Christine Jauregui is one of the newest Impact Hub Boston’s (IHB) host team members since June 2015. It’s been great getting to know each other through both of our roles as IHB hosting team members. She seemed like a great person to kick-off the launch of the IHB blog. Therefore I recently sat down with Christine and chatted with her about her work as an IHB events team host, her principal role with the consultant group Social Impact Strategies, and her recent mentoring of three Mass Challenge teams.
Christine serves as on the IHB “events” hosting team. I remember when we initially met she mentioned she mentioned how the events team best suited her schedule given her work with Social Impact Strategies. She described how she meets with the other events team on a regular basis to help organize regular IHB events like the Food for Thought series. In conjunction with Matt Thomas, the events team lead, she organized several early evening outings to places like Salsa in the Park, Lawn on D, and the MFA. She also works with the IHB staff of Scott and Katie to put on regular events like the Sexy Salad night and general member birthday celebrations. Christine also mentioned that: “…we’re next planning to help facilitate the introduction of IHB member “Office Hours” and other new ways for members to learn about each other work projects and share professional skill sets.”
I trace my road to social enterprise consulting to my earlier work as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst, in which I modeled natural disasters and acts of terrorism for insurance and reinsurance companies. In 2004 and 2005, an unprecedented number of major hurricanes made landfall in Florida and the Gulf Coast (including Katrina and Rita). I then decided to devote my professional life to climate change mitigation. I pursued an MBA to learn how to think, speak, and reason like a business executive, in order to affect meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste generation, and wasteful water usage from within corporations. Years later, I’m now working with scrappy startups developing and commercializing cleantech innovations for environmental sustainability.
I later asked her a bit more about her work outside of the hosting team role. I remember over a member lunch learning how she used to work for Target corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. I found this interesting and wanting to learn more how her career transitioned to the social impact. In our conversation, Christine mentioned how her career has spanned over several areas, including the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Christine said “…this has given me familiarity with each sector’s relative strengths and limitations in resolving social and environmental issues.” Later Christine went onto describe how she leads Social Impact Strategies which she describes as “…a business strategy and research consultancy serving early-stage social enterprises.” mentioned to me how many of her clients are “…for-profit and entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations developing, practicing, and advancing sustainable models for effectively addressing social and ecological challenges.”
Christine mentioned how she also serves as mentor to several startup accelerators and business plan competitions. These include:
- Root Cause’ Impact Accelerator
- Social Innovation Forum
- MIT IDEAS Global Challenge
I was also excited to learn that Christine works with high school entrepreneurs. For example, Christine mentioned she has worked with a team of high school students from around the world through Whiteboard Youth Ventures, a residential start-up boot camp and business competition organized by the Kendall Square office of CIC. It’s always inspiring to me to hear about indiividuals working with with adolescents and young adults.