Bernadette Hopen


Throughout my life, I’ve approached every challenge with enthusiasm, creativity, and ceaseless desire to achieve success. I'm passionate about using business as a force for good, without compromising the bottom line. I'm devoted to strengthening the B Corp (and the broader B Economy) in NYC through my work at social enterprises and acting as Co-Chair of B Local NYC. If you’re interested in learning more about me, keep reading or get in touch.




Aspirationals Can Make or Break Your Company

Aspirationals are defined by values, community, and their desire to make a positive impact on the world. Making up 40% of the global consumer market, Aspirationals are extremely influential and are putting pressure on businesses to expand their branding, operations, and hiring policies to include social and environmental values.


How We Survived #PlasticFreeJuly

Single-use plastics are the perfect symbol of our throwaway consumer culture. They’re easy! Having an ice-coffee from Dunkin on your way to work, last minute shopping and you need a bag to hold your purchases, grabbing lunch with your colleagues, buying pretty much anything from a vending machine… all require the dreaded use of plastic.


Business Skills Meet Purposeful Work

I love working at a social enterprise; I’m one of the lucky few that feel empowered by their work! I know I’m apart of something important, impactful, and desperately needed-- I work in the social impact sector. Here business is mission-driven and purposeful, acknowledging the role of business in the broader social and environmental world context.

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Motivated, strategic-thinking professional with a proven record of building relationships and managing projects from ideation to completion. Uses an entrepreneurial mindset to challenge the status quo and prioritize social impact practices. Team-minded and skilled in completing projects under deadline and under budget, creative problem solving, and working cross-departmentally.


Bentley University | Waltham, MA 

  • Bachelor of Science, Business, Fall 2015

  • Double Major in Management/Entrepreneurship and Ethics & Social Responsibility

  • GPA 3.67/4.0, Magna Cum Laude | High Distinction in Management

Special Projects & Brand Manager

Inspiring Capital

October 2017 - Current

  • Conceptualization, execution and management of the following projects: The Inspiring Capital Podcast, company-wide B Corp re-certification, digital membership platform, Salesforce and Pardot onboarding and implementation (act as Salesforce Administrator)

    Manage 600+ person membership: curate and distribute content, organize monthly events, develop and maintain prominent channel partner relationships

    Maintain brand messaging across website and social platforms as company develops


B Local NYC 

March 2018 - Current

  • Lead a board of eight B Corp leaders to develop and launch the B Local NYC chapter 

  • Create business opportunities among the 150+ B Corps in the NYC area

  • Develop formalized partnership with the NYC Majors Office

  • Build out the Inclusive Economy Challenge NYC cohort, a group that is focusing on strengthening and building equity, diversity, and inclusion in the social enterprise community 

Digital Marketing & Branding Consultant

Phoenix Marketing Solutions

October 2016 - September 2017

  • Facilitate the development & launch of an internal employee engagement app

  • Developed digital marketing media plan for CEO & President

  • Trained marketing team on inbound marketing strategy

  • Implementation of content to reach online presence goals



Dr. Duncan Spelman | Professor of Management, Bentley University

In 35+ years of working with highly motivated, extremely bright business students, Bernadette was among the very best. We worked closely together in connection with a highly selective student leadership team and she demonstrated extraordinary creativity and courage, the willingness to take on any task, and unwavering dependability. She is a true leader.

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Gloria Larson | President, Bentley University

As President of Bentley University over the past decade, I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know a number of truly outstanding students. Bernadette rises to the top of this list--for the enthusiasm and drive she brings to all endeavors; for her courage of conviction and "can do" spirit in the face of adversity; and for her strong work ethic and equally strong desire to use her talents to make a difference in the world.  She is a next generation leader who I am confident will  make a significant contribution to the greater good wherever life takes her.


Julie Fahnestock | CEO & Founder, B Storytelling

Working with Bernadette as Co-Chairs of B Local NYC is pure joy. Not only is Bernadette high-spirited and committed to using her career as a force for good, she is a powerhouse and totally unstoppable when she sets her mind to a goal.  Bernadette operates a natural servant leader as she always goes above and beyond to make sure our team has what they need to do their jobs well and to keep us focused on the mission. She is strategic, efficient, results-driven, detail-oriented and a long-term systems thinker. When Bernadette gives her yes, you can expect 110%. Trust me, you want her on your team. 

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To empower and support the next generation of business leaders to tackle yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's societal challenges. To live my life boldly as a student, an explorer, and a global citizen.


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