B Corp Leadership Development (BLD) Conference Southeast (SE) 2023: Uniting the Southeast B Corp Community
by Brittany Angelo 9/25/23
I can’t help but reflect on the profound sense of unity and shared purpose that defines our vibrant B Corp community. This connection transcends the boundaries of our workplace, embracing the wider world we call home. We are inspired to celebrate the essence of togetherness that binds us, and in particular, the remarkable experience we had at the BLD SE 2023 Conference.
Imagine finding yourself in Raleigh, North Carolina, surrounded by an incredible gathering of purpose-driven businesses from the South. Benn and I had the privilege of participating in this remarkable event, and we felt truly honored to be welcomed into the space that was created at the BLD SE 2023 Conference. Prior to this conference, I may not have felt an integral part of the Southeast B Corp Community, but now, I feel more connected to these incredible individuals than ever before.
The BLD (B Corp Leadership Development) Conference is not just any gathering; it’s a platform where the local B Corp community comes together to learn from one another, share experiences, and forge bonds that transcend business transactions. It’s a reminder that we are part of something bigger, a movement that extends beyond our day-to-day operations.
One of the most impactful takeaways from the BLD SE 2023 Conference was the importance of language. In our quest to communicate effectively, we sometimes find ourselves ensnared by the intricacies of using the “right” terminology. Do we say ESG, DEI, or CSR at our workplaces? The conference reaffirmed that the B Corp community recognizes that these terms are vital in signaling our commitment to meaningful action and progress but not at the expense of doing the work.
Yet, more importantly, the conference emphasized that it’s not just about the words we use; it’s about the actions we take and the conversations we engage in. The power of impactful conversations cannot be overstated. It’s through these dialogues that we can learn, grow, and collectively strive towards a more sustainable and equitable future.
At BLD SE 2023, we were fortunate to gain valuable insights from thought leaders and fellow B Corps. Here are some of the profound messages that resonated with us:
As we continue to explore the world of B Corps and sustainability, let’s remember that our B Corp community is not just a group of businesses; it’s a movement. It’s a movement of individuals and organizations committed to making a meaningful impact on our world. BLD SE 2023 was a testament to the strength of this movement, showcasing how we can come together, share knowledge, and inspire one another to drive positive change. As we move forward, let’s carry the spirit of togetherness and purpose with us, knowing that our Southeast B Corp community is making waves in the realm of sustainability and social impact.