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An Unrivaled Speaker Line-up for 2020

Gilbert Ghostine
Firmenich

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO

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Marilyn Ceci
JP Morgan

Marilyn Ceci

Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds

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Gerald Evans
Hanesbrands

Gerald Evans

CEO

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Gerald Evans was elected chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 after successfully guiding company operations in executive positions since the company’s spin off in 2006. He served as HanesBrands chief operating officer from 2013 until his election as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He was appointed a board director in June 2016.

Mr. Evans has directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided commercial and supply chain operations through significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with approximately 70,000 employees. He has overseen omnichannel expansion and significant brand building for such iconic consumer favorites as Hanes and Champion; integration of more than a half-dozen commercial acquisitions; pioneering product and process innovation; and creation of a distinctive competitive advantage with a low-cost global supply chain balanced between the Western Hemisphere and Asia that produces the significant majority of the company’s products in company-owned manufacturing facilities.

Mr. Evans has led the rapid growth of the company’s international commercial operations, increasing the international contribution to overall net sales from approximately 10 percent to more than 30 percent, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in both the Innerwear and Activewear business segments.

Through the company’s acquisition strategy, Mr. Evans has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio of leading brands to include Alternative and Gear for Sports in the United States; Maidenform in the United States and Europe; Champion, DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra and Lovable in Europe; and Bonds and Bras N Things in Australia. Today, the company holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position for underwear, intimate apparel or hosiery in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry with a proven global track record in marketing, sales and general management positions spanning the HanesBrands organization and its predecessor companies. Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Mr. Evans was co-chief operating officer of Hanes from 2011 to 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president International, from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Evans joined Hanes in 1983 as a member of the L’eggs marketing organization.

Evans earned a B.S. degree in marketing and an MBA at the University of South Carolina.

Mary Jane Melendez
General Mills

Mary Jane Melendez

Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer; President, General Mills Foundation

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Hervé Duteil
BNP Paribas

Hervé Duteil

Chief Sustainability Officer, Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance & CSR, Americas

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Hervé P. Duteil created the position of Chief Sustainability Officer for BNP Paribas in the Americas in 2014. In this role, he leads the Bank’s regional strategy for Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Finance, and Company Engagement, bringing in particular a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability topics and the development tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products. In 2018, he was selected by Euromoney as one of the 10 “champions of global impact banking”.

Hervé has spent most of his career with BNP Paribas in New York. For over two decades, he specialized in trading derivatives and managing capital market activities, spanning across commodity, currency, fixed income and electronic markets. More recently, he led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bond for the benefit of the State of Connecticut, followed by a second one with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide quality employment to veterans suffering from service-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

Beyond his role to promote the bank’s business growth in sustainable finance, Hervé serves as brand ambassador and thought leader through external speaking engagements and networks around the topic of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He has developed a passion to relentlessly focus organizations on developing business solutions addressing societal challenges, and his narrative regularly seeks to inspire both leaders and employees to connect the core of their work to their highest ideals of making the world a better place.

Hervé holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris, as well as various certificates from the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Amy Senter
Kellogg Company

Amy Senter

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Olivier Guersent
European Commission

Olivier Guersent

Director General, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union,

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Olivier Guersent is the Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, a position he has held since September 2015. Previously, Guersent was Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union from 2014 to 2015, and head of the private office of Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, from 2010 to 2014. He joined the European Commission in 1992, and successively alternated between positions in the private offices of various European Commissioners and the Directorate-General for Competition. From 1984 to 1992, Guersent served the French Ministry of Economy and Finance under the French Competition Authority as an investigator. He holds a degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.

Alan Armstrong
Williams

Alan Armstrong

CEO

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Alan Armstrong became president and chief executive officer of Williams in January 2011. During his tenure, Williams has expanded its reach, currently touching about 30 percent of all U.S. natural gas volumes, through gathering, processing, transportation and storage services. Prior to being named CEO, Armstrong led the Company’s North American midstream and olefins businesses through a period of growth and expansion as Senior Vice President – Midstream. Previously, Mr. Armstrong served as Vice President of Gathering and Processing from 1999 to 2002; Vice President of Commercial Development from 1998 to 1999; Vice President of Retail Energy Services from 1997 to 1998 and Director of Commercial Operations for the company’s midstream business in the Gulf Coast region from 1995 to 1997. He joined Williams in 1986 as an engineer.


David Rosenberg
Aerofarms

David Rosenberg

Co-Founder & CEO

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David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a mission-driven company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments.

AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, was listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and was voted as the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in addition to being a finalist for The Circular Awards at the World Economic Forum. Most recently, AeroFarms received the inaugural Global SDG Award for Zero Hunger as well as being named a THRIVE Top 50 leading AgTech company.

David dedicates his time to a number of local and international organizations. As a member of the World Economic Forum, David co-chairs the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce and is a member of the WEF Global IoT Council. David is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center – a prominent U.S. interactive science museum. David was also privileged to co-chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee. In 2018, David was honored as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage).

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.

Rebecca Lucore
Covestro

Rebecca Lucore

Head of Sustainability and CSR

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Stephen Gottesfeld
Newmont Goldcorp

Stephen Gottesfeld

EVP, Chief Sustainability and External Affairs Officer

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Jenny Flores
Bank of the West

Jenny Flores

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Jenny Flores is the Senior Vice President Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Bank of the West and oversees the company’s philanthropic investments, employee engagement and corporate citizenship initiatives. She manages a national team of professionals dedicated to ensuring the Bank delivers high impact programs, products and services focused on key CSR areas supporting young people, entrepreneurs, energy transition and local community needs.

Prior to Bank of the West, Jenny served as the Community Development Director for Citi in Northern California. Earlier in her career, she was Executive Director of the Congress of California Seniors, a statewide organization dedicated to assisting seniors and low-income families on issues of health care, affordable housing, transportation, technology, and consumer protection. Her background also includes advancing legislative initiatives through her position with the Greenlining Institute and work in the California State Legislature.

Among her numerous professional and civic affiliations, Jenny has served on over a dozen non-profit boards and committees in various leadership capacities including Board Chair, Governance Committee Chair, and Audit Committee Chair. Currently, Jenny serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. and is the Chair of the Northwestern Regional Board of Operation Hope, Inc.

In addition to her volunteer experience, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business twice by the San Francisco Business Times in 2016 and 2018. In 2017, Jenny was awarded “Top 40 under 40” also from the San Francisco Business Times. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from the FW Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College located in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


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Evan Van Hook
Honeywell

Evan Van Hook

Corporate V.P. Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability

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Evan has led Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship & Sustainability for Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 Company, since 2004.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, and is both a former partner at Sidley & Austin and Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  He is on the Boards of  NTESS, LLC. and the Housatonic Valley Association.  He has lectured on International Environmental Law at Columbia Law School and the United Nations ITR, and was a credentialed observer at UN FCCC COP 23 and COP 24.  He has authored numerous articles on environmental topics, and is the co-author of International Environmental Law: A Case Study Analysis, forthcoming from Routledge in November, 2019.

Jodie Gunzberg
Graystone Consulting, A Business of Morgan Stanley

Jodie Gunzberg

Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist

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Jodie M. Gunzberg is Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Graystone Consulting.  Jodie is an industry veteran and well-respected investment strategist with more than 20 years of asset management and consulting experience.  In her role, Jodie is responsible for providing access to the vast intellectual capital of Morgan Stanley as well as communicating Morgan Stanley’s market views and investment strategies to our institutional clients and prospects. She also leads the development of institutionally-focused original thought leadership and intellectual capital and partners with Graystone Financial Advisor teams in business development and ongoing client relationship management efforts. 

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jodie was Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equities at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) where she was responsible for the product management of S&P DJI’s U.S. Equity indices, including the S&P 500® and The Dow®, also serving as the spokesperson and product strategist for the indices. She joined S&P DJI in 2010 as Director of Commodities product management.

Previously, Jodie spent several years in investment consulting at Ibbotson and Morningstar, and was the chief investment strategist for Marco Consulting, where she advised roughly 350 Taft-Hartley plans with USD 85 billion in assets. Jodie started her career as an actuarial associate at New York Life Insurance Company and subsequently worked as a quantitative analyst and portfolio manager on the buy-side. She managed real estate at Equity Office Properties, fixed income at ABN AMRO Asset Management, and equities and hedge funds at Driehaus Capital Management and Aragon Global.

Jodie is a CFA charterholder, as well as a member and curriculum consultant of the CFA Institute. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for NYSSA and CFA Chicago. Jodie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance of Hofstra University and the Editorial Advisory Board for J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Emory University.

Kevin Eckerle
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Kevin Eckerle

Director, Corporate Research & Engagement

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Kevin is a Senior Research Scholar and the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, where he uses his more than 13 years’ experience working with private and public organizations to develop and implement transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability strategist with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), working with corporate, government and non-profit clients to embed sustainability. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin served in the U.S. Senate as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he oversaw several of the nation’s largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, and is the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds.

He earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

Nathan Truitt
Forest Foundation

Nathan Truitt

Vice President Strategic Partnerships

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Nathan Truitt joined the staff of the American Forest Foundation in March 2013. As VP of Strategic Partnerships, he works with corporate and NGO partners to develop innovative solutions to engaging America’s family forest owners in climate mitigation, wildfire risk reduction, the support of biodiversity, and the production of sustainable fiber for the forest products industry. He began his career in the non-profit world working on international education and development, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, and later as a Program, Country and Regional Director in Uzbekistan, Serbia and Kosovo.

Nathan graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California and has a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. He met his wife, Zalina, in Uzbekistan, and they now live in Alexandria, VA, with their three children. 


Nina Gardner
Johns Hopkins

Nina Gardner

Adjunct Professor, Corporate Sustainability, Business & Human Rights

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Elizabeth Seeger
KKR

Elizabeth Seeger

Director, Sustainable Investing

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Elizabeth Seeger joined KKR in 2009 to help oversee the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues throughout KKR's investment process, including the management of KKR’s ESG-focused value creation programs for its portfolio companies. She is also a member of KKR’s Global Impact team. Ms. Seeger was previously a project manager in the corporate partnerships program of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Prior to EDF, she was a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), where she advised companies from a broad range of industries in Europe and the United States. Before CEB, Ms. Seeger was an associate at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organization focused on environmental law and policy research and education. She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and became a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in 2017. Ms. Seeger has close to 20 years of experience working on corporate environmental and social issues and earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Caesars Entertainment

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