January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Rebecca Hamilton • 35 • Gilsum

Why did you choose your profession?

I grew up in a family with a close connection to the land and healing plants. After spending some years traveling, I went to college to study the economic and ecological impacts of plants used for medicinal purposes. My original plan was to become a researcher; however, as I learned more about plant-based supply webs and the medicinal plant industry, I realized that my true calling was to work for a business that could make a positive impact through plant-based products. My family’s business was just starting to take off, so I decided to come back and help run it. Badger has given me the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

At Badger, we believe that businesses have a responsibly to support the health and well-being of the community around us. Individually, I co-founded Machina Arts because I wanted to take an active role in supporting the kind of vibrant art based community that I wanted to live in.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

A more concerted approach to actively promoting the arts and creative economy.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I hope to continue my work in co-leading both Badger and Machina Arts, and I hope that my businesses will have grown in their ability to do good along with financial stability and success.

What was your last major achievement?

Co-leading Badger in our mission-driven growth and also co-founding Machina Arts, which offers creative event management, and gallery, artist, and musician curation for businesses and community-based organizations.

Volunteer activities: Supporting the local arts and helping to build a vibrant creative economy.