BLD New England 2021 Sponsors
The BLD is fully organized by volunteers and funded through tickets and generous donations from our sponsors. Without the overwhelming support from the following companies, this conference would not be possible.
Join us in thanking our generous sponsors!!
Join us in thanking our generous sponsors!!
Interested in becoming a sponsor of this year's BLD?
Special Thanks to Our B Corp Planning Committee
BRITTANY ANGELO (She/Her/Hers) B Corp Leadership Development Co-Chair: Brittany Angelo has worked for four years as the Regional Marketing Manager at ReVision Energy, a mission-driven clean energy company located on the stolen ancestral lands of the Wabanaki People. She believes that environmental justice should be a focus in all that we do as humans, including business and personal practices. When she is not working you can find her skiing, mountain biking, or paddle-boarding!
CHAD NICHOLS (He/Him/His) B Corp Leadership Development Co-Chair: Chad is an impact-based leader developing complex renewable energy projects and sustainable organizational operations. He is a Managing Director at BlueWave Solar and has been Vermont-based since 2008 with a broad range of national work and international experience. Alongside expertise in company growth, risk reduction, and creative strategy, he is passionate about climate action, B Corp sustainable business practices, and intersectional environmentalism.
ERINA McWILLIAM-LOPEZ (She/Her/Hers) Content Co-Chair: Erina is a producer with 1623 Studios, a local public media organization, and a product manager at Impact Experience. Impact Experience addresses issues of structural racism and incorporates a variety of powerful tools to tackle prejudice by confronting and engaging with the historical and ongoing realities of inequality and racial bias. In her free time, Erina is building a plant-based energy bite company called Bliss Bites. Erina has a background in social impact education and was formerly the Associate Director at the Social Impact Lab at Lynn University and the Founding Social Impact Programs Director at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.
BENN MARINE (He/Him/His) Content Co-Chair: Benn is a Director of Original Content at Dirigo Collective, a media company on a mission to support our local communities and amplify the work of businesses that are a force for good. Located on the stolen ancestral lands of the Wabanaki People, Dirigo Collective is currently working on their B Corp certification and is sharing the process while lifting up B Corps through their podcast Responsibly Different. As an openly transgender man, Benn has lead racial justice, trans competency, and DEI trainings for healthcare providers, non-profits, educators, and communities of faith. Prior to his time at Dirigo Collective he worked on progressive campaigns across the United States including Marriage Equality, Non-Discrimination, Universal Healthcare, Ranked Choice Voting, and Background Checks on all Firearm sales.
RACHEL CLOGSTON (She/Her/Hers) Marketing Chair: Rachel Clogston is the Office Manager for BlueWave Solar, a solar developer who is at the forefront of dual-use project development in the North East. Rachel is a leader in the company’s Culture, B Corp, and Social Impact efforts and is an avid advocate for environmental justice. Rachel was born and raised in Massachusetts and resides in Boston on Pawtucket and Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett) land. Rachel is an alumnus of UMass Amherst with degrees in Marketing and Social Policy, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading and going on nature walks with her dog.
TARA CONNELLY (She/Her/Hers) Logistics Co-Chair: Tara Connelly is the logistics co-chair. She has almost 20 years of management experience, working in large financial institutions, publishing companies, and boutique consulting firms. Tara has been employed at Pure Strategies since 2012 as their office manager and leads their B Corp efforts both internally and externally. In addition to working with Pure Strategies, she runs her own landscape design company and is working towards master certificates in horticulture and green infrastructure. She is looking forward to creating a welcoming and informative atmosphere for this year's BLDNE with a strong focus on equity, inclusion, and renewal.
KELLY WIGHT (She/Her/Hers) Logistics Co-Chair: Kelly is the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Breckinridge Capital Advisors and is a member of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. In her role, Kelly is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the sustainability practices of the firm’s operations. Kelly joined Breckinridge in 2013 with the marketing team, where she led the firm’s branding and design efforts. Prior to joining Breckinridge, Kelly was a production manager at Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS). She started her career as a graphic production artist at Phoenix Media/Communications Group. Kelly holds a B.A. from Western Connecticut State University.
ZOILA STOKES (She/Her/Hers) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair: Zoila was born in Honduras, colonized land of the Lenca People, and immigrated to Miami, Florida-land of the Taino, Tequesta, and Seminole People, at the age of ten. She became active in several Grassroots campaigns during the 2000 and 2004 election cycles, with a focus on fundraising and education on environmental and social issues. After attending Miami-Dade College she began an eight-year-long career in the Fine Art Business Industry. Trading her flip-flops for snow boots, she moved to Vermont (Abenaki Land) in 2012 and worked in the Hospitality industry before joining the Sales Team at SunCommon to fight Climate Change.
JESSICA REDMOND (She/Her/Hers) Development Chair: Jessica is the Development chair on the BLD committee. She attended BLDNE 2019 and knew she found her people. She recently joined the Rhino foods family as their new Learning & Development manager. Jessica lives in Hinesburg, VT (home of the Abenaki) with her husband and two sons and is a certified PMP. She dabbles in endurance athletics, reads, gardens, and enjoys “glamping” with her family.