2014 Net Impact Boston Career Summit

The 2014 Net Impact Boston Career Summit is the second annual Summit that brings together local professionals, job-seekers and graduate students interested in a career with positive social or environmental impact.  It is being organized through a collaborative effort among Boston area Net Impact professional and graduate school chapters.  The 2014 NIB Career Summit will feature exhibitors from the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors that range in size and reach from small, local nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.

For more background on last year’s Summit, read this blog post and see the list of panelists and speakers that participated in the 2013 NIB Career Summit.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 pm

Location: Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA

RSVP required: Register today! Registration CLOSES Wednesday, February 19 at midnight.


Career Summit Agenda

Registration and Networking: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast will be served

Keynote Speaker: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Asheen Phansey, Global Head of Sustainable Innovation Lab, Dassault Systèmes (3DS)

Panel Session I: 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

Panel 1: Opening the Boardroom Door: Shareholder Advocacy

Panel 2: Effective CSR Marketing: Aligning CSR Strategy with Brand Marketing Objectives

Panel 3: Valuing and Securing Funding for Your Startup

Coffee Break: 10:20- 10:40 a.m. 

Panel Session II: 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. 

Panel 4: Supply Chain: Sourcing for Sustainability

Panel 5: It’s Complicated: Using Cross-Sector Collaboration to Tackle Food Waste Issues

Workshop: How to Live a Meaningful Life with a Career that Fits Your Values

Summit Expo: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Career Summit Descriptions

Panel 1: Opening the Boardroom Door: Shareholder Advocacy

Description: Shareholder advocacy and resolution filings are on the rise in the social impact space as a result of sustainability-minded investors voting with their wallets. Historically, shareholder resolutions were used to address corporate governance issues, such as nominating Board members and reviewing CEO compensation. Increasingly, these resolutions are being leveraged to address environmental and social issues.  A recent analysis by Ernst & Young shows that environmental and social shareholder resolutions led all other major proposal categories on 2012 proxy ballots, accounting for about 45% of resolutions. Just two years ago, environmental and social resolutions made up 30% of proposals. This panel will provide a primer on shareholder resolutions and resolution filings, and will highlight trends within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) sectors that are being addressed through these filings.

Moderator: Heidi Soumerai, Managing Director and Director of ESG Research, Walden Asset Management, Boston Trust

Panelists:
  • Maria Konizeski, Senior Manager for Finance and Operations, Green Century Capital Management
  • Sonia Kowal, Director of Socially Responsible Investing, Zevin Asset Management
  • Brianna Murphy, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
  • Fred Putnam, Advisor, Ceres

Panel 2: Effective CSR Marketing: Aligning CSR Strategy with Brand Marketing Objectives

Description: This panel will examine current and future best practices regarding how to effectively highlight and communicate the value of an organization’s CSR strategy in order to maximize its brand marketing goals. Panelists will examine the various methods used to communicate and engage with stakeholders about their organization’s footprint in CSR. The discussion will include topics such as transparency and sustainability reporting, outreach tools, collaborative partnerships and other strategic marketing communication. It will also address the pitfalls of marketing CSR, such as “greenwashing.” The overall aim will be to illustrate the positive (or, in cases where it was done poorly, negative) impacts of marketing an organization’s CSR work on brand value and brand trust and how to achieve desired outcomes in marketing objectives.

Moderator: John Rooks, President, The Soap Group

Panelists:

  • Kyle Cahill, Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
  • Anne Erhard, SVP and NA Director, Corporate & Brand Citizenship/PurPle, MSLGROUP
  • Harriet Henry, Consultant, Cause Consulting
  • Chris Mann, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, City Year

Panel 3: Valuing and Securing Funding for Your Startup

Description: Entrepreneurs face the challenge of demonstrating the big returns that their company will offer to investors. But what happens when an enterprise offers more than just financial returns? This panel will take a look at approaches for obtaining funding for impact startups. Panelists will explore methods for incorporating non-financial returns, such as social and environmental impact, when valuing a company. They will discuss strategies for pitching an impact startup to investors, and for demonstrating the true value of the enterprise. They will also address different avenues for obtaining funding for social enterprises and the subtleties of each.

Moderator: Josh Weiss, Member of Hub Angel Investment Group and Launchpad Ventures

Panelists:

Panel 4: Supply Chain: Sourcing for Sustainability

Description: Historically, supply chain management used to be about getting the right product to the right customer at the right time. However, over the past decade, it has evolved from a routine activity to a major source of competitive advantage. Effective supply chains not only serve to cut costs and improve product delivery, but they can also allow an organization to lower its environmental footprint. Companies with the most transparent supply chains tend to achieve competitive advantage, but it is increasingly challenging for companies to manage and influence supply chains by operating alone. Collaboration is a necessity. This panel will discuss the supply chains driving their products, the benefits and challenges of sourcing sustainably, and the importance of collaboration across the value chain.

Moderator: Monica Sullivan, Leadership Development Consultant & Executive Coach, Well Lit Path Consulting

Panelists:

  • Ezra Benjamin, Principal Program Manager, Sustainability, EMC
  • Mary Fischer, Environmental Life Cycle Project Manager & Carbon Master, Stonyfield Farms
  • John Lively, Director of Environment & Material Science, Preserve

Panel 5: It’s Complicated: Using Cross-Sector Collaboration to Tackle Food Waste Issues

Description: This panel will discuss a new Massachusetts commercial food waste ban. Taking effect on July 1, 2014, any organization that generates one ton or more of food waste in a week will not be permitted to dispose of this waste in a landfill. This cross-sector panel will discuss the necessity of cross-sector collaboration to tackle food waste issues. Panelists will focus on the implication of this ban for the businesses that generate food waste, companies that use food waste in composting and anaerobic digestion energy production, and nonprofits that may benefit from organizations seeking to minimize the amount of food waste.

Moderator: Kristen McCormack, Executive-in-Residence/Master Lecturer/Assistant Dean, Sector Initiatives Organizational Behavior at Boston University

Panelists:

  • John Fisher, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Amy Lipman, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Abbie Webb, Sustainability Manager, Casella Waste Systems

Featured Workshop: How to Live a Meaningful Life with a Career that Fits Your Values

Co-founder of Net Impact, Dr. Mark Albion, will lead a workshop on how students and professionals can position themselves to launch impact careers that fit their values.

About Dr. Mark Albion: More Than Money Careers LLC Co-Founder & Managing Partner Dr. Mark Albion is a former Harvard Business School professor who has co-founded six organizations, including Net Impact. Most recently, he served in the Office of the President at Babson College, helping to integrate social values into the college. Mark has made over 600 visits to business schools on five continents to discuss purposeful careers, for which Business Week called him “the savior of b-school souls.” A New York Times Best Selling author, Mark has written seven books and over 200 articles on responsible career decision making. Mark received his A.B., his joint MA/MBA, as well as his joint DBA/PhD from Harvard University.

Career 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.

Career Expo participants include:

  • AltrUHelp
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Casella Waste Systems
  • City Year
  • Dassault Systèmes (3DS)
  • EMC
  • EMD Millipore
  • EF Education First
  • 
Foundation for a Green Future
  • FSG
  • Green Century Capital Management
  • Mass Challenge
  • MSLGROUP
  • New Sector Alliance
  • Preserve
  • Project Repat
  • 
Stonyfield Farms
  • 
Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
  • 
Zevin Asset Management

Click here for more information on the Career Summit Agenda

Participating Net Impact Chapters

  • Boston Professional
  • Babson College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University School of Management
  • Brandeis University
  • Clark University
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons College School of Management
  • The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Title Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Platinum Sponsors: EMC & EMD Millipore

Special thanks to Boston University School of Management for generously hosting this event.

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