Changemaker Speaker Series

Changemaker Speaker Series
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What is the Changemaker Speaker Series?

A signature program of the Changemaker Collaborative, the Sustainability Institute's partnership with the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, the Changemaker Speaker Series covers a diverse range of topics related to the world’s most pressing challenges, including the climate crisis and racial injustice. We embarked on this partnership because we understand that the scale and complexity of these challenges must be addressed by collaboration across public, private and nonprofit sectors, and we know the tools of public policy and ethically governed commerce are critically important to mitigating and adapting to these challenges in a just and equitable way. The Changemaker Speaker series aims to shine a light on innovative solutions by bringing inspiring leaders to campus twice each semester.  We've been joined by leaders from organizations such as:

Thank you to our Changemaker Speaker Series partners: Responsible Governance & Sustainable Citizenship Project/College of Liberal Arts and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility 

AY 2020-2021 EVENTs

October 2020
Accountable Business Leaders: On a Mission for Justice and Equity
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December 2020
Stakeholder Capitalism in Action: Transitioning to a Net Zero Future, Advancing other Challenges of our Time
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February 2021
Creating Real Value in a Changing World: Bringing Stakeholder Capitalism into Practice
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April 22, 2020
Uncharted: Navigating to a Sustainable Future
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Uncharted: Navigating to a Sustainable Future

April 2021

Featuring Margaret Heffernan, author of the new book, Uncharted, nominated for the Financial Times/McKinsey Best Business Book Award 2020

A timely topic for these turbulent times! Creating a sustainable future demands navigating uncharted territory to address highly complex challenges and to work across silos and sectors to develop bold, effective, sustainable solutions. Best-selling author, entrepreneur, and CEO Margaret Heffernan will draw from her latest award-nominated book, Uncharted, which highlights people and organizations who aren’t paralyzed and daunted by uncertainty. Webinar includes Heffernan’s keynote and dialogue with business leaders. 

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Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter. 

The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was  named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for  A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.” Her TED talks have been seen by over 13 million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020. It  quickly became a bestseller and was nominated for the Financial Times Best Business Book award, the CMI Best Business Book and was chosen as the “Medium Best of the Best” business book. She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She chairs the boards of DACS and FilmBath and is a Trustee of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Learn more:

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Kerem Durdag, as executive leader of people and companies bringing out the best of their talents and aspirations, taking into consideration all stakeholders (he is a massive fan of B Corp and conscious capitalism) having over 25 years of experience directing world-class teams. Currently he is President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI (, a leading ISP/telco in Maine. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of the Indus Fund, a community supported micro loan program for the immigrant community. Previously he served as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the Maine Technology Institute. He was the CEO of a start-up (in the sensors market) leading it to growth and eventual acquisition by a public company. Another start-up he led (medical device and advanced materials) was sold in 2016 to a global Chinese company after he failed to sustain the growth trajectory. He has also been the CTO of a large US subsidiary of a public German semiconductor and optical media company and prior was the leader of the engineering department of an electronics company which went public. With an inherent strong bias towards action, Kerem also serves on several Boards and is a member of the Maine angel investing community.

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Eric Myers, Director of Organics Recycling, WM Recycling, leads Waste Management’s development of current and next generation beneficial-use solutions to create higher value products from the organic portion of the waste stream. Waste Management currently recycles over 3.5 million tons of organic residuals per year including food wastes, yard wastes, and other organic materials, converting them into soil amendments, energy, and other valuable end-products. Eric and his team develop innovative approaches and technologies to process organic materials, and the group holds organics processing technology patents. Eric’s group also forms strategic partnerships with emerging technology companies in the organics space. Eric has over 25 years of experience in the recycling and organics residuals management industry, has served on multiple company boards, and is a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Eric holds bachelors' degrees in both Forest Engineering and Wildlife Management from the University of Maine.