Meet this year’s Events Team

This is the team that organize the events you know and love. Introducing Emily Celano, Laura, Teicher, Kate Aviza, Paul Bennett, Jessica Hausman, Eli Moger and Tom Reid.

Emily Celano, Events Team Co-Chair

Emily CelanoHow did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I have worked in the environmental field since graduating college; however, my interest in sustainability began in 2006 when applying to graduate schools.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

I enjoyed the people I met at events and the mission of Net Impact and wanted a chance to get more involved in the organization and connect better with like minded individuals.

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

Cradle to Cradle.  If our society operated as a closed loop system, we would not have the externalities of pollution, land degradation, waste, etc.

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

Fiore Cafe in Jamaica Plain is a wonderful coffee shop for a quicker weekend breakfast. Theo’s Cozy Corner in the North End is an old school, hidden gem for a cozy Sunday brunch.

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I have a twin sister who is well known in the Biotech/Life Science space in Boston. I am often mistaken for her, especially in Cambridge.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor and why?

I have been fortunate to have a wonderful mentor named Sid Pomper, whom I met at work in 2004.  He has helped me so much over the years, I would not trade him for anyone.

Check out Emily’s biography

Laura Teicher, Events Team Co-Chair

How did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

Concern for the impact that my actions, and that we as a society, have on the environment runs back as far as I can remember.  I first because proactively engaged in changing systems through involvement in the push to bring local produce to my undergraduate campus.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

First exposure to Net Impact was through participation in its case competition at business school. It was clear that the core values at Net Impact align with my own. I was thrilled to learn of the opportunity to join, and am honored to now be a part of the Leadership Team.

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

Along with delicious, affordable brunch basics, the Neighborhood Restaurant in Somerville serves fresh baked portuguese bread with home-made jam. If you can snag outdoor seats, you are sitting under the grape vines the jam is made from! East Coast Grill in Cambridge has a great Bloody Mary Bar.

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?

To pick a best place ever would be impossible, but the opportunity that I had to study sustainability in Brazil had a big impact on me!

What’s your favorite fall/ seasonal/ New England activity?

Walking to step on the crunchiest leaves.

Check out Laura’s biography

Kate Aviza, Events Team

Katherine AvizaHow did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I first became interested in CSR and sustainability through my coursework at Cornell University. I majored in Science of Earth Systems Engineering and minored in Business. It was very eye-opening to see how these two fields are interconnected and impact that business can have on society from an environmental standpoint, as well as economic and social. The more I learned about the Earth’s environmental systems, the more I saw the importance of CSR and sustainability.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

I was motivated to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team because I wanted to become more involved with the Boston community. The Net Impact Boston Leadership Team gives me the opportunity to meet more like-minded people while helping to create successful, informative, and fun events! Additionally, Asheen Phansey gave me the great advice to learn more about NIB and become involved on the LT.

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I make a mean guacamole! But the recipe is a secret…

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?

The best place that I’ve traveled is to St. John, USVI. The island has stunning beaches and landscape. A large part of the island is national park, so the scenery is untouched and beautiful. I’ve also seen the most vibrantly colorful fish while snorkeling there. And a sea turtle, if I’m lucky!

What’s your favorite fall/ seasonal/ New England activity?

Fall is by far my favorite season! The New England foliage is absolutely gorgeous – I love the reds! My favorite fall activity is apple picking. This is a classic one but I always look forward to this tradition. And apple picking leads to eating the homemade cider donuts that are made fresh on site!

Check out Kate’s biography

Paul Bennett, Events Team

How did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I first became interested in CSR and Sustainability through my love of new technology.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

I wanted to help improve and promote CSR and Sustainability within the Boston area.

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

My favorite lunch spot in Boston is the Rattlesnake Bar, because they have a rooftop deck. (Also the food is good as well).

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I really hate the amount of edible food that is wasted in the US, and the sheer quantity that we make available to be wasted.

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?

The best place I ever travelled to was Israel. The biodiversity in such a small space was pretty amazing to me.

Jessica Hausman, Events Team

How did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

Growing up living and traveling in developing countries.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

To meet like-minded people and to help orchestrate events that will help others see how sustainability incorporates into their everyday business practices.

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square. Amazing toast and food, quirky atmosphere, fun servers.

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I’m fluent in Chinese.

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?

Serengeti National Park during the wildebeest migration.

Check out Jessica’s biography

Eli Moger, Events Team

Eli Moger HeadshotHow did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

After working in marketing for a few years, I was given an opportunity to distribute shoes to needy children in Peru with TOMS. I returned from the trip with a new perspective on my career, and a passionate desire to make a positive impact in the world with my day-to-day job.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

After first learning about Net Impact Boston, I attended several events and connected with many people who shared similar passions and interests. I was really impressed with the work NIB was doing in the Boston community, and sought out further opportunities to participate and serve.

What’s your favorite TED talk?

There are so many! With that said, I love music and watched this one recently: “Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

“Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I am extremely superstitious when it comes to sports. You can find me with an upside-down hat on many occasions when my team is mounting a comeback.

Check out Eli’s biography

Tom Reid, Events Team / Impact at Work Program

Tom Reid HeadshotHow did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I’ve always been interested in helping people and drive to make the world a better place. I think early on I felt a strong drive to help protect the environment and I think that is what created the initial motivation and interest in sustainability.

What motivated you to join the Net Impact Boston Leadership Team?

I was still relatively new to Boston when I attended the call to leadership and was impressed by the current leadership team members I met. I wanted to get more involved in an organization in Boston to help make the city home and was excited to have the opportunity to influence such a great organization and get back in touch with my creative events planning side.

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

Confessions of an Eco sinner by Fred pierce.

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

Dim sum in China Town. Great food at a wonderful price and a totally different cultural experience to boot.

What’s your favorite fall/ seasonal/ New England activity?

Anything where you can see the turning leaves.

Check out Tom’s biography

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