BLD: Bay Area

Connect. Engage. Inspire!

Thank you to everyone who attended BLD Bay Area 2018!  We can't wait for 2019! 
If you want to help organize BLD next year, contact us at


2018 INFO
Details   |   Agenda   |   Organizers & Sponsors   |   Sessions & Speakers   |   Logistics


What is BLD Bay Area?

BLD (B Corp Leadership Development) is a one-day conference organized by B Corps, for B Corps. By inspiring and connecting B Corps and their teams, we build a stronger movement to use business as a force for good.



When & Where?

BLD Bay Area will be held on May 16th, 2018 from 9am-5pm, with a reception to follow, at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Who Is Invited?

All employees of all levels from any certified B Corp in California.

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Early Bird Rate Ends April 25!
Your ticket price includes admittance to all conference sessions, light breakfast, lunch, and a hosted reception that immediately follows the conference.

If ticket cost is a barrier to your participation, contact Janae Lloyd ( for information on scholarships.




8:00 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 Welcome and Key Note
10:30-11:30 Breakouts, Session I
11:45-12:45 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Aspen Session
2:30 - 3:30 Breakouts, Session II
3:45 - 4:30 Closing Keynote
4:30 - 6:30 Reception



BLD is organized entirely by volunteers from the B Corp Community!  The individuals below serve as committee chairs or members for: Content, Logistics, Marketing, and Diversity & Inclusion.







Six breakouts, two keynotes, and collective wisdom sessions will be available throughout the day, all led by B Corps. Whether this is your first B Corp event, or you're a seasoned B Corp champion, BLD is for you.


2018 Keynote: Chad Frischmann—Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown

Chad Frischmann is the Vice President & Research Director at Project Drawdown, where he leads the Drawdown Coalition, Senior Research Team, and Fellowship Programs. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad brings over 17 years of experience in program management and strategic leadership to the team. He has been with the organization since its inception in 2014, working as both head of research and partnerships. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

B Corp 101: How I Learned to Start Engaging and B the Change
Whether you're a new or long-time B Corp, some keys to success within the B Corp Community are sharing your changemaker story and engagement with your staff and fellow B Corp colleagues. This B Corp 101 session will give you a framework for sharing your story, and dive into some examples of engagement at local Bay Area B Corps, giving context for methods of connection that have managed to engage employees and companies beyond the initial act of certification. You’ll leave this session having practiced and shared your personal changemaker story, and with a sense of how to engage at the personal, company, and community levels.

  • Jocelyn Corbett, Sr. Community Services Associate, B Lab

  • Joshua Bane, Offers & Onboarding Manager, Galileo Learning


Art and Science of Communicating your Impact
In this session, we’ll leverage consumer insights to identify the science behind the conscious consumer and learn how companies (and their agencies!) have successfully been able to advocate for social change, utilize their voice as community organizers, and ultimately articulate the impact narrative to this growing, conscious target audience. Be prepared for an brief presentation, followed by an interactive panel discussion. There will be opportunities to discuss challenges we face to communicate impact effectively, and identify key takeaways to overcome those challenges. 


Cultivating Visionary Leadership and Empathy by Advancing Discussions on Race, Class, Culture and Inclusion
As B Corps and community leaders, we can play a key role in helping advance discussions on race, class, culture and inclusion as a path to cultivating empathy for ourselves, each other, and those we serve through our businesses. Come prepared to co-create a safer space where we’ll explore the responsibilities and opportunities for leaders in today’s social political environment to lead with “equity” at the center.  This workshop is grounded in self-reflection, peer learning and collective visioning.

  • Diana Marie, Founder/CEO, Sweet Livity LLC


Building a Collective Economy
How can we collectively scale business transactions between Certified B Corps and grow the B Corp community?  A this breakout you will hear from an expert panel of local champions of this mission who are committed to proactively creating business opportunities for B Corps on a local and global scale. Participants will have the opportunity to share and collaborate on ways to deepen the movement and walk away with actionable steps to engage their organizations.

  • Moderator: Heather Paulsen, Founder/CEO, Heather Paulsen Consulting

  • Shira Tannor, Chief Administrative Office, Veritable Vegetable

  • Rose Yee, CEO, Green Retirement

  • Gary Groff, Senior Vice President/Director of Business Development, New Resource Bank


Creating an Intentional Employee-Centric Culture
What does it mean to have a truly employee-centric culture? Three c-suite executives will discuss the innovative programs, employee benefits, and mission-driven culture that create the highest value for employees. Often times these programs can be relatively low cost, increase profit, and produce more loyal and productive employees. Share your successes and learn from others during this interactive panel discussion. 


Climate Mitigation: Using our Collective Wisdom to Combat Global Warming
How do we best engage in efforts to reduce global warming? In this session, we’ll hear three strong climate mitigation brand stories and learn how they’ve approached climate and sustainability strategy within their businesses.  We’ll use these case studies to identify ways to integrate climate mitigation into our own operations. Participants will have an opportunity to collectively problem solve how to meaningfully engage in the climate dialogue and walk a way with tools and ideas on how to build climate strategy into the work we do. 





The GGU San Francisco campus is located in the heart of the city's downtown financial district, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

From the North
Golden Gate Bridge/Highway 101 south to Van Ness Avenue. Turn left on Bush Street, cross Market Street to First Street. Proceed one block to Mission Street. Turn right on Mission Street and proceed one-half block to 536 Mission Street.

From the South
Highway 101 to I-80 north (Bay Bridge/Downtown) to Fourth Street exit. Proceed one block on Bryant Street, turn left on Third Street, turn right on Mission Street and proceed two blocks to 536 Mission Street.

From the East
Bay Bridge west to the Fremont Street exit. Turn left on Fremont, then left on Mission Street and proceed one block to 536 Mission Street.



Golden Gate University does not have a dedicated parking lot for students and staff. It is recommended visitors to the SF Campus at 536 Mission Street view parking availability in the downtown area through the website  You can also use this website/app to reserve a parking space in advance:


Bike parking is available outside GGU on the ground floor.


From BART & SF Muni Metro Underground
From Montgomery Street Station, walk south from Market Street to 536 Mission Street, midway between First and Second Streets.

From The Transbay Terminal
One block from the terminal at First and Mission Streets.

From The CalTrain Depot
From Fourth and Townsend Streets, take the #10 Townsend bus to Fremont and Mission Streets. Walk left on Mission Street 1-1/2 blocks or take the N-Judah Muni streetcar line to Montgomery Station, walk south from Market Street to 536 Mission Street.


If you are traveling to BLD from out-of-town and would like information regarding hotels,
please contact Mary Recendez: