Morning Breakout Session


(M2) Sustainability Leadership Programs: B Corps, Conscious Capitalism, 1% for the Planet– I​

Since the development of the Green Masters Program in Wisconsin, there have been many national sustainability programs that have emerged. Programs like B Corps and 1% for the Planet, and approaches like Conscious Capitalism have played a major role in forming and expanding a community of sustainable leaders. Whether it's by applying to the program (B Corps and 1% for the Planet) or subscribing to the tenants of Conscious Capitalism, Wisconsin companies are leading the way. Come hear from participants/practitioners about what's involved in applying, what the benefits have been, and how participation guides and shapes businesses practices.

Nancy Pautsch —Envision IT


Nancy Pautsch is the Chief Evangelist of Stakeholder Value (aka President) of Envision IT, a group of driven, curious, and compassionate people growing a soulful company. Envision’s mission is to improve the lives of their stakeholders. Their business is technology consulting focused on optimization helping to ensure technology is an enabler to employee engagement and business success. Envision IT is the go-to technology partner for organizations across the U.S.

Nancy has been in the technology industry for 20+ years focused on business development. Keys to her leadership are a growth mindset and fostering collaborative cultures that breed a grounded sense of
purpose while striving for excellence. Since heading-up Envision’s strategic transformation, the company has achieved triple-digit growth to the top and bottom line. Additionally, Envision has been lauded locally for their contributions to the community and economy; recognized globally in the technology industry as ‘best of the best’ for engineering quality, innovation, and customer experience; and highlighted by the Conscious Capitalism movement as a model for stakeholder orientation.


Although recognized for her impact on healthy business growth and Envision’s differentiation within the technology industry, Nancy is most proud of operating Envision IT as a Firm of Endearment. Envisioners live their core values and are affectionately known as ‘consultants with a conscience’ and ‘on-purpose geeks.’

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Scott Andersen —Artisan Dental


Scott Andersen’s professional experiences include roles with two global healthcare organizations, co-founding businesses across a variety of industries as well as co-ownership of two dental practices. He has served on a wide range of civic and non-profit boards, lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the first global conference on managing sustainability in dentistry.

Scott Andersen and his wife, Dr. Nicole Andersen, co-founded Artisan Dental, Wisconsin’s first dental practice to earn the Certified B Corporation designation. Artisan Dental was named Madison Maginze's Best Places to Work in 2017 & 2018 and a winner of In Business Magazine, 2018 Dane County Small Business award. Artisan Dental was also a finalist for the Force For Positive Change award in 2018. Artisan Dental incorporates a range of socially and ecologically responsible business practices, which include The Artisan Dental Recycling Program, Artisan Dental Wellness Series and the Artisan Dental Health Plan.

Spencer Schumacher —Spencer Real Estate Group


Spencer Schumacher is the owner of a boutique Real Estate Brokerage in Middleton WI. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a Natural Resources and Environmental Planning specialty from the University of Wisconsin.

As a citizen and a business owner in Middleton, Spencer Schumacher has worked for years to make all aspects of his life as sustainable as possible. Spencer has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet since 2014 and donates 1% of his gross revenue to local environmental nonprofits.

Spencer has served on the City of Middleton’s Sustainability Committee since 2012 and has been the chair since 2014. During this time, the committee has successfully created Middleton’s first permanent recycling center, led the process in creating an innovative community shared solar power project, implemented a sustainable purchasing plan, overwhelmingly passed two Climate Change Referendums, and has helped lead Middleton to commit to 100 percent of all City operations energy needs with renewable energy by 2040 and 100 percent of community-wide energy needs with renewable energy by 2050. 

One of the Sustainability committees’ greatest accomplishments has been its influence throughout the City. Sustainability is one of the guiding principles for the City of Middleton and most decisions are made through a sustainable lens.


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The session will be moderated by...


Moderated by Natalia Kaminski – Conference Planner, UW Madison


Natalia Kaminski is an undergraduate student working towards degrees in International Studies,  Environmental Studies, and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Growing up in a Polish household in Bronxville, New York, she has been exposed to a variety of cross-cultural experiences that have inspired her to learn more about issues around sustainability at home and abroad. After graduation, Natalia would like to conduct microfinance research in Southeast Asia in order to cultivate a better understanding of alternative business models in various parts of the world. She believes that businesses, both small and large, are the agents of sustainable change and looks forward to a future where sustainability drives competitiveness across different sectors.