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Are You What Your People Eat?

Saturday Spark #8 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Last year, WeWork rocked the business world. Not for the staggering amounts of capital raised or opening more than 200 new locations, but for a simple and yet profound announcement signaling their values. The headline read:  We Will Not Serve or Pay For Meat. The […]


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Raising Kids and Companies in the Climate Change Era

Saturday Spark #7 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO During dinner this week, my 14-year old son posed a hypothetical, but achingly relevant question. “Mom, if you had all the money and all the power in the world for 24 hours, what would you do to fix the climate.” The combination of great schools […]


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I’m Here for the Mission

Saturday Spark #6 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I have stood in airport security lines close to fifty times in the last twelve months. So a few weeks ago in Newark, I was startled when one of the TSA agents said something besides, “Cell phones go in the bins.” She said, “Welcome ladies […]


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This Online Quiz Can Change the World

Saturday Spark #5 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I am a sucker for online quizzes, whether learning that I’m most like Darryl Philbin in The Office or that Austin, TX is the city that most fits my personality (who knew?). So when I learned from one of the campaigns on WeSpire about a short, […]


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State of Employee Engagement 2019

This week was a big week at WeSpire, as our 7th annual State of Employee Engagement research report was released.  This year, we surveyed over 1,700 full-time US employees and expanded our survey to include a separate track for employees in human resources, as well as added more questions about preferences for rewards/incentives and additional […]


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Why even CEOs Need Allies

Saturday Spark #4 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO On Monday morning, I woke up at 3:50am and set out for New York City in the middle of a blizzard. My destination was a CEO-only summit for the top 100 fastest growing SaaS companies. For the first time, WeSpire made the list. I arrived […]


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How Cleaning Your Closets Can Change Your Culture

Saturday Spark #3 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO For the past few weeks, I’ve been transitioning our children’s playroom to a room for teens. Our family challenge was to try and do it without buying anything new and coming out economically even, spending no more than we were able to generate by selling […]


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Can You Lose Your Purpose?

Saturday Spark #2 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO One thing I love about my job is that I get to interview different people about their unique cultures at work. So last week, it was rather unusual to have eerily similar, very honest, almost heartbreaking conversations: I don’t really know how or why, we […]


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Finding the Signal through the Noise

Saturday Spark #1 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Like many tech startup CEOs, my natural speed of life is fast. I talk fast, eat fast, type quickly, and walk at a good clip. High-speed spinning, with a splash of soul, is not shockingly, my workout of choice. I cram as much as humanly […]


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Moving From “What” to “Why” of Diversity Success: Measuring D&I Progress With a New Methodology

By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO of WeSpire Improving diversity metrics and creating more inclusive cultures has been a high-priority topic for many companies for years, but certainly the past 18 months have brought even higher profile to this topic. From the start-up community’s #Founders4Change initiative to the 400 CEO’s who have signed the […]


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Can the clean energy transition be financed by culture change?

By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO of WeSpire Last week was Climate Week in New York City. Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly, it is a series of events to, as the organization describes it, “showcase amazing climate action and discusses how to do more”.  Over 140 different events occurred in categories […]


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Four Secrets of Start-up Success Rarely Mentioned in Bootcamps and Board Rooms

By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO of WeSpire In June, I was asked to be a keynote speaker for 30 entrepreneurs participating in the 2018 East Coast Academy organized and produced by the Cleantech Open Northeast. This is an intensive two-day bootcamp that kicks off the annual Cleantech Open accelerator. As a fellow entrepreneur in this sector, the […]


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