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Net Impact's 2019 Impact Summit

February 09, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

When: Saturday, Feb 9 at 9 am
Where: BU Questrom School of Business, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor Ballroom, Boston
Register here. Net Impact is providing BASIC members with $5 off (ShareNIB2019 promo code).

Now in its seventh year, the Impact Summit is organized through a collaborative effort between Net Impact Boston and local university chapters. The annual Impact Summit brings together Boston-area professionals and students for a full day of engaging discussions about how to make lasting social and environmental impact with their careers. The event features speakers and exhibitors from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.


9:30 am to 10:00 am: Registration / Coffee

10:00 am to 11:00 am: Opening Keynote/Fireside Chat

11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Session One

Impact Investing: A Dollar Today, Impact Tomorrow, presented by Brandeis University

  • Cynthia McHale, Senior Director at Ceres

  • Doug Heske, CEO at New Day Investing

  • Matt Patsky, CEO at Trillium Asset Management

  • Pegaret Pichler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at Brandeis University (moderator)

Social & Environmental Justice in Business Operations, presented by Clark University

  • John Dobson, Associate Professor at Clark University, Graduate School of Management

  • Kate Hanley, Director of Sustainability for the Town of Concord, MA

  • Will O’Brien, Associate Professor of Practice at Clark University, Graduate School of Management (moderator)

How Sustainable is your Outfit?, presented by Boston University

  • Alyssa Caddle, Director of Global Sustainability at Bemis Associates

  • Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Co-Founder and President at Ministry of Supply

  • Jenn Swain, Head of Sustainability at Burton

  • John Stokes, Head of Global Sustainability at New Balance

  • Ken Pucker, Boston University, Questrom School of Business (moderator)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch and Expo

  • Lunch and refreshments to be provided

  • Expo includes tables from our sponsors (see full list below) and partner organizations.

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm: Session Two (more details to come!)

Addressing Climate Change in Food Systems, presented by Tufts University, Friedman School

  • Dan Harburg, Innovation Team Co-Lead at Indigo

  • Dorn Cox, Research Director at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment

  • John Stoddard, Founder of Higher Ground Farm

  • Avery Cohn, Assistant Professor in the Division of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (moderator)

Lobbying for Change, presented by MIT University

  • Miriam Posner, Director of Corporate Engagement at the Environmental League of Massachussetts

  • John Wass, Chairman at American Promise

  • Bethany Patten, Lecturer & Senior Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management (moderator)

The Ins and Outs of Non-Profit Boards, presented by Net Impact Boston

  • Robin Miller, President, Board of Directors at Miranda's Hearth

  • Emma Yashar, Board President at WalkBoston

  • Isaak Kifle, Net Impact Board Fellow with WalkBoston

  • Dan Haro, Vice President of Net Impact Boston (Moderator)

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Session Three

Innovating in Sustainability: How the BUild Lab helps BU Students Create Sustainable Impact, presented by BUild Lab

Social Impact of Digital Media, presented by Northeastern University

  • John Basl, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Ethics of Emerging Technologies at Northeastern University

  • Koen Pauwels, Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University, Co-director of NEU's Digital, Analytics, Technology and Automation (DATA) Initiative

Talking Climate Change, presented by New England National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and Net Impact Boston

  • Workshop led by John Anderson, Director of Education at New England Aquarium

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm: Closing Keynote

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Networking / Happy Hour at Uno Pizzeria & Grill