful difference through their careers, and help her start her own impactful career.  We sat down with Katie to get her take on mastering the NIB Career Summit, which takes place this Friday, February 27th.  Register before 6 PM to attend this year’s event.

Why did you attend the 2014 Net Impact Boston Career Summit?

At the time, I was a graduate student studying Corporate Sustainability and Innovation at Harvard Extension and was most interested in networking with other young professionals and graduate students. Additionally, as a junkie for learning new things especially in the sustainability field, I was thoroughly impressed by the line up for the keynote and panel sessions and didn’t want to miss out.  The Career Summit was a great place to source informational interviews at companies I was interested in, gain a better understanding of the industry and research potential entry points for my new career I was endeavoring to start. Ultimately, it was a great opportunity to apply for positions in the social impact space at companies and organizations that are doing some really impactful stuff.

What was your experience like at the Career Expo portion of the 2014 Career Summit?

The people who attend the career summit are bright and eager individuals, with unique and strong perspectives, while maintaining a respectful ear and a keen interest to debate. It was an invigorating and inspiring way to spend the day both with those already in careers many of us aspire to enter, and with those who are as hungry for change and the ability to influence the world.

How did you come across New Sector Alliance and land your internship that turned into a full-time job?

I stumbled upon the New Sector Alliance table at the end of the day. I very bluntly told Zack, the program director who was working the booth, that I had never heard of New Sector before, but I was interested in learning more and asked if he could suggest where I might fit in. I followed up with him, listened to his advice, applied and was accepted into the fellowship.

I was placed at Teachers21, a great education non-profit organization, based on what I wanted to learn–not only the skills I already had– and within a few weeks was hired to stay on. I love my current position where I have the chance to meaningfully impact the work being done every day and I strongly recommend New Sector as a fantastic career acceleration program. I am also incredibly grateful to Net Impact for bringing us together.

What advice would you give to someone in your shoes for this year’s Career Summit?

Bring a resume and a smile. Ask questions, but know when to graciously thank the person for their time, ask for their contact information, and walk away. Your time and theirs is valuable–use it well. Collect business cards and follow up with every one of them, even briefly. Do your best to research, but remain open to opportunities. Find ways to connect with others, don’t just talk about yourself and what you are hoping to accomplish– a job is not your main priority today– connections and friends offer a far greater long term benefit than a completed application.

What was the best part of the 2014 Career Summit for you, aside from landing a job?

I loved the panel on Effective CSR Marketing: Aligning CSR Strategy with Brand Marketing Objectives.  It brought together my undergraduate interests in psychology and business, with my graduate work in CSR.  The panelists were engaging and I was surprised when they shared not only their best practices, but also their biggest challenges and hiccups in marketing their organization’s CSR strategy to gain buy-in from stakeholders, engage their customers, and avoid green-washing.  

Sign up today for the Career Summit on February 27 and find your next career move!

NIB Q&A: Deana Becker, Director Stakeholder Operations, Preserve

Deana BeckerDeana Becker, Director of Stakeholder Operations, Preserve, will be participating in the “​B Corps: Certification for Companies” panel at the 2015 Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 27.

Preserve, a certified B Corporation, is the leading maker of performance driven and stylish 100% recycled household products. Its mission is to help reduce the harm caused by the industrial age by demonstrating that consumer products can be both fabulous and lighter on the earth. Sign up today for the opportunity to join the panel discussion with Deana Becker, Jeff Barry, Founder, Boston Organics, Margot Isman, Managing Director of Vera Solutions, Ryan Midden, General Manager, Ben & Jerry’s Boston, and Jackie Herskovitz Russell, President, Teak Media & Communication.

What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
I really couldn’t imagine working somewhere that didn’t seek to improve the world from a social or environmental perspective since these are themes that have always interested me.  Working on a master’s in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis, I became convinced that in the quest for a better world, business has to be part of the solution.  From there, I looked for opportunities that combined business with social and environmental missions. I’ve always known that if I am going to get up and go to work each day, it has to be something that maps with my values.

What’s the most interesting/most challenging aspect of your job?
Preserve is a small company so everyone wears many hats.  I love being involved across a wide variety of departments and topics,but this is no doubt the most challenging part as well.   We do a lot with limited resources, but often it is hard not to be able to dive in as deep to some areas as I’d like.

What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
I recommend finding a company you care about and then pitching your skills.  Be flexible and be willing to do what needs to get done.  Mission driven companies need people with real skills that go beyond passion so building the basics are important. The good part though is that at a mission driven company, you are always working on the mission in some way, even if you are doing something that feels mundane.  In the end, if you are a person that is excited about (and knows about) diving deeper with social and environmental impact, you’ll find a way to get involved in those key conversations, even if it is slowly at first.

The theme for the Career Summit 2015 is ‘Impact Across Industries’ – do you think it is important for different industries and sectors to come together to tackle social and environmental issues and why?
Absolutely. This is much of what the B Corp movement is all about.  At last year’s B Corp retreat we talked about the concept of “What can we do better together than we can do on our own?”  Even though we are in different industries, we have a lot in common and we can act in those common areas with a unified voice.  For example, we all use banks and when we make the choice of how to bank (maybe choosing a community bank), we are speaking with our values.  By focusing on what unifies businesses rather than what separates them, we can together move the needle.  On our own we can only do so much.

Sign up today for the Career Summit on February 27 and prepare to be inspired!