Common Impact Hosts an Evening with Jeff Immelt

Common Impact was pleased to host Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, in  a gathering of more than 200 business, philanthropic, and social sector leaders in Boston. Mr. Immelt offered remarks about the opportunities and challenges for leading companies in today's competitive, interconnected world, and the necessity of developing a culture of exceptional performance for investors, customers, employees, and civil society.

The evening offered an opportunity for thought-provoking conversation about the social impact that can be generated when civic engagement is aligned with business strategy.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our many sponsors. We are extremely grateful to the organizations listed below for their dedication to helping Common Impact further its mission.

Guests Mingle at Event Theresa Ellis, Jeff Immelt, and Ed Kania Guests Mingle at Event



Flagship Ventures

Flagship Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on creating, financing, and building innovative companies in the Life Science and Technology sectors. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Flagship Ventures was founded in 1999 and manages $700 million in capital. The Flagship investment team consists of 10 professionals and is led by co-founders Noubar Afeyan and Ed Kania.


Davis Marcus Partners

Davis Marcus Partners has an established reputation for integrity, creativity, and expertise in the development and ownership of high quality commercial property in its core markets. Led by a strong, hands-on management team with attention to detail and respect for its tenants as partners, the firm currently has offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Norwalk, Connecticut, and Naples, Florida.


Goodwin Procter

Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation's leading law firms, with 700 attorneys and offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The firm provides corporate law, litigation and real estate services to clients ranging from start-up companies to Fortune 500 multinationals, with a focus on matters involving private equity, technology companies, REITs and real estate capital markets, financial services, intellectual property and products liability. The firm excels at complex and sophisticated transactional work and precedent-setting, bet-the-company litigation.


State Street Corporation

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is the world's leading specialist in providing institutional investors with investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading services. With $10.7 trillion in assets under custody and $1.5 trillion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2006), State Street operates in 26 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide.


Bow Street Flowers

Bow Street Flowers, a garden oasis located at 108 Beacon Street in Somerville's Kirkland Village, donated all of the floral arrangements for the event. Bow Street Flowers offers unique flowers, plants, candles and gifts, and a commitment to personalized service for every customer whether they are choosing a single stem or a bridal bouquet.


Lang Productions

Norman Lang produced and directed the Common Impact video. A Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns, Mr. Lang has been interested in photography and film from an early age, and is an active contributor to charitable causes. For this project, Mr. Lang worked in collaboration with a host of talented people we would like to thank, including Robert Connolly of the University of Massachusetts (Co-producer), Tom Gearty of Suffolk University (Key Grip), and Charlie Farren of FMan Media (Composer and Musician).


Thomas Gearty Photography

Thomas Gearty provided the photography for the Common Impact event. Mr. Gearty's work has been exhibited in venues across the United States, including the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York City and the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery in California, as well as many venues in his hometown of Boston, including a permanent installation in the Massachusetts State House. Mr. Gearty has taught and written several textbooks on the subject of photography. He also has the good fortune of collaborating with Norman Lang on a variety of photo and video projects to benefit Boston-area charities.