2016 Update – 2/25/16

This week we have been debriefing the PPP Summit event, drafting reports for donors, and sending out thank-yous to all speakers, vendors, etc. An except from the event report is below. Post-Summit, our class committees have also been restructured to focus on our remaining initiatives for the remainder of the semester. The Poster Session committee is responsible for planning an event to showcase our activities and accomplishments over the past three years. The fundraising committee is continuing to focus on planning Cookies-To-Go-Go events for March and April and monitor the Go-Fund-Me page for Christian Jesus at Casa Noble.

The LUPE committee is organizing a time for our class to help with a Habitat build for one of LUPE members (Suyapa) in April, and continuing to work with the ESL classes and curriculum development. Lastly, the book editing committee is providing feedback in advance of the second drafts that will be submitted next week.

Summit Event Report:

“The People, Planet, Profit Sustainable Business Summit was successfully executed on Feb. 20, 2016. The event was hosted by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2016, and was sponsored in conjunction with the Love School of Business, the Elon Office of Sustainability, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Fund for Excellence Grant.

The mission of the Summit was to illustrate that profitable business, humanitarian ideals, and social/environmental consciousness are not mutually exclusive. Additionally, the Summit was designed as a campus-wide initiative to strengthen the relationship between the business and humanitarian spheres of campus. The half-day event included a keynote speaker; four breakout sessions led by local business owners; and a company fair featuring sustainable businesses and organizations.

Eighty-nine (89) students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the Summit, which was held in McKinnon Auditorium and Moseley Center rooms. In addition to the keynote speaker (Shawn Humphrey), participants chose to attend two of the four 45-minute breakout sessions, each of which focused on a specific theme:

  • Sustainable agriculture (Braeburn Farm, led by Dr. Charles Sydnor)
  • Humanitarian cosmetics (Beautycounter, led by Laura McCall)
  • Sustainable textiles (TS Designs, led by Eric Henry)
  • Ethical artisans (Ten Thousand Villages, led by)

After the breakout sessions ended, participants returned to McKinnon Hall for the conclusion of the event and the company fair, where they had the opportunity to network with local business owners, continue conversations with breakout session leaders, and purchase products provided by the businesses.

Post-event, a survey was sent to participants to gather feedback and suggestions for future, similar events. All of our metrics were either met or exceeded, including number of participants, quality of speakers, budgeting, and event execution. The feedback we have received so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so grateful for the help and support of everyone who helped make the Summit possible.


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