CEO, Baltimore Gas & Electric, an Exelon CompanyRead more
Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for BGE’s successful execution of the company’s six key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation and technology and diversity and inclusion, all while delivering strong financial performance. Butler also is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and a member of the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon.
Prior to becoming CEO in March 2014, Butler served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago). During the Exelon and Constellation Energy merger, Butler played a critical role in company and stakeholder relations. Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in legal, government affairs and strategy.
Butler currently serves on the boards of a number of prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club.
In 2014, Butler chaired the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk, which at that time was the most successful walk in the organization’s history. Butler also served as chair of Baltimore’s inaugural Light City Festival in 2016, a celebration of innovation and light that brought 400,000 people to downtown Baltimore. Also in 2016, he will chair the United Way of Central Maryland campaign and serve as co-chair of the National Urban League Conference.
Butler is a Governor appointee to the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission. He also co-chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Competitiveness Coalition and the BLocal initiative, a pledge by Baltimore’s leading businesses to buy, build and hire locally.
Butler has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. Among his honors, the Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of the top 35 Influential Marylanders. He also received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2013.
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He remains actively involved with both institutions.
Butler is married to Sharon Crawford and has two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.
President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community ServicesRead more
James G. (Jim) Vella leads all of the community service activities of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, and is overseeing Ford Fund’s expanding global outreach.
Established in 1949 by Henry Ford II, Ford Fund builds on more than 100 years of Ford Motor Company corporate citizenship by focusing its efforts on Community Life, Education and Safe Driving. Ford Fund works to improve people’s lives through innovative problem solving with nonprofit partners and signature programs such as Ford Driving Skills for Life and Ford Driving Dreams. It also oversees the Ford Volunteer Corps, which enlisted more than 33,000 Ford employees and retirees to give back to their local communities in 40 countries during 2016.
Vella became president of Ford Fund on Dec. 1, 2006. Prior to this assignment, he served as Visiting University Professor at the University of Michigan Dearborn, a position he assumed in December 2005. From 2000 through 2005 Vella served in a variety of executive leadership positions, including chief of staff, vice president of Corporate Public Affairs and executive director, Corporate Communications. Vella joined Ford in 1988 as a producer for the Ford Communications Network. He held a series of Public Affairs positions, including broadcast news manager, regional news manager for the Northeast region, director of Public Affairs for Ford's global manufacturing operations, and director of Public Affairs global operations.
Before joining Ford, Vella worked in television news at local affiliate stations for 14 years. His television career included news management assignments at WJBK-TV in Detroit, KNSD-TV (formerly KCST-TV) in San Diego, and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He is a native of Detroit, Mich., and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Vella serves on a number of boards, including:
CEO, Elanco Animal HealthRead more
Since 2008, Jeff Simmons has served as President of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly. Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. As a leading global animal health company, Elanco values innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strives to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 6,500 employees worldwide through its vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life.
In more than two decades with the company, Simmons has held a number of sales, marketing and management positions, in the United States and abroad, including serving as country director in Brazil and area director for West Europe based in the U.K.
These international experiences offered Simmons a new perspective on food and agriculture and created a deep conviction about the need for solutions to global food security. Elanco is bringing this vision to life via a commitment to end hunger for 100,000 families globally through a partnership with Heifer International, and begin breaking the cycle of hunger in 100 communities around the globe. Simmons has become an active advocate for the role technology plays in sustainable, efficient production of safe and affordable protein. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report at www.ENOUGHmovement.com, and actively engages in food security discussions in social media on Twitter @JeffSimmons2050.
Simmons has held numerous leadership positions, including past board member of Chiquita Brands and former President of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).
Senior Vice President & Chief Corporate Relations Officer, HEINEKEN USARead more
At HEINEKEN USA, Tara Rush brings transformative energy to her role as leader of corporate relations.
She is an innovative communicator who is not satisfied with the status quo, driving her team to find unexpected ways to elevate the profile of HEINEKEN USA brands in the hearts and minds of vital stakeholders, including consumers, industry partners, employees, national and municipal leaders, and the communities in which the Company operates. A dynamic and collaborative leader, Tara effortlessly leverages partnerships with cross-function HEINEKEN USA teams and powerful, like-minded brands to amplify the impact of legendary, share-driving marketing programs.
Tara joined HEINEKEN USA in 2013 as senior director of corporate communications. Previously, she was an SVP at Emanate, a midsize public relations agency, where she led consumer-marketing and social-relevance campaigns for a number of leading CPG and travel clients. Prior to Emanate, Tara led public relations at Mars, Inc. and held roles in the consumer marketing practices at Ketchum, Edelman and Weber Shandwick in New York.
Tara is a graduate of Cornell University and serves on the board of the Business Council of Westchester and the Ad Council. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
President, Head of Americas, InfosysRead more
Sandeep runs a portfolio P&L of approximately $2.5 billion globally, helping more than 200 clients globally embrace digital technologies. He is Chairman of Edgeverve, an Infosys subsidiary focused on co-creating Innovative Cloud-Based products and platforms with Infosys clients. Sandeep is a Trustee of Infosys Foundation USA – a private charity focused on driving computer literacy and the maker movement in the US. His other responsibilities include managing the entire partner ecosystem of Infosys.
Sandeep has over two decades of operations, consulting and product management experience between Citigroup and Infosys. He has helped Infosys’ clients become more competitive by embracing new emerging trends across digital consumers and emerging markets. He has authored several white papers in the areas of Innovation, Business Transformation and Shared Services, and is often quoted in publications like Forbes, Business Week, CGT, Stores, etc. He regularly speaks at industry forums like Consumer Goods Technology, NRF, Oracle OpenWorld, Emerging Markets forums and at Infosys Investor/Analyst meetings. He joined Citigroup as a product manager before moving to Infosys in 2001. His time at Infosys has been focused on the retail market during its transformation to a digital-led industry.
Sandeep completed his studies at the University of Mumbai with an MBA in Finance and an Electronics Engineering degree. He is a resident of Kennesaw, GA and is on the Board of Symphony EYC, a next generation retail analytics company and Hands-On Atlanta, a non-profit volunteer-network organization focused on Education, Environment & Economic Recovery. Sandeep is also on Advisory Boards at specific programs at Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University. Sandeep featured for consecutive years on the UN Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Board and co-authored their report on supply chain sustainability. He has been on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ethics and Values and a WEF Davos 2015 and 2016 attendee.
He regularly tweets at @SandeepDadlani.
Global President of Supply Chain, VF CorporationRead more
Thomas (Tom) Glaser is Vice President, VF Corporation and President – Supply Chain. His responsibilities include the oversight of all of VF’s global manufacturing and sourcing operations.
Glaser joined VF in 2001 as Managing Director, VF Asia Ltd Sourcing in Hong Kong, where he played a key role in further diversifying and expanding VF’s global sourcing network in support of the company’s growing portfolio of brands. In 2006, Glaser was named President, Supply Chain, Europe/Asia and relocated to Lugano, Switzerland. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President, Global Operations, a role that he held until being appointed to his current position in January 2012.
Prior to joining VF, Glaser served as Vice President of Sourcing and Operations for various brands of Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH). He began his career at PVH, where he held sales and sourcing management positions within the company’s North America and Asia divisions.
Glaser holds a B.S. degree in Government and Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.
CEO, SteelcaseRead more
Jim Keane is President and CEO of Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Jim oversees all operations of Steelcase Inc., including domestic and international operations.
After a 17-year Steelcase career including roles with research and development, finance, corporate strategy, sales and marketing, Jim was appointed as CEO in March 2014. He is only the ninth person to lead the company in its 104-year history.
Jim has continued to help develop Steelcase into a business with a purpose. He has guided the company’s evolution from a manufacturer to a partner that helps unlock human promise by creating great experiences for the world’s leading organizations. He has cultivated a culture that perpetuates the core values on which the company was built: integrity, respect and doing the right thing.
Jim serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO, and Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), the board of trustees of Grand Valley University Foundation, and the executive board of Design Futures Council. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois, and a Master's in Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
President, General Counsel & Secretary DSM North AmericaRead more
Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences & Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees world wide and $12 billion in annual sales, DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy. Mr. Welsh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and has direct responsibilities in DSM’s nutrition and food specialties operations as well as responsibility for legal, government affairs, communications, finance, HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives in the region North America. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of, Partners in Food Solutions, the US Chamber of Commerce Citizens Center, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Patheon, Africa Improved Foods, BIO and previously served on the board of the American Chemistry Council.
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Director, Google.org, Googler GivingRead more
Diane Wakeley Solinger joined Google in July 2012 and is the Director of GooglersGive. The GooglersGive team that Diane leads is Google’s team dedicated to helping Googlers volunteer and give around the globe and is part of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Diane comes to Google with over 25 years in the not for profit sector, and spent the prior 13 years leading a nonprofit consultancy. That experience gave her the great opportunity to work with hundreds of companies to design, implement and enhance their corporate social responsibility programs. Diane is passionate about making the world a better place and believes that in leveraging and unlocking the skills and passions of their employees, companies have a unique opportunity to make significant positive social impact and make their workplaces stronger. Diane is a mother of two young adults, an avid runner, a pretty good cook and really enjoys being with interesting, smart people who have a good sense of humor. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in English, has a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship from Boston College and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. She is a Jefferson Award winner for Public Service and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Atlanta, GARead more
Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. He was elected to a second term on November 5, 2013 and took the oath of office on January 6, 2014. Elected with a clear mandate for fiscal reform, Mayor Reed has increased core city services and reduced the City’s spending during the worst recession in 80 years.
Since taking office, he has hired more than 900 police officers and created the largest police force in the city’s history, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved fire-rescue response times. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. Mayor Reed began his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall; under his leadership, the city has had six years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $150 million.
Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades since taking office. In 2013, he was ranked among the top ten most influential African-Americans in the nation by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. honored him with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he “heralds a new and creative approach to leadership.” In 2011, Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author of “That Used to Be Us,” called Reed “inspiring” and labeled him as “one of the best of this new breed of leaders.” In his book “We Can All Do Better,” former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley cited Reed’s straightforward approach in successfully reforming the city’s pension plan and wrote: “We need more of that kind of candor.”
Mayor Reed's civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, FOX and CNBC, and in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Delta Sky Magazine. Mayor Reed has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, the Gathering of Leaders and recently delivered his first TED talk at TEDCity2.0.
As a champion for Atlanta and the State of Georgia, Mayor Reed serves on a number of advisory committees. He is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. In November 2013, he joined Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal and advocate for the deepening of the Port of Savannah; Georgia’s largest economic development project to date. He is a member of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007, Leadership Georgia Class of 2000 and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998.
Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm.
Mayor Reed is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. As an undergraduate member of Howard University's Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school’s endowment since its inception. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University's youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.
Mayor Reed enjoys attending sports events and reading. Some favorite books include Master of the Senate by Robert Caro and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. He likes playing golf with his father, Junius Reed, and calls his mother, Sylvia Reed, his “best friend.” He also enjoys spending time with his three older brothers: Chuck, Carlton and Tracy.
The mayor lives in the Cascade community of Southwest Atlanta with his wife, Sarah-Elizabeth, and their daughter, Maria Kristan. He is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church.
CEO, Ethan Allen Global, IncRead more
Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.
He has been president of the company since 1985, and Chairman and CEO since 1988.
Mr. Kathwari serves in numerous capacities at several nonprofit organizations: he is a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee (IRC); a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF); Director Emeritus and former chairman and president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA); a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP); a member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International (RI); an advisory member of the New York Stock Exchange; and a director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. He also serves on the boards of Western Connecticut State University Foundation and ArtsWestchester. He founded the Kashmir Study Group. Additionally, he served as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2010 to 2014.
Among his recognitions, Mr. Kathwari has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. government. He has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal; the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee; the National Retail Federation gold medal; the International First Freedom Award from the Council for America’s First Freedom; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award; City of Hope’s International Home Furnishings Industry Spirit of Life® Award; and the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the National Association of Asian MBAs. He has also been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the 50 Best CEOs in the United States.
Mr. Kathwari holds a BA in English Literature and Political Science from Kashmir University, Srinagar, Kashmir, and an MBA in International Marketing from New York University, New York, NY. He is also the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees. For more information, please visit farooqkathwari.com.
SVP Global R&D, PepsiCoRead more
Christine Cioffe is currently SVP, Strategy and Portfolio Management for Global R&D, and Head of PepsiCo’s Sustainability Office, having joined PepsiCo in October 2010. Chris is responsible for instituting strategic and portfolio management approaches within R&D to ensure the appropriate balance of near-in business deliverables and the longer-term portfolio transformation. Chris leads an experienced team who work within and across the R&D categories and functions to align innovation approaches, resources and technology unlocks to deliver key business goals. The team members translate strategic intent into actionable work plans and deliverables including return, risk, technology and capability investment and timing. In addition, Chris leads the Sustainability Office, which works across sectors, categories, brands and functions, in the creation and management of the PepsiCo Performance with Purpose 2025 program.
Previously, Chris was VP, Strategic Portfolio Management at Merck & Co., Inc. Chris joined Merck in 1990 as a Research Veterinarian and moved into the Project Management area in 1993 with increasing levels of responsibility in areas of early and late drug development, resource and capacity analysis, and governance and decision making structure as well as creating enterprise-wide processes in strategic planning and operations management.
Chris has a VMD degree (Veterinaries Medicinae Doctoris) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science from Texas A&M and Bachelors in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Chris completed a post-doctoral training program at The Rockefeller University and an executive management program at NYU Stern. Chris has published numerous scientific and portfolio management articles and book chapters as well as presented at numerous symposium and conferences.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, PayPalRead more
As Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Franz leads PayPal’s global internal and external communications, media relations, global government relations, public affairs and reputation risk programs, overseeing issues management and thought leadership initiatives. He also leads PayPal’s Social Innovation efforts, which aim to drive positive social change for individuals, businesses and communities around the world through core business and social impact initiatives. Franz brings over 25 years of experience and extensive expertise in strategic communications, public affairs, corporate, government, reputation risk management, and legal domains to PayPal’s expanding global network.
Before joining PayPal, Franz served as Head of External Relations for North America for McKinsey & Company. His professional experience includes providing reputation risk and leadership communications counsel to a wide range of public and private institutions, serving as the general counsel of an information and technology company and practicing law as a litigator.
Franz graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors in Political Science, English Literature and American Economic History. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar in New York State and in New York City.
Chief Technology Officer, EcolabRead more
Dr. Larry Berger is executive vice president and chief technical officer for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
As chief technical officer, Dr. Berger is responsible for leading the global Research, Development & Engineering organization. Combining a deep understanding of customer problems with technology leadership, Ecolab RD&E takes an innovative systems approach to deliver superior solutions. The technical services team provides training and expertise that ensures Ecolab’s customers receive consistent, highly effective results.
Prior to joining Ecolab in 2008 as senior vice president and chief technical officer, Dr. Berger had a 22-year career at DuPont, where he held senior leadership roles in global technology, technical operations, business development and led Corporate new business ventures.
Dr. Berger received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Chemistry from State University of New York – Stony Brook and both a master’s and doctorate degree in Materials, Science and Engineering from Cornell University.
Ecolab is a trusted partner at more than one million customer locations. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. www.ecolab.com.
Sector Analyst, Consumer Goods & Retail, SASBRead more
Gabriella is a Sector Analyst at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), where she manages standards development and stakeholder engagement for eight industries in the Consumer Goods & Retail sector.
Prior to her role as a Sector Analyst, Gabriella was on the standards development team at SASB. In this capacity she developed sustainability accounting standards on industry-specific material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors for more than 40 industries.
Gabriella's previous work has taken her to the Clorox Company’s environmental sustainability office, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gabriella holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley.
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Vice President, Communications, MetLifeRead more
Jon Richter is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Thought Leadership & Issues Management in the Corporate Communications function at MetLife.
As a communications and marketing professional with 20 years’ experience in corporate responsibility, brand positioning, reputation and market analytics, Jon has spent the last 15 years at industry-leading Fortune 40 companies across the financial services, pharmaceutical, food, beer and tobacco sectors.
Jon’s background combines communications, corporate responsibility, corporate positioning and public affairs. His focus is on helping companies use their CSR programs and reputation to gain a competitive business advantage.
Prior to joining MetLife, Jon was Senior Director of Corporate Reputation at Pfizer. Between 2004 and 2012, Jon held several roles in corporate communications and market analytics culminating in the management of all operations of the Corporate Reputation Team and ensuring a data-driven approach to Pfizer’s reputation/brand strategy.
Before Pfizer, Jon worked at Altria Group, then the parent company of Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing and Philip Morris. At Altria, Jon helped the company and its subsidiaries assume leadership roles on challenging industry issues such as childhood obesity, preventing youth smoking, underage drinking and drunk driving. He also supported development and launch of the company’s new corporate identity.
Senior Manager of Community Engagement, TimberlandRead more
Atlanta McIlwraith is the senior manager of community engagement at Timberland. She is responsible for managing the company’s Path of ServiceTM employee volunteer program, strategic community investments and the Global Stewards program to ensure the company’s service and corporate social responsibility (CSR) agendas play out with consistency and impact worldwide.
Prior to her start at Timberland in May 2005, Atlanta started her professional life as a political organizer – first for an electoral campaign and then for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.
She then took her organizing skills to the for-profit world as national public affairs manager for The Body Shop. In that role she managed the company’s public awareness and action campaigns that launched in stores nationwide.
After business school, Atlanta served as an associate program manager for Population Services International’s AIDS prevention programs in West Africa.
She then worked as an independent consultant for Maine Businesses for social responsibility and for a number of micro enterprises in mid-coast Maine.
Atlanta holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina where she concentrated her studies in marketing and sustainable enterprise.
Professor, North Carolina State UniversityRead more
Scott Showalter is a Professor of Practice in the Accounting Department at the Poole College of Management. He has taught advanced auditing, research and sustainability courses at the graduate level and auditing and financial accounting at the undergraduate level. Scott was recognized for his teaching excellence by being award the Department of Accounting Graduate Teaching Award in 2012. In 2014, he received the University Outstanding Teacher Award (Academy of Outstanding Teachers), 2015 he was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and Department of Accounting Research Growth and Innovation Award in 2016. His research has been accepted and published in academic and industry publications.
Prior to joining the Poole College of Management, Scott was an audit partner with KPMG LLP where he completed his 33 year career in July 2008.
Scott is active in the American Accounting Association (AAA). He is one of the founding co-editors of the Auditing Section’s online journal, Current Issues in Auditing. For the Auditing Section, he served as Vice President-Academic, President, past President, two terms as the Vice President-Practice, historian and co-director of the Auditing Section 2014 annual meeting program committee. He is currently serving on the Auditing Section Education Committee on the AAA Research and Nominations committees. Scott served AAA as the Vice President – Professional Relations and leader of the strategic planning effort. He received the AAA Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and the Auditing Section Distinguished Service in Auditing Award in January 2014.
Scott is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager. He currently serves as the chairman of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and member of two AICPA sustainability task forces. He recently completed a 5-year term as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Standing Advisory Group and as a commissioner in the Pathways Commission (Phases I and II).
Scott received his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Richmond, summa cum laude, in 1975.
Manager, Private Sector Engagement, WWFRead more
For more than a decade Matt has worked to reduce the carbon footprint of companies. By working methodically sector by sector, Matt and his team help companies and industries overcome big obstacles and set aggressive carbon reduction goals.
Matt works with businesses and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, a voluntary program that mobilizes companies to set world-class carbon reduction goals. Since Matt joined WWF a decade ago Climate Savers has expanded from contracts with IBM and Johnson & Johnson to contracts with 30 major corporations. Collectively, these companies have cut emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road!
Twice Matt has traveled to Churchill, Manitoba in northern Canada for WWF to train field guides about how Climate Savers companies work to reduce carbon pollution that threatens the habitat of polar bears and walrus in the Arctic.
With an educational background in sustainability and economics, Matt has a strong background in advancing sustainability initiatives, from championing climate action planning for the cities of Boston and Pittsburgh to consulting for clients on topics such as vehicle emissions testing and corporate energy efficiency. Matt was honored with the Business Sustainability Initiative award from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He has also co-authored the book Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business.
Senior Director, Sustainability Reporting, PepsiCoRead more
Anna Palazij is Senior Director Sustainability Reporting within the Office of Sustainability at PepsiCo. She is responsible for sustainability data integrity and improving capabilities to track and report on all PepsiCo’s sustainability initiatives globally. Anna has more than a dozen years’ experience in the sustainability field. In her prior roles at PepsiCo, she led resource conservation and sustainability programs for over 50 North American beverage manufacturing locations and launched one of PepsiCo consumer recycling programs. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Anna worked at General Electric in EHS management, operations, and Lean Six Sigma roles. Anna holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. She is an Advisory Council Member for Johns Hopkins University Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute (E2SHI).
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development,, TimberlandRead more
Margaret Morey-Reuner currently serves as the director of strategic partnerships and business development for Timberland’s licensing team. In this role, Margaret is responsible for developing innovative partnerships and testing new business models that align with Timberland’s vision to be the largest and most sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand on earth. She also works with existing licensed categories to maximize the impact of cross category marketing initiatives and sales opportunities.
Margaret also manages values marketing, working with Timberland’s corporate social responsibility team and marketing leaders around the world to help bring stories about the company’s social and environmental values to life for consumers in the digital, retail and social media spaces.
Prior to joining Timberland’s licensing team, Margaret was the senior manager of global brand marketing, overseeing global management for men’s footwear, including the Earthkeepers®, Classics, Outdoor Adventure and Timberland Boot Company collections.
Margaret joined Timberland in 2006 as global brand manager for Mion Footwear, a former division of Timberland. In this role, she oversaw all brand and wholesale marketing and supported the sales organization with their go-to market initiatives. Prior to joining Timberland, Margaret was the global marketing services manager for Dunham Bootmakers (a New Balance brand).
Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University as well. Margaret lives in Massachusetts with her husband.
CEO, PYXERA GlobalRead more
Deirdre White is a globally recognized leader in building tri-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As CEO of the international NGO, PYXERA Global, she has led the transformation of the organization to one that maximizes impact through strong and strategic partnerships. PYXERA Global does this cutting edge programming like Global Pro Bono, Local Content Development, and Integrated Community Development.
Widely cited for her thought leadership, Deirdre has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and The New Global Citizen; she has contributed to MarketWatch, FORTUNE, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Deirdre is a member of the MIT Ideas Global Challenge Advisory Board and the Bretton Woods Committee, and is an alumna of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program. She continues to be recognized for her impact in the field and CR Magazine lauded her as a CR Superstar in 2014.
Deirdre drives the discussion of new strategies for global engagement and has been a featured speaker at the Shared Value Leadership Summit, Wharton Africa Business Forum, Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network, and US Department of Commerce’s Discover Global Markets. She has served for multiple years as regional judge for the HULT Prize, a competition dedicated to launching the world's next wave of social entrepreneurs. Previously, Deirdre was co-facilitator of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Employee Engagement Action Network. She also participated in Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Initiative and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread’s Leadership Forum for Global Citizen Diplomacy.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface, Inc.Read more
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Erin gives voice to Interface’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with its aggressive sustainability vision established more than 20 years ago. Today, Interface has evolved its thinking to go beyond doing less harm to creating positive impacts, not just for Interface and the flooring industry, but for the world at large.
Erin led the company to unveil a new mission in 2016 – Climate Take Back, tackling the single biggest threat facing humanity: global climate change. This mission is focused on creating a path for Interface and others to reverse global warming, not just reduce carbon emissions.
As CSO, Erin leads a global team that provides technical assistance and support to this audacious goal and the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team also develop industry-leading approaches to measurement, driving transparency and innovation in the field of sustainability, while also capturing successes as the company nears its Mission Zero targets in 2020.
Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Conscious Capitalism and others, and to business audiences around the world in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and Europe.
In addition, she participated in forums during the COP21 climate talks in Paris, and has served as a guest faculty member at Harvard University for the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program. She also serves on the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program advisory board for the Vermont Grossman School of Business.
Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.
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CEO, KEMET CorporationRead more
Mr. Loof joined KEMET Corporation (NYSE:KEM) on April 4, 2005, as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Loof also serves as Chairman of the Board for NEC/Tokin, a Joint Venture between NEC Corporation in Tokyo, Japan and KEMET Corporation.
Prior to joining KEMET, Loof was Managing Partner with The QuanStar Group, a Strategic Management Consulting Firm in New York City.
Loof is past President and Chief Executive Officer of Sensormatic Electronics Corporation, the world’s leader in electronic security. He led the organization through a difficult turnaround and managed its successful acquisition by Tyco.
Prior to joining Sensormatic in 1999, he was Senior Vice President of NCR's Financial Solutions Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the retail financial services industry. Loof reported to NCR Chairman.
He holds a degree (MSc) in Economics and Business from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has been awarded a U.S. Patent.
Since 1999, Loof and his family have resided in Florida, and is active in many civic and charitable organizations, including: Member of the Board of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children headquartered in Washington DC, member of the Board of Governors for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a Livery man and Freeman of the City of London, and a Founding Member of the Guild of Security Professionals, City of London.
Per Loof has served as Consul of Sweden for the State of Florida since he received his exequatur from the US State Department on January 18th, 2006. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 in the Carolinas and the South Florida Business Journal 2012 Broward Ultimate CEO. Most recently, Mr. Loof was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Founded in 1919, it is the world's oldest such academy and promotes the exchange of knowledge throughout science and business in Sweden and internationally.
Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing, ActiamRead more
Dennis is head of Responsible Investing/ESG research within ACTIAM. ACTIAM is the responsible fund and asset manager, with € 56 billion in assets under management. The responsible overlay, provided by Dennis’ team, is applicable to all the AuM. ACTIAM employs over 130 people, offering a comprehensive range of investment funds and solutions, from index investing to impact investing. Since his start at ACTIAM, Dennis and his team changed the responsible strategy and provided focus on relevant theme’s and trends. Starting from the point that ESG factors should be drivers for either downscaling risk or improving the financial performance. To be able to do so, it is extremely important to measure the factors that can attribute to the goal, following a rigorous and scrupulous selection process, engagement- and voting policy. One of the reasons why ACTIAM joined force in the PCAF and won the first international Climate Award.
Prior to his current role Dennis was responsible for the investments of Zwitserleven (an insurance company specialized in pensions), focusing on investment strategy, lifecycle construction and asset and liability management. There Dennis learned about the value of ESG factors into the investment process and the positive impact on risk and return. He also held several senior investments roles at SNS Mutual Funds and Rabobank.
Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, FlexRead more
Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. In 2013 he joined Flex, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's social and environmental responsibility initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on sustainability and EH&S matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and facilitation of the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Flex was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) and Bruce recently served as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization.
Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials' worldwide operations. Among other efforts, Bruce created a safety culture initiative that helped reduce injury rates continuously over a seven-year timeframe. He developed Applied's high-level sustainability policy and guiding principles, published the company's first non-financial external reports, initiated an award-winning product energy efficiency strategy and led the formation of a social and environmental supply chain program. A highly effective communicator and team leader, Bruce served as the principal spokesperson for Applied's sustainability programs and played a key role in numerous industry and professional development efforts.
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce began his legal career as a California Deputy Attorney General, representing various state agencies, including the Water Resources Control Board, the Air Resources Board, Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife and others. Bruce also practiced law for a number of years with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a top 100 U.S. law firm. Among his specialties, Bruce was a recognized expert in transactional due diligence. Bruce continues to be a member in good standing with the California Bar.
Bruce has been active with numerous organizations in leadership roles, e.g. Sustainable Silicon Valley (Advisor); Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Executive Advisor); Acterra (Board Member); Association of Climate Change Officers (Advisor); State Bar Environmental Law Section (former Chair and Advisor); Presidio Graduate School (Expert in Residence).
Bruce received a B.S. from Tufts University and his law degree from the University of California- Davis. Bruce has also been certified in Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (Level I) by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and as a Sustainability Associate by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
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Chairman and CEO, AquafilRead more
Giulio Bonazzi is the chairman and CEO of Aquafil SpA. Mr. Bonazzi started working in the commercial and technical divisions of Aquafil in 1987, and quickly became a key leadership figure in the family business, growing his small family-run nylon-6 manufacturing business into a successful global enterprise. Before becoming Chairman of the Aquafil Group in 2008, Mr. Bonazzi served as vice-chairman for 10 years. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Bonazzi is not afraid to take risks to see his company evolve and grow. Under his fierce dedication and leadership vision, Aquafil SpA has become an important sustainability leader and a key driver within the synthetic textile industry, with 15 plants in eight countries across three continents. In 2011, Mr. Bonazzi was honored with the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in the Industrial Products category for his entrepreneurial excellence and leadership ability in expanding Aquafil SpA globally.
Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact, ZendeskRead more
Tiffany Apczynski is vice president of public policy and social impact at Zendesk and the executive director of the Zendesk Neighbor Foundation. She joined the company in 2010 as one of the company's earliest hires.
Tiffany is best known for drafting and executing the city and county of San Francisco's very first Community Benefits Agreement, a controversial section of legislation tied to a tax incentive for pre-IPO tech companies. Zendesk's inaugural agreement, which requires that employees perform a checklist of tasks to improve the neighborhood in order to receive a six-year break from city payroll taxes, has been held up by the city as the "gold standard" and was distributed to other tech companies as the model to follow. This agreement then became the framework upon which Zendesk's global social responsibility strategy was drafted.
Under Tiffany’s leadership, Zendesk has won several awards, including the 2015 "Grantmaker of the Year Award" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times in both 2015 and 2014 as a Top Corporate Philanthropist.
Vice President - Environmental Affairs, Horsehead CorporationRead more
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CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarmsRead more
David, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. Recognized for its sustainable food production model, AeroFarms has been named a Circular Economy 100 company, won the World Technology Award for most impactful Environmental Company, was voted Most Innovative Company at the Future of Agriculture conference, the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference, and was a finalist for The Circular Awards. David is also the founder of Hycrete, Inc., a nanotechnology cleantech company. David is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) where he is honored as a Young Global Leader and was a Technology Pioneer for his nanotech company. At WEF he Co-Chairs the YGL Circular Economy Taskforce and is also a Co-Lead for Technology and Innovation Group of The Transformational Leaders in Agriculture and was previously a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security. David is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20. David is also a member of Young Presidents Organization. David is an annual lecturer at Columbia Business School and a former adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.
Director, Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility, HPRead more
Annukka Dickens leads HP’s Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility team. She is responsible for driving the overall vision and strategy of the company’s supply chain social responsibility program, including supplier environmental performance and fair and ethical treatment of workers. She manages end-to-end supplier assessments, auditing, continuous improvement processes and capability-building programs. HP’s supply chain responsibility program is built on principles of respecting human rights, empowering workers and improving supplier environmental performance across one of the largest supply chains in the IT industry.
Annukka joined HP’s Sustainability function in 2000 and during this time she has lived and worked in 4 different continents leading social and environmental responsibility compliance, market access, and customer and partner engagement programs impacting supply chain operations, product design, packaging and product recycling. Annukka has extensive experience working with multi-stakeholder groups, including government, industry and civil society, addressing broad sustainability issues in the electronics industry.
Annukka serves in the Advisory Board for Social Accountability International (SAI). SAI is an international non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to improving workplaces and communities by developing and implementing socially responsible standards. Annukka was born in Finland and now lives in California, US. She holds an Environmental Engineering (BEng.) degree from Finland and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Environmental Strategy from the University of Surrey in the UK.
Vice President, Supply Chain Sustainability, DellRead more
Jennifer Allison has 20+ years’ experience developing and leading strategic communication programs for agency and Fortune 500 companies. She’s worked in technology, consumer goods, retail, fashion and healthcare industries. She joined Dell in 2006 to lead executive and employee communication teams focused on a number of Dell’s business units and functional organizations. In 2014, she served as the Vice Chairman’s chief of staff responsible for progressing the organization’s strategy. Today, she leads Supply Chain Sustainability and oversees Dell’s efforts to deliver a responsible and diverse supply chain. She lives in Austin with her husband, Ted, and their two Australian shepherds.
Vice President, IBM Global Citizenship InitiativesRead more
Jennifer Ryan Crozier is IBM's Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives. Under her leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as a trailblazer in corporate citizenship and praised for its innovative approaches to citizen diplomacy; service as leadership development; and applying technology and data analytics to address pressing social and environmental challenges around the world.
Ms. Crozier leads a broad portfolio of philanthropic initiatives that provide grants of IBM technology and talent to communities around the world. She pioneered the model of immersive pro bono service programs at IBM, which deploy teams of IBM’s top talent to tackle strategic challenges with nonprofit and government partners around the world, including the U.S. Peace Corps, Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative, and the American Cancer Society. Since 2008, over 4000 IBM employees have served on hundreds of projects in over 40 countries through IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, Smarter Cities Challenge and Health Corps programs - addressing urban challenges, health disparities, environmental sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and many other issues. The impact of these programs has been recognized by Harvard Business School, the White House, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, as well as New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. IBM has advised many other companies on developing service programs modeled after these initiatives.
Ms. Crozier also leads IBM’s World Community Grid –a crowdsourced virtual supercomputer that has powered billions of virtual experiments on behalf of partner scientists. More than 720,000 volunteers across 80 countries have provided researchers with free computing power worth over $500 million through World Community Grid, enabling important advances in health and sustainability research and earning recognition from the White House, SXSW and the Webby Awards.
Under her leadership, IBM also created Supplier Connection, a cloud-based platform that helps small businesses access the supply chains of Fortune 500 companies. Since 2010, it has guided over $2.4B in contracts to more than 100 businesses across the US, and its impact has been recognized by Harvard Business Review and the Minority Business Development Association.
Prior to joining IBM's Corporate Citizenship division, Ms. Crozier spent a decade in various roles at IBM, including communications, public policy and market intelligence. She currently serves on the boards of the IBM International Foundation. A frequent author and speaker, her work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College and a M.A. in Linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook, and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.
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Director, Claims, Traceability, and Trademarks, Rainforest AllianceRead more
Kiku Loomis has been working for sustainable business and corporate social responsibility for over 15 years. She began her career as a consultant for World Monitors, advising companies on human rights and environmental responsibility. She was the interim executive director of Fair Factories Clearinghouse, which brought dozens of major brands together together to address the problems of responsible manufacturing by leveraging technology in innovative ways. As the director of Licensing and Operations, at PVH she oversaw responsible manufacturing for brands including Calvin Klein, Bass, and Izod. Loomis has a degree in Anthropology from Princeton University and earned an MBA from INSEAD. www.rainforest-alliance.org
Executive Manager, ChainPointRead more
Dr. Alexander Ellebrecht is Business Development Manager and Executive Manager of ChainPoint, a leading software supplier for sustainable sourcing and supply chain solutions. Alexander is also a guest lecturer at the University of Bonn on the field of Precision Farming. “With ChainPoint’s software platform, our customers monitor and secure their supply chains by connecting systems and sharing information. With ChainPoint, stakeholders can collaborate effectively and sustainably.” www.chainpoint.com.
Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North AmericaRead more
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VP Responsible Sourcing, Target CorporationRead more
Irene Quarshie is a vice president in Target Corporation’s global sourcing organization. She leads a global team of 300+ team members, and is responsible for product safety and quality assurance, product investigations and recall, and responsible sourcing. Her team’s purpose is to ensure Target’s vendors and suppliers operate efficient, safe and ethical factory environments where they can produce safe, reliable, high-quality products.
Previously, Irene was Target’s Director of Government Affairs where she oversaw all government affairs activities at state and local levels nationwide. She has held other leadership positions during her tenure at Target, including Senior Group Manager of Corporate Risk and Responsibility and Group Manager of Supplier Diversity.
Prior to Target, Irene spent five years as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and three years in the government affairs industry.
Among her many affiliations, Irene serves as on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her graduate paper on juvenile justice was published in A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems. She holds a B.A. in political science from Adelphi University and Master’s in Public Policy from American University.
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha InvestmentsRead more
Tim has over 25 years of experience as an investment professional. The bulk of his career was spent at Capital Research, which manages $1.3 Trillion in investment funds. At Capital, Tim was a Senior Vice President and one of the lead managers of Capital's largest and most successful funds including Growth Fund of America, Capital World Growth and Income Fund, and EuroPacific Growth Fund. Prior to being a fund manager, Tim was an equity analyst covering a diverse range of global sectors from consumer products to electrical equipment.
He also worked as an advisor to CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. He served as a Trustee of the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which overall is the leading investor in natural capital. Tim holds a BA ‘83 in International Relations from The College of William & Mary and a MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.
Division Vice President CSR and Product Integrity, Walgreen Co.Read more
Alain Turenne is currently Division Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility and Product Integrity for Walgreen Co. He leads Walgreens Corporate Social Responsibility journey and represents the division within the WBA CSR team. In October 2016 Walgreens Boots Alliance received the United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for its commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Turenne joined Walgreens in 2010 to lead the product quality and product safety platforms for the company’s retail operations. In his current capacity, he oversees the retail Food Safety and Product Safety programs and leads the full suite of Quality services for the division’s Own Brands and Global Sourcing portfolio, including Ethical Sourcing programs.
Turenne was previously with Kraft Foods for more than 20 years in multiple international roles spanning Quality, R&D, Operations and Procurement. He holds an MBA from New York University Stern Business School and a Chemical Engineering degree from Université de Montréal.
A native of Canada, Turenne has worked in Europe and the U.S.A. and currently resides in the Chicago area.
VP of Business Integration, Office of Sustainability, The Coca Cola CompanyRead more
Derk Hendriksen is a Dutch native who has worked at The Coca-Cola Company for 19 years in various marketing, general management and sustainability roles in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, the European Group and most recently at Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, USA. He currently is the Vice President of Business Integration in the Office of Sustainability where he looks after the planning, marketing and governance of The Coca-Cola Company’s priorities in running a Sustainable Business. He also is the General Manager for Coca-Cola’s EKOCENTER project, which aims to empower disadvantaged communities through social enterprise by delivering shared value to both society and business. In addition to his current role, his experience includes global strategy and planning for the Coca-Cola brand portfolio and marketing these brands and their reputation both globally and locally. He has also helped build ‘The Coca-Cola Way of Marketing’, The Coca-Cola Company’s proprietary approach to building some of the world’s strongest brands. Before joining Coca-Cola he worked at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Kimberly-Clark.
VP of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, BlackbaudRead more
Rachel Hutchisson is VP of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), responsible for global corporate social responsibility, leading the company’s 3,000 associates in efforts to serve and give professionally and personally. She is committed to the core philosophy that “good is for everyone,” championing positive change and inspiring individuals to integrate service into their development.
Rachel brings experience in marketing, brand communications, corporate culture and strategic relationships to her role. She built Blackbaud’s CSR program from the ground up, leveraging her deep experience working at the intersection of business and nonprofits.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of the Giving Institute (Giving USA), the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Learning to Give and the Coastal Community Foundation.
Corporate Communications Director, GOJO IndustriesRead more
Nicole Koharik serves as the Corporate Communications Director for GOJO Industries, a global leader in hygiene and healthy skin and the inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer. Koharik’s responsibilities at GOJO include corporate sustainability strategy, policies, goals and stakeholder engagement and reporting that help to advance GOJO global sustainability leadership. She also serves as the co-leader of the GOJO Enterprise Sustainability Governance Team, a cross-functional team accountable for the ongoing strategic governance and implementation process that ensures social, environmental and economic sustainability are critical components of GOJO business practices.
Koharik, who has been awarded for her work in advancing sustainability initiatives that drive results, is a regular conference presenter who shares her expertise on managing sustainability on a global scale and stakeholder engagement. Koharik has more than 15 years of marketing experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in applied communication and master’s degree in communications management.
Head of Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, USA & Canada, GRIRead more
Alyson Genovese is GRI’s Head of Corporate and Stakeholder Relations for the United States and Canada. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards for sustainability reporting and disclosure.
Alyson leads engagement with GRI’s North American network of sustainability reporting organizations, nonprofits, academic institutions, and investment organizations. This includes management of GRI’s GOLD Community network in the US and Canada. Alyson is an accomplished professional in the corporate and nonprofit sectors with more than 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.
Head of Global Services, EnhesaRead more
Rachel Degenhardt Karpovich is the Head of Global Services based in Washington, D.C. Rachel manages a team of client service professionals that aim to provide tailored and efficient support to Enhesa clients. With over six years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Rachel specializes in EHS corporate compliance programs in North America and Europe.
Rachel has published extensively on the topic of EHS in the United States and has participated as a speaker at numerous conferences, panels, and webinars.
Rachel received her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and also holds a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies and Political Science from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestle Waters North AmericaRead more
As the Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestle Waters North America, Nelson is responsible for the company’s multi-faceted sustainability strategies, including spearheading the advancement of corporate water stewardship. Through collaboration across sectors, Nelson is identifying solutions to complex environmental, social and governance challenges. Nelson has been a strategic advisor leading sustainable business solutions at PwC, Centrica plc NA and Royal Bank of Canada, giving him a broad perspective of global and local, public and private sector perspectives. Nelson resides in Toronto with his wife and children.
Director Worldwide Procurement & Packaging Engineering, DellRead more
As the Director of Packaging at Dell, Oliver’s global organization focuses on packaging design, strategic sourcing, technology commercialization, logistics, and fulfillment. He has brought fresh thinking to the packaging industry and created the engineering and business framework that has driven Dell’s revolutionary packaging innovations. Industry first innovations in bamboo, mushroom, wheat straw, and molded paper pulp packaging laid the foundation to substantially reduce reliance on traditional oil based plastic packaging while saving millions of dollars, maintaining quality, and creating the eco-aware supply chains that have pointed to the new Circular Economy.
His accomplishments have been recognized through the 2014 Brand Packaging Innovator of the Year; 2013 Packaging Visionary Award from Packaging Digest ; 2011 World Economic Council Low Carbon Award; 2013 & 2010 CHaINA Green Supply Chain Award among others. He is a frequent speaker with TEDx presentation and interviews in Forbes, the BBC, The Guardian, and China Central Television. He is a past member of Packaging Digest’ Editorial Advisory Board. Oliver holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Texas.
VP of Supply Chain, IntelRead more
Jackie Sturm is VP and General Manager of Intel’s multi-billion dollar Global Supply Management Group. Her organization is frequently recognized for high performance as winners of Intel’s prestigious Quality and Achievement Awards and was most recently cited by Gartner as #4 in its Top 25 Global Supply Chains. Jackie is a member of Intel's Ethics and Compliance Oversight Committee, and directs the Supply Chain Environmental and Social Governance program, which includes Intel's first-mover Conflict Minerals initiative.
Jackie is passionate about life in general, but particularly economic regeneration, sustainability and people. As a committed advocate of the criticality of value-added manufacturing, engineering and trade as the economic foundations of thriving societies, Jackie joined Hewlett Packard, Apple, and Intel, where she has held various positions, including CFO for Technology & Manufacturing. She was a founding member of Intel’s investment arm, Intel Capital. Jackie’s leadership focus is on talent and professional growth and she sponsors targeted advancement programs such as Women in Supply Chain Excellence to address challenges faced by women in technology.
Outside of work, Jackie is an avid hockey fan, and enjoys beekeeping, organic farming, baking and as much Zumba as possible to offset the effects of the baking.
Responsible Investment Officer, ACTIAMRead more
Kees Ouboter joined ACTIAM in august 2016 as a Responsible Investment Officer. He is responsible for developing impact measurement models for ACTIAM focus themes: water, climate and land. He is also responsible for the process of ESG integration in ACTIAM investment portfolios. Before joining ACTIAM he worked as analyst for True Price where he built impact models with social and environmental indicators. Kees holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam.
Director, Sustainability, BASFRead more
As Sustainability Director for BASF in North America, Charlene Wall-Warren leads a team working across the organization to bring BASF’s corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies, engaging employees, and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. Charlene’s roles over the last 24 years include project engineering, process and safety design for manufacturing facilities, business & strategy development, marketing communications, packaging, and life cycle assessment – touching industries as diverse as petrochemicals, construction, automotive, food, electronics and personal care. She has been a Board member for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and The Sustainability Consortium. She serves in advisory roles for Sustainable Brands, the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development’s National Materials Marketplace, CERES and the Green Sports Alliance. Charlene holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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