The Impact Report brings together students and faculty in Bard MBA's Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability, finance, social entrepreneurship and more.
#412: Steven Rothstein
Turning Up The Heat on Financial Regulators to Combat Climate Change
Steven M. Rothstein Managing Director, Accelerator for Capital Markets, Ceres
Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. Ceres Accelerator aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets in order to accelerate reduction of the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats. Steven’s 40 years of experience will be critical to explore the most effective strategies for the Accelerator to focus on and move capital markets towards climate sustainability.
He has worked at local, state, federal and international levels of government. Steven served on many non-profit and government boards. He has spoken and written extensively and worked with partners in the corporate, non-profit, government and philanthropy sectors.
Bard MBA’s Lucien Harlow-Dion speaks with Steven for this episode of the Impact Report.
#411: Ramona Ortega
How FinTech Can Close The Racial Wealth Gap: Ramona Ortega, Founder, My Money My Future
Ramona Ortega is the CEO & Founder of My Money My Future. MMMF is a fintech marketplace helping Black and Latinx millennials save, invest, and build wealth with automated financial guidance and personalized product recommendations. Previously she helped launch Azlo, a small business banking platform as Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Prior to founding MMMF, Ramona was a Wall Street attorney and worked on complex securities litigation and corporate matters in private practice and at the SEC and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Ramona is a contributor to TechCrunch and HuffPost and is a sought after speaker and thought leader in Fintech. She has a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from Fordham School of Law. She is on the board of Village Capital, Camino Financial and Community Health Council.
My Money My Future is an all-in-one personal finance platform that helps multicultural millennials make better financial decisions by combining education and unique content with personalized product recommendations and financial advice in a seamless experience. MMMF dashboard provides personalized financial action plans to guide users through a range of decisions, including investing, budgeting, saving, and credit.
Series Producer, Katie Ellman speaks with Ramona for this episode of the Impact Report.
#410: Brandi Susewitz
Rethink. Redesign. Repurpose: Brandi Susewitz Founder & CEO, Clear Office
Brandi has been in the office furniture industry for over twenty years. On June 12th 2020, she woke up with a mission: to create the first online marketplace for companies to buy and sell their pre-owned office furniture. Clear Office has digitized the pre-owned office furniture industry and is the first online marketplace where buyers and sellers of used office furniture connect directly.
Bard MBA’s Whitney Smith-Burghes speaks with Brandi for this episode of the Impact Report.
#409: Francesca Mahoney
Improving the Lives of Pets, Pet Parents & the Planet: A Conversation with Francesca Mahoney of Petco
An accomplished retail leader, Francesca Mahoney leads Petco’s sustainability strategy and works with business leaders across operations, products, and supply chain to advance sustainability and drive strategic growth. She is passionate about creating a better planet for pets and pet parents alike and has been the driving force in Petco’s recent industry-leading commitment to increasing its assortment of sustainable pet products to 50% by the end of 2025. She has also spent more than a decade transforming teams, building brands and leading marketing strategies for renowned companies. Before joining Petco, she worked at Target Corporation for +10 years in a variety of Merchandising and Marketing roles.
Bard MBA Alum Cory Skuldt speaks with Francesca for this episode of the Impact Report.
Petco Sustainable Product Shop: https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/category/sustainable-products-shop
Petco Corporate Responsibility home page: https://corporate.petco.com/corporate-responsibility
Sustainable Brands Op-Ed on transforming the pet industry, by Francesca and Cory: https://sustainablebrands.com/read/product-service-design-innovation/how-sustainable-choices-for-pet-parents-can-drive-industry-transformation
#408: Nicole Meier
Touching the Future of Textiles: Nicole Meier, Director of Branding at Ultrafabrics
Ultrafabrics is reshaping the world of leather-free performance fabrics. Operating on three continents with over five decades of expertise, Ultrafabrics innovates in sync with emerging customer needs to create versatile solutions for any surface, and for a multitude of industries. Every fabric coming out of their mill is a premium, sustainable and intelligent product that speaks to—and elevates—the senses.
They are dedicated to innovation and sustainability and are always improving to continuously deliver superior performance fabrics.
As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Nicole Meier utilizes her merchandising background to position Ultrafabrics as the premier animal-free performance fabric across a variety of worldwide sectors. During her tenure, she has introduced educational programs, material donation and community partnerships while overseeing content development and the overall brand experience. Together with a consulting firm, she leads the Ultrafabrics’ sustainability committee and ensures the strategy is integrated throughout the company.
Bard MBA’s Isobel Modica speaks with Nicole for this episode of the Impact Report.
Population empowers home and fashion brands to embed an integrated approach to sustainability into their business models, brand strategy and marketing. As consultants they blend the creative and strategic to build authentic narratives, safeguarding against performative marketing and greenwashing.
From widespread extraction and pollution to over-consumption and waste, industries had been reckoning with their impacts on the planet. We were already at a tipping point, when a global pandemic hit. Fashion brands cancelled orders leaving numerous manufacturers and workers unpaid. Not long after, garment workers put their own health and safety at risk making PPE. And in the midst of all this, George Floyd’s murder catalyzed a racial reckoning and a wave of wokewashing. It may not seem like it, but these problems are interconnected.
For this special episode of the Impact Report, Series Producer, Katie Ellman speaks with Population co-founders Lauren Hill and Catherine Tedrow and their co-host of the Unspun podcast series, Danielle Arzaga.
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These conversations are incredible! I'm amazed more colleges haven't pursued the development of a platform like this that brings together industry leaders and students to have conversations we all can benefit from. Thank you Bard College for bringing this podcast to the world, to Katie, the entire team AND all the students who bring such refreshing and energizing ideas to the table during these interviews! 🙌
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