The SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit

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SBN’s 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit

‘Balancing People, Planet & 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.

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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.



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.