Teresa Nelson, Ph.D
Professor, Simmons School of Management
Panel 2: Making an Impact without the Title
What is one of your proudest career achievements?
Well, the latest is the launch of my new business, The Impact Seat, to bring good, science-based ideas about diversity and inclusion to companies. For too long, business has attended to compliance only – following the rules and regulations – but it’s time to talk about how impact activities prepare companies for better business standards, a more robust workforce, and more satisfied customers.
If you could interview anyone, alive or passed, whom would it be and why?
Tough question! But I’d probably say Martin Luther King, Jr. Part of my journey over the last year has been to learn more about the U.S. civil rights movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s – what happened, who was involved, how change was made. As a front-line leader, he held people’s lives in his hands and at the same time, the potential to make a lasting change in the racism profile of the U.S. These were very difficult issues that he took very seriously.
What part of Boston’s sustainability/social impact scene is your favorite?
I spend a lot of time in the entrepreneurship eco-system. I see the energy of individuals “taking matters into my own responsibility” whether that leads to starting a new business or bringing ideas to one an existing company. I also have a strong foot in area tech companies. I see a groundswell of interest in how to be more responsible and figure out the business dimensions of that.