Billy Connelly

Communications & Public Relations, Kids vs. Global Warming
Middlebury, VT, United States

About Billy

Bio

Billy Connelly, Comm, Social Media, & Other Stuff @ Kids vs. Global Warming

Billy has more than 18 years experience in marketing communications, public relations, business development and sales. Billy is one of only 1,000 Americans trained by Al Gore and The Climate Project to present Mr. Gore’s slide show, as seen in AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

2002-09 Communications Director, Native Energy, Inc.
In addition to managing NativeEnergy’s marketing and branding activities Billy closed deals and developed partnerships with the company’s highest profile clients, including: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (the Academy Award® winning film and first-ever carbon neutral documentary with Paramount Vantage/Participant Productions, the carbon neutral DVD with Paramount Home Video, and the carbon neutral book with Rodale Books, and with Al Gore’s staff); Warner Bros Pictures’ Academy Award® winning film SYRIANA; Paramount Pictures’ Academy Award® winning films NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THERE WILL BE BLOOD, MTV–Music Television and Comedy Central; Sundance Channel; LIVE EARTH Concerts for a Climate in Crisis; The Doors Music Company; Salesforce.com; Ceres; Annie’s Homegrown; The X-Prize Foundation; The Alliance for Climate Protection; GOOD Magazine; GreenForAll.org; LOHAS Forum; Reverb Rock; Grist.org; and two 2008 U.S. presidential campaigns – Hillary Clinton and John Edwards – among many other clients and partners.

Billy served as NativeEnergy’s spokesperson to the media and represented the company at business, industry, and consumer events.

His experience in environmental business includes director level marketing and sales positions with two regional municipal and business recycling companies in Boston, MA, including New England’s largest. He also worked for PBS affiliate WGBH-TV, where he helped publicize the re-launch of the popular ‘70s show ZOOM and promote award-winning programs This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, and The American Experience.

Billy has run the Boston Marathon, rafted the Gauley River, hiked up Mt. Eisenhower (NH) and Copper Mountain (CO) and down into the Grand Canyon. He enjoys hiking and camping with his family, and he is still happily struggling with fly fishing. He telecommutes from his home in Middlebury (VT), which keeps his carbon footprint as small as possible.

I'm passionate about

solving the climate crisis, protecting our resources, social engagement, effective sustainability communications, youth activism, LOHAS, CSR, green biz, and college basketball

Comments & conversations

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Billy Connelly
Posted about 2 years ago
How can a global business create a fulfilling relationship with a local community?
I think we also benefit from discussions around considering LOCAL - and how we define what LOCAL means -- as a function of ownership, rather than solely as a function of geography. Global businesses can truly be part of the destination and the local community when they adopt innovative new models of ownership, which include more than just hiring a percentage of employees locally or donating to local charities. That thought may not sit well with many corporate boards or shareholder groups, but that must be part of the discussion. Global brands can be active members of the community when they have a stake in the future of the community. There are proven processes corporations can work through to thoughtfully develop meaningful policies and implement social responsibility into organizational culture. Making meaningful connections requires a long-term view and commitment to more than just the bottom line.