The SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit

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SBN & ThinkLite Present the 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit 
‘Balancing People, Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 12.36.09 PMPlanet & Profit:
A Competitive Advantage’
National Leaders Share How to Make a Better Business & a Better World!
Now in its 27th year, SBN’s Sustainability Leadership Summit attracts a diverse group of small and local business leaders who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The Summit focuses on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our local economy. Through networking, participants build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building a sustainable business that ensures the long term success of both their business and our planet. The Summit attracts participants from over 100 businesses and organizations who are eager to connect with others to amplify their impact in building a vibrant local economy.


8:30am    Welcome & Keynote Speakers
10:00am  Breakout Sessions led by Keynote Speakers
11:15am  Action Planning & Open Discussion
12:30pm  Networking Lunch & Sustainability Marketplace
2-4:00pm Sustainability Workshops:
– Moving Local Food Forward
– Expanding the Local First Movement in Massachusetts & New England

Keynote Speakers:

ae964f3e-77b9-42f2-85ee-a32c8c02418bKimber Lanning – Founder & Executive Director of
Local First Arizona 

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader & community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities & inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity & inclusion, economic resilience & responsible growth for Arizona’s urban areas.
Lanning owns three small businesses & is the Founder & Executive Director of Local First Arizonia, which is the largest local business coalition in the US. LFA is a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems & policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes. With nearly 3,000 business members & four statewide offices, Lanning leads a staff of 22 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy, local food access, entrepreneurial development in under-served communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable & resilient local economies.
Lanning is consistently recognized & has received numerous awards for her diverse work & extensive leadership. In 2014, Lanning was recognized as the Ctizen Leader of the Year by the International Economic Development Council, a pivotal moment in recognizing the use of Localist policies as a force for economic development. Her work in promoting adaptive reuse in Phoenix’s urban core was recognized by the American Planning Association, who presented Lanning with the Distinguished Citizen Planner Award in 2013. Lanning has also been named of of the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizonia” (Arizona Business Magazine, 2011), was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and was the 2014 Leader of the Year in Public Policy (Arizona Capitol Times).

bb75c33b-ddd3-48bd-a176-66694839c9a0John Abrams – Founder & CEO of South Mountain Company
John Abrams is founder & CEO of South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old integrated architecture, engineering, building, & renewable energy company commited to triple bottom line business practices. Located on Martha’s Vineyard, South Mountain has been a worker cooperative for 28 years & was one of the first B-Corps in Massachusetts.

John’s book ‘Companies we Keep: Employee Ownership & the Business of Community & Place,’ was published in 2008. He blogs at and lives at Island Cohousing, a neighborhood designed & built by South Mountain.





Euneika Rogers-Sipp – Founder of
Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families
Euneika Rogers-Sipp is the founder of several organizations and initiatives in the fields of Art, Conservation, Culture, and Design Education. A 2016 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, she collaborates internationally in the design and planning of local “living” agricultural economies.
Prior to her fellowship, she founded Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF), a social enterprise development initiative that enables families in rural communities to start businesses providing other local families products that are made to be low cost, affordable, and from locally sourced materials. She created CRE [Community Regeneration Education] which has trained local leaders from 7 states to bring new perspectives into community building spaces benefiting more than 10,000 students and adult learners in different contexts.
In 2010, Euneika received the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s research award for SURREF’s design of solar powered irrigation systems – the first minority-and woman led on-farm energy efficiency project in the state of Alabama.
In 2013 she helped launch a Community Based Tourism Network, a project of SURREF that helped to propel the organization into one of the Black Belt region’s most visible examples of people-centered low-impact eco-tourism.
Euneika Rogers-Sipp is committed to conservation, equity, and sustainability issues and serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the Rural Development Leadership Network (RDLN), the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group (SSAWG), and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).

Presented by:

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Sponsored by:

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Getting There – Lesley University’s Brattle Campus is located just blocks away from the Harvard Square Red Line T Stop. We encourage attendees to walk, bike or take public transit when possible. Limited metered street parking is available. Limited parking passes from Lesley will be available for purchase.
Refund Policy – Registration is transferrable but not refundable. You may edit the name on your order through Eventbrite at any time or e-mail
Lunch – Lunch will be catered by Basil Tree Cafe & Catering.