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Infusing Business with Purpose – The Making Change Broadcast


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Please join the meeting by watching right here on Friday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT  (if the video doesn’t appear right away, we may just be running late). And add your input and ideas and questions by tweeting to the hashtag #CTFuture.

On Friday, June 5th the representatives of three Benefit Corporations (aka B Corps) will join host Hildy Gottlieb to talk about their experiences with infusing business with purpose. And these aren’t just any Benefit Corporations – these are some of the least likely professions one might think of when the phrase “B Corp” comes to mind: an attorney, an accountant, and a banker!

What are B Corps? “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency,” as explains.

Carolyn Sechler (CPA) and Ellis Carter (attorney) have both chosen to go through the rigorous process of having their businesses certified as B Corps. Mark Stevenson was most recently CEO of the certified B Corp Capital Pacific Bank. We say “most recently” because Capital Pacific was acquired by Pacific Continental Bank in March, where Mark is now leading their sustainability initiative while the bank explores B Corp certification. 

Join these three pioneers as they share their thoughts about walking the talk of a purpose-driven business.

To participate in the FREE event, please use the link below to register! The event will be recorded and saved. If you are unable to make the live event, you can watch the broadcast at a later date!

Ellis M. Carter, J.D., LL.M is the founder of Carter Law Group, P.C., a law firm advising nonprofit, tax-exempt, and mission based businesses with respect to corporate, tax, and regulatory issues. Ms. Carter has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Non-profit and Charity law 2007-2015 and was selected as “2015 Lawyer of the Year” for Non-profit and Charity law by Best Lawyers in America.

Carolyn Sechler, CPA, CGMA brings more than 30 years of experience to her work in tax and strategic planning, financial reporting, management consulting, and executive coaching, primarily to nonprofits. She is the CEO and founder of Sechler CPA PC, a Certified B Corporation. Today magazine selected Carolyn as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Profession” from 1999-2001.
Stevenson, Mark (crop)Mark Stevenson Having recently joined Pacific Continental Bank as executive vice president and chief nonprofit and sustainability officer, Mark most recently served as president and CEO of Capital Pacific Bank. Mark has more than 30 years of experience in commercial banking, credit management and corporate finance at financial institutions such as U.S. Bank, Piper Jaffray and Security Pacific Bank. Mark is a director at “I Have a Dream” Oregon and Kompanion, Mercy Corps’ microfinance institution in Kyrgyzstan. He is a past member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking and is a past chair of the Oregon Bankers Association. Mark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Stanford University with a degree in economics and Spanish.

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