Events Calendar

October – December 2016

B2B: Leadership = Relationship @ SBN Boardroom
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


In organizations, results rely on relationships. That’s what an organization is: a collection of interconnected, interdependent relationships among employees, customers, and more. If you are a leader, you are in relationship with those you lead—and it’s this relationship that is at the heart of getting the work done.

In this session, we’ll talk about how to create relationships that are 3 things—strong, strategic, and flexible.

  • Strong so that everyone is fully engaged and participating
  • Strategic so that organization can plan and execute systemically, not compartmentally
  • Flexible so that you and your team have the structure, skill and muscle needed to respond quickly to continuous change

This will be a small, interactive workshop with time for questions and networking!

Facilitator: Beth Shapiro of Sustainable Success

Founder and principal of Sustainable Success, Beth Shapiro specializes in improving performance and creating sustainable change for leaders, teams, and organizations. Her work focuses on building capacity to create and maintain strong, strategic, effective relationships.

Beth holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and is a Certified Professional and Relationship Systems Coach (PCC, ORSC). Her background includes 20+ years of leadership in both the private and non-profit sectors. She has provided coaching and training in a variety of settings including federal and state government, higher education, nonprofits, and a number of private sector industries.

Beth played a leading role in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Security Evolution trainings, featured on 60 Minutes and The Department of Homeland Security included this transformational TSA program — which trained more than 50,000 employees over the course of 10 months — among their top 10 successes for 2008.

Beth serves on the faculty of the Center for Right Relationship (CRR Global), served on the faculty of the prestigious Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and also trains, mentors, and supervises candidates for a number of professional coaching and consulting certifications.

Recent clients include: Scripps Networks, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Greenpeace, GN Netcom, GlobalMindset, de Baak Leadership Development, University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Office of Technology Development, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, IDEO, University of California at San Francisco, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Oxfam America, World Education, and CORA-Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, National Head Start Association, Family Equality Council, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and eSec Lending

B2B: Emotional Management in the Workplace @ SBN Boardroom
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Good emotional management contributes to better communication, effective management of others and lower stress levels in the workplace, yet to achieve it we must understand the impact of emotions on our nervous systems. Emotional flare up is a product of thee brain systems working in concert and while every emotion feels very different, they all follow the same path through our systems. Come to this B2B to learn how emotions impact our systems and when and how to manage them at work for optimal workplace success.

Facilitator: Justin Wright – Habitus Incorporated

Justin Wright is a consultant, facilitator and executive coach. He has expertise providing transactional assistance, advising clients on behavior change, mediating disputes and providing mediation and negotiation training and executive coaching. Justin has trained and advised individuals at companies such as Anika Therapeutics Inc, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Bavaria, the Better Future Project, Commonwealth Financial, Eastman Chemical, IBM, IFC Cantabria, FINCA International, Neighborworks, the SIGNUM Foundation and Akamai. This corporate training work is complemented by the acedemic teaching Justin has done at Yale and Northeastern University. At present, Justin is focused about training individuals and organizations pursuing missions of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

15th Annual Winter Gala @ Arts at the Armory
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for another fantastic end-of-the-year party! Mark your calendars now– SBN’s 15th Annual Winter Gala will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 7:00-10:00 PM!

We’re excited to host our annual fundraising event at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA. This lively venue will provide the perfect backdrop for a true celebration of all things local. The Gala also features the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Presentations where four businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green & fair economy!

Look forward to live music, a delicious locally sourced dinnerprovided by Basil Tree Catering, beverages. live and silent auctions with exciting new items, and so much more!

Interested in donating to our silent auction? E-mail


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Please bring a valid ID. This event is 21+.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Public transportation and directions to the Armory can be found at! A free parking lot is located behind the Armory. Additional overflow parking lots are available.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For any questions regarding the event, please call 617-395-0250 or contact Amy Klein at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

In order to reduce waste, please do not print your ticket! Your registration information will be at the door.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds, but tickets may be transferred to another guest.