Name: Dr. Nicole Lambert
Title: ESG Strategy Lead
Current residence: Brookline, MA
Hometown: Kingsville, OH
Fun fact: I am left-handed (and bad at fun facts)
Tell us about your background. How did you end up at thinkPARALLAX?
In a previous life, I was an academic and professor. I met Stewart Rassier, our current Head of ESG, while working in ESG education and training. After learning about tPX, I knew I wanted to join the team. I could tell that there was a great culture and that the values of the organization and people who worked here matched my own. I joined the team in late 2022 and can’t wait to see what the future holds!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
As ESG Strategy Lead, I love the variety of work we do. One day, I’ll be helping a first-time reporting client make sense of the environmental data and disclosures for a specific ESG reporting framework. The next I’ll be reviewing a report from a chemical manufacturing company on how they are working to protect human rights in the supply chain, and the next I’ll be providing an overview of industry sustainability trends for a financial services firm. Getting to work with diverse clients on various steps in their sustainability journey, and on a team that is helping them tell their stories and make an impact, is what gets me excited to come to work everyday
thinkPARALLAX’s purpose is to inspire fresh perspective on sustainable business transformation. What perspective do you bring to tPX, our clients, and/or our industry?
Knowing my audience is one of my superpowers. I can synthesize ESG research, data and policies and quickly gauge the knowledge and interest level of a group to tailor the message so that they’re engaged. I bring a sense of curiosity and desire to learn to all of my projects and activities.
What’s a project you’ve worked on (at tPX or a previous role) that you really enjoyed or that felt really meaningful?
I worked with a client in the healthcare services industry on measuring social impact. They have offices across the U.S. and their community needs vary by location. For example, their New Mexico team served rural communities and needed to be able to reach people over 100 miles away from the nearest clinic. After looking at the problem landscape, we prioritized mobile community health services and culturally-relevant care. An important component of the project was identifying service gaps where there were opportunities to partner with local community organizations working on mental health, food insecurity and other community health issues. My favorite part of the project was seeing the geographically-dispersed teams work together to prioritize local community needs.
What causes are you most interested in?
Reproductive justice, animal rights, making higher education equitable and accessible for all, and environmental justice.
What brings you joy outside of work?
Reading (mostly non-fiction or catching myself when I get annoyed when the novel I am reading does not have citations), urban hiking and hanging out with my partner and cat daughter.