Why It’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Changemaker:
Careers at the Intersection of Purpose & Profit
Thursday, April 30
Granite State Room | MUB
Free and open to ALL.
Recent studies by Deloitte and others have shown a clear picture: Millennials and Gen Z share deep concerns about environmental sustainability and the future of society. They want to work for employers that are proactive about making a positive impact in society, and they want to use their own careers to drive tangible change. Unfortunately, Millennials and Gen Z are also often skeptical at best and often feel that business leaders are prioritizing the bottom line at the expense of workers, society and the environment.
This panel will paint a very different picture: A group of business leaders will discuss why it’s never been a better time to be a changemaker in business. The panelists will talk about how they are aligning profit and purpose in their own career journeys, and how their own companies – and many others - are embedding environmental sustainability and social impact at the very heart of their business strategy.
Jessie Banhazl | CEO & Founder, Green City Growers
Jessie is the CEO and Founder of Green City Growers. After graduating college, she began a career in reality television production. Disillusioned with the entertainment industry, she moved back to Boston to run GCG, re-awakening her passion for food, farming, and sustainability. She is passionate about cooking with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Her company is most known for their rooftop farm at Fenway Park, but also provide 150 locations with ongoing maintenance and programming throughout the region.
Jess Baum | Sustainability Manager, W.S. Badger Company, Inc.
Jess Baum, Sustainability Manager at Badger in Gilsum, NH, is passionate about finding hopeful, healing, engaging solutions to climate change, and the paradox of living as a caring being in a complex world. She brings 10+ years’ experience in environmental & sustainability work and has an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. In her space time, Jess enjoys gardening, herbalism, and walking in the woods.
Ashley Larochelle | Director, Vision Activation, MegaFood
Ashley Larochelle is the Director of Vision Activation for MegaFood, a whole food supplement manufacturer located in Londonderry NH. In her role, Ashley drives strategic corporate communication, culture & engagement & a variety of projects aimed at aligning and supporting the company's business objectives, priorities, and vision.
Since arriving at MegaFood in 2012 from the financial services industry, Ashley spearheaded a number of signature initiatives. These include the company’s employee-run Culture Club that offer a variety of ways to make MegaFood a best place to work, community-building initiatives such as quarterly Town Hall meetings for all staff, 24 hours of paid volunteer time, and an annual MVP program, among others.
Ashley was instrumental in helping to coordinate MegaFood’s three-year effort to become a Certified B-Corporation, a milestone the company achieved in 2018. As a B-Corp, MegaFood joins a global movement of people using business as a force for good by meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Ashley continues to play a major role in the company’s growing portfolio of social impact programs devoted to improving food security and access to better nutrition.
Ashley is originally from Haverhill Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations & Political Science from Rivier University in Nashua New Hampshire. She currently resides in Hudson New Hampshire with her husband Roger & daughter Finley. She is an avid volleyball player, oil painter, and Patriots fan.
Eric Schwarz | Founder and CEO, College for Social Innovation
Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation, which brings together colleges and social sector organizations to create fully-credited, semester-long experiential learning opportunities that are meaningful, accessible, and life-changing. College for Social Innovation was incorporated in July, 2015 and began enrolling students in the 2016-17 academic year. The mission of the organization is to educate and inspire the next generation of social problem solvers.
Eric is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools, a successful social enterprise that scaled to a $30 million annual budget and has had a positive impact on the after-school and extended learning time fields across the U.S. Schwarz is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Opportunity Equation, published by Beacon Press in 2014, the co-editor of The Case For 21st Century Learning, and the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including “Calling All Citizens” in The New York Times best-selling Waiting For Superman.
Prior to starting Citizen Schools in 1995, Schwarz served as vice president of City Year, the national service program, and as a journalist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is a member of the board of Beyond12, an organization focused on college completion for first-generation college students, and of Citizen Schools, and chair of the board of US2020, a national STEM mentoring initiative launched at the White House. Schwarz is a frequent speaker on education, opportunity, and the social sector at national and local conferences and convenings. He graduated from the University of Vermont (B.A.) in 1983 and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (M. Ed) in 1997. Schwarz lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children.