Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum 2015
Green Entrepreneurs: Money and the Environment
This forum is organized by Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. It is a chance to bring small business owners together with innovators - all in the name of wanting to create successful enterprises that will be respectful of people and the planet.
This is a networking opportunity to share ideas to grow local companies that can change the footprint of Boston and the planet.
The Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Boston City Hall, in the BRA Board Room on the 9th floor, just to the left of the elevators.
Ambereen Mirza, Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program, Tufts University
Ambereen Mirza has over ten years of experience as a consultant, researcher and instructor in Social Entrepreneurship, Risk Mitigation, and International development. She has worked with government agencies, quasi-government regulators, multilaterals, international development firms, non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, and micro, small, and medium enterprises. Her projects have targeted tourism development, workforce expansion, private sector competitiveness, disaster relief, economic governance, access to finance and healthcare at the bottom of the pyramid, and information, communication, and technology (ICT) promotion in the emerging markets. She currently teaches students about social entrepreneurship and the importance of considering the environment in their business models.
Gil Penalosa,Executive Director, 8 80 Cities
Gil is Founder and Chair of the Board of 8 80 Cities. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm, Gil Penalosa & Associates, and is an accomplished presenter and inspirational speaker. Because of Gil's unique blend of pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations. Over the past eight years, Gil has worked in over 180 different cities across six continents. Gil holds an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the "100 Most Inspirational Alumni" in the school's history. In 2013 he received the Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada, and was named one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians." In 2014 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish University SLU. He joins us with his international experience and local enthusiasm.
Peter Arpin, Executive Vice President, Arpin Group and Executive Producer, ReNewable Now Radio Show
Peter Arpin is able to lead by example. Peter's entrepreneurial spirit is evidenced by his latest business ventures. In 2008, he became President of two new Arpin Group companies, Arpin Renewable Energy and Arpin Broadcast Network, LLC. Arpin Renewable Energy is responsible for all internal environmental auditing across all Arpin Group companies. Peter currently leads a central group of five people working on low-carbon growth Research and Development initiatives. Arpin Broadcast Network (ABN) is the first web-based television network dedicated to the moving and storage industry. ABN provides the online visitor with dynamic images and multimedia support giving them a powerful e-learning toolset to help facilitate the moving process. Finally, every week Peter educates the public through his radio show, ReNewable Now where he brings to life, the "business side of green."
Angel Rodriguez, Co-Founder, Custom Camisas, Inc.
Angel Rodriguez is the co-founder of Custom Camisas, a game-changing company to reduce the environmental impact of T-shirt printing. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Harvard University researching technology, public health and environmental science.
Madgie Murray, Founder and Principal, Soleil Micro; Co-Founder, jPods, Inc.
Madgie Murray is a determined, creative entrepreneur who is a devoted mother and committed to making a better world through her businesses. She began Soleil Micro in 2011, a company that sells "personal energy servers" for charging electronic devices using solar energy. This can help families significantly reduce their electricity usage and associated costs. It is also extremely beneficial to people living in Haiti, her native country, where she hopes to provide "sunshine when you wish" to all the mothers and children living there. This will allow them to have light even during times of blackouts. Further, She is the Co-founder of a Sustainable Transportation concept called Jpods for the Atlanta and the Haiti mobility company; Vice-chair/Board member International relations/investments of Georgia Haitian Chamber of Commerce; and also the managing partner for her brother's eyewear line Sauvage Eyewear, Inc. founded/designed by Michael Nicolas headquartered in MA jods for the Atlanta and the Haiti mobility company, Vice-chair/Board member international relations/investments of Georgia Haitian Chamber of Commerce and also the Managing Partner for her brother's Eyewear line. Sauvage Eyewear