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GreenBiz 23

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GreenBiz Group

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February 14–15, 2023

GreenBiz 23

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GreenBiz Group

Today's sustainability professional is under pressure to do more, and do it faster, than ever before. Join more than 1,600 sustainable business leaders for GreenBiz 23 on February 14-16 to harness the knowledge of experts, peers and new voices to help you achieve net zero, advance the circular economy, elevate social justice, safeguard biodiversity, build resilient supply chains and more.

Join us on We Don't Have Time for GreenBiz's Premier Annual Event for Sustainable Business Leaders.

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February 14

3:25–3:30 PM EST — Sidebar Welcome

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Julian Moffat, Principal Solutions Strategist, ESG, VelocityEHS
  • Beth Spurgeon, ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion, PwC
  • Rosie Mastrandrea, Sr. Director, Sustainability Product Marketing, Microsoft
  • Suzanne Fallender, VP, Global ESG, Prologis
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations and Engagement, Meta

Organizers:

3:30–3:40 PM EST — Welcome & Opening Address

GreenBiz SVP Sustainability Dylan Siegler welcomes GreenBiz 23 attendees to the event.

Speakers:

  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

3:40–3:50 PM EST — Setting the Stage

GreenBiz Co-Founder and Chairman Joel Makower looks at what the future holds for sustainable business.

Speakers:

  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-founder, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

3:50–3:05 PM EST — Leading from Evolution to Revolution

Two CEOs took different routes to the top: Alison Whritenour became CEO of Seventh Generation in 2021, before she turned 40, taking over a company with a strong sustainability legacy. Entrepreneur Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, author of The Social Impact Advantage: Win Customers and Talent By Harnessing Your Business for Good, founded CapEQ in 2011 to help Fortune 500s embed social impact in their business models. In this peer-to-peer conversation, the two discuss what it will take for companies accustomed to evolving to instead leapfrog beyond what businesses have done before, and how next-generation leaders will take them there.

Speakers:

  • Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, President & CEO, CapEQ
  • Alison Whritenour, CEO, Seventh Generation

Organizers:

4:05–4:15 PM EST — No Data, No Peace: Using Disclosure Data for Environmental Justice

As more companies acknowledge their accountability for environmental injustices in the communities where they operate, disclosure data will be key to identifying problems and finding solutions. Lori Llewellyn, Managing Director, CDP North America, discusses exclusive broad-level findings about local air and water pollution by U.S. companies, homing in on two cities as case studies. Learn how data can help businesses collaborate with local communities to future-proof operations, reverse systemic injustice and create healthy, prosperous places to live and work.

Speakers:

  • Lori Llewellyn, Managing Director, CDP North America

Organizers:

4:15–4:30 PM EST — The Arizona Water Crisis

The Colorado River has been indelibly altered by humans, from dams and irrigation to climate change, causing a water crisis in our event's backyard. In a conversation informed by his reporting for NPR, journalist Kirk Siegler joins experts in the water crisis facing Arizona to discuss solutions and tradeoffs as reservoir levels fall and consequences are felt across the Southwest.

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Research & Professor of Practice, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute - ASU
  • Kirk Siegler, Correspondent, NPR News
  • Heather Tanana, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Organizers:

4:30–4:35 PM EST — Introducing the GreenBiz 23 Emerging Leaders

Bryan Lewis, Program Manager of GreenBiz.org, introduces the GreenBiz 23 Emerging Leaders.

Speakers:

  • Bryan Lewis, Program Manager, GreenBiz.org, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

4:35–4:45 PM EST — The Critical Mindset Shift We Need Now

The decade ahead will require a deep transformation in how societies and economies work, and a critical shift in assumptions and values is necessary to ensure we can act at the speed and scale this coming disruption will require. Dr. Sally Uren, Chief Executive at Forum for the Future, lays out how a critical shift to a just and regenerative mindset will unlock your business's potential to meet the moment, no matter the mindset that drives your business now.  

Speakers:

  • Sally Uren, CEO, Forum for the Future

Organizers:

4:45–5:00 PM EST — Protecting Our Bird Migration Superhighways

The welfare of wild birds is integrally connected to the state of our natural systems. With a focus on successes and practical tools, BirdLife International CEO Patricia Zurita will discuss the role of healthy flyways in helping stem biodiversity loss and flighting the climate crisis.

Speakers:

  • Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International

Organizers:

5:00–5:55 PM EST — Sidebar Interviews

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Julian Moffat, Principal Solutions Strategist, ESG, VelocityEHS
  • Beth Spurgeon, ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion, PwC
  • Rosie Mastrandrea, Sr. Director, Sustainability Product Marketing, Microsoft
  • Suzanne Fallender, VP, Global ESG, Prologis
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations and Engagement, Meta

Organizers:

February 15

12:25–12:30 PM EST — Sidebar Welcome

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations, and Engagement, Meta
  • Brian Lawrence, Business Development Director, Circular Economy, Henkel
  • Max DuBuisson, Vice President, Sustainability Policy & Engagement, Indigo Ag

Organizers:

12:30–12:40 PM EST — Welcome

GreenBiz CEO Eric Faurot welcomes attendees to Day 2 of GreenBiz 23, and SVP Sustainability Dylan Siegler sets the stage for today's keynotes.

Speakers:

  • Eric Faurot, CEO, GreenBiz Group
  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

12:40–12:50 PM EST — The Climate Crisis as a Data Problem

Sustainability leaders know that net zero means little without the high quality data to track it, but that delivering accurate and complete reporting can divert resources away from projects that drive the net-zero transition. What about this problem intrigued Persefoni CEO Kentaro Kawamori so much that he quit his C-suite job to solve it? How will we get there, who will lead, and what role will technology play?

Speakers:

  • Kentaro Kawamori, CEO & Co-Founder, Persefoni

Organizers:

1:00–1:15 PM EST — Counteracting Bias Onscreen and Off

From TV shows to production crews, Paramount is applying scientific data and rigor across its ecosystem to remove racial bias and correct mental health tropes that perpetuate stigma. Crystal Barnes, Paramount Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, explains how they're doing it and shares how it's going.

Speakers:

  • Crystal Barnes, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, Paramount
  • Heather Clancy, VP, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

1:15–1:30 PM EST — Corporate Collective Action in the Age of Urgency

Collective action – businesses collaborating to address common challenges such as climate change and social justice, often with civil society groups at the table – has been hailed as the heart of corporate sustainability practice. It's also been blamed for multiple parallel initiatives, processes paralyzed by lack of consensus, and progress at a snail's pace. As we confront the urgency of addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and social justice, sustainability leaders from three prominent brands look into the future of corporate collaboration and partnership to drive action.  

Speakers:

  • Michael Kobori, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks
  • Elisabeth Brinton, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability, Microsoft
  • Vien Truong, Global Sustainability, Senior Director of Engagement, Nike
  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-founder, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

1:30–1:40 PM EST — Becoming a Guide for Change

Psychologist and strategist Dr. Renee Lertzman explores what it means for humans – sustainability professionals in particular – to lead amid the multiple crises we're confronting. Given the high stakes, how can we model a new way of leading, that’s based on “radical attunement” to ourselves, teams, colleagues, and stakeholders? Sharing insights from the frontlines of leadership, she invites us to reimagine our roles as guides for change.

Speakers:

  • Renee Lertzman, Existential Change Strategist and Founder, Project InsideOut

Organizers:

1:40–1:55 PM EST — A Brave New World for Sustainability Startups

Startups working to address global sustainability issues have a growing number of choices when deciding how to fund and scale their business, including dozens of corporate accelerators. Two startup founders discuss navigating today's innovation landscape, the ups and downs of building a business that serves bigger companies' sustainable supply chain goals, and coach big corporations on the best way to engage with startups.

Speakers:

  • Chante Harris, ClimateTech Strategist, Schmidt Futures
  • Nuha Siddiqui, CEO & Co-Founder, erthos
  • Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros Harispuru, Chief Executive Officer, Toroto

Organizers:

1:55–2:00 PM EST — Closing

Speakers:

  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

2:00–2:55 PM EST — Sidebar Interviews

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations, and Engagement, Meta
  • Brian Lawrence, Business Development Director, Circular Economy, Henkel
  • Max DuBuisson, Vice President, Sustainability Policy & Engagement, Indigo Ag

Organizers:

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February 14

3:25–3:30 PM EST — Sidebar Welcome

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Julian Moffat, Principal Solutions Strategist, ESG, VelocityEHS
  • Beth Spurgeon, ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion, PwC
  • Rosie Mastrandrea, Sr. Director, Sustainability Product Marketing, Microsoft
  • Suzanne Fallender, VP, Global ESG, Prologis
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations and Engagement, Meta

Organizers:

3:30–3:40 PM EST — Welcome & Opening Address

GreenBiz SVP Sustainability Dylan Siegler welcomes GreenBiz 23 attendees to the event.

Speakers:

  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

3:40–3:50 PM EST — Setting the Stage

GreenBiz Co-Founder and Chairman Joel Makower looks at what the future holds for sustainable business.

Speakers:

  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-founder, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

3:50–3:05 PM EST — Leading from Evolution to Revolution

Two CEOs took different routes to the top: Alison Whritenour became CEO of Seventh Generation in 2021, before she turned 40, taking over a company with a strong sustainability legacy. Entrepreneur Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, author of The Social Impact Advantage: Win Customers and Talent By Harnessing Your Business for Good, founded CapEQ in 2011 to help Fortune 500s embed social impact in their business models. In this peer-to-peer conversation, the two discuss what it will take for companies accustomed to evolving to instead leapfrog beyond what businesses have done before, and how next-generation leaders will take them there.

Speakers:

  • Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, President & CEO, CapEQ
  • Alison Whritenour, CEO, Seventh Generation

Organizers:

4:05–4:15 PM EST — No Data, No Peace: Using Disclosure Data for Environmental Justice

As more companies acknowledge their accountability for environmental injustices in the communities where they operate, disclosure data will be key to identifying problems and finding solutions. Lori Llewellyn, Managing Director, CDP North America, discusses exclusive broad-level findings about local air and water pollution by U.S. companies, homing in on two cities as case studies. Learn how data can help businesses collaborate with local communities to future-proof operations, reverse systemic injustice and create healthy, prosperous places to live and work.

Speakers:

  • Lori Llewellyn, Managing Director, CDP North America

Organizers:

4:15–4:30 PM EST — The Arizona Water Crisis

The Colorado River has been indelibly altered by humans, from dams and irrigation to climate change, causing a water crisis in our event's backyard. In a conversation informed by his reporting for NPR, journalist Kirk Siegler joins experts in the water crisis facing Arizona to discuss solutions and tradeoffs as reservoir levels fall and consequences are felt across the Southwest.

Speakers:

  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Research & Professor of Practice, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute - ASU
  • Kirk Siegler, Correspondent, NPR News
  • Heather Tanana, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Organizers:

4:30–4:35 PM EST — Introducing the GreenBiz 23 Emerging Leaders

Bryan Lewis, Program Manager of GreenBiz.org, introduces the GreenBiz 23 Emerging Leaders.

Speakers:

  • Bryan Lewis, Program Manager, GreenBiz.org, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

4:35–4:45 PM EST — The Critical Mindset Shift We Need Now

The decade ahead will require a deep transformation in how societies and economies work, and a critical shift in assumptions and values is necessary to ensure we can act at the speed and scale this coming disruption will require. Dr. Sally Uren, Chief Executive at Forum for the Future, lays out how a critical shift to a just and regenerative mindset will unlock your business's potential to meet the moment, no matter the mindset that drives your business now.  

Speakers:

  • Sally Uren, CEO, Forum for the Future

Organizers:

4:45–5:00 PM EST — Protecting Our Bird Migration Superhighways

The welfare of wild birds is integrally connected to the state of our natural systems. With a focus on successes and practical tools, BirdLife International CEO Patricia Zurita will discuss the role of healthy flyways in helping stem biodiversity loss and flighting the climate crisis.

Speakers:

  • Patricia Zurita, CEO, BirdLife International

Organizers:

5:00–5:55 PM EST — Sidebar Interviews

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Julian Moffat, Principal Solutions Strategist, ESG, VelocityEHS
  • Beth Spurgeon, ESG Director, Purpose & Inclusion, PwC
  • Rosie Mastrandrea, Sr. Director, Sustainability Product Marketing, Microsoft
  • Suzanne Fallender, VP, Global ESG, Prologis
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations and Engagement, Meta

Organizers:

February 15

12:25–12:30 PM EST — Sidebar Welcome

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations, and Engagement, Meta
  • Brian Lawrence, Business Development Director, Circular Economy, Henkel
  • Max DuBuisson, Vice President, Sustainability Policy & Engagement, Indigo Ag

Organizers:

12:30–12:40 PM EST — Welcome

GreenBiz CEO Eric Faurot welcomes attendees to Day 2 of GreenBiz 23, and SVP Sustainability Dylan Siegler sets the stage for today's keynotes.

Speakers:

  • Eric Faurot, CEO, GreenBiz Group
  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

12:40–12:50 PM EST — The Climate Crisis as a Data Problem

Sustainability leaders know that net zero means little without the high quality data to track it, but that delivering accurate and complete reporting can divert resources away from projects that drive the net-zero transition. What about this problem intrigued Persefoni CEO Kentaro Kawamori so much that he quit his C-suite job to solve it? How will we get there, who will lead, and what role will technology play?

Speakers:

  • Kentaro Kawamori, CEO & Co-Founder, Persefoni

Organizers:

1:00–1:15 PM EST — Counteracting Bias Onscreen and Off

From TV shows to production crews, Paramount is applying scientific data and rigor across its ecosystem to remove racial bias and correct mental health tropes that perpetuate stigma. Crystal Barnes, Paramount Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, explains how they're doing it and shares how it's going.

Speakers:

  • Crystal Barnes, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, Paramount
  • Heather Clancy, VP, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

1:15–1:30 PM EST — Corporate Collective Action in the Age of Urgency

Collective action – businesses collaborating to address common challenges such as climate change and social justice, often with civil society groups at the table – has been hailed as the heart of corporate sustainability practice. It's also been blamed for multiple parallel initiatives, processes paralyzed by lack of consensus, and progress at a snail's pace. As we confront the urgency of addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and social justice, sustainability leaders from three prominent brands look into the future of corporate collaboration and partnership to drive action.  

Speakers:

  • Michael Kobori, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks
  • Elisabeth Brinton, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability, Microsoft
  • Vien Truong, Global Sustainability, Senior Director of Engagement, Nike
  • Joel Makower, Chairman & Co-founder, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

1:30–1:40 PM EST — Becoming a Guide for Change

Psychologist and strategist Dr. Renee Lertzman explores what it means for humans – sustainability professionals in particular – to lead amid the multiple crises we're confronting. Given the high stakes, how can we model a new way of leading, that’s based on “radical attunement” to ourselves, teams, colleagues, and stakeholders? Sharing insights from the frontlines of leadership, she invites us to reimagine our roles as guides for change.

Speakers:

  • Renee Lertzman, Existential Change Strategist and Founder, Project InsideOut

Organizers:

1:40–1:55 PM EST — A Brave New World for Sustainability Startups

Startups working to address global sustainability issues have a growing number of choices when deciding how to fund and scale their business, including dozens of corporate accelerators. Two startup founders discuss navigating today's innovation landscape, the ups and downs of building a business that serves bigger companies' sustainable supply chain goals, and coach big corporations on the best way to engage with startups.

Speakers:

  • Chante Harris, ClimateTech Strategist, Schmidt Futures
  • Nuha Siddiqui, CEO & Co-Founder, erthos
  • Santiago Espinosa de los Monteros Harispuru, Chief Executive Officer, Toroto

Organizers:

1:55–2:00 PM EST — Closing

Speakers:

  • Dylan Siegler, SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Organizers:

2:00–2:55 PM EST — Sidebar Interviews

Speakers:

  • Jon Smieja, VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
  • Leah Garden, Climate Tech Reporter, GreenBiz Group
  • Amanda Gardiner, Sustainability Manager, Programs, Operations, and Engagement, Meta
  • Brian Lawrence, Business Development Director, Circular Economy, Henkel
  • Max DuBuisson, Vice President, Sustainability Policy & Engagement, Indigo Ag

Organizers:

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Selected speakers

Lori Llewellyn

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Managing Director, CDP North America

As Managing Director, CDP North America, Lori guides the global organization’s efforts to achieve its mission within the United States and Canada. She previously led CDP’s finance and administration team in North America, aligning central core functions with CDP’s mission. Lori brings over 20 years of experience in growing and managing organizations, and is passionate about cultivating strong workplace cultures and creating structures that allow non-profit professionals to bring their whole selves to their work. Prior to CDP, Lori was controller and director of human resources at Real Estate Arts, Inc., a New York branding and design agency, and the director of accounting and human services at Sol Savransky Diamonds in New.

Kathryn Sorensen

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)

Director of Research & Professor of Practice, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute - ASU

Kathryn served for many years as Director of Phoenix Water Services as well as Director of the City of Mesa Water Resources Department. In these roles she was responsible for the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water for millions of Arizonans, and significantly advanced the sustainable management of water resources in Arizona and the Colorado River basin. Kathryn earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. In her position at Arizona State University, she oversees the research efforts of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, serves as a Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and as a Senior Global Futures Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Kathryn is a member of the Colorado River Research Group.

Heather Tanana

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Assistant Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Heather Tanana is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and Assistant Professor & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Heather is experienced in state, federal, and tribal courts and clerked for Judge Nuffer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Heather’s research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy in Indian Country. Over the past few years, much of her work has focused on the Water & Tribe Initiative’s Universal Access to Clean Water project. The project seeks to bring awareness to the lack of clean, safe, and reliable drinking water in Tribal communities and to make tangible progress on securing water access for all Americans.

Sally Uren

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)

CEO, Forum for the Future

Sally oversees Forum for the Future’s mission to accelerate transformation to a just and regenerative future. Sally has recently contributed to Forum’s 'Business Transformation Compass' - a guide to just and regenerative business, as well as co-authored ‘Driving Co-Benefits for Climate and Health’, private sector guidance for developing integrated climate and health strategies. She is an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses including Kimberly Clark and Burberry and also Co-Chair of the Independent Advisory Group for Travalyst, the global travel and tourism collaboration led by the Duke of Sussex.

Patricia Zurita

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CEO, BirdLife International

Chief Executive of BirdLife International committed to protect the planet and all it harbors because it is the right thing to do. Convinced that only by empowering local action and working with local people we'll have global impact; and that only working together we can turn things around for the better and demonstrate we are part of a global community that cherishes diversity of life, respects differences and is able to put our selfishness aside for the common good.

Crystal Barnes

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Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, Paramount

Crystal Barnes is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG at Paramount. In this role, Barnes is responsible for Paramount’s social responsibility program including employee engagement, global giving and cross-portfolio campaigns and partnerships, as well as the expansion of the company’s Content for Change initiative. Prior to joining Paramount, Barnes served as Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen, and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation.

Michael Kobori

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VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks

Michael Kobori has spent his career working to build a more just and sustainable world. As Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company, he is responsible for leading Starbucks to become resource positive and activating sustainability with the company’s 350,000 partners and millions of customers worldwide. He also serves as an independent Director of Bunge Ltd., one of the world’s largest agricultural companies, which connects farmers to consumers to deliver more sustainable food, feed, and fuel to the world.

Elisabeth Hidén

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Presiden, Federation of young Swedish farmers

Elisabeth Hidén, 26 years. Agronomist and President of the Federation of young Swedish farmers. Raised on a farm with my parents and four siblings. It's a farm with forest and plant production. Today I live on my husband's farm with my husband and our one-year-old son, which is a dairy farm with cows, forest and a biogas plant. I work at Lantmännen, a large Swedish agricultural cooperative, in the membership department.

Vien Truong

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Global Sustainability, Senior Director of Engagement, Nike

Vien leads Nike’s Global Sustainability Engagement team. Before joining Nike, Vien served as Senior Advisor to Tom Steyer. She was a lead author of his Presidential climate platform. She staffed Tom as the co-chair of the California Recovery Task Force, helping the state’s economic recovery resulting from COVID19. Vien also staffed the Biden-Harris Clean Energy Advisory Council, leading on the development and implementation of the strategy for Biden-Harris climate surrogates. Vien previously served as the President and CEO of the Dream Corps.

Renee Lertzman

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Existential Change Strategist and Founder, Project InsideOut

Renée Lertzman PhD is a psychological strategist and advisor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with leaders and organizations who seek to scale impactful engagement across stakeholders, consumers and employees on ESG, climate and ecology. Her speciality is helping high impact teams and leaders evolve from cheerleaders and educators into ‘guides” drawing on decades of experience, sustainability and psychological training. Clients include Google, VMware, IKEA, PBS, Vattenfall, Unity, and numerous start-ups and philanthropic organizations. She has a MA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Social Sciences from Cardiff University. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at institutions around the world, and has been featured at Stanford University, Yale University, Columbia University, Oxford University, Climate-KIC, TED, and numerous industry and public events. She is currently working on a trade publication about applying the psychology of climate and ecological threats to our business and personal practices.

Dylan Siegler

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SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Dylan has spent nearly two decades building better environmental and social impacts in the nonprofit and public sectors and the Fortune 500. Prior to GreenBiz, she was a lead strategist on the social innovation team at Verizon, where she introduced climate justice as a core element of the company’s climate approach and worked to address the rural digital divide. Formerly, at power company NRG, she developed climate and water strategy, and helped conceive and launch a consultancy to help commercial customers navigate climate action, resilience, clean energy, and energy efficiency.

Jon Smieja

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VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

Jon Smieja works to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy. He is the Vice President and Senior Analyst on the circular economy at GreenBiz Group, where he leads the company’s circularity strategy, programs, and partnerships.

Selected speakers

Lori Llewellyn

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)
Managing Director, CDP North America

As Managing Director, CDP North America, Lori guides the global organization’s efforts to achieve its mission within the United States and Canada. She previously led CDP’s finance and administration team in North America, aligning central core functions with CDP’s mission. Lori brings over 20 years of experience in growing and managing organizations, and is passionate about cultivating strong workplace cultures and creating structures that allow non-profit professionals to bring their whole selves to their work. Prior to CDP, Lori was controller and director of human resources at Real Estate Arts, Inc., a New York branding and design agency, and the director of accounting and human services at Sol Savransky Diamonds in New.

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Kathryn Sorensen

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Director of Research & Professor of Practice, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute - ASU

Kathryn served for many years as Director of Phoenix Water Services as well as Director of the City of Mesa Water Resources Department. In these roles she was responsible for the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water for millions of Arizonans, and significantly advanced the sustainable management of water resources in Arizona and the Colorado River basin. Kathryn earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. In her position at Arizona State University, she oversees the research efforts of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, serves as a Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and as a Senior Global Futures Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Kathryn is a member of the Colorado River Research Group.

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Heather Tanana

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Assistant Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Heather Tanana is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and Assistant Professor & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Heather is experienced in state, federal, and tribal courts and clerked for Judge Nuffer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Heather’s research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy in Indian Country. Over the past few years, much of her work has focused on the Water & Tribe Initiative’s Universal Access to Clean Water project. The project seeks to bring awareness to the lack of clean, safe, and reliable drinking water in Tribal communities and to make tangible progress on securing water access for all Americans.

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Sally Uren

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CEO, Forum for the Future

Sally oversees Forum for the Future’s mission to accelerate transformation to a just and regenerative future. Sally has recently contributed to Forum’s 'Business Transformation Compass' - a guide to just and regenerative business, as well as co-authored ‘Driving Co-Benefits for Climate and Health’, private sector guidance for developing integrated climate and health strategies. She is an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses including Kimberly Clark and Burberry and also Co-Chair of the Independent Advisory Group for Travalyst, the global travel and tourism collaboration led by the Duke of Sussex.

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Patricia Zurita

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CEO, BirdLife International

Chief Executive of BirdLife International committed to protect the planet and all it harbors because it is the right thing to do. Convinced that only by empowering local action and working with local people we'll have global impact; and that only working together we can turn things around for the better and demonstrate we are part of a global community that cherishes diversity of life, respects differences and is able to put our selfishness aside for the common good.

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Crystal Barnes

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Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & ESG, Paramount

Crystal Barnes is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG at Paramount. In this role, Barnes is responsible for Paramount’s social responsibility program including employee engagement, global giving and cross-portfolio campaigns and partnerships, as well as the expansion of the company’s Content for Change initiative. Prior to joining Paramount, Barnes served as Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen, and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation.

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Michael Kobori

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VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks

Michael Kobori has spent his career working to build a more just and sustainable world. As Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company, he is responsible for leading Starbucks to become resource positive and activating sustainability with the company’s 350,000 partners and millions of customers worldwide. He also serves as an independent Director of Bunge Ltd., one of the world’s largest agricultural companies, which connects farmers to consumers to deliver more sustainable food, feed, and fuel to the world.

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Elisabeth Hidén

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Presiden, Federation of young Swedish farmers

Elisabeth Hidén, 26 years. Agronomist and President of the Federation of young Swedish farmers. Raised on a farm with my parents and four siblings. It's a farm with forest and plant production. Today I live on my husband's farm with my husband and our one-year-old son, which is a dairy farm with cows, forest and a biogas plant. I work at Lantmännen, a large Swedish agricultural cooperative, in the membership department.

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Vien Truong

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Global Sustainability, Senior Director of Engagement, Nike

Vien leads Nike’s Global Sustainability Engagement team. Before joining Nike, Vien served as Senior Advisor to Tom Steyer. She was a lead author of his Presidential climate platform. She staffed Tom as the co-chair of the California Recovery Task Force, helping the state’s economic recovery resulting from COVID19. Vien also staffed the Biden-Harris Clean Energy Advisory Council, leading on the development and implementation of the strategy for Biden-Harris climate surrogates. Vien previously served as the President and CEO of the Dream Corps.

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Renee Lertzman

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Existential Change Strategist and Founder, Project InsideOut

Renée Lertzman PhD is a psychological strategist and advisor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with leaders and organizations who seek to scale impactful engagement across stakeholders, consumers and employees on ESG, climate and ecology. Her speciality is helping high impact teams and leaders evolve from cheerleaders and educators into ‘guides” drawing on decades of experience, sustainability and psychological training. Clients include Google, VMware, IKEA, PBS, Vattenfall, Unity, and numerous start-ups and philanthropic organizations. She has a MA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Social Sciences from Cardiff University. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at institutions around the world, and has been featured at Stanford University, Yale University, Columbia University, Oxford University, Climate-KIC, TED, and numerous industry and public events. She is currently working on a trade publication about applying the psychology of climate and ecological threats to our business and personal practices.

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Dylan Siegler

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SVP & Senior Analyst, Sustainability, GreenBiz Group

Dylan has spent nearly two decades building better environmental and social impacts in the nonprofit and public sectors and the Fortune 500. Prior to GreenBiz, she was a lead strategist on the social innovation team at Verizon, where she introduced climate justice as a core element of the company’s climate approach and worked to address the rural digital divide. Formerly, at power company NRG, she developed climate and water strategy, and helped conceive and launch a consultancy to help commercial customers navigate climate action, resilience, clean energy, and energy efficiency.

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Jon Smieja

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VP, Circularity & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

Jon Smieja works to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy. He is the Vice President and Senior Analyst on the circular economy at GreenBiz Group, where he leads the company’s circularity strategy, programs, and partnerships.

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