The Future of (Sustainable) Work

October 2, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM | CIC Venture Cafe – Kendall Square

Our next event is just ahead of the MA Green Careers Conference, so we thought we would take a look at the future of work and the place of sustainability in it. To do this, we have invited three inspiring guest speakers to inform and envision with us what the jobs of the future will be, what skills the future workforce will need, and which companies will attract the best talent with how they’re making sustainability part of everything they do. We hope to see you there for an evening of learning about the job economy, workforce and workplace of the future.

Fernando Montejo of MIT – Solve will address the evolving job economy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFernando Montejo is the Community Relations Officer for Solve’s Economic Prosperity pillar. In this role, Fernando engages leaders from the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors to identify and support solutions to economic prosperity challenges in cities and regions worldwide. He is passionate about advancing community and economic development through civic innovation, place-based initiatives, and impactful partnerships. He is currently working on the Work of the Future Challenge, the winners of which will be announced in late September.

Prior to joining Solve, Fernando worked with the executive team of the New York City Housing Authority, where he helped implement a portfolio of rigorous initiatives to improve quality of life for more than 400,000 working and low-income New Yorkers. He has also served as a researcher at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, and was a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute of Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where he investigated the social challenges and innovation opportunities of staging the 2016 Olympic Games.

Fernando is of Peruvian descent, born and raised in Queens, New York City. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies from Cornell University.

Anne Sherman of STAACH will talk about about B Corps and designing job places of the future.

AnneAnne is a designer and Director of Sustainability & Operations at STAACH, a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing company a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing company based in Rochester, NY. She brings a passion for design, systems thinking, social impact, and management to her work re-imagine the ways in which businesses operate and interact with society. During her tenure at Staach she has shepherded the company through nearly 400% growth, and achieved Forestry Stewardship (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification and B Corp Certifications, earning recognition as” Best for the Environment” every year since certification in 2013.

In concert with her work at Staach, she is the Chair of the Cambridge Recycling Advisory Committee, a founding Co-Chair of the B Local Boston group, and founding member of MeasureUp Finger Lakes an initiative connecting businesses to local resources to improve their business impacts.

Drew Bonfiglio, Co-founder of Emzingo, will tell us about the workforce and preparing leaders of the future.

Drew headshotDrew is the co-founder of Emzingo, a social enterprise and Certified B Corp focused on creating the next generation of responsible leaders. He and his colleagues work with businesses, universities, and professionals to design and deliver experiential learning that instills a mindset of Responsible Leadership, drives purpose at work, promotes social innovation and environmental awareness, and creates a culture of collaboration.

Drew is also co-founder and co-chair of the B Local Boston board (a professional working group of certified B Corps) where he is helping Greater Boston to use “Business as a Force for Good”. Drew holds an M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from IE Business School. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, two kids and puppy.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Carol, Holly, Tilly and Eric