Green Plus Awards April 12 Program, Roundtables Announced

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The 2012 Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards (April 12) will feature two discussions with national experts on sustainable People policies for companies, and on national trends in sustainable business leadership.


8:00     Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast

8:30     Welcome

9:00     Panel Discussion #1: A Rising Tide (At Your Company): How helping your employees strengthens your community *and* your business

10:10   Break

10:30   Panel Discussion #2: What’s Next?: How Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Impact Investing, and a Sustainable Prosperity

11:40   Lunch table discussions about the morning panels (Lunch provided by the Q Shack) 

12:15   Green Plus Awards (Program concludes no later than 1pm)


Panel Descriptions:

Roundtable #1: A Rising Tide (At Your Company): 

How helping your employees strengthens your community and your business

A great team is your best competitive advantage. More than ever, committed, skilled employees are increasingly vital to the success of any organization. What can you do to help your employees and help your business? Our first April 12 roundtable before the Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards will cover:

  • Communicating Core Values
  • Training strategies that help your employees succeed
  • Employee stock options and other approaches to increasing employee engagement




Roundtable #2: What’s Next?

Business and philanthropic leaders discuss collective action by business leaders to create sustainable prosperity. This roundtable will cover national trends in:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Clean energy
  • Socially responsible investing




More about the 2012 Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards

When: Thursday, April 12, 8am-1pm

Where: Research Triangle Park Headquarters, 12 Davis Drive, Morrisville, NC


If you can’t see the ticket registration above, please click here to purchase your tickets.


The Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise Awards are not only about ‘green’ (environmental) programs — they are an effort to recognize and encourage a balanced approach to community engagement, environmental stewardship, and good business management generally. We seek to promote traditional organizations engaging in extraordinary practices while raising awareness around the importance of sustainability in their communities. 

Award Categories include:

  • Green Plus Sustainable Enterprise of the Year (any size)
  • Green Plus Medium-Sized Employer
  • Green Plus Sustainable Small Business of the Year
  • Green Plus Sole Proprietor / Home Based Business of the Year
  • Green Plus Non – Profit
  • For – Benefit Corporation / Social Enterprise of the Year 


Thanks to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!



Panelists Bios


Anne Claire Broughton

Anne Claire Broughton is the SJF Institute Co-Founder and Senior Director. SJF Institute connects, inspires, and accelerates sustainable entrepreneurs and the fields that support them. Its affiliates include Investors’ Circle and SJF Ventures. Anne Claire has been with SJF since 1999 and served as the Founding Executive Director of SJF Institute (then known as SJF Advisory Services) from 2001-2007. Anne Claire has helped raise significant grant funds, co- authored three national research reports and numerous articles and whitepapers for national and international publications, led 11 years of impact assessment and reporting, and spoken at numerous conferences on behalf of SJF. She directs SJF Institute’s employee engagement- related technical assistance to entrepreneurs and is the author of the 2011 Employees Matter: Maximizing Company Value Through Workforce Engagement report profiling 24 companies that can link their great employee practices with better bottom line results.

Anne Claire serves on the boards of the North Carolina Sustainability Center and EarthShare North Carolina and on the Advisory Board of New Orleans-based AMCREF Community Capital, a New Markets Tax Credit fund with a focus on financing renewable energy projects. Prior to joining SJF, Anne Claire was Editor-in-Chief of Recycling Today magazine, a premier national business magazine for the industrial and municipal recycling sectors. Anne Claire holds a BA from Oberlin College and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. She is an active classical violinist, singer, and mom.


Stephen Jordan

Stephen Jordan is senior vice president and executive director of the Business Civic Leadership Center, and has served in this capacity since the organization’s founding as the Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCC) in May 2000. 

Stephen leads BCLC’s engagement with a broad spectrum of companies and chambers of commerce in the United States and overseas. He has produced numerous conferences, policy papers, and other projects and programs related to the fields of corporate citizenship, business and society relations, global development, education, disaster assistance, military quality of life, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, and public-private partnerships. Some of the most notable coalitions he has played a role in launching include the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, the National Cyber Safety Alliance, Business Strengthening America, and the U.S. Business Education Network.

In addition to his work at BCLC, Stephen currently serves on the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Board of Governors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers’ (CRO) Association and the New World Institute. Stephen is also a Caux Round Table fellow.

Stephen also serves on the selection committees for The National Governors Association Public-Private Partnership Awards and The U.S. Conference of Mayors Public-Private Partnership Awards.  Previously, Stephen served as executive director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America from 1997 to 1999. In the private sector, he has worked in the publishing industry and has a background in strategy, marketing, and new product development. He began his professional career as a legislative assistant for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Stephen holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia, with accompanying academic honors from both institutions. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society.


Stephanie Poole Nieman

Stephanie oversees B Lab’s impact assessment strategy in U.S., Canadian and European markets, manages the verification processes behind B Corp certification and GIIRS ratings, and works with investors, investment advisors, fund managers and companies to design and develop GIIRS analytical tools, benchmark data, and ratings information in order to drive capital to high-impact investments.

Prior to B, Stephanie worked in Institutional Equity Sales at Lehman Brothers, where she also served on the firm’s pro bono microfinance team, and in sales and business development for Pearson Education. She has a MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Graduate Certificate in International Development Policy from Duke University.


Tom Strong

At the Hitachi Foundation, Tom Strong works on the Pioneer Employers Initiative, an effort to better understand, and facilitate the spread of, the best emerging employment practices for the working poor. Pioneer Employers are innovative firms that develop a competitive advantage by investing in the skills and productivity of their own frontline workers. In the past three years the Foundation has identified and profiled over 70 such employers in metalworking, food processing, acute care, clinics, and several other industries. It is the belief of the Hitachi Foundation that by investigating and promoting these business models, we can develop business- friendly approaches towards overcoming the skills gap and the widespread problems of un- and underemployment in the US.

Prior to his work at the Foundation, Tom worked for several years as a staff trainer, marketer, tea buyer, and all-around utility infielder at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, a consumer cooperative in Atlanta, GA. His time there also included a stint as President of the Board of Directors, during which time he led an effort to incorporate measurable criteria on social impact into the co-op’s governance policies. He later acquired an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management University of Arizona. While there, he co-founded an award-winning local foods startup, 50 Mile Farms, that unfortunately tanked during the Great Recession. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature from Reed College.


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