Conference Opening and Introductory Address
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Panel Session 1 - Telling Your Story: Beyond the CSR Report and New Media
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
You are serving your customers, engaged in your community, innovating for a better planet, and partnering with your employees and suppliers to make it all work. Now, how do you tell your story in a compelling way that doesn’t seem self-serving? The CSR report and Twitter can only go so far. Learn strategies for getting your story told with authenticity.
Panel Session 2 - "Collaboratition" - Collaborative Models for Sustainable Solutions
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
You are continually working to be more sustainable, engaged with your stakeholders, and profitable. But, you can’t do it all alone. How do you engage with competitors in your industry to make systemic changes that will “raise all boats” for the greater good? Learn how business can self-regulate in a way that truly creates shared value.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Vik Sahney is an outdoor adventurer and community and business leader. In 2011 he became one of 350 people in history - and the first Indian American - to climb the 7 Summits (the tallest peak on each continent, including Mt. Everest). Vik serves on the Board of Directors of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and in multiple roles at the Mountaineers including Advisory Council member and climb leader. Vik is presently the Head of Strategy & Sustainability at REI and lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and 10 month old daughter.
Roundtable Breakout Discussions
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
- Making the Most with Your Sustainable Investments with Patrick Drum. (click to download a PDF for more details)
- Employees: Engagement and Diversity with Amy Kot We know employee engagement drives business performance… but what engages employees is changing. It’s about MEANING: Companies today are expected to use their power and influence to do meaningful things and to address real issues with real actions. It’s about IMPACT: Millennials and the next generations of employees are drawn to meaningful engagement and the impact they can create on the job. And it’s about ENGAGEMENT: Rather than one-way communication, it’s now about relationship building and fostering two-way engagement. Join us for a lively discussion on the power of purpose in motivating and engaging your employees, with a hands-on exploration of purpose in action, winning purpose engagement strategies, and more.
- Materiality: The Most Important Trend in Sustainability with Kevin Wilhelm. Increasingly companies are being asked to take action and report on those issues "most material" to their organizations. So how do you determine materiality for your company or organization? This will be a roll-up-your-sleeves session, giving you a greater understanding of the issues and how to prioritize them for your organization.
Panel Session 3 - Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
The last session of the day will be a live demonstration of the Cambridge Leadership Associates Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation methodology for a company dealing with a CSR-related issue. You will walk away with a hands-on tool for surfacing new interpretations and areas of activity that would not be realized in a traditional dialogue.
Hosted Reception and Networking
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Use this opportunity to network with the region's CSR professionals and share ideas and inspirations from the day in a relaxed and friendly environment. Great way to end the day!
Join us on March 12, 2015 for the Business Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility featuring this world-class line-up of speakers. They represent a range of industries, from manufacturing to consulting, technology to entrepreneurs, public relations to investing and beyond.
Division Vice President of Strategy
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Vik is an avid outdoor adventurer and strategy and operations leader. In January 2014 he became the VP of Strategy at REI, a $2B "national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.
As an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company’s Seattle Office, Vik spent 8 years specializing in operations (e.g., lean transformation programs, procurement, direct material cost reduction) and strategy (business unit strategy, technology strategy, long term forecasting) for industrial clients including automotive, aerospace, and mining and metals. Vik has worked around the world with significant time spent in the US, Canada, China, Australia, and London.
Vik is a strong people leader and has been recognized as an inspirational people leader in McKinsey's West Coast Office. Vik is also known for his ability to remain calm in high stress situations and for his deep problem solving capabilities.
Vik's outdoor adventures include high altitude mountaineering, where in 2011 be became one of ~350 people and the first Indian-American to complete the 7 Summits, summiting the tallest peak on each continent. He also enjoys skiing, rock climbing, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Vik is active in the Seattle community and serves as a climb leader, volunteer instructor, and Advisory Council member at the Mountaineers and on the Board of Director's for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Vik lives in downtown Seattle with his wife and daughter.
Session Speakers and Moderators
Director of Corporate Responsibility
Pacific Market International (PMI)
Valerie joined PMI in 1995 with 16 years of of experience in design, product development, quality and corporate social responsibility. Two years later she initiated PMI's first CSR program. Today she is responsible for overseeing global CSR, Liability, Philanthropy, and Quality functions at PMI.
Valerie's work at PMI in CSR has enabled PMI to be recognized in its field for itw work in this area. Most notable are the 2006 and 2008 American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for CSR Program Excellence in China. Since 1998 Valerie has worked closely with PMI factories to push for continuous improvement on both social and environmental initiatives. Valerie was part of the 2005 PMI Environmental Task Force that researched and mapped out environmental initiatives for PMI. In 2009 she launched PMI's Environmental Program, which drives and documents environmental improvements in the supply chain. In 2010 she led a team of both employees and consultants that produced PMI's first CSR report per GRI guidelines.
Valerie is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Society for Quality, Business for Social Responsibility, Center for Corporate Citizenship, International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability.
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.
With over 20 years of experience, Josh understands the unique needs of clients across a range of markets and practice areas, and specializes in helping organizations that emphasize sustainability in the built environment, in consumer outreach, in CSR reporting, and in the public sector.
Josh specializes in helping clients work with the media (traditional and digital) and works with his clients to tell their stories through effective collateral development, including CSR/Stewardship reporting, web site copy, media training, and public speaking.
ESG Research Analyst
Patrick joined Saturna Capital in 2014 to lead the firm's Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investment research while continuing his fixed income portfolio management role.
Patrick is also an adjust professor at Bainbridge Graduate Institute's sustainable MBA program, teaching corporate finance. Prior to joining Saturna Capital, Patrick was a member of an institutional and private client advisory group called the Arbor Group at UBS Financial Services. The Arbor Group specialized in the investment management for global conservation and national wildlife park endowments in addition to serving families seeking sustainable-social screened investment portfolios. He lead the Arbor Group's global fixed income investment management and ESG research. Before joining the Arbor Group he was involved in business valuation at Moss Adams and was previously a portfolio manager for Washington Mutual Bank. Patrick was a panelist for our 2013 conference, speaking about the topic of "Is Good Business Sustainable?".
Patrick holds a B.A. in Economics from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University. He is a Charted Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner. He lives in Bellingham and is a proud father of two kids. He enjoys sea kayaking and being part of the PNW community.
CEO and Co-owner
Pagliacci Pizza and Macrina Bakery
A Seattle native, Matt Galvin has been involved in the Seattle food business for over twenty years. Galvin’s food experience includes stops as a pizza cook, bus boy, barista and server in a variety of local Italian restaurants. His passion for food was fueled by his years spent studying and living in Italy.
In the year 2000, Galvin and his business partners purchased Pagliacci Pizza. It is here that Galvin has spent the past fifteen years tending to the 24 locations with over 600 employees. The 24 locations are spread throughout the greater Seattle area and range in concept from pure pizza delivery locations to “slice” pizzerias. Since its inception in 1979, Pagliacci Pizza has been awarded many accolades, including being named best pizza by several local publications.
In addition to Pagliacci Pizza, Galvin and his partners own and operate Macrina Bakery & Café. Macrina has received national acclaim for the quality of their products and service. Macrina Bakery has won numerous honors including the recently being named one of the best bakeries in the United States by Bon Appetit magazine.
While not working a ton, Galvin spends time being chased around by his four young children. His wife, Michelle, is clearly his better half.
Vice President of Employee Engagement Practice
As Vice President with Edelman's Employee Engagement practice since 2012, Amy has partnered with many of the world's leading brands - including Nestle, HP, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell, and BP Canada - to develop and implement creative, award-winning communications programs that improve employee morale, enhance leadership effectiveness, impact recruiting and retention efforts, and accelerate business performance.
Before joining Edelman, Amy managed teams and led culture change programs within the Communication & Change Management practice of Towers Watson, a global HR consulting firm. Prior to Towers Watson, she designed and executed corporate communications programs for Fortune 100 companies at Porter Novelli. Her award-winning work includes global communications campaigns and programs supporting large-scale employee change initiatives, from mergers and acquisitions to the roll-out of new technologies, processes, and systems.
Chair of Sustainability Action Team
Matt is the Global Category Manager for Snowshoes at Atlas Snowshoes & Tubb Snowshoes and Chair of the Sustainability Action Team at K2 Sports. He has over 12 years of experiences in product development, including the areas of research, design, prototyping, testing and production, among others. Despite his daily tasks managing the showshoe product line, Matt combines his problem solving skills and love for the outdoors by leading the cross-functional Sustainability Action Team at K2. The team focuses on K2's business processes and product designs to improve the company's impact on the environment. K2's sustainability journey started with a benchmark Seattle carbon footprint, global shopping carbon footprint, beta testing of the Higg Index and work towards a Corporate Sustainability Report.
Matt also joined the Outdoor Industry Association's Sustainability Working Group to further his education and to drive sustainability within the outdoor industry. Recently he worked with over 100 other Washington businesses to create and launch the Washington Business Climate Declaration.
Colleen M. Olphert
Director of Membership
The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
Colleen did not use PPT for her presentation
In her role as Director of Membership, Colleen leads the strategy and operations related to the recruitment and retention of member companies. Under her leadership The Center has grown to 400 corporate members ranging in size and industry.
Since joining The Center in 2001, Colleen has had thousands of conversations with corporations on the challenges and opportunities corporate citizenship presents to them. Over the years she has managed advisory services, custom training, member benchmarking, regional events, and membership. In her current role she uses her knowledge and experience to provide direction on content connected to member services such as signature research products, benchmarking, webinars, and member regional meetings.
Prior to joining The Center Colleen worked in the nonprofit sector in several roles managing volunteers. She received her MBA and MSW from Boston College. Some of her own volunteer experiences include her year serving on the Navajo Reservation working with mentally and physically challenged teenagers, traveling to the US/Mexico border with a group of BC students to learn about immigration issues, serving as a mentor for LGBT students, and coaching youth soccer.
Jill Purdy, session moderator
Associate Professor of Management
Milgard School of Business, UW Tacoma
Academic research has moved beyond the search for a direct link between social responsibility and financial performance. Instead of focusing on past activities, scholars are helping businesses look forward to help them understand the barriers and benefits of social and environmental investments. Innovative efforts such as benefit corporations and crowdsourcing are changing the landscape for business and raising new questions about what social responsibility really means.
Sarah started up her own sustainability consulting company in August 2014 after leaving Nike, Inc.
As Nike's Senior Director of Stakeholder Mobilization in the Sustainable Business and Innovation team Sarah focused on systems level innovation such as the Road to Zero initiative to detox the apparel/footwear supply chain. During her tenure at Nike, she drove the early effort to integrate sustainability into the business. She led stakeholder engagement on environmental issues, developed the climate change and advocacy strategy, and championed the emerging issues, trends, and scenario planning body of work.
Sarah attended the University of Leicester, where she earned degrees in Psychology and Biological Science. She is an avid practitioner of traditional Reiki stress reduction and relaxation methods.
CEO and Founder
Sustainable Business Consulting
Kevin is the world’s pre-eminent consultant in the field of business sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting & Education, a Seattle-based company focused on delivering business value through the integration of sustainable business practices. He is also an acclaimed author, speaker and teacher and has developed a series of online courses and modules around sustainability for both the corporate and academic markets.
Kevin brings over 19 years of experience working with 95+ businesses ranging across 23 different industries from Fortune 50 multinationals to medium-sized businesses. Some of his firm’s clients include Nordstrom, Amazon.com, REI, Alaska Airlines, The North Face, Redbox/Outerwall, Expeditors, Real Networks, Drugstore.com and Brooks. He is the author of two acclaimed books in the field of sustainability: “Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Sustainability Implementation” and “Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.”
Kim Vu, session moderator
Vice President, Local Market Delivery
Bank of America
Kim Vu recently joined Bank of America as the vice president of local market delivery. Before that she was the vice president of investment and social impact for the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) and was the executive director for the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF).
Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Kim managed strategic community partnerships, philanthropic investments, employee volunteer programs, advocacy and social venture tech start-up advisory for a large bay area-based credit union. She has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Woman of Distinction in Banking and Finance, Top 40 Under 40, and Silicon Valley 100 Women of Influence.
Kim is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College. She currently serves as the national founding board chair of The Respect Institute and recently served as advisory board member to New Leaders Council Silicon Valley, Mission College Center for Innovation & Technology, Santa Clara County Children’s Agenda Vision Council and co-chaired the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Policy Committee.
In Kim’s free time, she enjoys acrylic painting, blogging on the local Seattle fashion and charity scene, and getting outside as much as possible to appreciate the beautiful Northwest landscape.
Richard Woo, session moderator
The Russell Family Foundation
Richard is the chief executive officer of The Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, WA. The Foundation supports grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability, and global peace.
Before joining The Russell Family Foundation in 2000, Richard worked for nearly twelve years at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco as Director of Global Public Affairs and Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. At Levi Strauss & Co., Richard worked on corporate social responsibility issues ranging from global sourcing guidelines to minority purchasing practices and workplace AIDS policies. Earlier in his career, Richard spent fourteen years working on community health and youth development in Northern California nonprofit organizations.
Richard serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Northwest and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. He is a past board member of Northern California Grantmakers, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations.