Conference 2018

 

 

NHBSR'S 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 |  8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Attendee Networking Reception directly following the conference, 3:30-5:30.
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord

NHBSR's 17th Annual Spring Conference is a day you won't want to miss. As New Hampshire's preeminent conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), our Spring Conference is an opportunity to join over 200 organizational and business professionals in leading the charge for sustainability throughout the state of New Hampshire. The day itself is specifically designed to emphasize networking and collaborative opportunities, while creating a sound platform for participants to learn about the resources, skills, and knowledge that will help them develop their own sustainability initiatives and programs. 

This year’s event, “Lead the Change,” will feature both international and local leaders in CSR. Leith Sharp, Director of Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership at Harvard University, will kickoff the day in her keynote, "Unleashing Flow: The Future of Leadership." A rapidly evolving 21st century context brings focus to our shared reality that no business can succeed in a failing world. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) signals an era in which the very nature of leadership itself is evolving. Leith will share key insights into a new leadership paradigm emerging in response to a global context that requires a radical increase in the flow of purpose driven ideas. This keynote will address how new ideas move through our organizations and how we can transform leadership and organizational design to position sustainability as the ultimate innovation driver in our ever-connected and fast-paced world.

In the afternoon, a panel of leading CEOs from varied industries will share insights on sustainability opportunities and challenges within their sector as well as ideas for how the NH business community can have impact in our communities. This panel will give participants insight into the strategies and decision making processes that have been essential in pivoting their companies as industry leaders in both business and sustainability.

The conference also offers more focused sessions targeting issues central to CSR. Presented by local leaders, these sessions are offered in the morning and afternoon and organized into four different tracks: energy and environment, workplace and community, leadership for change, and sustainable innovation. Each session not only offers participants the chance to explore in-depth local CSR efforts and creative solutions, but also the opportunity to connect with local resources and like-minded individuals and programs.

There's great strength in collaboration and connection. Efforts to bolster the resiliency, vibrancy, and prosperity of our communities and world are vital to us all.

We hope that you will join us!!

PRESS RELEASE

Keynote

Leith Sharp
Executive Education for Sustainability at Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment
Biography
Leith Sharp is the founding Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has open sourced innovative visual content on ‘idea flow’, a proven approach for enabling organizations to achieve a radical increase in the flow of purpose driven ideas. She is co-founder of Leaders on Purpose, an enterprise convening dozens of global CEOs such as Mastercard, Ikea and Siemens to accelerate leadership fitness for delivering on the SDGs. She has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. For 9 years Leith was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, leading Harvard to become a global leader in campus sustainability. Leith has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 15 years. Leith was the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, working with over 40 college presidents to raise $24 million for green workforce training. Leith has consulted with over 200 organizations including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, The USA Association of Governing Boards, The Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit. Leith has received awards including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Leith has an engineering degree (UNSW) and a master of education (Harvard).

CEO Panel

Joe Keefe
Impax Asset Management LLC/Pax World Funds
Biography
Joe Keefe is President of Pax World Funds (“Pax”) and its investment adviser, Impax Asset Management LLC. Under Joe’s leadership, Pax has become one of the leading innovators in the rapidly growing field of sustainable investing. He is Co-Chair of the Leadership Group for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint program of the United Nations Global Compact and UN Women, and was honored at the United Nations with the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award in 2014. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Women Thrive Alliance, a global network of over 300 member organizations working to achieve gender equality. Joe has been named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” five times, and the Financial Times named him one of its 10 “top feminist men,” for his work helping women succeed in business and beyond. In 2016, Joe was named the University of New Hampshire’s “Social Innovator of the Year” and received the Global Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
Robert Craven
FoodState
Biography
Robert Craven is CEO of FoodState, a company that has been mastering the art of whole food supplements since 1973 through its MegaFood and INNATE Response brands. Since joining FoodState in May 2011, Robert’s mission as CEO has been simple – support the company’s mission of improving lives by staying true to the intention of food. In a word – it’s about being “real”. From spearheading the company’s Big T Transparency efforts, a movement focused on building trust with consumers through bold measures that give unprecedented access to behind the scenes of the company, to endorsing internal initiatives like the company’s active Culture Club and paid time off for volunteers, Robert is a leader who is deeply focused on making a difference in the lives of others. At FoodState, Robert has found what he likes to call his “sweet spot,” and values a role that allows him the opportunity to change the world, one improved life at a time. Not only is he transforming the way FoodState earns the trust of consumers, but he’s also a proponent for positive change throughout the supplements industry. You can follow Robert’s journey at FoodState via social media– he contributes regularly to his LinkedIn page, shares extensively on Twitter, @RobertUCraven, and you can often find him live streaming company happenings on Periscope. Learn more about Robert at about.me/robertucraven
Mindy S. Lubber
Ceres
Biography
Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and founding board member of Ceres, a non- profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges through inititiatives that include direct engagement with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms and investing $17 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Other accolades include the 2016 Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University, designation as one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21, recognition as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” from the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change. A recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Lubber was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.
Amy LaBelle
LaBelle Winery
Biography
Amy LaBelle is the founder of and winemaker at LaBelle Winery. Formerly a corporate attorney practicing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, her lifelong interest in wine led her to open LaBelle Winery to pursue her passion for winemaking. With LaBelle Winery developing into a destination winery, Amy has slowly seen her dream realized: to focus full-time on making world-class wine in New Hampshire. LaBelle Winery is an award-winning Amherst, New Hampshire winery that specializes in transforming New England fruit into fresh, crisp, fine wine that closely reflects its original fruit. LaBelle currently offers over 30 varieties of wine. In addition, LaBelle Winery is the launch pad for The Winemaker’s Kitchen, a wine-focused culinary line featuring jams, spice blends, flavored salts, brine and other spice blends, and three savory culinary wines. Amy LaBelle is also the founder of Empowering Angels, a charitable organization that empowers girls and young women to embrace the possibility of entrepreneurship as an option toward achieving their goals by providing education in basic business skills and strategies and through providing women role models by which these young entrepreneurs can model their behavior. LaBelle Website: www.labellewinerynh.com
Jesse Laflamme
Pete & Gerry's Organics
Biography
Jesse Laflamme is a fourth-generation farmer and CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organics, a rapidly growing branded egg business. Under his leadership, the company is proving that commercial agriculture and humane, sustainable farming are not mutually exclusive. Over the last 17 years, the company has experienced a compound annual growth rate of more than 35%. The two retail brands Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, and Nellie’s Free Range Eggs, are national category leaders, and the company continues to expand distribution throughout the United Sates. Jesse is a passionate and knowledgeable champion of sustainable business who enjoys sharing his formula for success with farmers and consumers alike. Jesse is a 2000 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and participated in the Tuck Business School Bridge Program.

Energy & Environment

Joe Van Gombos
Unitil Energy Efficiency
Biography
Joe works with Unitil’s commercial electric and natural gas customers to help identify and implement energy efficiency solutions which improve operations while reducing energy costs.  These programs strengthen the NH business community, and New England energy infrastructure, one facility at a time.
Henry Herndon
Local Energy Solutions
Biography
Henry coordinates a network of NH energy professionals delivering technical assistance for energy projects to municipalities across the state. LES supports local energy projects relating to policy and planning, efficiency and renewable energy project implementation, public outreach, and more.
Dr. Clay Mitchell
University of New Hampshire
Biography
Dr. Mitchell is an expert in the fields of land use planning and energy, actively advancing clean energy projects in New Hampshire for the past 20 years. Examples include NH’s first 3rd-party financed solar PV plant, Solar Hot Air system, and a Combined Heat and Power micro-turbine.
Alli Gold Roberts
Ceres
Biography
Alli Gold Roberts is a senior manager for the policy team at Ceres. She leads Ceres' state policy efforts to mobilize investor and company support for stronger climate and clean energy policies. Through her outreach, Alli leverages the influential voice of the business community to advance renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation.
Brent Merriam
NEMO Equipment
Biography
Brent Merriam is the COO of NEMO Equipment, Inc., an award-winning, Dover-based designer of high quality, innovative outdoor gear including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and camp furniture. Brent leads NEMO’s planning, logistics, and supply chain teams, as well as the company’s international business development efforts. As a founding member of NEMO’s sustainability working group, Brent is managing NEMO’s effort to power their space with a solar array.
Lisa Drake
Stonyfield
Biography
For 15 years, Lisa has developed and managed award-winning environmental and energy initiatives at Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt manufacturer based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Lisa leads Stonyfield’s policy and advocacy efforts for energy and climate and is particularly proud of Stonyfield’s B Corp certification. She also serves on the Board of Directors for NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Steering Committee for Ceres’ Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy coalition, and the Advisory Committee of the NH Food Bank.
Zac Conaway
Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Biography
Zac Conaway is the Manager of Waste and Recycling and Chairman of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Environmental Sustainability Council. Zac joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2012 after leaving Active Service in the U.S. Army, where he served as a logistics officer for over 5 years. He graduated from Norwich University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Zac’s main responsibilities include managing the disposal and diversion of all waste at the Lebanon Medical Center as well as coordinating all Environmental Sustainability efforts for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Sustainable Innovation

Dr. Fiona Wilson
University of New Hampshire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise
Biography
Dr. Fiona Wilson is the Executive Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, which offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across the University in social innovation.
Katie Paine
Salience/KDPaine & Partners
Biography
Katie Delahaye Paine is the Chief Marketing Officer of News Group, a leader in international monitoring and evaluation, as well as Chairman and founder of Salience/KDPaine Partners, the leader in integrated social and traditional communications measurement. She is the author of Measure What Matters, Online Tools for Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships (Wiley, 2011).
Taryn Fisher
Antioch University
Biography
Following almost 20 years in industry as a supply chain executive for blue chip companies including Fidelity Investments, Procter & Gamble, and The Gillette Company, Taryn switched gears in pursuit of a career in academia. She now serveas as Assistant Professor of Management and the MBA Sustainability Program Director at Antioch University.

Leadership for Change

Trinnie Houghton
Sojourn Partners
Biography
For 10 years, Trinnie has coached senior level executives, partners, and emerging leaders in the US, Europe and Asia, focusing on leadership development and team dynamics.
Debra LeClair
Sojourn Partners
Biography
With a strong background in behavior change, leadership development, stress management and brain science, Dr. Debra LeClair utilizes a multidimensional approach in working with clients to move through obstacles in meeting career and personal aspirations. She also consults and trains in corporations, non- profit agencies and public schools to implement positive cultural change through enhanced interpersonal communication and the fostering of emotional intelligence.
Kim Meninger
Executive Career Success, LLC
Biography
Kim Meninger is an executive coach and founder of Executive Career Success, LLC. She partners with current and future leaders across industries and functional roles to develop the confidence, influence and strategies they need to achieve their professional goals.
Nancy Pearson
Center for Women & Enterprise
Biography
Nancy Pearson has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience working for organizations such as The University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Television, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She brings expertise in program development, management and marketing to her role as Project Director. Nancy holds a master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and is serving her second term as an elected official as a city council member in Portsmouth, NH.
Alexandra Bishop
Center for Women & Enterprise
Biography
Alexandra’s passion for nonprofits and feminism led her to CWE’s Nashua Women’s Business Center from Portland, Maine. Previously the Philanthropy & Communications Coordinator at the YMCA of Southern Maine and a current member of the Young Nonprofit Professional’s Network of Maine’s Board of Directors.

Workplace & Community

Jess Baum
W.S. Badger
Biography
Jess Baum is Badger's Sustainability Manager & Community Coordinator and absolutely loves her work! She came to Badger after earning a Master's degree in Environmental Studies, for which she co-created an Environmental Management System for Badger. She brings 9+ years of experience in environmental and sustainability education, program development, and implementation.
Charles Caldwell
Granite United Way
Biography
Charles Caldwell is an AmeriCorps Alumni who has worked in the nonprofit sector for 9 years. During that time he has had a part in several large volunteer engagement projects including the Day of Caring, and the Volunteer Income Assistance Program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. Charles is a current member of the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators and received his Masters in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Lisa Drake
Stonyfield
Biography
For 15 years, Lisa has developed and managed award-winning environmental and energy initiatives at Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt manufacturer based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Lisa leads Stonyfield’s policy and advocacy efforts for energy and climate and is particularly proud of Stonyfield’s B Corp certification. She also serves on the Board of Directors for NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Steering Committee for Ceres’ Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy coalition, and the Advisory Committee of the NH Food Bank.
Tym Rourke
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Biography
Tym has over 20 years’ experience in the Substance Use Disorders field, and is the former Chair of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
Matt McKenney
Hypertherm
Biography
Matthew S. McKenney, is the Workforce Development Manager at Hypertherm on the Human Resources team. As the Workforce Development Manager at Hypertherm, Matt leads the development of workforce plans, designs skills-based training programs, and manages the internal workforce pipeline. In the community he works with schools, businesses, state, and federal agencies to develop and attain human capital.
Stacey Chiocchio
Hypertherm
Biography
Stacey is the Community Citizenship Manager for Hypertherm on the Corporate Social Responsibility team. As community Citizenship Manager, she directs Hypertherm’s Community Service Time volunteer program, collaborates with area businesses on local community issues, supports the HOPE Foundation and it’s Substance Use Disorder Task Force, and directs Hypertherm’s SHAPE (Students and Hypertherm Associates Partnering for Education) for STEM program, which engages thousands of NH students in STEM education.
Jed Fiato
Volunteer NH
Biography
Jed Fiato earned his Master's in Public Policy at New England College and holds a BA in Political Science from Houghton College. Jed has a passion for service and currently serves as Program Development and Outreach Coordinator for Volunteer NH.
Amanda Grappone Osmer
Grappone Automative Group
Biography
Amanda Grappone Osmer is the fourth generation of her family to help own and operate Grappone Automotive, a group of five new car dealerships, a wholesale parts operation, and collision center in Bow, NH.  Team Grappone operates in a learning environment in which the whole person is fostered with the end goal of building lifelong relationships by serving with integrity, kindness and respect.

Workplace & Community

Business Investing in NH’s Future Morning Session
Find inspiration in how businesses are addressing challenges to New Hampshire's future by engaging their workforce to benefit their community. With the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s NH Tomorrow initiative as a guide, the panel will share examples of programs that bring together their workforce, students, and families to help support youth from cradle to career.
Lisa Drake, Stonyfield
Tym Rourke, NH Charitable Foundation
Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Automotive Group
Stacey Chiocchio, Hypertherm
Matt McKenney, Hypertherm

Dream Big - Empowering Employees in Sustainability and Social Causes Afternoon Session
Get your employees involved with social causes! A session for those who are interested in creating a team of empowered employees, struggling to engage one, looking for what's next, or want to share successes!
Charles Caldwell, Granite United Way
Jed Fiato, Volunteer NH

Jessica Baum, W.S. Badger

 

Energy & Environment

Leveraging Energy Management for the Bottom Line Morning Session
Join this session to explore financial and technical resources available to NH Businesses interested in reducing operating expenses through energy investments.
Joe Van Gombos, Unitil Energy Efficiency
Henry Herndon, Local Energy Solutions
Dr. Clay Mitchel, University of New Hampshire 

The Business Benefits of Engaging in Public Policy Afternoon Session
Join business leaders in a discussion about how they are telling policymakers their sustainability stories, why they are engaging directly in policy discussions, and how raising their voices can benefit their bottom line.
Alli Gold Roberts, Ceres
Brent Mirriam, NEMO Equipment
Lisa Drake, Stonyfield
Zac Conaway, Darthmouth-Hitchcock

 

Leadership for Change

Lessons from Conscious Leadership: Developing your Zone of Genius Morning Session
Find out how to get in your zone, stay in your zone and inspire others to tap into their own zone of genius.
Debra LeClair, Sojourn Partners
Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners

Mind the Gap Afternoon Session
This session is designed to provide individuals and businesses with strategies to address wage and leadership gaps within the company culture.
Kim Meninger, Executive Career Success
Nancy Pearson, Center for Women & Enterprise
Alexandra Bishop, Center for Women & Enterprise

 

Sustainable Innovation

Living Proof of Positive Social ROI (Sustainable Innovation) Morning Session 
Join this session to unpack the traditional view of ROI to include the contributions made by CSR.
Taryn Fisher, Antioch University
Katie Paine, Paine Publishing

Partnering with Colleges to Advance Sustainability: Ideas and Best Practices to Advance Innovation and Action (Sustainable Innovation) Afternoon Session
This session will focus on how companies can effectively partner with local universities to create genuine win-win sustainability focused outcomes, and highlight examples of innovative and successful partnerships, as well as discuss best practices.
Fiona Wilson, Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise at University of NH

7:45 – 8:30am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

8:30 – 9:00am

Morning Kick-Off: Welcome & Event Logistics

9:00 – 10:00am

Keynote Presentation

Unleashing Flow: The Future of Leadership
Leith Sharp, Director, Executive Education for Sustainability at Harvard University

Leith will share key insights into a new leadership paradigm emerging in response to global context that requires a radical increase in the flow of purpose driven ideas. This keynote will address how new ideas move through our organizations and how we can transform leadership and organizational design to position sustainability as the ultimate innovation driver in our ever-connected and fast-paced world.

10:00 – 10:15am

New Initiative Announcement

10:15 – 10:30am

Morning Break, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

10:30 – 11:45am

Morning Sessions:

  • Business Investing in NH’s Future Workplace & Community

Lisa Drake, Stonyfield
Tym Rourke, NH Charitable Foundation 
Stacey Chiocchio, Hypertherm 

Amanda Grappone Osmer, Grappone Automative Group
Matt McKenney, Hypertherm 

  • Leveraging Energy Management for the Bottom Line Energy & Environment

Joe Van Gombos, Unitil Energy Efficiency
Henry Herndon, Local Energy Solutions
Dr. Clay Mitchel, University of New Hampshire 

  • Lessons from Conscious Leadership: Developing your Zone of Genius Leadership for Change

Debra LeClair, Sojourn Partners
Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners

  • Living Proof of Positive Social ROI Sustainable Innovation

Taryn Fisher, Antioch University
Katie Paine, Paine Publishing

 

    11:45am – 1:00pm

    Lunch, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

    Awards will be presented by Governor Sununu (invited)

     

    1:00 – 2:00pm

    CEO Panel

    This group of distinguished New England industry leaders will share their insights on the future of corporate responsibility, what excites/concerns them and how they have effectively engaged their employees, customers and communities in their mission.

    2:00 – 2:15pm

    Afternoon Break, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

    2:15 – 3:30pm

    Afternoon Sessions:

    • Dream Big - Empowering Employees in Sustainability and Social Causes Workplace & Community

    Charles Caldwell, Granite United Way
    Jed Fiato, Volunteer NH
    Jessica Baum, W.S. Badger

    • The Business Benefits of Engaging in Public Policy Energy & Environment

    Alli Gold Roberts, Ceres
    Brent Mirriam, NEMO Equipment
    Lisa Drake, Stonyfield
    Zac Conaway, Darthmouth-Hitchcock

    • Mind the Gap Leadership for Change

    Kim Meninger, Executive Career Success
    Nancy Pearson, Center for Women & Enterprise
    Alexandra Bishop, Center for Women & Enterprise

    • Partnering With Colleges to Advance Sustainability: Ideas and Best Practices to Advance Innovation and Action Sustainable Innovation

    Fiona Wilson, Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise at University of NH

    3:30 – 5:30pm

    Attendee Networking Reception

    Registration Costs:

    Members .................................................  $220  ($170 early bird)
    Not Yet Member ......................................  $295 ($270 early bird)
    Nonprofit Member ...................................  $145 ($120 early bird)
    Not Yet Member Nonprofit ......................  $220 ($195 early bird)
    Student ...................................................  $85 ($65 early bird)

    Early bird pricing is available until Monday, April 2. 

    Presenting Sponsor

    Keynote Sponsor

    Leader Sponsors

    CEO Panel Sponsor

    CSR Media Sponsors

    Reception Sponsors

    Partnership Sponsors

    Sustainablity Book Sponsors

    Award Sponsors

    Social Sponsors

    Carbon Offset Sponsor

    Registration Costs:

    Members .................................................  $220  ($170 early bird)
    Not Yet Member ......................................  $295 ($270 early bird)
    Nonprofit Member ...................................  $145 ($120 early bird)
    Not Yet Member Nonprofit ......................  $220 ($195 early bird)
    Student ...................................................  $85 ($65 early bird)

    Early bird pricing is available until Monday, April 2. 

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