Build Back Better: What do we need to unlearn in the private sector?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, bringing devastation to millions around the world. The impacts are felt in all aspects of our daily lives, including our jobs, services, and healthcare. It has shown us our vulnerabilities and how woefully unprepared we are for future pandemics, or other emergencies. The impact of COVID-19 is being felt by all businesses around the world and leaders must navigate a broad range of issues including keeping staff and customers safe, business continuity, new government regulations and preparing for the inevitable next wave, or next crisis. As businesses start to re-open around the world, we need to be thinking about the future of the sector to #buildbackbetter
Join us to hear from intrapreneurs working within private companies on what they believe we need to unlearn in order to build back a stronger, inclusive and sustainable corporate sector.
Chief of Staff at Arc’teryx
Inspired by the power of good design to address complex problems, Drummond Lawson brings values-based leadership and scientific rigor to his work as a change agent at Arc’teryx.
Since joining Arc’teryx in 2013, Drummond launched the company’s sustainability program and has led foundational efforts to ignite the brand’s culture, vision and strategy. His primary focus as Chief of Staff is strategy implementation, working within the Senior Leadership Team to drive transformative programs across the organization. In addition, Drummond oversees the sustainability program and its focuses on science-based climate action, circular product design, and social impact programs.
An environmental chemist by background, Drummond came to Arc’teryx after directing sustainability efforts at Method Products in San Francisco. His experience also includes working as a Cradle to Cradle materials scientist at EPEA in Hamburg, an R&D chemist at CanSolv in Montreal, and as a treeplanter in some of the loneliest corners of Western Canada.
Garrick is on a mission to create positive disruption. Whether in the boardroom, behind the lens or at the front of a classroom, he’s most at home chasing and creating stories that matter. Garrick is a graduate-level instructor in business and sustainability at several leading Canadian universities and mentor in the start-up and social entrepreneurship community. He is currently seeding a media startup dedicated to hacking mainstream media for good: www.storyspotters.com
Capital Markets Lawyer, BNP Paribas
Maya Mehta is a passionate advocate for Social Intrapreneurship.
Throughout her 17 year career she has used her legal skills to launch socially responsible initiatives
within large organisations, in addition to her “day job” as a Capital Markets lawyer.
In 2018, Maya spoke about her journey as a Social Intrapreneur to an audience of “Gamechangers”
at a Women’s Leadership Summit in the Houses of Parliament.
Asian Women’s Advice Surgery – Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages & Honour Killings – Clifford
She described how in 2003, while practising as a capital markets lawyer at Clifford Chance, she
launched a lunchtime advice surgery for Asian women in East London. She had been moved by the
plight of girls subjected to honour killings, forced marriages and other forms of domestic violence.
With the help of colleagues and the engagement of clients, this still runs today, 17 years later.
Global Microfinance Group – Clifford Chance
In 2010, she established the global Microfinance Group at Clifford Chance, mobilising colleagues to
lend legal expertise to the microfinance sector to help individuals lift themselves out of poverty by
gaining access to finance.
Social Impact Hub, BNP Paribas
She replicated this in 2011 after joining BNP Paribas where she helped mobilise volunteers across
the bank to lend professional skills to support microfinance organisations and social enterprises.
This was the start of “MicroFinance Sans Frontieres, London” which later expanded to the “Social
Impact Hub” at BNP Paribas which Maya co-chaired with the UK Head of CSR.
Sustainable Finance, BNP Paribas
She is now using her legal role at BNP Paribas to co-ordinate global legal expertise in Sustainable
Finance. Over the last 2 years she has executed numerous Green and Social Bonds and, with the
support of the bank, she is encouraging lawyers to help develop business solutions to fight climate
change and address key social issues, most recently bonds to help fight Covid-19.
Putting The Soul Back Into Business
In her voluntary personal capacity, from 2013-18, Maya co-founded and co-hosted events in London
called “Putting The Soul Back Into Business”, together with the Harvard Club UK. This gives a
platform to individuals using the business world to address social issues, such as the refugee crisis
and knife crime.
In 2010 Maya won a Corporate Responsibility Award at Clifford Chance.
In 2014 Maya was named in Financial News Extra Mile 40, in recognition of her efforts to encourage
professionals to use their skills as a force for good.
In 2016 she was named in Brummell Magazine’s 30 “Ones to Watch”.
She has been appointed to the League of Intrapreneurs Global Fellowship, recognising important
contributions to the field of sustainable innovation.