Conference 2017

NHBSR'S 2017 SPRING CONFERENCE

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 |  8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Attendee Networking Reception directly following the conference.
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord

NHBSR is pleased to celebrate our 16th Annual Spring Conference, bringing together over 200 business professionals and organizational leaders from throughout New England to learn from local and national leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to network and share ideas and create opportunities for moving sustainability forward in New Hampshire. 

This year’s event, “BE BOLD: Voices for Impact”, will provide a dynamic day of two programs-- in the morning "Bold Inspiration" presentations will encourage new thoughts and ideas around leadership, communication and redefining return on investment followed by deeper dive discussions with each of the presenters. The afternoon program will consist of "Bold Engagement" presentations that provide tools and resources to move your ideas from inspiration to action. Attendees will come away with insights from some of the leading practitioners in the areas of advocacy, collaboration and leading up from within, taking away both relevant and actionable ideas and opportunities for their companies as well as their communities.

This year we have two keynote speakers, Andrew Winston, Winston Eco-Strategies and Christopher Miller, Ben & Jerry's. 
Andrew Winston will kickoff the morning program with a new vision for profiting in a fundamentally changed world with new pressures on business.  Andrew's keynote, The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World will address shifts in mega-trends and how more resilient, flexible businesses can profit building a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous world.

Christopher Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager, of Ben & Jerry's will share important background and impact of their social media messaging, and how any business can more fully engage their stakeholders (including employees!) with their own brand of advocacy or sharing of purpose and passion. 

THIS is a day you don't want to miss!

Featured

Christopher Miller
Ben & Jerry's
Biography
Chris Miller is the Social Mission Activism Manager at Ben & Jerry's, a unique position within the corporate world, where he is responsible for the company’s issue advocacy campaigns. Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of running advocacy campaigns on issues as diverse as support for mandatory GMO labeling, marriage equality, getting corporate money out of our political system, and climate change. Before joining Ben & Jerry's, Chris led the sustainability work at Seventh Generation, the leader in natural non-toxic household and personal care products.  In addition to his for-profit experience, Chris directed Greenpeace USA's national climate change campaign and served on the staff of then Congressman Bernie Sanders.   He currently serves as the Chair of the board of directors of Car Share Vermont, is vice-chair of the board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and is a board member at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
Andrew Winston
Winston Eco-Strategies
Biography
Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is a globally recognized expert on how companies can profit from solving the world’s biggest challenges. His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever. Andrew's latest book, The Big Pivot was selected as one of the "Best Business Books" by Strategy+Business magazine. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling more than 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own. Andrew’s speeches around the globe, including a TED talk, provide a practical and optimistic roadmap to help leaders build thriving, resilient companies in a volatile world. He received degrees in economics, business, and environmental management from Princeton, Columbia, and Yale.

Bold Inspiration

Trinne 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. A former litigator with a psychology degree, Trinnie left one of Boston’s top law firms to combine head and heart into a leadership coaching practice. Over the years, she has come to specialize in systems thinking and communication strategies. She works with conscious organizations that believe in developing leadership effectiveness from the inside out -- caring about their people while believing in sustainable generation-to-generation profit. Her practice includes the financial, legal, accounting, telecom, manufacturing, construction, engineering, nonprofits, insurance, and healthcare industries. She has co-authored a leadership book, The Future of Everything: Strategies for Successful Business Behavior. She has also designed and conducted many leadership development programs, and is adjunct faculty at Southern New Hampshire University’s Graduate Business School.
Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell
Human Resource Partners
Biography
As an entrepreneur, Pubali has lived through both the challenges and the successes of being a business owner. The exponential growth and success of her company required a major expansion and a complete relocation in less than eight years. Her company won over eight ‘Best Of’ awards (Hippo Press, Union Leader, and New Hampshire Magazine), was the focus of over eleven television, radio, and magazine features, including New Hampshire Chronicle and WMUR. Since the sale of her business, Pubali’s passion is sharing her knowledge to help other businesses grow and succeed. Leveraging her background and hands-on experience in business operations she provides business operational coaching for those business owners and leaders who have the desire to take their workplace culture and business to the next level. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Pubali has been in New England since 1997 when she relocated to Boston to attend Boston University (B.A. Economics, ‘01). Pubali was selected as one of five Remarkable Women in Healthcare in 2010 by New Hampshire Magazine, and in the New Hampshire Union Leader 40 Under 40 Class of 2012. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Manchester (’11) and Leadership New Hampshire (’12), a proud Board Member of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. Pubali is a trained Executive Coach (Coaches Training Institute, CA).
Deb 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 her work as an executive coach at Sojourn Partners. Through cultivating her own practice across traditions and completing trainings through the medical schools at both UMASS and Harvard as well as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Debra has been teaching tailored mindfulness programs that address presence based leadership and employee well-being.
Margaret Morey-Reuner
Timberland
Biography
Margaret Morey-Reuner currently serves as the director of strategic partnerships and business development for Timberland’s licensing team. In this role, Margaret is responsible for developing innovative partnerships and testing new business models that align with Timberland’s vision to be the largest and most sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand on earth. She also works with existing licensed categories to maximize the impact of cross category marketing initiatives and sales opportunities. Prior to joining Timberland’s licensing team, Margaret was the senior manager of values marketing, working with Timberland’s corporate social responsibility team and marketing leaders around the world to help bring stories about the company’s social and environmental values to life for consumers in the digital, retail and social media spaces. Margaret also managed all aspects of global brand marketing for men’s footwear. Margaret joined Timberland in 2006 as global brand manager for Mion Footwear, a former division of Timberland. In this role, she oversaw all brand and wholesale marketing and supported the sales organization with their go-to market initiatives. Prior to joining Timberland, Margaret was the global marketing services manager for Dunham Bootmakers (a New Balance brand) and she was a principal of Mastro Communications, a New Jersey-based public relations agency. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University as well. Margaret lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
Bill Besselman
Thread International
Biography
Bill has always been a retail and consumer guy at heart. After completing his Physics degree at Carnegie Mellon, he started his career on the ground floor in the Department Store business. With several years of retail math under his belt, he headed off to the Wharton School of Business to get his MBA. Post business school, he took a crack at consulting at McKinsey & Co., where he worked on strategy and operational projects in industries ranging from High Tech/Telecom, to Chemicals and Private Equity. Ultimately, he jumped back into the retail and consumer market, taking on executive and leadership roles at American Eagle and Under Armour. It’s with that unique mix of retail and consulting experience that Bill has recently joined the Thread team to help build out the commercial elements of the business.

Bold Engagement

Sarah Stewart
bfresh consulting
Biography
Sarah Stewart, Co-Founder and President of b-fresh Consulting, is considered one of New Hampshire’s top political strategists and lobbyists. In these capacities, Sarah has distinguished herself as one of the most knowledgeable, highly respected and capable professionals in the field of issue advocacy and political consulting. At the state Capitol, clients and lawmakers from both Parties rely on Sarah’s network and communication skills. Founded in 2008, b-fresh consulting is a national, full service project management and public relations firm headquartered in New Hampshire. We assist corporations, non-profits, political committees and candidates with issue advocacy, grassroots lobbying and stakeholder engagement by leveraging our deep experience at the intersection of media, community and policy. Sarah serves on several boards of directors including New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts, Amoskeag Industries, Manchester Arts Commission and Stay-Work-Play. She was recently appointed to the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Economic Impact of Art and Culture. Sarah graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in American History and was a member of the National History Honor Society.
Beth Tener
New Directions Collaborative
Biography
Beth Tener is a facilitator and strategy coach who works with organizations and cross-sector networks to connect and engage people across silos, sectors, and backgrounds to generate creative solutions and aligned work on complex challenges, such as transitioning to a clean energy economy. Recognizing that no one organization can achieve sustainability alone, she helps leaders and organizations learn how to do networked collaboration. At the heart of her work is design and facilitation of participatory meetings and gatherings that uncover the untapped potential that is possible when diverse groups engage, cross-pollinate ideas, and collaborate for the greater good. Her work is informed by broad experience in how change happens, systems thinking, and environmental and social responsibility, gained through work with over 150 companies, government agencies, foundations, and non-profits. Examples of strategy and facilitation clients include Yestermorrow Design Build School, New Hampshire Farm to School Beacon Communities Initiative, and the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. In her previous role as Executive Director of Sustainable Step New England, she trained hundreds of people in principles of sustainability and how to put these into practice in their work. Prior to that, as a consultant with Arthur D. Little, she consulted with companies in diverse industries to help them create strong internal management systems to deliver on their sustainability goals.
Robert Craven
FoodState
Biography
Robert U. Craven is the passionate CEO of FoodState – a co. that has been mastering the art of farm-fresh supplements since 1973. FoodState markets under two high-growth brands including MegaFood in the natural retail market. Both brands are committed to supporting US farmers and are the only brands that buy 100% pesticide & herbicide-free fruits, grains & vegetables directly from the farm for use in their product. MegaFood markets 100% non-GMO products, purchases organic ingredients whenever possible and is committed to expanding the amount of organic ingredients in their supplements. Robert is also committed to the long term health and wellness of the Natural Products Industry and serves on the Board of Directors for the Natural Products Association, as well as The Coalition for Supplement Sustainability; an organization brought to life by FoodState and it’s top competitors.

BE BOLD: Voices for Impact
This year's conference will provide a dynamic day of two programs, Bold Inspiration (morning) and Bold Engagement (afternoon). 

MORNING KEYNOTE: Andrew Winston, Winston Eco-Strategies
Andrew Winston will kickoff the morning program with a new vision for profiting in a fundamentally changed world with new pressures on business.  Andrew's keynote, The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World will address shifts in mega-trends and how more resilient, flexible businesses can profit building a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous world.

BOLD INSPIRATION:  these three presentations in the morning will encourage new thoughts and ideas around leadership, communication and redefining return on investment followed by deeper dive discussions with each of the presenters. 

  • Sustainability’s Perfect Storm: Joe Keefe, Pax World Investments
  • It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say it: Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, Human Resources Partners
  • The Secret to Sustainability Is Conscious Leadership: Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners
  • Strategic Partnerships that Drive Change: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland and Bill Besselman, Thread International

         BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS (attendees choose one)

  • Effective Communication: Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, Human Resources Partners
    In this discussion, we address accessible and effective techniques to become a better communicator. Beginning with the value of timing, journeying through the importance of listening and body language, and concluding with goal setting and accountability tips, participants will leave inspired to make communication what it should be: a meaningful exercise to gather and share information for our collective advancement.
     
  • How to Build Conscious Leadership: Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners
    Where to begin?  Dive into the 15 Commitments.  Choose the ones that most speak to you.  Discover how to develop and support conscious leaders in your organization.
     
  • Creating Mindful Organizations in the Age of Distraction: Deb LeClair, Sojourn Partners
    We all want to be part of organizations that bring out the best in us. But how do you create workplaces where people choose to engage rather than go on auto-pilot? Innovate instead of defaulting to old patterns of thinking and doing? Mindfulness practice is showing strong promise towards transforming organizational cultures across the board, helping them to embody their mission statements from within. Over the course of the Power Talk, we’ll dig more deeply into how mindfulness works and what it can do for your company’s culture. We’ll also define practical ways to integrate mindfulness now and over time.
     
  • Strategic Partnerships that Drive Change: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland and Bill Besselman, Thread International
    Collaboration and partnerships are essential to sustainability goals. Timberland and its supply chain partner, Thread International, will share their story of how a large company and small startup are navigating unchartered territories in order to drive positive social and environmental impacts through their unique and innovative partnership.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Christopher Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager, of Ben & Jerry's
Chris will share important background and impact of their social media messaging, and how any business can more fully engage their stakeholders (including employees!) with their own brand of advocacy or sharing of purpose and passion. 

BOLD ENGAGEMENT: these three presentations will provide tools and resources to move your ideas from inspiration to action. Attendees will come away with insights from some of the leading practitioners in the areas of advocacy, collaboration and leading up from within, taking away both relevant and actionable ideas and opportunities for their companies as well as their communities. 

  • Three Steps For Leading Upward, Robert Craven, FoodState, Inc.
    ​Turn your passionate projects into action by learning how to think, talk and act like a CEO. 
  • Tapping the Potential of Co-Creation, Beth Tener, New Directions Collaborative
    In any group, there is potential to create something new together, beyond what any one member could do alone. As a farmer builds healthy soil so that abundant crops can grow, we’ll explore how to create fertile conditions to access the collective intelligence of a group so the best solutions grow.  You’ll get ideas for connecting and cross-pollinating ideas and learning, starting in your next meeting.
     
  • Advocacy and the Power of a Diverse Coalition,  Sarah Stewart, bfresh consulting
    Policy challenges can seem insurmountable when you have been in the trenches for some time, advocating for (or against) them. Sometimes it is valuable to step back and identify some unexpected voices to join you. Showcasing new perspectives will help crack stale arguments and can create lift for your effort.

 

7:45-8:30

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

8:30-9:15

Welcome, Event Logistics & Mindfulness

9:15-10:15

Morning Keynote Presentation:
The Big Pivot: Innovation and Value Creation in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World 

Andrew Winston, Founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and author of The Big Pivot

Andrew Winston, a globally recognized speaker and business strategy expert, lays out a new vision for profiting in fundamentally changed world with new pressures on business. 

 

10:15-11:00

Bold Inspiration:

  • It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say it​
    Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, Human Resource Partners
     
  • Secret to Sustainability Is Conscious Leadership
    Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners

     
  • Strategic Partnerships that Drive Change
    Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland and William Besselman,Thread International 

     
11:00-11:15

Morning Break, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

11:15-12:00

Breakout Discussions 

  • Creating Mindful Organizations in the An Age of Distraction
    Led by: Deb LeClair, Sojourn Partners

  • Effective Communication
    Led by: Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, Human Resource Partners
     
  • How to Build Conscious Leadership
    Led by: Trinnie Houghton, Sojourn Partners
     
  • Strategic Partnerships that Drive Change Discussion
    Led by: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland and William Besselman, Thread International
12:00-1:15

Lunch, Conversation, and Awards Presentation
Awards will be presented by Jeffrey Rose, Commissioner, Department of Resources of Economic Development

 

1:15-2:00

Afternoon Keynote Presentation: 
Corporate Activism: Doing the Right Thing for the World is the Right Thing for Your Business

Chris Miller, Social Mission Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry's

Chris's position is in a unique position within the corporate world, where he is responsible for the company’s issue advocacy campaigns. 

2:00-2:15

Afternoon Break, Networking & Exhibitor Visits

2:15-3:15

Bold Engagement: Tools and Resources

  • Three Steps for Leading Upward
    Robert Craven, FoodState

     
  • Tapping the Potential of Co-Creation
    Beth Tener, New Directions

     
  • Advocacy and the Power of a Diverse Coalition 
    Sarah Stewart, b-fresh consulting
3:15

Closing Remarks and Invitation to Reception

3:30-5:30

Attendee Networking Reception
 

Registration Costs:

Members                     $200  ($150 early bird)
Not Yet Member          $275 ($250 early bird)
Nonprofit Member       $125 ($100 early bird)
Not Yet Member Nonprofit  $200 ( $175 early bird)
Student                        $75 ( $55 early bird)

Early bird pricing is extended to Friday, April 7th.

Presenting Sponsor

Leadership Sponsors

Partnership Sponsors

Morning Keynote Sponsor

Afternoon Keynote Sponsor

Social Media Sponsor

Networking Reception

CSR Media Sponsors

Keynote Book Sponsors

Cornerstone Award Sponsor

Partnership for Innovation Award Sponsor

Social Sponsors

Power Talk Discussion Sponsors

Carbon Offset Sponsor

Morning Networking Sponsor

Registration Costs:

Members                     $200  ($150 early bird)
Not Yet Member          $275 ($250 early bird)
Nonprofit Member       $125 ($100 early bird)
Not Yet Member Nonprofit  $200 ( $175 early bird)
Student                        $75 ( $55 early bird)

Early bird pricing is extended to Friday, April 7th.