The Impact Report brings together students and faculty in Bard MBA‘s Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability, finance, social entrepreneurship and more.
#512: Steve Lohr
Sustainability Grows on the Vine: A Conversation with Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is a winery headquartered in San Jose, California, with almost 4,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and the Napa Valley. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines was named the 2020 recipient of the Green Medal Leader Award. The annual California Green Medal Sustainable Winegrowing Awards provide recognition to vineyards and wineries who are standard-bearers in implementing the three “E’s” of sustainability: environment, economic, and social equity.
As the President and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Steve Lohr combines a big picture view of the wine industry with a hands-on work ethic. In this role, Steve is responsible for the overall management and strategic planning of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, with a particular focus on sales and finance.
For this episode of the Impact Report, Bard MBA's Rachel Terry speaks with Steve about how J. Lohr cultivates a culture of sustainability for its employees, processes and the land on which they grow their products.
#511: Lauren Goldberg
Kind Careerism Over Toxic Professionalism
Lauren Goldberg — Career Strategist, Lauren Goldberg Coaching
Lauren Goldberg is Career Strategist for purpose-driven professionals, helping them gain tools for self-assurance, self-compassion, and self-advocacy. She is an entrepreneur with 7 years experience consulting and working in-house to improve organizational culture and employee experience. Rooted in organizational psychology, she's developed a body of work to help shift the way people see themselves and their career. This shift, called Kind Careerism, helps people combat the pressures of Toxic Professionalism they've been taught. She teaches people tools to balance being kind to themselves and others while challenging the unkind.
As a woman with partially deafness and neurodivergence, she helps people overcome internalized ableism and recognize what makes them different as a strength. Coaching social impact and sustainability professionals to see themselves and do work differently is not only life-changing for individuals, but she believes is critical for transforming beyond the status quo to a healthier, more socially just world.
Series Producer, Katie Ellman speaks with Lauren for this episode of the Impact Report.
#510: David Lidsky
Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas
David Lidsky is the interim editor-in-chief of Fast Company. An 18-year veteran of Fast Company, Lidsky most recently served as deputy editor, where he helped steer its overall editorial direction, with an emphasis on finding, commissioning, and editing longform narrative feature stories that appear in print and on digital platforms. In addition, he helped oversee fastcompany.com’s Creativity channel for nearly three years, which covers the entertainment business, advertising, and pop culture. He was part of the leadership team that won Magazine of the Year in 2014 from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and stories he’s edited have won Deadline Club, New York Press Club, and James Beard awards. He runs Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies franchise, and coauthored the compilation book Fast Company’s Greatest Hits. Previously, Lidsky was an editor at FSB: Fortune Small Business and PC Magazine.
Fast Company recently released their highly anticipated “World Changing Ideas Awards”: an award-winning list uncovering companies with big, innovative ideas (in their infancy) that forecasts the future of how we’ll work, eat, travel, build, create policy and more.
Bard MBA’s Katie Boyle, Director of Marketing & Enrollment speaks with David for this episode of the Impact Report.
#509: Molly Brown
Growing the Future Through Smart Digital Technology:
Molly Brown, Ph.D. Chief Science Officer, 6th Grain
Dr. Brown has been a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland since 2015, a job she took after leaving NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Molly has two decades of experience in interdisciplinary research using satellite remote sensing data and models with socio-economic and demographic information to better understand food security and agriculture drivers.
6th Grain believes that the direct application of digital technology and science is key to establishing profitable and productive agriculture and food systems. They are a digital agriculture technology company which focuses on transforming farmer-provided data into information that can be used to increase success and uptake in crop protection services, credit provision, and high yielding seeds.
Machine learning, modeling, and sophisticated, composite data are at the heart of their technology platform and sets 6th Grain apart from the competition. By providing services both to the small farmer and large agribusiness, 6th Grain’s digital agriculture solutions delivers high quality, remote sensing and weather-based information to millions of farmers across the world.
Bard MBA's Camila Leal speaks with Molly for this episode of The Impact Report.
#508: Veeral Hardev
The Clear Choice for Solar: A Conversation with Veeral Hardev of Ubiquitous Energy
Veeral Hardev is VP of Strategy at Ubiquitous Energy. Hardev has over a decade of experience commercializing novel nano-materials products for the electronics industry. This includes his time at Nanosys, Inc. where he led materials and business development, and product management. Hardev holds an MBA from the Berkeley Haas School of Business, and bachelor’s degrees in Materials Science and Economics from UCLA.
Ubiquitous Energy is the world leading transparent solar technology dramatically reduces the carbon footprint of buildings by converting light into electricity using semiconducting materials all while maintaining visible transparency.
Bard MBA’s Hannah Hintz speaks with Verral for this episode of The Impact Report.
#507: Susan Hunt Stevens
Building A Better Working World: A Conversation With Susan Hunt Stevens
Susan Hunt Stevens is the Founder & CEO of WeSpire, an award-winning employee experience technology focused on engaging people in environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. She founded WeSpire to use her digital behavior change expertise to help people embrace healthier and more sustainable lifestyles after her son was diagnosed with serious food allergies. She was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for New England, a Boston Business Journal Woman of Influence, and to the Environmental Leader 100 list. Prior to WeSpire, she spent 9 years at The New York Times Company, most recently as SVP/General Manager for Boston.com, a $60M digital media division. She has an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was named a Tuck Scholar, and graduated with high honors from Wesleyan University.
For this episode of The Impact Report, Series Producer, Katie Ellman, speaks with Susan about how corporate leaders can kick off an improvement in both their commitment to ESG and their own company ecosystem, while keeping their most valuable asset – their people – engaged.
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