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Program and Speaker Presentations

7:00 - 8:15

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30

Conference Opening and Introductory Address

  • Joe Lawless, Executive Director, Center for Leadership & Social Responsibility

Setting the stage for the day's discussions

8:30 - 10:00

Session 1 - Doing Well by Doing Good

  • Moderated by Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
  • Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air - Presentation slides
  • Gabe Wing, Director, Safety and Sustainability, Herman Miller - Presentation slides
  • Scott Charlston, PR, Philanthropy, & Employee Communications, Verizon Wireless

Operating at the intersection of leadership & CSR, firms can’t do one without the other. Good leaders are socially responsible, and being sustainably socially responsible requires exceptional leadership.

10:15 - 11:45

Session 2 - Strategic Imperative, Risk Reduction, or Both?

  • Moderated by Josh Chaitin, Senior Vice President, Edelman
  • Joe Whinney, CEO and Founder, THEO Chocolates
  • Hideki Suzuki, Environment, Social and Governance Analyst, Bloomberg 
  • Peggy Willett, Sr Director, Organizational Communications & Citizenship, Getty Images - Presentation slides

This session will look at the various ways that firms are positioning CSR within their leadership structures. Is CSR “woven into the fabric”, viewed as a necessary reduction of risk and long-term cost savings? We will discuss the short-term investment versus long-term payoff of CSR initiatives

12:00 - 1:30

Keynote Luncheon

Featuring KoAnn Skrzyniarz, CEO and Founder, Sustainable Brands - Presentation slides

1:45 - 3:15

Session 3: Break-out sessions for roundtable discussions

  1. Employee Engagement: Moving CSR out of the CSR (or Executive's) Office, moderated by Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable Business Consulting - Presentation slides

  2. Metrics, Measurement, and Reporting, Oh My!, moderated by Kevin Hagen, Sustainable Business Strategy

  3. Impact Philanthropy: An Insider Perspective, moderated by Vijay Talwar, Splash

  4. Steps Toward Environmental Responsibility, moderated by Paula Del Guidice, Pollution Prevention Resource Center

3:30 - 5:00

Session 4 - What Now? The Future of Good Business

  • Moderated by Steve Atamian, Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, Global Brigades
  • Kirk Meyers, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, REI
  • Kevin Wilhelm, CEO and Founder, Sustainable Business Consulting
  • Aseem Prakash, Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

This culminating session will discuss the future of CSR and where we are headed in this emerging re-connection of business with its stakeholders through a stronger link to a social and environmental purpose.

5:00 - 7:00

Hosted Reception and Networking

Use this opportunity to network with other conference attendees and talk about the day's topics. Learn from others' experiences, share ideas, and expand your network of CSR professionals.



KoAnn Skrzyniarz, keynote speaker
CEO and Founder
Sustainable Brands


KoAnn is a seasoned business-to-business media executive who’s involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing waste paper, and eliminating ozone-layer destroying chemicals (CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons). Throughout her career she has been engaged in testing the connection between purpose driven leadership and competitive bottom line performance. As a result, her teams have consistently outperformed peers in both growth and profitability.

Session Speakers and Moderators

Steve Atamian
Co-Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer
Global Brigades

Steve Atamian is the co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Global Brigades. Since 2004, he has been responsible for developing and expanding the business model and growth strategy for the international association. Under his leadership, more than 30,000 university students and professionals have mobilized to support communities in Central America and Ghana; starting with just one student chapter in 2004.

Dan Bross
Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship

With more than 25 years experience in public policy, government and public affairs and corporate reputation management, Dan has led teams at both the federal and state levels for two Fortune 100 companies. Dan joined Microsoft in 1998 and played a key role in managing a cross-company strategic planning process to develop Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship Initiative. In addition to his corporate experience, Dan has significant management and program development experience in the nonprofit sector. During his tenure as executive director of the AIDS Council, the nation’s leading AIDS advocacy organization, he chaired a broad national coalition of health and human service organizations and nongovernmental organizations and advised President Clinton’s domestic policy advisor on the structuring and staffing of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

Josh Chaitlin
Senior Vice President

Josh Chaitin is a leader in the Pacific Northwest's sustainability movement, and has worked in the public and private sectors developing communications programs that help his clients grow market share, build reputations and create positive change.

Scott Charlston
Public Relations Manager, Pacific Northwest and Alaska
Verizon Wireless

Scott Charlston is Verizon Wireless’ public relations manager for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Scott writes about 4G LTE’s impact in Washington, Oregon, North Idaho and Alaska, and the latest smartphones and tablets. Charlston manages Verizon’s philanthropic efforts throughout the region. Following 13-years in broadcast journalism, Scott has spent the last 12 years in Public Relations, focused on wireless.


Paula Del Guidice
Executive Director
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Paula Del Giudice has been PPRC's Executive Director since December 2008.  She brings over 25 years of nonprofit management to the organization, together with many years of experience in environmental policy advocacy.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a M.Ed. from Regis University, Denver.  Prior to joining PPRC, Paula was the regional center director fo the National Wildlife Federation in the Northwest.

Jacqueline Drumheller
Sustainability Manager
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air


Jacqueline Drumheller has over 19 years of experience in the environmental industry, covering just about every environmental compliance topic from audits to underground storage tanks. As the Sustainability Manager at Alaska Airlines, she drives sustainability strategies and initiatives to make Alaska Airlines the aviation leader in environmental stewardship. She also consults with leadership on establishing our sustainability goals and projects, heads up and facilitates the environmental steering committee, benchmarks environmental data, and develops communications around Alaska and Horizon’s environmental performance.

Kevin Hagen
Sustainable Business Strategy

Kevin Hagen has held leadership roles in great companies where he could be a catalyst for a more sustainable business approach.  This has meant helping leaders and contributors across the organization gain the new skills and competencies business will need to succeed. Each of these opportunities has taught him what works, what doesn't work and what matters.

Kirk Myers
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

Kirk is Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for REI, a national retail co-op focused on getting people actively engaged in human-powered recreation and stewardship.  He works to develop and implement sustainable business strategies that drive efficiency, innovation, and environmental benefit in REI’s operational footprint and enable the co-op to thrive in a resource-constrained world. His main focuses are greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, energy usage, and sustainable forestry.  Kirk has worked with REI since 2002, after working in a variety of fields including social entrepreneurship, outdoor instruction, and environmental work.  He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.   

Aseem Prakash
Professor of Political Science
University of Washington

Professor Prakash studies environmental issues, international political economy, and NGO politics. Much of his work focuses on voluntary environmental programs. He has extended this work to study corporate social responsibility and voluntary regulation in the nonprofit sector. He is also examining issues pertaining to (1) drivers of domestic pollution, (2) NGO advocacy and accountability, and (3) the influence of trade and FDI networks on the cross-country diffusion of rules, standards, and norms in areas such as the human rights, labor rights, and women's rights.

Hideki Suzuki
Senior ESG Analyst, Equity Fundamentals

Prior to joining Bloomberg LLP in 1999, Hideki interned at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development's National Information Analysis group for a year, learning the fundamentals of natural resource use for sustainable development.

Vijay Talwar
Board President, Splash

Vijay Talwar is Senior Vice President and General Manager International of Blue Nile. Mr. Talwar served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of International at Blue Nile Inc. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Blue Nile Inc. from November 2010 to July 2011, and as Senior Vice President and General Manager of International from August 2010 to July 2011.

Joe Whinney
Founder and CEO
Theo Chocolates

Joe always dreamt of building the first organic chocolate factory in the USA. Prior to Theo’s inaugural chocolate run in March of 2006, all organic chocolate was manufactured in Europe and imported into the American market. As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, Theo Chocolates carefully screens all its ingredients to ensure they meet strict standards for social and environmental responsibility.

Kevin Wilhelm
CEO and Founder
Sustainable Business Consulting


Kevin has nearly a decade of consulting experience with both Fortune 500 companies and smaller Seattle-based businesses. As the CEO of Seattle-based Sustainable Business Consulting, Kevin helps companies increase their profitability through enhanced social, environmental and climate practices.

Peggy Willett
Senior Director, Communication & Citizenship
Getty Images


Peggy Willett is Senior Director, Communications and Citizenship at Getty Images. She leads Getty Images' global internal communications and citizenship initiatives, industry and community issues, philanthropy and employee engagement programs.

Gabe Wing
Director, Safety and Sustainability
Herman Miller


Gabe Wing is responsible for managing Herman Miller’s sustainability efforts, which include product design, environmental footprint reduction and safety. Gabe has played an important role in developing Herman Miller’s environmental policies since he joined the company in 2001.

Thank you to our 2014 conference sponsors!