Sustainability Connector

An online event for Climate Week

Inspiring Speakers + Online Facilitated Networking


September 23, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET 

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Celebrate Climate Week virtually with the Be Social Change community by joining us to hear from experts on how to work and live more sustainably as well as connect with professionals in the sustainability sector.

You’ll hear from amazing leaders and organizations sharing practical ways each of us can protect and restore our planet as well as network with inspiring, purpose-driven people who are working toward environmental justice and a greener future.

Join us on September 23 for inspiration, interactive online networking activities, and to strengthen the sustainability sector.

The Sustainability Connector is part of the ongoing Connector Series, fiscally sponsored by Prime ProduceLTD.

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*Join this event for free when you become a Be Social Change Member!

Connector Schedule

September 23rd, 2020

5:55 pm

Sign on to the event and introduce yourself in the chat


6:00 pm

Introduction to the event and what to expect 

6:10 pm

Hear from experts in the field

6:30 pm

Introduction to facilitated networking

6:35 pm

Facilitated networking round one

6:55 pm

Share out resources or ideas you heard

7:00 pm

Facilitated networking round two

7:20 pm

Share out resources or ideas you heard

7:25 pm

Wrap up and what’s upcoming

7:30 pm

Event concludes

Event Speakers

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Jacqueline Patterson

Senior Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Since 2007, Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS.

Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, Advisory Board for Center for Earth Ethics as well as on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, The Hive: Gender and Climate Justice Fund, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Greenpeace, Bill Anderson Fund, People’s Solar Energy Fund, and the National Black Workers Center Project.

John Calvelli

Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, Wildlife Conservation Society

John is joining the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) after working for more than 15 years in public service. WCS is a global conservation organization, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. John is leading the organization’s efforts to inspire and engage the public in support of its mission.

Prior to joining WCS, Mr. Calvelli served as Administrative Assistant/Counsel to Congressman Eliot Engel, having oversight responsibility for Congressional administrative office functions and overseeing, directing and supervising all legislative initiatives during his tenure on the House Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Science and the Education and
Labor Committees. The Republic of Italy bestowed the honorific title of Knighthood in the Order of Merit to John for his work promoting stronger US-Italy relations.

Mr. Calvelli graduated from Fordham University and earned a law degree from Fordham Law School. Mr.
Calvelli was a founder and is currently the Chair of the International Conservation Partnership. He also serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council, New York City and Company, the National Italian American Foundation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York, and is the Chair of the New York City Cultural Institutions.

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Event Supporters

The Tomiak Foundation is a private foundation creating a more ethical society by permanently improving the treatment and living conditions of vulnerable people and populations. They fund programs and projects run by reputable 501c3 non-profit organizations. Focus areas have included ethical treatment for orphans, elderly people, veterans, and disadvantaged minority homeowners.

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Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability cultivate leaders who break through existing systems, innovating solutions to critical social, environmental, and economic challenges. Bard GPS students pursue cutting-edge master’s degrees in policy, business, or education, that embed extended field-based practical training and individualized career support. Their alumni are changing the rules through environmental policy, changing the game through sustainable business, and changing minds through environmental education.

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The online event will be recorded. 

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