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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2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Completing the Cycle of Good: Positive Impact Points

Podcast Series 

Wendy Gordon, Co-founder, CEO, PIPs Rewards
 

Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Wendy Gordon never set out to become a tech entrepreneur. But after several decades working with environmental organizations, she saw an opportunity. Wendy and her co-founder David Sand thought to themselves, “Wouldn't it be nice if there were a program where you could get reward points not just for spending money, but for spending money wisely and for making other smart choices—like walking or biking to work, opting for renewable energy, or choosing clothes based on where and how they were made?”
 
And so they embarked on a journey to create PIPs Rewards. PIPs leverages the power of points, smart tools and games to record and reward daily life choices that deliver personal and planetary benefit. Amy Campbell Bogie of the Bard MBA in Sustainability sat down with Wendy last month to find out more about Wendy’s sustainability vision for PIPs.

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, 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 14, 2016

Sustainable Business Series: Building Sustainable Communities

Panel discussion with local government, nonprofit, and community leaders.
LMHQ: 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< FREE TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Presented by Bard Net Impact ClubBard MBA in Sustainability, and LMHQ

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016,
Location: LMHQ,150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Schedule:Doors Open: 6pm with light refreshments
Panel: 6:30-7:30pm
Q&A + Networking: 7:30-8:30pmTickets: Event is free and open to the public. Click link above to reserve tickets.
Join us for a panel discussion with local government, nonprofit, and community leaders on how New York organizations are building sustainable communities. As governments institute policies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and businesses continue to incorporate sustainability into their core missions and operations, the top-down approach to sustainable living is receiving much attention. However, local communities have not been consistently utilized to a large enough scale in creating a more sustainable future. Just as many businesses have come to realize that sustainability is simply better business, incorporating sustainability into community development creates a higher quality of life, with more economic and environmental security.  

Panelists Include:
Lucille Songhai 
Community Affairs Director, Manhattan Borough President’s Office

John Henry
Chairman, Cofound Harlem

Jaime Stein
Academic Coordinator + Faculty, MS in Sustainable Environmental Systems , Pratt Institute

Tony Hillery
Executive Director, Harlem Grown

This panel will examine: How can communities incorporate sustainability into all areas of their own development? What role does government and business leadership have in helping them achieve their goals? How do we create sustainable communities regardless of perceived geographic, socioeconomic or cultural constraints?<<<<< FREE TICKETS HERE >>>>>
About Bard Net Impact: The Bard Net Impact Club is a volunteer-led chapter of Net Impact, a national organization that empowers a new generation to drive social and environmental change throughout their careers. The Bard Net Impact Club is made up entirely of students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability and drives change by creating a like-minded community and providing events and programs that support members who aim to use business as a force for environmental & social impact. To learn more, visit https://www.netimpact.org/chapters/bard-college-graduate.

About the 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.

About LMHQ: Created by the Downtown Alliance and designed by Gensler, LOWER MANHATTAN HQ is a collaboration space for Lower Manhattan's creatives and creators. Located at 150 Broadway, companies can come together here to collaborate, activate and accelerate their growth. LMHQ is a new kind of working environment featuring event space with state of the art a/v, meeting & brainstorming rooms, programming by NY Tech Alliance, workspace, coffee bar and on-site tech support. To learn more, visit www.lmhq.nyc.

Poster available for download below. 

Download: SBS_October_2016_Final.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, March 11, 2016

Pursuing Sustainability in the Anthropocene Age

Ron Meissen Ph.D, Senior Director Sustainability, Baxter International Inc.
Impact HUB NYC, 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our conversation series on Friday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 pm during the Bard MBA residency each month. Held at Impact Hub NYC, this is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most prominent experts in the field and interact with the Bard MBA's students, faculty, and alumni. 

On Friday March 11th, 2016  we will be hosting Ron Meissen Ph.D., Senior Director Sustainability, Baxter International Inc.  A 40-year veteran of corporate sustainability, Ron will give a high level overview, brief attention to global climate issues and then highlight some of Baxter's current corporate sustainability initiative's.  Ron is a founding member of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The tentative schedule for these events will be networking, lecture/discussion, more networking with light fare and drink provided by Impact Hub NYC.

Admission is free for Bard MBA students, faculty, alumni, and Impact Hub members and $10 for outside guests.

Please RSVP via Impact Hub and Eventbrite.

Download: SBS_2015-2016.pdf
Friday, February 19, 2016

Business Pollinators: The Next Wave of Economic Development

Michael H. Shuman, Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets, Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute
Impact HUB NYC, 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our conversation series on Friday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 pm during the Bard MBA residency each month. Held at Impact Hub NYC, this is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most prominent experts in the field and interact with the Bard MBA's students, faculty, and alumni. 

On Friday February 19th, 2016  we will be speaking with Michael H. Shuman, an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur.  He’s also an adjunct instructor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and at the Post-Carbon Institute, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).  He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books.  His most recent book, which just published by Chelsea Green in May 2015, is The Local Economy Solution:  How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity.   

The tentative schedule for these events will be networking, book talk, more networking with light fare and drink provided by Impact Hub NYC.

Admission is free.  Pleae use the code: bard@impacthub for free tickets.

Please RSVP via Impact Hub and Eventbrite.

Download: SBS_2015-2016.pdf
Friday, January 22, 2016

GreenFaith: Religions in Action for the Earth

Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, Green Faith
Impact HUB NYC, 394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our conversation series on Friday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 pm during the Bard MBA residency each month. Held at Impact Hub NYC, this is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most prominent experts in the field and interact with the Bard MBA's students, faculty, and alumni. 

On Friday January 22nd, 2016  we will be speaking with Reverend Fletcher Harper, Episcopal Priest and Executive Director of Green Faith, Interfaith Partnerships for the Environment. Rev. Harper is also author of GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Earth (Abingdon Press, March 2015).

The tentative schedule for these events will be networking, book talk, more networking with light fare and drink provided by Impact Hub NYC.

Admission is free for Bard MBA students, faculty, alumni, and Impact Hub members and $10 for outside guests.

Please RSVP via Impact Hub and Eventbrite.

Download: SBS_2015-2016.pdf