2018 Conference

The End of the World as We Know It?

The Consequence of Extreme Climatic Disruption for Business and Democracy

11th Annual Conference

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Conference Agenda

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVE

Conference Description:

In the wake of a number of extreme weather events in 2017 that are likely to have been either caused or made more severe by climate change and global warming, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Atlantic Ocean, record-setting wildfires in the western United States, and record-breaking monsoons in Asia, this conference examines the future consequences of an increasing expected frequency of extreme weather events for two of the most fundamental institutions of our civilization: free enterprise and democratic government. The conference will gather experts from academia, business, the military, and national intelligence services to realistically and seriously assess the risks associated with these kinds of extreme weather events and their social consequences, and propose risk management strategies for reducing future losses that are likely to be implemented.

RESOURCES

Click to view the presentation slides from our 2018 Conference presenters.

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Click below to view each panelists’ presentation:

Opening Keynote:
Panel One: Business Perspectives                                                                          
  • Elinor Haider, Vice President, Veolia North America
  • Lisa Manley, Director Sustainability Engagement, Mars
  • Sanjay Patnaik, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy, George Washington University
  • Jacqueline Mayan, Senior Manager, Eastern Shore Natural Gas at Chesapeake Utilities
  • Anthony Wagar, Executive Vice President, Environmental Practice, Willis Towers Watson
Morning Keynote:
  • Erica Ocampo, Sustainability Strategy Manager, Dow Chemical Company
Panel Two: Academic Perspectives: 
  • Carolyn Kousky, Director for Policy Research and Engagement, Wharton Risk Center
  • Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor, co-director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
  • Edna Odhiambo, Tutorial Fellow, University of Nairobi
  • Irina Marinov, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Edward L. Rubin, Vanderbilt University Faculty
  • Bethany Wiggin, Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities                                                                                 
Panel Three: National Security Perspectives
Closing Keynote:
  • Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor/Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

AGENDA

AGENDA – Wednesday April 18, 8:30am

8:30AM – 9:00AM      Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:05AM      Conference Introduction: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL

9:05AM – 9:10AM       Welcome: Wendell Pritchett, University Provost 

9:15AM – 9:30AM       Opening Keynote: Colby Manwaring, CEO, Innovyze

9:30AM – 9:40AM       Questions & Audience Participation

9:40AM – 10:50AM    Panel One: Business Perspectives 

Moderator: Gary Survis, Senior IGEL fellow

Panelists:

Elinor Haider, Vice President, Veolia North America

Lisa Manley, Director Sustainability Engagement, Mars

Jacqueline Mayan, Senior Manager, Eastern Shore Natural Gas at Chesapeake 

Sanjay Patnaik, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy, George Washington University

Anthony Wagar, Executive Vice President, Environmental Practice, Willis Towers 

10:50AM – 11:00AM    Questions & Audience Participation

11:00AM – 11:15AM    Networking Break

11:15AM – 11:45AM    Morning Keynote: Erica Ocampo, Sustainability Strategy Manager, Dow Chemical Company

11:45AM – 12:00PM    Questions & Audience Participation

12:00PM – 1:15PM      Panel Two: Academic Perspectives

Moderator: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL  

Panelists:

Howard Kunreuther, Wharton Faculty

Carolyn Kousky, Director for Policy Research and Engagement, Wharton Risk Center

Edna Odhiambo, Tutorial Fellow, University of Nairobi

Irina Marinov, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Edward L. Rubin, Vanderbilt University Faculty

Bethany Wiggin, Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities 

1:15PM – 1:30PM        Questions & Audience Participation

1:30PM – 2:15PM        Networking Lunch

2:15PM – 3:15PM        Panel Three – National Security Perspectives

Moderator: Sarah Light, Wharton Faculty

Panelists:

Ann C. Phillips, Admiral, U.S. Navy 

Mark Nevitt, Penn Law Faculty

Christopher Rohner, Business Continuity Program Manager, General Dynamics Information Technology (Formerly CSRA)        

3:15PM – 3:30PM        Questions & Audience Participation

3:30PM – 4:00PM

 Closing Keynote: Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor/Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Questions from the Audience

4:00PM – 5:00PM        Networking Reception