2017 Conference

The Future of Education in Business Sustainability

Hosted by:
The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

10th Annual Conference & Green-Tie Dinner

Green-Tie Dinner

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:00 pm
Sonesta Hotel
1800 Market Street

10th IGEL Annual Conference

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Conference Description:

This year’s conference-workshop will take the opportunity of IGEL’s tenth anniversary to examine what lessons have been learned in effort to promote education in business sustainability with a focus on priorities for the future. Founding and current corporate sponsors of IGEL will join leading academics in the field to provide food for thought and discussion. A Knowledge@Wharton special report is planned to record highlights.


Thinking About The Future Of Sustainability and What It Means For The Global Economy
Quotes from the IGEL Community 

Thinking about the future of sustainability and what it means to the global economy
Submission by Professor Robert Giegengack, University of Pennsylvania

Thank You to Our Sponsors!



April 25th, 2017 – Green Tie Dinner
6:00pm – 7:00pm Networking Dinner & Opening Remarks – Eric Orts,Faculty Director of IGEL

Welcome Remarks – Jordan Cooper, General Manager, Sonesta Philadelphia




7:00pm – 7:30pm Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Karen Totland, FMC Vice President, GlobalProcurement,

Global Facilities & Corporate Sustainability

7:30pm -8:00pm Dessert & Networking

April 26th, 2017 – Conference                   

8:30am – 9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome Remarks & Conference Introduction:

Geoff Garrett, Dean, Wharton School

Eric Orts, Faculty Director of IGEL; Gary Survis, SeniorIGEL Fellow

9:15am – 9:30am Opening Keynote:

Gary Helminski, President Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

9:30am – 11:10am Panel One: Views on Business Sustainability Education from Practice

Moderated by: Gary Survis


Patrick Cairo, Emeritus Founding IGEL Member,Former Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Suez North America

Phil Dahlin, Director of Sustainability, Johnson &Johnson

Jon Freedman, Global Government Relations Leader,GE Power & Water  Linda Froelich, GlobalSustainability Director, FMC Corporation

Bruce Karas, Vice President Environment, The Coca-Cola Company

Erin Meezan, Chief Sustainability Officer, Interface

Alex Spilger, Senior Vice President, Cushman &Wakefield


11:10am – 11:20am Questions & Audience Participation
11:20am – 11:30am Networking Break
11:30am – 11:45am Morning Keynote:

John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, UnitedTechnologies

11:45am – 1:10pm Panel Two: The Role of Business Schools inPromoting Sustainability

Moderated by: Eric Orts


Michael Toffel, Faculty, Harvard Business School

Noam Lior, Faculty, University of Pennsylvania Engineering & Applied Science (MEAM)

Andrew King, Faculty, Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

Tom Lyon, Faculty, University of Michigan Ross School

Brian Berkey, Faculty, The Wharton School, Universityof Pennsylvania

Sarah Light, Faculty, The Wharton School, University ofPennsylvania

1:10pm – 1:20pm Questions & Audience Participation
1:20pm – 1:35pm Closing Keynote:

David Rachelson, Head of Sustainability, RubiconGlobal

1:35pm – 1:45pm Wrap Up: Questions & Discussion
1:45pm – 2:30pm Networking Lunch