Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum

This 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.

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