Changemaker Speaker Series #3: Exploring Business as a Force for Good

Mission-Driven Business Models: A Movement Towards an Inclusive & Equitable Economy

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February 25, 2020
12:40-2:00 PM
Granite State Room, MUB | Durham, NH 



Parking/Directions: Campus Crossing Visitor Lot, Pay & Display
($1.75/hour* paystation payment required seven days per week, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., up to 4 hours)

Mill Road across from the Durham Market Place plaza (set GPS for 8 Mill Road).

Thank you to our Lead Co-Host: Responsible Governance & Sustainable Citizenship Project/College of Liberal Arts
Thank you to our Co-Hosts: Carsey School of Public PolicyPeter T. Paul College of Business & EconomicsSustainability Institute and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility 
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The Changemaker Speaker Series brings innovative and inspiring business leaders to campus to talk all things People, Planet and Profits twice per semester. Panelists discuss a variety of topics and ways to utilize business as a force to make the world a better place. 

Massive inequalities in income and wealth are major issues of today’s economy and society. While the free-market system, is, in theory, the best means of ensuring economic opportunity for all, current business structures often exacerbate the issues on inequality. This panel will discuss emerging ideas about alternative models of ownership and governance, such as employee ownership, cooperatives and benefit corporations, which have the potential to build a genuinely inclusive economy with equal opportunities for people - of all backgrounds - to have access to good jobs, to build economic security, and live a life of dignity and meaning.

Meet Our Panelists



Howard Brodsky
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer
CCA Global Partners

Howard Brodsky is one of the leading entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in America.  He is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest cooperatives in the United States with sales of over 10 billion dollars.

A pioneer of the cooperative business model, Brodsky dedicated his career to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses by providing the scale and resources they needed to compete.

The newest divisions added to the group are CCA for Social Good which services over 6000 child care centers and 1000 nonprofits, and BizUnite providing back room business services for over one million independent businesses.

Brodsky’s most significant accomplishment was his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, established to recognize individuals who make unparalleled contributions in advancement of the principles of cooperation in the US. One of Brodsky’s more notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame along with such people as Michael Dell and Starbucks Howard Schultz.  He has been chairman of the National Judging Committee for the North American Entrepreneur of the Year Program and a National Judge for the Winning Women Program.

Brodsky was named New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year. He is a published author and his theory on business can be seen on the highly rated TEDx talks. One of Brodsky’s most recent endeavors is being chairman of the Board of Cooperatives for a Better World, a world-wide initiative to expand the global cooperative movement.  He is also Chairman of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, a non-profit helping those dealing with a critical illness in our industry, as well as being Inducted into the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.

In his “spare” time, Brodsky serves his community as a justice of the peace, performing wedding ceremonies.  To date, he has a perfect record in this arena; the more than two-dozen marriages he has performed all remain intact.


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Dan Clapp
ReVision Energy

Dan is a co-founder at Revision Energy Inc., a full service employee owned renewable energy company that provides a range of design and installation services for homes, business, municipalities, and non-profits. 

He opened the company’s North Andover, MA and Brentwood, NH offices, overseeing the rapid growth of both operations while being recognized as Business NH Magazine’s “Business of the Year” in 2018 and “Top 10 companies to Watch” list for four years running. Dan holds a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. He currently serves on the board of Southeast Land Trust (SELT) and Clean Energy New Hampshire (CENH). He lives in Madbury, NH with his wife and three daughters.


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Co-CEO (Collaborative Executive Officer)
2nd Generation Family Owner
W.S. Badger Company

Rebecca Hamilton is a second-generation owner and co-CEO (Collaborative Executive Officer) at Badger, a natural and organic personal care manufacturer known for its unique company philosophy, pioneering family-friendly benefits, and B Corp community engagement. The Company has received numerous awards and recognition, including Real Leaders 100, New Hampshire’s Business of the Year 2019, B Lab’s Best for the World 2019, and landing a spot on Forbes’ Small Giants list.

In addition to her role as Co-CEO, Rebecca leads marketing and sustainability initiatives. An advocate for issues concerning the environment, ingredient transparency, and societal change, Rebecca has spoken at the White House, addressed the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in support of organic and regenerative agriculture, testified before Congress on behalf of safer cosmetics, and attended Senate and House briefings on Capitol Hill in support of family-friendly workplace practices and chemical reform. Rebecca also spearheaded the passing of Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire, a for-profit status that incorporates the pursuit of positive environmental and social impact in addition to profit. She was recently appointed to the National Women’s Business Council, a nonpartisan federal advisory committee comprised of women business owners, policymakers, bankers, representatives of women’s business organizations, and other stakeholders. The Council is charged with discussing potential solutions to the challenges facing national women business owners, and recommending solutions to the administrator of the SBA, Congress, and the President.