Sustainable Business Fridays

Student-Driven, Sustainabiltiy Podcast

Sustainable Business Fridays is a bi-monthly podcast featuring special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. New episodes are released the first and third Friday of each month. Transcripts are published on GreenBiz.com

Archive of Past Events

          

2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: From Public Relations to Public Recognition 

Podcast Series 

Adam Kearney, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Props
 

Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Adam Kearney is a serial entrepreneur and community organizer. He is the Founder and CEO of Propsboard, which helps companies celebrate employees by broadcasting recognition to their office TVs. Formerly, he was the Founder and CEO of The Connectome - a music intelligence platform with over 15,000 musicologists contributing data. The Connectome was acquired in October 2015.

Outside of building businesses, Adam has always been an active member of his community. Most recently, he was on the leadership board of Philly Startup Leaders where he co-founded a Startup Bootcamp, as well as the PSL Accelerator. The free initiatives created mentorship opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from Philadelphia's top CEOs and executives.

Adam lives by the motto "give before you take" - a core principle of sustainability.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS:

Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
Read a transcript of the podcast at GreenBiz.com
 
BARD MBA in SUSTAINABILITY:

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit www.bard.edu/mba.

 SBF poster available for download below. 

 

Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf
Friday, November 18, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Recycling the Unrecycleable Podcast Series 

Tom Szaky, CEO, Terracycle 
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Inc., one of the world’s leaders in eco-capitalism and the reuse of non-recyclable, pre and post-consumer waste. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1982, Tom and his family emigrated as political refugees to the Netherlands and eventually to Toronto. At age 14 he started his first business, a Web design company, which employed three associates and earned its young proprietor a five-figure income and a number of Canadian national design awards. That early entrepreneurial success motivated Tom to engage in the start-up of three successful 'dot.com' companies.

Tom came to the United States in 2001 when he entered Princeton University.  In 2002, he took a leave of absence to dedicate himself full-time to growing TerraCycle, which began as a two-man outfit in a dorm room in Princeton. In 2006, Inc. Magazine named TerraCycle, “The Coolest Little Start-Up in America” and that same year Tom was named the #1 CEO in America Under 30. In 2010, TerraCycle was named the #288 fastest growing privately held company in America by Inc. Magazine’s Annual listing, the Inc. 500. In 2013, Tom was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and a Forbes Magazine Future 30.

In 2007, Tom expanded his focus beyond organic waste to find ways to recycle any material commonly found in society. TerraCycle started working with major consumer packaged goods companies such as Kraft Foods, Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and L’Oreal to provide solutions for their non-recyclable post-consumer packaging and pre-consumer manufacturing waste. The collected materials are recycled into a wide variety of consumer products and industrial applications.

In 2009, TerraCycle took its successful recycling programs overseas and now operates in 20 countries, including the UK, Brazil, France, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Canada, Mexico and Australia. To date, more than 5 billion pieces of pre- and post-consumer waste have been collected and almost $15 million has been donated to schools and non-profits.
 
In 2012, TerraCycle became the first company in history to conduct widespread collection and recycling of cigarette filters (butts), since that time TerraCycle has collected hundreds of millions of butts in 8 countries. TerraCycle also works with cities such as Paris, Los Angeles, Vancouver and New Orleans to collect cigarette butts.

In 2014, TerraCycle launched the innovative Zero Waste Box program, which allows individuals or groups to recycle virtually anything in their home or business, other than hazardous materials. TerraCycle works with major office supply chains and other B2C and B2B suppliers to distribute these boxes, which collectively help to recycle over 500 different waste streams.  

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS:

Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
Read a transcript of the podcast at GreenBiz.com.
 
BARD MBA in SUSTAINABILITY:

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit www.bard.edu/mba.

 SBF poster available for download below. 

 

Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf
Friday, November 4, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Housing With Compassion, Development With A Vision

Podcast Series

Elizabeth Celaya, Director of Organizational & Community Development, Hudson River Housing, Inc. 
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
As Director of Organizational & Community Development for Hudson River Housing, Elizabeth Druback-Celaya oversees the agency’s Community Building & Engagement Department, and provides leadership to chart a course for future growth through strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising.
 
Elizabeth spearheaded the creation of the Middle Main Revitalization initiative in the City of Poughkeepsie, a cross-sector collaboration focused on revitalizing the heart of the City’s Main Street. Starting with a shoestring budget and a handful of interested citizens, Elizabeth has spent the past six years growing this initiative into a key driver of change in the City of Poughkeepsie. Under her direction, the Initiative is responsible for coordinating monthly community meetings, community leadership trainings, neighborhood marketing, cultural events, economic development, and other activities that build strategic relationships and focus on strengthening the assets of the neighborhood. Recently, this work has expanded to include a focus on rural communities in Dutchess County which are facing unique affordability and economic development challenges.  

Elizabeth’s work has resulted in millions of dollars of private and public investment in Dutchess County communities. Elizabeth has presented her work at national conferences organized by NeighborWorks America, the Community Preservation Corporation Hudson Valley Main Street Summit, the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, and the American Planning Association.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Masters Degree in Non-profit Management from The New School.  

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS:

Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
Read a transcript of the podcast at GreenBiz.com.
 
BARD MBA in SUSTAINABILITY:

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit www.bard.edu/mba.

 SBF poster available for download below. 

 

Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf
Friday, October 21, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Benchmarking Company Performance and CSR Practices

Podcast Series 

Bahar Gidwani, Co-Founder, CEO, CSR Hub
Podcast  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bahar Gidwani  has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. Bahar plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS:

Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
Read a transcript of the podcast at GreenBiz.com.
 
BARD MBA in SUSTAINABILITY:

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit www.bard.edu/mba.

 SBF poster available for download below. 

 

Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf
Friday, October 7, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Sustainability in the Name of Innovation & Awareness

Podcast Series

Maureen Kline, Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America
Podcast  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Maureen Kline, Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America on the role that innovation and technology plays in the present and future of the tire industry.

In addition to her work with Pirelli, Maureen also writes a weekly column on sustainability for www.inc.com.  She also chairs the board of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada and sits on the advisory board of the Corporate Responsibility Association where she co-chairs a Thought Leadership Council on Brand and Reputation Management.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FRIDAYS:

Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
Read a transcript of the podcast at GreenBiz.com.
 
BARD MBA in SUSTAINABILITY:

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit www.bard.edu/mba.

 SBF poster available for download below. 

 

Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf
Friday, May 6, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Macy's Systems & Technology: Managing Change and Developing Human Capital

LaTrice Ross, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Macy's Systems & Technology


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On May 6th, Bard MBA in Sustainability will be speaking with LaTrice Ross, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Macy's Systems & Technology.

LaTrice works to ensure an inclusive environment where all employees are treated with respect. Prior to joining MST, LaTrice worked with Step IT Up America, which was a program designed to train and assist minority women in starting careers as IT consultant. According to Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, "Inclusive human resources strategies are fundamental to the integrated bottom line and we are very eager to speak with Latrice to hear how Macy's Systems & Technology is applies these practices throughout their ecosystem."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Impact Investing, Women’s Leadership and Financial Literacy

Silda Wall Spitzer, Director and Principal, NewWorld Capital Group
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 29th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Silda Wall Spitzer, Director and Principal, New World Capital Group, focusing primarily on business development and deal origination for both growth and infrastructure project investments and works to support the Firm’s portfolio companies. She also serves as a member of the NewWorld Infrastructure Team.Before NewWorld, she was a Managing Director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors, an investment firm focusing on value opportunities, where she led strategic and business development.Prior to Metropolitan Capital, Ms. Wall Spitzer served as First Lady of New York State.  In that role, she worked to support the Administration’s goal of reducing fossil energy consumption 15% by 2015 with her initiatives promoting green buildings, alternative energy, and local food sources. Her I LIVE NY program engaged constituents to create livable communities and sustainable jobs.Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

***Questions for this podcast will be accepted via email. Please email Bard MBA student Amy Kalafa at ak4915@bard.edu with questions by Thursday, April 27th at 5pm to submit your question.***

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.
 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Pratt Industries Recycling: Harvesting the Urban Forest

Michelle Wiseman, Public Sector Representative, Pratt Industries Recycling Atlanta
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 1st, Bard MBA in Sustainability will be speaking with Michelle Wiseman, Public Sector Representative at Pratt Recycling.

With a primary focus on recycling and sustainability, Michelle partners with municipalities, haulers and recyclers to respond to inquiries, service issues and events. She is tasked with providing education regarding the reduction of waste and easing contamination. Pratt Recycling is one of the largest producers of 100% recycled cardboard in North America and operates one of the leading Material Recovery Facilities (MRF’s) in the southeast. 

According to Bard MBA Director Eban Goodstein, "We can't begin to reimagine the city of the future unitl we deal with the issue of waste management at scale in the near term so we can focus of curbing human behavior, encouraging the basic principles: reduce, reuse, recycle over the long term, a major sustainability challenge for sure."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts.
 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Western Union's Shared Value Journey

Talya Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Global Events, Western Union
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On March 18th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Talya Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Global Events, Western Union about the company's shared value journey. 

Talya heads the Western Union Global Engagement Team within the corporate communications function. She leads efforts to leverage the 164-year-old company’s assets – including shared value products, responsible operations, cause-related marketing, data and thought leadership – for greater business and social impact.

Previously, Talya helped conceive and implement Western Union’s Our World, Our Family® program, a five year, $50 million commitment to creating global economic opportunity. Recognized as best-in-class with numerous awards, including the prestigious Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Excellence Award, Our World, Our Family® touched more than five million lives.

"The strongest brands and social movements are built from the inside out." Talya also leads WU’s global corporate internal communications and events. Her team focuses on engaging employees in WU’s customer-centric, purpose-driven culture through a variety of special initiatives and regular communications channels.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. Click here to listen to past podcasts
 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Ending World Hunger and Poverty while Caring for the Earth

Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On February 26th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International about Heifer's initiatives for addressing hunger and poverty while helping to reinforce and build local communities in the process.

Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ferrari received a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He joined Heifer with more than 40 years of business experience at companies like Coca-Cola USA, CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund.

"Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

Download: BardSBF_Spring2016.pdf
Friday, February 5, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Certifying Sustainability and Transparency

Eric Henry, President, TS Designs
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On February 5th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Eric Henry, President of TS Designs. TS offers the most sustainable t-shirts and printing options on the planet. They use organic cotton, recycled materials and even an organic  “dirt to shirt” grown and made in North Carolina shirts and use water based inks. They also use on site solar, wind and compost power to power much of their facilities.

Eric has always had a heart for farming and gardening from a little kid- despite the fact he grew up in a large city. He started out thinking he would study agriculture – but his journey led him to cotton, shirts and sustainability. "Creating profitable, scalable businesses that respect all stake-holders is at the core of the Bard MBA's mission."  Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: COP21, The Unstoppable Momentum Behind Corporate Climate Action

Margaret Fenwick, Manager, Environment and Climate for United Nations Global Compact
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On January 29th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Margaret Fenwick, Manager of Environment and Climate at the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s corporate responsibility initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. (over 12,000 participants in 170 countries).  She will be discussing the UNGC's Caring for Climate program.
 
Fenwick will discuss the UNGC's Caring for Climate program, which endeavors to help prevent a climate change crisis worldwide by mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement and recommend climate change solutions and policies. The initiative helps companies to advance practical solutions, share experiences, inform public policy as well as shape public attitudes in an effort to mitigate a climate crisis. According to Bard MBA Director, Eban Goodstein, “Businesses have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to be at the forefront of developing climate change solutions.”

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.


Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
 

Download: BardSBF_Spring2016.pdf