2013 IGEL Conference-Workshop
Speakers and Moderators
John Ashcroft | Eugenie Birch | William Brandt | Patrick Cairo | Bernard David | Gil Friend | Neil Hawkins | Andrew Huemmler | Alan Kelly | Katherine Klein | Mariola Kopcinski | Perry Moss | J. Ashley Nixon | Eric Orts | Jed Richardson | Steve Rochlin | Jeff Seabright | Dave Stangis | Gary Survis | Tamara McCann Thies | Susan M. Wachter | Charlene Wall-Warren | Michael Washburn | Judy Wicks | Cope Willis | Andrew Winston
**Full list of Speakers and Panelists’ biographies coming soon.
U.S. Attorney General, Governor of Missouri,
U.S. Senator, Chairman of the Ashcroft Group
U.S. Attorney General. Governor of Missouri. U.S. Senator. John Ashcroft, the Chairman of the Ashcroft Group, has been leading Americans for over 30 years in public and private service. In 2005, Mr. Ashcroft established The Ashcroft Group, LLC to help domestic and international corporations apply the leadership principles, sound judgment, and high goals he embraced during his over three decades of public service to the business world. As Attorney General, Mr. Ashcroft led the U.S. Department of Justice through the transformational period after the September 11, 2001 attacks, reorganizing the Department to focus on its number one priority: preventing terrorism. The tough antiterrorism campaign he directed helped keep America safe throughout his tenure and resulted in the dismantling of terrorist cells across America and the disruption of over 150 terrorist plots worldwide. Within two months of the attacks, and with financial markets still reeling, the unprecedented corporate scandals at ENRON, WorldCom and dozens more unfolded, further destabilizing the basis of our economy. John Ashcroft was called on to restore America’s faith in the integrity of our marketplace. He marshaled the resources of the federal government to bring to justice those guilty of massive corporate fraud. At all times, he demanded that cases be brought swiftly, with appropriate serious penalties; always taking into account the best interests of the employees and shareholders whose lives were most directly affected. As the Justice Departments’ CEO, Mr. Ashcroft led the world’s largest and best international law firm and law enforcement agency — an organization larger than most Fortune 500 companies with over 122,000 employees. Mr. Ashcroft integrated strategic planning, budgeting and performance measures, which resulted in the DOJ earning a clean audit for the first time its history. John Ashcroft serves as Advisory Board Chairman to Rubicon Global, North America’s leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions. Rubicon Global provides comprehensive waste stream solutions that allow companies to reduce operating expenses, implement recycling programs and reduce cost through waste and recycling initiatives. He was raised in Springfield, Missouri, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.
Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education
Chair of the Graduate Group in City Planning
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Professor Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education. She teaches courses in planning history and global urbanization. Professor Birch has been active in the field’s professional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. In 2000, she was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and made a member (honorary) of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She has been a member of the Planning Accreditation Board, having served as its chair from 2004-2006. She has been President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; President, Society of American City and Regional Planning History; and co-editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She is currently President, International Planning History Society and Associate Editor, Journal of the American Planning Association. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning History, and Planning Perspectives. She has been Visiting Scholar, Queens University, Foreign Scholar, University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning has given her the Margarita McCoy Award, “in recognition of her outstanding contribution to furthering the advancement of women in the planning academy” (994), the Jay Chatterjee Award for Distinguished Service that “recognizes an individual whose exceptional service, actions and leadership have had a lasting and positive impact on the ACSP”(2006) and the Distinguished Educator Award (2009) in recognition of her teaching and research. The Society of American City and Regional Planning History awarded her its Lawrence C. Gerckens Prize (2009) in recognition of her contributions to planning history. Professor Birch’s civic commitments include serving on the board of trustees of the Municipal Art Society of New York, Scenic Hudson, Inc and the International Downtown Association. She is co-chair, UN-HABITAT’s World Urban Campaign. In the early 1990s she was a member of the City Planning Commission, New York City and in 2002, she served on the jury to select the designers for the World Trade Center site. Professor Birch holds an AB from Bryn Mawr College, and a MSUP and PhD from Columbia University.
Director of Strategic Integration
Bill Brandt is an advisor and mentor for entrepreneurs, researchers and partnerships in renewable energy and sustainability. His interests include team building and capability development. He also lectures on negotiations with teams in complex environments, joint ventures and financial valuations. Bill worked in the energy industry for 30 years for BP and has extensive experience in leading complex mergers and acquisitions (M&A) teams, including major capital market transactions. Bill was a Distinguished Advisor at BP. He now holds the position of Director of Strategic Integration for LightWorks, ASU’s university-wide energy research and development initiative.
Patrick R. Cairo
Executive Vice President
Strategy & Marketing
Suez Environment North America and United Water
Patrick Cairo is responsible for strategic planning and growth for SUEZ ENVIRONMENT NORTH AMERICA (SENA) and United Water. He is also responsible for external relations with multilateral agencies and industry groups in the water sector. Cairo has over thirty-five years of experience in the water industry, including fifteen years with SENA and its parent company, SUEZ ENVIRONMENT (SE). Until 2002, he served as Director of Technology and Research for SE in Paris where he was responsible for all of the company’s technology and research centers around the world. Prior to that, Cairo served as CEO of United Water Services following a three-year tenure with SE as Director of International Water Development for North America. Cairo holds both a BS and MS in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director and Board Chairman, ReProduct;
Partner, Energy Management International, INC (EMI)
Mr. David is a Partner at Energy Management International, Inc. Energy Management International, Inc. (“EMI”) is a global business development company whose purpose is to take the best of breed energy technology companies (via exclusive arrangements) and bring them to countries/markets around the world through local joint ventures (“LJV”s). Read more…
President & CEO
Natural Logic Inc.
Gil Friend is founder, president & CEO of Natural Logic Inc, helping companies design, implement and measure profitable sustainability strategies. He is widely considered one of the founders of the sustainability movement, and was named to the Sustainability Hall of Fame (along with Ray Anderson, Amory Lovins, Karl-Henrik Robert and Bob Willard) by theInternational Society of Sustainability Professionals, acknowledging “those people that have contributed the most to the emerging field of sustainability.” A systems ecologist and business strategist with more than 40 years experience in business, communications, and environmental innovation, Friend combines broad business experience with unique content experience spanning strategy, systems ecology, economic development, management cybernetics, and public policy. Tomorrow magazine called him “One of the country’s leading environmental management consultants—a real expert who combines theoretical sophistication with hands-on, in-the-trenches know-how.”
Friend serves on the boards of directors of Open Data Registry, Inc. and Ecological Building Network, and the advisory boards of CleanFish, Green Chamber of Commerce, Green World Campaign, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and Sustainable Brands, and was a founding board member of the Sustainable Business Alliance and the Institute for Global Communications. He served on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Clean Tech Advisory Council, and the executive board of OpenEco.org, and was twice named one of the Bay Area’s top 25 movers & shakers in cleantech Friend has served as Adjunct Faculty at Presidio Graduate School, and guest faculty at California College of the Arts. He lectures widely on business strategy and sustainability issues and writes The New Bottom Line, offering strategic perspectives on business and environment. Friend is author of the acclaimed book The Truth About Green Business and the forthcoming book, Pro?t on Purpose: Risk, Fiduciary Duty and the Laws of Nature; was co-author of Biofuels Development and Soil Productivity (1982); and has contributed chapters to several books, including Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, Sustainable Enterprise Report, Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook, Sustainable Food Systems, and Stepping Stones. He holds an M.S. degree in systems ecology from Antioch University, has a black belt in Aikido, and is a seasoned practitioner of “The Natural Step”environmental management system.
Neil C. Hawkins, Sc.D.
Vice President, Sustainability & EH&S
The Dow Chemical Co.
Dr. Neil Hawkins serves as Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, Hawkins drives sustainability strategy across the company, and is accountable for the implementation of Dow’s transformational 2015 Sustainability Goals. He directly leads a team of sustainability and life-cycle professionals, and also has global responsibility for Dow’s organizations and programs for Product Safety/Toxicology, Regulatory Affairs, Medical/Health Services, Epidemiology, EH&S Auditing and Compliance, and Remediation. Previously, Hawkins led EH&S and Security programs for a major Dow manufacturing and R&D site, and served as global EH&S Director for the industry’s largest commodity chemical business. Additionally, he has served in a wide range of other EH&S, Operations, and Public Policy roles since joining the company in 1988.
Hawkins is also a widely recognized expert in sustainability, health, and environmental policy. He serves on the National Academies Roundtable for Science and Technology for Sustainability and on the Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panels of both California and Michigan. He is a member of the International Leadership Council for The Nature Conservancy and Board member of The Keystone Center and Global Water Challenge. Hawkins also leads Dow’s global university relationships in the area of sustainability, including the Dow Sustainable Innovation Student Challenge Awards, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.
In his community, Hawkins has served in multiple, diverse board appointments, and currently is on the Board of the Midland Foundation. Together with his family, he is also very active in disability advocacy. Hawkins holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree from Harvard University, School of Public Health, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech.
Andrew E. Huemmler, PhD
Lecturer, Energy and Sustainability
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Huemmler was with Exelon and its predecessor, PECO Energy, for 20 years. He started his career at PECO as an energy conservation analyst and finished at Exelon’s Power Team as a senior power transactor buying and selling electricity in wholesale power markets. He was a member of the New England Power Pool’s Transmission Operations Committee and participated in the rulemaking process which created electricity markets- in the Northeast. Prior to joining PECO Energy, Andy worked in the City of Philadelphia’s Energy Office in the Green administration. He authored an Energy Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Philadelphia and implemented the City’s first neighborhood-based energy education program. Early in his career, Andy worked for a small hydropower developer and the Philadelphia Water Department. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Queen Village Neighbors Association for eight years. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, the long-time leader in providing community-based energy efficiency services and assistance to low and moderate income families. Dr. Huemmler holds a BS and a MCP from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Social Systems Sciences from the Wharton School.
The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kelly received his veterinary medical education at Bristol University in England and, having been awarded an National Cancer Institute Fellowship, came to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a PhD. In 1968 he joined the faculty in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he taught pathology and conducted NIH funded research on neuro-muscular development and on the pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 1994 Dr. Kelly became dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and served in this office for the ensuing 12 years, retiring in December 2005. During his deanship the School’s appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased from $12 million to $38 million. In 2000 he led a campaign that raised $127 million from private and public sources for construction of the Hill Pavilion, a new teaching and research building at the School. After retiring from the Dean’s office Dr. Kelly joined the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at the School’s New Bolton Center campus. In 2007 he raised funds to organize an international symposium at Penn entitled: Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy. The goal of the conference was to introduce veterinary students to careers in global health, specifically in global food security. The proceedings of the Conference were published by Penn Press in 2008. Drs. Smith and Kelly are co-editors. In 2011 with Drs. Ferguson and Galligan, he developed the course Veterinary Medicine and Global Food Security. The course covers broad topics of food security and included lectures from faculty in 7 other schools at Penn. In 2012 this course was repeated as a 4 credit undergraduate course for the Ben Franklin Scholars program. In 2007 Dr. Kelly became chair of the NRC study Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine. Results of the study were published in 2012.
Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management
Vice-Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Professor Katherine Klein is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Wharton, Katherine was on the faculty of the University of Maryland and a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. An award-winning organizational psychologist, Katherine has conducted extensive field research regarding a range of topics including team leadership, climate, conflict, social networks and effectiveness; organizational change and technology implementation; employee diversity; and employee responses to stock ownership and stock options. She has taught executive education, studied, and consulted with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Rohm and Haas, North American Scientific, Medtronic, The Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Penn Vet, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Korean Management Association.
Her research has been published in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review. A former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, she is currently an associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Katherine is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Katherine’s current research interests include race in organizations; leadership succession and social network change; and Rwanda’s reconciliation and reconstruction following the 1994 genocide. Read more…
Global Strategic Marketing Director
Mariola Kopcinski is a Global Strategic Marketing Director at FMC, where her key role is leading global and regional teams in the development of a long-term agricultural products portfolio and in-depth business opportunities analyses of Acquisition/Access targets, as well as developing strategic plans for adjacent market spaces and market back alignment on product concepts for Product Innovation. She also represents the agricultural product group at FMC’s sustainability council and leads the sustainability implementation team. Mariola started her career in Agricultural Chemical Business at Rohm and Haas Co, where she learnt the industry first as a field sales representative and a marketing manager, and then as the Business Manager of a start-up in the post-harvest chemical treatment business, AgroFresh. After the Rohm and Haas divestiture she took a role at DuPont Co., applying her strategy development skills to the BioMax and CoolMax brands, and co-developing a DuPont Food Industry Enterprise approach within the Ag and Nutrition Platform, and managing its global fungicides portfolio thereafter. To gain international business experience, she accepted a Strategic Marketing Manger role with Syngenta Co., in Basel, Switzerland, where she worked on developing a global strategy for combined seed and crop protection business. Mariola was born in Poland, were she got a PhD and a MS in plant pathology and biochemistry in Seed Technology Department at Poznan University. She came to the US for a post-doctoral position at Cornell University in the area of seed anatomy and biocontrol. She also holds an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester, which she supplemented over the years with strategic marketing trainings at Kellogg and Insead. She is an author of several research articles and has presented at many technical and business conferences. She is also a member of the Credentials Advisory Council, the Sustainability Institute at AICHE, and is the Chairman of Sustainability Body of Knowledge Team for AICHE certification, where together with volunteers from Academia and the Chemical Industry she is developing courses to promote sustainability knowledge. She was recently invited to join the Forum of Executive Women, an organization for outstanding Female Leaders in the Delaware Valley. She lives with her family in the Philadelphia area.
As President, Perry Moss leads Rubicon Global’s efforts to deliver the smartest and most cost-effective sustainability solutions to its customers. With over 21 years of experience in the recycling and waste industries, Moss leads Rubicon Global’s operations and delivers comprehensive sustainable solutions and innovative resource recovery programs. Previously, Moss served as Executive Vice President of Oakleaf Waste Management where he was responsible for the Major Accounts Group and directly worked with companies such as Walmart, CVS, Dollar General and Sears/Kmart. Prior to Oakleaf, Moss began his career at Smurfit-Stone in 1990 serving in a variety of recycling leadership roles and also led a subsidiary, which operated a waste brokerage and recycling company. Moss also served as Vice President of Recycling for Champion International for two years. During his career, Moss is responsible for selling and managing nearly $1 billion of waste and recycling business. Moss holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University and was active in Advanced Leadership Development at Washington University. Additionally, Moss has appeared in a number of trade publications including Recycling Today, Chain Store Age and Restaurant Facility Business.
J. Ashley Nixon
NGO & Stakeholder Relations Manager
Shell Oil Company
Ashley’s career has featured teaching, research, consulting and corporate management of sustainability issues in over thirty countries, including work with Shell in Canada, Brazil, Nigeria, Peru, and the USA. He is currently NGO & Stakeholder Relations Manager for Shell in the Americas, a role that revolves around the environmental and social challenges, as well as opportunities, of producing and using energy in the world. During the 1980s and early 1990s, he was a senior lecturer in applied ecology and environmental assessment at Farnborough College and Sunderland University, England. He was also director of an international training program in environmental management and assessment at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ashley is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and has a PhD in ecology from Coventry University, England, earned from studying native forest restoration in the Scottish Hebrides.
Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership
Guardsmark Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Eric Orts is the Faculty Director of IGEL, and the Guardsmark Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor in the Legal Studies and Busi-ness Ethics Department with a joint appointment in the Management Department. He directs the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Penn/Wharton. He also serves as an academic co-director of the FINRA at Wharton certificate program for securities compliance and regulatory professionals. His primary research and teaching interests are in environmental law and policy, corporate governance, and professional ethics. His scholarly work is widely published in academic journals (mostly law reviews) and books. Prior to joining Wharton’s faculty in 1991, Orts practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City and was a Chemical Bank fellow in corporate social responsibility at Columbia Law School. He has taught at the University of Pennsylva-nia Law School and visited at the UCLA School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Tsinghua University, Sydney Law School, and NYU School of Law. He has also been visiting Fulbright professor in the law department of the University of Leuven, the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics and the Professions, and a faculty fellow in the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School at Har-vard. Orts is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA), the New School for Social Research (MA), the University of Michigan (JD), and Columbia University (JSD).Read more...
Global Energy Director
Johnson & Johnson
Jed Richardson is currently the Global Energy Director for Johnson & Johnson, responsible for the enterprise energy program strategy and implementation. Jed owns several public sustainability goals related to greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy. He also has responsibility for the company’s energy procurement strategy and execution. During his 12 years with J&J he has held a number of diverse engineering and operations management positions, and has been responsible for developing and managing numerous supply and demand side energy and utility projects at various J&J locations throughout the world.
Senior Partner & Co-Founder, IO Sustainability, LLC
Senior Fellow, Business Civic Leadership Center
Steve Rochlin is Co-founder and Senior Partner of IO Sustainability. IO (Innovations and Outcomes for Sustainable Development) identifies strategic solutions for private, public, and civil sector organizations that maximize economic, social, and environmental value for the long-term. Steve has recently been named one of the first Senior Fellows of the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) of the US Chamber of Commerce. Steve will work with BCLC’s network of leading corporations to guide its thought leadership and R&D for BCLC’s mission to define best practices and engage businesses in partnerships to help solve the major environmental, health and wellness, and economic development challenges of our time. Steve has over 17 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He has been a senior executive at two leading S&CR organizations. For AccountAbility he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence. Steve is co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. Executives and Managers frequently engage Steve to advise on designing enterprise-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Strategy, building Sustainably Competitive Business Strategy, Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, Measuring the Returns and Impacts from S&CR, Designing Effective Management and Governance Structures for S&CR, Enhancing Reputation, Communicating Sustainability Performance, Effective Reporting, Community Investment Strategy, Base of the Pyramid Strategy, and Partnership Development among others. He is an expert facilitator and corporate trainer. He is frequently asked to speak on S&CR topics in conferences around the world. Steve currently serves on the Advisory Boards for New Earth (inventors of the Social Hotspots Database and Handprinter Initiative) and for the Global Services Leadership Initiative of the Meridian International Institute. Steve started his career in the arena of Innovation and Technology-based Economic Development for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the National Academy of Sciences. He obtained is MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his AB from Brown University.
Vice President, Environment and Water Resources
The Coca-Cola Company
Jeff Seabright is the chief environmental officer at the Coca-Cola Company, where he is responsible for environmental governance and leadership across global operations of the Coca-Cola system including water stewardship, sustainable packaging, climate protection practices, and sustainable agriculture. Mr. Seabright has held several positions in government and business, including as Foreign Service Officer in the State Department, legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, director of environment and energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and head of the White House Task Force on Climate Change under President Clinton. Before joining the Coca-Cola Co., he served as vice president for policy planning at Texaco. Mr. Seabright is chairman of the Board of the World Environment Center, chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security and a member of the Environmental Technology and Trade Advisory Council serving the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He also serves on the Boards of The Global Water Challenge, Pace Academy, Erb Institute Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan, Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University and the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Vice President – Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility
President – Campbell Soup Foundation
David Stangis was named Vice President-Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in September 2008. In 2011, his role was expanded to include oversight of Community Affairs and the Campbell Soup Foundation. Dave designs Campbell’s overarching CSR, sustainability and community affairs strategy, including its efforts to drive environmental sustainability and make a measureable impact on the health of young people in Campbell communities. Working closely with other senior leaders, he is advancing Campbell’s operational and communication strategies in these areas and oversees the development of CSR and sustainability goals, policies and programs for the Company. Dave has helped the company achieve its place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Since 2009, the company has implemented projects to save more than 3 billion gallons of water, lead the sector in leveraging renewable options and deliver more than $30 million in energy and water savings.
Prior to joining Campbell, Dave worked for 12 years at Intel, where he created and led the corporate responsibility function. In 2008, Dave was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. In 2011 and 2012, Trust Across America named Dave one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. He is on the advisory boards of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Net Impact, The University of Detroit College of Business, and the board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Dave earned his B.S. degree from the University of Detroit, his M.S. degree in occupational and environmental health from Wayne State University in Detroit, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan.
Chief Buzz Officer/Founder
Practical Digital Marketing
Gary Survis is a seasoned marketing and green business executive. He is focused on bringing “practical” digital solutions to the green and traditional marketing segments. His current venture is Practical Digital Marketing which assists venture/private equity portfolio companies with their digital marketing presence. Most recently, he was Chief Operating Officer of Geoscape Solar (www.GeoscapeSolar.com), a NJ based solar integrator specializing on the residential and commercial solar market. Gary’s focus has been on originating the concept of Solar Done Right™ and creating a marketing/sales organization to drive growth. Prior to Geoscape Solar, Gary was founder and Managing Partner of Go Green Displays. This company delivered Practical Green solutions for face-to-face marketing (meetings, conferences, trade shows, and events). He pioneered environmentally-friendly options that were cost-effective, visually appealing and fit with a company’s “green” positioning. Customers included Mattel, Ricoh, Dell, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. Survis has been featured in multiple publications including Forbes.com, Trade Show Week, Exhibitor Magazine, and Biz Bash. He has written articles that have appeared in NJ Enterprise, Digital Graphics, and The New York Enterprise Report. He also publishes multiple blogs and has a significant Twitter following (over 8,000). Speaking engagements have included Sustainable Brands, NJ WasteWise, Brooklyn Business Summit, and TS2 Event Show. His company was a finalist in the NY Enterprise Report Awards for Green Business. Gary graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 as an Entrepreneurial Management and Political Science Major. He currently is Co-President (with his wife Lorraine, C’86) of the Penn Club of Metro NJ.
Tamara McCann Thies
Chief Counsel for Environment & Sustainability
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Tamara McCann Thies grew up on a Polled Hereford cattle ranch just outside of Culbertson, Montana. She ventured to Washington, DC to attend college and law school at The Catholic University of America. After college, she spent nearly seven years working as a Legislative Assistant and Counsel for Senator Max Baucus on a variety of subject areas including agriculture and the environment. Tamara has spent the past ten years working on environmental and sustainability issues for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and is currently the Chief Counsel for Environment & Sustainability. A majority of her work in this position has included representing cattle producer interests before Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Management and Budget on diverse environmental issues that affect the cattle industry. These issues include regulation of animal feeding operations under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Superfund law, and the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure law. Tamara also works on sustainability efforts for cattlemen.
Susan M. Wachter
Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management
Professor of Real Estate and Finance
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management, Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School and Professor of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. At Penn, she is also co-director, along with Eugenie Birch, of the Penn Institute for Urban Research that is engaged in defining best practices for urban sustainability. As Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at HUD from 1998 to 2001, she was responsible for national housing and urban policy. Dr. Wachter served as President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and co-editor of Real Estate Economics, the leading academic real estate journal. Dr. Wachter currently serves on multiple editorial boards, and is the author of over 150 publications.
North America Sustainability Manager
Charlene leads sustainability programs for BASF in North America. Her role includes identifying new opportunities to communicate and apply BASF’s sustainability management systems, measurement tools and product innovations. Prior to this she led a companywide team pursuing opportunities for packaging technologies with environmental and economic benefits, as well as enhanced shelf appeal. In 2001 she launched BASF’s North American Eco-efficiency Analysis program, bringing sustainability measurement and optimization tools to BASF businesses and customers in this region. She is a Board Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and from 2006 to 2008 was the Inaugural Chair for AIChE’s Center for Sustainable Technology Practices. She spent the first ten years of her career as a process and project engineer designing BASF’s manufacturing facilities after graduating in 1992 with a B.S.Ch.E. from Drexel University.
Vice president of Sustainability
Nestlé Waters North America
Michael Washburn is the Vice president of Sustainability at Nestlé Waters North America. Michael has spent over 15 years working in conservation roles at non-profits and universities, with a focus on sustainable forestry, land conservation, green building and conservation leadership. In particular, he recently held a senior position at The Wilderness Society, focused on public-lands advocacy, and, he served as the Vice President of Brand Management for the Forest Stewardship Council where he advanced the adoption of independent forest-certification and product labeling programs.
Michael has a substantive education in forestry and environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Policy from Penn State and earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Forest Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. In addition, he was an advisor to the USDA Forest Service on sustainability issues while on faculty at Penn State and the Yale School of Forestry. In addition to his environmental interests, Michael devotes significant time and energy to the fields of workplace giving and disability advocacy and sits on the boards of Adirondack Adaptive Adventures, Aging and Disabilities Charities of America, Human and Civil Rights organizations of America and Child Aid International. He serves on the advisory board for Adirondack Wild/Friends of the Forest Preserve.
Author, Good Morning, Beautiful Business
Co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Judy is a leader and speaker in the local economy movement, and in 2001 co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a network of over 20,000 independent local businesses in the US and Canada. She also founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food, which connects local family farms with the Philadelphia marketplace. An entrepreneur for 40 years, in 1983 Judy founded the legendary White Dog Cafe, a pioneer in the local food movement and a model in sustainable business practices and community engagement. In 2009, she sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy. Her memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business was recently published in March, 2013.
Manager, Sustainable Business Solutions
Cope Willis joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2010 as a manager in PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions practice. Cope has over ten years of experience providing engineering, environmental, and sustainable development services to public and private clients. Cope’s sustainability expertise includes strategy development and implementation, environmental risk management, governance, and sustainability data collection and reporting. At PwC, Cope advises US and multi-national companies in the financial services, retail and consumer and industrial products sectors. Cope works with clients to identify sustainability issues material to their businesses, evaluate the value at stake, and develop strategies to address their sustainability risks and opportunities. For example, Cope has advised consumer packaged goods companies on revenue growth opportunities through sustainable product offerings and worked with retail and consumer goods clients to develop supply chain management programs to enhance supply chain resiliency and reduce reputational risks. Cope is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Doctorate in Earth Science from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Author, Green Recovery and Green to Gold
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking. As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, he has advised some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Bridgestone, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi. Andrew also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the HP External Global Citizenship Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP), and as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC. He is the author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold, the international best-selling guide to what works –and what doesn’t– when companies go green. Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, exploring the business benefits of sustainability with audiences around the world. Andrew’s earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in marketing and business development at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two sons.