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Journeys of Successful Social Entrepreneurs

October 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


October 6, 2017 – Journeys of Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Impact Hub and BostonSpeaks invite you to a panel discussion for entrepreneurs, the ImpactFest edition! Learn, network, and get inspired by some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and social-impact thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way!


  • Tips from experieced social innovators
  • Insight into varying business models to support purpuse-driven work
  • A chance to expand your network of fellow change makers
  • Q/A with panelists


8:00am: Breakfast, Networking, Chit-Chats
8:15am: Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:25am: Leadership, Communication, and Entrepreneurship Break Out Sessions
8:45am: Journeys of Successful Social Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
9:45am: Closing, Shout-outs, Networking

The Speakers:

Sierra Flanigan
Sierra began her work with campuses as a student at Wheaton College where she left a legacy by planting a campus Apple orchard in the President’s backyard her senior year. After graduating, Sierra spearheaded the campus services division of California-based energy and environmental firm, EcoMotion. During her time, the company’s portfolio of schools grew to more than 140 campuses across the country through grants and consulting, state funding and private financing. Sierra served on the faculty of Boston Architectural College for two years instructing students to write the College’s Climate Action Plan.Through unique partnerships, incubation, research and experience working with schools, Sierra developed a replicable process for adopting and ingraining sustainability as an institutional priority through working closely with senior leadership. A firm believer in the need for cross sectoral partnerships, Sierra’s involvement in the impact innovation community led to the launch of Impact Hub Boston, founding of Boston’s Sustainability unConference and facilitating the ongoing Sustainability Collaboratives, which she hosts monthly through the Venture Cafe Foundation. Sierra has contributed to multiple books including a chapter in Nobel Peace Prize winner’s book Sustainable Design Communities Handbook. She has spoken at many conferences including the United Nations Rio+20 and American College and University Presidents Climate Summit as a trained Climate Leader. Sierra serves on the Advisory Council of AASHE and regionally focused Earthos Institute. Sierra works as a class agent for her alma mader Millbrook School, she is a registered yoga teacher, practicing Buddhist, artist, writer, avid traveler and potluck hostess.
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Matt Thomas 
Meet Matt. Matt loves H2O! He loves swimming in it, cooking with it, and you better believe he gets his minimum 8 cups / day. He loves it so much that he decided to start BeCause Water – a social enterprise with the mission of improving access to clean drinking water in the U.S. As the Founder & CEO, Matt’s company serves organizations such as Boston Public Schools, NASA, and Uber.
He was awarded City of Boston’s “ONEin3 Positive Impact Award and his company was one of Massachusetts’ first legally registered “Public Benefit Corporations”. While Matt has yet to master the balance of overlapping profit with impact, he has plenty of battle scars and ideas to share on how to make “impact entrepreneurship” the new normal.
Connect with him at:
Instagram: @senoraguah2o
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-thomas-3899b248/
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Christine Jauregui
Christine advises enterprises developing, practicing, and advancing sustainable business models to confront social and environmental challenges. She considers herself fortunate to work with mission-driven individuals and organizations whose innovative products and services address systemic issues including humanitarian disaster response, food insecurity, fuel poverty, mercury pollution abatement, solid waste management, and greenhouse gas reduction. In her “free time,” she mentors teams competing in business accelerator competitions and serves on the board of Prospanica Boston, the Society of Hispanic Professionals. Christine holds a BA in Economics from Smith College and an MBA with dual concentrations in Information & Decision Sciences and Marketing from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
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This event is a part of ImpactFest, our first week-long celebration of our community’s impact, of the strength of our social impact ecosystem in Boston, and of our fourth birthday at Impact Hub Boston. Learn from current members, Impact Hub alum, and other local social entrepreneurs about their work on pressing social and environmental issues and lessons from their entrepreneurial journeys. Contribute your skills to projects making a better Boston at Open Project Night. Discuss pivotal cultural issues of our times and the roles we have in resolving them. Celebrate our fourth birthday as a community and home for social impact in Boston, and help imagine the local issues we might work together to tackle into the future. Build your network into a community.

Join us: October 1-6, 2017. See the full calendar of ImpactFest events.


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