Professional development events exist for just about every career, and they’ve been around since Thomas Edison held his first, “How to Change a Light Bulb” seminar for aspiring electricians (attendees earned 10 CEU credits and went home with some nice tsotchkes).
For the growing number of corporate and nonprofit professionals focused on social impact and sustainability initiatives, there is more choice in fall 2016 than ever before for events aimed at showcasing successful programs and the brands that made them happen.
This year, we’ve set a high bar for our annual event, the BSR Conference 2016. As we announced in February, our theme of “Be Bold” challenges us to develop and deliver the Conference in ways that will surprise, inspire, and activate all of our participants and partners.
In a panel discussion at the BSR Conference 2015, We Mean Business CEO Nigel Topping and NIKE, Inc. Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Innovation Accelerator, Hannah Jones joined BSR Managing Director for Partnership Development and Research Edward Cameron and GreenBiz Group Inc. Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower to explore the role of business in shaping a low-carbon future.
In a plenary address at the BSR Conference 2015, The Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin explored how resilience can help build a better world, and why companies need to examine how risk plays into their business models.
“While it’s true that small challenges are good test that can lead to transformations, business should be taking deliberate, planned, and proactive risks rather than being in the place of reacting," Rodin said.
In a plenary address at the BSR Conference 2015, Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow at Blum Center for Developing Economies, explored the intersections of resilience and the inclusive economy.
In a plenary address at the BSR Conference 2015, Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, highlighted how leadership and purpose create resilience in business.
"As the leader of Campbell's, I know we can make a profit and make a difference. I’m personally committed to modeling resiliency in our business, through our leaders driven by leading with purpose," said Morrison.