2016 > Synergy Sessions > Synergy Session 7: Business, Careers and Sustainability

Synergy Session 7: Business, Careers and Sustainability

Your Job Isn’t Socially Responsible? Fix It

Bea Boccalandro

You can end each workweek knowing that you not only met job requirements but also alleviated global warming, brought hope to terminally ill children, promoted social justice or otherwise nudged the world to a better place. Whether you work in accounting, technology or elsewhere, you can apply the innovative management practice of “job purposing” to integrate societal good into work tasks. Learn how managers at FedEx, HP and LinkedIn, for example, job purpose carrier, sales and customer service jobs. This is an opportunity to brighten both the world and your work.

Bea Boccalandro is founder and president of VeraWorks, a global consulting firm that helps managers and companies offer employees the opportunity to do societal good through their everyday jobs. “Job purposing,” as this management practice is called, heightens employee engagement, performance and well-being. She is author of the Job Purposing blog (BeaBoccalandro.com), teaches corporate community involvement at Georgetown University and is a frequent keynote speaker on the role of community involvement in everyday corporate jobs. Bea has helped Aetna, Allstate, Bank of America, Caesars Entertainment, Disney, FedEx, HP, IBM, Levi's, PwC, Toyota and many other companies develop ways to incorporate societal good into their day-to-day business and measure its societal and business impact. Follow Bea: @bboccalandro

A New Renaissance 

Ralph Jarvis

Sustainability is a shift in thinking about what we don’t know, what we do know, what we need to discover and what the future may hold. Like the first Renaissance, we are living a new awakening that addresses our world and approaching issues through what we call sustainability, becoming stewards for our planet. 

Ralph JarvisRalph Jarvis is a Enterprise Transformation expert. In 2008, he founded Jarvis Business Solutions, LLC, a Business Transformation consultancy based on Business Sustainability principles that use Quality methodologies. While working at EDS, he had extensive transformation experience. Major engagements with Fortune 500 engagements include: American Airlines, Bankers Trust, Coors, Inc, Kentucky Fried Chicken, General Motors, Maxtor, Inc, Mobil Oil Corporation, PG&E, Rolls-Royce, Tricon and Xerox. Mr. Jarvis holds three degrees: His first is a bachelor's in business administration from Texas Tech University. He earned his first MBA in international finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his second in management information systems from the University of Dallas. As an adjunct professor at North Lake College, he taught information technology classes. At the University of Dallas, he was a graduate instructor teaching sustainability classes. in 2011, Mr. Jarvis published his first book, “Any Questions?”, a leadership primer to addresses the union of sustainability and quality management to optimize profitability, increase performance, reduce waste that builds a competitive culture. In 2013, he published “Building a Bridge to Benefits”. This book provides a step-by-step approach to identify tangible benefits in molding an organization into a sustainable developed enterprise. He has spoken to local professional organizations (e.g., APICS North Texas Chapter, ASQ - DFW Chapter, PMI - DFW Chapter) and was invited to speak at Texas Tech University’s Rawls School of Business leadership class.

Sustainability at Work: Career Paths in Sustainability 

Ben Magill

Ben Magill will present the most in-demand job opportunities and high-growth sectors related to sustainability in North Texas as well as a forecast on what jobs will be available in the coming years. 

Ben Magill is the executive director of labor market intelligence for Dallas County Community College District. Ben has more than 10 years experience in education and economic development. Ben is committed to creating innovation ecosystems that connect people and resources to solve problems and create opportunities.