Fall 2018 B Impact Team

CLINIC MENTOR

Fiona WilsonDr. Fiona Wilson | Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise

Dr. Fiona Wilson is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at UNH, which offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across the University of New Hampshire in “social innovation” – the application of market-based and cross-sector strategies to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to societal problems. Fiona is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her research and teaching focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for “people, planet and profits.”  Fiona is also a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Institute, and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. 

 

B Impact Team

 

Koya logoKoya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. Clients come to Koya—and return—for the gold standard in executive search. The executives we place are widely considered leaders in the nonprofit field.

Our founding philosophy, ‘the right person in the right place can change the world’, guides our work with clients across the country and around the world. Our team of close to 50 professionals nationwide hails from global executive recruiting firms as well as all corners of the nonprofit sector. Our combined experience provides us with an insider’s and outsider’s view of the field, and a deep network within the nonprofit and private sectors.

A key differentiator of Koya is that each member of our firm has a genuine passion for, and commitment to, mission-driven work. This firm-wide commitment impacts our approach to our work and results in trusted and lasting partnerships with our clients and candidates.

This commitment to mission-driven work is also core to how we treat our employees. Koya is a place where employees can bring their full selves to work; staff members are developed professionally and empowered to support the personal causes that matter most to them. We believe wholeheartedly that best-in-class service to candidates and clients can, and should, go hand in hand with being a best-in-class organization for our team.

Diversity is a deeply held value at Koya. We believe diversity spans gender, race, faith, ability and sexual orientation and strive to build diverse pools of talent in our work with clients and track metrics on diversity as a performance outcome for our recruiters. We are proud of the results of this commitment: over one-third of the leaders we place are executives of color and over 50% are women. Internally, we believe in and strive to foster a workplace in which all perspectives are valued and welcomed.

Koya has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, by Hunt Scanlon Media as one of the top 50 fastest growing executive search firms, and by Staffing Industry Analysts as a Best Staffing Firm to Work For in 2016 and 2017. In addition, Koya’s CEO & Founder, Katie Bouton, was named a 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders, and featured by the Boston Business Journal as an Emerging Leader for her success as founder and CEO of Koya. 

 

MeghanPROJECT MENTOR
Meghan Seidman | Senior Director, Brand Engagement, Koya Leadership Partners

Meghan brings over 20 years of experience in philanthropy to her role as Senior Director, Brand Engagement. In this capacity, Meghan collaborates with the CEO and teams on strategic planning, organizational systems and special projects. Prior to joining Koya, Meghan was involved in direct fundraising as a Director of Development for the Rose Art Museum and as Chief of Institutional Advancement at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. Meghan holds a dual degree in English and Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She earned her M.B.A. from Brandeis University with a focus in nonprofit management, and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Cornell University.

 

STUDENT CONSULTANTS

JillJill Howard

Jill Howard is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a Self-Designed Option in Social Innovation and Enterprise with a minor in Social Justice Leadership. She spent the Fall semester of her Junior year living and working in Boston as part of the Semester in the City Program. There, she had a transformative experience interning for the Economic Growth team at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, working on initiatives to advance racial and economic equity in the city. In the Spring of her Junior year, Jill studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand. Additionally, Jill is involved in UNH’s Women in Business club and Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed community service fraternity). This Fall she will be starting new positions as a Paul College Dean's Ambassador, a “Big Sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire, and a Social Media Coordinator and Business Assistant at Symmetry Yoga in Lee. Outside of school and work she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her family at Lake Winnipesaukee. Jill is excited for her final year at UNH, where she will continue her role as a Student Fellow at UNH’s Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, connecting students with high-impact, experiential learning opportunities.

 

VincentVincent Pagano

Vincent Pagano is a junior Environmental Conservation and Sustainability major with a minor in Economics and is from Epsom, NH. Vincent has explored several opportunities related to sustainable business in today’s economy including small microbreweries in NH. Most recently, he interned with BerryDunn in Manchester, NH through the UNH Social Innovation Internship to create a way to consult companies in becoming more sustainable in every aspect of business operations. Outside of focusing on classes, Vincent is the President of Theta Chi Fraternity, an avid Habitat for Humanity volunteer, an extreme public radio fan, and loves to read new research on the competitive advantage of highly sustainable business practices.