Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series

Monthly Conversation Series in New York City

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our Thursday evening conversation series each month. Held in our classroom space at LMHQ, this is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most prominent experts in the field.

The Business Stepping Up series is currently a featured series on Huffington Post. Check back regularly for the latest article.

Huffington Post Business Stepping Up Series:
Business Stepping Up: The Principles of Sustainable Management
Business Stepping Up Episode II: Entrepreneuring a Finer Future

Business Stepping Up: Episode III: New Rules in the Era of Sustainable Marketing
Business Stepping Up: Episode IV: Consulting for Change
Business Stepping Up: Episode V: Leading Change in Organizations

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2014

  Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sustainable Business Series: Clean Tech 2014: Incentives for Innovation

Expert panel with Sustainability Practice Network
1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, NYC  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Invited Panelists: David Gilford, Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Arrun Kapoor, Managing Director, SJF Ventures, Ashok Gupta, Director of Energy Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council; Morris Cox, Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Bloc Power; Caroline Angoorly, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, New York Green Bank; Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management

From start-ups to large corporations and national governments, organizations worldwide are embracing cleantech as a means of growth, efficiency and competitive advantage. According to the National Intelligence Council, global demand for energy is projected to jump by 50 percent by the year 2030. Initiatives today are addressing this demand through venture capitalist impact investing, partnerships between the public and private sectors and policy analysis of the recent energy trends. As cleantech enables the transformation of a variety of industries, old and new, to be part of a more resource-efficient and low-carbon economy, we see innovation in technology, business models, financing mechanisms, cross-industry partnerships and corporate adoption.

Join our panel of experts to discuss this evolving space, particularly, new incentives and drivers that are emerging to fund these ventures.


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  Thursday, October 16, 2014

Landing Your Dream Job in the Impact Sector

Creating a Killer Pitch Workshop with Shannon Houde:


1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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An interactive workshop where you'll create a 30-second elevator pitch to land your dream job or start your own business.
Have you ever found yourself standing in front of a potential hiring manager or client at an event desperately trying to untangle your personal sales pitch from the cotton in your mouth?

I think we've all been there...

Articulating yourself well in that first minute of meeting someone is crucial for effective networking, pitching projects and winning job offers. And translating that quick pitch into a written summary profile for LinkedIn or a CV is another crucial challenge.

Sustainability Career Coach, Shannon Houde of Walk of Life Consulting, who is a MBA and entrepreneur herself, will let you in on her secrets from 20 years in recruitment combined with 15 years in CSR and the impact sector, to help you design your compelling personal marketing statements. She will also share her experiences of working with Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program and students.

Who should attend? Any jobseekers, freelancers or entrepreneurs looking to build confidence around marketing themselves in a competitive field.

What? 2-hour interactive workshop and networking

Where? Bard MBA in Sustainability: 1150 6th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York

When? Thursday, October 16th, 6:30-8:30pm

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  Monday, September 22, 2014

Entrepreneurial Opportunity and Climate Capitalism
Fireside Chat with Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins, President Natural Capitalism Solutions
Impact HUB NYC, 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Stabilizing the climate requires a business revolution of unprecedented speed and scale: cutting global warming pollution by 60% in forty years can only be achieved through innovations that both radically reduce emissions and trap huge quantities of carbon, and in addition, that can spread quickly around the world. Global adoption at scale means demands profitable new business models-- and this opens the door for a dramatic expansion of entrepreneurial action. Join Green business pioneer Hunter Lovins-- Enreasonable Institute mentor, Bard MBA faculty, and author of Natural Capitalism, and The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save our Economic Ass, to discuss the critical role for entrepreneurs in insuring a stable climate for ourselves and our descendants.





  Friday, September 19, 2014

What Are We Marching For? Climate, Poverty, and Scalable Solutions

Hunter Lovins, President Natural Capitalism Solutions; Phil Aroneanu, US Director and Co-Founder, 350.org; and Donna Morton, Managing Partner, Principium & Jo Confino, Editorial Director of The Guardian Sustainable Business
Philanthropy New York, 79 5th Ave, 4th FL, New York, NY 10003  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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The 21st Century is being defined by two destabilizing trends: rising global temperatures and increasing inequality and joblessness. As 100,000 people descend on New York City demanding action to change the future, this panel describes the road to a livable future. Green Business Pioneer Hunter Lovins; 350.org Co-Founder Phil Aroneanu, First Nations Social Entrerpreneur Donna Morton will focus on solutions that address the global crises of jobs, poverty, and inequality on a rapidly warming planet, at a scale that science and justice demand.  

Seating is strictly limited to the first 60 attendees. Sign up for your free ticket here and arrive a few minutes early to secure your spot!

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: Micro-Finance and Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

Roger Frank, Managing Director and Founder, Innovare Advisors LLC
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On May 2nd, we talked with Roger Frank, Managing Director and Founder, Innovare Advisors. Roger Frank is a capital markets pioneer. Building on his work in international and emerging markets and microfinance, he founded Innovare in 2009. Previously he was a partner at Developing World Markets (DWM) which he joined in 2004. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: The Next Big Step: Building a Culture for Sustainability

Jeana Wirtenberg, President and CEO, Transitioning to Green
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

On April 25th, we talked with Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D, who is President and CEO of Transitioning to Green. Her company helps companies and organizations mainstream sustainability into all aspects of their corporate culture. Based on original research in her new book, Building a Culture for Sustainability, Jeana will share stories and practical insights about how nine companies are finding ways to move sustainability from CEO-level concept to everyday action and everyday outcomes. Drawing on more than 20 years of her own research, teaching, and front-line experience in HR, she pulls all those pieces together to deliver practical advice to large and small organizations on how to begin or accelerate their own transitions to long-term sustainability. 




Friday, April 4, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: Pfizer’s Green Journey: The Path to a Sustainable Future

Tom Polton, Sr. Director of Product Stewardship, Global EHS, Pfizer
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 4th, we spoke with Tom Polton, the Senior Director of Product Stewardship within Pfizer's Global Environment, Health, and Safety Platform. In 2010, Tom Polton was appointed to lead Pfizer's Environmental Sustainability program. Together with his responsibilities for Product Stewardship, he is engaged in an effort to manage Pfizer’s environmental impacts throughout the product life cycle. 

Read the transcript of this conversation here, which was originally published on GreenBiz.com.





Friday, March 28, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: Integrating Sustainability as a Core Business Strategy

Dave Stangis, VP Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

On March 28th, we're talking with Dave Stangis, VP Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company. Campbell's is the world's largest soup manufacturer, and comprises other brands such as Pepperidge Farm, V8, Pace, Prego and Swanson. Campbell's is also recognized as a sustainability leader: according to Strangis, "We are focused on delivering business value by reducing our carbon footprint, promoting a sustainable environment and making a meaningful contribution to the workplace, marketplace and community."

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. 

Read the transcript of this conversation here, which was originally published on GreenBiz.com.


Download: BardSBF_Spring2014.pdf
Friday, March 7, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: From Good to Great at GM

David J. Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors Co.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

On March 7th, we're talking with David J. Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability for General Motors Co. Dave will focus on his team's efforts to further embed sustainability into GM's business through activities such as goal setting and sustainability reporting.


Call Information
Friday, March 7th
12-1PM EST
Dial in: 712-432-3100
Conference Code: 253385

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_Spring2014.pdf
Friday, February 28, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: Launching a CSR Program

Toby Usnik, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer & International Director, Christie's
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

On February 28th, we're talking with Toby Usnik of Christie's, a fine art auction house, who will be speaking about launching inaugural CSR campaigns within one of the world's oldest companies.


Call Information
Friday, February 28th
12-1PM EST
Dial in: 712-432-3100
Conference Code: 253385

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_Spring2014.pdf
Friday, February 7, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: EcoDistricts: Revitalizing Cities From the Neighborhood Up

Rob Bennet, Founding CEO, EcoDistricts
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

This week, we're talking with Rob Bennett, Founding CEO of EcoDistrics. Rob is a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement with 14 years of direct experience shaping municipal sustainable development projects and policy at the intersection of city planning, real estate development, economic development and environmental policy. Before EcoDistricts, Rob worked for two of North America’s most innovative cities, Vancouver, BC and Portland, Ore., and the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, where he provided technical assistance to cities throughout North America in the areas of climate change reductions and building performance policy.

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. 

Read the transcript of this conversation here, which was originally published on GreenBiz.com.

Download: BardSBF_Spring2014.pdf
  Friday, January 31, 2014

Sustainable Business Fridays: Domtar's Journey as "The Sustainable Paper Company"

Lewis Fix, VP Sustainable Business & Brand Management
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in conversation series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

This week, we're talking with Lewis Fix of Domtar. During his tenure as VP Sustainable Business & Brand Management, Lewis first recognized the need for sustainable practices from a market perspective; customers were demanding more sustainable paper products. To help differentiate Domtar in a commoditized industry, Lewis helped lead several initiatives, including third party certifications of forests and the supply chain, collaborating with ENGOs, marketing, branding and communications, and establishing grassroots initiatives within Domtar to further advance employee engagement. Lewis will take us through Domtar's transformation and describe how sustainability has contributed to Domtar's continuing leadership in the North American Pulp and Paper market.

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.

Read the transcript of this conversation here, which was originally published on GreenBiz.com.