BLD Southeast is coming to Raleigh, NC!

September 21-22, 2023
Raleigh, NC

Join fellow B Corps and mission-driven businesses to learn & connect at the first ever in-person B Leadership Development (BLD) conference in the Southeast.

Thursday, 9/21


9:00AM - 11:00AM

WeTheChange Networking Breakfast

  • $25/ticket - please, RSVP in advance
  • Bay Six Space for Good
    • 414 Dupont Circle. Raleigh, NC 27603

12:00PM - 2:00PM

Founders & Executives Roundtable: Balancing Purpose and Profit

  • $45/ticket - please RSVP in advance
  • Raleigh Founded - Warehouse location
    • 310 S. Harrington St. Raleigh, NC 27603

3:00PM - 4:30PM

Optional activities

  • Compost Now facility tour
    • 1505 Capital Boulevard, Bay 19, Raleigh, NC 27603
    • Carpooling or rideshare is highly encouraged.


  • SOLD OUT!  City of Raleigh walking tour

6:00PM - 8:00PM

BLD Southeast Kickoff Reception!!

At Raleigh Founded's NEW space

  • 509 W North Street, Raleigh.

8:00PM - 10:00PM

BIPOC Gathering at Liberation Station Bookstore

Please, RSVP in advance here.

  • 208 Fayetteville Street, #Suite 201

Friday, 9/22

The main event @ Talley Student Union, NC State University

2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606 - THIRD FLOOR 

7:30 AM

Registration, Networking & Breakfast

Location: Talley Student Union, Third Floor

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks + Welcome to Raleigh and NC State

Location: Mountains Ballroom

9:15 AM

Breakout Sessions

  • (B)eing Intentional: Working with and buying from other Bs
    • Location: Mountains Ballroom
  • (B) Investing: From start-up to exit
    • Location: Room 3285

10:15 AM

Main Session 1

  • Diversity in Action: Embracing the hard work
    • Location: Mountains Ballroom

11:15 AM

Targeted Networking (Intros + two 10-min networking rounds)

  • Location: Mountains Ballroom

Networks confirmed:

  • B Local
  • We The Change
  • B2B B Corps
  • EOS
  • Culture & Talent Collective
  • B Tourism
  • B Proud
  • B Academics

12:00 PM

Lunch + Networking

  • Location: Outside of Mountains Ballroom

1:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

  • Action & Change Start Locally
    • Location: Mountains Ballroom
  • Social Impact Burnout: Avoiding, coping & recovering
    • Location: Room 3285

2:15 PM

Main Session 2

  • Building the B Corp Movement
    • Location: Mountains Ballroom

3:00 PM

Ice Cream Party + Networking

3:30 PM

Fireside Chat with Jorge Fontanez & Kate Williams

  • Location: Mountains Ballroom

4:00 PM

Prizes & Fun

4:10 PM

Keynote with Fenwick Broyard

  • Location: Mountains Ballroom

4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

  • Location: Mountains Ballroom

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebrating Us Party at The Loading Dock - Beryl location

  • 3915 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607


Let's Get this Party Started: Welcome to the Triangle!

Director of Social Impact & Sustainability, Brand Fuel
Founder & CEO, Profitable Purpose Consulting
Organizational Psychologist and Educator, NC State & LT Consulting

Opening Remarks

Welcome to our first in-person BLD Southeast, and welcome to NC State University

Founder & CEO, Profitable Purpose Consulting
Director, NC State University Sustainability Office
Director of Social Impact & Sustainability, Brand Fuel

(B)eing Intentional: Working with and buying from other B’s

Join this hybrid workshop and panel that will inspire attendees to be intentional with their wallets. As individuals and businesses, we have the opportunity to turn our growing B Corp community into a circular economy.

Creative Director, Creative Chi
Co-Founder & CEO, Unit of Impact and RoundPeg
Founder & CEO, Custom Learning Atelier
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Founder & Principal, Rockridge Venture Law
Director of Client and Mission Partnerships, Climate First Bank

(B) Investing: From startup to exit

From the early stages of getting your startup bankable to raising your first round of investment to an exit that preserves your personal mission and your company’s values, this panel will cover everything impact investing.

Investment Principal, Techstars Impact Powered by Cox
Founder & CEO, Big Path Capital
Founder & CEO, TMB Tax & Financial Services
Head of Philanthropy & Impact, PNC Private Bank
Senior Associate, SJF Ventures

Diversity in Action - Embracing the hard work

We’ve made a lot of progress as a community in the past three years, but that will not undo the systemic barriers and challenges that were developed over hundreds of years. Join this main stage panel as they discuss what’s next in impactful systemic change and what we can do to write the equitable future we want to see in five years, ten years, twenty years, and beyond.

Founder, V B Ideas LLC. / S.C.H.O.O.L.S. Programs
Chairman, Legacy Vacation Resorts
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Lecturer & Director of Social Value Creation, University of Maryland
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COO, Cadence Cash
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Interim VP of Programming, NationSwell

(B) Networking

Join us before lunch to learn about the multitude of B Corp groups in our community–and then go meet them! This interactive session will allow you bounce between groups, build business relationships (and friendships) with other like-minded attendees, and find your new networking staples.

Action & Change Start Locally

Being the change you want to see in the world isn’t hard and it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Join this hybrid workshop and panel as they help you find inspiration to do the simple things where you live. Whether it’s activating your employees or becoming an agent of change yourself, this session will have it for you.

Policy Manager, B Lab U.S. & Canada
Client Services Manager, Council Fire
Assistant Director of Workplaces, Urban Green Lab
Cofounder & Co-President, Brand Fuel
President, R+M Agency

Social Impact Burnout: Avoiding, coping & recovering

Social impact work is hard. Climate change, racial justice, wealth inequality. There are so many glaring problems to solve, overwhelming problems, problems that need every ounce of effort we can give them. But that mentality can lead us to crash and burn, leaving us unable to do any of the work. This very vulnerable panel will discuss their passions, their stories, their long days and longer nights, and how they dealt with it–or didn’t–and how they found a healthy balance to be a more effective agent of change.

Founder & Principal, Noel & Co.
Founder, V B Ideas LLC. / S.C.H.O.O.L.S. Programs
Founder, Consciously Funded
CEO & President, The Fehlig Group

Building the B Corp Movement

Join this main stage panel featuring some of the region's B Corp trailblazers and thought leaders as we discuss the challenges and opportunities to build the B Corp movement in the southeast. How do we talk about our work without shutting down the conversation? How do we make the business case for good business? How do we meet people where they are and win them over? How do we balance our principles and values with our need to thread the needle? We'll unpack all of this and more in one of the day's most powerful sessions.

CEO & Founder, Canopy KY and CEO, Facilities Management Services
Chief Impact Officer, Southern Energy Management and Founder, 360Impact
COO, Big Path Capital
Economic Opportunity, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation
CEO, Transcend, the Fearless Company

Fireside Chat with Jorge Fontanez & Kate Williams

B1, y’all! We’re beyond honored to host Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For The Planet, and Jorge Fontanez, CEO of B Lab US and Canada, for a fireside chat. They’ll be discussing our collective synergies, the growth of the B1 movement, and the challenges & opportunities we face as we continue to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.

CEO, B Lab U.S. & Canada
CEO, 1% for the Planet


VP of Brand Impact, Creature Comforts Brewing Company

Closing Remarks & Thank You

Founder & CEO, Profitable Purpose Consulting

Venue & Co-Host Sponsors


Where do I park during the Compost Now tour on Thursday 9/21 afternoon?

There isn't tons of available parking, so carpool or rideshare is highly recommended.


What about parking at NC State on Friday 9/22 ?

Purchase your VIRTUAL parking permit ahead of time by following the instructions below.

Coliseum Lot, Levels 2-4

Permit price: $10

  1. Visit

  2. Ensure you are logged out of your parking account.

  3. Select "Purchase Event Permit"

  4. Agree to the Terms of Service

  5. Select “General Event”

  6. Select Southeast BLD

  7. When prompted, enter BLDse2023 as the Event Voucher Code. The code is case sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown. Select Confirm.

  8. Select an available Permit Type

  9. Select/Confirm your parking dates (Sept 22- Sept 22). Select Confirm.

  10. Select Location, CD Permit - Enter via Jensen Dr

  11. Select "Add Vehicle". Enter vehicle license plate, state, year, make, and model. Review information entered for accuracy and select Add.

  12. Enter your name and phone number. Select Confirm.

  13. Select Continue.

  14. Enter email address to receive confirmation of parking permit.

  15. Review information. Select Checkout.



Will there be food at the conference Friday?

Your ticket includes: Fruit, pastries, coffee and tea in the morning,  boxed lunches at 12-1PM, and local ice cream in the afternoon.

** All are encouraged to bring their own drinkware for coffee/tea and water.



Is there somewhere I can take a personal/work call or Zoom?

Yes, Room 3221 is perfect for this. Ask a volunteer if you need directions.



Lost and need help?

Please, don't hesitate to call Mel Hubner at 919-447-4937

NC Triangle
Mid Atlantic