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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2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Leading an Energy Transformation Company

Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Energy
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power (GMP) as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon.

 In 2017, GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved the top score for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2016 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.

Mary has served as president and chief executive officer for GMP since 2008.  She initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.  

Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.

Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters.  As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory. Listen to podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here 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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Intrapreneuring for Progress

Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series
LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, NYC  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
 As President Trump pursues a regressive, isolationist agenda, business is stepping up to address climate change, promote equality and protect human rights, and create economic opportunity. Join sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins for a conversation series with industry experts to explore this shift in progressive business leadership.

December's Business Stepping Up conversation will feature Aurora Winslade discussing how to drive sustainable progress within existing businesses, whether you're a CSO or an employee with a passion for change. Aurora has spent the past fifteen years launching and leading organizational change efforts. She is currently the director of sustainability at Swarthmore College, where she facilitates campus and community strategies to integrate sustainability into operations, academics, and campus culture. Previously she founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the 10-campus University of Hawaii system . She also worked as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the statewide energy efficiency program, for which she was recognized as a National Rising Star of Energy Efficiency in 2015 from the Alliance to Save Energy. She is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action and the Environmental Leadership Program.

Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we host the Business Stepping Up Series monthly in downtown Manhattan featuring Hunter Lovins in discussion with Bard MBA faculty and alumni who are part of this business revolution.
 <<<< Sign up to join the conversation virtually HERE >>>>
Follow along with Business Stepping Up in the monthly Huffington Post column previewing that month's event: Business Stepping Up: The Principles of Sustainable Management Business Stepping Up Episode II: Entrepreneuring a Finer FutureLight refreshments provided.
Limited seating.<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Poster for download below.

Download: BusinessSteppingUpFall2017.pdf
Friday, December 1, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Corporate America's Slow but Profitable Move from Linear to Circular Economics

Thomas Singer, Principle Researcher in Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Thomas Singer is a principal researcher in corporate leadership at The Conference Board. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. Singer is the author of numerous publications, including Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services and the comprehensive corporate sustainability benchmarking report Sustainability Practices. Prior to joining The Conference Board, Singer worked with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting and SustainAbility, helping clients embed sustainability into their core business.

Over his career, he has supported engagements with industry leaders across sectors, focusing on strategy development, opportunity assessment, competitive analysis, and stakeholder engagement. He began his career as a management consultant with Kaiser Associates, advising clients on white space opportunities, competitive analysis, and benchmarking. Singer is a graduate of Tufts University. Listen to podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here
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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf
Friday, November 17, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Sustainable American-Made Foodwear

Kim Falkenhayn, President, Okabashi/Oka-B Shoes
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Okabashi Shoes was founded in 1984 to manufacture quality shoes and provide good jobs for Americans. Focusing on sustainability, Okabashi chose Georgia as its home because for its central location to reduce fossil fuels needed to deliver shoes and sandals from the factory to consumers. Okabashi also produces 100% recyclable shoes in its plant, using a closed-loop recycling process to reduce the use of virgin material and offers customers a discount when they mail back their retired pairs of shoes. Okabashi President Kim Falkenhayn attributes much of the company’s success to their drive to create a better economy and environment in the United States.

Listen to Podcast Here
Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here

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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Consulting for Change

Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series
LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, NYC  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
 As President Trump pursues a regressive, isolationist agenda, business is stepping up to address climate change, promote equality and protect human rights, and create economic opportunity. Join sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins for a conversation series with industry experts to explore this shift in progressive business leadership.

November's Business Stepping Up conversation will feature Laura Gittman discussing how businesses are reacting to the new approach in Washington, in some cases stepping up sustainability efforts and in other cases, stepping back. Laura is Vice President at BSR, a global nonprofit business network dedicated to sustainability. Laura spearheads the New York office, working with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues. She also serves on BSR’s Executive Committee and oversees global membership strategy and services. She runs senior-level sustainability strategy workshops and multistakeholder forums, and has published reports on environmental, social, and governance integration in mainstream investing. From 2006 to 2010, Laura facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, growing the initiative from 15 to more than 50 electronics companies. She also launched BSR’s global financial services and media practices. Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, developed the business strategy for a startup in the biotechnology sector in Chile.

Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we host the Business Stepping Up Series monthly in downtown Manhattan featuring Hunter Lovins in discussion with Bard MBA faculty and alumni who are part of this business revolution.
 <<<< Sign up to join the conversation virtually HERE >>>>
Follow along with Business Stepping Up in the monthly Huffington Post column previewing that month's event: Business Stepping Up: The Principles of Sustainable Management Business Stepping Up Episode II: Entrepreneuring a Finer FutureLight refreshments provided.
Limited seating.<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Poster for download below.

Download: BusinessSteppingUpFall2017.pdf
Friday, November 3, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: "Finance, Society, & Sustainability" Book Discussion

Nick Silver, Author
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Nick Silver is managing director of Callund Consulting, founder and director of Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Radix the think tank of the radical centre. Nick is a visiting fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and Cass Business School. Nick recently won The President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the Actuarial Profession. Nick’s book, Finance, Society and Sustainability will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in July.  Listen to Podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here
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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf
Friday, October 20, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Personal Care Products that are Good for Body & Planet 

Rebecca Hamilton, VP of R&D, WS Badger Company, Inc. 
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Rebecca Hamilton is an owner and the Vice President of Research and Development/Quality Assurance at the W.S. Badger Company, where she oversees technical research, new product innovation and development, companywide quality assurance and regulatory affairs as well as Badger’s product related sustainability initiatives. Rebecca has over a decade of experience in the natural products industry and has served as an industry expert and public presenter at over 30 conferences and events. Her background in ethnobotany and supply chain management coupled with her passions for organic living, safe products, and ethical commerce have led her to wider industry involvement and public service outreach. She is currently involved in safe cosmetics legislation and toxic chemical reform, has served as the chair of the Natural Products Association Natural Personal Care Steering Committee, and is an active committee member on both the Personal Care Products Council’s Sunscreen Taskforce and on the American Sustainable Business Council’s Safer Chemicals Coalition. Listen to Podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here
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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf Download Poster Here
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Investing with Impact

Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series
LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, NYC  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
 As President Trump pursues a regressive, isolationist agenda, business is stepping up to address climate change, promote equality and protect human rights, and create economic opportunity. Join sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins for a conversation series with industry experts to explore this shift in progressive business leadership.

October's Business Stepping Up conversation will feature Kathy Hipple discussing how to achieve true sustainability, we need to move trillions of dollars from destructive projects into regenerative investments. Kathy is a founding partner of Noosphere Marketing, where she works with mission-driven organizations, financial services and tech firms to communicate – and advance -- their ESG initiatives. Prior to launching Noosphere, Kathy worked extensively on Wall Street with international institutional clients at Merrill Lynch, and in local search, where she ran a NYC-based media company with nearly 200 employees and $35 million in revenues while serving on the national board of the Local Search Association. Kathy is a founding member of the Generative Council, a group of women leaders in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. She serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels in Bennington, Vermont; Sawah Bali, in Bali, Indonesia; and The Center for Nature and Leadership, in Washington, DC. She is working to launch a Sustainable Women’s Investment fund, which will select investments through a gender and sustainability lens.

Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we host the Business Stepping Up Series monthly in downtown Manhattan featuring Hunter Lovins in discussion with Bard MBA faculty and alumni who are part of this business revolution.
 <<<< Sign up to join the conversation virtually HERE >>>>
Follow along with Business Stepping Up in the monthly Huffington Post column previewing that month's event: Business Stepping Up: The Principles of Sustainable Management Business Stepping Up Episode II: Entrepreneuring a Finer FutureLight refreshments provided.
Limited seating.<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Poster for download below.

Download: BusinessSteppingUpFall2017.pdf
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Raising the Bar on Making the (Clif) Bar


Clif Bar’s VP of Environmental Stewardship, Elysa Hammond on of Clif's mission to make good food with a purpose.

REI SoHo | 303 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10012  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< FREE TICKETS HERE >>>>>

Clif Bar’s VP of Environmental Stewardship, Elysa Hammond, tells the story of Clif's journey toward sustainability and mission to make good food with a purpose.

Since Clif Bar’s owners, Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson, decided to keep the company private back in 2000, Clif Bar has been pushing the envelope on sustainability. Unlike most companies who account for a single—financial—bottom line, Clif accounts for five bottom lines which they call their 5 Aspirations: economic sustainability (Business); brand integrity (Brands); giving back (Community); employee wellbeing (People); and environmental sustainability (Planet). Elysa Hammond, who leads the Planet Aspiration, has been working with Clif since 2000 to develop and lead Clif Bar’s work in environmental sustainability. During that time, she helped launch Clif Bar’s transition to organic, their green supply chain program, the integration of biophilic design principles into their new bakery, and their on-going work in climate action for which they were recently awarded the EPA’s Climate Leadership Award. Elysa also serves on the Board of the Bard MBA in Sustainability program to support the creation of a new kind of business leader.

REI, in collaboration with Bard MBA in Sustainability, presents Elysa Hammond: she will tell the story of Clif Bar’s journey to sustainability in an effort to raise the bar on making the bar.

POSTER FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW

<<<<< FREE TICKETS HERE >>>>>

Download: ClifReiPoster.pdf POSTER FOR DOWNLOAD
Friday, October 6, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: How the World's Largest Confectionary Plans to Go Sustainable in a Generation

Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars, Inc.
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global Director of Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer for Mars, Incorporated.  In his role he developed and leads Mars’ Sustainable in A Generation program covering the environmental impacts of their direct operations including more than 400 facilities globally.  As part of this program his team manages a global portfolio of renewable energy projects in conjunction with efficiency work led by the business units.  He also leads the assessment of environmental impact for Mars’ entire value chain and the translation of external environmental science into policy and strategy for the business
Kevin is the Lead Corporate Director on the Board of The Sustainability Consortium, Mars’ representative in the Corporate Consultative Group at the World Resources Institute, leads Mars’ environmental engagement with the Consumer Goods Forum and frequently speaks externally on behalf of Mars’ sustainability program. He has been with Mars for 23 years, 10 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe specializing in technology development, scale up and intellectual property.
  Listen to Podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here
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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf
Friday, September 22, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Helping Refugees & Conflict-Affected Entrepreneurs Launch & Grow their Businesses in the Middle East

Alice Bosley & Patricia Letayf, Co-Founders, Five One Labs
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Alice Bosley
Alice Bosley is the co-founder and Executive Director of Five One Labs. She is passionate about business approaches to humanitarian challenges. She was an Innovation Specialist with the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Unit, using design thinking to solve humanitarian challenges worldwide. She has also worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and consulted with Mercy Corp’s Social Ventures team. For the past two years, she served as the Design Lead at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio. 
Alice has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on humanitarian action, economic development, and entrepreneurship. She obtained her BA in international relations from Stanford University. 

Patricia Letayf
Patricia Letayf is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Five One Labs. She has a background in Middle East politics and worked as a Middle East political risk analyst at the Dubai office of consultancy Control Risks, where she advised clients on the political risks to their operations in the region. She cares deeply about development issues in the region, particularly education and employment, and believes in the transformative power of cross-cultural interactions. Because of this, she volunteers as a cross-cultural facilitator for the Soliya Connect Program.
She has a Master of Public Administration in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University.

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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017.pdf Poster For Download
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Marketing Climate Action Under Trump

Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series
LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, NYC  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
 As President Trump pursues a regressive, isolationist agenda, business is stepping up to address climate change, promote equality and protect human rights, and create economic opportunity. Join sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins for a conversation series with industry experts to explore this shift in progressive business leadership.

September's Business Stepping Up conversation will feature Jorge Fotanez discussing how businesses are using their brand and voice to move the needle on important environmental and social issues. Jorge is the CEO of Marca Studio, working with for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises to develop next level growth strategies. He advises small businesses and startups with a focus on brand and marketing strategy to drive audience development, stakeholder engagement, and earned revenue. Also currently a Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Jorge previously worked for brands such as JPMorgan Chase, Colgate-Palmolive, and Alcoa and was named a 2012 “40 under 40” Brand Innovators for his expertise expertise in digital marketing.

Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we host the Business Stepping Up Series monthly in downtown Manhattan featuring Hunter Lovins in discussion with Bard MBA faculty and alumni who are part of this business revolution.
 <<<< Sign up to join the conversation virtually HERE >>>>
Follow along with Business Stepping Up in the monthly Huffington Post column previewing that month's event: Business Stepping Up: The Principles of Sustainable Management Business Stepping Up Episode II: Entrepreneuring a Finer Future Business Stepping Up Episdoe III: New Rules in the Era of Sustainable MarketingLight refreshments provided.
Limited seating.<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Poster for download below.

Download: BusinessSteppingUpFall2017.pdf
Friday, September 8, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurship

Sherry Youssef Younes & Alejandro Crawford
Podcast  8:00 am – 9:00 am
Alejandro Crawford's mission is to expand access to the knowledge, space and alliance innovators require to bring new solutions to market and scale them. As a consultant, he is is managing director of Acceleration Group, where he works with the leaders of companies, governments, universities, investors, and NGOs to to harness the potential of disruptive leaders to remake our economy. He and his colleagues enable leaders of mission-driven organizations to build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. As an entrepreneur, he launches and grows ventures such as RebelBase and Tangible Creative, and enables many others to launch and grow. As an educator, he serves as professor of entrepreneurship at the Bard MBA in Sustainability and designs innovative courses for programs ranging from Baruch's MBA to Fordham's nonprofit leadership program. He writes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report and recently published a new ecosystem framework for expanding access to entrepreneurship globally. He speaks regularly on what needs to be done to prevent a lost generation of entrepreneurs and release our potential for sustainable growth. He earned his BA in history from Cornell University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Sherry Youssef Younes is a Youth, Workforce Development, ICT4Development and Women's Economic Empowerment Consultant with over 23 years experience in international economic development programme design, development and management.  She is currently the Techincal Director for the he DFID-Islamic Development Bank Arab Women's Enterprise Fund Programme, a multi country women's economic empowerment programme being implemented in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. Previously, she established and led DAI’s Global Practice for Workforce Development and Youth Engagement. Sherry was also the Programme Manager for USAID’s Global Broadband’s Innovations for Youth Capacity and Engagement (IYCE) Programme where she managed the design and implementaion of a one-of-a-kind serious gaming pilot that demonstrated a theory of change whereby youth engagement both on and offline was fostered through serious social gaming.  She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Arab Studies & International Business and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.  She is also senior advisor to Making Cents International. Listen to Podcast Here Read except of podcast on GreenBiz.com Here
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 Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
 
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.

POSTER AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW.

Download: BardSBF_Fall2017 (3).pdf
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Entrepreneuring with Purpose 

Business Stepping Up: The Lovins Series
LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, NYC  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
 As President Trump pursues a regressive, isolationist agenda, business is stepping up to address climate change, promote equality and protect human rights, and create economic opportunity. Join sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins for a conversation series with industry experts to explore this shift in progressive business leadership.

August's Business Stepping Up conversation will feature Alejandro Crawford discussing how entrepreneurial strategies and skills are critical for anyone pursuing innovative business solutions to today's toughest challenges. Alejandro Crawford is Managing Director at Acceleration Group, where he enables leaders of mission-driven businesses and nonprofit organizations build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. He publishes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog, and speaks frequently on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education. His courses and workshops have launched change-makers and innovators across half a dozen universities and an array of client organizations. Crawford serves on and facilitates strategy for various educational boards and is co-founder of the Mountaintop Program, which challenges young people to imagine solutions to problems they identify, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice.

Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we host the Business Stepping Up Series monthly in downtown Manhattan featuring Hunter Lovins in discussion with Bard MBA faculty and alumni who are part of this business revolution.

Light refreshments provided.
Limited seating.<<<<< TICKETS HERE >>>>>
Poster for download below.

Download: BusinessSteppingUpFall2017.pdf
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Becoming an Unreasonable Entrepreneur:
A Conversation with L. Hunter Lovins

Presented by: the Bard MBA in Sustainability program + Hudson Valley Tech Meet Up +ReThink Local
Reem-Kayden Center  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
How can we transform business on to a sustainable path? We will soon be ten billion people on this one planet, and yet, it is not too late. This is a time of extraordinary peril, but also extraordinary promise. Join green business pioneer Hunter Lovins to learn how we can create a finer future.

Event Details: Date: Wednesday 8/23/17 Time: 7:00-9:00 PM Location: Reem Kayden Center (RKC) RM 103 
L. Hunter Lovins is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 40 years, Hunter has consulted on business, economic development, sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Lovins is the author of, Natural Capitalism, and The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism To Save Our Economic Ass. Her forthcoming book is entitled A Finer Future.
 

Download: Hunter Poster August 23 2017 (2).pdf
Friday, May 19, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Inclusive Capitalism That Works for Everyone 

Sam Polk, Author, Co-Founder, CEO, Groceryships and Everytable 
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Former hedge fund trader Sam Polk is a writer; co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise that sells fresh, delicious meals at prices everyone can afford; and the founder and executive director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with obesity. Polk graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a BA in English and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Designation. His writing has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter. For the Love of Money is his first book.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
Friday, May 5, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Environmental Education By Way of Bicycles 

Karen Overton, Executive Director, Recycle A Bicycle
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Karen Overton is the Executive Director of Recycle a Bicycle. Recycle-a-Bicycle started in 1994 when Overton, then working at the transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, commandeered a middle school classroom to teach kids how to fix bikes, from patching flat tires to overhauling clunky handlebars. The focus is on recycling and youth job training. Recycle A Bicycle offers programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Green Jobs Training Programs, High School Internships, Recycled Arts Workshops, Summer Youth Employment Program, and Kids Ride Club. In the past year alone, more than 1,000 RAB youth collectively refurbished 500 bicycles, pedaled 24,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvages 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from NYC's landfills. Every purchase from directly supports our youth programs and environmental initiatives.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
Friday, April 21, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Media as a Call to Arms to Combat Climate Change

Jon Meyersohn, Co-Executive Producer, "Years of Living Dangerously"
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Jon Meyersohn is the Co-Executive Producer of "Years of Living Dangerously", a cinematic television series about the effects of climate change airing on National Geographic. Some of his past work experiences include Senior Producer of ABC News "Nightline", Producer/Coordinating Producer of ABC News "20/20", Senior Producer of ABC News "i-Caught", Producer of ABC News "Primetime", Senior Producer of ABC News "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings", and Senior Producer of ABC News "Good Morning America". Seven Emmy Awards for various CBS News and ABC News stories and programs. Meyersohn has received multiple Emmy nominations for individual stories and programs, including 10 Emmy nominations for Nightline for 2013.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
Friday, March 3, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Documentary Storytelling: Environmental Awareness Through the Lens 

John De Graaf, Filmmaker & Executive Director, Take Back Your Time
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
John de Graaf is an author, filmmaker and Executive Director of Take Back Your Time. Fifteen of his documentaries, including the popular special, AFFLUENZA, have been broadcast nationally on PBS. His books include the best-seller AFFLUENZA: THE ALL-CONSUMING EPIDEMIC, now in its third edition, and WHAT'S THE ECONOMY FOR, ANYWAY? His work and speaking engagements involve exploration of the intersection of happiness, work-life balance, consumerism, health and sustainability. He has taught at The Evergreen State College and helped develop the UW Summer School Class "What's the Economy for, Anyway?" in 2007. He is a co-founder of The Happiness Initiative and recently served as an advisor to the government of Bhutan as it development its Gross National Happiness project proposal for the United Nations.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
Monday, February 20, 2017

Hunter Lovins: Creating A Finer Future

REI Soho, 303 Lafayette St., New York, NY  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Event Page
Sustainability pioneer Hunter Lovins will discuss her new book focused on how we can create a “ Finer Future” by shepherding change through large companies and by 
driving community economic development. The evening will be interactive, drawing from audience concerns and expertise. A Professor of Sustainable Management at Bard MBA, Lovins is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions.

Download: Lovins_REIposter.pdf
Friday, February 17, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Restoring the World's Grasslands Through Holistic Management 

Allan Savory, Founder & President, The Savory Institute 
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world.
In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. In 1992, Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
Friday, February 3, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays: Learn, Code, Inspire, Teach

 

Fereshteh Forough, Founder & CEO, Code to Inspire 
Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Fereshteh Forough is the Founder and President of Code to Inspire, the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan. Fereshteh was born as an Afghan refugee in Iran. One year after the fall of Taliban, she moved to Herat, Afghanistan with her family where she received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Herat University and later a Master’s degree from Technical University of Berlin in Germany. She taught as a professor in the Computer Science Faculty of Herat University for three years. Fereshteh was a 2013 TED Talks speaker and a 2015 Clinton Global Initiative.

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.
 
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.
 

Download: SBF2017.pdf
  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Talk: Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice with Cary Krosinsky

The Latest in Finance for Impact
Morgan Stanley HQ 1585 Broadway between 47/48th St 27th Floor, E- Boardroom  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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2/1 @ 6pm

THE LATEST IN FINANCE FOR IMPACT: Renowned author and practitioner Cary Krosinsky will talk about his new edited volume Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (Routledge 2016). Co-authored with Sophie Purdom, the book brings a focus on recent innovations in investing for good. The event will be moderated by Bard MBA Director Dr. Eban Goodstein.

Business Meets Sustainability at Bard. We will soon be nine billion people on one planet, each of us aspiring to a good quality of life. Can we meet human needs without destroying the ecological systems and exhausting the natural resources on which our civilization depends? And can we do this while treating workers and communities with justice and respect? Bard's MBA program delivers a world-class education in business fundamentals combined with the tools you need to answer YES to these questions.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sustainable Business Fridays
Progress: One Local Bite at a Time

Podcast Series  

Danielle Vogel, Owner, Glen’s Garden Market
 

Podcast  7:00 am – 7:00 am
Danielle Vogel, the creator of Glen’s Garden Market, comes from a long line of grocers, stretching back four generations. Before founding Glen’s, Danielle worked in government for ten years, for Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, as well as for the Department of Justice as an environmental litigator enforcing the Clean Air Act. When the effort to pass comprehensive climate legislation failed, she dedicated herself to finding a new (more incremental) way to address global warming. And thus evolved the idea for Glen’s Garden Market, where Neighbors select from the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s finest produce, meats, poultry, dairy products and specialty foods in a space designed to celebrate seasonality and offer unprecedented access to environmentally sustainable, locally grown foods. Danielle and her team opened a second location in Shaw in December 2015. In this podcast, Bard MBA talks to Danielle about her journey. 

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