Join hundreds of B Corp leaders from around the world to learn how business can create a more shared and durable prosperity. Network over free food, drink, and live music after the inspiring talks and personal stories from small giants and giant innovators.
Brought to you in collaboration with:
- Eileen Fisher
Eileen is the Founder and Chairwoman of EILEEN FISHER, INC., the clothing company known for its simple shapes and beautiful fabrics. Eileen ventured into clothing design in 1984. Her original concept - pieces that work together to help women get dressed easily - still defines the company’s collections, which are sold at 65 EILEEN FISHER stores, over 300 department and specialty stores across the US, UK and Canada as well as 2 Green Eileen stores, which are part of the company’s innovative recycling program.
Eileen is passionate about business as a movement. In spring 2015, the company announced VISION2020, a bold five-year plan that addresses sustainability and human rights. In keeping with Eileen’s belief in collaboration, VISION2020 calls for partnering with other brands to shift the fashion industry.”
In 2015, Eileen also launched the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab where employees and the public are invited to embark on journeys of inquiry to explore purpose, mindfulness and embodiment through a variety of workshops and events.Read More
- Esther Benjamin
Esther Benjamin has been a global leader in the public, private, non-profit sectors, and in academia. She has managed programs in over 100 countries worldwide. Esther is CEO for Africa Operations for Laureate International Universities, the global leader in providing access to high quality, innovative institutions of higher education. She is currently also CEO of Monash South Africa, Laureate’s first partnership in Sub-Saharan Africa. Esther served in President Obama’s Administration as Associate Director for Global Operations for the Peace Corps. She was Vice President at the International Youth Foundation. She worked in private sector management consulting with Grant Thornton and with Arthur Andersen. Appointed by President Clinton, Esther was a White House Fellow. She served as United Nations humanitarian affairs officer. She worked on Brookings Institution’s 1997 publication entitled The World Bank: Its First Half Century. Esther is on the board of directors of Echoing Green, Seed Global Health, and the American International School of Johannesburg. She is a fellow with the U.S.-Japan Foundation and the U.S.-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values. She participated in Asia Society’s Asia 21 Initiative and the Remarque Forum for European and American young leaders. Esther is profiled as “The Globalist” in New York Times best selling author Wes Moore’s book entitled The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters (Spielgel & Grau, 2014).Read More
- Gerry Valentine
Gerry Valentine is passionate about using the power of business to solve society's most daunting problems. As Founder of Vision Executive Coaching he helps companies that use business as a force for good to become successful, by giving them the skills in leadership, strategy and innovation they need to thrive and grow. Before starting his own business Gerry spend 30 years in the Fortune 100 world, with prestigious companies like Pfizer, American Express and more. Today he uses the skills he learned in that world to help companies of all sizes become successful. Gerry holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University. He and his husband split their time between New York City and New Paltz, NY.
- Mary Powell
Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.
Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure. Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy.
GMP is the first utility in the world to become a Certified B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.
In 2012, Mary led an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving well over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.
In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility to offer the Tesla Powerwall battery. In 2004 Mary was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the "top 50 fast leaders" in the US, in 2014 she was recognized by Powergen as the Woman of the Year, the Burlington Free Press named her 2015 Vermonter of the Year, and in 2016 Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business.Read More
- Lebo Sekhotla
Lebo Sekhotla is a student at Monash South Africa (MSA), a member institution in the Laureate International Universities network. Lebo is a first generation college student who studied psychology at MSA and is currently pursuing her honours (master’s) degree at the university. She was the recipient of Laureate’s Here for Good Award in 2015 for her work with local youth through an organization she founded called Tomorrow Starts Today. The program works with high-school aged students from local schools to impart confidence, life skills and career guidance while also empowering them to continue with their education. Lebo is a leader in MSA’s community engagement initiatives and currently leads the placement process for MSA students going to work with local NGOs.
- Kevin Trapani
Kevin A. Trapani has been President and CEO of The Redwoods Group since its inception in 1997. The Redwoods Group is dedicated to insuring and protecting YMCAs, resident camps, Jewish Community Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and overnight camps all over the country. The innovative Redwoods model turns everyday insuring operations into efforts that positively impact society in critical social areas such as child sexual abuse, drowning prevention, and transportation safety and places “serve others” as its primary mission. Redwoods, which became an independent insuring unit of Crum & Forster Enterprise in April 2015, is a Certified B Corporation, one of the first B Corp companies in North Carolina.Read More
- Juliana Pasqualini
Juliana is part of the sustainability team at Natura, a Brazilian multinational founded in 1969 with the mission of promoting life with Beauty, Pleasure, and Sustainability. Natura produces cosmetic, health, and beauty products and leads the direct selling industry in Brazil, with over 7000 employees, 1.9 million independent consultants, and R$7.9 billion in net revenue in 2015. Juliana led Natura’s B Corp certification process in 2014, after which it became the first public Certified B Corporation to adopt a mission aligned legal form. During her almost 10 years with she has also participated in the construction of Sustainability Vision 2050, a plan for Natura to to generate a positive impact on the environment and society, surpassing the current paradigm of only reducing and mitigating impacts. In addition to the guidelines for 2050, Sustainability Vision also sets targets and public commitments for 2020.Read More
- Lorna Davis
Lorna Davis is Chief Manifesto Catalyst at Danone. With 35 years experience in consumer goods business, in 7 countries across 5 continents, Lorna has been a General Manager of businesses in China, the US, the U.K and New Zealand. She currently lives in France and is passionate about the subject of business doing good in the world. She is also passionate about dogs, birds and country music!
- Shazi Visram
Shazi Visram is the founder and CEO of Happy Family, the first U.S. brand to offer a comprehensive line of nutritious foods for babies, toddlers, kids and their mothers. Considered by President Obama as “not only an outstanding businesswoman, but also a leader that all of us can emulate,” she has made it her mission to create a progressive company that positively impacts the health of our youth, supports sustainable agriculture and a commitment to complete transparency, and gives back to children in need.
Happy Family has thrived under Visram’s guidance, from five SKUs in five stores in 2006 to over 100 SKUs in national distribution, with revenue in the hundreds of millions, and was one of the first companies to launch baby food pouches in 2009 as an innovative alternative to the traditional glass jar. Happy Family became a Certified B Corporation in 2011 and formed a partnership with leading global food company, Groupe Danone, in May 2013. The strategic alliance has raised the bar for children’s nutrition in the U.S., combining their shared commitments to social responsibility and innovation.
Visram has received numerous awards and accolades, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Crain’s New York Business40 Under 40, Inc.Magazine’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs, and Columbia Business School’s 2016 Distinguished Early Achievement Award. In addition to her work with Happy Family, she is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Visram earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Read More
- Karim Abouelnaga
Karim is an ivy-league educated inner-city public school graduate. He received over $300,000 in scholarships to make his education possible. He founded Practice Makes Perfect at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is an Echoing Green Fellow, Global Shaper, at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson's 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia.Read More
- Kenyatta Brame
Kenyatta Lumumba London Brame is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Cascade Engineering - Family of Companies. Kenyatta is responsible for directing Cascade’s cross-organizational services, which include legal/risk management, human resources, benefits, marketing, talent management, IT, corporate quality, ESS (environmental, safety and sustainability), Lean/CES (Cascade Enterprise System) and B Corp certification.
Prior to joining Cascade, Kenyatta served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Merchandising, Employee Relations & Legal Services at Sysco Food Services the largest distributor of food service products in North America. He also served as legal counsel for the Company. Earlier in his career, Brame was an attorney with Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, a leading Grand Rapids, Mich. employment and labor law firm.
Kenyatta holds a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School, an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife Tracey – Assistant Dean at the Western Michigan, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and their two children Kamau (9) and Kimani (6).
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All event support materials everywhere from retreat check-in to cocktail hour and dinners are recyclable or reusable- no disposables! There are walking and public transportation options between our venues, and when it comes to food we partner with local organizations who support local, organic, seasonable and sustainable choices
B Inspired is an event for everyone. All venues are wheelchair accessible, and gender neutral restrooms are provided as options for guests. Bilingual and closed captioning speaker services are available during the B Inspired talks. A wide range of dietary requests are being made at each meal throughout the week. For more information and specific inquiries, contact us.
Certified B Corporations are leading a movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good™. Today there is a global community of nearly 2,000 companies from over 40 countries and 120 industries with 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business so that one day all businesses compete to be the best for the world.