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The Responsible Business Summit West is bringing the best, most innovative and inspiring brands in responsible business together to truly deliver commercial and societal impact

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Bill Weihl

Bill Weihl

Director of Sustainability, Facebook

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Liz Maw

Liz Maw

CEO, Net Impact

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Davis Smith

Davis Smith

Founder & CEO, Cotopaxi

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Bruce Klafter

Bruce Klafter

Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Flex

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Anna Lisa Lukes

Anna Lisa Lukes

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, Golden State Foods

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Anna Lisa Lukes is director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Golden State Foods and executive director of GSF Foundation. As director of CSR, Anna Lisa directs and implements external and internal engagement plans to support GSF’s enterprise-wide strategy relating to the sustainability and community development. Among other objectives, she works with cross-functional operational, management and executive teams to reduce GSF’s carbon footprint from its fleet and facilities, achieve Zero Waste to Landfill, use green building strategies and incorporate renewable energy into the organization’s logistics and manufacturing divisions. As Executive Director of the GSF Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work, she oversees all operations, including strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational management, and collaborates with internal and external partners. Engaging a diverse team at GSF, Anna Lisa within her first year as executive director launched the Foundation’s food program which now raises awareness and funds for childhood hunger and secured a national partnership for one of the Foundation’s core programs. Anna Lisa has a passion for creating shared value and brings a unique set of skills to her work, including a background and experience in law, business management, program development and fundraising. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and an MBA (emphasis in Entrepreneurship) from Chapman University. Anna Lisa serves on the North American Logistics Council for Sustainability, working with all distributors in the supply chain of one of GSF’s customers to drive efforts to reduce carbon footprint and achieve Zero Waste to Landfill. Anna Lisa is active in her community and has served on various non-profit boards. She serves on Board of Challengers of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University, is an Executive Partner emeritus at the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation

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Dennis van der Putten

Dennis van der Putten

Head of ESG Research/Responsible Investing, Actiam

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Deirdre White

Deirdre White

CEO, Pyxera Global

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Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Director Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain

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Alexander Gershenson

Alexander Gershenson

CEO, SupplyShift

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Alexander Gershenson (PhD) combines over 15 years of experience in academia, consulting, and supply chain sustainability and responsibility, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of SupplyShift. SupplyShift is the next generation supply chain visibility, responsibility, and optimization platform that ensures that customers from a variety of industries are able to understand and improve supplier performance, and gain unique insight into the total supply chain. As brands recognize the need for greater visibility into their supply chains for purposes of traceability, risk assessment, and supplier collaboration, they increasingly need more sophisticated tools like SupplyShift to achieve their goals. Alex is passionate about driving SupplyShift to solve global supply chain problems in the areas of environmental and social responsibility, and helping companies develop more resilient, sustainable, and efficient supply chains. Prior to his work at SupplyShift Alex co-founded an environmental consultancy, EcoShift Consulting, and was a professor at San Jose State University.

Betsy Henning

Betsy Henning

CEO and Founder, AHA

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Cecily Joseph

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Symantec

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Nelson Switzer

Nelson Switzer

Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America

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Marcel Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs

Director supplier sustainability, Philips Group Procurement

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In his current role as director supplier sustainability he is working within Philips’ Group Procurement and managing specific programs on Supplier Sustainability Performance, Circular Economy, Due Diligence and communications. In January 2014 he joined Philips again, and the main reason for that is the fact that he can drive sustainable innovation to the next level at Philips. Setting ambitious targets in Philips 2020 program requires a challenging supplier sustainability strategy and desires implementation in close collaboration with key stakeholders and partners. Between 2007 and the end of 2013 he worked at Office Depot Europe in the role of Sr. Manager Sustainability Europe. In this role he created various tools for example a supply chain risk model based on environmental and social/ethical aspects to support procurement and supply chain identifying hotspots as well as opportunities beyond tier one suppliers. Another example was a green product identification and reporting tool that supported sales and marketing to increase value add and increase transparency towards customers on identifying green office products. Since 2002 he is active in the sustainability arena when he switched within the Philips group and became sustainability officer within Philips Lighting. In this role he was responsible to manage on a global level green product identification in close cooperation with R&D and marketing departments, continuation of Philips’ EcoDesign program, manage and maintenance of the green Flagship program supporting the ‘green Switch’ campaign, developed and implemented supplier sustainability within Philips Lighting and secured RoHS compliance of outsourced Lighting products between 2005 and 2006.

brendon_steele

Brendon Steele

Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future500

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John D. Edelman

John D. Edelman

Managing Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman

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Chris Fox

Chris Fox

VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hanesbrands Inc

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Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson

Chief B Keeper, B Lab

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Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman

Chair of the advisory board, Global Witness;
Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy

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Matt Horton

Matt Horton

Chief Commercial Officer, Proterra

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Horton brings a broad range of experience in transportation, operations, and finance to his role as Chief Commercial Officer. For Proterra, he oversees the end-to-end customer lifecycle for the rapidly growing number of municipal, university and commercial transit agencies deploying Proterra's battery-electric buses throughout North America. Since joining in 2014, Horton has helped establish the company as the leading innovator in the electric mass transportation industry. In 2016 alone, Horton helped Proterra achieve more than 225% sales growth, a number that is expected to continue to grow in 2017 as the company expands in different infrastructure categories like airports, universities, corporate enterprises, national parks and ski resorts.

 

Prior to joining Proterra, Horton most recently served as CEO of Propel Fuels, Inc., a leading clean transportation company. Matt led Propel through a period of high growth, earning Propel a spot on the Inc 500 as one of America’s fastest growing companies. While there he was responsible for strategy and planning, government relations, operational execution, financial management, investor relations, communications, partnerships, and corporate development. Horton is an experienced company builder with a passion for growing sustainable businesses. 

Sam Polk

Sam Polk

Co-Founder and CEO, Everytable

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Sam is the Co-founder and the CEO of Everytable. He’s also the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Groceryships. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street. Sam’s memoir, For The Love of Money, was published in July 2016 by Scribner. Sam grew up in LA and witnessed the city’s inequality while helping his mom run homeless medical clinics in Skid Row. Years later, after noticing families in low-income areas struggling with access to healthy food, he started Groceryships, a non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. He is a graduate of Columbia University. Favorite food: Apple fritters.

Natalie Zerial

Natalie Zerial

Senior Manager, Human Rights, UN Global Compact

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Diane Wakeley Solinger

Diane Wakeley Solinger

Director, Google.org, Googler Giving

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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.

Kate E. Brandt

Kate E. Brandt

Lead for Sustainability, Google

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Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations and products. In this role, Kate coordinates with Google’s data centers, real estate, supply chain, and product teams to ensure the company is capitalizing on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability and circular economy.

Previously Kate served as the Nation's first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she was responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services.

Prior to the White House, Kate held several senior roles in U.S. Federal Government including Senior Advisor at the Department of Energy, Director for Energy and Environment in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, and Energy Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.

Kate serves on the boards of BSR, The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, The Roosevelt Institute, and Planet Forward. Kate received a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She graduated with honors from Brown University.

Michael Kobori

Michael Kobori

Vice-President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.

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Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001.

He developed and leads the company’s sustainability strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into all global functions and regional businesses and open sourcing the company’s sustainability innovations to the rest of the industry.

Under Michael’s tenure, Levi Strauss & Co. has been an industry leader in sustainability, pioneering initiatives such as rollout of Water<Less production techniques reducing water use by over 1 billion liters to date; growth of Better Cotton to 21% of all the company’s cotton usage; development of a hazard-based Screened Chemistry Framework; expansion of Worker Well-being programs to over 100,000 workers; and placement of Care for the Planet™ labels on all products.

Mr. Kobori is a Director of the Cotton Board and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. He serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, President’s Leadership Council of The Asia Foundation, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.

Michael holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Asian Studies.

Patsy Doerr

Patsy Doerr

Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

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Tiffany Apczynski

Tiffany Apczynski

Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact, Zendesk

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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.

Timothy P. Dunn

Timothy P. Dunn

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha Investments

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Terra Alpha Investments is a mission-based investment firm founded in 2014. Terra Alpha manages a global equity fund that incorporates Environmental Productivity practices into its investment decision-making and advocates for the broad use of natural resource efficiency measures to shift our economy to a sustainable basis.

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.

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.

Jennifer Silberman

Jennifer Silberman

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer, Target

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John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr

John J. Kotlarczyk, Jr., CCEP, CIPP/US

Global Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

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John Kotlarczyk, Jr. is global director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Waste Reduction, for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which employs more than 400,000 colleagues operating in over 25 countries. He was appointed to this role in 2016 and is responsible for developing and leading the strategic direction for WBA’s worldwide waste and recycling initiatives, identifying and sharing best management practices in waste and recycling across WBA, developing innovative solutions to waste and recycling concerns in stores and support center sites, and working with vendor & business partners to ensure the advancement of WBA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) waste reduction initiatives.

Kotlarczyk first joined Walgreens in 2010 as director, Compliance–Retail, where he was responsible for assisting retail and pharmacy operations management teams with compliance-related issues ranging from environmental programs to all other areas that undergo inspections from various regulatory agencies. Walgreens operates more than 8,000 store locations—over 400 of which incorporate in-store health clinics, and 28 distribution centers. He led Walgreens environmental compliance efforts, including creating and leading its field compliance team, which provided environmental and operational compliance subject matter expertise, and conducted and reported on monitoring reviews. In 2015, he was appointed director, Environmental, Supply Chain and Pharmacy Compliance, where he focused on Walgreens supply chain network, pharmacy, and environmental and waste compliance programs until appointment to his current WBA position. 

He is directly responsible for developing Walgreens Supply Chain “Zero Waste to Landfill” program in use at some Walgreens distribution centers and is the strategic leader of waste and recycling efforts at WBA’s retail, warehouse, and corporate support center sites. In addition, he has taught and trained Walgreens team members throughout all its business units and locations in retail, healthcare and environmental compliance programs.

With more than 25 years of environmental, retail, and healthcare experience, Kotlarczyk also held management positions with Walmart/Sam’s Club; Affiliated Computer Services–A Xerox Company; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network. He was a healthcare fraud investigator for both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a private insurance company.

Kotlarczyk received his bachelor of science degree in Criminology/Business Administration from Indiana State University. He has earned these certifications: OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification, and Certified Food Safety Managers (CFSM). He also has completed advanced training in hazardous/toxic waste management, and interview and interrogation techniques.

In addition to being a leader and founding member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s project, “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy,” Kotlarczyk is an active member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He also serves as the current president of the Cary Youth Sports Association (CYSA), Cary, Ill.

Sean Grundy

Sean Grundy

Co-Founder & CEO, Bevi

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Sean Grundy is Co-Founder and CEO of Bevi. Prior to founding Bevi in 2013, he worked in water conservation at an environmental non-profit organization in the US and China. He has an MBA from MIT and a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University.

Bevi is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the country, with over 1,000% growth in 2016, and has raised $27M in venture capital

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown

Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative

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Jessica Brown is Associate Director at CPI and supports CPI’s work on global climate finance. Jessica previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department where she led all international climate finance negotiations on behalf of the United States government. Before that, she served as a Research Fellow for the Overseas Development Institute, where she focused her research on measuring, tracking, and assessing the effectiveness of international climate finance flows. Jessica has also worked at California Environmental Associates where she designed and evaluated environmental programs for private, philanthropic, and non-governmental clients. Jessica is an internationally recognized expert and policy maker with 15 years of experience in environmental and climate change research, analysis and consulting.

Jessica holds a Masters in International Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Environmental Policy from Columbia University.

Colleen Vien

Colleen Vien

Sustainability Director, Timberland

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Colleen Vien is Timberland’s sustainability director and is responsible for setting strategic direction globally, focused on product and climate sustainability, enrichment programs for our partner factory workers and community and employee engagement. This includes internal and external stakeholder engagement, public relation and transparency communications and NGO relationship management.

Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005 and prior to being promoted to sustainability director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program. Colleen’s experience leading the global Supplier Sustainability team and her ability to align and influence many in the leadership team and across businesses, along with her strong commitment to Timberland’s values are further leveraged in this new role. Colleen reports directly to the president of Timberland with dotted line to VF Corporation’s sustainability director.

Prior to working at Timberland, Colleen was the corporate compliance liason manager at TYCO Engineered Products and Services where she coordinated compliance risk assessments throughout the organization. Prior to joining TYCO, Colleen served as director of compliance for Apogent Technologies Inc. and was responsible for developing, directing and implementing the company’s global ethics, business conduct and legal compliance program.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin.

Ryland Devero

Ryland Devero

Head of Digital Strategy, Nothing But Nets, UN Foundation

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Matt Petersen

Matt Petersen

President & CEO, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

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Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August 2013. As L.A.’s first CSO, Petersen was the chief architect of the Sustainable City pLAn which is a roadmap for a L.A. and helped create the Climate Mayors.

Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.

Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.

David Tulauskas

David Tulauskas

Sustainability Director, General Motors

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As sustainability director, David Tulauskas develops GM’s sustainability strategy and ensures alignment with its business model. Activities include collaborating with various functions to embed sustainability into processes; sustainability reporting; and identifying KPIs for business planning.

Tulauskas joined GM in 1991 and has worked in areas such as environmental and facilities engineering, government relations, and product development. He spent nearly half his career in Asia and led the launch of Cadillac vehicles in China. 

Tulauskas earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan, a master’s in civil/environmental engineering from Wayne State University and an International Executive MBA from Rutgers State University.

Melodie Kinet

Mélodie Kinet

Director of Business Development, Samasource

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Mélodie Kinet is Business Development Director at Samasource, the social enterprise that pioneered impact sourcing, which connects people living in poverty to digital work. In her role, Mélodie adapts Sama's impact measurement tool for companies to measure and deepen their CSR strategies and implement impact sourcing along their supply chain using our Give Work Guide. With a background in public health, her career spans global development work with UN agencies and refugee programs, healthcare consulting in process improvement, and health tech operations in developing markets. Mélodie holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, and a Masters in Public Health and MBA from Johns Hopkins.

Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, Ranking Digital Rights project

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Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, evaluating internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their respect for users’ privacy, security and freedom of expression. She is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices and author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom. She is on the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon was CNN’s Bureau Chief and correspondent in China and Japan between 1998-2004.  She has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein and Berkman Centers, the Open Society Foundations, and Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. She received her ABmagna cum laude from Harvard University, was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and currently lives in Washington DC.

Annukka Dickens

Annukka Dickens

Director, Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility, HP

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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 (international non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to improving workplaces by implementing socially responsible standards), in the Design Team of Green America’s Clean Electronics Production Network (multi- stakeholder innovation network with a mission to move towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process) and as the Chair of the Responsible Labor Initiate Steering Committee (initiative focused responsible recruitment in global supply chains).

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.

Katie S. Ellis

Katie S. Ellis

Executive Director, Opus Community Foundation

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Nicola J. Acutt

Nicola J. Acutt

Vice President, Sustainability Strategy, VMware

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Nicola J. Acutt, Ph.D., is Vice President, Sustainability Strategy, in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Nicola is a change maker, thought leader and strategist whose leadership experience spans business, government and nonprofits. Responsible for sustainability across operations, product and people, Nicola is passionate about a business focused approach to corporate sustainability strategy. Hired in 2010 to launch the VMware Foundation, Nicola implemented a novel approach that calls upon the company's 18,000-plus global employees as “citizen philanthropists” to shape the direction of VMware’s corporate giving. In 2014, she assumed additional responsibility as Vice President for Global Community Affairs, chartered with leading an effort to revitalize the company’s values and employee experience. This work culminated in VMware being named one of the Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the first time in 2015. Nicola now leads VMware’s Sustainability Strategy focusing on the company's product impact as well as stronger operational efficiency and performance. Prior to joining VMware, Nicola was a faculty member of the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, where she led Curriculum Development and rose to rank of Associate Dean. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant to the South African Government on natural resource policy and, as a Ph.D. candidate, undertook research at the Center for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment in the UK. Originally from South Africa, Nicola received a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia in the UK, and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson

Contributor, Forbes

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Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Triple Pundit and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD Women, TOA Berlin, and Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy's Summit. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter.

Currently, Susan invests in, and advises women-led technology start-ups, including ZADYTheLi.stLover.lyNews DeeplyHint WaterApoliticalArlo SkyeGoldBean and The Muse.  She serves on the boards of USA for UNHCRGirl RisingThe PVBLIC Foundation and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and previously served on the board of Bpeace. Additionally, she serves as an adviser to several nonprofits, including Girls Who Code, She’s The First, The Adventure Project, and The OpEd Project. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and was named as one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Fortune's 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, Elle Magazine's Top 25 Women on Twitter and Fast Company's 25 Smartest Women of Twitter. 

Ravi Mikkelsen

Ravi Mikkelsen

Co-Founder & CEO, CleanWeb

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Nicolette van Exel

Nicolette van Exel

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Intuit

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Abhishek Humbad

Abhishek Humbad

Founder & Co-CEO, Goodera

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Richa Bajpai

Richa Bajpai

Founder & Co-CEO, Goodera

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