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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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Olivia Khalili

Olivia Khalili

Director, Yahoo For Good, Yahoo

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Rob Bernard

Rob Bernard

Chief Environmentalist Strategist, Microsoft Corporation

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Liz Maw

Liz Maw

CEO, Net Impact

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David Golden

David Golden

Chief Sustainability Officer, Eastman

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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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Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, ICTI Care

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Mark Robertson is Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at ICTI CARE and has been with the organization since August 2015. Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of the stakeholder and communications teams. He leads on a varied program of work to promote ICTI CARE globally, as well as content production and thought leadership activities.

Mark is passionate about sustainability and firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses.

Before joining ICTI CARE Mark was Head of Marketing & Communications at Sedex Global where he led Sedex’s global communication team and managed all aspects of the organization’s press, Public Relations and marketing work. Prior to this, he was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS where he provided communications leadership, strategic thinking and creative ideas which established EIRIS as a global thought leader.

Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM).

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Director Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain

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Thomas Odenwald

Thomas Odenwald

EVP, SupplyShift

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Anita Househam

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability & Decent Work, 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, Inc.

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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.

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