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Making Dough & Making Change: A Social Entrepreneurship Summit Presented by Ben&Jerry’s/Ashoka/VBSR

Date: Thursday Sep 26th, 2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Location: The Grand Maple Ballroom at UVM's Davis Center

Address: 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

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Event Description

Making Dough and Making Change: A Social Entrepreneurship Summit Presented by Ben & Jerry's, Ashoka, & VBSR

Come hear from six national thought-leaders about what is happening on the leading edge of socially responsible business, where a new breed of ‘social entrepreneurs’ are starting companies as a vehicle to solve social and environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs may hold the keys to addressing global challenges of poverty, climate change, and hunger.

Hear more about efforts underway to create new social entrepreneurs and help them scale up their enterprises. Learn about some of the most exciting ventures already making a difference in the world. This promises to be an inspiring evening of big ideas with several short presentations, a round-table discussion and audience Q&A. It’s all part of a partnership between Ben & Jerry’s and Ashoka who are working together to support young social entrepreneurs through the Join Our Core program.

MODERATOR: Jo Confino: Executive Editor, The Guardian; Chairman and Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business

PRESENTERS (Click on a presenter to read their bio):
Jostein Solheim: CEO, Ben & Jerry’s
Henry De Sio: Executive Team, Ashoka
Andrea Cohen: Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Cheryl Dorsey: President, Echoing Green
Jay Coen Gilbert: Co-founder, B Lab
Daryn Dodson: Consultant to Board of Directors, Calvert Funds; Board Director, Ben & Jerry’s

7:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
7:15 – 8:15 Big Ideas
8:15 – 9:15 Moderated Discussion and Audience Q&A
9:15 – 9:45 Ice Cream and Networking Reception

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Event Sponsors

B Lab

B Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale.





The Intervale Center

The Intervale Center is recognized nationally as a leader in the development of community food systems and is often identified as a defining element in the numerous awards Vermont and Burlington have received for quality of life. The Intervale Center’s mission is to strengthen community food systems; they accomplish is mission through:

  •     New farm incubation,
  •     Farm business development,
  •     Agricultural market development,
  •     Agricultural land stewardship,
  •     Food systems research and consulting
  •     Celebration of food and farmers!


Merritt & Merritt & Moulton

Merritt & Merritt & Moulton is a boutique law firm that collaborates with publicly- and privately-held growth companies throughout New England, as well as the angel, venture capital and private equity investors that support them, to build and guide their businesses.


Middlebury Center for Social Enterprise

Based on our conviction that social entrepreneurship education is integral to the 21st-century liberal arts, the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship offers students opportunities to reflect, to connect, to analyze, and to engage. Building on and complementing Middlebury's commitment to educating students in the tradition of the liberal arts, our students learn to be effective agents of social change by reflecting on who they are, connecting with others, analyzing systemic challenges, and engaging the world around them. The center is designed to be a hub within a global network of schools, NGOs, government agencies, businesses, and foundations that share a commitment to creating 21st-century solutions.


UVM Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA

Today's MBA student is tomorrow's entrepreneur. But what does the path look like along the way? Here, we provide students with a direct route to success. The UVM Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) not only prepares students for the ever-changing world of business, it gets them out into the real world faster and better equipped. It's an accelerated program designed to encourage accelerated thinking and doing.  After all, you’ve got to move fast if you want to get ahead.





VBSR Marketplace

The VBSR Marketplace is a trade network that uses an alternative form of payment, so individuals and business can conduct business without the initial outlay of cash.  The system keeps track of your transactions similar to an accounts payable/accounts receivable system.  Say you are starting a business and need business cards, a website, help with accounting, or even coffee for your office.  The VBSR Marketplace allows you to pay before you earn, so you can receive all of those items with the intention of “paying” back with goods or services.



Vermonters for a New Economy

Vermonters for a New Economy is a coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals who are creating a new economy for Vermont – all the ways we own and operate businesses, exchange goods and services, finance projects, earn income, and measure our success.  This work enables us to pursue regenerative economic activities that strengthen our food systems, build renewable energy, reuse and recycle byproducts, and foster creativity, culture, and healthy lifestyles.


Vermont Council on World Affairs

The Vermont Council on World Affairs brings the world to Vermont and Vermont to the world. For more than 60 years and through a changing world, the VCWA has worked to promote awareness and understanding of the world and its peoples. It organizes educational and cultural programs and presentations and hosts visitors from around the world in cooperation with the public and private sectors, non-profit communities and educational institutions.  The future of Vermont depends upon the world beyond our borders. Contact us at or to learn more.



The Vermont Intern Program

The Vermont Intern Program works to connect students and recent graduates with PAID internships in the Vermont. Working with both students and employers, the Intern Program is a one stop shop for anyone looking to hire new talent or to find that first career step. We help employers create and fill internships and work with students to make sure they present strong resumes and cover letters. Vermont needs our younger workforce to stay in the state after graduation; we help them to do just that.


Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund is a mission-based investment fund that provides “equity-like” financing in the form of royalty loans and subordinated debt to growing Vermont companies in agriculture, forestry, and renewable energy.  Flex Fund investments are combined with business assistance to ensure borrowers have support to stay and grow in Vermont. The Flex Fund is the first business lending program in Vermont focused on royalty financing at a Vermont scale.  Instead of taking ownership in a company, we offer debt that is repaid by paying a percentage of gross revenues over period of time. The Flex Fund’s innovative financing allows for income and upside to investors while preserving ownership and mission with founding entrepreneurs.  Learn more at



Guest Bios

Jo Confino (Moderator): Executive Editor, The Guardian; Chairman and Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business; @joconfino & @guardian

As a journalist for the past 30 years, Jo has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites. He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and subsequently finance and business news editor for the Guardian. Jo currently leads the strategic development of the Guardian Sustainable Business website, as well as chairing events, writing stories and creating films and podcasts. He set up and continues to manage a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine (, which led to the creation of the Guardian global development website (, which he helps manage.

Jo created and led the Guardian's corporate sustainability vision and strategy for a decade, including launching one of the world’s first interactive sustainability reporting websites ( He has completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath and is also a qualified executive coach. Jo is on the advisory board of the University of Edinburgh's sustainable business unit and is a trustee of two charities; Theatre for a Change and Chance for Change.

Jostein Solheim: CEO, Ben & Jerry’s; Twitter: @JosSolheim & @benandjerrys

This native of Norway has spent 20 years at Unilever, with three-quarters of that time in its ice cream division.  Most recently before joining Ben & Jerry’s, Jostein worked on rejuvenating Unilever's North American ice cream business, including Breyer's, Klondike, Popsicle and Good Humor.  Since 2010 Jostein has activated that same passion as CEO in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, where Ben & Jerry’s global headquarters is located.

Jostein grew up in Norway but decided at an early age to explore the world.  He finished high school in Canada, completed university in the UK (London School of Economics) and joined Unilever at the headquarters in London.  Since then Jostein has lived and worked in the Netherlands (2 times), Italy, Sweden, Germany and the USA for the last 5 years. His experience from more than 30 markets throughout the world comes in quite handy as Ben & Jerry’s expands globally.

Jostein’s global flair continues in his personal life, with a British wife and two sons who were born in Italy.

Jostein is most excited about growth opportunities both domestic and global, continuing the long-standing tradition of activating the social mission throughout all aspects of the business, and about being able to bring Tilly, his dog, to work occasionally at the pet-friendly office. 

Jostein’s favorite flavor is Chunky Monkey.

Henry De Sio: Executive Team, Ashoka; Twitter: @henrydesio & @Ashoka

Henry De Sio is on the executive team at Ashoka. He is pioneering Ashoka’s framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A Changemaker, ¬ with a specific emphasis on preparing youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today’s fast-changing world. Previously, he served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer at Obama for America. Henry earned his BA in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Andrea Cohen: Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; @cohen_andrea & @vbsr

Andrea became the Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) in the fall of 2010. VBSR is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. VBSR strives to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of the state's residents, while remaining profitable. Andrea originally joined VBSR in 2006 as the Public Policy Program Manager. Previous to that, she worked for 16 years at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in a variety of management positions involving pollution prevention, resource conservation, and solid waste management. Andrea holds her M.A. in Environmental Science from Antioch University and her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Vassar College. Andrea lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her husband and 11 year old son. Find Andrea on Twitter: @cohen_andrea

Cheryl Dorsey: President, Echoing Green; Twitter: @echoinggreen

Echoing Green is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. This global social venture fund has awarded over $30 million in start-up capital to over 500 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston.

Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group (2008-09); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present).

Dorsey serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, the SEED Foundation, and Northeast Bank. In 2009, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. For 2010 and 2011, she was named as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50."

Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Jay Coen Gilbert: Co-founder, B Lab; Twitter: @JayCoenGilbert & @BCorporation

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. 

B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and transparency, and legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests.  As of May 2013, there are more than 750 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 27 countries, 16 states have enacted benefit corporation legislation, and more than 8,000 businesses measuring what matters using B Lab’s B Impact Assessment.

B Lab’s B Analytics platform is being used by more than 60 fund managers representing $3 billion in assets invested in 450 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs across 30 countries from North America and Europe through emerging markets in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.  25 investors with $3 billion in assets under management have declared an investment preference for GIIRS-rated funds and companies in their impact investing portfolios.

Prior to B Lab, despite having no game, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia.  Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth and decline.
Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, President of the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, a growing cluster of high performing public charter schools, and a former Board member of Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network, leading national networks of social entrepreneurs and early stage social investors.

Jay grew up in New York City before heading west to Stanford University, graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989. Prior to AND 1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and non-profit sectors.

Between AND 1 and B Lab, Jay enjoyed a sabbatical Down Under and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his yogini wife and their two daughters. They live in Berwyn, PA.

Daryn Dodson: Consultant to Board of Directors, Calvert Funds; Board Director, Ben & Jerry’s; Twitter: @Impactpreneur & @CalvertInvests

Daryn Dodson advises companies, universities, and policy makers on impact investments. He leads the Special Equities Program at Calvert Funds. Through this program, Calvert has invested more than $69 million in impact investing funds and companies. Mr. Dodson also currently serves as a board member at the Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 30,000 hours and $1 million into New Orleans entrepreneurs. Prior to New Orleans, he built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the subprime lending market with Self-Help Credit Union.  Daryn earned his MBA from Stanford and AB from Duke University in Public Policy.

Champion Members!

Sponsor: All Earth Renewables Sponsor: Ben and Jerrys Sponsor: Dinse/Knapp/McAndrews Sponsor: Gardeners Supply Sponsor: Green Mountain Power Sponsor: Keurig Green Mountain Sponsor: Marketing Partners Sponsor: New Chapter Sponsor: NRG Systems Sponsor: Seventh Generation Sponsor: SunCommon Sponsor: Villanti & Sons, Printers, Inc. Sponsor: Vermont State Employees Credit Union