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2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series with Franz Paasche

As part of its 2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series, B4BW welcomed Franz Paasche, the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at PayPal on Thursday, June 17. This conversation focused on the many ways PayPal is incorporating a stakeholder capitalism mindset into its business practices, and how the company treats its employees and customers.  

This was the third of what will be six dynamic conversations amongst CEOs, tri-sector leaders, faculty, and students as we explore stakeholder capitalism, what it means, and how it can be applied to our businesses in a world rife with persistent inequality, social injustice, racial bias, and environmental degradation.

Business for a Better World - Franz Paasche from GMU-TV on Vimeo.

2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series with Seth Goldman

As part of its 2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series, B4BW welcomed Seth Goldman on Thursday, April 29. In a dynamic, audience driven discussion, the founder of Eat the Change® offered his vision for a more sustainable food system and the role each of us can play in making it a reality. 

This was the second of what will be six dynamic conversations amongst CEOs, tri-sector leaders, faculty, and students as we explore stakeholder capitalism, what it means, and how it can be applied to our businesses in a world rife with persistent inequality, social injustice, racial bias, and environmental degradation.

Business For A Better World: Seth Goldman from GMU-TV on Vimeo.


A History of Zoning and Segregation in Virginia: Lessons for Today

The issues Northern Virginia faces today regarding affordability and inequitable access to housing are not just a result of market forces of supply and demand. Our history of zoning and development shaped the way our neighborhoods look and function. On April 29, together with the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship hosted a conversation on the historic roots of housing inequities and the opportunities for change, based on the recent “Zoning and Segregation in Virginia” report from McGuire Woods, a leading law firm in our area.


Spring 2021 Speaker Series: Kerry Kennedy, RFK Human Rights

Bringing leaders to campus, and to our students specifically, is central to B4BW's mission. Our Speaker Series brings social impact and sustainability thought leaders from top-tier organizations directly to our students where they discuss the issues facing our world. On Friday, April 16, 2021, we were thrilled to welcome Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. A lawyer and human rights advocate who has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, Kennedy spoke on a range of human rights related issues in the fashion and agriculture industries, and in business generally.

Business For A Better World: Kerry Kennedy from GMU-TV on Vimeo.


Driving Sustainability Through ESG Investing

The growth in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is unquestioned. Clients are actively asking their financial advisors to consider and incorporate ESG investing into their retirement strategy, making it one of the most important financial trend in years. And one that allows investors to lead with their values without sacrificing performance. On Wednesday, March 24, we hosted a panel discussion with three industry leaders who will discuss this important trend, and how it's changing their business, and their client's portfolios.


2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series with Peter Georgescu

As part of its 2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series, B4BW welcomed Peter Georgescu on Thursday, February 11. In a far-ranging interview with Dean Maury Peiperl, Georgescu, the former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam, and author of 'Capitalists, ARISE!,' discussed the meaning of capitalism and the need for a shareholder approach. "You have to have inclusive prosperity," said Georgescu, "this is critical to the sustained prosperity of America and to democratic society. We got to get there."

This was the first of what will be six dynamic conversations amongst CEOs, tri-sector leaders, faculty, and students as we explore stakeholder capitalism, what it means, and how it can be applied to our businesses in a world rife with persistent inequality, social injustice, racial bias, and environmental degradation.

Business for a Better World Stakeholders Series: Peter Georgescu from GMU-TV on Vimeo


Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett on The Upswing

Deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; a fraying social fabric; public and private narcissism—Americans today seem to agree on only one thing: This is the worst of times. Hear co-authors Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, discuss their new book The Upswing: How America Came Together A Century Ago, and How We Can Do it Again, and how we can learn to be a stronger, more unified nation.

The Upswing with Robert Putnam, Shaylyn Romney Garrett, and Maury Peiperl from GMU-TV on Vimeo.


Fall 2020 Speaker Series: Dymphna van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance 

Bringing leaders to campus, and to our students specifically, is central to B4BW's mission. Our Speaker Series brings social impact and sustainability thought leaders from top-tier organizations directly to our students where they discuss the issues facing our world. On October 21, 2020, we were pleased to be joined by Dymphna van der Lans and Jean-Louis Racine of the Clean Cooking Alliance, a United Nations supported organization focused on making clean cooking accessible to the three billion people who live each day without it. This wide-ranging discussion covered the organization's work, leadership styles, and the importance of partnerships.  


Arlington Forward 2020: Digital Disruption: How Companies Are Leveraging Change for Competitive Advantage and Collective Impact

Hosted by B4BW and Executive Development, the Arlington Forward series kicked off with a discussion around the growing appreciation that businesses can, and should be a force for good in the world.


ProfessionalQuest: Business for a Better World