2019 Boston Impact Summit

2019 Boston Impact Summit

Date(s) - 09/02/2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Boston University Questrom School of Business


The seventh annual Impact Summit will be held on February 9, 2019 featuring keynote speakers Tariq Meyers, Edie Stringfellow, and Sabine Meister Valenga!

About the 2019 Impact Summit:

Now in its seventh year, the Impact Summit is organized through a collaborative effort between Net Impact Boston and local university chapters. The annual Impact Summit brings together Boston-area professionals and students for a full day of engaging discussions about how to make lasting social and environmental impact with their careers. The event features speakers and exhibitors from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Work for a social impact-focused organization? Consider becoming a sponsor! Benefits include a table during the Impact Summit Expo, inclusion in event marketing, and complementary conference passes. 




9:30 am to 10:00 am: Registration / Coffee


10:00 am to 11:00 am: Opening Keynote/Fireside Chat

  • Edie Stringfellow, Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
  • Tariq Meyers, Global Head of Belonging, Inclusion, & Experience at Coinbase


11:15 am to 12:15 pm: Session One

Impact Investing, presented by Brandeis University

  • Cynthia McHale, Senior Director at Ceres
  • Doug Heske, CEO at New Day Investing
  • Matt Patsky, CEO at Trillium Asset Management
  • Pegaret Pichler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at Brandeis University (moderator)


Social & Environmental Justice in Business Operations, presented by Clark University

  • Don Reed, Executive Director at Anthesis Group
  • John Dobson, Associate Professor at Clark University, Graduate School of Management
  • Kate Hanley, Director of Sustainability for the Town of Concord, MA
  • Will O’Brien, Associate Professor of Practice at Clark University, Graduate School of Management (moderator)

How Sustainable is your Outfit?, presented by Boston University

  • Alyssa Caddle, Director of Global Sustainability at Bemis Associates
  • Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Co-Founder and President at Ministry of Supply
  • Jenn Swain, Head of Sustainability at Burton
  • John Stokes, Head of Global Sustainability at New Balance
  • Ken Pucker, Boston University, Questrom School of Business (moderator)


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Lunch and Expo

  • Lunch and refreshments to be provided


1:45 pm to 2:45 pm: Session Two (more details to come!)

Addressing Climate Change in Food Systems, presented by Tufts University, Friedman School

  • Dan Harburg, Innovation Team Co-Lead at Indigo
  • Dorn Cox, Research Director at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
  • Avery Cohn, Assistant Professor in the Division of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts (moderator)


Lobbying for Change, presented by MIT University


Building leadership skills through volunteer & board involvement, presented by Net Impact Boston


3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Session Three

Innovating in Sustainability: How the BUild Lab helps BU Students Create Sustainable Impact, presented by BUild Lab


Social Impact of Digital Media, presented by Northeastern University


Talking Climate Change, presented by New England National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and Net Impact Boston

  • Workshop led by John Anderson, Director of Education at New England Aquarium


4:15 pm to 5:00 pm: Closing Keynote

  • Sabine Meister Valenga, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Food for All


* If you have any dietary restrictions, please email impactsummit@netimpactboston.org to let us know so that we can accomodate the lunch options.


Net Impact Boston would like to give a special thanks to following sponsors and partners of the 2019 Impact Summit!

Presenting sponsor:

  • Boston University Questrom School of Business

Title sponsor:

  • Boston University BUild Lab

Gold sponsor:

  • Cerulli

Silver sponsor:

  • Cause Consulting
  • Conscious Capitalism
  • Walk Boston
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