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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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“The One Thing” Approach to Managing Stress

Saturday Spark #27 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Growing up in a household with two academics, September seemed more like the start of the new year than January. Everything was fresh and exciting. Who would be in your classes or on your teams? What teacher(s) would you get? What clothes do you wear? […]


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What Grey Wolves & the Business Roundtable Have in Common

Saturday Spark #26 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO In 1995, grey wolves were introduced back into Yellowstone Park for the first time since the 1930’s. In the subsequent twenty-five years, scientists have documented a cascade of system-level changes, starting with a rebound in Aspen tree shoots, a growing population of beavers, and some […]


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What the Ice Cream Road Race Taught Me About Work-Free Vacations

Saturday Spark #25 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Like many leaders, I don’t completely stop working while on vacation. It’s partly the nature of entrepreneurship and running a small company. There are just certain things that can’t wait, nor is there someone else to do them. I also pride myself personally on being […]


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