Meet this year’s Board Fellows Team

This is the team that brings the Board Fellows Program to life for individuals and nonprofits in Boston. Introducing Liz Leberman, Kevin Hart and Maureen O’Brien.

Liz Leberman, Board Fellows Program Co-Chair

Liz LebermanHow did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I grew up in New Hampshire in the same town as the Founder of Stonyfield Farms, a visionary eco-entrepreneur that transformed a seven-cow organic farming school in New Hampshire into the world’s largest organic yogurt producer. Early on, I was exposed to the concept that not only does a humanitarian and environmentally-conscious business do good for society, people, and the planet, but sustainable and responsible business practices can in fact more profitable than conventional business methods. I’ve continued to be interested in exploring this approach to business and seeing how this framework can be applied to other industries and other sectors.

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

I moved to Boston to work at a social enterprise dedicated to building capacity in the nonprofit sector and I wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that leveraged my skills and interest in the social sector. I was drawn to Net Impact Boston because it is not only dedicated to social responsibility, but it also focused on sustainability, which is a core interest of mine but not a focus of my day-to-day work. Net Impact Boston allows me to promote social responsibility within our community, explore and learn about local sustainability efforts, and connect with like-minded people.

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

“Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?

Morocco, where I traveled along a beautiful loop between Tangier, Rabat, and Chefchauouen and was able to explore coastline towns, small villages in the Rif Mountains, and vibrant cities along the way – highly recommend!

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

Hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and stopping on the way back to Massachusetts at an apple orchard for homemade cider donuts as a post-hike treat.

Check out Liz’s biography

Kevin Hart, Board Fellows Program Co-Chair

How did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I was an innate environmentalist, and then I took a class on Sustainable Development during grad school. Quick sell.

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

My day job provided very limited opportunities (read, “none”) to engage with like-minded professionals. I was craving reinforcement, and an outlet for my goodwill. Guess where I found it all…

What’s your favorite TED talk?

David Gallo’s much too brief talk titled, “Underwater Astonishments.” The camouflaged octopus that’s revealed at around 4:30 blows my mind. I love sea creatures. Particularly Octopi.

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. A thrilling work of nonfiction that recounts the glorious, mysterious, and tragic adventures of Colonel Percy Fawcett, the last of the gentleman explorers. It also gives a disturbing view of Amazon deforestation, which will add fuel to your sustainabilty fire.

What’s one particularly quirky thing about you?

I don’t wear (non-digital) watches because they can’t keep time on me. I’m not kidding. I think it’s evidence of an undiscovered super power.

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

Surfing (offshore Atlantic hurricanes/tropical storms!), then warming back up in a bath of hot cider and maple leaves, while chewing on pumpkin seeds and cleansing with a cinnamon scented bar of soap shaped like a decorative gourd.

Check out Kevin’s biography

Maureen O’Brien, Board Fellows Team

How did you first become interested in CSR and Sustainability?

I had to answer a question about it for a internship application in college and became increasingly interested as I read more about it.

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

I wanted to stay connected to the sustainability aspect of CSR as my work no longer revolved around it and it’s something I’m personally interested in.

Which book would you recommend to Net Impact Boston members?

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

What’s your favorite Boston brunch spot and why?

Gaslight – delicious food, great coffee and right next to SOWA

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

Hillary Clinton.  I bet that woman has a lot of life lessons to share.

Check out Maureen’s biography

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