Careers with Impact Panel Discussion

Due to curtailment of operations at UNH this event will not be happening as planned.  Stay tuned for a rescheduled date and time!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
3:40 to 5:00 p.m.

Hamilton Smith Hall
Room 210

From Passionate Activists to High Impact Social Change Agents 

For those committed to diversity and social justice, activism is often a logical next step. Come and be inspired by leaders in their fields who will discuss how their career paths have impacted their own lives and the lives of others. This panel of industry leaders will expose students to an exciting new career path to express their activism and to drive transformative change. A fast-growing community around the world, social entrepreneurs develop new models, and find innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social and environmental problems. The panel will feature dynamic social entrepreneurs who are working across a diverse set of fields.

Meet Our Panelists

Manny HeadshotManny Archibald
Director, Talent Acquisition & HRIS EEO Officer, Goodwill NNE

Manny Archibald, PHR is the Director of Talent Acquisition and the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at Goodwill Northern New England. Manny attended University of Maine at Farmington, studying Secondary English Education and Psychology before finding work in sales and lending. After being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, Manny left the corporate world to pursue more meaningful work with a social enterprise driven to make an impact on the community he lives in. Manny has served on several committees in his own town working toward economic development and has even made a run at city council. In 2007, he jumped on an opportunity at Goodwill NNE in the retail business before finding his calling in HR. Since then his team has earned awards for their efforts to support both the veteran and senior populations. Manny has been an HR Professional with Goodwill NNE for almost a decade, and is currently on the Agencies Senior Management team. Manny currently resides in Maine with his wife, two daughters (a dancer and a martial artist) and his son (a tiny hairless human).


Image of PatiencePatience Lekien '13
Lead Interactive Designer, Getfused, Inc.

Patience Lekien is a designer, illustrator, and conceptual artist. He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to New England when he was six years old. He spent the majority of his childhood in Manchester, NH. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 2013 with a degree in psychology and pre-med. During his time at UNH, he served on the executive board for BSU, DSC, and MOSDEF, and was an active member of the OMSA community. After graduation, Patience switched career paths and began his journey as an artist and designer. He went on to attend Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2016 with a Masters in design and multidisciplinary arts. Patience now works as the lead interactive designer at Getfused Inc., a digital marketing agency. He also works as a freelance illustrator when he's not designing. Patience has since worked with name brands such as, UCal Berkeley, Complex Magazine, AT&T, and more. Through his work, Patience continues to engage in social change and discourse, working alongside projects that directly impact the community or the culture as a whole.


Image of SusanSusan Dewhirst
Former PR + Goodness Programs Manager, Tom's of Maine

Susan recently completed over 12 years as PR + Goodness Programs Manager at Tom's of Maine a pioneer in crafting natural personal care products sustainably and responsibly. There she was the brand’s media spokesperson, directed cause marketing and corporate philanthropy programs and led cross functional teams to bring their values and corporate social responsibility to consumers and retailers nationwide. She's passionate about bringing people together to demonstrate that business can be a force for good. Susan began her career in strategic communications and event planning in Washington D.C. working with NGOs and on domestic and international political campaigns. Looking to move beyond the beltway, she worked on press, strategy and field work for Senate and Presidential campaigns which brought her to New Hampshire. Finding a fit with her love of the outdoors she settled in Portsmouth taking the role of Director of Marketing + Communications for the United Way. There she was part of the Leadership Team focused on fundraising, capacity building and community investments and helped establish New Hampshire’s first Volunteer Action Center. She is currently working with the NH Progress Alliance and volunteering with the Poor People's Campaign.

Susan has won personal leadership and team awards for bringing transparency and brand values closer to the natural care consumer. She attended Providence College where she received a BA in Political Science and Philosophy. She’s an Alum of Leadership Seacoast and the American Council of Young Political Leaders where she was an election observer in Pakistan and India. Her volunteer work includes: the NH Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, facilitating for NH and Portsmouth listens and work on a number of progressive political and social justice campaigns. She lives in Portsmouth with her husband Andy, daughters Jillian (11¼) and Lulu (6 ¾) and two cats. 



Image of ConorConor McFarland '17
Organizational Trainer & Portfolio Support, NH Community Loan Fund, ROC NH

Conor recently graduated from UNH in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics. He participated in the 2016 Social Innovation Internship program where he interned with his current employer, The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF). NHCLF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financing and support for people with low and moderate incomes. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst, leveraging financial, human, and civic resources to enable traditionally under-served people to participate more fully in New Hampshire’s economy. Conor works for the Resident-Owned Communities-New Hampshire (ROC-NH) program at NHCLF which helps residents of manufactured housing parks purchase the land underneath their homes. The overarching goal of this program is to preserve the affordability of housing in manufactured housing communities. He is an Organizational Trainer that is responsible for training residents of these communities in financial management/analysis, corporate governance, capital improvement planning, conflict resolution, and other areas that pertain to operating a commercial property.

Co-Sponsored by: The Carsey School of Public Policy, The Discovery Program, Women’s Studies Program, the Social Justice Leadership Project and Department of Communication

RSVP not required.