Sustainable Standards and Rethinking Capitalism – “Agitate. Innovate. Orchestrate.” series

Date & Time

Thursday, Nov 29th, 2018

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


IOP Conference Room, Littauer 166, HKS

PLEASE NOTE: The location for this event has moved from Wenxer 102 to the IOP Conference Room, Littauer 166 at the Harvard Kennedy School.


The Social Innovation and Change Initiative is thrilled to welcome Dr. Jean Rogers, Founder of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), for the fourth installment in the “Agitate. Innovate. Orchestrate.” series. SASB is dedicated to enhancing the efficiency of capital markets in the US by fostering high quality disclosure of material sustainability information that meets investor needs and enhances public trust in companies. During this roundtable event, Dr. Rogers will share the experiences that catalyzed the launch of SASB and reflect on her role growing the organization from a self-funded start-up to globally-respected entity, drawing from the frameworks developed by Prof. Julie Battilana in “Should you Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate?”.

Recommended pre-read: Should you Agitate, Innovate, or Orchestrate?

Additional optional case reading will be provided to registered attendees 1-2 days in advance of the event.

About Jean Rogers:
Jean’s leadership experience includes 10 years as a Principal at Arup, a global engineering consultancy focused on sustainable development, where she worked in a wide range of industries including utilities, extractives, financials, and real estate. Jean was also a management consultant at Deloitte and worked in the environmental and manufacturing practices to help leading companies improve business and product performance through sustainability.

Jean was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an ME in Environmental Engineering and a BE in Civil Engineering, both from Manhattan College.

About the “Agitate. Innovate. Orchestrate.” Series
Inspired by SICI Academic Co-Director Prof. Julie Battilana’ s research, SICI will host the “Agitate. Innovate. Orchestrate.” series over the 2018-19 academic year to explore the different roles individuals, organizations, and communities play in social movements. Each month, SICI will bring in speakers that illuminate the diverse pathways to creating positive social change, from nonprofit organizations, activist movements, social enterprises, and within government entities. Speakers will reflect on how they have leveraged their own positions and power to bring systems-level change, discuss how their roles may have shifted over time, and consider how they played one (or many) roles at any given moment.