New UNH speaker series explores business as a force for good

Business leaders will discuss models for aligning profit and purpose

The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise has launched a new speaker series focusing on businesses that link profits with positive social and environmental impact.

The series of talks is presented in partnership with the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project in the UNH College of Liberal Arts, an initiative that promotes ethics, citizenship, principled leadership, responsible governance and the creation of sustainable institutions.

The series will bring together regional and national business leaders who will discuss models for aligning profit and purpose in their own career journeys and how their own companies are embedding environmental sustainability and social impact at the very heart of their business strategy.

The first event in the series, “Why It’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Changemaker: Careers at the Intersection of Purpose & Profit,” will be held from 12:40 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the Granite State Room in the Memorial Union Building. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The speakers will be:

  • Jessie Banhazl, CEO an founder, Green City Growers, Boston, a company transforming underutilized spaces into biodiverse food production landscapes
  • Jess Baum, sustainability manager at Badger in Gilsum, a maker of certified organic and all-natural body and skin care products
  • Ashley Larochelle, director of vision activation at MegaFood in Londonderry, a whole food supplement manufacturer

The panel will be moderated by Eric Schwarz, co-founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation whose mission it is to educate and inspire the next generation of social problem-solvers.

Future events in the series will take place Sept. 24 and Nov. 21.

To register for the April 30 event, click here.

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