This edition is all about B Corporations! We bring you an interview featuring two alums who work at B Lab, a comparison of three B Corp banks, a revie

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In this Issue of SEI

This edition is all about B Corporations! We bring you an interview featuring two alums who work at B Lab, a comparison of three B Corp banks, a review of local B Corp DoneGood's technology, a timely look at Prosperity Candle, a Massachusetts B Corp that provides employment to women refugees, and more!

From the Founder & Executive Director

Silicon Valley

“Making the World a Better Place….”
By Professor Dennis R. Shaughnessy
If you’ve watched the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley,”, you’ll hear the tech entrepreneurs lead their investor presentations with “We’re making the world a better place by….” But they are solving advanced technical problems for products that mostly serve people who already live in a better place. If we’re looking for businesses that have really committed to making the world a better place, then the best place to look is the “B Corporation” marketplace, B Lab! Read more here.


News & Spotlight

B Lab employees

Alumni Spotlight: Katherine Dumais & Emily Chiappinelli, B Lab
Interview by Aekta Shah
Katherine ('16) and Emily ('14) were kind enough to answer some questions about their coveted jobs as fellows at B Lab in New York City. For anyone interested in working in the social enterprise space, these alumni had great insights and advice to share. Read more here.


Prosperity Candle: The B Corp Lighting the Way For Female Refugees
By Emily O'Connor
B Corp Prosperity Candle's main business operations are based in Easthampton, Massachusetts where they provide employment to Burmese refugee women who have been resettled in the area.
Read more here.


Banking Better with B Corps

By Kayla O'Neill
Three Certified B Corps each take a different approach to creating social change through banking. But just how well are Aspiration, Spring Bank, and Amalgamated Bank performing on social measures? Read more here.


Accessibility and Tech Meet Social Impact: DoneGood Review
By Maria Bermudez
DoneGood's Chrome extension seeks to change consumers' daily habits, making it easier to find businesses that are making a difference in the world with socially responsible products. It’s a an easy-to-use service, with low barriers to adoption.
Read more here.


Enviro-Stewards Brings Sustainable Solutions to Space Industry and Beyond
By Ritika Kumbharkar
The B Corp Enviro-Stewards, based in Canada, takes pride in energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable development. Enviro-Stewards has gotten an award as a B Lab 2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree. Read more here.



Saturday, April 8: BuildOn's Women's Lunch Place Volunteering
Sunday, April 9: Impact Investing Training Workshop
Sunday, April 9: Room to Read's Cradles to Crayons Volunteering
Monday, April 10: SEI Speaker Series: Vera Solutions
Tuesday, May 2: SEI Cording Ceremony All SEI-affiliated seniors are invited to participate and any other SEI students are invited to attend.

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Additional events can be found on the SEI Event Calendar.



Learn the Language of Social Finance with a New MOOC
Social finance classes are not just for MBA students anymore. Now, the Social Finance Academy promises to guide “social entrepreneurs through the entire journey of attracting impact investment” – online and for free. Access to Impact Investment for Social Enterprises is a MOOC or “massively online open course.” The course is led by INCAE’s Urs Jäger, Northeastern University’s own Sara Minard, and Bjoern Struewer of Roots of Impact. Sign up for the course, which begins May 3 and runs through June 28.

Clinton Global Initiative University
Northeastern will host CGIU on October 13-15, 2017. This event attracts students from 80+ countries and seeks to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses in addressing this generation’s most pressing challenges. Up to 150 Northeastern students will be invited to participate. The application deadline is May 1. Learn more and apply here.


Co-ops & Jobs

* Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Investment Fellow (Boston)
* BeCauseWater, Digital Marketing, Business Development, Operations (Boston)
* Grameen America, Financial & Impact Analysis Co-op
* Jana LLC, Business Marketing Co-op, User Testing Coordinator
* One Acre Fund, People Operations Co-op (New York City)
* One Summit, Development & Public Relations Co-op (Boston)
* Third Sector Capital Partners, Project Management (Boston), Operations/Systems (San Francisco)

* Vera Solutions, Marketing & Communications Associate (Cape Town/Mumbai)
* GlobalGiving, Fellowship (Washington, D.C.)
* J-PAL, Finance and Administration Associate (Cambridge)
* Citizen Schools, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow (Boston)
* Cradles to Crayons, Development Operations Coordinator (Brighton)
* Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Program Analyst (Roxbury)
* Last Mile Health, Development Associate (Boston)


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