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Are Your Defaults Optimizing for Good

Saturday Spark #39 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Have you ever wondered why you have to manually select cold vs. warm water every time you wash your clothes? Cold water is way more cost and energy efficient. Many detergents are formulated for cold water. It is truly one of my pet peeves with […]


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What Can a Hotspot Teach You About Culture?

Saturday Spark #38 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO At 6:15am on a very cold morning in Switzerland this week my plane was stranded on the tarmac. It was unable to take off due to a frozen water line. The proposed solution was to heat the plane as hot as a sauna and then […]


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Do You Know Your Isms?

Saturday Spark #37 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I spend a lot of time with HR leaders of the world’s biggest companies. In the course of those conversations, I’ve seen some great, and not so great, presentations about culture. Netflix’s original, 120-page culture manifesto has been called “the most important document to ever […]


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3 Ways to Be a Better Human, Via an Expert in AI

Saturday Spark #36 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO No Job is Robot-Proof. Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The New York Times, kicked off his presentation to 800 corporate sustainability and responsibility executives at BSR19 this week with that pronouncement. He then showed how the opening portion of his remarks was written by a robot. […]


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When They Go Low, You Go High

Saturday Spark #35 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Several years ago, I experienced the terrible feeling of being taken advantage of, for someone else’s financial gain. I had certainly experienced bad behavior before. In one role, I instigated an investigation that charged over 60 employees with theft and their union with racketeering. But […]


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Creating Space for Your Soul

Saturday Spark #34 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Last Saturday, I attended my first TEDx event, nearly 3,000 miles away from Boston in my hometown of Spokane, WA. The catalyst for this trek was the last speaker of the day, my 79 year-old mom. Yes, my mother gave a TedTalk. She’s amazing. Even […]


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What Does Funding Inequity Feel Like

Saturday Spark #33 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I’ve always been comfortable being one of the women in a primarily male environment. I played soccer on a male-dominated team until high school. My MBA class was only 25% women. I work in tech. Getting into these schools, teams, and industries wasn’t easy, but […]


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5 Reasons Why Flexwork Should Be Part of Your Purpose Strategy

Saturday Spark #32 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO This past Monday was a “sorta” holiday in Boston. Schools, banks, and government were closed, but many businesses were not. As a worker in a city that has “the worst traffic in America,” the benefits that day were palpable. You got a seat on the […]


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3 Ways to Cultivate Courageous Helpers

Saturday Spark #31 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Four years ago, on a high-speed train trip from Amsterdam to Paris, a man armed with nearly 300 rounds of ammunition started shooting passengers. As panic and chaos ensued, three young American men on a backpacking trip through Europe, tackled and subdued the shooter. Although wounded […]


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Why Psychological Safety is Key to Improving Diversity

Saturday Spark #30 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I started my career in management consulting. In the fall of 1992, I was living in New York City weekends and jetting up to client site in Boston weekdays. I had incredibly smart and fun colleagues and was learning a ton. I got my first […]


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Why Bill Gates Should Run for President

Saturday Spark #29 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO One of my favorite things to do is talk to strangers, particularly if those strangers happen to be sitting next to me at a bar. I’m by nature an extrovert, and striking up a conversation with the random person to my right is often the […]


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3 Ways to Support Employee Climate Activism

Saturday Spark #28 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Yesterday, thousands of kids all over the US joined in with millions of kids from another 117 countries in what was the largest Fridays for Future climate strike yet. In one of the more catalyzing actions, the Boston and New York public school systems, along […]


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