SPEAKERS

A list of speakers from our event

SPEAKERS – 2018 CONFERENCE

If you would like to nominate a speaker please email Jason Youner, CEO at Jason@solveclimatechange.com

More speakers will be added on an ongoing basis.

  • Nathan Nissen
    Nathan Nissen
    Principal Engineer, Sustainability at Kohler
  • Joe Doolan
    Joe Doolan
    Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank
  • Emilio Tenuta
    Emilio Tenuta
    Vice President of Corporate Sustainability - Ecolab
  • Angela Foster-Rice
    Angela Foster-Rice
    Managing Director - Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, United Airlines
  • Tyler J. Krutzfeldt, CFA
    Tyler J. Krutzfeldt, CFA
    Managing Director – Mont Vista Capital
  • Maureen Hart
    Maureen Hart
    Executive Director International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • David Levine
    David Levine
    President, CEO and Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
  • Stacy Smedley
    Stacy Smedley
    Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA
  • Dawn Emling
    Dawn Emling
    Vice President and Head of ESG Institute, Thomson Reuters
  • Mike Dieterich
    Mike Dieterich
    Energy and Sustainability Manager at MedImmune/Astra Zeneca
  • Olivia Sprinkel
    Olivia Sprinkel
    Head of Salterbaxter North America, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP
  • Chris Castro
    Chris Castro
    Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando
  • Kristina Joss
    Kristina Joss
    Business Adviser Of Social And Environmental issues, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP
  • John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
    John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
    Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction at Walgreens
  • Hugh Welsh
    Hugh Welsh
    General Counsel, Secretary & President, DSM North America
  • Brendon Steele
    Brendon Steele
    Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500
  • Greg Hamra
    Greg Hamra
    Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Roian Atwood
    Roian Atwood
    Director of Sustainability at VF Corp (Wrangler/Lee)
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  • Joe Doolan
    Joe Doolan
    Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank
  • Zach Freeze
    Zach Freeze
    Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, Walmart
  • Angela Adams Spence
    Angela Adams Spence
    Corporate Responsibility Manager, Hertz
  • Faith Taylor
    Faith Taylor
    Visionary, Transformational Executive, Wyndham Worldwide
  • Nicholas Aster
    Nicholas Aster
    Founder & Publisher, TriplePundit
  • Olivia Sprinkel
    Olivia Sprinkel
    Head of Salterbaxter North America, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP
  • Pablo J. Pino
    Pablo J. Pino
    Middle Market Vice President, TD Bank, N.A.
  • Chris Castro
    Chris Castro
    Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando
  • Brittany Szczepanik
    Brittany Szczepanik
    Senior Project Manager, Sustainability at NSF International
  • Jacqueline Drumheller
    Jacqueline Drumheller
    Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines ISSP Board Member
  • Hans Royal
    Hans Royal
    Head of New Business Development, Renewable Choice-Schneider Electric
  • Tom Murray
    Tom Murray
    Vice President, EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund
  • Rob Threlkeld
    Rob Threlkeld
    Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors
  • Stewart Leeth
    Stewart Leeth
    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, Smithfield Foods
  • Kristina Joss
    Kristina Joss
    Business Adviser Of Social And Environmental issues, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP
  • Michelle Albanese
    Michelle Albanese
    Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, TD Bank
  • Justin Murrill
    Justin Murrill
    Head of Corporate Responsibility, AMD
  • Mary Wroten
    Mary Wroten
    Associate Director, Global Sustainability, Ford Motor Company
  • Vanessa Fors
    Vanessa Fors
    Product Manager - North America, Helly Hansen
  • Alana Libow
    Alana Libow
    Sustainable Development executive, Danone North America
  • Scott Tew
    Scott Tew
    Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
  • Nicole Labutong
    Nicole Labutong
    Technical Manager, Science Based Targets, CDP
  • Susan Lorenz-Fisher
    Susan Lorenz-Fisher
    Director-Corporate Citizenship, AmerisourceBergen
  • Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks
    Owner/Founder, Florida Sustainability Partners
  • Barbara Anderson
    Barbara Anderson
    Founding Patner, Destination Better
  • Vinny Tafuro
    Vinny Tafuro
    President, Conscious Capitalism Florida
  • Janet C. Hall
    Janet C. Hall
    Founding Partner, Destination Better
  • Janet Bowman
    Janet Bowman
    Senior Policy Advisor, Nature Conservancy
  • Johanna Jobin
    Johanna Jobin
    Director, Global EHS & Sustainability, Biogen
  • David Houle
    David Houle
    Co-Founder, This Spaceship Earth
  • Amy West
    Amy West
    Director, Head of Socially Responsible Finance, TD Securities
  • Samantha St. Pierre
    Samantha St. Pierre
    Manager and Markets Transformation, Rainforest Alliance
  • Kevin Flood
    Kevin Flood
    CEO, The Astor Company
  • Brian Werner
    Brian Werner
    Associate Director, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Ralph Bianculli Jr.
    Ralph Bianculli Jr.
    Managing Director, Emerald Brand
  • Jaclyn McDuffey
    Jaclyn McDuffey
    Managing Director, Emerald Brand
  • Christine Needles
    Christine Needles
    Senior Director, Global Communications & PR, Interface Inc.
  • Joe Berman
    Joe Berman
    Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Senior Consultant, Arcadis
  • Hugh Welsh
    Hugh Welsh
    General Counsel, Secretary & President, DSM North America
  • Brendon Steele
    Brendon Steele
    Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500
  • Lisa Manley
    Lisa Manley
    Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars, Inc.
  • Greg Hamra
    Greg Hamra
    Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Linda Brown
    Linda Brown
    Senior Vice President, SCS Global Services
Nathan Nissen
Principal Engineer, Sustainability at Kohler

Bio coming soon…

Joe Doolan
Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

Joe Doolan leads TD’s environmental initiatives, working closely with executives and business partners as well as the bank’s 26,000 employees across the U.S. to embed environment into TD’s business operations. He engages with external stakeholders to advance the environmental health and wellness of TD’s local communities while promoting the value of natural capital.

Emilio Tenuta
Vice President of Corporate Sustainability - Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. In his current role, Tenuta leads the corporate sustainability program in support of Ecolab’s business strategy. He is responsible for:

– Development and execution of Ecolab’s sustainability strategy globally
– Integrating sustainability principles and commitment throughout the company
– Execution & supporting sustainability value propositions across Ecolab’s commercial sectors
– Collaborating with CEO and executive leadership on Ecolab’s long-term sustainability plan
– Corporate reporting and disclosure including producing an annual corporate sustainability report following the global reporting initiative (GRI) framework
– Diverse stakeholder engagement and management – Customers, NGO’s, Investors, Government, etc..
– Global sustainability function development

Angela Foster-Rice
Managing Director - Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, United Airlines

Angela Foster-Rice is Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines, where she leads the development of the company’s environmental strategy.  Foster-Rice and her team are responsible for United’s environmental policy, sustainability measures, alternative fuels strategy, and regulatory compliance, with a focus on identifying solutions to reduce United’s impact on the environment while striving to improve our business and the communities United serves.

Prior to her current role, Foster-Rice practiced law for more than 15 years focusing on environmental, health & safety matters both in private practice and as in-house counsel for United.

She holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Rice University.

She is active in aviation trade associations in developing environmental policies and initiatives, including engagement in the UN International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection in developing the first global market-based-measure for international aviation carbon emissions.  Foster-Rice is also on the Advisory Board for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and on the Industry Council for the Clean Energy Trust.

She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Tyler J. Krutzfeldt, CFA
Managing Director – Mont Vista Capital

Managing Director – Mont Vista Capital

Mr. Krutzfeldt is a Founder and Managing Director of Mont Vista Capital. Mr. Krutzfeldt holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a former Board Member of Miami CFA. He was a founding Board member of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) in 2009. He has spoken on energy investment and policy at the U.S. Green Building Council annual meeting (USGBC), the Florida Farm to Fuel conference, and on Bloomberg newswires. He began his finance career in year 2000 regulating financial institutions for the Washington Division of Banks, completing all FFIEC bank regulatory coursework. In 2003-2005 he assisted in implementing a market risk management system for Washington Mutual Inc. He left the bank in 2005 and founded Mont Vista Capital.

Mr. Krutzfeldt received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. Mr. Krutzfeldt and his family are 3rd generation Montanans who currently own cattle feeding, farming, and grazing interests. While working on their ranch, he experienced numerous market and weather cycles including a severe drought in 1988. This experience provided a foundation for his commitment to the concept of sustainable investment.

Maureen Hart
Executive Director International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

An internationally known expert on sustainability indicators & author of Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators used by organizations and communities around the world working on understanding and measuring progress toward sustainability.

Sample projects include:
• Developed Sustainability Management System for community management and governance based on measurable, results-oriented sustainable development practices.
• Developed framework & sustainability/green infrastructure indicators for use at regionally and ocal level
• Collaborated on National Leadership Summits for a Sustainable America, (www.summits.ncat.org)
• Training module on Green Infrastructure Indicators for US Forest Service & Conservation Fund
• Managed Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators project for Calvert Group and Hazel Henderson.
• A developed case study on Montreal Process Criteria & Indicators use by Baltimore County, Maryland for Maryland DNR and US Forest Service.
• Co-facilitated workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia for ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities on the Development of Key Regional Indicators for Clean Air, Clean Water and Clean Land
• Organized first and second biennial meeting of International Sustainability Indicators Network.
• Assisted City of Santa Monica in 10 & 20-year reviews/revision of Sustainable City Indicators program.
• Organized and facilitated March 2002 Moving Toward Sustainability in the U.S.: Indicators for Action meeting, sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, on a system of national level sustainability indicators for the US.
• Developed and piloted training tools for forest communities on the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators.
• Developed training on sustainable community indicators for US EPA

Specialties: • community indicator projects
• design/development/evaluation of indicator programs and frameworks
• training on sustainability and indicators
• Sustainability KPIs for communities, businesses, nonprofits

David Levine
President, CEO and Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

David is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the American Sustainable Business Council. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 1984–1997, David was Founder and executive director of the Learning Alliance, an independent popular education organization.

Stacy Smedley
Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA

Specialties: Sustainable Design + Education, LEED and Living Building Challenge Project Management, Embodied and Construction Phase Carbon Tracking, Specifications, Volunteer Management and Recruitment

 

Stacy Smedley, LEED BD+C, Living Future Accredited, is Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building and CEO, The SEED Collaborative. Stacy’s resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington and first project in the world certified under Living Building Version 2.0, the Bertschi School Living Science Building. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and progressing sustainable construction methods. She is co-founder and CEO of SEED Collaborative, creating environmentally restorative learning spaces that educate and inspire. Stacy is committed to engaging her community in sustainable design and has served as a member of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Working Group, advisory board member for the Carbon Leadership Forum, founding member of Washington Businesses for Climate Action, Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council, Regional Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for USGBC, Sustainable Curriculum Consultant, and 2013 Scholar in Residence for the National Association of Independent Schools. She works with K-12 and higher education facilities, offering workshops that engage students in applying sustainable principles to design spaces they can learn in and from. Stacy is a 2012 Living Building Hero.

Dawn Emling
Vice President and Head of ESG Institute, Thomson Reuters

Dawn Emling leads the ESG Footprint Committee as part of the Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion team at Thomson Reuters.  She has over 20 years experience in corporate social responsibility, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Prior to her role with Thomson Reuters, Dawn served as CEO of a sustainability consulting firm and COO of a social impact technology company. During her tenure with Credit Suisse, Dawn held two leadership positions as the head of sustainability in EMEA and the head of community investment in Asia. Early in her career, Dawn was a senior advisor to the United States Agency for International Development.

Mike Dieterich
Energy and Sustainability Manager at MedImmune/Astra Zeneca

A dynamic Keynote Speaker, Change Agent, Environmental Scientist, and author focused on energy and water efficiency. Experienced construction and project manager with a track record of delivering on time and within or below budget. Hand-picked by the executive team to turn around underperforming programs; accomplished leader known and respected for leading successful change in projects and building credibility with executive teams and staff. Solutions driver who bridges the gap between business and technology with expertise in managing complex programs and multiple concurrent projects. Helping organizations assess and implement energy efficiency and sustainability programs, projects, and policies. Involved with numerous aspects of the built environment. Worked on medical campuses courthouses, office buildings, schools, recreation centers, navigational equipment, churches, housing, and community developments utilizing ISO 9000 and LEED standards and controls. Also, called upon as a sustainability expert for the US Congress, United Nations Climate Action Forum and has led conversations at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. With efforts featured in The New York Times and various national broadcast outlets. Most recently, a TEDx talk, “A Zero Energy Water Waste Future” focused on the future of energy, water, and waste in our built environment.

Manage the Astrazenca MedImmune 9 building, 1.24 M SF, Medical Campus in Gaithersburg, MD. The objective is to reduce energy, water, and waste. The goal is to achieve Net-Zero energy and Zero Waste certifications. This involves a team integration on campus, the Carbon Energy Water Team. LEED, DOE Better Plants, ISO 50001 Standard and Superior Energy Performance MSE-50021 Standards are utilized as tools and Best Practices to scale and drive efficiency.

Olivia Sprinkel
Head of Salterbaxter North America, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

I help companies to define and articulate their sustainability strategy – from discovery workshops, to drafting of frameworks, vision and targets, through to creation of launch communications. Strategy clients have included Coca-Cola Enterprises, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK and L’Oreal. I have recently been working on a sustainability strategy for a global fashion retailer.

I help companies to engage with their employees – on purpose, on ethics, on sustainability. Companies here include Clarks, Interface, Skanska and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

I provide consultancy on sustainability reporting, and how you can move from reporting to communications. Two reports that I have worked on with Coca-Cola Enterprises have won ‘Best Report’ awards.

I write on sustainability-related topics (as well as writing poetry and non-fiction). I edited the Salterbaxter annual Directions publication in 2012 on the subject of ‘Profits from Purpose’: http://www.salterbaxter.com/profits-from-purpose-the-big-mindshift-the-needs-to-happen/

I bring my writing, research, analytical, creative and making connections skills to the work that I do. I can’t help myself from asking questions. I love working with designers to bring ideas to life.

I believe that through purpose, storytelling and creativity, we can engage employees and citizens* in moving towards a more sustainable world. (*Citizens or creativists – I don’t believe that we should be identified as consumers in a sustainable world)

Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

Chris is an award-winning sustainability professional, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer with a passion for accelerating the transition to a smart, resilient, and clean energy economy.

Chris is currently the Director of Sustainability, Senior Advisor to Mayor Dyer, and Co-chair of Smart Cities for the City of Orlando, developing partnerships, policies, and programs to support the sustainability, energy & climate-related goals of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative.

In 2008, Chris co-founded IDEAS For Us, a global 501c3 nonprofit & UN-accredited NGO, working to incubate global environmental solutions and fund local action that advances the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2012, Chris also co-founded a clean energy consulting firm – Citizen Energy – that provides customized energy efficiency + renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings in Washington DC Metro area.

Chris has held sustainability & energy-related positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the US Department of Energy. He’s been awarded a Delegate for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), selected as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum, and is the co-founder and chairman of Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), the first state-wide business chamber aimed at creating environmentally-friendly, sustainable business practices & policies.

In addition, Chris is a public speaker and has been recognized for his effort as an emerging environmental leader; including the 2017 Grist50 award, the prestigious IAMECO Warrior designation, formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, and ‘Champions of Change’ awardee from the White House & Obama Administration. Most recently, Chris gave an inspiring TEDx Talk in October 2012 on Biomimicry; he spoke at the United Nations HQ & the UN Rio+20 Summit; and was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NASA KSC Innovation Expo, and 2013 International Economics Congress in Berlin, Germany.

Kristina Joss
Business Adviser Of Social And Environmental issues, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

Kristina is a communications and marketing professional with international experience in corporate communications, sustainability and business development for businesses and NGOs.

She creates and communicates strategic initiatives for companies of all sizes that recognize the competitive advantage sustainability and corporate responsibility can bring to their business while achieving growth. This includes, creating content, thought leadership and creative communications materials for herself, her team and her clients. She has a hands-on approach to implementing programs, developing initiatives and telling stories that demonstrate responsible business and shared value. Through excellence client service and project management, Kristina ensures her accounts drive revenue and satisfy clients.

Getting companies clear on how to use corporate responsibility to deliver on business goals and communicate progress to stakeholders is key to how Kristina adda value. Her unique background in strategic communications and marketing combined with cross-sector experience with technology start-ups, multinational corporations and nonprofits provides her the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize shared value for business and society.

Client experience includes: Anglo American, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Hilton, Jaguar Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, P&G, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Time Warner.

John Kotlarczyk, Jr.
Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction at Walgreens

Recognized as a consummate environmental, waste reduction, data privacy, pharmacy, healthcare & retail compliance professional with extensive accomplishments in building, leading and monitoring environmental compliance & data privacy programs. I proactively identify gaps in processes, policies, procedures and programs; engage business leaders, management and associates; as well as effectively manage incidents & investigations.

Hugh Welsh
General Counsel, Secretary & President, DSM North America

High energy, creative & proactive value-added business partner across a spectrum of professional disciplines prepared to handle the challenges & opportunities presented in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. The role includes some operational responsibility across DSM’s NA businesses, and leadership of DSM’s legal, communications, government affairs and other functional activities in NA. DSM is a global leader in nutrition, food ingredients, engineering plastics, resins, renewable energy, biomedical materials, and fibers. It is headquartered in Heerlen, NL, and trades on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. DSM North America includes 37 sites, 4000 employees and $3 billion sales. The US represents DSM’s largest country by sales and is home to more than 30% of DSM shareholders. The role includes some operational responsibility across DSM’s NA businesses, and leadership of DSM’s legal, communications, government affairs and other functional activities in NA.

Brendon Steele
Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500

Brendon leads Future 500’s climate and energy stakeholder engagement work, engaging closely with adversaries and unlikely allies in the environmental advocacy community, oil and gas sector, and Republican circles, with an eye toward building odd-bedfellow support for a federal price on carbon.

Growing up with one foot in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area and the other in a genuinely conservative oil family, Brendon felt well-prepared for the left/right and NGO/corporate boundaries he straddles at Future 500. He is an avid world traveler, backpacking independently throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish.

Future 500 is a non-profit specializing in stakeholder engagement since 1995. Its mission is to engage and align diverse, often-adversarial stakeholders in the corporate and activist communities, and between the political left and right, behind systemic solutions to urgent global social and environmental problems.

Greg Hamra
Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby

Greg has three decades’ experience educating and empowering leaders to make more informed policy and business decisions aligned with the triple-bottom-line.

Topics include Speaking & Presentation Skills, Corporate Sustainability, Green Building Principles, LEED (thousands trained on five continents), Climate Literacy, Natural Capital and GHG accounting principles, Building Science, Biophilic Design, Active Design, Sustainable Development, Train-the-Trainer, Voice Talent, Technology Training (past). Guest lecturer at area universities, non-profits, professional organizations, and trade shows on issues at the nexus of business, society, and environment.

Bridging the partisan divide on climate and driving political will for a (more) stable climate.

Promoting a market-based solution to the climate crisis endorsed by our nation’s top economists, scientists and thought-leaders.

The carbon fee & dividend:

  • will not grow government / reduces government regulations
  • eliminates costly and inefficient energy subsidies
  • reduces emissions faster than any regulation proposed
  • would result in ~13,000 American lives saved per year
  • is revenue-neutral (does not increase deficit)
  • spurs competition and innovation
  • benefits US economy by creating millions of jobs (per REMI report)

 

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Roian Atwood
Director of Sustainability at VF Corp (Wrangler/Lee)

Leading sustainability for Imagewear, Jeanswear and the CASA, I support the development of a coalition and regional sustainability strategy. By focusing on building and managing a core sustainability program that is focused on resource efficiency, sustainable products and community and employee engagement, I work with business leaders to develop a program to reduce risk across the business and to find opportunities to create competitive advantage and differentiate the brands with customers and consumers

Joe Doolan
Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

Joe Doolan leads TD’s environmental initiatives, working closely with executives and business partners as well as the bank’s 26,000 employees across the U.S. to embed environment into TD’s business operations. He engages with external stakeholders to advance the environmental health and wellness of TD’s local communities while promoting the value of natural capital.

Zach Freeze
Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives - Sustainability, Walmart

Zach Freeze is a Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives – Sustainability for Walmart Stores Inc. He is responsible for product sustainability in Walmart’s general merchandise and consumables categories, working on supply chain initiatives such as developing more sustainable chemistry and making factories more efficient in China.

Freeze also oversees the Sustainability Index program, which is the tool used by the merchandising teams to improve the sustainability of products. He has been with Walmart for over 9 years and has held a number of roles in Walmart, environmental compliance and indirect sourcing and procurement.

Prior to joining Walmart, his experience includes hazardous waste brokering, environmental consulting, and product specification testing. Freeze earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

Angela Adams Spence
Corporate Responsibility Manager, Hertz

Angela is a mission-driven leader with experience in corporate social and environmental responsibility (CSR) that maximizing business opportunities. Strategic thinker with proven record to drive value and make immediate impact on sustainability programs. An initiative taker who generates strategic stakeholder engagement and value while leveraging a company’s commitment to the community, environment, and social responsibility. Professional with the ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining high quality and excellent customer service while supporting corporate objectives.

Designed and oversees the Company’s overreaching global corporate social responsibility strategy, diversity & inclusion, and responsible for input and design of updated employee engagement strategy.

• Responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of an integrated sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs.
• Chairs the CSR leadership team and is successful in engaging and communicating with executive champions.
• Authors biannual CSR report that provides clear direction on strategy, delivery, performance, and continuous improvement. Managed and tracked goals and metrics.
• Spearheads and directs community engagement initiatives including global employee volunteer program and employee resource groups, with keen attention to global brand positioning. Crafted communications to recruit and engage employee.
• Responsible for sustainable supplier programs in collaboration with business leaders in procurement.
• Ensures the CSR policies and programs are well publicized externally and internally.
• Developed corporate giving strategy including employee donations and volunteering, policies, and procedures to align with strategic business partners and causes. Manage the CSR budget takes full responsibility for cost management and containment.

 

Faith Taylor
Visionary, Transformational Executive, Wyndham Worldwide

Successful, results-oriented strategic marketing and visionary business executive. An accomplished builder of existing as well as new businesses and creator of strategic programs that leverages technology and innovation. Known for marshaling direct and matrixed resources to improve profitability and strengthen an organization’s portfolio. Expertise in change management, mitigating risks and improving existing brand performance, while delivering results through disciplined focus, using business and market innovation, and team empowerment.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Building new and turnaround existing businesses
  • Consumer and customer online and offline marketing
  • Corporate strategy and risk management
  • Innovation and change management
  • Corporate responsibility management and sustainability reporting
  • Branding and communications
  • Builder of strategic partnership and government relations
  • Leveraging technology to manage complex data and resources

Subject matter expert in Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Taught a course on Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility as an adjunct professor at Montclair Feliciano Business School.

In 2016, 2015 and 2014 Wyndham Worldwide has been named by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index the World and/or North American leader for the hospitality sector. In 2015 and 2014 Wyndham was named the carbon disclosure leader.

Nicholas Aster
Founder & Publisher, TriplePundit

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com.

TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web’s leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine’s online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

Olivia Sprinkel
Head of Salterbaxter North America, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

I help companies to define and articulate their sustainability strategy – from discovery workshops, to drafting of frameworks, vision and targets, through to creation of launch communications. Strategy clients have included Coca-Cola Enterprises, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK and L’Oreal. I have recently been working on a sustainability strategy for a global fashion retailer.

I help companies to engage with their employees – on purpose, on ethics, on sustainability. Companies here include Clarks, Interface, Skanska and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

I provide consultancy on sustainability reporting, and how you can move from reporting to communications. Two reports that I have worked on with Coca-Cola Enterprises have won ‘Best Report’ awards.

I write on sustainability-related topics (as well as writing poetry and non-fiction). I edited the Salterbaxter annual Directions publication in 2012 on the subject of ‘Profits from Purpose’: http://www.salterbaxter.com/profits-from-purpose-the-big-mindshift-the-needs-to-happen/

I bring my writing, research, analytical, creative and making connections skills to the work that I do. I can’t help myself from asking questions. I love working with designers to bring ideas to life.

I believe that through purpose, storytelling and creativity, we can engage employees and citizens* in moving towards a more sustainable world. (*Citizens or creativists – I don’t believe that we should be identified as consumers in a sustainable world)

Pablo J. Pino
Middle Market Vice President, TD Bank, N.A.

Pablo J. Pino is the South Florida Market President at TD Bank. In this role, he is responsible for the Community Lending of all of South Florida.
Pino, who joined TD Bank in 2008, has over 30 years of experience in commercial and retail banking. Prior to joining TD Bank, Pino spent 15 years with Manufacturers Hanover, which was acquired by JP Morgan Chase, and held positions with increasing seniority at other financial institutions.
He was been instrumental in building TD Bank’s strong commercial portfolio, as well as securing top talent to continually strengthen the commercial banking team in South Florida. Pino serves on the boards of The Education Fund, United Home Care and The Center for Financial Training.

Chris Castro
Director of Sustainability, City of Orlando

Chris is an award-winning sustainability professional, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer with a passion for accelerating the transition to a smart, resilient, and clean energy economy.

Chris is currently the Director of Sustainability, Senior Advisor to Mayor Dyer, and Co-chair of Smart Cities for the City of Orlando, developing partnerships, policies, and programs to support the sustainability, energy & climate-related goals of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative.

In 2008, Chris co-founded IDEAS For Us, a global 501c3 nonprofit & UN-accredited NGO, working to incubate global environmental solutions and fund local action that advances the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2012, Chris also co-founded a clean energy consulting firm – Citizen Energy – that provides customized energy efficiency + renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings in Washington DC Metro area.

Chris has held sustainability & energy-related positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the US Department of Energy. He’s been awarded a Delegate for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), selected as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum, and is the co-founder and chairman of Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), the first state-wide business chamber aimed at creating environmentally-friendly, sustainable business practices & policies.

In addition, Chris is a public speaker and has been recognized for his effort as an emerging environmental leader; including the 2017 Grist50 award, the prestigious IAMECO Warrior designation, formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, and ‘Champions of Change’ awardee from the White House & Obama Administration. Most recently, Chris gave an inspiring TEDx Talk in October 2012 on Biomimicry; he spoke at the United Nations HQ & the UN Rio+20 Summit; and was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NASA KSC Innovation Expo, and 2013 International Economics Congress in Berlin, Germany.

Brittany Szczepanik
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability at NSF International

Ms. Szczepanik is a Senior Project Manager at NSF International, where she is designing and managing the company’s Climate Services consulting program. She focuses on helping clients quantify their sustainability impacts, develop science-based goals and targets, and design mitigation strategies and policies to assist companies in meeting and surpassing their impact reduction goals in areas such as energy, water, and waste. She has tracked sustainability goals for institutions ranging from the Dow Chemical Company to the University of Michigan, and supported development of programs to meet these goals. Ms. Szczepanik is also the architect of NSF International’s proprietary risk scanning tool, FIRST, which scans 27 social and environmental indicators for supply chain risks using company, area, and industry-specific information.

She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the College of Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Systems with a focus on energy from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. In her time at the University of Michigan, she was awarded the Bosch Sustainability Fellowship, College of Engineering Fellowship, and received a Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability and the 2016 National Graduate Sustainability Research Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Jacqueline Drumheller
Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines ISSP Board Member

Jacqueline Drumheller is the sustainability manager for Alaska Airlines, where she is on a mission to make her company the aviation leader in environmental stewardship. She is also a board member of ISSP ( International Society of Sustainability Professionals)

Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1997, she worked in both the environmental consulting industry as well as hazardous waste management industry. During her career, she has tackled almost every single aspect of environmental protection and compliance — from audits to underground storage tanks.

In 2008, she co-founded Alaska Airlines’ corporate sustainability program. This has led to company-wide adoption of “greener” business initiatives and strategies. Since that time, Alaska Airlines has published five sustainability reports, developed a formal governance structure and long-term sustainability goals, and has begun the challenging process of integrating sustainability into the business.

Ms. Drumheller is an enthusiastic public speaker who enjoys turning dry technical information into something simple, fun, and understandable.

Hans Royal
Head of New Business Development, Renewable Choice-Schneider Electric

Experienced renewable energy professional with a background in business development, marketing, and project development. Experienced helping Fortune 500 companies structure long-term PPA contracts Experienced in origination, M&A, utility-scale wind and solar project development, and new business development for wind and solar markets. Featured expert panelist at renewable energy events. Specialties: long-term renewable energy PPAs, wind energy, solar energy, origination, M&A, business development, contract structuring and project sourcing.

Tom Murray
Vice President, EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund

Tom Murray is Vice President of EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund, a leading international nonprofit organization that links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to solve the most serious environmental problems. Tom spearheads EDF’s work with companies and investors to catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across organizations, industries, and supply chains. EDF+Business has been at the forefront of this change for 25 years, bringing cutting edge solutions to high-impact companies – including McDonalds, Walmart, and KKR – to transform business as usual in their products, operations, and advocacy.

Tom’s team has kicked off transformations in market sectors including quick service restaurants, shipping, retail, private equity, and energy management. Notable initiatives include slashing supply chain greenhouse gas emissions with Walmart, creating a market for hybrid trucks with FedEx, raising the bar for environmental management in private equity with KKR, and launching EDF Climate Corps an innovative fellowship program to improve energy management.

Prior to joining EDF, Tom held several positions at ICF International and Jellinek, Schwartz & Connolly, where he advised government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on environmental, safety and health compliance, pollution prevention, and legislative and regulatory strategy.

Tom is a frequent speaker at business conferences and his work has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, Fortune, Fast Company, NPR’s Marketplace and Environmental Finance. He is an advisor to the American University Center for Environmental Policy.

Tom earned an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College.

Rob Threlkeld
Global Manager-Renewable Energy, General Motors

With over 16 years of experience in the energy side of GM, supporting some of GM’s largest powerhouse operations, from managing GM’s Lordstown Assembly Plant powerhouse, to sourcing energy efficiency projects, energy management systems, to now leading GM’s efforts to source 100% of our operations from Renewable energy. This through a for pronged strategy of 1) Continued Strong Energy Efficiency efforts 2) Lead sourcing from clean energy sources such as wind and solar, 3) Integration of battery storage to support grid integration of renewable energy 4) Supporting Policy and regulations that allow for greater adoption of Renewable energy on a global basis.

Stewart Leeth
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability, Smithfield Foods

At Smithfield, the world’s largest producer of pork products, Leeth leads company-wide regulatory initiatives and directs the company’s sustainability program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, animal welfare, worker safety, food safety, and community development. He also works as general counsel of the company’s pork production business unit and is Vice President of the Smithfield Foundation.

Leeth was previously Assistant Vice President for Environmental and Corporate Affairs and Senior Counsel. Before joining Smithfield, he was a partner with the law firm of McGuireWoods, where he represented the firm’s clients before federal and state courts and agencies in matters involving the major federal and state environmental statutes, water rights disputes, cost recovery and contaminated property litigation, rulemaking and permitting, and served in government first as a federal law clerk in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and then as an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia

In 2011, he was honored by the Ethisphere Institute, an international think tank focused on corporate social responsibility and sustainability, as one of its “Attorneys Who Matter.” He earned an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond, where he also graduated from the university’s law school.

Kristina Joss
Business Adviser Of Social And Environmental issues, Salterbaxter MSLGROUP

Kristina is a communications and marketing professional with international experience in corporate communications, sustainability and business development for businesses and NGOs.

She creates and communicates strategic initiatives for companies of all sizes that recognize the competitive advantage sustainability and corporate responsibility can bring to their business while achieving growth. This includes, creating content, thought leadership and creative communications materials for herself, her team and her clients. She has a hands-on approach to implementing programs, developing initiatives and telling stories that demonstrate responsible business and shared value. Through excellence client service and project management, Kristina ensures her accounts drive revenue and satisfy clients.

Getting companies clear on how to use corporate responsibility to deliver on business goals and communicate progress to stakeholders is key to how Kristina adda value. Her unique background in strategic communications and marketing combined with cross-sector experience with technology start-ups, multinational corporations and nonprofits provides her the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize shared value for business and society.

Client experience includes: Anglo American, Bloomberg, BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Hilton, Jaguar Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, P&G, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Time Warner.

Michelle Albanese
Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, TD Bank

Michelle thrives when working with talented people, where together they can create a vision, set strategic direction and inspire innovation to achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Speciality functions in:

Corporate Responsibility
Responsible procurement
Communications
Sustainability
Strategic planning
Stakeholder facilitation

Justin Murrill
Head of Corporate Responsibility, AMD

Justin is a sustainability professional with broad experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Specializes in uniting diverse stakeholders around holistic environmental strategies that deliver measurable results and competitive advantages.

AMD designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing.

Mary Wroten
Associate Director, Global Sustainability, Ford Motor Company

High performance leader with 20 years of professional experience creating and executing value-based propositions that propel growth. Visionary and strategist with extreme interpersonal savvy to establish strong relationships and partnerships. Proven leader, with high integrity, skilled at motivating and inspiring teams.

Specific expertise in global supply chain sustainability, stewardship, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, security, privacy, mobility, and vehicle crash safety.

Vanessa Fors
Product Manager - North America, Helly Hansen

Vanessa Fors is a Product Manager for North America at Helly Hansen and serves on the company’s sustainability strategy team. Vanessa has been working in the apparel industry for 18 years, taking on roles in Design and Product Management. She has experience in a variety of markets from children’s wear to women’s sportswear, to the active sports industry, traveling globally for research, sourcing, and sales. Vanessa continually seeks to find new ways to connect with and learn from the ever-changing product industry. In 2008 she founded Next Door Style Group to promote and support local art and design in Vancouver and recently coordinated the first “un-conference” for the apparel and soft goods industry in Vancouver called ApparelCamp. She regularly speaks on the topic of Vancouver’s Apparel Industry and, increasingly, on sustainability issues in the apparel sector. She is in the process of completing her MBA, including courses in corporate sustainability.

Alana Libow
Sustainable Development executive, Danone North America

Alana Libow is the Director of Sustainable Development, Business Development for Danone North America. Her scope of responsibilities includes additional Danone North America business units (including Danone Waters of America). In her capacity, she drives business growth and market leadership while advancing the company’s environmental footprint and sustainable development competitiveness from raw material sourcing to end markets details at . Alana is most often found in work boots and high heels – scouting and pitching breakthrough partnerships and entrepreneurial innovations; collaborating with topline business partners to activate DanoneWave’s purposeful brands and pitching new sales accounts — all that dually advance business and society.

  • Prior to joining Danone, Alana worked for Winston Eco-Strategies as an independent consultant and FIJI Water (a division of Roll International). She also brings experience working in economic development in Latin America (Fulbright Scholar 2004-2005), international/domestic policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School (2002-2004), corporate M&A consulting at Vantage Partners (2005), and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) analytics at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now owned by MSCI) (2006-2008). Alana completed her MBA from The Wharton School (2010) and graduated Magna Cum Laude, A.B. in Anthropology, from Washington University in St. Louis (2002). As a Danone executive, she completed MIT’s Sloan School of Business Executive Education program, “Strategies for Sustainable Business” in 2014.
  • Alana is a triathlete, outdoors enthusiast, mountaineer, travel writer/photographer, and wine aficionado. Alana speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and basic Aymara, the indigenous language of the Andes Mountains. Her home base is Miami, her roots are New York and Russia, her spirit Latina; she is in her element when out of her comfort zone, and is “at home” when a sense of community is felt. Passionate about all that she dives into, curious about the world’s ways and its diverse people, today her most cherished moments are time with her niece, nephew, parents, and 99-year-old grandmother.
  • Alana is a triathlete, outdoors enthusiast, mountaineer, travel writer/photographer, and wine aficionado. Alana speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and basic Aymara, the indigenous language of the Andes Mountains. Her home base is Miami, her roots are New York and Russia, her spirit Latina; she is in her element when out of her comfort zone, and is “at home” when a sense of community is felt. Passionate about all that she dives into, curious about the world’s ways and its diverse people, today her most cherished moments are time with her niece, nephew, parents, and 99-year-old grandmother.
Scott Tew
Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

Scott Tew is the founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES) which supports all of the company’s strategic brands — Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King — and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing resource demand of products and minimizing resource use within company facilities.

In addition, Tew serves as a featured speaker and thought leader in linking public policy, economic impacts and sustainability. His recent efforts have led to the development of world-class initiatives including the creation of EcoWiseTM product portfolio, personalized employee engagement, unique research on unmet needs in the green space, and sustainability-related solution concepts like building a $300 house. Prior to this role, he led high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and global greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies.

Tew holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He plays key roles in several important groups including: the Alliance to Save Energy; the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD); the EDGE Center for Energy and the Global Environment at Duke University; and the US and India Green Building Councils. He is the author of myriad white papers related to energy efficiency and sustainable practices and contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

Nicole Labutong
Technical Manager, Science Based Targets, CDP

Nicole Labutong is Technical Manager at CDP and a member of the Science-Based Targets initiative’s Technical Working Group. Nicole is passionate about enabling companies to achieve their sustainability goals by implementing innovative solutions. The focus of her work is to provide advisory services and develop resources for companies looking to set their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in line with climate science. Nicole led the development of CDP’s first-ever science-based targets scoring method, to which over 5,800 global companies respond annually. She also regularly presents on science-based targets to a broad audience, including companies, investors, and other stakeholders. Nicole holds a M.S. in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan and has a background in renewable energy and life cycle assessment.

Susan Lorenz-Fisher
Director-Corporate Citizenship, AmerisourceBergen

Ms. Lorenz-Fisher is the Director of Sustainability for AmerisourceBergen with more than eight years of experience in Corporate Sustainability. At AmerisourceBergen, Susan is working to build the organization’s sustainability program and governance processes, working collaboratively across functional areas to operationalize sustainability into all aspects of the business. Before joining AmerisourceBergen, Susan spent more than two years as the Director of Sustainability and Global Communications for a multinational global protein supplier. In that role, Susan worked across the organization to integrate sustainability and had extensive engagement with key customers on sustainability initiatives. Work included managing the direction and execution of the overall strategy, developing a sustainability-oriented supplier engagement program, handling customer requests for sustainability information, working with other major business units to support CDP and GRI reporting efforts, and managing the company’s social compliance program. Susan also spent six years as a sustainability consultant assisting Fortune 500 companies from a variety of sectors and government entities, with the development of their corporate sustainability strategies. This included benchmarking, workshop facilitation, stakeholder engagement, goal setting, supplier engagement, data collection and verification, materiality analysis, and reporting and disclosure.

Daniel Hicks
Owner/Founder, Florida Sustainability Partners

Daniel is a professional journalist, network television producer, economist and faculty member.

Between 1988-2009, Daniel covered politics, business and entertainment from Los Angeles for NBC News, NBC Today, NBC NewsChannel, MSNBC and CNBC. He received Emmy nominations for breaking news in 2004 (death of Ronald Reagan) and 1997 (Heaven’s Gate tragedy). In 1998, he covered historic national elections in Berlin for MSNBC as a correspondent and fellow with the Arthur F. Burns Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 2006, while covering Hollywood and West Coast business, Daniel created CNBC’s first-and-only sustainability series sponsored by Japanese carmaker Toyota, oil giant British Petroleum and former NBC Universal parent/industrial conglomerate General Electric.

In the early 1990s, Daniel spent four years in Tokyo writing and editing for the English edition of Japan’s largest newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun, before returning to NBC News in Los Angeles.

In 2000, UC Berkeley hired Daniel as a senior analyst to help modernize research communications at the university. The document became a blueprint for the entire UC system and furthered the development of UC TV. While in northern California, he launched a student travel agency in 2001.

His academic and leisure travel includes Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.

Daniel is a master’s graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City and UCLA, where he specialized in economics, political science and financial accounting.

In 2011, Daniel relocated his communications agency Florida Sustainability Partners to Fort Lauderdale, where he engages private clients and serves as dual faculty in business administration and communication at the University of Miami.

Barbara Anderson
Founding Patner, Destination Better

Executive-level expertise in sustainability, corporate responsibility, marketing, customer service, and multi-stakeholder collaboration in airline, car rental and technology companies. Measurable results achieved by developing award-winning global environmental and social innovation initiatives, such as “voluntourism” programs, social impact solutions, and responsible travel product suites. Entrepreneur, large budget management, public speaking, and nonprofit foundation experience; public-private-partnership interaction with the federal government. Innovative thinker with strong leadership and relationship building skills; passion for bringing disparate stakeholders together to inspire and achieve impact.

Appointed to the U.S. State Department subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy: Stakeholder Advisory Board to provide guidance on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Served on the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Corporate Citizenship Leader Forum, and Community Involvement Roundtable.

As Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, founded and also served as Executive Director of the Sabre Foundation. Launched “Passport to Freedom,” a travel industry initiative to end human trafficking. Developed the “Better Travel, Better World” suite of socially and environmentally-responsible products, teamed to create Travelocity’s “Travel for Good” volunteerism initiative, and created “Math Can Take You Places” pre-algebra readiness curriculum that reached millions of students. Raised $19 million in employee and corporate contributions in 60 countries and achieved 51% participation among 10,000 employees employee volunteer programs.

A keynote speaker about best practices in corporate responsibility, and co-author of the book “Customers Run Your Company, They Pay the Bills,” outlining best practices in customer service for companies

On Twitter @barbra_csr And @ DestinationBtr

Vinny Tafuro
President, Conscious Capitalism Florida

Vinny Tafuro is a visionary thinker, writer, entrepreneur, communications theorist, and economist. Author of two books, Corporate Empathy and Unlocking the Labor Cage, he is a pioneering advocate for the twenty-first century economy that is disrupting society’s most rigid institutions and beliefs.

His economic theories explore the societal and economic shifts being catalyzed by corporations as a result of technology, corporate personhood, and evolving human cognition.

He is a founder of the Gasparilla Interactive Conference, a southeast regional showcase of entrepreneurship, technology and digital creativity held in Tampa Bay. He is also the founder and president of Conscious Capitalism Florida, whose purpose is to seek out and connect the role models of Florida’s conscious business community.

He presents to organizations, corporations, and colleges on a variety of engaging topics both professionally and through community organizations. He enjoys an active and blended professional, academic, and personal life, selecting challenging projects that offer opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Janet C. Hall
Founding Partner, Destination Better

Janet assists organizations in developing sustainability practices relevant to their significant economic, environmental and social impacts and relative to the global trends shaping the milestone years 2030 and 2050. Businesses, employees and communities flourish by capitalizing on these opportunities.

Her most valuable services include Executive Leadership Sustainability Workshops, corporate sustainability strategy development, and comprehensive research on sustainably-focused activities in a client’s industry, community, competitors, suppliers and value chain activities. In addition, Janet has experience in conducting comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and drafting responses for CDP Climate Change and Supply Chain reports.

As a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Strategist, Janet has a natural ability to relate to all levels of an organization. She is comfortable in complex environments; able to comprehend and communicate technical concepts. She is a frequent guest on local TV and radio shows and speaks to various audiences about the value of managing sustainability/ESG risks and opportunities.

Janet Bowman
Senior Policy Advisor, Nature Conservancy

Janet Bowman is Senior Policy Advisor for the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy where she focuses on state governmental affairs. Prior to that position, she served as Legal Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, attorney for the Senate Community Affairs Committee and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, and Senior Attorney for the Department of Environmental Protection.

She is the Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar and a frequent speaker on conservation policy topics. She received her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, and her B.A. from New College of Florida.

Johanna Jobin
Director, Global EHS & Sustainability, Biogen

Johanna promotes Biogen’s culture and vision on corporate citizenship by helping to implement global sustainability programs and initiatives. These include improving product life cycle impacts and waste reductions, as well as driving employee and stakeholder engagement. She is also responsible for the corporate citizenship reporting and carbon neutrality strategy. Key activities include:

  • Maintaining carbon neutrality strategy
  • Working on largest green building project in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • Driving employee engagement and awareness
  • Developing key programs like green chemistry
  • Managing stakeholder engagement, including key collaborations like with MIT
  • Supporting all sustainability reporting and disclosure efforts
David Houle
Co-Founder, This Spaceship Earth

David Houle is a futurist, thinker and keynote speaker. He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country and internationally. In the last nine years he has delivered 750+ presentations and keynotes on 6 continents and 14 countries. He is regularly invited to speak at corporate management retreats.

Houle won a Speaker of the Year award from Vistage International, the leading organization of CEOs in the world. He is often called the “CEOs’ futurist” having spoken to or advised 3,500+ CEOs and business owners in the past eight years.

Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmys as co-executive Producer for a nationally syndicated children’s program, “Energy Express”. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream and was nominated for an Academy Award.

He writes the highly regarded futurist blog, Evolution Shift, with the tag line “A Future Look At Today.” He publishes the free Shift Age Newsletter, available at www.davidhoule.com/newsletter. During 2010 Houle was a featured contributor on Oprah.com. His much acclaimed curated visual look into the future, launched in 2013 is futurewow

He has been speaking about the future for 9 years and his influential first book The Shift Age was published in 2007. His second book, Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education, written with Jeff Cobb was published in March 2011. The New Health Age: the Future of Health Care in America, co-authored with Jonathan Fleece, was published by Sourcebooks in January 2012. and became a #1 best seller on Amazon in the categories of Medicine and Future of Health Care. “Entering the Shift Age” was published by Sourcebooks in January of 2013. It is also a #1 Amazon best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting. Houle published the eBook “Is Privacy Dead: The Future of Privacy in the Digital Age” in November 2013. His sixth book “Brand Shift: The Future of Brands and Marketing” with co-author Owen Shapiro was published in August 2014 and was named one of the top five marketing books published in the world in 2014.

In December 2015 he published “This Spaceship Earth” with co-author Tim Rumage. This book became the basis for Houle to found the global non-profit This Spaceship Earth, Inc. in April 2016. The goal of this non-profit is to create “crew consciousness” as we face Climate Change.

Houle is Futurist in Residence and Guest Lecturer at the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. He is Honorary President and Futurist of the Future Business School of China. He is a Founding Member of The Sarasota Institute.

Amy West
Director, Head of Socially Responsible Finance, TD Securities

Amy West is the Head of Socially Responsible Finance for TD Securities, which is part of Global Markets. In her role, Amy acts as the product champion for green and social bond issues, working closely with issuers, investors and internal partners.
Amy joined TD Securities in June 2013 as part of its debt capital markets team, covering Supranational, Sovereign and Agency (SSA) clients. Building on TD’s strong SSA platform, she was asked to spearhead TD’s fixed-income efforts in the environmental, social and governance space, being named head of socially responsible finance in 2015.
Amy brings over a decade of experience across capital markets and banking. Before joining TD, Amy worked for HSBC in debt capital markets after starting her career at RBS in their investment banking and debt capital markets teams

Samantha St. Pierre
Manager and Markets Transformation, Rainforest Alliance

Samantha leads the global forestry supply chain work for Rainforest Alliance’s markets transformation team. In this role, she engages with companies to develop and implement sustainable sourcing practices and commitments across the commodities and sectors linked to deforestation to reduce risk, drive impact in the field, improve livelihoods and protect the environment. This important work includes developing strategies, actions plans and corrective actions to engage with the supply chain and overcome risk. To this role Samantha brings over 6 years of auditing and field experience in chain of custody auditing at every level in the forest products supply chain.

Kevin Flood
CEO, The Astor Company

Kevin Flood is the founder, president, and CEO of The Astor Company, a leading environmental sustainability solutions company. After successfully building his reputation through managing private real estate ventures, as well as public works projects for the City of Chicago, Kevin set his goal on helping international corporations move toward zero waste. He has been recognized as an innovator in the industry for the last 25 years.

Kevin remains active in providing for the best interests of the people of the City of Chicago and beyond. He currently works with Maggie Daly’s After School Matters program and the Jesse White Tumblers, serves as a Board Emeritus member of the Hope Institute, and sits on the Board of Directors for Iona College.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Brian Werner
Associate Director, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices

Brian is responsible for helping corporations quantify and value environmental performance of their operations and supply chains to meet investor expectations and procurement needs. He speaks frequently at industry events on sustainability reporting, supply chains, carbon pricing, integrated value assessments, and natural capital.

Prior to joining Trucost, Brian spent over 15 years in the advertising industry, specializing in healthcare, retail, and consumer packaged goods as a Media Director at Razorfish and CMI and as a Senior Account Executive at AOL. Brian holds a BS from the University of Delaware in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Master of Environmental Studies (Sustainability) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ralph Bianculli Jr.
Managing Director, Emerald Brand

Ralph Bianculli Jr., LEED Green Associate, is a Managing Director at Emerald Brand, a national provider of environmentally responsible products manufactured using alternative Tree-Free™ material technology, headquartered in New York.

Bianculli Jr. has focused his work around his passion for the environment, and has made it his mission to mainstream sustainability by educating the public about environmental solutions for both businesses and consumers. Bianculli Jr. has a unique ability to convey pertinent and valuable characteristics related to the practice and implementation of Tree-Free™ technology. His speaking engagements have enlightened industry leaders across the country and around the world.

Bianculli Jr.’s drive as an environmental leader has led Emerald Brand and Emerald Ecovations Consulting to vast international growth, as well as to become a noted and well-respected disrupter in the disposables industry.

Jaclyn McDuffey
Managing Director, Emerald Brand

Jaclyn McDuffey, LEED Green Associate, is a Managing Director at Emerald Brand, a national provider of environmentally responsible products manufactured using alternative Tree-Free™ material technology, headquartered in New York.

From a young age, McDuffey developed a great feeling of responsibility toward protecting the Earth. Since her arrival at Emerald in 2013, she has significantly grown the brand’s Tree-Free™ towel, tissue and packaging, and petroleum free plastic product lines. McDuffey has become an expert in the field of alternative materials for consumable products and packaging. Her expertise is often called on to enlighten audiences around the country, highlighting the need for change necessary to disrupt the disposables industry forever

Her dedication and commitment to sustainable materials is a reflection of her perseverance to bring to market U.S. grown and harvested Tree-Free™ materials for Farm-to-Paper product development.

Christine Needles
Senior Director, Global Communications & PR, Interface Inc.

Christine Needles leads global internal and external communications at Interface, a flooring manufacturer considered one of the world’s most sustainable companies. She directs external communications efforts across the business including Interface’s Climate Take Back mission, product innovations and design expertise, and executive visibility and thought leadership. She also oversees internal communications to foster transparency and trust through initiatives focused on Interface’s purpose, mission, values, and business performance.

Previously, Christine served as Vice President, Corporate at Edelman, a global communications firm, overseeing B2B clients in technology, built environments, and professional and financial services industries.

Prior to Edelman, she spent six years with CA Technologies, an enterprise software company. She led a team focused on global campaigns, drove M&A communications, and launched the company’s energy, carbon, and sustainability management product suite. Prior to CA, Christine held management positions at PR agencies including Porter Novelli and Citigate Cunningham.

Christine earned an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and a B.S. in communication, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Twitter: @cmneedles
LinkedIn: @cmneedles

Joe Berman
Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Senior Consultant, Arcadis

Award winning, innovative, national sustainability expert who engineers and implements high performance corporate social responsibility strategies and programs. Accomplished coalition builder with extensive experience developing and guiding high value relationships between industry, government and the NGO community. Proven track record of spearheading corporate initiatives that enhance brand identity, save operational cost, improve organizational efficiency, eliminate waste, mitigate risk and reduce environmental impacts.

Core Competencies:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and sustainable business solutions
  • Sustainable buildings strategy
  • LEED and Green Globes certification
  • Sustainable brand development and communication
  • Innovative technology solutions
  • Strategic/industry/government relations, external affairs
  • Public speaking, policy development, research, analytics, due diligence, budgeting,
  • scope and grant writing, incentive funding acquisition
Hugh Welsh
General Counsel, Secretary & President, DSM North America

High energy, creative & proactive value-added business partner across a spectrum of professional disciplines prepared to handle the challenges & opportunities presented in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. The role includes some operational responsibility across DSM’s NA businesses, and leadership of DSM’s legal, communications, government affairs and other functional activities in NA. DSM is a global leader in nutrition, food ingredients, engineering plastics, resins, renewable energy, biomedical materials, and fibers. It is headquartered in Heerlen, NL, and trades on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. DSM North America includes 37 sites, 4000 employees and $3 billion sales. The US represents DSM’s largest country by sales and is home to more than 30% of DSM shareholders. The role includes some operational responsibility across DSM’s NA businesses, and leadership of DSM’s legal, communications, government affairs and other functional activities in NA.

Brendon Steele
Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Future 500

Brendon leads Future 500’s climate and energy stakeholder engagement work, engaging closely with adversaries and unlikely allies in the environmental advocacy community, oil and gas sector, and Republican circles, with an eye toward building odd-bedfellow support for a federal price on carbon.

Growing up with one foot in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area and the other in a genuinely conservative oil family, Brendon felt well-prepared for the left/right and NGO/corporate boundaries he straddles at Future 500. He is an avid world traveler, backpacking independently throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish.

Future 500 is a non-profit specializing in stakeholder engagement since 1995. Its mission is to engage and align diverse, often-adversarial stakeholders in the corporate and activist communities, and between the political left and right, behind systemic solutions to urgent global social and environmental problems.

Lisa Manley
Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars, Inc.

Senior corporate communications professional with experience across a broad range of global industries, including consumer products, financial services, healthcare and professional services. Strong track record in providing strategic communications counsel to executives; serving as a corporate spokesperson and media strategist; managing employee programs to recruit and retain top talent, shape culture and drive performance; leading business transformation efforts; developing and implementing issues/crisis management programs; and developing corporate reputation management and sustainability strategies to support business goals.

Corporate and agency experience in managing global teams, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, developing talent, optimizing team performance, and advancing measurable business value.

Greg Hamra
Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby

Greg has three decades’ experience educating and empowering leaders to make more informed policy and business decisions aligned with the triple-bottom-line.

Topics include Speaking & Presentation Skills, Corporate Sustainability, Green Building Principles, LEED (thousands trained on five continents), Climate Literacy, Natural Capital and GHG accounting principles, Building Science, Biophilic Design, Active Design, Sustainable Development, Train-the-Trainer, Voice Talent, Technology Training (past). Guest lecturer at area universities, non-profits, professional organizations, and trade shows on issues at the nexus of business, society, and environment.

Bridging the partisan divide on climate and driving political will for a (more) stable climate.

Promoting a market-based solution to the climate crisis endorsed by our nation’s top economists, scientists and thought-leaders.

The carbon fee & dividend:

  • will not grow government / reduces government regulations
  • eliminates costly and inefficient energy subsidies
  • reduces emissions faster than any regulation proposed
  • would result in ~13,000 American lives saved per year
  • is revenue-neutral (does not increase deficit)
  • spurs competition and innovation
  • benefits US economy by creating millions of jobs (per REMI report)

 

Contact me to schedule a presentation for your professional or civic group.
Join weekly Wednesday evening intro call: intro
Attend monthly Miami chapter meeting: hamra.net/ccl

Linda Brown
Senior Vice President, SCS Global Services

Linda Brown is co-founder and Senior Vice President of SCS Global Services, an innovative global leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food quality certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. For more than three decades, Ms. Brown has supported the development and implementation of the company’s strategic initiatives and certification programs in areas such as sustainable agriculture, resource management (forests, fisheries, minerals), climate accounting, green building product assessment, and consumer product assessment.

Linda has held many positions in the company, including Director of SCS’ Environmental Claims Certification Program, Director of Sustainable Agriculture, and Director of Corporate Communications. She has also served as chief technical editor on major company reports, especially in the field of life cycle assessment.

Over the years, Linda has participated in numerous proprietary and public multi-stakeholder environmental and sustainability standards development activities, including engagement with several committees involved in the development of American National Standards, participation in the international ISO 14000 standards setting process focused on Environmental Labeling, Life-Cycle Assessment, Environmental Aspects in Product Standards, and Climate Assessment, and US Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement Ms. Brown is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics, and has presented before audiences around the world.