Conference 2020

**With a deep care for our community and in consideration of CDC guidelines for large gatherings, the NHBSR Executive Board voted to postpone the conference to fall in light of COVID-19. More updates will be forthcoming.**

 

NHBSR's 2020 Spring Conference

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Starting Strong:
A New Decade of Thrivability

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 8:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Attendee Networking Reception directly following the conference, 3:30-5:30
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord

NHBSR presents New Hampshire's preeminent conference on sustainable business. Join over 300 organizational and business professionals for a day of networking, collaborative opportunities and exploration of the newest and most innovative resources, skills, and knowledge for advancing sustainability in your workplace and community.

This year’s conference, “Starting Strong: A New Decade of Thrivability,” will provide an engaging and highly anticipated day of programming, starting with keynote Michelle Holliday, Author of The Age of Thrivability. Michelle is a visionary thought leader at the cutting edge of the emerging thrivability movement. In addition to her keynote, Michelle will also lead an in depth workshop that will help participants recognize their own opportunities for adaptive, successful outcomes. Space is limited on this and other breakout sessions thorughout the day, so make sure to register as soon as possible to ensure your attendance at your top picks (click the "sessions" tab to read descripitons of the breakout sessions and "speakers" tab to read presenter bios). Rounding out the day, NH Talks in the afternoon will engage attendees in issues central to CSR, in succint and impactful 7 minute segments.

There's great strength in collaboration and connection and we so hope you will join us on May 6!

 

Keynote

Michelle Holliday
The Age of Thrivability
Biography
Michelle Holliday is a consultant, facilitator, author and researcher. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems. With this understanding, the fertile conditions for life to thrive at every level can be created – for individuals, for organizations as living ecosystems, for customers, community and biosphere. To that end, Michelle brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their collective action. In other words, she invites people into the informed intention and practice of stewarding life. Her research, perspectives and practical experience are brought together in the highly acclaimed book, The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World, as well as in a popular TEDx talk. She also publishes reflections regularly in her blog, Thoughts on Thrivability, and on social media. With a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Studies, Michelle brings a diverse experience base to this work. She spent the first part of her career in brand strategy, working internationally for Coca-Cola and H.J. Heinz. The second part of her career focused on employee engagement, consulting for a range of organizations in Washington, DC. More recently, as part of the global Art of Hosting community of practice, she has designed and hosted hundreds of transformative conversations for clients and the public, from 5 to 500 people. Now, after living in 19 cities, including Moscow, London, Paris, New York and a small town in Scotland, she combines brand strategy, employee engagement, hosting and more in her home base of Montréal and around the world.

NH Talks

Ryan Barton
Mainstay Technologies
Biography
Ryan Barton is the founder and CEO of Mainstay Technologies. Mainstay provides IT and Information Security services to organizations throughout Northern New England, while following the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. It has received many awards as a company, including Best Companies to Work For, Business of the Year, Business Excellence, and the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Ryan is a devoted husband, father of three (ages 2, 3, and 4) and an insatiable reader.
Sarah Bonk
Business for America
Biography
Sarah Bonk has over 20 years of experience in design, technology, and leadership at Fortune 500 companies, with expertise in strategy, organizational development, communications, and project management. She spent nearly 15 years at Apple in the Software, Retail, and Marketing Communications divisions. In her last role, she served as senior manager of over 50 interactive designers and managers for Apple.com. Today she serves as founder and CEO of Business for America (BFA).
Rich Cantz
Goodwill of Northern New England
Biography
Rich Cantz is the President and CEO of Goodwill Northern New England. He oversees the nonprofit social enterprise's many programs, which include workforce programs that help thousands of people get jobs every year, 24 homes for people with disabilities, two brain injury centers, day programs for people with disabilities, and sustainability efforts to keep more than 60 million pounds of stuff out of local landfills each year. Cantz lives in Windham, Maine.
Alli Gold Roberts
Ceres
Biography
Alli Gold Roberts is a director 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.
Bill Rogers
Coruway Film Institute
Biography
Bill Rogers is a media director, producer and educator. He loves picking up cameras and recording the fascinating people around him and he supports other to do the same. Best known for his documentary profiles of ski racer Bode Miller (FLYING DOWNHILL) and his favorite uncle, Joe Rogers (MY UNCLE JOE), Bill has long empowered students by facilitating their use of camera and editing equipment to tell stories.
Katie Somers
Somersworth Middle School
Biography
Katie Somers is in her 12th year serving as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She spent five years teaching ESL to newcomers in Bronx, New York and 5 years teaching ESL newcomers in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Currently, she teaches ESOL in Somersworth, NH, serving a small but diverse bilingual student population.

Creating Community

Kyle Barker
Barker Architects
Biography
Kyle Barker is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional. Mr. Barker is an architect in Concord, NH who specializes in public, educational and community design. He first began architectural practice in January, 2000 with a focus on socially responsible and sustainable design. He feels the most successful projects are those that serve our society, improve our quality of life, and have a low impact on the environment. He has produced many projects for municipalities, non-profits, and school districts. Mr. Barker has volunteered many hours of community planning through his involvement in PlanNH and the NH chapter of the American Institute of Architects and he speaks on subjects related to the impact design and construction has on us and the environment.
Allan Reetz
Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Biography
Allan Reetz is the director of public and government affairs for the Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Auto Service Centers of New Hampshire and Vermont. The Hanover Co-op is the nation’s second-largest food cooperative with 2019 sales of $77 million. Since 1995, Allan has done marketing, communications and advocacy work for this 84-year-old cooperative. For 20 years, he handled all broadcast marketing for the Hanover Co-op, highlighted by a long-running radio series of farmer interviews telling the story of regional agriculture and local farm families. In his current role, Reetz advocates on issues such as affordable workforce housing, local food sourcing and authenticity, wage fairness, public transportation, and food security.
Emily Rogers
Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Biography
Emily Rogers is a long-time member-owner and employee of the Hanover Co-op, in which she has served in education and outreach roles for the past 19 years. Emily passionately advocates for food access and cooperative values through her current role as Member Education Manager. When she’s not working in the community, she can be found partnering with her husband and trailing along behind their three adventurous kids.
Steve Whitman
Resilience Planning & Design
Biography
Steven Whitman, EdD, AICP, is a professional planner and educator who has been working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in New Hampshire for twenty-three years. Steve established Resilience Planning & Design to assist communities on comprehensive planning initiatives and on implementation actions that reinforce their vision and future land use plans. His work includes site-scale planning and design efforts, comprehensive planning projects in small towns and large cities, and regional and watershed scale natural resource planning. Steve is a part-time faculty member at Plymouth State University, a certified permaculture designer and teacher, and an alternate on the Plymouth, NH Planning Board.

Environment

Tianna Begonis
Casella Waste Systems
Biography
Tianna is the strategic account manager overseeing higher education accounts in Southern NH and Northern MA. Tianna acts as the day-to-day contact fulfilling the needs and goal objectives set forth by the partnership. Tianna joined Casella in 2019 and holds a BA in Media Studies from Emerson College and started a BS in Environmental Science: Conservation & Sustainability at UNH Durham.
Krysten Desmond
Casella Waste Systems
Biography
Krysten Desmond is Casella’s senior business manager, responsible for leading the company’s higher education and healthcare strategy. Krysten supports this group of customers by focusing on Resource Management solutions with a focus on waste reduction, diversion and recycling. Krysten has been with Casella for 8 years and holds a BA in Political Science from Queen’s University.
Jonathan Gagne
Hannaford Supermarkets
Biography
Jonathan Gagne is a STARS Project Fellow at the Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire. He is actively working on an ongoing campus-wide project which will aid in diverting excess materials from landfills and incinerators. Jonathan is a recent 2019 UNH graduate with a B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics and a dual major in EcoGastronomy. He was actively involved on campus as a Changemaker Education Coach, a finalist in the Social Venture Innovation Challenge and participant in the summer Social Innovation Internship. He has worked with Hannaford Supermarkets' sustainability team to conduct a company-wide plastic audit and presented key findings to the CEO and corporate leaders. He grew up in southern Maine, and now lives in Somersworth, New Hampshire.
Jon Greer
Wire Belt Company of America
Biography
Previously the Director of Operations at Wire Belt, Jon Greer now serves as the Vice President. Jon brings a wide range of experience to his work, from manufacturing to marketing and startups. He has held leadership roles on high performing teams, including Change Consulting Associates and Kotrick Manufacturing in the West Coast. Jon is poised to become the 5th generation of the Greer family to run Wire Belt and he aims to continue creating a great work environment for employees, to positively impact the community and to continue reducing negative impacts on the environment.
George Parmenter
Hannaford Supermarkets
Biography
George Parmenter leads health and sustainability initiatives for Hannaford. His work is focused on bringing Ahold Delhaize’s sustainability aspirations to life at the Brand. This includes working with internal business partners to reduce the company’s impact and working to improve the sustainability of the company’s private brand products. During his time in this role, this involved developing and implementing an industry leading seafood sustainability program and, more recently, guiding work related to eliminating food scraps from the waste stream and moving toward more sustainable packaging in private brand products. His work also extends to mitigating the companies impact in areas of reducing food waste, energy and greenhouse gas.
Abbie Webb
Casella Waste Systems
Biography
Abbie Webb is Casella's sustainability director, responsible for leading the company's sustainability programs with a focus on innovation, communication and engagement. Ms. Webb is supporting the development of sustainability services in areas like recycling, food waste and resource management planning. She has been with Casella for nearly 15 years. Ms. Webb holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental geography from Colgate University and a Master's degree in environmental planning from Cornell University.
Dan Weeks
ReVision Energy
Biography
Dan Weeks serves as Director of Market Development for ReVision Energy, an employee-owned Benefit Corporation with 275 solar professionals and nearly 10,000 completed projects in Northern New England. Twenty years after racing with the Monadnock Solar Car Team in high school (top speed ~50mph under full sun), Dan now cruises around the region in his solar-powered Chevy Bolt, developing large-scale solar projects, raising mission-driven capital for low-income solar and promoting state/federal policies that address the climate crisis. Named one of New Hampshire's Most Influential Business Leaders by NH Business Review and Forty Under 40 by The Union Leader, Dan serves on several nonprofit boards and is a frequent contributor to state media. Dan left New Hampshire to serve with AmeriCorps and attend Yale and Oxford, but returned to start a family; he and his wife Sindiso live in Nashua with their three kids.

Health & Wellness

Shannon Bresaw
Govenor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Biography
Shannon Bresaw serves as Program Director for the New Hampshire (NH) Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative and Vice President of Public Health for Granite United Way. As Program Director, Ms. Bresaw works in close coordination with the Governor's Office, the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the Community Development Finance Authority to administer the initiative. Through this initiative, Ms. Bresaw and her team work to empower employers to challenge stigma and provide supportive work environments for people in recovery and those impacted by substance use disorders.
Crystal Farley
C Far: Beyond the Box
Biography
Crystal is Chief Story Teller / co-creator of PTSD: People, Trauma, and Stress Discussed: an unfiltered truth, a successful podcast (2018). As a combat vet and woman from technology, working in leadership capacity for Apple, HPE, IBM, she serves organizations with her company C Far Beyond the Box: providing organizational communication & stress-relief solutions. Crystal does not believe people or organizations should be defined by their life stressors, past and present, and hopes to offer advocacy, empowerment, and confidence in order to reach maximum potential. She is the voice of change, a cheerleader for the underdog, and speaker about all things that are the elephant in the room. Her unique life experiences have been gifts as they have given her the ability to connect with a vast audience.
Kristen Lamb
Center for Wildlife
Biography
During Kristen's tenure as Executive Director at Center for Wildlife, she has led and empowered an incredible team toward sustainable growth (including a $4.5M new facility and campus) and expansion of services and community impact. She is a member of the "Gateway to Maine: Outside" coalition, Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group, and Nottingham Conservation Commission. One of the highlights of her position is sharing the information and tools used for CFW’s recent successful growth with other non-profits and organizations in the field. The stronger our community is, the better the health of wildlife, habitats, and humans!
Jillian Montmarquet
MobilityWorks
Biography
Jillian Montmarquet, Vice President of HR for MobilityWorks and Driverge Vehicle Innovations, brings with her over 10 years of experience leading dynamic, strategic Human Resource functions in both private and public sectors. Leading this function for a national company, with over 90 retail locations and 3 manufacturing plants that are not only Drug-Alcohol Free but designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces in an ever-changing legal landscape, has given her experience and insight on this topic.
Shelley Spanswick
Center for Wildlife
Biography
Shelley's experience includes working at some of the top conservation medicine facilities in our country. Shelley is extremely passionate about the natural world and wildlife rehabilitation. While her focus and love has always been on the medical aspect of rehabilitation, she finds continuous joy in combining education, ecology, and natural history into her work. Shelley knows that the professionalism and dedication to best practices to ensure optimum health for wildlife and the environment relies on a staff and colleagues that practice self-care and good boundaries. She is a certified compassion fatigue lecturer, and most recently spoke at the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association's annual symposium in Texas.

Leadership

Lori Hanau
Global Round Table Leadership
Biography
Lori Hanau is the founder of Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL), a training and coaching company dedicated to providing transformational learning and leadership development for conscious companies, campuses and networks. Lori is also a faculty partner and Co-Chair of Marlboro College’s Graduate and Professional Studies management programs. Lori works to foster group vitality through her advising, facilitation and co-creative practices, including GRTL’s Shared Leadership Framework™ and The Compassionate Accountability Process™. She also works as an advisor, coach, and guide for other founders, CEO’s, ED’s and leadership teams whose organizations focus on systemic change with an emphasis on social, economic and environmental justice.
Michelle Holliday
The Age of Thrivability
Biography
Michelle Holliday is a consultant, facilitator, author and researcher. Her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems. With this understanding, the fertile conditions for life to thrive at every level can be created – for individuals, for organizations as living ecosystems, for customers, community and biosphere. To that end, Michelle brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their collective action. In other words, she invites people into the informed intention and practice of stewarding life.
Chris Masiello
The Masiello Group
Biography
Chris is a 35-year veteran of the real estate, homeownership services general business industries. He is a nationally recognized industry expert in business leadership, operations, marketing, relocation and homeownership services. His experience also includes over 70 mergers and acquisitions and the oversight of more than 80,000 transactions.

People & Purpose

Will Steward
Stay Work Play NH
Biography
Will Stewart was named the Executive Director of Stay Work Play in September 2017. In this role he is responsible for the overall management of Stay Work Play and oversees the development, growth, and implementation of organization’s mission, programs, and budget. He also serves as the organization’s key spokesperson and as an advocate for the attraction and retention of younger workers in the New Hampshire.
Dr. Fiona Wilson
Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire
Biography
Dr. Fiona Wilson is the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the state's flagship public university, a land, sea and space grant institution, a recognized national leader in sustainability. She is also Director of UNH's Sustainability Institute, and an affiliate Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Paul College of Business & Economics.

Sustainable Strategies

Erin Allgood
ELA Consulting
Biography
Erin Allgood works as a social impact strategist throughout New England and beyond. As the founder of ELA Consulting, Erin seeks to create a more sustainable and equitable future by helping leaders articulate their vision and align their strategy for social impact. As a strategist and consultant, Erin helps socially-conscious organizations and individuals with their leadership development, business strategy, and communications. A lifelong Granite Stater, Erin currently resides in the Seacoast region where she volunteers her time as an advisor and/or board member to progressive organizations such as 350NH Action, NH Youth Movement, New Leaders Council NH, and the City of Dover Planning Board. Erin is a graduate of Leadership Seacoast (class of 2016) and New Leaders Council (class of 2019).
Kristen Bernier
Clarity Marketing and Branding Strategies
Biography
Kristen Bernier, experienced communication nerd and owner of Clarity Marketing & Brand Strategies, is known for crafting authentic and accessible language and strategies that build relationships between organizations and their employees and customers. Throughout her 27 year career and continued education in marketing, Kristen has practiced in varied industries— from outdoor recreation to healthcare. This diverse experience lends her a broad view of techniques and strategies, and a talent for finding inspiration and solutions in unexpected places.
Sarah Glatt
Paper Crane Associates
Biography
Sarah Glatt is the Founder of Paper Crane Associates which helps entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders launch, grow, and pivot their mission-driven organizations. She helps them build sustainable, impactful organizations. Over the last twelve years, Sarah has worked with more than 175 mission-driven organizations. Beyond helping leaders achieve their visions for their organizations, Sarah also helps leaders achieve their visions for themselves through leadership coaching and career coaching. Sarah holds a B.S. from Brandeis University in biology and biochemistry and an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Morning Sessions

Articulating Your Personal Theory of ChangeSutainable Strategies
In this workshop, you’ll develop your personal theory of change and translate it into everyday actions that help you allocate your time in ways that give you the most fulfillment and impact.

Developing a personal theory of change will help you be intentional about the change you want to create in the world. Developing your own personal theory of change will also help you understand how your work fulfills your passions, intersects with your company's work, and connects you with other people who share your change mission. Erin and Sarah will show you how to build a theory of change and translate it into everyday actions that help you allocate your time in ways that give you the most fulfillment and impact.

Erin Allgood, ELA Consulting
Sarah Glatt, Paper Crane Associates

Food Waste Recovery in a State with no Mandate (yet!) | Environment
Food waste recovery in New Hampshire is possible, and here's how a few Granite State colleges and hospitals are doing it.

In this workshop, Casella will present a few case studies of NH organizations that are successfully recovering food waste for donation, anaerobic digestion, and composting. Casella will also provide examples of measures other states have taken to promote food waste recovery. In this session you will engage in a facilitated conversation to identify the barriers and opportunities for capturing more food waste in NH. You will also help draft a summary document and map out potential ways that NHBSR members can help advance food waste recovery in NH.

Tianna Begonis, Casella Waste Systems
Krysten Desmond, Casella Waste Systems
Abbie Webb, Casella Waste Systems

Leading Through Community Stewardship | Creating Community
Learn how to grow your community impact and become a better leader by using outreach insights from the Hanover Co-op Food Stores.

The programs and initiatives of the Hanover Co-op Food Stores and Auto Service Centers redefine the meaning of “grocery store” and “gas station.” Workshop leaders Al and Emily will detail key programs of the Hanover Co-op, share insights for structuring programs where community partners are both recipients of goodwill, and just as importantly partners in building the greater community good. Being a socially responsible business means staying committed to doing the hard work even when progress seems slow. Through their roles at the Hanover Co-op, Al and Emily's first-hand experiences will give you important tips on how businesses can create lasting, impactful community partnerships and programs.

Allan Reetz, Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Emily Rogers, Hanover Co-op Food Stores

NH's Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative: Successes, Lessons Learned, and HR Implications | Health & Wellness

In this session you will learn about the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative: its early successes in challenging stigma, how it promotes health and wellness in the workplace, its ever changing legal landscape and the impact of maintaining a Drug/Alcohol Free Workplace.

In New Hampshire, the economic costs of substance misuse are $2.36 billion and are mostly due to absenteeism and loss of productivity in the workplace. Nationwide, 75% of U.S. employers feel that they have been affected by employee opioid use, yet only 17% feel prepared to deal with the issue. This presentation will explore the development and implementation of New Hampshire’s Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative, established by Gov. Chris Sununu in 2018. This initiative empowers businesses to promote health and wellness by creating work environments that address substance use concerns head on — proactively challenging stigma, preventing substance misuse, and supporting recovery in the workplace. This presentation will also address the initiative from an employer perspective, including concrete steps that you can take to put Recovery Friendly practices in place, while staying true to your company’s values and expectations.

Shannon Bresaw, NH Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Jillian Montmarquet, MobilityWorks and Driverge Vehicle Innovations

Unleashing Our Individual and Collective Potential through Shared Leadership | Leadership
Join Global Round Table Leadership and The Masiello Group in this interactive session to directly experience the shared leadership that is needed to respond to the potential of our time, a paradigm shift encompassing organizational change and teaming, in order to build our new economy together.

Global Round Table Leadership defines shared leadership as "The practice of bringing out the greatest capacity in everyone by empowering us all to be responsible for and engaged in the vibrancy and high function of the whole. This is a fundamental shift in how we understand and apply power and leadership." Chris of The Maseillo Group brings his perspective as a business owner who has worked with GRTL to develop the practice of shared leadership within his team. In this session, Lori and Chris will offer insights, tools and practices that can be immediately applied within yours teams and organizations.

Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership
Chris Masiello, The Masiello Group

Unpacking Plastic Packing | Environment
Hannaford and Wire Belt will share their insights on reducing plastics: getting started and the struggles of change.

Both Hannaford Supermarkets and Wire Belt are tackling the challenge of reducing plastic in their business. You’ll hear their stories and learn how and why they got started. You'll hear the tactics they employed to understand their plastics footprint, see how the process itself unfolded and discover the challenges and impediments to their progress. After the main presetnation by Hannaford Supermarkets and Wire Belt, participant questions will structure a guided conversation.

Jonathan Gagne, Hannaford Supermarkets
Jon Greer, Wire Belt Company of America
George Parmenter, Hannaford Supermarkets

 

Afternoon Sessions

Attracting and Retaining Young Talent to Advance Sustainability | People & Purpose
Advancing sustainability and profitable growth requires a passionate and talented workforce and attracting and retaining team members has never been more competitive. In this interactive session, you will learn how to build and talk about corporate cultures, benefits, and policies that young employees will find attractive and that will help to keep them in NH.

First, you will learn the results of recent surveys and focus groups conducted by and on behalf of Stay Work Play NH to determine what factors young people take into consideration when making the decision to stay in, or leave, New Hampshire. You’ll also hear the latest data on the newest generation to enter the workforce, Gen Z, from UNH’s Sustainability Institute and their Changemaker Education programs. Next, you’ll hear from representatives of three leading New Hampshire companies who will share their organizations’ successes (and challenges) in attracting and retaining mission-driven employees. Responding to these corporate representatives will be a group of current college students who will share their personal perspectives and that of their classmates on what companies today are doing well - and not so well - when it comes to appealing to those soon to enter the workforce.

Will Stewart, Stay Work Play NH
Dr. Fiona Wilson, University of New Hampshire

Designing the Human Habitat | Creating Community
Humans do not thrive in a landscape of concrete and steel, but need natural light, a green environment and social interaction with other humans in order to be happy and healthy. Learn about these important elements and the impact they have on your people, workplaces and community.

This session, Designing the Human Habitat, looks at the conditions that are necessary for people to thrive. Our surroundings influence how we live, how we learn and how we work. Most people understand that buildings have an environmental impact because of the energy and material it takes to construct and operate them. This session drills deeper by exploring factors such as the presence of nature and opportunities for social connections that help make us happy and healthy. You will investigate the way the structures we spend our days within and around can improve our moods and make us more productive. Kyle and Steve will present a series of case studies to show real world applications of these concepts and drive home why good design is important and is key to improving the human habitat.

Kyle Barker, Barker Architects
Steve Whitman, Resilience Planning & Design

Develop your Capacity to Craft Communication that Resonates | Sustainable Strategies
Turn employees and customers into brand advocates with clear understandings of what you're doing and why it matters.

Turn employees and customers into brand advocates by making sure they understand what you're doing and why it matters using messaging that STICKS. This session explores strategies for communicating social responsibility missions effectively and efficiently to both internal and external stakeholders and covers the attributes of simple, targeted, connective communication. Employees with the ability to transfer the mission and vision of their organization into their daily activities are empowered leaders. Customers who value a company's social responsibility efforts become brand ambassadors. But people can't get behind what they don't understand. By looking at the pitfalls of communication and how to overcome them, you can start developing a clearer understanding of and stronger relationship with customers and staff. 

Kristen Bernier, Clarity Marketing and Brand Strategies

Investing for Impact: Climate & Community | Environment
This workshop will explore one of the most under-appreciated, yet impactful means of combatting the climate crisis: "voting with dollars" through local and global investments in climate solutions rather than fossil fuels.

This workshop explores how your can "vote with your dollars" in daily life to combat the climate crisis and accelerate the clean energy transition. Starting with your wallet, you'll look at the kind of consumption that invests in fossil fuels as well as more ethical alternatives. Shifting to your community, you'll begin exploring local charitable and impact investing opportunities that build 'solar energy endowments' for schools, churches, and nonprofits. Ending at the global scale, you'll examine several clean energy and carbon reduction investments that have proven impacts and low capital requirements. In the process, you'll start developing you own low-carbon consumption and investment strategies to "vote with dollars" for a livable climate, and to help your family and community institutions do the same. 

Dan Weeks, ReVision Energy

Maximize Your Human Capital:  Taking Care of those that Take Care of your Business | Health & Wellness
Learn how to cultivate a workplace culture of respect, resiliency, and healthy employees. Find out how to manage stress, prevent compassion fatigue and avoid employee burnout.

Compassion fatigue and employee burnout impacts productivity and can create a toxic environment, where issues like an "us vs. them" attitude, competitiveness or an undermining spirit develops. Using Center for Wildlife as a case study, you'll learn how to employ good boundaries for your business and team, identify the signs of fatigue or burnout, hire and promote employees with good work/life balance, employ multi-layer communication and participation channels and foster wellness. Crystal Farley, founder of C Far: Beyond the Box, works with organizations to help facilitate the creation of communication and stress-relief strategies. Join Crystal, Kristen, and Shelley and gain a deeper understanding of what stress is, how it affects individuals and your organization and how to cultivate a lower stress environment to maximize human capital to driving results and caring throughout your teams.

Crystal Farley, C Far: Beyond the Box
Kristen Lamb, Center for Wildlife
Shelley Spanswick, Center for Wildlife

Stewarding the Living Organization | Leadership
Explore the guiding framework Michelle uses to more deeply develop participants’ own stewardship practices. This workshop will more thoroughly dive into the concepts Michelle introduced in her keynote.

In this workshop, Michelle Holliday will share a comprehensive framework based on life's universal design principles. As a useful compass and theory of change, the framework helps guide brand strategy, product development, business model design, employee engagement, meeting structure and more. Through conversation and personal reflection, you'll sketch out an initial plan for enabling life to thrive at every level: for individuals, for your organization as a living ecosystem, for customers, for community and for the biosphere.

Michelle Holliday, The Age of Thrivability

 

NH Talks, Insights and Inspiration

Crossing Borders: Stories of Community Vitality shares how Coruway Film Institues is helping to build a stronger community through sharing the rich stories of those who have crossed borders to get here.

Bill Rogers, Coruway Film Institute
Katie Somers, Somersworth Schools

Leadership is Not Personality reveals how Ryan Barton of Mainstay Technologies grew up thinking he wasn't a leader. And then he accidentally founded a business.

Ryan Barton, Mainstay Technologies

Retaining and recruiting employees with complicated lives: Lessons from Goodwill's Job Connection provides insights on Goodwill NNE's innovative and flexible business model, Job Connection, which meets the complex needs of today’s employees.

Rich Cantz, Goodwill Northern New England

The Business Voice in Climate & Energy Advocacy highlights the unique role of businesses in promoting climate policy in New Hampshire, with a focus on setting net-zero emissions goals for the state, net-metering legislation and renewable energy procurement.

John Carlson, Ceres

What Businesses can do to Support their Employees to Vote in November conveys the vital role businesses can play in reducing polarization and strengthening our representative democracy and civic health.

Sarah Bonk, Business for America

7:45-8:30am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

7:45-8:15am 30 Minute Mindfulness Essentials: Focus Your Mind for the Day!
Debra LeClair, Sojourn Partners

 

8:30-9:00am

Morning Kick-off: Welcome and Program Highlights

9:00-10:00am

Keynote Presentation

The Practice of Thrivability
Michelle Holiday, Author, The Age of Thrivability

Author, teacher and facilitator Michelle Holliday will share highlights of learnings from 20 years of research in living systems of all kinds, from rainforests to sea sponges to ant colonies - and from organizations to communities and economies. Highlighting basic patterns common to all living systems, she’ll share compelling stories of leadership as stewardship, in which the goal is to create the fertile conditions for life to thrive within and around the organization. Michelle will offer a powerful pathway and a tantalizing taste of the future that awaits us, if only we choose to align with life.

10:00-10:15am

Morning Break, Exhibitor Visits and Networking

10:15-11:30am

Morning Sessions

Articulating Your Personal Theory of Change | Sustainable Strategies

Erin Allgood, ELA Consulting
Sarah Glatt, Paper Crane Associates

Food Waste Recovery in a State with no Mandate (yet!) | Environment

Tianna Begonis, Casella Waste Systems
Krysten Desmond, Casella Waste Systems
Abbie Webb, Casella Waste Systems

Leading Through Community Stewardship | Creating Community

Allan Reetz, Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Emily Rogers, Hanover Co-op Food Stores

NH's Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative: Successes, Lessons Learned, and HR Implications | Health & Wellness

Shannon Bresaw, New Hampshire Governor's Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Jillian Montmarquet, MobilityWorks and Driverge Vehicle Innovations

Unleashing Our Individual and Collective Potential through Shared Leadership | Leadership

Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership
Chris Masiello, The Masiello Group

Unpacking Plastic Packing | Environment

Jonathan Gagne, Hannaford Supermarkets
Jon Greer, Wire Belt Company of America
George Parmenter, Hannaford Supermarkets

11:45am-1:00pm

Birds of a Feather Lunch and Networking, Awards Presentation and Exhibitor Visits

1:00-2:00pm

NH Talks, Insights and Inspirations

2:00-2:15pm

Afternoon Break, Exhibitor Visits and Networking

2:15-3:30pm

Afternoon Sessions

Attracting and Retaining Young Talent to Advance Sustainability | People & Purpose

Will Stewart, Stay Work Play NH
Dr. Fiona Wilson, University of New Hampshire

Designing the Human Habitat | Creating Community

Kyle Barker, Barker Architects
Steve Whitman, Resilience Planning & Design

Develop your Capacity to Craft Communication that Resonates | Sustainable Strategies

Kristen Bernier, Clarity Marketing and Brand Strategies

Investing for Impact: Climate & Community | Environment

Dan Weeks, ReVision Energy

Maximize Your Human Capital:  Taking Care of those that Take Care of your Business | Health & Wellness

Crystal Farley, C Far: Beyond the Box
Kristen Lamb, Center for Wildlife

Shelley Spanswick, Center for Wildlife

Stewarding the Living Organization | Leadership

Michelle Holliday, The Age of Thrivability

 

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 Tuesday, April 7. 

Presenting

Leadership

Keynote

NH Talks Sponsor

CSR Media Sponsors

Partnership

Social Media

Networking Reception Sponsor

Book Sponsor

Social Sponsor

Award Sponsors

Carbon Offset Sponsor

Speaker Appreciation 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 Tuesday, April 7.