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What is BLD Bay Area?

BLD (B Corp Leadership Development) was started 6 years ago by Bay Area B Corps determined to foster community among the 30,000 B Corp employees throughout the Bay Area.

This one-day conference is organized by B Corps, for B Corps and allies who want to grow the B Corp ecosystem. By inspiring and connecting B Corps and their teams, we build a stronger movement to use business as a force for good.

The full-day event will feature:

  • Breakfast + Networking

  • Inspiring speakers

  • Sessions exploring topic from experts in our community:

    • Growing the B Corp movement

    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    • Environmental Sustainability

  • After-party with appetizers + B Corp wine and beer


 When & Where?

BLD Bay Area will be held on June 26th, 2019 from 8am-6:30pm, with a reception to follow, at David Brower Center in Berkeley California.


Who Is Invited?

This conference is geared mainly toward Certified B Corporations, with a limited number of tickets available for others in our values-aligned community, such as students, academics, non-profits organizations, benefit companies, and aspiring B Corps.


Reserve Your Seat Today!

Registration as Easy as 1,2,3!
Your ticket price includes admittance to all conference sessions, plus 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 - 10:00 Welcome and Keynote
10:10-11:45 Workshops I, II, III
11:45-12:45 Lunch
1:40 - 2:55 Collaborative Sessions
3:00 - 4:00 Afternoon Panels
4:00 - 5:00 Lightning Talks and Closing
5:00 - 6:30 Reception and Award Ceremony

Keynote Speaker


David Jackson

Impact Hub Oakland

David Jackson is an Oakland native with a passion for social entrepreneurship and social justice. David has been a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first business at age nine (a lucrative lemonade stand), and ultimately owning and managing a group of seven independent bookstores for a decade.

He transitioned into nonprofit management after acting as a business development consultant for faith-based nonprofits, to serve as the Director of City Team.

With over twenty years of experience in entrepreneurship, business development, fundraising, management, and nonprofits, David is currently the CEO of the certified B Corporation, Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space that creates solutions that work for all.


Workshops & Sessions

Commitment to Community: Creating and Maintaining Community in the Food & Beverage Industry
Van Battle, Urban Remedy
Devorah Freudiger, Equator Coffee
Jessa Carlson, Sufferfest Beer Company

Carbon & Water Footprinting 101
Heather Schrock, Director of Environmental Partnerships at Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Empowering Employees: Implementing Internal D&I Programs
Viva Asmelash, Galileo Learning
Heather Ramsey, Varsity Technologies

Raising Investment Capital on Your Own Terms
Jenny Kassan, Founder at Jenny Kassan

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Diana Marie Lee, Founding CEO at Sweet Livity

Welcome to the B Corp Network: Lunch Session for First Timers
Carolina Miranda, CEO at Cultivating Capital

Using the B Corp Brand
Emily Allbritten, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Athleta
Emma Giloth, Senior Marketing Manager at Kuli Kuli Inc.

Lightning Talks:
We the Change
Dismantle Collective

BLD Organizers


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






Take the lead in supporting your B Local Bay Area community by sponsoring BLD Bay Area 2019.





The David Brower Center is located in the heart of the downtown Berkeley, and is easily accessible by public transportation.

2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

From San Francisco
I-80 East to Oakland, take CA-24 exit from I-580 East. Merge onto I-80 East, stay right to take Interstate 580 E exit towards CA-24/Hayward/Stockdon. Continue onto I-580 East, take CA-24 exit towards Berkeley/Walnut Creek. Keep right, follow signs for 51st Street. Turn right onto 52nd Street, turn left onto Shattuck Ave and turn right onto Allston Way.

From the Northeast
I-80 West to University Ave in Berkeley. Turn right onto Oxford Street and turn right onto Allston Way.

From the Northwest
US-101 South to I-580 East (signs for Richmond Bridge/Oakland). Merge onto I-580 East/I-80 West towards Oakland/San Francisco. Exit 11 to merge onto University Ave. Turn right onto Oxford Street and turn right onto Allston Way.

From the South
US-101 North and merge onto I-880 North to Dixon Landing Road West. Turn right onto Dixon Road, turn right onto Fremont Blvd, turn right onto Lakeview Blvd, turn right onto Warren Avenue and turn right to merge onto I-880 North. Exit for I-980 toward CA-24/Walnut Creek, continue onto CA-24 East and take exit 2 for Martin Luther King Jr Way. Merge onto Martin Luther King Jr Way and continue onto Adeline Street, turn right onto Adeline Street, turn slightly left onto Shattuck Avenue and turn right onto Allston Way.



Garage parking is available on an hourly basis at numerous nearby locations. The closest garage is the City of Berkeley’s Oxford Garage, located directly underneath the Brower Center – enter at 2161 Kittredge. For more information on parking downtown, please visit the City of Berkeley’s off-street parking information.


From BART Downtown Berkeley Station head south on Shattuck Avenue and turn left onto Allston Way.



The David Brower Center strives to be accessible to all audiences. The main floor, which includes our Lobby, Theater, Hazel Wolf Gallery, Kinzie conference room, and public restrooms is fully compliant with ADA regulations. The second floor Tamalpais room and Terrace are accessible by an ADA compliant elevator. The DBC also offers assisted-listening devices that can be set up for events in the Goldman Theater, Kinzie, and Tamalpais rooms.

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