With the U.S. presidential election around the corner, business has a massive stake in what comes next—not only in terms of the economy and market volatility, but also to ensure protection of the essential structures of democracy. Business has a civic responsibility and an important role to play in ensuring that democracy can flourish. Many businesses have demonstrated the case for action and what they can do by encouraging voter participation, ensuring election integrity, and calling for campaign finance reform. At a time when many are concerned about full access to the right to vote, and when employees want to know where their companies and their leaders stand on these questions, the voice of business is critically important. Join us to learn how the private sector is working to protect democracy.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Founder and CEO
NationSwell is a social impact company that provides purpose-driven leaders and organizations the expert insights, connections, and creativity they need to accelerate their impact and purpose. The company partners with companies like Starbucks, Verizon, Microsoft, Nike, and Blackrock, as well as leading foundations like The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ballmer Group, Schmidt Futures, and public figures to accelerate their impact. Behrman also founded and directed The Connecticut Veterans Project, which made strides in reducing veteran homelessness in Connecticut. A veteran of the United States Navy, Behrman served for one year in Afghanistan, where he worked for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen as strategic adviser. Formerly, Behrman worked at the United States Department of State. He has written on purpose-driven business for Fortune and other publications. He is the author of two books, which have been reviewed positively in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist.
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Chief Operating Officer
Laura is a global expert on corporate sustainability, with two decades of experience in strategy consulting and has advised senior executives at global companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues.
Laura has also been a leader in BSR’s organizational growth and impact. She launched BSR’s financial services practice and New York office, and she is currently the Chief Operating Officer, leveraging her strengths in strategy, organizational change, and people management.
Laura works with leading global companies to develop and enhance their sustainability strategies to maximize value for business and society. She is sought after to facilitate senior-level strategy workshops and multistakeholder collaborations. She has published reports on environmental, social, and governance trends among investors as well as sustainability integration and leadership. From 2006 to 2010, she facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, growing the initiative from 15 to more than 50 companies.
Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also worked on several community and economic development projects in Latin America.
Laura holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is an adjunct professor in the Bard M.B.A. in Sustainability program, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a member of the UN Global Compact Expert Network.
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I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.