Free Webinar: Employee Engagement for 21st Century Success

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Join us for this free Green Plus Webinar (Weds., Sept. 26, at 2pm EST) to talk with experts from The Hitachi Foundation, the SJF Institute, and business leaders about best practices for employee engagement you can adopt to help your company and your employees succeed in a competitive marketplace. Learn about the Hitachi Foundation’s ground-breaking Pioneer Employer research and SJF Institute’s studyEmployees Matter: Maximizing Company Value Through Workforce Engagement.” 

Moderated by Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, presenters will include Tom Strong (Hitachi Foundation) and Anne Claire Broughton (the SJF Institute) – bios below. Business panelists to be announced. Please click here to reserve a spot for the webinar.

The Hitachi Foundation seeks to discover and expand business practices that create tangible, enduring economic opportunities for low-wealth Americans, their families, and the communities in which they reside.

The SJF Institute is an independent, non-profit institute that works with positive impact business and sustainable entrepreneurs to facilitate their access to capital, promote employee engagement, and help build sustainable economies.


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.


Anne Claire Broughton: Anne Claire Broughton is the SJF Institute Co-Founder and Senior Consultant. 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.

Chris Carmody – Executive Director, The Institute for Sustainable Development 

Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth. Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ — a program dedicated to helping America’s smaller employers and their communities become more economically competitive through sustainable business practices. Chris has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in strategic management at Oberlin College, Cleveland State University and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1989, Chris staffed Michael R. White in his successful bid to become Cleveland’s second African American mayor. He served as Mayor White’s Special Asst. for Education and Co-Director of the Mayor’s Office on Competitiveness from 1990 – 1995, as well as on Cleveland’s Board of Zoning Appeals for six years. Chris holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, where he also served as graduate business student body president. In 1998, Chris founded the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, which brought over $55 million in new motion picture business to northeast Ohio. In 2002, Chris was selected for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

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