Networking & Learning from One Another: VT Businesses & UVM SI-MBA Students

Event Details:
When: February 9, 2023 5:00 pm – February 9, 2023 7:30 pm
Location: Kalkin Hall, University of Vermont - Central Campus, 55 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05405

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – Free and Open to the Public
VBSR Members – Free and Open to the Public

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility & University of Vermont - Grossman School of Business

Join VBSR, The University of Vermont – Grossman School of Business, Burton Snowboards, SunCommon, and Casella for “Networking & Learning from One Another: Vermont Businesses & UVM SI-MBA Students.”

How does your business stay informed and educated in the latest developments in social responsibility?

UVM SI-MBA alumni and business hosts of the Sustainable Innovation MBA Practicum Projects* will share lessons learned at the leading edge of socially responsible business and how to effectively engage emerging leaders in both this growing field and experiential learning opportunities. Panelists will discuss challenges, solutions, and emerging ideas in the space of socially responsible business and share their experience working together so that we can learn from them.

All Vermont business leaders and students are welcome to learn, connect, and gain inspiration. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with UVM SI-MBA students and alumni!

*The capstone experience of the Sustainable Innovation MBA is the Practicum Project: a full-time, hands-on, three-month consulting engagement with an organization seeking to advance sustainable business ideas.

Our panel includes:

  • UVM Grossman School of Business
    • TJ Whalen (he/him) | Managing Director at FreshTracks Capital, Lecturer at the UVM Grossman School of Businesses
  • Burton Snowboards
    • Taylor Ralph (she/her) | Product Impact + Material Sustainability at Burton Snowboards
    • Andrew Hill (he/him) | UVM Sustainable Innovation MBA Alumni
  • SunCommon
    • Tom Berry (he/him) | Vice President of Marketing and Sales at SunCommon
    • Mary Theodore (she/her) | UVM Sustainable Innovation MBA Alumni
  • Casella Waste Systems
    • Paul J. Ligon (he/him) | SVP, Sustainable Growth at Casella Waste Systems
    • Matt Francis (he/him) | UVM Sustainable Innovation MBA Alumni

We will have plenty of time for networking and connecting with one another before and after the panel in the beautiful, open, and airy atrium of Kalkin Hall. There will be a cash bar, free non-alcoholic beverage options, and delicious food appetizers.

This event is family-friendly and caretakers of any kind are welcome to attend with your dependents.

All members of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility are welcome to attend for free.


Free parking is available on site in the parking lot highlighted in orange on the map below, the Faculty/Staff lot behind Votey Hall (includes spots for accessible parking).

Thank you to our host!

Thank you to our sponsors!

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COVID-19 Guidance

For those that are not vaccinated – masks are encouraged, but not required. Please stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19 as outlined by the VT Department of Health.

Although it is not required, we encourage you to test negative on a COVID-19 test before attending this event. The CDC recommends that you test as close to the event as possible. Learn more about COVID-19 testing here.


Are you interested in sponsoring this event? If so, please contact Toby Aronson at for details.

Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Barfuss,