DC Net Impact's wildly popular Speed Networking event is back for its sixth year. Speed networking offers you the opportunity to make new connections and learn about potential career paths and opportunities in sustainability and social impact through a fast-paced, round-robin style “speed networking” session.
Get to know your fellow Net Impact members and our special guests working in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, green building, government, and more—and enjoy complimentary appetizers!
Bios for each of our celebrity networkers can be found below.
Director of Sustainability, Optoro
Ann Calamai brings over a decade of experience in the environmental field, having held previous positions in government, non-profit and private sectors. At Optoro, Ann leads all sustainability initiatives. She is responsible for working with the Client Success Team to build out environmental impact models for clients and to quantify sustainability benefits that retailers can achieve with the Optoro solution. Ann, a year-round bike commuter, also heads up the company’s internal green initiatives. She works to reduce energy and waste production at our company facilities and to heighten environmental awareness among our employees. Prior to joining Optoro, Ann worked at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development on the hydraulic fracturing task force. Her earlier research focused on natural resource taxation, renewable energy subsidies, and regulatory frameworks for nanotechnology. Ann graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College.
Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Insights & Integration, The Walt Disney Company
Emily Cichy is Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Insights & Integration at The Walt Disney Company. In this role, she is responsible for Citizenship strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and issues management across the enterprise. She has also developed and leads the company’s first Citizenship Futures Group, a team that works to identify trends that will affect the company’s business and approach to Citizenship in the years to come. During her tenure at Disney, she has also led citizenship research, reporting, and measurement, including managing the company’s award-winning 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report.
Prior to her work in the corporate sector, Emily delivered strategy, marketing, and advocacy services for nonprofits in areas as diverse as arts and culture and microfinance. She has a particular interest in creative institutions and cultural policy, as well as the intersection of mission-driven work in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. Emily holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management and a BBA from The George Washington University.
Senior Program Officer, Executive Programs Division, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Stanley Currier is a Senior Program Officer in the Education Programs Division at IREX. Prior to rejoining IREX, he served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has over 10 years of field experience managing educational programs in Central Asia, including serving as Regional Program Manager for IREX and Country Director for American Councils for International Education in Kazakhstan. He also worked as a classroom teacher as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and as a participant in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program in Hokkaido, Japan. Stanley volunteers as Director of Development for the Children of the Ganges school in Rishikesh, India. He speaks Russian, Lithuanian and Japanese and holds a master's degree in International Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Executive Director, Mentor Capital Network
Ian Fisk leads the Mentor Capital Network -- a group of more than 1,000 individuals who have built, managed, invested in, or studied social enterprises. In that capacity he has supported hundreds of up-and-running companies who are changing the way the world does business. He has worked to build the field of social entrepreneurship through Net Impact, SVN, The Impact Accelerator Network and many other organizations to encourage those supporting impact entrepreneurs to learn from each other. His previous roles include CEO of ITF Consulting, Inc., Director of Projects for Wall Street Without Walls, co-designer of the AmeriCorps*VISTA Entrepreneur Corps, and the internet coordinator for a U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Mr. Fisk also worked with Public Allies, City Year, KaBOOM!, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National Service. He founded DC’s Community Tool Chest, and was a charter organizer of Hands On DC, an annual volunteer work-a-thon for the D.C. public schools. He has helped to found more than a dozen enterprises, some for-profit, some non-profit, and some non-profit on purpose. Seven of those ventures lasted for at least a decade, three of them for more than 20 years. Mr. Fisk has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he was selected by his professors as a super-tutor. He is the co-founder of the DC Net Impact Professional chapter, and led the Net Impact Chapter at Yale SOM during his time there. He also teaches improvisation and storytelling for entrepreneurs.
Global Sustainability Manager, Deloitte
As Global Internal Sustainability Manager for Deloitte, Maureen accelerates and scales-up corporate responsibility and sustainability programs across the network’s independent member firms by identifying and promoting leading environmental and responsible business practices. She engages with Deloitte’s leadership and key stakeholders to improve their understanding of the impacts, risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and governance issues for Deloitte’s 225,000 people.
Previously Maureen created value through sustainability strategy, reporting, and risk engagements for clients with Deloitte Canada's Sustainability & Climate Change team. She analyzed capital markets on behalf of investors for alignment with socially responsible principles and practices with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. Research and business roles in the life sciences industry started her thinking about the interconnections among humans, the society we create, and the environment.
Maureen received her MBA with a focus in sustainability from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Biology from University of Michigan.
Chief Change Architect, Shifting Patterns
Kimberley Jutze is a social activist, facilitator of social change, and founder of Shifting Patterns Consulting, which is a B Corporation that facilitates social change by working alongside networks that increase civic engagement and hasten the transition to a sustainable economy to take collaborative action. She supports social entrepreneurs and social justice leaders to participate in critical conversations about connection, engagement, and organizational effectiveness.
Kimberley has helped social enterprise accelerators, like Ashoka Changemakers, social responsible business associations, like Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council, and social justice networks, like National Justice for Our Neighbors, to lay the groundwork for building a movement, determine their strategic direction, build stronger teams, and mobilize resources.
Kimberley has written a case study for the 10th edition of Organization Development and Change, is the author of the “Nonprofit Funding and Long Term Sustainability” Social Good Guide, and was a Nonprofit Radio guest in November 2015 for a show on collective impact. Kimberley has a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in International Politics from American University.
Director, Project Finance, Sol Systems
Ben Margolis co-leads Sol Systems' project origination efforts, serving as the bridge between the company’s investment teams, and the developers and Sponsors seeking capital. Mr. Margolis’ team regularly reviews distributed generation (DG) and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance. Since joining in 2013, Mr. Margolis’ team has originated over 1GW of project pipeline, leading to the deployment of over $100 million into solar assets.
Mr. Margolis joins Sol Systems with nearly ten years of experience in the solar industry. Previously, Mr. Margolis was responsible for managing commercial project development and construction from permitting through commercial operation for projects from California to Abu Dhabi as part of SunEdison. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Margolis founded and led a company, Pentricity, which worked with publicly-owned utilities to implement residential energy efficiency solutions.
Mr. Margolis holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Program Consultant, Change Matters
Paulina Migalska is a past board member of DCNI and 2015 Frontier Markets Scouts Fellow in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing with a decade of experience in global development, corporate community engagement and strategic communications for social good.
As an organizer and promoter of creative advocacy opportunities around issues ranging from green living to human rights, Paulina has built community networks and promoted peer exchange programs across nonprofit, social enterprise and corporate sectors since 2004. For the past five years, Paulina has been consulting independently with a variety of organizations including ChangeMatters, DAI, Mentor Capital Network, United Way Worldwide, the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, and others. Born in Poland (in the culturally diverse region of Upper Silesia!), Paulina contributes international cross-cultural social innovation experience rooted in a passion for social justice, dedication to community empowerment, and commitment to quality results to all of her consulting and volunteering engagements.
When not working, volunteering, or tweeting on all things social enterprise, impact investing, and business for good (follow her via @Paulina_SE), she enjoys dancing to Balkan Beats, stretching on her yoga mat, and playing with Matylda (her capricious yet lovable cat).
Senior Leadership and Diversity Consultant, Sakurai Consulting
Nick Sakurai is an award-winning diversity/inclusion and higher education leader. Nick has served as a director in a national higher education advocacy non-profit, as a university administrator, and as a consultant and leadership trainer for numerous social sector organizations. They currently serve as Director of Leadership Initiatives in the LGBT Equity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Nick brings to their work a lens for social justice, racial justice, internationalism, and intersectional identities. Nick is known as a visionary thinker on issues of transformative learning, organizational and cultural change, and power and difference in organizations and society.
Nick is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, and a lifetime member of Net Impact. Nick has an International M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid and an M.A. in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, D.C., and also holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nick earned the title of Certified Professional Coach from the University of Miami and has also studied executive coaching with the University of Cambridge.