Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Net Impact

I am heading to the NetImpact Conference in Philadelphia this week, held at Wharton November 13-15 with a whole gaggle of fellow BGI students as well as some members of the Boston Professional Chapter. Some of my BGI classmates will be competing at the Business Plan competition. We have multiple BGI teams. I bet they'll kick some business butt!

BGI alumni and current students will be participating in panel discussions at the conference as well. Here is the list of these distinguished luminaries:

Dawn Danby - Sustainable Design Program Manager at Autodesk - BGI '07
Making Clients More Sustainable: Another Model for Corporate Responsibility
JMHH 240, part of Session 3
Friday November 14, 4:30-6:00PM

Benjamin Privitt, Operations Manager at Natural Logic - BGI '09
Jessie Alan, Consultant at Sustainable Business Consulting - BGI '09
From Green to Gold: For Profit Business Consulting
SHDH 351, part of Session 5
Saturday November 15, 9:00-10:30 AM

Betsy Blaisdell, Environmental Stewardship Manager at Timberland - BGI '09
Getting into a CSR Career: Rewards & Challenges
SHDH 350, part of session 4
Saturday November 15, 9:00-10:30AM

I am sure they will all have some great insights.

I am not sure what to expect for the rest of the conference. Considering the sustainable MBA experience that is BGI; a clearly unique and awe-inspiring community, I am curious about the feel of a collection of MBAs from different and similar institutions. I am hopeful that the positive energy is tangible and good ideas and learning happens all around.

The program of events looks interesting and impressive. Given scheduling conflicts (and the fact I did not really know what to do) I am no attending the CSR & Change Management Workshop. I am sure it will be fascinating, especially with members of the BC CCC involved (I have attended NI events in a previous life).

I am always curious to hear ambassadors from large multi-nationals talk about sustainability. I have seen someone from Wal-Mart talk about it, back when they were first starting to seriously take some action. I have also seen someone from McDonalds talk about it, now I'll have the chance to see someone from Coca-Cola talk about it.

I am also hopeful that I will bring back ideas, concepts, & tools I can apply in my "real" job. We shall see.

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