Program | Speakers | Evaluation | Attendee List | Sponsors
7:00 - 8:15
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30
Conference Opening and Introductory Address
Setting the stage for the day's discussions
8:30 - 10:00
Session 1 - Doing Well by Doing Good
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?
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
Featuring KoAnn Skrzyniarz, CEO and Founder, Sustainable Brands - Presentation slides
1:45 - 3:15
Session 3: Break-out sessions for roundtable discussions
3:30 - 5:00
Session 4 - What Now? The Future of Good Business
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
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.
Since 2003, she has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of social and environmental sustainability, launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004. She has helped various media entrepreneurs and NGO's including Sierra Club and Greenbiz.com establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. In 2005, she produced the First International Conference on Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice with Bill McDonough, Michael Braungart, Peter Senge and others. In 2006, she launched what has now become sustainablebrands.com and in 2007, the widely respected Sustainable Brands Conference. The Sustainable Brands community has grown dramatically each year, and has become the premier international community of sustainable business innovators, with engaged community members represented from all continents.
Prior to founding Sustainable Life Media, KoAnn founded Organizations That Work, a management consultancy focused on her passion for helping companies deliver breakthrough financial performance through purpose-driven leadership and improved organizational alignment and learning. Prior to that she served as Sr. Vice President of Miller/CMP Media, a multinational B2B media company, where she launched and built a $50million division focused on serving various emerging technology markets including the Computer Game Development market and others. While there, she launched several product brands, spearheaded a corporate rebranding initiative, and brought systems thinking and organizational learning principles to the executive level management team of the company.
KoAnn has attended graduate level programs in business management and sustainability at Cornell and Wharton, and currently sits on the Advisory board at the Center for Sustainability at Pennsylvania State University. She regularly speaks to corporate, academic and professional audiences about sustainability as the basis of a new renaissance of business innovation and value, as well as the role brands must play and the steps they must take to survive and lead the way to a flourishing future. She lives with her husband Steve on the San Francisco Peninsula and is most proud of her two sons, Josh and Jake, who are each pursuing their individual passions in music, physics and philosophy.
Session Speakers and Moderators
Co-Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer
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.
From 2004-2008, Steve led Global Brigades as a volunteer while employed full-time with Deloitte & Touche USA, where he worked to help design and implement their corporate social responsibility strategy in the Pacific Southwest region. Notably, he helped develop a methodology around skill-based volunteerism, leveraging the professional knowledge of Deloitte volunteers to maximize impact with community members.
In 2011, Steve co-founded Empowered.org, a “social movement platform” that has registered nearly 300 participating organizations across the world, fundraising more than $30 million dollars for their respective initiatives. The site is positioned to grow, combining a viral social networking environment with highly functional management tools for a diverse group of globally-minded organizations.
Currently, Steve is focused on growing Global Brigades’ first for-profit subsidiary, "Global Brigades Ventures, Inc.” In 2012, Empowered.org was donated to Global Brigades as an asset to create an investment fund and incubator for like-minded social enterprises aiming to reduce global disparities in health, economic development, and education. Global Brigades Ventures is a registered benefit corporation in California and is fully owned by Global Brigades nonprofit entities. Its three year goal is to FULLY absorb the administrative costs of Global Brigades Association so that 100% of donated funds to the North American and European entities go toward programming. It is already half way toward that goal.
Steve graduated from the University of Southern California in 2004, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Management, and a B.A. in International Relations. He currently resides in Seattle where he is as an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington, teaching a variety of classes around social enterprises and nonprofit management.
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.
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.
Public Relations Manager, Pacific Northwest and Alaska
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
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.
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.
In 2008, Jacqueline co-founded Alaska Airlines' corporate sustainability program. She raised awareness of the importance and value of environmental stewardship through the launch and leadership of a cross-divisional Green Team, which lead to a company-wide adoption of new “greener” business initiatives and strategies. In 2009, she completed Alaska Air Group’s first ever Corporate Environmental Responsibility Report, and in 2012, she finished Air Group's first GRI Sustainability Report. By institutionalizing sustainability and integrating environmental decisions into routine business decisions, Jacqueline believes that businesses can improve their brand value and corporate image, increase employee engagement, cut costs, and reduce risks.
Jacqueline is an enthusiastic public speaker who enjoys turning dry technical information into something simple, fun, and understandable.
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.
See Kevin's website for his complete bio.
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.
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.
Aseem is the author of Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (Cambridge, 2000), the co-author of The Voluntary Environmentalists: Green Clubs, ISO 14001, and Voluntary Environmental Regulations (Cambridge, 2006), and the co-editor of Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action (Cambridge, 2010), Voluntary Regulations of NGOs and Nonprofits: An Accountability Club Framework (Cambridge, 2010),Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective (The MIT Press, 2009), Coping with Globalization (Routledge, 2000), Responding to Globalization (Routledge, 2000), and Globalization and Governance (Routledge, 1999). He has published over fifty articles in refereed journals of political science, international relations, public policy, legal studies, nonprofit studies, and business.
Aseem secured B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi in 1986 and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1988. Then, he worked as a manager in the marketing department of Procter and Gamble, India (1989-1992). He received a Joint Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington (1993-1997). His dissertation won the Academy of Management's 1998 Organization and the Natural Environment best dissertation award. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the School of Business, The George Washington University. Since 2002, he has served on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at University of Washington, Seattle.
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.
He then joined Bloomberg as a research assistant in fixed income and derivatives pricing group and worked for 6 years before joining the Equity Fundamentals Department. Hideki develops ESG-SRI research and data projects for institutional investors. He is a member of the Sustainable Investment Research Network and has a B.A. in History and Economics from Fordham University, New York.
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.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation in India, Vijay provided strategic, financial and operational leadership to the fund and developed health care and sustainability programs across India and South Asia. In addition, he was at Nike, where he held a number of executive leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer for Nike's operations in Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 2007 to 2008, and Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer of Global Apparel Strategy & Finance from 2003 to 2007. He was a consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco and Chicago for several years.
Vijay holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master in Accountancy from Miami University, and a B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Findlay, in addition to CPA and CMA designations.
Founder and CEO
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.
Their founding principle is that the finest artisan chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in an entirely ethical, sustainable fashion. The social benefits of Fair Trade are far reaching. The child who gets adequate nutrition and access to healthcare and education today also gains access to a world of opportunities. Fair Trade enables farmers to take their livelihoods to the next level in sophistication, blending the benefits of modern techniques with artisanal practices, while participating in greater social change through the democratic Fair Trade cooperative organization.
Focus on sustainable growing practices benefits both our fragile environmental ecosystem and all of the people inhabiting our planet. Integrated pest management protects farmers and the environment from damaging pesticides. Shade grown cacao allows for biodiversity and much needed forest habitat for many species such as migratory birds. Reforestation helps offset worldwide air pollution and has a positive impact on global warming.
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.
Kevin is chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability and Clean Energy Commission, a founding member of the Seattle Climate Partnership and an Advisory Board member of the Washington Business Alliance.
Senior Director, Communication & Citizenship
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.
As a representative of Getty Images, she also served several years on the board of directors of Youth In Focus, a nonprofit serving at-risk youth in Seattle, Washington. She also leads the Getty Images grant program which benefits the global photography industry.
Prior to joining Getty Images in 2000, Peggy was engaged in magazine publishing and trade association management.
Director, Safety and Sustainability
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.
Gabe received a BS degree from the University of Michigan and an MS from Michigan State University, both degrees in chemical engineering . From 2002 to 2010, he was a member of the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the U.S. Group Building Council. He was appointed to Michigan’s Green Chemistry Roundtable in 2008.