Afsharmanesh Nadereh
Nadereh Afsharmanesh
Earth Friendly Products
Nadereh Afsharmanesh
Earth Friendly Products

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Agana Mark
Mark Agana
The Sustainability Consortium
Responsible Pest Management Innovation Assistant
Mark Agana
Responsible Pest Management Innovation Assistant
The Sustainability Consortium

Mark Agana has a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics from the University of Arkansas, with research focus on subnational sustainability and climate action policies and practices. He also received Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in geography from Brock University in Canada and University of Ghana respectively. Mark currently coordinates the Responsible Pest Management Project here at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). His core responsibilities include reaching out to, and engaging with, stakeholders and managing a transparent process of sustainability framework development.

Allan Matthew
Matthew Allan
SmartLabel
SmartLabel Manager
Matthew Allan
SmartLabel Manager
SmartLabel

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Alvarez Viviana
Viviana Alvarez
Unilever
Viviana Alvarez
Unilever

In Early February, Viviana was appointed as Head of Sustainability for Unilever North America. Prior to this, she was the Head of Corporate Strategy in the US. She has also been part of the Corporate Strategy team in London supporting the overall company medium-long term plans at a Global Level. Viviana has an Executive MBA from ESADE School of Management and BSBA in Business Management. Recent Executive Education at Harvard Business School and University of Oxford on Circular Economy topics, Leadership and Scenario Planning. Other positions in Unilever - Head of Strategy - North America - Global Corporate Strategy Manager - Global Strategies Social Business Models Project Leader - Unilever Foundation Global Ambassador – Oral Care Brand Planner Others: - Co-Founder of H2H ("Help to Haiti") - NGO in Haiti

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Amaral Luiz
Luiz Amaral
WRI
Luiz Amaral
WRI

Luiz Amaral is the Global Manager for GFW Commodities and Finance. He leads the international team engaging companies and governments in using WRI geospatial tools and information technology to monitor agricultural supply chains, aiming to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable development in agriculture globally.

Before joining WRI Luiz was the head of corporate socio-environmental responsibility for Rabobank in Brazil and South America, responsible for risk assessment processes – involving an innovative sustainability rating - as well as sustainable business development. He also served on the boards of the Brazilian National Climate Change Fund (Fundo Clima) and international sustainability roundtables such as the ones for sugarcane (Bonsucro) and beef (GRSB/GTPS).

With a carrier that allied private-sector and research positions, Luiz is a former recipient of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) fellowship on agriculture and climate change; coordinated the European biofuel program at Groupe d’Economie Mondiale at Sciences-Po Paris and worked as a researcher at Agroicone (formerly known as Icone), a leading agricultural think tank.

Luiz holds a Masters on International Economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Phd candidate at University of São Paulo (USP), working on the impacts of information and communication technology on sustainable rural development.

Presenting at: Tools for Achieving Zero Deforestation Commitments by 2020

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Anderson Katie
Katie Anderson
Environmental Defense Fund
Katie Anderson
Environmental Defense Fund

Katie Anderson is a Project Manager on Environmental Defense Fund?s corporate engagement team. Her work focuses on engaging with a wide range of companies across the supply chains to reduce deforestation, improve water quality and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from food production. She has expertise on both domestic and international agricultural issues, including forests, water quality, soil health and climate impacts. Katie has a Masters of Environmental Management and Bachelors of Science from Duke University.

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Andrews Dee
Dee Andrews
Norcom, Inc.
Dee Andrews
Norcom, Inc.

Dee joined Norcom, Inc., (a manufacturer and marketer of paper-based school and office supplies sold to mass market retailers) in 1993.
In her role as Director of Environmental Affairs for the company's U.S. and Mexico facilities, Dee is responsible for: strategic planning; oversight of corporate sustainability team; goal setting; metric establishment and tracking; stakeholder engagement; environmental reporting including retail account assessments, CFSI conflict minerals and carbon footprint reporting; forestry certifications; supply chain transparency; and corporate and supplier compliance.
Dee is also responsible for California Proposition 65, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Fair Packaging and Labeling Act and other government program compliance.
She is actively involved in The Sustainability Consortium, a group of leading corporations dedicated to developing credible measurement tools for assessing sustainability integration into businesses.
Dee graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa 1986. In 2014 she graduated "With Distinction" from the Global Sustainability program at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Anson Rob
Rob Anson
Henkel
Director of Business Development, Wal-Mart Worldwide at Henkel Corporation
Rob Anson
Director of Business Development, Wal-Mart Worldwide at Henkel Corporation
Henkel

Rob is a Director of Business Development for Henkel and has provided sustainability leadership and support to Henkel's North America sales organization as well as to Henkel international sales teams. Rob has been the liaison between Henkel's sustainability leadership team, R&D team, sales teams and customers since 2008. His primary objective in this capacity is to align Henkel corporate sustainability strategies with key customers and stakeholders to include:

Building strategic internal and external partnerships for joint sustainability initiatives

Training and educating Henkel Sustainability Ambassadors

Perpetuating adherence, cooperation and alignment with product and packaging indexes

Driving cross functional participation in sustainability driven initiatives

Engagement and participation in internal and external sustainability leadership forums

Rob worked closely with other Henkel leaders in R&D and Sales in support of co-development for the foundation of TSC in 2008. In 2010, Rob received a Quest for Excellence in Sustainability award by Henkel North America.

In conjunction with his responsibility for sustainable business development, Rob leads an International Sales team across 14 countries responsible for sales of Adhesives, Laundry and Beauty Care for Henkel. Rob has been with Henkel for 16 years. Prior to his experience at Henkel, Rob worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises and he is a graduate of Arizona State University.

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Apte Mandar
Apte Mandar
Visiting Scholar, George Mason University
Apte Mandar
Visiting Scholar, George Mason University

In 2016, Mandar started the From India With Love initiative to reinvigorate the ancient message of nonviolence (or Ahimsa) in the world. Aligned with this mission, in Oct 2018, Mandar hosted the inaugural World Summit for Countering Violence & Extremism that brought together peace activists and law enforcement executives to promote peace and compassion in the world.

Until 2016, Mandar worked at Shell for 17 years at Shell International. In his last role, he managed Shell’s prestigious GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value - business value and social impact. Mandar is an acclaimed expert on leadership, entrepreneurship and social innovation and has spoken on these topics at many prestigious forums including TEDx, Wharton Business School, Social Innovation Summit, Sustainable Brands, London Business School, etc. He is also the winner of the prestigious Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs for designing and delivering an innovation learning program at Shell to over 2000 colleagues using meditation practice.

For over a decade, Mandar has taught leadership programs using meditation practices volunteering for the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.

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Armitage Tony
Tony Armitage
International Ingredient Corporation
Tony Armitage
International Ingredient Corporation

Tony leads a group of experienced industry professionals responsible for the procurement of food ingredients and commodities such as sugar, dairy ingredients, cocoa, oils, starches, flour and food grade chemicals.

With nearly 30 years of purchasing experience, including 18 with International Food Products, Tony brings deep insights to customers who rely on his group to manage cost, quality and market risk.

Tony started his career with the Archer Daniels Midland Company as a grain merchandiser trading a variety of agricultural commodities. Tony also traded crush and managed risk with ADM’s soy processing division before moving on to a sales and marketing position.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and his Masters in Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

Tony is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and is active in a variety of industry trade organizations such as the St. Louis Agri-Business Club and the American Feed Industry Association.

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Atwood Roian
Roian Atwood
Wrangler
Roian Atwood
Wrangler

Roian Atwood is the Director of Sustainability for Wrangler, Lee jeans, and several other brands and geographic regions. Atwood leads brand sustainability strategy, engages suppliers globally to drive greater social and environmental performance, and works cross functionally with product development and marketing to create more sustainable products and share brand relevant stories.

With fifteen years’ experience in footwear & apparel sustainability, his diverse project management experience includes implementing renewables and discovering energy efficiency measures to project managing materials innovation pilots and leading teams into an action-oriented, results driven approach to corporate sustainability.

Atwood’s undergraduate work was in Complex Systems with Naropa University, and he holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Presenting at: From the Group Up: Soil to Denim, Wastewater 101 Toolbox Task Force

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Bagwell Ralph
Ralph Bagwell
Bayer
Ralph Bagwell
Bayer

Ralph is currently the North American manager for product stewardship and sustainability with Bayer CropScience. In this role he is responsible for the oversight of the safe and effective use of Bayer?s product portfolio and how Bayer is helping growers meet the sustainability demands of the consumer. Ralph?s background is in production agriculture. He grew up on a family farm in Texas and also operated his own farm for a number of years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Entomology, he served for fourteen years as a Professor and Extension Entomologist before coming to work for Bayer. He has had varying roles with Bayer, mostly in areas of product development. This includes four years in global product development where he had the fortune to learn agricultural production systems in almost all areas of the world. His areas of expertise include Integrated Pest Management, agricultural production systems and agricultural landscape ecosystems. This background has been very beneficial in his current role to help production agriculture to adopt technologies and practices that benefit both the farmer and the environment.

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Baldridge Liz
Liz Baldridge
Feeding America
Liz Baldridge
Feeding America

Liz started with Feeding America in 2008 on their Manufacturing Product Sourcing team. As a National Account Manager, Liz is responsible for managing and advancing partnerships with product donors across the United States. Her experience has proven successful in driving best practices at all levels of the organization and working collaboratively to develop emerging solutions.

Over the last year, while managing a strong portfolio of food donors, Liz strengthened relationships with Feeding America's non-food relationships, building awareness around Feeding America's capacity and distribution capabilities.

Liz is involved with the Food Waste Recovery Alliance, where she works with the food and grocery industry to recognize usable product with in their supply chain, typically thought of as waste streams, and identifies solutions to convert the product into a safe, distributable form.

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Baldwin Cheryl
Cheryl Baldwin
Pure Strategies
Cheryl Baldwin
Pure Strategies

Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D.,ÿis a Vice President of Consulting for Pure Strategies where she partners with corporate clients to develop and execute strategies to improve sustainability performance across food, home and personal care, and cosmetics industries. Cheryl also leads the firms? global market research to generate new insights to accelerate business transformation.ÿ She wrote the book,ÿThe 10 Principles of Food Industry Sustainability and two other books on sustainability, along with holding U.S. and international patents.

 

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Balk Josh
Josh Balk
The Humane Society of the United States
Josh Balk
The Humane Society of the United States

Josh Balk has led efforts to enact animal welfare policies with many of the world?s largest companies, including Walmart, Wendy?s, Kroger, Denny?s and dozens more. These policies have helped shift the food industry?s reliance on veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages. He's also been a leader in creating and supporting start-up animal-friendly companies, including co-founding Hampton Creek, and guiding venture capital firms and high net worth individuals to invest in this space.

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Balsam Jessica
Jessica Balsam
APL Logistics
Jessica Balsam
APL Logistics

Jessica Balsam is the Sustainability Director for APL Logistics.  She works to set a global strategic vision for sustainability and corporate social responsibility that is grounded in data and tied to business objectives.  Prior to joining APL Logistics, Jessica served in the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy overseeing communications for $12 billion in stimulus funding and managed global sustainability programs in Nike’s retail business.

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Baltz Carolyn
Carolyn Baltz
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, Membership and Development
Carolyn Baltz
Director, Membership and Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Carolyn Baltz joined The Sustainability Consortium on June 29, 2015. Prior to joining TSC, Carolyn dedicated 11 years to strengthening the membership efforts of the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas. Carolyn was instrumental in growing stewardship programs for members, engagement measurement practices and membership acquisition strategy. In addition to her expertise in relationship management, Carolyn led efforts to create and market a new brand identity for the Association. Carolyn received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She currently volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area.

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Barcan Cristian
Cristian Barcan
The Vinyl Institute
Cristian Barcan
The Vinyl Institute

Cristian Barcan joined The Vinyl Institute (VI) in 2015 as the VP of Sustainability and Industry Affairs. Cristian brings with him two decades of experience in the chemical industry, with proven success in developing sustainability related business models for a wide range of products. Prior to VI, he served as Vice President of Business Development at UL's Information and Insights division (UL), where he was responsible for developing and promoting sustainability related business models for the company's supply chain engagement platform, as well as its B2C sustainability rating application systems.
Cristian also spent 18 years with BASF in a number of senior level positions, most recently as Head of Applied Sustainability for BASF Nutrition and Health North America, South America and Asia Pacific. During that time he developed a service package that helps consumer brands create and market more sustainable goods. Cristian introduced BASF as a core member of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and continues to engage with TSC on behalf of VI. He is also a speaker and panel participant at a number of global events including Sustainable Brands.
In his current role at The Vinyl Institute, Cristian Barcan is responsible for leading the organization?s overall campaign to advance the vinyl industry's sustainability commitment and progress, and build positive relationships with key influencers.

Cristian serves also as the Executive Director of the Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council. The Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council (VBSC) is the subject matter leader on sustainability issues and related technical, communications, and advocacy activities pertaining to the vinyl industry in North America. VBSC provides a collaboration platform that champions comprehensive science-based continuous improvement practices to meet the needs of current and future generations.

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Barcan Cristian
Cristian Barcan
Vinyl Business and Sustainability Council
Cristian Barcan
Vinyl Business and Sustainability Council

Cristian Barcan joined The Vinyl Institute (VI) in 2015 as the VP of Sustainability and Industry Affairs. Cristian serves also as the Executive Director of the Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council.

Cristian brings with him two decades of experience in the chemical industry, with proven success in developing sustainability related business models for a wide range of products.
Prior to VI, he served as Vice President of Business Development at UL's Information and Insights division (UL).
Cristian also spent 18 years with BASF in a number of senior level positions, most recently as Head of Applied Sustainability for BASF Nutrition and Health North America, South America, and Asia Pacific. During that time, he developed a sustainability service package that helps consumer brands create and market more sustainable goods. Cristian introduced BASF as a core member of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and continues to engage with TSC on behalf of VI and VBSC. He is also a speaker and panel participant at a number of global events including Sustainable Brands.

In his current role at The Vinyl Institute, Cristian Barcan is responsible for leading the organization’s overall campaign to advance the vinyl industry's sustainability commitment and progress, build positive relationships with key influencers, and manage the industry wide Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council (VBSC).

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions

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Barsimantov Jamie
Jamie Barsimantov
SupplyShift
Jamie Barsimantov
SupplyShift

James Barsimantov, Ph.D., Cofounder & COO at SupplyShift, received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on environmental economics and resource management. Jamie has extensive consulting and academic experience in sustainability, climate action strategy, responsible supply chains and is frequent speaker in academic and corporate venues.

Before co-founding SupplyShift, Jamie co-founded EcoShift Consulting, taught environmental economics and sustainable design at UC Santa Cruz, conducted nation-wide research at the Urban Institute, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Jamie is the driving force behind connecting SupplyShift with its customers and partners, and ensuring successful outcomes and continuous improvement in supply chain operations.

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Battagliese Tom
Tom Battagliese
BASF
Tom Battagliese
BASF

Tom Battagliese is currently the Global Sustainability Metrics Manager for BASF’s Nutrition & Health business, collaborating with the business and stakeholders to measure and improve product and enterprise sustainability along the entire value chain. Tom has worked for more than 20 years within industry, consulting, and academia to help lead organizations to successfully identify, measure, and develop solutions and strategies for continuous improvement to sustainability and environmental opportunities. Since 2012, Tom has been helping to create more sustainable protein value chains, including leading the first comprehensive U.S. beef industry value chain life cycle study with the NCBA and USDA, as well as working across protein sectors on sustainability metrics and life cycle business opportunities.

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy with a concentration in Sustainable Development from the University of Delaware, an MBA from Widener University, and a dual degree B.S. in Environmental Chemistry and German from Rutgers University.

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Beary Patrick
Patrick Beary
The Nature Conservancy
Director of Corporate Engagement, Agriculture & Food Systems
Patrick Beary
Director of Corporate Engagement, Agriculture & Food Systems
The Nature Conservancy

Patrick Beary leads the development of TNC’s food supply chain strategies in support of the Conservancy’s global conservation mission.  His team is responsible for the Conservancy’s corporate and multi-stakeholder engagements with the global agriculture and food industries. Beary joined the Conservancy’s Corporate Engagement team in 2012. Previously he managed the Conservancy's Business Council.  He is the current co-Chair of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative and on the Board of Directors of The Sustainability Consortium.
Prior to joining the Conservancy, Patrick was the South American lead for an environmental and business consulting company working on corporate sustainability, strategy and ecosystem service valuation projects across the hemisphere. With an academic background in international studies and economics, he was the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives with his wife and two children in Illinois.

Presenting at: TSC Idea Forum, Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions, An IPM Approach to Building Communication Channels About Pesticide Use

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Becerra Cristian
Cristian Becerra
The Sustainability Consortium
Analyst, Technical Development
Cristian Becerra
Analyst, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Cristian Becerra is an Analyst for Technical Development at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University. In this role he contributes to TSC’s research and technical sustainability activities for the Home and Personal Care (HPC), Toys, Electronics, and General Merchandise sectors. He also assists in the organization and analysis of data obtained from TSC’s sustainability measurement and reporting systems to improve current systems and develop new reporting tools for retailers or other users throughout the supply chain. Prior to joining TSC in May of 2018, Cristian served as a Sustainability Analyst for Dell Inc., where he created tools to gather, calculate, and analyze data reported to Dell Inc. through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Cristian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Sustainability and a certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics from Arizona State University.

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Bedore Fred
Fred Bedore
Walmart
Fred Bedore
Walmart

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Bedore Fred
Fred Bedore
Walmart
Fred Bedore
Walmart

Fred Bedore is the senior director of business strategy and sustainability for Walmart Stores, Inc..  He is responsible for the integration of sustainability into Walmart’s business strategies, the collaboration with the company's sustainable value networks on key sustainability goals and the incorporation of sustainability into the brand and culture of the company.

Fred joined Walmart in 2004 as a buyer in general merchandise.  In 2006 he was promoted to a senior strategy manager with the Innovation team where he held multiple roles with a special emphasis on merchandising and supply chain.  In 2010, Fred was named a senior director on the corporate sustainability team.  During his time at Walmart, Fred has been a part of teams who have won buyer of the year honors and been nominated for the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Fred has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain from Pennsylvania State University.

Presenting at: Excuse me! Do you know how to talk to this buyer?, ROI, where are you?, Walmart Project Gigaton Update

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Belden William
William Belden
Antares Grou Inc.
William Belden
Antares Grou Inc.

Mr. Belden is an organizational manager with a high degree of personal integrity and over 30 years of experience providing creative leadership; organizing, initiating action, team building and leading people. He is a self-starter who gets results by effectively leading people, managing resources and being accountable for results. Mr. Belden is a biomass production practitioner with experience in using research testing protocols and has the ability to relate those protocols to real world applications for biomass processing systems. He is experienced in using moisture testing equipment, sample drying protocols and the quality control impact on biomass grinding and handling practices. He also has expertise in agriculture and farm management operations, commodity marketing, and government relations.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Benoit Jenn
Jenn Benoit
Member Experience Coordinator
Jenn Benoit
Member Experience Coordinator

Jenn joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant in the University of Arkansas office.  Jenn received her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University.  Before joining TSC, Jenn worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at Tallgrass Family Services in Oklahoma.  Prior to her work at the foster care agency, she was a Program Director at the Regional Prevention Center in Kansas.

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Bergant Farris
Farris Bergant
Bergant
Farris Bergant
Bergant

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Berger Lori
Lori Berger
UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
Lori Berger
UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

Lori Berger joined the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project in 2014. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the grower-supported California Specialty Crops Council, leading technical and regulatory affairs for a diverse array of fruit, vegetable, berry and vine crops valued at >$5 Billion produced on over 600,000 acres. Lori has been at the intersection of IPM, food systems, public policy, and sustainability over two decades.
Her work has focused on the production community as well as appointments to several EPA and USDA advisory federal committees (pollinator protection, water quality and soil health). She holds a BS in Crop Science, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology, and an MBA. She is a licensed pest control advisor (PCA) and certified crop advisor (CCA) in sustainability. She is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Lori has worked for two Fortune 500 companies in R&D and Technical Services for new product and market development. She consults on a variety of research, marketing and regulatory projects.

Presenting at: An IPM Approach to Building Communication Channels About Pesticide Use

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Berkenkamp JoAnne
JoAnne Berkenkamp
Natural Resources Defense Council
JoAnne Berkenkamp
Natural Resources Defense Council

JoAnne Berkenkamp focuses on improving the efficiency of the U.S. food system by reducing food waste from farm to fork. She specializes in food-waste prevention and food rescue through industry-based approaches, consumer education, and policy advocacy. Berkenkamp has nearly two decades of experience working in the food-systems arena, including regional food-systems development, public education, institutional food procurement, and food supply chain research and development. Berkenkamp has also worked in the corporate finance and international development sectors. She holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Illinois and a masters from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Berns Keith
Keith Berns
Green Cover Seed
Keith Berns
Green Cover Seed

Keith Berns combines over twenty years of no-till farming with ten years of teaching Agriculture and Computers. In addition to using no-till methods on 2,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in South Central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States. Through Green Cover Seed, Keith has experimented with over 100 different cover crop types and hundreds of mixes planted into various situations and has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage, and grazing utilization of cover crops. Keith also developed the SmartMix Calculator™, one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools. Keith has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska and regularly teaches on cover crops and soil health to various groups and audiences.

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Betts Nick
Nick Betts
SAI Platform
Nick Betts
SAI Platform

Nick has significant experience delivering market development activities, environmental programs and facilitating success directly with farmers on sustainability challenges of the agricultural value chain at the local, regional, and international-level. He has experienced the sector from the perspective of industry, grassroots agricultural organization, environmental not-for-profit and government.

Nick is a trained ecologist with an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability and holds multiple certifications, including in Sustainability Reporting and as a Change Management Specialist and Farm Transition Coordinator.

Based in Ontario, Canada, Nick is the Programme Manager for SAI Platform’s Arable & Vegetable Working Group, the Horizon Committee and associated activities and projects.

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Birt Nate
Nate Birt
Trust in Food
Nate Birt
Trust in Food

Nate Birt is Director of Development & Programming at Trust In Food™, a division of 142-year-old Farm Journal. He and his team partner with diverse stakeholders including conservation NGOs and government agencies to build consumer confidence in the agriculture supply chain by partnering with farmers to advance stewardship of land, water and air. In 2019, Trust In Food™ is engaged in projects with organizations including Iowa Soybean Association, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, The Nature Conservancy, The Walton Family Foundation, and the University of Montana. Nate’s first book, “Frozen, But Not Forgotten: An Adoptive Dad’s Step-by-Step Guide to Embryo Adoption,” published in April. He holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. Nate and his wife, Julie, have four children and live in northeast Missouri.

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Bock Nancy
Nancy Bock
American Cleaning Institute
Nancy Bock
American Cleaning Institute

Nancy Bock is a Senior Vice President at the American Cleaning Institute? (ACI). She is a recognized leader in consumer affairs, outreach, communications, external relations, and partnership development and family and consumer sciences. For the past 35 years, she has been dedicated to designing campaigns, programs and materials that provide better living for individuals, families and communities.

In recent years, Ms. Bock has been a leader in developing partnerships with key organizations including The Sustainability Consortium, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Clean the World, American Society for Microbiology, National Education Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family, Career and Community Leaders of American, Cleaning for a Reason, National Poison Prevention Week and the Coin Laundry Association.
She is responsible for developing, managing and measuring the success of all consumer education programs and outreach activities for the American Cleaning Institute. She has published more than 200 educational tools during her tenure at ACI and has reached over one billion consumers since joining the ACI team.

She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards and currently serves on the Cleaning for a Reason Board of Directors, Clean the World Board of Directors, Family, Career and Community Leaders for America Board of Directors, Leading Authorities Event Advisory Board and the WVU Visiting Committee. She has received numerous awards for her educational programs.

Her multi-faceted work experience includes county, state and federal government (Department of Agriculture), faculty positions at two land grant universities (Cooperative Extension Service), non-profit associations (American Chemical Society and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and business and industry (American Cleaning Institute).

Ms. Bock has a B.S and a M.S. degree in Education from West Virginia University.

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Bolden Dana
Dana Bolden
Corteva AgriScience
SVP External Affairs and Sustainability
Dana Bolden
SVP External Affairs and Sustainability
Corteva AgriScience

Dana Bolden serves as the Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, leading the company’s public policy and government affairs strategies, in addition to its sustainability, philanthropy, product stewardship and global regulatory activities. He previously served as the company’s communications officer where he led the employee, executive and functional communications; external communications; media relations; regional communications; corporate brand and advertising; platform communications; and digital and social communications. Once launched as a stand-alone company in 2019, Corteva Agriscience will offer a complete portfolio of products and technologies, and a robust pipeline of germplasm, traits and crop protection. The combined heritage and complementary capabilities of DuPont Crop Protection, Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences will make the future, intended agriculture company stronger, more competitive, and better-equipped to deliver growth and value.

Dana joined DuPont from The Coca-Cola Company where he held various leadership roles for most his career including global director for the Bottling Investments Group, communications director for the Eurasia Africa Group and director of financial communications. He led internal communications and stakeholder engagement programs to engage 70,000 employees and government relations strategies for a variety of countries. He implemented a digital stakeholder engagement program that leveraged big data to connect leaders with policymakers around the world. He brings extensive experience in designing and implementing training programs for all levels of leadership. Dana earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Washington & Lee University.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater and chairs the Trusteeship Committee. He also serves on the College of Charleston’s Communications Advisory Council and lectures at his alma mater, CofC and several universities.

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Bolivar Nathan
Nathan Bolivar
The Sustainability Consortium
Graphic and Web Design Specialist
Nathan Bolivar
Graphic and Web Design Specialist
The Sustainability Consortium

Nathan Bolivar is the Graphic and Web Design Specialist at the Sustainability Consortium. Prior to joining he came from Arizona State University’s Technology Office where he worked as part of their development team in apps and design. Along with his passion for web, he has been involved with several lean startups at multiple stages. His expertise is in multimedia design, marketing strategy, and UI/UX for web and mobile. Nathan graduated with a BA in business administration and marketing from Adams State University in 2015, where he also competed as a track and field athlete. He is also a licensed real estate agent in Arizona.

 

 

 

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Bollinger Jess
Arable
Arable

Jess Bollinger is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Arable. Jess works closely with Arable's enterprise partners to utilize environmental data to reduce supply chain risk and build innovative financial products. Before joining Arable Labs, Jess worked at UNICEF USA, with smallholder farmers in Mayange, Rwanda and Xochimilco, Mexico, and on the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, and has five years of private sector experience. Jess has an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and undergraduate degree from Tufts University in International Relations and Spanish

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Bonini Sheila
Sheila Bonini
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
SVP Private Sector Engagement at WWF
Sheila Bonini
SVP Private Sector Engagement at WWF
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Sheila Bonini has joined WWF as our new senior vice president of Private Sector Engagement (PSE).

Most recently, Sheila served as the chief executive officer of The Sustainability Consortium, a global organization focused on making consumer products more sustainable. In that capacity, she helped develop more sustainable consumer products across the full product lifecycle.

Prior to joining TSC, Sheila spent more than 15 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Europe, South America, and the US. Sheila served as senior expert consultant and co-leader of McKinsey’s Sustainability Transformation Service, and her work at the company focused on the link between social and environmental impact and financial value creation. Prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, as well as positions with the Hewlett Foundation and Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation.

Sheila has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University. She's a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability, and has a strong network of corporate leaders in this field.

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Boone Koen
Koen Boone
Managing Director, Europe
Koen Boone
Managing Director, Europe

Koen Boone is Director Europe of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and employed by Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Before joining TSC, Koen led a research center focusing on monitoring sustainability of Dutch food chains. Koen has more than fifteen years of experience on measuring sustainability on all kinds of levels (product, company, sector). He worked together with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on the development of GRI guidelines for sustainability reporting for the Food Processing Industry.

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Bowdish Lawrence
Lawrence Bowdish
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Lawrence Bowdish
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Lawrence Bowdish started consulting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center on its Issue Network research in May 2013. In addition to conducting and managing all of the research for the center, he also serves as the Issue Network lead for food security, where he concentrates on how the private sector contributes to the technology and innovations required to end hunger, improve nutrition, and eliminate food waste.

In addition to his work with the Foundation, Bowdish is a Professor for the American Military University. Previously, Lawrence was a Professor for the American Military University, teaching courses in U.S. History, Women?s History, and the History of Technology. He also worked as a consultant for county health departments that were instituting public health initiatives for youth and teens in the state of Florida.

Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Modern American and Economic History from the Ohio State University, where he wrote a dissertation on consumer credit, and published articles on the mortgage and student loan markets. He has a B.A. in History and Economics from New College of Florida.

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Boyle Patrick
Patrick Boyle
Sloan
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Patrick Boyle
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Sloan

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Brown-West Boma
Boma Brown-West
Environmental Defense Fund
Boma Brown-West
Environmental Defense Fund

Boma Brown-West is Senior Manager of Consumer Health at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), focused on transforming retail supply chains in order to reduce people?s exposure to toxic chemicals. In her role, Ms. Brown-West works closely with product manufacturers and retailers such as Walmart on sustainability strategies that promote the development and usage of safer chemicals in consumer products. She also leads EDF?s initiative Behind the Label: a Blueprint for Safer Chemicals in the Marketplace that lays out a path to corporate leadership. Prior to working at EDF, Ms. Brown-West worked for a decade at Whirlpool Corporation in product engineering and product sustainability. Ms. Brown-West has an M.S. in Technology & Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.

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Brugeman Josh
Josh Brugeman
NSF International
Josh Brugeman
NSF International

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Capdevielle Marie
Marie Capdevielle
Colgate-Palmolive
Marie Capdevielle
Colgate-Palmolive

Marie is a World Wide Director and Distinguished Fellow at Colgate-Palmolive Company.    She leads the Product Sustainability initiative  and the  environmental and occupational toxicology programs at Colgate program.    She has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and is board certified.     She works closely with key functions within the company  and interacts with suppliers to drive product sustainability initiatives and improvements.   Marie has her graduate degree from Rutgers University and her academic research focused on environmental contaminants and bird growth.

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Cardarelli Emi
Emi Cardarelli
Unilever
Director Club Sales & Sustainability
Emi Cardarelli
Director Club Sales & Sustainability
Unilever

Emi Cardarelli – Unilever - Director of Club Sales and Sustainability.

Emi is responsible for leading the wholesale club customer sales teams for Unilever US. She plays a key role in the strategy development for the club channel, as well as value creating initiatives for both Unilever/Walmart sustainability programs.

Prior to Unilever Emi spent 13 years at Walmart Stores Inc in several merchandising, sourcing, and private brands roles where she grew the business, and built a diverse, cross-functional background including an international assignment in Costa Rica.

Emi was raised in Mexico City in a bilingual/multicultural environment and has spent the past 16yrs in Northwest Arkansas. She received her B.S. in International Business at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and completed her MBA at the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business. Emi currently serves as past chair on the Sam Walton College Deans’ Alumni Advisory Council and is a board member of Pay It Forward Foundation. Emi lives in Rogers, AR with her husband Tony and boys AJ (11yrs) and Alex (2yrs).

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Carey Tim
Tim Carey
PepsiCo
Vice President – Sustainability
Tim Carey
Vice President – Sustainability
PepsiCo

Tim Carey is the Senior Director for Sustainability and Recycling at PepsiCo Beverages in North America. He is responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability vision and strategy for the beverages businesses and reducing their environmental and social impacts. Tim co-founded and launched PepsiCo?s US consumer recycling program and sustainable fertilizer initiatives. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful. Tim work previously at Hewlett-Packard and in Berkshire Hathaway at Johns Manville before PepsiCo.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Carter Craig
Craig Carter
Arizona State University
Craig Carter
Arizona State University

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Chatellus de Thibault
Thibault de Chatellus
Fair Trade USA
Thibault de Chatellus
Fair Trade USA

Thibault is Vice President, Consumer Packaged Goods at Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit and the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America. Thibault leads the growth of the Consumer Packaged Goods category, helping mission-driven and innovative brands develop sustainable supply chains and bring to market products made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients across multiple commodities including cocoa, sugar, coconut, and tea.

Thibault has over 25 years of leadership and international experience in specialty retail and food and beverage. He held several senior executive positions at Blockbuster and Jamba Juice including business development, category management, and general management of US and international retail operations. He also served as an independent consultant focusing on business development strategies in international markets. Prior to moving to the US, Thibault worked for 10 years at McKinsey and The Chase Manhattan Bank in France. He earned a Masters in Business from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France.

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Chu Andrea
Andrea Chu
Campbell’s Soup Company
Andrea Chu
Campbell’s Soup Company

In her role as sustainable agriculture analyst at Campbell, Chu, 26, is focused on raising standards for suppliers, setting sustainable sourcing goals and tackling specific ingredients. She developed Campbell’s first enterprise-wide sustainable agriculture strategy, which provides greater transparency to consumers around how their food is grown.

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Clay Jason
Jason Clay
World Wildlife Fund
Jason Clay
World Wildlife Fund

Our keynote speaker for April 12th will be Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World Wildlife Fund, who works with some of the world?s largest companies to reduce their impact on the environment. In addition to his work with WWF, Jason is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic?s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for commodities such as cotton, shrimp and sugarcane.

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Conaghan Gabe
Gabe Conaghan
Bunge North America
Sr Manager, Merchandising
Gabe Conaghan
Sr Manager, Merchandising
Bunge North America

Gabe Conaghan is the senior manager of merchandising for Bunge’s North American Milling team. In this role, he supports corn risk management and procurement programs for North America’s largest corn dry miller. Gabe has been a part of the Milling team for nine years and worked previously on Bunge’s grain and oilseed trading desks. He has worked closely with farmers to help them market crops and bridge the gap between farmer to CPG in sustainability and traceability initiatives. Gabe has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Missouri and currently lives in St Louis.

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Cooke Christopher
Christopher Cooke
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Director, Technical Development
Christopher Cooke
Senior Director, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Christopher Cooke is the Senior Director of Technical Development at the Sustainability Consortium where he oversees the creation TSC's tools for sustainability measurement and reporting. Prior to joining The Consortium, Christopher developed an energy sustainability strategy and action plan for the government of Hawaii Island. While with the New York Academy of Sciences, he investigated clean technology policy for New York State. Christopher holds a Master of Environment Science degree from Yale University, where he studied industrial ecology and conducted research in life cycle assessment. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from New York University.

Cooper Lawren
Lawren Cooper
PepsiCo
Lawren Cooper
PepsiCo

Lawren Cooper is an Environmental Sustainability Manager at PepsiCo with fifteen years of experience promoting sustainable business practices.  Her responsibilities include leading the PepsiCo Recycling Events and Roadster programs, performing sustainability reviews of new products and projects, developing and executing sustainability strategies, and integrating sustainability into the business.  Other focus areas include carbon footprint reduction, product stewardship and customer outreach. Lawren received her B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Environmental Science & Engineering and an MPH from the University of Michigan in Environmental Health Science and Industrial Hygiene.

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Cooper Spencer
Spencer Cooper
Almond Board of California
Spencer Cooper
Almond Board of California

Spencer Cooper is the Senior Manager of Field Outreach and Education for the Almond Board of California. Mr. Cooper joined the Board in 2016. His responsibilities include working with growers on improving irrigation efficiency by helping to increase the adoption and understanding of new beneficial technologies as well as better understanding the fundamentals of Irrigation Scheduling.

When Spencer is not working in the Almond Industry, he spends his time trying to get lost in the back country as well as working on his family’s small cattle operation in Central California.

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Cordera Sonia
Sonia Cordera
IDH
Sonia Cordera
IDH

Sonia Cordera is Program Manager at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, where she is responsible for the development and management of the Fruit and Vegetables program, as well as of the Flowers and Ornamentals one. Her role includes organizing retailers, traders and producers to mainstream sustainable production and trade, and implementing projects in Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining IDH, Sonia worked at SIM Supply Chain as data analyst, mapping and monitoring customers’ supply chains for social compliance and food safety. Sonia also contributed to the revision of the Royal Ahold list of accepted social standards in 2014. Deeply interested in international politics and economics, Sonia holds a PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Florence and a Master of Science in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London.

Presenting at: Living Income & Wage: Exploring the #1 Social Issue

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Crossland Brent
Brent Crossland
Crossland Advisors
Brent Crossland
Crossland Advisors

Brent Crossland is the past Head of Fiber Development for Seeds at Bayer CropScience and is based in Valencia, California, USA.

Brent has worked in the plant science industry for the past 37 years with experience in crop protection, product development and launch, seed production and the global textile supply chain.  He has held past positions with academia, independent consulting, product development and research and sales and marketing in the cotton industry. For the past fifteen years, Brent has also been very involved with the downstream market development of FiberMax and Stoneville cotton fiber for the apparel and home furnishings industry.

Brent was instrumental in the development of the global Certified FiberMax traceability program.  He developed and managed the e3 Sustainable Cotton Initiative. A very well-known expert on the cotton supply chain, Brent has presented globally on sustainable initiatives to many world cotton organizations.  He is a past recipient of the Bayer CropScience Luminary award for distinguished achievement and the “You Can’t Pick Better” award for initiatives in the cotton seed business.  In addition, Brent was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from Texas A&M University.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Agriculture degree in Plant Science from West Texas A&M University.

Presenting at: From the Group Up: Soil to Denim

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Dee Annie
Annie Dee
Dee River Ranch
President
Annie Dee
President
Dee River Ranch

Annie Dee is the President of Dee River Ranch. Dee River Ranch is a 10,000-acre family operated farm located on the Alabama-Mississippi state line outside of Aliceville, Alabama. The farm works with a rotation of corn and soybeans produced in accordance with the operation’s commitment to sustainable production and conservation practices. Pines and hardwoods have also been planted on some of the farm’s acreage. Additionally, Dee River Ranch has over 1,000 head of Brahman and Angus cross-bred cattle.

Annie serves on the United Soybean Board, speaking at various conferences and events about the importance of conservation practices in U.S. agriculture. In 2018, her commitment to clean water, soil health and conservation planning was recognized by the National Conservation Planning Partnership when she was awarded the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence. Annie was named a Top Producer by Farm Journal in 2016 and Dee River Ranch was awarded the Alabama Farm of Distinction Award in 2013.

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Dellis Jillaine
Jillaine Dellis
Henkel
Jillaine Dellis
Henkel

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Diehl Kevin
Kevin Diehl
Corteva Agriscience
Kevin Diehl
Corteva Agriscience

Kevin Diehl leads the Global Regulatory Seed Platform for Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of Dow DuPont. He and his team develop and implement the strategic regulatory and advocacy plans to move products thru the research pipeline to the commercial business, and ultimately, to farmer customers around the world. They develop and execute the scientific studies that are used by regulatory agencies around the world to assess product safety.

Growing up on his family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in central Iowa, Kevin was focused on a career connected to agricultural. His interest evolved from working on the farm to working for DuPont, starting in 1993, to bring new science and technology to farmers globally. He has held research, agronomy, business improvement, marketing and sales management positions within DuPont, DuPont Pioneer and now Corteva Agriscience.

Kevin earned his Ph.D. in plant physiology and weed science from the University of Illinois and earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and agricultural studies from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Kevin participates in various leadership capacities in industry associations including Crop Life International (CLI) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).  Outside of work, he is active in the Johnston community and serves on the ALS Association, Iowa Chapter Board as Treasurer.

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Dillinger Megan
Megan Dillinger
Walmart
Manager, Sustainability
Megan Dillinger
Manager, Sustainability
Walmart

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Dolak William
William Dolak
Walgreens
William Dolak
Walgreens

Bill Dolak is the Senior Manager, Product Sustainability for Walgreens (Walgreens-Boots Alliance North America). In this role Bill works to advance Sustainability initiatives across the non-pharmaceutical product offerings at Walgreens retail stores. This includes influencing the product’s chemical composition and ingredient provenance, packaging composition and recyclability communication, as well as Vendor Sustainability Practices (via the TSC toolkits). Prior to Walgreens, Bill worked in food manufacturing at General Mills, Tyson Foods, and in Private Brand Brokerage. Bill is a graduate of Indiana University and has done graduate studies at Indiana University School of Medicine and The University of Chicago School of Medicine. He lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with his wife, two daughters, and a puppy.

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Dolman Mark
Mark Dolman
Senior Research Associate
Mark Dolman
Senior Research Associate

Mark Dolman MSc is an animal scientist and expert within the field of quantifying sustainable agricultural practices. He is involved in several projects measuring sustainability. Mark is coordinating the national monitoring framework sustainable agriculture, presenting key performance indicators for 11 agricultural sectors in the Netherlands on 23 sustainability themes. Furthermore, he quantifies in a PhD the economic, environmental and societal performance per unit of milk and pork using a cradle-to-farm-gate life cycle assessment for a representative sample of 450 farms.

Donnelly Melissa
Melissa Donnelly
Campbell Soup Company
Melissa Donnelly
Campbell Soup Company

Melissa Donnelly is Senior Manager of Global Supply Chain Sustainability for Campbell Soup Company. She leads sustainability work across Campbell’s manufacturing sites and drives progress on Campbell’s commitments to climate, water and waste. She also leads the Company’s commitment to reduce food waste and develops processes to integrate sustainability into business functions. She serves on the Consumer Goods Forum Food Waste Working Group, the ReFED Advisory Council and manages CEO Denise Morrison’s executive membership with Champions 12.3. Before joining Campbell, Melissa worked with Johnson Controls on building energy efficiency, with the US EPA on climate change partnerships and programming, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council as a Climate Policy Fellow focused on international programs. Melissa earned her B.A. in International Relations from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, V.A. and her M.A. in Environmental Policy from American University in Washington, D.C.

Presenting at: From Farm to Fork: Keeping Food as Food in a World of Food Waste

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Donofrio Stephen
Stephen Donofrio
Forest Trends / Greenpoint Innovations
Stephen Donofrio
Forest Trends / Greenpoint Innovations

Stephen Donofrio is Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations LLC, and has more than 10 years of experience working with companies, communities, governments and not-for-profit organizations. He was formerly Vice President of CDP North America, where he served as the Canada Manager and directed the region’s investor disclosure program for climate, energy, water and forest risk commodities.

Presenting at: Tools for Achieving Zero Deforestation Commitments by 2020

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Doolaard Marieke
Marieke Doolaard
Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelen / Dutch Retail Association
Marieke Doolaard
Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelen / Dutch Retail Association

Marieke has been interested in the food issues since she was introduced to the Dutch role in international food production and safety. Her interest grew as her knowledge on food issues expanded. She wishes to continue working on these issues and hope to contribute in making the food industry sustainable for generations to come.

Marieke enjoys working in an ambitious team towards a common goal. With her strong sense of responsibility she likes to take the lead and coordinate different tasks within the team.

In the last few years Marieke has developed a love for writing, both professionally and creatively.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions, Living Income & Wage: Exploring the #1 Social Issue

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Dooley Kevin
Kevin Dooley
The Sustainability Consortium
Chief Scientist
Kevin Dooley
Chief Scientist
The Sustainability Consortium

Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, developing science and tools to improve the sustainability of consumer goods. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, "Organizational Change and Innovation Processes". He is on several journal editorial boards including Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics of Business at Arizona State University.

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Downey Rod
Rod Downey
Ready Pac Foods
Rod Downey
Ready Pac Foods

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Edwards Alison
Alison Edwards
SISC
Alison Edwards
SISC

Alison Edwards has a history of working at the center of collaborative efforts to build more resilient futures.

Over the last 20 years, she has helped build more sustainable systems with corporations, communities, local and regional government agencies, and large nonprofits.

Drawing from her experience at the intersections of food and agriculture, health and well being, and sustainability and resilience she helps organizations collaborate to build the healthy future they want to see.

Together, her skills and experience contribute to defining, evaluating, advocating, and implementing impactful strategies for organizations, businesses, and the world.

Alison is an avid surfer, gardener, and beekeeper.

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Ehiemere Chisara
Chisara Ehiemere
Field to Market
Chisara Ehiemere
Field to Market

Leveraging over 10 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and an extensive background in supply chain management in other industries, Chisara is responsible for the design and implementation of Field to Market’s verification processes. Prior to Field to Market, Chisara was the Vice President of Certification at Fair Trade USA where she created and implemented certification strategies for agricultural supply chains to improve farmer and worker livelihoods, improve environmental outcomes, and increase transparency in sourcing and claims. Chisara was also a consultant, designing procurement and supply chain management strategies across multiple industries. Chisara holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Duke University.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions

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Ehiemere Chisara
Chisara Ehiemere
Field to Market
Chisara Ehiemere
Field to Market

Leveraging over 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and supply chain management, Chisara is responsible for the design and implementation of Field to Market’s assurance processes. Prior to Field to Market, Chisara was the Vice President of Certification at Fair Trade USA where she designed and implemented certification strategies for agricultural supply chains to improve farmer and worker livelihoods, improve environmental outcomes, and increase transparency in sourcing. Chisara also formulated procurement and supply chain management strategies across multiple industries as a consultant.  Chisara holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Duke University.

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Elder Jeff
Jeff Elder
Oritain
Jeff Elder
Oritain

Jeff has recently joined Oritain – a world leader in verifying the origin of products – as Managing Director, North America.  Using forensic science and data analysis, Oritain analyses naturally-occurring chemical properties within products to trace them back to their true origin, from any point in the supply chain. Operating globally, they work with some of the world’s largest food, textile and pharmaceutical suppliers. Jeff joins Oritain after 21 years with J.G. Boswell Company, one of the largest agricultural producers in the country, where as Vice President, Marketing, he oversaw the sales and marketing of the company’s agricultural products. He has been active in and served on the boards for many agricultural organizations. Jeff is past president of the Cotton Warehouse Association of America and a past chair of the Supima organization. He is currently the Chair of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, recognized as the premier leadership program in its niche.

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Eldridge Josh
Josh Eldridge
Rockline Industries
Sustainability Director
Josh Eldridge
Sustainability Director
Rockline Industries

Josh is the Sustainability Director and a Category Director at Rockline Industries, a privately held paper converter headquartered in Wisconsin.  He is responsible for overseeing Rockline’s sustainability program which includes plant operations, product design and assessment, and reporting.  He has an MBA in International Business from John Brown University.  When not in the office, Josh, his wife Laura, and their four children can be found hiking and mountain biking in the Ozarks.

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Espinoza Laura
Laura Espinoza
Fair Food Program
Laura Espinoza
Fair Food Program

Judge Laura Safer Espinoza is the Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, which monitors and enforces the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ groundbreaking agreements with growers and food retail buyers to ensure fundamental human rights for agricultural workers. The Fair Food Program has been recognized by the White House, the United Nations, Harvard Business Review, CNN International’s Freedom Project and numerous international human rights organizations, as one of the most successful programs in the world today to uncover, eliminate and prevent modern-day slavery, sexual violence, wage theft and other systemic abuses.

 Judge Safer Espinoza is a former NY State Supreme Court Justice who served as a judge and court administrator for twenty years. She helped to design and became the first presiding judge of an innovative alternative to incarceration court for non-violent offenders. Judge Safer Espinoza has an extensive history of work with government, human rights and legal organizations in the United States and Latin America. She has taught extensively in Latin America, in support of law reform and greater transparency.

Justice Safer Espinoza is a graduate of Barnard College and New York Law School. She is a recipient of the City University of New York’s Women in the Law Award and Encore’s ‘Purpose Prize’ Award, celebrating individuals who use their previous life experience to make a difference.

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Ewing Jane
Jane Ewing
Walmart
Senior Vice President, Sustainability
Jane Ewing
Senior Vice President, Sustainability
Walmart

Jane Ewing leads Walmart’s Sustainability team and the company’s efforts to source responsibly, sell sustainable products, restore natural resources and reduce waste and emissions.

Jane joined Walmart in 2012 as a Senior Vice President for the International division. In 2013, she transitioned to the Walmart U.S. Merchandising business before being asked to lead the U.S. Business Development team responsible for initiatives such as In-Store General Merchandise Pickup and Supercenter Reinvention.

Prior to her current role, Jane led the People Group for Walmart International, supporting approximately 700,000 associates in 27 countries. She and her team were responsible for ensuring Walmart International attracts, develops and retains top retail talent around the world. She also previously led the U.S. Digital Acceleration team where she was charged with developing strategy and solutions to provide a seamless shopping experience for customers by integrating Walmart’s growing digital presence with the company’s U.S. stores.

Before joining Walmart, Jane spent 20 years with Diageo PLC, where she held various leadership roles including leading in the Middle East, South Africa and Global Travel Business.

Jane is passionate about inclusion, developing talent, advancing sustainability and supporting our next generation of leaders. In 2016, she served as the Chair of the President’s Global Council for Women Leaders and as the co-chair for the President’s Inclusion Council in 2017.

A British national, Jane earned her undergraduate degree in International Business and Modern Languages from Aston University in Birmingham, England. She also holds an Erasmus Diploma in International Business from the École de Management Européen in Strasbourg, France.

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Fanjul-Debnam Elena
Elena Fanjul-Debnam
Workplace options
Elena Fanjul-Debnam
Workplace options

Based in Singapore, Elena is the Vice President of Labor Solutions at Workplace Options’. She leverages her background in social enterprises to lead the Labor Solutions team in developing high-quality human resource technology tools designed for factory employees. Before joining Workplace Options, Elena worked with several leading organizations in Indonesia to design and develop sustainable business solutions to address development challenges. Elena spent eight years in Indonesia, arriving in 2010 as Fulbright Scholar. Prior to living and working in Indonesia, Elena worked in analytics in the US.

Presenting at: Reducing the Risks of Forced Labor in Supply Chains

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Faupel Mike
Mike Faupel
Chief Administrating Officer
Mike Faupel
Chief Administrating Officer

Mike Faupel is the Director of Operations for The Sustainability Consortium and oversees finance, staffing, communications and several other functions for the entire organization. Prior to his involvement with The Consortium Mike spent many years in the value-added agricultural products industry, focusing on quality and food safety in produce and bakery products. His masters and bachelors degrees are both from the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of Agriculture.

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Feltzer Roderick
Roderick Feltzer
HSBC
Roderick Feltzer
HSBC

HSBC is one of the world’s largest universal banks with over $2.5tn of assets, headquartered in London, UK. Roderick is a Vice President in HSBC’s Global Banking division, where he is responsible for managing the global relationships with some of the bank’s largest US and multinational corporate clients in the Consumer, Retail, and Healthcare sectors. He has been with the bank for over a decade and has worked in various roles across Global/Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Retail Banking, and Risk Management. He was previously based in Asia (Sri Lanka), Europe (UK, the Netherlands), and the Americas (USA). Prior to joining HSBC he was a diplomat for the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Roderick holds a BA in Social Sciences from University College Utrecht, an MA in International Peace & Security from King’s College London, and two MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School. He is married and currently resides in Hoboken, NJ.

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Fennig Chris
Chris Fennig
MyFarms
Chris Fennig
MyFarms

Chris’s background in farming, physics, and supply chain integration inform his no-nonsense approach to sustainability. His passion for helping business leaders find genuine opportunities to convert field-level sustainability data into new business value is a driving force. In any interaction, Chris’s contribution may range from discussing strategic alternatives, to defining technical implementation details. Chris realized his dream of founding a technology company in 2010. MyFarms is a cloud-based software development firm that operationalizes sustainability. By extending supply chain systems to the field level and empowering farmers with new insight in an age of increasing environmental scrutiny, MyFarms aligns the economics of sustainability, which is a precursor to large scale impact. MyFarms delivers sophisticated turnkey solutions that automatically combine field data owned by farmers with the IT infrastructure used by the world’s biggest brands. MyFarms appeals to the full sophistication range among farmers, while enabling seamless sustainability data collection and interactive reporting for downstream trading partners. The MyFarms data exchange is used by thousands of farmers and dozens of enterprises across the US and Australia. Fennig was honored to receive the Outstanding Achievement in RFID Technology Award in 2009 and the Precision Ag Institute’s Crop Advisor of the Year award in 2014. His undergraduate work focused on nanosatellite communications, earning a BS from the Taylor University Physics Department, and his MS focused on the Physics of RFID in global supply chains at Case Western Reserve University. Chris enjoys long walks on his family’s fourth generation corn and soybean farm in Jay County, Indiana.

Presenting at: From the Group Up: Soil to Denim

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Fenolio Dante
Dante Fenolio
San Antonio Zoo
Vice President of Conservation and Research
Dante Fenolio
Vice President of Conservation and Research
San Antonio Zoo

Dante is Vice President of the Center for Conservation and Research at the San Antonio Zoo.  Dr. Fenolio helps to coordinate both domestic and international conservation efforts to develop captive breeding methods for endangered species including a project in collaboration with the Chilean Amphibian Conservation Center.  He collaborates with colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on the cave biodiversity of South China and develops conservation strategies.  He also works with Brazilian, Chilean, and Peruvian colleagues to form conservation strategies for wildlife and forests in those countries.  Dr. Fenolio’s department is also involved in a consortium of researchers investigating the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on deep sea and pelagic communities in project “DEEPEND”.  His team also lead efforts to conserve imperiled species living in the Edward’s Aquifer and its springs.  In 2016, Dante published a book featuring his photography focused lantern fish and other animals which spend all or most of their lives in the dark called “Life in the Dark”. Dante earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida.

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Fenwick Margaret
Margaret Fenwick
BASF
Margaret Fenwick
BASF

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Fenwick Margaret
Margaret Fenwick
BASF Corporation
Manager of Corporate Sustainability Engagement
Margaret Fenwick
Manager of Corporate Sustainability Engagement
BASF Corporation

Margaret is the Manager of Corporate Sustainability Engagement at BASF in North America. She works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to strategically embed sustainability throughout the value chain and drive sustainable solutions. Margaret has extensive experience working with private, non-profit, and public sectors, including Fortune 500 companies, world-class CSR platforms, top-tier media, and the United Nations. She is the author of several publications including A Call to Climate Action: The UN Global Compact - Accenture CEO Study Special Edition (UN Global Compact, Accenture Strategy 2015), and Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation (UN Global Compact, CEO Water Mandate 2014). Margaret holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management from Harvard University, as well as a Masters degree in Spanish Language from Middlebury College Language Schools.

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Ferreyra R.Andres
R.Andres Ferreyra
Ag Connections, LLC
R.Andres Ferreyra
Ag Connections, LLC

Born in Argentina, Andres has over 25 years of experience in technology R&D in the private sector and academia.

Andres is an Electric /Electronic Engineer. He worked several years developing industrial instrumentation computers and weather satellite image processing systems as managing partner in Dexar, a company he co-owned. He later completed an MS in Agronomy / Agrometeorology and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (University of Florida) with a Minor in Computer Science.

Andres joined Ag Connections in 2003, first as a consultant, prototyping various spatial data collection tools; and full-time since 2004, leading development of telemetry integration, remote data entry, and irrigation-related projects. Andres heads Ag Connections’ work in AgGateway, AEF, ASABE and other standards groups; this has involved the development of common data models and semantic infrastructure, as well as building industry consensus around the nuts and bolts of data interoperability issues for irrigation and other field operations. Andres’ research interests include using mathematical techniques to develop user-friendly tools to help growers solve problems while keeping the “dirty work” of handling data hidden from view. In 2014 Andres was awarded AgGateway’s Ron Storms Leadership Award. He currently leads Ag Connections’ implementation of Syngenta’s Risk Management Digital Agriculture solutions.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Ferrin Erika
Erika Ferrin
Senior Director of Marketing, Communication, and Development
Erika Ferrin
Senior Director of Marketing, Communication, and Development

Erika Ferrin is the Senior Director of Marketing, Communication, and Development at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Ferrin's main role is to set the marketing and communication strategy for TSC as well as create communication platforms to support our researchers, members and partners. Along with 15 years of non-profit and higher education marketing experience, Ferrin brings with her a passion for conservation and working with scientists and researchers to help tell their stories. Prior to joining TSC, Ferrin was the Brand Marketing Manager in the Smithsonian's Office of Public Affairs where she led Smithsonian's pan-Institutional marketing plan and national marketing campaign. Before the Smithsonian, Ferrin was the Director of Marketing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC). Her branding campaign for UMBC won the national 2011 CASE gold award for Advertising. Prior to her time at UMBC, Erika was the Associate Director for Advertising and Promotion at PBS, where she worked in brand management for PBS, PBS KIDS and launched premieres and promotional campaigns for over 50 different television series. Erika received her M.A. in Professional Studies and Art History from Towson University and her B.A. in Media Communication and Design from James Madison University.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Fischer Elisabeth
Elisabeth Fischer
Syngenta
Elisabeth Fischer
Syngenta

Elisabeth Fischer is the Head of Good Growth Plan Customer Marketing, for Switzerland-based Syngenta Corporation. She leads a global team that supports the company?s business objectives through implementing an agricultural sustainability agenda and reports on progress towards the ambitious Good Growth Plan targets.

Elisabeth joined Syngenta as a Public Policy and Sustainability manager in 2012, based at the company?s Headquarters in Basel. In 2016, she relocated to Greensboro, NC, to support the North American Sustainable Solutions team with the implementation of auditable reporting frameworks for farm data. Elisabeth has a MA in Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. Her research work focuses on linking small-scale farmers in developing countries to high-value markets. She grew up in Berlin, Germany.

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.twitter.com/Syngenta.

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Fisher Kelly
Kelly Fisher
HSBC
Kelly Fisher
HSBC

In 2015, Kelly W. Fisher was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Bank USA.  In her role she has helped to launch HSBC’s new U.S. volunteer program “Involve” which has been recognized for improving the volunteer experience.  She also co-chairs the US Climate Business Council, which is helping to increase HSBC’s leadership role in sustainable finance.

Kelly joined HSBC after seven years at Toyota Motor North America, where she created environmental and safety programs that were recognized for having a meaningful impact while greatly improving corporate reputation.  In her tenure there she also created Toyota’s first-ever social media giving campaign, called “100 Cars for Good”.   Prior to that, she worked for four years at Goldman Sachs, helping to manage their global volunteer program and internal marketing campaigns.

In the past, Kelly has held seats on the corporate advisory board of Do Something and the executive board of Corporate Volunteers of New York.  She is an active volunteer with Citymeals-on-Wheels, various animal welfare organizations, and was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2011.

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Florea Alexandra
Alexandra Florea
Marks & Spencer
Alexandra Florea
Marks & Spencer

With over 8 years’ experience in Retail,  Alexandra is a Sustainability Delivery Manager in Marks & Spencer. She has been managing Shwopping, M&S’s award-winning garment recycling scheme since 2013, on both a strategic and operational level, as well as the relationship with Oxfam, the charity partner. In addition, she is working within the Clothing & Home business unit, undertaking the governance and delivery of the new Plan A 2025 commitments (Marks & Spencer’s sustainability strategy). She specialises in circular economy, textile recycling and circular design.

Her background includes change management for large transformation programmes (in M&S, but also in other industries, such as Oil & Gas and IT), project management, internal communications and training.

 

Presenting at: Retail Sustainability Strategy: Then and Now

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Follett Forrest
Forrest Follett
Manager, Data Science
Forrest Follett
Manager, Data Science

Forrest Follett began working for TSC in September of 2018 as the Manager of Data Science. His work supports the Commodities Mapping Program, analyzing global sustainability risks as they relate to various commodities and modeling their spatial distributions. Forrest’s background is in Archaeology, where he has several years of experience in the Cultural Resource Management sector and got his BA in 2012. He moved to Fayetteville to pursue his MA and is currently finishing his thesis, titled “An Investigation of the Affordances of Virtual Environments for Archaeological Data Presentation” which uses video games to make more interesting archaeological site reports. The common thread between his work in archaeology and his work for the consortium is his passion for making complex geospatial data into maps and visualizations that are easy to understand and make exploring a dataset simple and engaging.

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479 575 2884
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Foresman Charlie
Charlie Foresman
Monsanto
Charlie Foresman
Monsanto

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Fox Christopher
Christopher Fox
HanesBrands
Christopher Fox
HanesBrands
Presenting at: Reducing the Risks of Forced Labor in Supply Chains

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Freeze Zach
Zach Freeze
Walmart
Zach Freeze
Walmart

Zach Freeze is responsible for global product sustainability, working with buyers and suppliers in Walmart’s general merchandise and consumables categories, on key initiatives like factory energy efficiency, chemicals, and packaging. Zach has been on the sustainability team for over 3 years and with Walmart for over 10 years, holding a number of roles in Walmart, including environmental compliance and indirect sourcing and procurement. Prior to joining Walmart, Zach’s experience includes hazardous waste brokering, environmental consulting, and product specification testing. Zach earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.

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Fuller Emma
Emma Fuller
Granular, Inc
Emma Fuller
Granular, Inc

Emma Fuller is a data scientist with Granular where she uses large, high dimensional, unstructured data sets to derive novel insights for farmers. Prior to joining Granular, Emma received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton where her work combined both theoretical and empirical approaches to try to better quantify social and ecological sustainability in US West Coast commercial fisheries.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Gaines Linda
Linda Gaines
Argonne National Laboratory
Linda Gaines
Argonne National Laboratory

Linda Gaines is a Systems Analyst at the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia. Her primary interest is problem solving, applied to efficient use of resources. She began her 40+ years at Argonne by writing a series of handbooks of energy and material flows in petroleum refining, organic chemicals, and copper industries that provided background for studies of technical and institutional issues involved in recycling discarded tires, packaging, and other energy-intensive materials. Dr. Gaines has examined the costs and impacts on energy use and the environment of production and recycling of advanced-design automobiles, trucks, and trains, and batteries. She has also examined the potential growth of electricity demand by industry and performed technical and economic analysis of alternative fuels, including hydrogen and biofuels. Her most recent work has involved studying ways to reduce petroleum use and other impacts from transport by recycling of batteries and also by reducing vehicle idling. She is an editor of the new journal Sustainable Materials and Technologies and serves on the SAE Battery Recycling Committee, the NAATBatt Recycling Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Responsible Battery Coalition.

Presenting at: State of the Charge

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Gamble Lloyd
Lloyd Gamble
WWF
Lloyd Gamble
WWF

Lloyd is the Director of Forests and Climate for WWF-US and serves as the REDD+ Multilateral Finance Lead for WWF’s Global Forest and Climate Program. In the last decade, developed countries have committed several billion dollars in climate finance to efforts to reduce tropical forest loss and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Lloyd leads WWF’s efforts to ensure that these funds are spent effectively – in ways that directly address the major drivers of deforestation (e.g., like unplanned agricultural conversion) but also respect the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local, forest-dependent communities. After representing Northern Civil Society as an Official Observer at the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility for several years, Lloyd now works with WWF teams and their partners in countries like Nepal, DRC, Indonesia and Peru to design and advance successful jurisdictional programs to reduce deforestation and degradation.

Lloyd has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Massachusetts. After completing his graduate work, Lloyd moved to Washington to work on international environmental policy with the U.S. State Department, where he worked for two years before joining WWF.

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Garcia Teresa
Teresa Garcia-Moore
Research Assistant
Teresa Garcia-Moore
Research Assistant

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Prior to joining The Sustainability Consortium, she worked for 5 years as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas conducting research in food and agriculture policy. She also worked as a legal consultant in Fayetteville for Kramer Detergents, Inc., where she was responsible for advising the company on legal issues related to the chemical industry regulations and on the implementation of the corporate social responsibility.

Gassaway Eric
Eric Gassaway
Bayer
Eric Gassaway
Bayer

Eric is the Director of Sustainable Sourcing for Monsanto, starting his career in September 2016.  Eric works with various stakeholders in the food value chain around sustainabile sourcing challenges, solutions, developments, and ideas.  He works with farmers, national and regional commodity boards, as well as consumer goods companies, food manufacturers, retailers, and NGOs, with an end goal of providing sustainable food sources to consumers globally.  His main initiatives are creating a platform to sustainably source commodity crops, potentially certifying these crops on a global level for food companies worldwide, as well as building campaigns to speak to consumers about how their food is grown and produced across the value chain.

Eric began his career in pharmaceutical sales for Pfizer.  After various roles, he moved into account management for cranial staplers with Covidien, followed by a role as regional account manager for Kimberly Clark in their spinal and knee division.  After 16 years in healthcare, he made the transition to agriculture to develop a sustainable future for the production, sale, and consumption of food.

Eric has a BS in biochemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Masters in International Business from St. Louis University.

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Gaughan Brian
Brian Gaughan
Georgia Pacific
Brian Gaughan
Georgia Pacific
Presenting at: Beyond Bags: Tackling the Challenges of Recycling Flexible Film

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Georgiev Emil
Emil Georgiev
Research Associate
Emil Georgiev
Research Associate

Emil is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Working Group. Emil studied MSc Environment and Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam, with specialization in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining TSC, Emil worked as a researcher at Wageningen UR, where he worked on various topics, such as bio-based economy, price transparency, and competition in agri-food chains. In addition, Emil has conducted an LCA for an IKEA product during his study.

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Wageningen UR, Netherlands
Gershenson Alexander
Alexander Gershenson
SupplyShift
Alexander Gershenson
SupplyShift

Alex Gershenson is the CEO and Co-founder of SupplyShift. His expertise is in the fields of climate change, enterprise sustainability, supply chain responsibility, as well as U.S. and international environmental law and climate change policy implementation. For the last five years, Alex has been building SupplyShift, the next generation supply chain visibility and responsibility platform. Alex is passionate about solving global social and environmental problems, and ensuring that his children inherit a better planet.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions

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Ginger Jessica
Jessica Ginger
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, THESIS Impact Team
Jessica Ginger
Director, THESIS Impact Team
The Sustainability Consortium

Jessica Ginger is the Director of Implementation at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) where she leads and coordinates the use of THESIS by retailers and consumer goods companies to inform supply chain sustainability strategy and execution. She also oversees TSC’s service provider training program and support services. Jessica’s passion for social sustainability has been the driving force behind her 15 years of global, multi-stakeholder, and multi-issue experiences. Prior to joining TSC in 2013, Jessica managed partnerships in Africa and the Middle East for the AmeriCares Foundation where she worked to improve the quality and increase the quantity of medical aid delivered to marginalized populations. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and was a Technical Advisory Committee Member for the UNDP's 2014 Equator Prize. Jessica received her M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

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Giovannucci Daniele
Daniele Giovannucci
COSA
Daniele Giovannucci
COSA

Daniele Giovannucci is the President of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment and leads the network of global partnerships that are a hallmark of its participatory learning process for improving sustainability practices.

His enthusiasm for a pragmatic approach to research and development stems from15 years as a business executive in food-related firms. Later, as Senior Consultant to the World Bank (Markets and Agribusiness Thematic Team), he helped evolve the design of sustainability components for many rural development and agribusiness projects for nearly a decade. He has developed or managed projects in more than 30 countries since he began working on the sustainability issues of developing nations in 1992.

Over the last 15 years, Daniele has led or contributed to the strategies of a number of major development institutions and several governments. In 2011-12, he led the global teams formulating the strategic input on Food and Agriculture for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and for the landmark Rio+20 Earth Summit launch of the UN’s SD-21 Report.

Downloads of his published work rank him in the top 1% of the more than 240,000 professional authors tracked by the Social Science Research Network (including translations) and his newest major works (co-authored) are Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (United Nations DESA) and Measuring Sustainability: COSA findings in 12 countries for coffee and cocoa.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Goedkoop Mark
Mark Goedkoop
PRé
Mark Goedkoop
PRé

Mark established PRé in 1990 and pioneered the field of LCA. As CEO and chair of PRé 's management team, Mark focuses his efforts on exploring and initiating new developments and building relationships between industry experts, businesses and other organizations.

Mark is widely recognized as an international thought leader in the field of sustainability metrics and methodology development. His primary goal is to help companies create value from sustainable products and services. While with PRé , Mark has developed pioneering methodologies for impact assessment (Eco-indicator 95/99 and ReCiPe). He has also published seminal studies on sustainable consumption, rebounds, and product service systems methodology, as well as initiating development of the world?s most widely used LCA software, SimaPro.

Prior to founding PRé , Mark was a partner in a small industrial design consultancy, where he developed, among other things, special tools for the Dutch Railroad maintenance staff to use in their work on overhead electric wires, an anesthesia ventilator (which received an international IF design award), and text telephones for deaf people (before the invention of SMS). Mark's career in industrial design began at Demotech-1 in the 70's where he was inspired by open source technology and the "small is beautiful" movement. This led him to attempt to develop a completely new way of producing metal parts on a very small scale. While this attempt was largely unsuccessful, he remained focused on the goal of developing practical yet scientifically sound solutions for improving the environmental and social performance of products and services.

Mark holds a Master of Science in industrial design engineering from Delft University of Technology.

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Golden Jay
Jay Golden
East Carolina University
Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement Professor
Jay Golden
Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement Professor
East Carolina University

Dr. Jay Golden is Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development and Engagement at ECU and a professor of Engineering with a secondary appointment in supply chain.

Dr. Golden comes to ECU from Duke University where he was faculty chair of the Business & Environment Program and Director of the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce.  Golden also served as Associate Vice Provost for Research and led Dukes Corporate Relations Office.

Dr. Golden received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, and his master's degree in environmental engineering and sustainable development from a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Organizational Mastery of Project Management from Stanford University and an MLE from Harvard University and a bachelors in management.

Author of more than 150 articles, Golden has participated in 100 invited presentations and more than 70 media interviews. He has testified before Congress and secured more than $30 million in research funding. Golden directed the National Center of Excellence on Sustainable Materials and Renewable Technologies while serving as a faculty member at Arizona State University.

Golden was presented the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute for his leadership in the field of sustainable engineering education and research. He was also named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute.  In 2017, Golden was nominated by peers and appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Golden brings both an entrepreneurial and business background to ECU, having founded a small business in Arizona that grew to have operations throughout the West and Southwest. He has also held leadership positions in multiple publicly traded companies, including a Fortune 150 international service and technology company. Golden serves on a number of boards, including the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Board of Directors and the Coastal Studies Institute.

Dr. Golden can be reached at GoldenJ17@ecu.edu

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Goldstein Rachel
Rachel Goldstein
Mars, Incorporated
Rachel Goldstein
Mars, Incorporated

Rachel is the Global Sustainability Senior Manager for Packaging and External Reporting at Mars, Incorporated. She leads an internal sustainable packaging working group and Mars’ external engagement in key partnerships such the New Plastics Economy, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Sustainability Consortium. Rachel is on the Board of Directors for Green Blue. She leads the external sustainability reporting work across a range of platforms and disclosures such as CDP and customer scorecards.  She also implements programs on sustainability related claims, and is the sustainability subject matter expert for Mars’ Global Horizon Scanning capability

 

Prior to Mars, Rachel was the Team Leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), a voluntary program that encourages methane emissions reductions through the capture and beneficial use of landfill gas.  She was also the lead for this work in India, China and Southeast Asia under the Global Methane Initiative. Rachel was in the health, safety and environmental field before joining EPA.

 

Rachel has an MBA with an Environmental Management Concentration from The George Washington University, and a B.S. Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University

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Goodrich Nina
Nina Goodrich
GreenBlue
Nina Goodrich
GreenBlue

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Grazian Ariane
Ariane Grazian
Walmart
Ariane Grazian
Walmart

Ariane Grazian joined Walmart four years ago as the sustainability manager for general merchandise. Since, she’s managed Walmart’s factory efficiency programs in China and supported design for Walmart’s sustainable apparel strategy, including the stand up of a global textile mill sustainability program. Currently, she is the global program lead for Project Gigaton, Walmart’s commitment to eliminate 1 billion metric tons – a gigaton - of greenhouse gases from the global value chain by 2030. For Ariane, the most exciting part about her role is seeing the private sector lead from the front, and the role technology can play, to catalyze engagement and combat climate change.

Prior to joining Walmart, Ariane served as a client lead for the Strategy and Operations practice at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C., specializing in program redesign and process optimization. She was born and raised in Chicago, and earned a degree in international business from the George Washington University.

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Green Thomas
Thomas Green
Potato Sustainability Initiative
Thomas Green
Potato Sustainability Initiative

Dr. Thomas Green has been a national leader in market-based sustainability and pesticide risk reduction initiatives for more than thirty years. He is president and co-founder of the IPM Institute of North America, a non-profit working since 1998 to leverage marketplace power to improve health, environment and economics in agriculture and communities. The Institute partners with food companies including Sysco, McDonald’s, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, Simplot, Basic American Foods, Cavendish Farms, Whole Foods Market and others on sustainability initiatives. The Institute was awarded Supplier of the Year for Quality Assurance from Whole Foods Market in 2015, earned the International IPM Excellence Award from the Sixth International IPM Symposium in 2009, was recognized as an US EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Champion in 2004, 2005, 2008, and received the US EPA Sustained Excellence in IPM Award and 2009 and 2012. Dr. Green was awarded the Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor in 2015. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor and a USDA NRCS-certified Technical Service Provider. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 professional and industry events. He founded the Partnership for Ag Resource Management, a collaborative effort with leading ag retailers to identify, promote, track and report sales and impacts of products and services that reduce ag input losses from cropland, now in its seventh year.

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Greenwood Leigh
Leigh Greenwood
The Nature Conservancy
Leigh Greenwood
The Nature Conservancy

Leigh has worked for The Nature Conservancy since December 2007. Leigh’s work focuses on bringing multiple stakeholders together to achieve common goals in Forest Health, including: managing the Don’t Move Firewood campaign, working to improve the international biosecurity measures in place for solid wood packaging, and convening the annual Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases. Her leadership of the Don’t Move Firewood campaign has led to its being widely regarded as one of the most innovative public outreach arms of The Nature Conservancy. Leigh earned her B.A. in Biology at Williams College and her M.S. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she studied the intersection of native wildlife and invasive plants.

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Guenther Christoph
Christoph Guenther
BASF
Christoph Guenther
BASF

Christoph Guenther is currently the Global Applied Sustainability Manager for BASF’s Nutrition & Health business and is responsible for all customer sustainability projects in the  animal protein value chain. At this time, he is involved in developing solutions which allow stakeholders to manage and measure sustainability along the value chain from feed to meat/milk/egg. Christoph has worked for more than 30 years within the industry and has focused for more than 15 years on sustainability and life cycle analysis in animal production.

Christoph holds a PHD in Animal Nutrition with a concentration on broiler feeding from the University of Bonn, Germany.

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Hafsa Fatima
Fatima Hafsa
Graduate Research Assistant
Fatima Hafsa
Graduate Research Assistant

Fatima Hafsa is a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She has a Bachelor’s in polymer engineering from Pakistan and a Master’s in materials engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Between her bachelors and masters degrees, Fatima worked at WWF-Pakistan, where she got her initial exposure to sustainability challenges. Fatima is interested in understanding how a circular economy of plastics can be made more sustainable. In particular, she is interested in modular organisational networks that can influence circularity, decisions to adopt sustainability, and the social aspects of sustainability. Fatima is also a Fulbright scholar.

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Hall Natalie
Natalie Hall
Walmart
Natalie Hall
Walmart

Natalie Hall is a Senior Manager of Sustainability & Quality Operations with a driving passion for leading general merchandise sustainability projects that support the Walmart corporate goals. She works closely with internal and external stakeholders to align in planning large scale initiatives and processes. Her career with Walmart began in 2012 as a Manager I of Apparel Quality Assurance. Then in 2014, she moved to Manager II of Apparel Operations & Softline Sustainability. In January 2018, Natalie was promoted to Senior Manager of Sustainability & Quality Operations. Her career consists of managing teams in the quality assurance, compliance and sourcing areas for specialty apparel retailers. Natalie graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL with a Master of Science in Textiles. And, she received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, LA. She lives in Bentonville, AR with her husband, Jay of 11 years and 7 year old son, Thatcher. They enjoy spending time outdoors cycling, hiking and camping.

Presenting at: Consumers and Sustainability Behavior Change

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Hanner Karen
Karren Hanner
Feeding America
Karren Hanner
Feeding America

Karen Hanner is the Vice President, Manufacturing Partnerships for Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief and food rescue organization.  Her team is dedicated to relationship development with over 200 major manufacturers to ensure unsellable wholesome food and grocery products are donated to food banks to feed people and avoid being wasted. Primary focus is with industry partners at the farm/agricultural processor stage within the animal protein and dairy sectors as the area of highest need by food insecure populations. Hanner also leads the Sustainability, Purchasing and Disaster Services work for the national organization which supports 200-member food banks and their 60K agency partners committed to providing nutritious food to 46M Americans.  With a larger mission of ensuring all food insecure individuals have access to enough nutritious food. Prior to joining Feeding America in 2008 Hanner held positions in marketing and supply chain management at Kraft Foods, Keebler, and Nestle.  She holds a master’s degree in Management from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University.

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Hanratty Jeff
Jeff Hanratty
General Mills
Jeff Hanratty
General Mills

Jeff reports to the Chief Sustainability Officer as an Applied Sustainability Manager at General Mills located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.ÿ During his 17 year career at the company, he?s been instrumental in bringing environmental sustainability to the forefront by first building reliable compliance management systems followed by creating environmental metrics and forward looking indicators that brought change to his organization.ÿ In 2005 he pioneered water reuse in one of General Mills? largest plants, one of the first in the food industry. Currently, he has accountability for global watershed stewardship efforts, packaging sustainability improvements, customer sustainability relationships and accounting for the company?s value chain GHG footprint.

Mr. Hanratty holds a bachelor?s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master?s degree in EHS Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.ÿ He is registered as a Professional Engineer and is a Certified Safety Professional.

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Harmon Debra
Debra Harmon
Assistant to the CEO
Debra Harmon
Assistant to the CEO

Debra Harmon is the assistant to Euan Murray, CEO, at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Debbie has been with TSC since its launch in 2009, supporting administration and operations Scottsdale, Arizona office. Before joining TSC, Debra supported the Strategic Initiatives Officer for the Global Institute of Sustainability at the ASU Foundation.

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+1 480 727 9003
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Hayes Jamie
Jamie Hayes
Production Mode
Jamie Hayes
Production Mode

Based in Chicago, Jamie Hayes’ inter­ests lie at the inter­sec­tion of fashion, art, labor, and iden­tity. Her approach is both collab­o­ra­tive and customized. She believes that clothes should fit one’s body (not the other way around); that people should wear what flat­ters and inter­ests them rather than what someone else dictates is fash­ion­able; that style is a form of self-expression; and that everyone in the chain of produc­tion of clothing should be paid a living wage.

She has explored these topics through her acad­emic studies, earning a B.A. from Wash­ington Univer­sity in English Liter­a­ture, a B.A. from Columbia College in Fashion Design, and a Masters in Social Work from the Univer­sity of Chicago. She has worked in the fashion industry since 1999, and in the field of immi­grant and labor rights since 2009. Her recent work merges these two paths: she has designed for fair trade orga­ni­za­tions including SERRV, Inter­crafts Peru, and Threads of Yunnan, and has volun­teered as a Campaign Leader for Chicago Fair Trade, helping to pass an ordi­nance mandating that apparel procured by the City of Chicago be sweatshop-free. She is the owner and designer of slow fashion line Produc­tion Mode, and also co-designs a collection of luxury slow fashion lingerie and night­wear, Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties.

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Hayes Pat
Pat Hayes
Responsible Battery Coalition
Pat Hayes
Responsible Battery Coalition

Pat Hayes joined the newly formed Responsible Battery Coalition in January 2017 as its Executive Director. Pat brings 25 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies including over 21 years with Procter & Gamble, first as an environmental engineer, then leading P&G’s State Government Relations organization. He has extensive experience working with coalitions, associations, governmental and non-governmental organizations to advance public policy and promote public/private partnerships. Pat has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Presenting at: State of the Charge

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Heath Justin
Justin Heath
PrecisionHawk
Justin Heath
PrecisionHawk

Justin is an experienced and successful sales, marketing and account management executive in the ag technology space. He is an Indiana native where he was involved in swine, cattle, row crop production, FFA and 4-H from the age of 12. After honorably serving his country as a United States Marine, Justin returned to his ag roots and has focused on the integration of emerging technologies into traditional and non-traditional ag markets since 2005. He’s held sales and marketing leadership positions with DuPont Pioneer, ag equipment distributors and retailers and most recently served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Ag Leader Technology prior to joining the PrecisionHawk team. Justin is an Upper Iowa University Alum and currently resides in Central Iowa.

Presenting at: Lunch | Sustainability 2.0: Technology in Modern Agriculture

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Heist Brent
Brent Heist
P&G
Brent Heist
P&G

Brent M. Heist leads the Global Packaging Sustainability team at Procter & Gamble. He is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brent holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA from Xavier University. In his twenty-four years at Procter & Gamble Brent has worked in Process Development, Products Research and most recently Packaging Development spanning several of P&G’s business units.

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Hellem Steve
Steve Hellem
Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)
Steve Hellem
Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)

Steve Hellem is the Executive Director of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP).  He helped create SP and has served as the Executive Director since the organization was created in 2002.

Steve has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic counsel and leadership to business associations and coalitions.  He has helped create and managed a wide range of business coalitions and associations from multiple business sectors.

One of his areas of expertise is working with companies to address global and domestic environmental, health and safety practices and activities as well as corporate sustainability programs.  He maintains close working relationships with senior EH&S and corporate sustainability professionals from a wide range of Fortune 100 companies.

Steve has an AB in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from the International School of Law that is today the George Mason University School of Law.

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Helmes Roel
Roel Helmes
Research Associate
Roel Helmes
Research Associate

Roel is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector Working Group. As a researcher in sustainability assessment at Wageningen University and Research Center, Roel shares his time between TSC and other international and national research projects on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) application and sustainability assessment methodology. Previously, he worked for AkzoNobel as a specialist in sustainability focusing on LCA of chemicals and on environmental management. Roel holds a master degree in Chemistry and in Environmental Sciences from the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Among other subjects, he studied the behavior of eutrophying emissions in the framework of LCA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a fanatic amateur cook and enjoys cyclocross and road biking at home and abroad.

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Helt Chris
Chris Helt
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Manager, Technical Development
Chris Helt
Senior Manager, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Christopher Helt is the Senior Manager of Technical Development at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, he is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to human health impacts associated with consumer product use. As such, he manages the Common Chemical Criteria Task Force at TSC which aims to provide a common framework to enhance communication regarding chemical safety among broad stakeholders.

Prior to joining TSC, Chris worked for Colgate-Palmolive Company (Piscataway, NJ) as a Senior Research Scientist in their Global Product Safety Department. Chris earned a PhD in Toxicology (2004) from the University of Rochester and a BS in Biochemistry (1997) from The Pennsylvania State University. His academic research focused on the DNA damage response following oxidative stress.

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+1 480 965 2135
Scottsdale, Arizona
Henson Philip
Philip Henson
HanesBrands
Philip Henson
HanesBrands

Philip Henson is a member of Hanesbrands corporate facility engineering team which has responsibility for leading engineering, energy demand, environmental sustainability, and safety activities on a global level. Mr. Henson earned his Industrial Engineering degree from Texas Tech University in 1991 (BSIE ’91) and a Master of Arts degree in sustainability from Wake Forest University in 2015 (MASus 2015).
Mr. Henson has a distinguished career in the textile manufacturing industry spanning over twenty-five years with HanesBrands and predecessor companies. Mr. Henson is an ambassador for sustainability and in recent years has helped elevate the level of energy management, energy data analysis and reporting, and environmental stewardship to internal and external stakeholders. He is an active participant within the ENERGY STAR industrial partner’s network and has helped Hanes leverage this partnership to improve company energy performance and garner US EPA ENERGY STAR award recognition for the past 8 years.

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Himmelfarb Nancy
Nancy Himmelfarb
NJH Sustainability Consulting
Nancy Himmelfarb
NJH Sustainability Consulting

Nancy Himmelfarb (himmelfarb.com) helps companies leverage sustainability to build trust and competitive advantage. She specializes in sustainability positioning, strategy development and corporate communications, and is particularly skilled at managing complexity and engaging stakeholders. She brings a unique combination of business, legal and sustainability expertise and experience, including 15 years as corporate attorney, general counsel and board advisor for public and private companies. Nancy holds degrees from Stanford University and UCLA School of Law, and a graduate certificate in sustainability management from University of Chicago.
She develops sustainability solutions for businesses in multiple industries, with an emphasis on food and healthcare. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, major PR firms and smaller organizations struggling to connect the dots on sustainability.

Presenting at: Lunch | Sustainability 2.0: Technology in Modern Agriculture

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Hishmeh Paul
Paul Hishmeh
Field to Market
Paul Hishmeh
Field to Market

Paul Hishmeh is Data & Technology Director at Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, where he leads strategic direction and technical implementation of the Fieldprint® Platform. In this role, he oversees ongoing technical development of the analytic engine that powers the Fieldprint Platform, including integrations with leading precision agriculture, decision support and farm management software solutions to support the scaling of Field to Market’s program. With 20 years of experience in information technology and program management, Paul also leverages prior experience in the fields of environmental science and agricultural engineering. Prior to joining Field to Market, he served for nearly a decade as VP of IT and Financial Services at a professional services firm providing support to multiple federal government agencies. Paul holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Hochhauser Schneider Judith
Judith Hochhauser Schneider
WWF
Judith Hochhauser Schneider
WWF

Judith Hochhauser Schneider is Director, Private Sector Engagement at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she manages some of WWF’s largest global transformational partnerships with multinational organizations, including The Coca-Cola Company and Walmart. Her work focuses on water stewardship, sustainably sourced agricultural commodities, and deforestation strategies including jurisdictional approach. Her geographic focus areas include China and the MesoAmerican Reef in Central America.

Prior to WWF, Judith worked at PwC in the Sustainable Business Solutions advisory practice, advising clients on sustainability strategies in a variety of sectors including private equity, manufacturing, and consumer package goods.

Before joining PwC, Judith worked for DuPont, driving the integration of sustainability into growth strategies and functional areas including Marketing, Supply Chain, and Finance. Judith spent her 8 years at DuPont working within business units, as well as at the corporate level on the Sustainable Growth Excellence team, focusing on carbon markets, sustainability strategy, green marketing, sustainable packaging, and emerging markets.

Judith is a LEED® Accredited Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University in Environmental Science. She currently lives with her family in Washington, DC.

Presenting at: Cases & Conversations: Examining Water Solutions Across Sectors Using a Context-Based Approach

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Holley Franklin
Franklin Holley
Keystone Policy Center
Franklin Holley
Keystone Policy Center

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Honée Caspar
Caspar Honée
PRé Sustainability
Caspar Honée
PRé Sustainability

Caspar Honée joined PRé in April 2014 as Product Owner of SimaPro software development.  Caspar uses his training and experience to create tooling that furthers the sustainability agendas of major industries, trade organizations, and research and educational institutes.  Prior to joining PRé, Caspar served over 10 years in the field of implementation and operations management of corporate IT services. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in the Netherlands and a Master in Environmental Engineering from Mid Sweden University with specialization in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) earned at the NTNU Industrial Ecology program in Norway.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Honeycutt Wayne
Wayne Honeycutt
Soil Health Institute
Wayne Honeycutt
Soil Health Institute

Dr. Wayne Honeycutt is the President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute, where he leads the Institute’s programs to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils. He previously served for 5 years as the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology with USDA-NRCS in Washington, DC, where he led programs in technology acquisition, development, and transfer to ensure NRCS conservation practices reflect the latest scientific advances for conserving our nation’s soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources. He served as a Research Soil Scientist for 14 years and a Research Leader for 10 years with the USDA-ARS New England Plant, Soil, and Water Laboratory, where he led and conducted interdisciplinary research on carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling and sustainable cropping systems development. In those roles he led national research teams for predicting nutrient availability, developed procedures adopted by ARS for enhancing national research coordination, and received regional and national awards for technology transfer.

He is a graduate of the “Mastering the Art of Public Leadership” executive development program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and USDA’s “Performance Excellence and Knowledge” executive development program. He has served on assignments to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, USDA-ARS National Program Staff, and USDA-ARS Area Office Staff.

Wayne’s commitment to agriculture is rooted in his experiences with raising tobacco, corn, and other crops on his family’s 120-acre farm in Metcalfe County, Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Forestry and Master's degree in Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Soil Genesis from Colorado State University.

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Hunt Liz
Liz Hunt
Syngenta
Liz Hunt
Syngenta

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Hurst Kara
Kara Hurst
Amazon
Kara Hurst
Amazon

Kara Hurst leads the development and evolution of sustainability and social responsibility at Amazon worldwide.   Utilizing Amazon's scale, speed and innovation, Hurst’s teams focus on Amazon’s key social and environmental opportunities across all of Amazon's business areas globally.  Our programs include responsible supply chain management, social responsibility in Amazon operations, Frustration Free Packaging and eCommerce packaging standards, renewable energy and energy efficiency, eWaste, product take-back, hazardous waste, and social and environmental policy setting.

Previous to Amazon, Hurst served as the CEO of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) - named one of Scientific American's "Top Ten World Changing Ideas" of 2012. With over $2.4 trillion in revenue, TSC members consist of leading corporations, NGOs, Universities and government and regulatory agencies. Through this network, TSC members form a global, collaborative network focused on building a foundation of scientifically based business tools to drive improvements in consumer product sustainability.

Prior to TSC, Hurst served as Vice President of BSR, where she spent eleven years.  Hurst built several global industry practices, led BSR's NY and DC offices, as well the global partnership practice with governments, multi-laterals and foundations. Hurst also oversaw the annual BSR Conference.

Previous other work includes: as a founding member of the EICC, Hurst initiated the original EICC working group, bringing together six large technology companies, and facilitated the industry initiative in responsible supply chain management through its first several years, including constructing the Code of Conduct. Hurst also applied this concept to other sectors, including pharmaceuticals, to establish meaningful industry partnerships such as the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI). Hurst worked with GE's corporate citizenship team for eight years as well as Hyatt's executive team to build their first CSR platform.

Prior to BSR, Hurst worked in Silicon Valley as Executive Director of the public-private venture OpenVoice and as a Manager of Corporate Affairs for the Children’s Health Council.  Early in her career, she has held roles at the Urban Institute as a Research lead and worked for two elected officials – Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and in New York for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).

Expertise: Corporate Responsibility strategy and implementation. Product sustainability and science-driven research. Stakeholder engagement. Responsible supply chain practice; economic development strategy, philanthropy, human rights.

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Hutter Daniel
Daniel Hutter
Spectrum Brands
Daniel Hutter
Spectrum Brands

Daniel is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Spectrum Brands, Inc. He is a member of Spectrum Brand’s legal team and brings 20 years of experience in corporate citizenship, international trade, government and regulatory affairs, and risk and compliance management. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, he led enterprise supply chain risk, compliance, and environmental standards activities for Kohl’s. Throughout Hutter’s career, he has directed several prominent sustainability, risk, and technology engagements across Fortune 500 companies spanning retail, automotive, and chemical business sectors. Daniel serves on board positions with non-profit organizations Household and Personal Products Association, Clean Lakes Alliance, and Call2Recycle. Hutter acts as Vice Chairperson for the Washington D.C. Roundtable on EHSS, and participates as a community/committee member in World 50, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA). Hutter received his BSE degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Daniel holds a MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a MEM degree from Duke University.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions, ROI, where are you?

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Jaffe Oren
Oren Jaffe
Workplace Options
Oren Jaffe
Workplace Options

Oren Jaffe is a social sustainability expert with over 14 years’ experience in helping global organizations build transparent, ethical, compliant, secure, and socially responsible supply chains. Currently, Oren runs the North America labor solutions group at Workplace Options, bringing integrated wellbeing solutions to minimum wage workers in emerging countries. His focus is helping companies go “beyond compliance” towards building worker voice and women’s empowerment programs utilizing mobile technologies. Oren’s experience includes working with companies in the apparel, footwear, high tech/electronic, consumer products, and toy industries. Prior to his work in corporate responsibility, Oren worked in brand advertising, professional sports, and even started an aerial outdoor advertising agency. Oren has a BS from the University of Oregon, and an MBA in International Management from the University of San Francisco.

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Jain Amit
Amit Jain
Pharmative
Amit Jain
Pharmative

Amit Jain is an ?Ecowarrior? determined to mitigate climate change through his various projects he is involved in professionally and personally. He currently is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Pharmavite, the Makers of Nature Made? where is shifting the paradigm to a purpose-driven organization. In the past, he was part of a small team developing the Los Angeles Green Business Certification Program, the largest in the nation. He was a consultant working with various Cleantech startups and green businesses in Southern California altogether providing guidance to over 100 companies. Amit?s puts his knowledge and expertise in sustainability, strategy development, and project management to use as a course instructor for UCLA?s Global Sustainability Program.

Amit was Entrepreneurship Graduate Student of the Year and Kauffman Internship Award-winner at Loyola Marymount University, where he received his MBA. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. He acquired a Certificate in Sustainable Business Management from University of California Irvine. Amit is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified practitioner, the world?s largest corporate social responsibility reporting framework. Amit has been a sustainability expert for GOOD Magazine while also being a speaker and contributor to various conferences concerning sustainability and green jobs across the nation.

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Johnson Jon
Jon Johnson
University of Arkansas
Professor, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas | Chairman of the Board, The Sustainability Consortium
Jon Johnson
Professor, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas | Chairman of the Board, The Sustainability Consortium
University of Arkansas

Jonathan Johnson is the Walton College Professor of Sustainability in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, where he has been on the faculty since 1996. He graduated with a BS in zoology and an MBA from the University of Arkansas before earning a Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research?which has appeared in numerous academic journals?focuses on corporate governance, social networks theory, and corporate sustainability, and he has served on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal. Jon teaches strategy, organization theory, sustainability and ethics. Jon has led several sustainability initiatives at the University of Arkansas, including establishing the Applied Sustainability Center in 2007, and co-founding The Sustainability Consortium in 2009.

Johnson Sara
Sara Johnson
NC State College of Textiles
Sara Johnson
NC State College of Textiles

Sara is a first year graduate student in Textile Engineering at NC State University. She is currently doing research on ultra-high aspect ratio carbon nanotubes as resistive heaters. She is also exploring sustainability in the FTAR supply chain through class and industry projects, such as managing RSL lists and developing an air filtration solar shade. Sara recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. in Materials Science with a focus in composites. During her time there, she completed two internships for Boeing in Charleston and Seattle as a Design Engineer on the 787 automation build and on textile interior flammability certifications and testing. She was president of Engineers Without Borders, overseeing the implementation of a project to reuse plastic bottles as building material. In her free time, Sara uses her materials knowledge to metalsmith and make jewelry!

Presenting at: Wastewater 101 Toolbox Task Force

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Kacer Justin
Justin Kacer
Sprouts
Justin Kacer
Sprouts

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Kalwa Kalyan
Kalyan Kalwa
Spend Less
Kalyan Kalwa
Spend Less

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Kavazanjian Nancy
Nancy Kavazanjian
Independent
Nancy Kavazanjian
Independent

Nancy Kavazanjian farms in the Beaver Dam, Wis., area where the emphasis is on building better soils to sustainably grow corn, soybeans and wheat. She currently serves as a farmer-director on the United Soybean Board, leading their sustainability initiatives and helping direct the nation’s soybean checkoff. Nancy is also former chairwoman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and currently serves as a board member.
Kavazanjian grew up in suburban New York, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Journalism from Colorado State University and studied business administration in a master’s program at Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Kavazanjian is a trained technical writer who also helps coordinate the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy EXPO.
Past job experience includes Communications Director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Senior Counselor at Morgan & Myers Public Relations, reporter on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, editor and write for a variety of agricultural publications. Kavazanjian served a term on the Wisconsin Soybean Association Board of Directors, on the Agricultural Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on the Town Of Beaver Dam’s Land Use Planning Committee and on start-up ethanol and biodiesel plant boards.

Presenting at: Lunch | Sustainability 2.0: Technology in Modern Agriculture

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Kaysen Brett
Brett Kaysen
National Pork Board
Brett Kaysen
National Pork Board

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Keough Shane
Shane Keough
WeGoFor
CEO
Shane Keough
CEO
WeGoFor

Shane Keough is an ex-athlete turned CEO of WeGoFor; a BCorp which developed and promotes sustainability programs that not only benefit shareholders, but also positively impacts our global environmental health. Shane's roots in sports began long before he was born. His grandfather, a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his father, a pitcher for the Oakland A's and Japan's Hansin Tigers, created an opportunity for most of Shane's childhood to be spent around the game of baseball. In 2006 Shane followed in his family's footsteps and signed with the Oakland Athletics. He played four seasons in their minor-league system as an outfielder. During the 2010 season Shane was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon; an injury that would require surgery. During his rehabilitation Shane created his first company, Doc Discover; a web-platform for patients to locate the best medical professionals for their condition. Shane wanted to create a search engine that highlighted the qualifications of a medical professional; not just their ability to market online. Through Doc Discover Shane’s passion for helping others was born. In 2013 Shane signed with LA Model Management; an opportunity that led him to star in two independent films. Although Shane enjoyed acting, it was the collaborative, team effort of skilled individuals working together towards a singular goal that began to inspire his next business venture. In 2016 Shane founded Solar Waste Reprocessing, LLC; a company aimed to maximize the potential energy of municipal waste. The company's focus soon shifted to agricultural waste; specifically recovering vital resources currently uncultivated, including soil-nutrients and water. Currently, Shane is working in the fields of fuel production, power generation, waste disposal, resource recovery, food production, and mobile technology. Shane’s mission is to show the world that what is good for business can also be great for the environment. Current Shane is developing programs through his company WeGoFor2 that solve societal and environmental issues through profitable business ventures that harness the power of inclusion, collaboration, empowerment, and habit change

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Kester John
John Kester
Zoned Properties
John Kester
Zoned Properties

Mr. Kester is the Division Manager of Zoned Advisory Services at Zoned Properties, a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to provide real estate and sustainability services for the regulated cannabis industry. Kester has extensive academic and professional experience advising companies and organizations on social, economic, and environmental challenges. He is a proficient researcher with publications in the public policy field and has also served in roles overseeing direct engagement of clients, primarily in the supply chain field assisting in tracking data and creating action plans for innovation in sustainability. Kester holds a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Economics from Denison University, a Masters of Sustainable Development from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD in Environmental Dynamics from the University of Arkansas. During his graduate education, Kester balanced time volunteering in community engagement positions and earning a number of honors and awards including a Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship fully funding his PhD education and research. Mr. Kester is also certified as a LEED Green Associated and is a licensed REALTOR. Prior to his role at Zoned Properties, Kester worked as a Sustainability Advisor for MAPEI Americas where he managed sustainable certifications and advised on retail strategy for product lines marketing for sustainability. Kester has worked as a Research Associate at The Sustainability Consortium where he was responsible for leading research in the forestry, packaging, and textile sectors and managed the supplier help desk that assisted Walmart suppliers in responding to key performance indicators for sustainability. Conservation and sustainable development are areas where Kester sees significant potential for Zoned Properties to make a difference in the emerging regulated cannabis industry.

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Killeen Erin
Erin Killeen
The Sustainability Consortium
Technical Development Coordinator
Erin Killeen
Technical Development Coordinator
The Sustainability Consortium

Erin Killeen is the Technical Development Coordinator at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) where she supports the planning, coordination, and implementation of research and technical projects related to supply chain sustainability. Erin has also contributed to TSC as a Research Associate for TSC’s Food Beverage, and Agriculture sector, developing content for TSC Toolkits. Prior to her role with The Consortium, Erin was a Project Manager for Entegrity, a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects. Furthermore, she holds expert knowledge regarding the topic of food waste across the supply chain. Erin holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Arkansas, USA and a Master of Science in International Rural Development degree from the University of Gent, Belgium. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Anthropology and Environmental Soil and Water Science.

Presenting at: From Farm to Fork: Keeping Food as Food in a World of Food Waste

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+1 479 575 4537
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Killer Cody
Cody Killer
The Sustainability Consortium
Financial Manager
Cody Killer
Financial Manager
The Sustainability Consortium

Cody is an Oklahoma native, but have spent the last several years living in Northwest Arkansas.  Cody has worked at the University of Arkansas going on five years. He previously worked as an Accountant in Property Accounting and as a Post-Award Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs. He joined the TSC team as the new Financial Manager on May 18, 2020. Cody has a bachelors from the University of Oklahoma in Organizational Communications and a bachelors from the University of Central Oklahoma in Finance. He recently wrapped up his accounting hours at the University of Arkansas. When not at behind the desk, you can find Cody on the hiking trails or out on the water.

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Bart King
New Growth Communications
Bart King
New Growth Communications

Bart King is the founder and principal consultant of New Growth Communications (4newgrowth.com), which provides media relations and content strategy to progressive leaders and organizations. Before launching New Growth in 2009, he worked for 10 years as a writer and editor covering environmental policy, cleantech and sustainable business stories. His clients include Wrangler, Silver Spring Networks, MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and the Business & Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School.

Presenting at: Cases & Conversations: Examining Water Solutions Across Sectors Using a Context-Based Approach, Sustainability Reporting: Communicating the Why and How

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Kinney Elizabeth
Elizabeth Kinney
P&G
Elizabeth Kinney
P&G

lizabeth Kinney was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana -- college town of David Letterman, home of Ball canning jars. She graduated from DePauw and the Media Fellows Program in 2011 with a major in communications and a minor in anthropology. During her time in Greencastle she was a News Director at WGRE, interned in Rome at the UN World Food Programme, and spent a lot of time running in the Nature Park.

Today, Elizabeth leads PR for Procter & Gamble's Global Olympics Sponsorship. Prior to that she managed global sustainability communications for the company.

Presenting at: Consumers and Sustainability Behavior Change

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Knight Zoe
Zoe Knight
HSBC
Zoe Knight
HSBC

Zoë Knight is a Managing Director and Group Head of the HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance. She joined HSBC in 2010 and most recently led the Climate Change Centre of Excellence within Global Research, having been an investment analyst at global financial institutions since 1997.

For ten years she focused on equity strategy, before focusing on socially responsible investing. Since joining HSBC Zoë has co-authored reports on low-carbon opportunities in bond and equity markets, as well as long-term carbon and water risks. Previously, she contributed a chapter to ‘Investment opportunities for a low-carbon world’ (2009). Throughout her career she has been ranked in Extel and Institutional Investor. She also sits on the Board of the World Energy Council UK and holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from the University of Bath.

Presenting at: Financial Movement: Driving Transparency and Improvements

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Knox Andrew
Andrew Knox
Church & Dwight
Andrew Knox
Church & Dwight

Andrew is a Senior Product Stewardship and Sustainability Analyst with Church & Dwight. His work spans Church & Dwight’s sustainability efforts, with a particular focus on product formulation and ingredient disclosure. He is responsible for much of Church & Dwight’s communication to its retail partners in the areas of stewardship and sustainability.

Prior to joining Church & Dwight, Andrew served as a research chemist in GlaxoSmithKline’s antibacterial research operation. He holds a Masters degree in chemistry from MIT, and an M.Sci from the University of Glasgow in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry.

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Kopac Matt
Matt Kopac
Burt's Bees
Matt Kopac
Burt's Bees

Matt Kopac is the Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager for Burt?s Bees, a leading natural health and beauty care business. Matt helps set and drive sustainability strategy within all functions and throughout the value chain to ensure the brand continues to deliver on its commitments to social and environmental responsibility. His scope spans responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, operational footprint management, sustainability measurement, customer and industry engagement, and employee engagement. Matt is also a champion of community and culture, directing community service efforts and serving as Vice President of The Burt?s Bees Greater Good Foundation.

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Kosak Jessica
Jessica Kosak
The Sustainability Consortium
Manager, Technical Development
Jessica Kosak
Manager, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Jessica Kosak joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2018 as Manager, Technical Development. She is a principle researcher, and responsible for the Sustainability Measurements and Reporting system for the Clothing, Footwear, and Textiles sector. Previously, she worked in the fashion industry as an apparel and textiles designer focusing on knitwear and zero waste design. As an independent designer, her work has been shown in print and online in publications including Vogue, i-D, Nylon, 1Granary, and Vogue Italia. Jessica received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design and Society from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, where she focused on zero waste design and recycled textiles. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion design with a focus on sustainability from Parsons.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Krantz David
David Krantz
The Sustainability Consortium
Research Associate
David Krantz
Research Associate
The Sustainability Consortium

David Krantz is a research associate at The Sustainability Consortium, where he investigates the cultural, political and social aspects of green chemistry, and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow and doctoral student at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, where he researches energy policy and cultural environmentalism. Prior to joining ASU, David completed a master's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and two master's degrees at New York University. He is also an active volunteer for faith-based environmental nonprofits.

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Kuhn Ashley
Ashley Kuhn
P&G
Ashley Kuhn
P&G
Presenting at: Beyond Bags: Tackling the Challenges of Recycling Flexible Film

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Langan Tom
Tom Langan
Unilever
North America Director – Communications, Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business
Tom Langan
North America Director – Communications, Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business
Unilever

Tom Langan is head of North America Communications, Corporate Affairs and Sustainable Business for Unilever. Tom joined Unilever in 1995. He is a member of the Unilever Global Communications Leadership Team and an adjunct member of the Unilever U.S. Leadership Team, supporting the President of Unilever North America. In his role, Tom leads the North America Communications group to drive delivery of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America, including external affairs, advocacy, partnerships, corporate media relations, and internal communications.

Tom is a public spokesman and leader of the company’s engagement with industry associations, customers, external stakeholders and key opinion formers. He serves on the board of directors of The Sustainability Coalition (TSC) and the advisory board of Sustainable Brands. He is a member of the board of directors of the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance (SFPA), which he helped create and launch in 2018, has held several committee leadership positions in the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), and served on the board of directors for the Organization for International Investment (OFII).

Prior to joining Unilever, Tom held positions in state government affairs and communications at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). He served six years in the United States Naval Reserve. Tom earned a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in 1993 and a B.A. from Old Dominion University in 1990.

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Lapinski Michelle
Michelle Lapinski
The Earth Genome
Michelle Lapinski
The Earth Genome

Michelle has 20 years of experience working with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to improve the intersection of natural resource and business decision-making and outcomes. She has worked with some of the world’s largest companies across the Fortune 500 and their supply chains, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as the International Finance Corporation. She is currently Vice President of The Earth Genome. The Earth Genome develops powerful decision support tools that enable public and private sector leaders to evaluate scenarios associated with water, food and energy security, and other forms of ‘natural capital’ in order to make better decisions and investments. Recently Michelle was a director at the Closed Loop Fund & Foundation.

Michelle has held management positions at Gap Inc., Business for Social Responsibility, the Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy as well as her own consultancy, SustainBiz, LLC. Her work with Dow and Shell demonstrating that natural infrastructure can be a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional infrastructure has been published by Harvard Business Review. Michelle is on the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has a M.S. in environmental management from USF, where she also taught a joint MS-MBA degree program, a B.A. in behavioral biology and public health from Johns Hopkins University, and was an Environmental Leadership Program fellow.

 

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Leeds Stacey
Stacey Leeds
University of Arkansas
Stacey Leeds
University of Arkansas

Stacy L. Leeds serves as the University of Arkansas’ interim vice chancellor for economic development as well as dean and professor in the School of Law. She has received many honors for her teaching, scholarship and administrative vision throughout her academic career. Her strong record of public service includes currently sitting on the board of directors for the Law School Admissions Council, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Arvest Bank in Fayetteville and the American Indian Graduate Center. Previous appointments have included service as a justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, as a member and officer on national commissions and as a member on boards for corporations and academic institutions. Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the only American Indian woman to have served as law school dean in the United States.

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Leonard Jessica
Jessica Leonard
Grants and Development Manager
Jessica Leonard
Grants and Development Manager

Jessica Leonard is the Grants and Development Manager at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), where she writes, develops and maintains TSC’s grants through large, multidisciplinary and collaborative proposal efforts to a wide range of global funding entities. Jessica’s background includes over 9 years of higher education and tourism marketing experience. Prior to joining TSC, Jessica managed social media content and strategy for the University of Arkansas as well as adjunct taught public relations classes. Before joining the university system, she was the Director of Communications for the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau and was named a 30 Under 30 honoree in the travel and tourism industry by Destination Marketing Association International. Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing from the University of Arkansas.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Leonas Karen
Karen Leonas
North Carolina State University
Karen Leonas
North Carolina State University

Dr. Karen K. Leonas is a Professor in the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Department. Dr. Leonas has her B.S. in Textile Chemistry from NC State, a M.S. and PhD from the University of Tennessee in Textile Chemistry/Textile Physics with an emphasis in Polymer Engineering. She enjoys working with industry as was employed by Burlington Industries, Industrial Fabrics Division where she was the Product Assurance Manager for the Aerospace Program prior to joining academia. Her research interests include product development and evaluation, decision making through the supply chain and currently research focuses on sustainability through the Fashion, Textile, Apparel and Retail supply chain – from concept to consumer. Previous significant areas of research include Barrier Effectiveness of Textiles to Challenge Agents (bacteria, pesticides, chemical, and liquids) and Degradation and Weathering Mechanisms of Polymeric Materials in laboratory and field environments. Dr. Leonas has received numerous recognitions for excellence in research, teaching and student advising. She current serves as co-chair of the Clothing, Footwear and Textile Committee of TSC.

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Levine Eli
Eli Levine
Department of Energy
Eli Levine
Department of Energy

Eli Levine leads the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) to develop and leverage strategic partnerships to advance U.S. manufacturing. In this role, he is spearheading the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) effort to increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy technologies by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources and feedstocks.
Since being promoted from serving as the CEMI Deputy Director, Eli has assumed new leadership responsibilities to implement the CEMI strategy, including the Technologist-In-Residence program and the Clean Energy Manufacturing Assessment Center. He is also developing high-profile engagements with strategic partners, including the Department of Commerce and the White House, to support the launch of the new Energy Materials Network.

Prior to joining EERE and CEMI, he worked on energy issues at the White House, at the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Eli joined the Energy Department to help stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in 2010. At ARPA-E, he worked on legal, budgetary, and Congressional affairs matters. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University.

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Levitsky Stephan
Stephan Levitsky
Perdue Farms
Stephan Levitsky
Perdue Farms

Steve is the Vice President of Sustainability with global responsibilities for Sustainability Programs at Perdue Farms. Steve reports directly to the CEO, and his duties are focused on strategic direction of the sustainability program at Perdue Farms – both Foods and Agribusiness. Steve is continuing Perdue Farms’ journey of becoming a sustainable company. This is defined in our Stewardship Value – We protect our environment, ensure the well being of our associates, provide for the welfare of the animals in our care, live up to our civic responsibilities, and generate earnings for the future of our company. Prior to his joining Perdue Farms, Steve worked in the environmental and sustainability field for 24+ years. He held several positions at environmental and sustainability consulting firms and most recently was the Director of Global Sustainability for American Sugar Refining, Inc. He is currently on the board of the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, the Dean’s Global Leadership Council for the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources of the University of Maryland, and is on the Maryland State Commission of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities. He also built the Sustainability Professionals group on LinkedIn with over 167,000 sustainability professional members. He grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained a BS in Environmental Resource Management, an MBA, and completed graduate level courses in Soil Science.

Presenting at: From Farm to Fork: Keeping Food as Food in a World of Food Waste

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Lewis Sarah
Sarah Lewis
The Sustainability Consiortium
Senior Director, Innovation
Sarah Lewis
Senior Director, Innovation
The Sustainability Consiortium

Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is a certified Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), an author on topics related to ecological integrity, water resources, and improving supply chain sustainability. Sarah is Senior Director of Innovation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Through her work at TSC, she has led the development of supply chain sustainability metrics across the consumer goods industry, led the creation of TSC’s stakeholder engagement methodology, founded TSC implementation program, launched the first ever TSC Innovation Program, and founded TSC Idea Forum, TSC’s first leadership development program. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah has taught Earth Science, French, and Environmental Sociology. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas, serving on several graduate student research committees. She is active in her community. She is on the Board of Directors for the Walton Arts Center and for Arkansas United, an organization that empowers Arkansas immigrants through advocacy and service. In 2008, the Arkansas Sierra Club recognized Sarah as Activist of the Year. She is a former board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and served a 4-year term as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council where she founded the Environmental Action Committee, wrote and sponsored the Low Impact Development ordinance, and led the development and adoption of Fayetteville’s Streamside Protection Ordinance, the first in the State of Arkansas. Her highest honor, however, is that she is the mom of, Isaac, a beautiful little boy who inspires her every day.

Lindsay-Walker Suzanne
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker
Brambles
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker
Brambles

Suzanne Lindsay-Walker is the Director of Sustainability for Brambles, a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands. Brambles enhances performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. She engages with external customers and internal cross-business regional teams to develop and implement the Sustainability strategy and vision across the North America region. Suzanne works to successfully incorporate Sustainability as part of value proposition to customers, determine the strategies to reach 2020 Global Sustainability goals across the region and develop the tools to further demonstrate the environmental advantages of CHEP and IFCO’s circular share and reuse model.

Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to Brambles, having spent total of 10+ years driving sustainability into the retail and consumers goods industry. Mostly recently, Suzanne spent 5 years at The Kroger Co. as their first Director of Sustainability, having successfully built and launched Kroger's 2020 Sustainability Goals, one being the strategic Zero Waste program. During her time, Kroger was listed for the first time on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and has been for the fifth consecutive year.  Suzanne currently sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and is as a strategic partner with Retail Industry Leaders Association.  Suzanne was a former chairperson of the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainability Executive Committee and an environmental steering committee member of the Consumer Goods Forum. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, with honors, civil engineering from Lawrence Technological University.

Presenting at: What’s Next in Sustainable Logistics

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Love Tim
Tim Love
CCL Branding
Tim Love
CCL Branding

Tim has more than 25 years of experience in helping clients tell their brand story. Part of this storytelling begins with a very simple approach – listening. Listening has been the foundation for his work with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, colleges, universities, academic medical centers and for-profit health systems. Tim and his team’s pride in its creative product is derived from one thing – creating messaging that is authentic, relevant and engaging. Messaging that creates connection. His team’s work has won our clients national and regional recognition for brand communications and brand campaigns. Tim’s personal work has also been recognized in HOW and PR Week.

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Lovett Gary
Gary Lovett
Cary Institute
Senior Scientist
Gary Lovett
Senior Scientist
Cary Institute

Dr. Gary Lovett is a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College and a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College.  Gary’s research focuses primarily on the effects of air pollution, climate change and invasive insects and diseases on forests. He is the author of over 140 scientific publications and editor of two books, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He recently convened a group of leading scientists to study the ecological and economic  impacts of invasive forest pests, and to recommend policy options to reduce pest importations in international trade.  He has been actively engaged with federal agencies and private companies to address this issue.

 

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Lovins Hunter
Hunter Lovins
Natural Capital Solutions (NCS)
Hunter Lovins
Natural Capital Solutions (NCS)

Our keynote speaker for April 13th will be Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies.

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Luchte Jennifer
Jennifer Luchte
International Ingredient Corporation
Jennifer Luchte
International Ingredient Corporation

In her role of Sustainable Solutions Manager, Jennifer enjoys the opportunity to lead the sustainability program at IIC to benefit our customers, vendors, employees and the planet. She develops and manages strategic relationships with food manufacturers at corporate and plant levels to repurpose food waste into high-value ingredients for pet food and animal feed. She implements a unique suite of metrics to help companies tell a sustainability story about upcycling byproducts and better meet their sustainability goals. She represents IIC at the Sustainability Oversight Committee at the American Feed Association and TSC’s Food Waste and Hunger Task Force. A sustainability professional with more than 20 years of broad-based experience in public and private sectors, Jennifer has expertise related to food policy, sustainable agriculture, and development of comprehensive sustainability metrics. Jennifer holds a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Washington University.

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Lung Bruce
Bruce Lung
US Department of Energy
Bruce Lung
US Department of Energy

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Lyon Matt
Matt Lyon
Environmental Defense Fund
Matt Lyon
Environmental Defense Fund

Matt Lyon is a Supply Chain Manager on the EDF+Biz team. He is based in Bentonville, AR and works primarily in the areas of Deforestation and Fertilizer Use, engaging with companies and other stakeholders to develop policies, and make progress on committed sustainability goals. Prior to joining EDF, Lyon consulted retail and restaurant companies on their animal agriculture sustainability policies. He spent four years at The Sustainability Consortium, developing sustainability tools for companies to measure and improve their supply chains. He holds a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School, and a Master of Business Administration from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas. While pursuing his dual masters, Lyon lived in northern India with the Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, where he worked with rural communities on best practices for renewable energy, water & sanitation, community forestry, and enterprise development. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, camping, live music, and scuba diving in far-flung locales.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions

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Malin Daniella
Daniella Malin
Cool Farm Alliance
Daniella Malin
Cool Farm Alliance

Daniella serves as Deputy General Manager for the Cool Farm Alliance - a global industry platform for sustainable agricultural and carbon quantification providing the Cool Farm Tool for free to farmers everywhere. Since 2010 Daniella has been leading work to develop and use harmonized agricultural GHG quantification methods to encourage, motivate and rewards good practice in supply chains. Daniella has a background in project management, cultural communications, journalism, environmental education, software engineering and farming.

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Martin Eric
Eric Martin
Adaptive Change Advisors
Senior Leadership Advisor and Founder
Eric Martin
Senior Leadership Advisor and Founder
Adaptive Change Advisors

Eric Martin specializes in leadership development and systems change. His recent work draws on the Adaptive Leadership framework developed by Harvard faculty Drs. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky. Eric helped establish the New York office of their leadership consulting firm. Eric has served in an advisor/guest speaker/leadership trainer role at places such as: White House Presidential Personnel Office, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, United Nations Innovation Network, World Bank, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, New York University, Government of Abu Dhabi, Acumen, Public Utility Research Center, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, he served in a governmental liaison capacity in Japan and in various strategic roles at The Synergos Institute, a Rockefeller-affiliated international development organization. Eric holds an MS in Organizational Change Management and BS in Systems Analysis and Operations Research.

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May Tina
Tina May
Land O'Lakes
Tina May
Land O'Lakes

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McAdoo Bridgette
Bridgette McAdoo
KFC
Bridgette McAdoo
KFC
Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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McCall Caitlin
Caitlin McCall
NC State College of Textiles
Caitlin McCall
NC State College of Textiles

Caitlin is a graduate student of the College of Textiles at NC State. She is earning a MSc in Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, and pursuing a deep interest in sustainability in the fashion apparel sector.
Caitlin obtained her BSc in Fashion Design at DAAP (University of Cincinnati) in 2015. Since beginning her studies at NC State, her research has branched out from a foundation in sustainable apparel design to focus on critical points of impact along the apparel production pipeline.
Her curricular studies include coursework in Marketing Research, Textile Market Research, and Consumer Behaviour. In her extracurricular studies, she has explored the fundamentals of Remote Sensing with Erdas Imagine and map making with QGIS.

Presenting at: Wastewater 101 Toolbox Task Force

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McLaughlin Lesley
Lesley McLaughlin
Conservation International
Lesley McLaughlin
Conservation International

Lesley serves as Senior Manager of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Markets program where she leads key corporate accounts and supports technical research and projects at Conservation International (CI). She joined CI in 2014 as Senior Manager of the Business & Sustainability Council, following eight years working across the private sector and nonprofit sectors. Before joining CI, Lesley worked in acquisitions at DAI, a global development firm, developing proposals for technical assistance in environmental conservation and economic growth, as well as with the Corporate Executive Board, supporting business research and product development for a customer base representing over 87% of the Fortune 500. Lesley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Latin American from the University of Virginia, and in 2011 an MBA with a focus in corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business.

Presenting at: Sharing Perspectives: Member Roundtable Discussions

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Meaker Ben
Ben Meaker
Nice and Serious
Ben Meaker
Nice and Serious

After getting fully fed up with how uncreatively environmental and social issues were being communicated, Ben co-founded Nice and Serious in 2008 (in his eyes, he’s the Nicer half in case you were wondering). And if you measure success in scenes shot during torrential rain or toy factory farm sets built, it’s gone smashingly! Those aside, he’s overseen the making of hundreds of films, animations, websites, social media campaigns, and branding projects all built around a simple idea: good causes need brilliant creative.

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Meitz Ann
Ann Meitz
3M
Ann Meitz
3M
Presenting at: Retailer and Brand Chemical Policies: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Melnick Rob
Rob Melnick
Arizona State University
Director, International Programs, ASU School of Sustainability
Rob Melnick
Director, International Programs, ASU School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Dr. Melnick was appointed Executive Dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability by Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow in 2008. Prior to this position, he served ASU as Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy from 1987-2008 and also as Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs from 2002-2008. Dr. Melnick holds academic appointments as research scientist in GIOS and as Presidential Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Melnick conducts research on urban growth and economic development. He has co-authored three books and numerous public policy research studies.

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Merolla Vance
Vance Merolla
Colgate-Palmolive
Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability
Vance Merolla
Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability
Colgate-Palmolive

Vance Merolla is the Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company based in New York City, responsible for providing leadership on Colgate’s global sustainability strategy, and identifying technical and commercial integration opportunities throughout the company’s business. He also leads Colgate’s supply chain sustainability programs including climate, energy efficiency, water stewardship, zero waste and environmental risk management. Prior to his current 21 years with Colgate, he was an environmental consulting group manager for the URS Corporation. Vance holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the states of New York, New Jersey and Washington, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Member of the USGBC NJ Chapter Board of Directors. Mr. Merolla currently teaches a graduate level course on Sustainable Operations at Columbia University in NYC.

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Meyer Julie
Julie Meyer
Eat Well Global
Founding Partner
Julie Meyer
Founding Partner
Eat Well Global

Julie Meyer, RDN, is the Founding Partner of Eat Well Global, a communications and consulting firm whose mission is to empower global change agents in food and nutrition. With more than two decades in nutrition and health communications, and having worked and run a business in China, Julie partners diverse knowledge and international expertise to merge strategic food and nutrition communications with enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail. As a B-Corp, Certified Woman-Owned Business (WBENC) and founding member of GA4HN communications, and working with growing to globally recognized brands, Eat Well Global is realizing their vision of  ‘A world where good nutrition is good business’.

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Meyers Jeff
Jeff Meyers
The Recycling Partnership
Jeff Meyers
The Recycling Partnership

Jeff Meyers is the Chief Community Officer for The Recycling Partnership. In his role, Jeff is responsible for managing the broad portfolio of city projects focused on the mission of improving curbside recycling. Prior to Jeff joining The Partnership, he managed sustainable packaging for Coca-Cola for North America. In that capacity, Jeff helped establish The Recycling Partnership, which he later joined to help fulfill his passion to use his engineering skills to overcome challenges in sustainability. Jeff has business experience in oil & gas, petrochemicals, and has held various roles in manufacturing, strategy, finance, and business development prior to embarking on a career in sustainability. Jeff has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech, is married, and has two children who are avid recyclers.

Presenting at: Beyond Bags: Tackling the Challenges of Recycling Flexible Film

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Minzes Melanie
Melanie Minzes, CARE
CARE
Melanie Minzes, CARE
CARE

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Moiz Taha
Taha Moiz
The Sustainability Consortium
Graduate Research Assistant
Taha Moiz
Graduate Research Assistant
The Sustainability Consortium

Taha Moiz is a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He has a Bachelor’s in industrial and manufacturing engineering from Pakistan and a Master’s in industrial and systems engineering from Turkey. Taha has worked for a think tank focused on initiating smart and environmentally friendly solutions to public infrastructure challenges in Pakistan. Taha is interested in understanding how fossil fuels interact with the food, energy and water systems. Particularly in understanding how the broader fossil fuel system functions and where vulnerabilities and stresses exist. With this work Taha hopes to learn how climate change mitigation policies can be developed without disrupting the system.

Monast Maggie
Maggie Monast
Environmental Defense Fund
Maggie Monast
Environmental Defense Fund

Maggie Monast is a Senior Manager on Environmental Defense Fund’s Agricultural Sustainability team, contributing expertise in conservation finance and the agriculture supply chain. Maggie works to quantify the farm financial impacts of conservation practice adoption, collaborates with major corporations to develop sustainability initiatives, and develops innovative financial incentives to advance sustainable agriculture. She has led EDF’s collaboration with Smithfield Foods since its beginning in 2013.

Maggie began working with EDF in 2011. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelors in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University.

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Morales Aaron
Aaron Morales
Trucost
Aaron Morales
Trucost

Aaron is Account Director at Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, where he works with corporates understanding their sustainability and ESG challenges and impacts and identifying science-based and data-driven solutions to help them inform business decisions. Prior to joining Trucost, Aaron worked as a Business Development Manager and Solutions Consultant at UL EHS Sustainability. Before that, Aaron was as sustainability consultant working with companies in Mexico. He has extensive experience working with companies in the US and Latin America. Aaron holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MS in Environmental Management and Sustainability from IIT Stuart School of Business.

Presenting at: Cases & Conversations: Examining Water Solutions Across Sectors Using a Context-Based Approach

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Morgan Alexis
Alexis Morgan
WWF International
Alexis Morgan
WWF International

Alexis?s expertise lies in water stewardship, valuation and approaches to market-based conservation. He has spent fifteen years working with WWF, the global conservation organization, on business and biodiversity solutions with a focus on freshwater. He spent four years coordinating the development of the Alliance for Water Stewardship?s Standard and has worked with extensively with food and beverage companies on agricultural water challenges. He has also consulted for World Bank, The Nature Conservancy and has served on the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Stakeholder Council. He is a past lecturer in environmental economics at Simon Fraser University, has published on water valuation, freshwater biodiversity issues, and currently leads WWF's Water Risk Filter and emerging work on context-based water metrics. Alexis holds a BA, an MSc in urban hydrology and a sustainability-oriented MBA. He resides in Vancouver, Canada with his partner and family.

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Muellerweiss Adam
Adam Muellerweiss
Clarios, formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Adam Muellerweiss
Clarios, formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Adam Muellerweiss is Executive Director of Sustainability for Johnson Controls Power Solutions – the world’s largest manufacturer and recycler of automotive batteries. Muellerweiss is responsible for driving life-cycle material and energy management efforts including the company’s circular supply chain for conventional vehicle batteries. This model has been globally recognized as a successful large-scale example of a circular economy. His charge includes working with automakers, aftermarket retailers, suppliers, NGOs and policymakers to optimize sustainable product design, expand product use benefits, increase use of reverse logistics and grow end-of-life reuse and recycling.

Muellerweiss was the driving force behind the formation the Responsible Battery Coalition, a coalition of companies, academics and NGOs committed to the responsible management of the batteries of today and tomorrow. He chairs the Landscape Assessment of End-of-Life Management of Lithium Ion Batteries for the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment and is a subject matter expert supporting the development of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Muellerweiss was Commercial Director for Climate Change at Dow Chemical where he also led the formation of the Independent Advisory Panel on Chemical Security as well as managed the company’s Sustainability External Advisory Council. He led development of start-up companies focused on resource efficiency at Accenture, and served as a staff assistant for the US Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and political science from Kalamazoo College and a master’s in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University.

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Mulcahy John
John Mulcahy
Georgia-Pacific
John Mulcahy
Georgia-Pacific

John Mulcahy ? Vice President ? Sustainability, North American Consumer Products
John Mulcahy is Vice President of Sustainability for Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP, where he is responsible for the sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs for our Consumer, GP PRO, and Nonwovens businesses. John works to develop collaborative relationships with our customers, helping them to achieve their sustainability objectives by developing insights, building cost and value advantages into our products, and providing assurance that GP is a responsible and ethical supplier.

John serves in a leadership capacity for several industry associations, including the Foodservice Packaging Institute, INDA, and The Sustainability Consortium. In his free time, John volunteers with The Boy Scouts of America and is on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.

GP Consumer Products, LP
We are one of the world?s leading makers of tissue, including paper towels, bath tissue, napkins, and facial tissue. We sell both branded and private-label products in retail and commercial markets in North America. In addition, our Dixie brand of disposable cups, plates, and cutlery is one of the most recognized brands in North America. The Georgia-Pacific Nonwovens group provides a wide range of products to customers worldwide.

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Murray Euan
Euan Murray
The Sustainability Consortium
Chief Executive Officer
Euan Murray
Chief Executive Officer
The Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray became Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M&S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar and Zac.

Musa Shireen
Shireen Musa
FIT
Shireen Musa
FIT

Dr. Shireen Musa is a tenured full-time faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology – State University of New York. Shireen is the lead professor for the Global Sourcing and Import/Export Regulations courses. She is active in various sustainability initiatives on campus including organizing FIT’s Sustainable Global Sourcing Forums and serving for 10 years on FIT's Sustainability Council. Dr. Musa’s current research focuses on consumer behavior and Fair Trade fashion consumption. Prior to joining academia, she worked as an International Trade Manager for The Donna Karan Company, Lucent Technologies, and Deloitte. Shireen holds a Doctor of Professional Studies in Business from Pace University, an MBA in International Business from Saint Peters University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from FIT.

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Mustafa Dina
Dina Mustafa
Expo 2020 Dubai
Dina Mustafa
Expo 2020 Dubai

Dina’s current focus includes sustainable development planning for event and legacy, stakeholder and market engagement, communications and awareness campaigns designed to extend Expo 2020’s sustainability impact beyond the boundaries of its physical site.

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Nwosisi Anthony
Anthony Nwosisi
AMEA Global
Anthony Nwosisi
AMEA Global

Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Mr. Nwosisi is the Strategic Business Development Manager at The Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance – AMEA Global. Mr. Nwosisi leverages his background in growth hacking, business development and sales in driving the awareness and service proposition of the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance. Mr. Nwosisi has worked at diverse organization before arriving at AMEA Global. Mr. Nwosisi has lived in the Netherlands since 2008, prior to which he lived and worked in Nigeria.

Presenting at: Lunch | Corporate Investment in Smallholder Agriculture: A Business Case for Reducing Supply Risk and Improving Livelihoods

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Olszowka Donna
Donna Olszowka
Georgia-Pacific
Donna Olszowka
Georgia-Pacific
Presenting at: Sustainability Reporting: Communicating the Why and How

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Orfei Michelle
Michelle Orfei
American Chemistry Council
Michelle Orfei
American Chemistry Council

Michelle Orfei is Director of Retail Outreach in the American Chemistry Council’s Sustainability and Market Outreach Division where she leads ACC’s retailers and brands engagement effort.  Prior to this role, Michelle worked in ACC’s Regulatory and Technical Affairs Division where she focused on international trade, as well as health, product, and science policy.  Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of International Management from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Principia College.

Presenting at: Retailer and Brand Chemical Policies: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Osterhues Denise
Denise Osterhues
The Kroger Co.
Denise Osterhues
The Kroger Co.

Denise Osterhues leads Kroger’s sustainability, philanthropy and community engagement efforts as part of the Corporate Affairs leadership team.
Denise joined Kroger in 2007 in the Associate Communications Department at General Office in Cincinnati. She was promoted to director of Associate Communications & Engagement in 2011, and promoted to senior director in 2014. She took on her current role in 2017. Before joining Kroger, she led community development communications at First Union National Bank in Charlotte and served in various roles at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., including financial communications and environment, health and safety communications.

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Park Jennifer
Jennifer Park
The Sustainability Consortium
Innovation Program Coordinator
Jennifer Park
Innovation Program Coordinator
The Sustainability Consortium

Jennifer Park joined TSC in February 2019 as an Innovation Program Assistant. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in sustainability and history. She then completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA program managing a large-scale “giving garden” in Frederick, CO. Jennifer has extensive volunteer experience working to support local food systems through organic gardening both in the US and abroad. She is interested in the intersection of environmentalism and social justice and hopes to continue her work supporting TSC innovation programs while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas.

Parker Mariah
Mariah Parker
NC State University
Mariah Parker
NC State University
Presenting at: Wastewater 101 Toolbox Task Force

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Partain Andrea
Andrea Partain
Administrative Coordinator
Andrea Partain
Administrative Coordinator

Andrea Partain is an Administrative Coordinator for The Sustainability Consortium's U of A office in Fayetteville. She studied Finance at the University of Central Arkansas before completing a bachelors degree in Corporate Finance from Arkansas State University. Before joining TSC, Andrea worked in the corporate office for Marvins IGA in Fayetteville. She also managed accounts for PMP, LLC., a home based accident reconstruction business, while spending time at home raising her two daughters.

Pasterczyk JP
JP Pasterczyk
Aqua-Serobic Systems, Inc.
JP Pasterczyk
Aqua-Serobic Systems, Inc.

JP Pasterczyk has over 25 years of experience in industrial water and wastewater quality, including chemical and biological treatment, filtration, membranes, disinfection and instrumentation. He has worked for Polybac Corporation (later acquired by Novozymes), Capital Controls (now part of De Nora), and GE Water (now part of Suez). He has experience with a broad range of process streams, from ultrapure water for biotechnology and pharmaceutical production, and clean utilities for steam generation and cooling towers, to complex, organic and inorganic, industrial effluents. JP received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. At the University of Colorado- Boulder, he earned a Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Management. This program for Business Performance Excellence specialized in Applied Statistics, Process Optimization, and Advanced Quality Management Systems. Through the university and the ROI Alliance, JP is a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma methodology. He is currently the Industrial Business Manager for Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, a process engineering company with a portfolio including biological wastewater treatment, aerators, mixers, cloth media filtration, membrane systems and ozone generators for oxidation and disinfection. JP works directly with customers and engineering firms to develop projects for sustainable applications to reduce footprint and operational costs, including reuse and compliance.

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Pearson Jason
Jason Pearson
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
Jason Pearson
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

 

Jason is the founding Executive Director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), which works to enable collective action by institutional purchasers to accelerate market transformations toward a prosperous and sustainable future. Since its establishment in 2013, the Council has grown to an international membership of over 200 leadership organizations, including national, state, and local governments, Fortune 500 companies, and leading civil society and academic institutions.

Previously, as President/CEO and lead strategist of GreenBlue (www.greenblue.org), Jason pioneered initiatives that harness supply chain collaboration to enhance the capacity of the private sector to deliver sustainability innovation, including GreenBlue?s flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (www.sustainablepackaging.org).

Jason is nationally recognized as strategist, social entrepreneur, and advisor to civil society groups. His consultancy, TRUTHstudio (www.truthstudio.com), specializes in understanding, visualizing, and communicating complexity to support strategic decision-making in the public interest.ÿ His research project, Economy Map (www.economymap.org), visualizes how economic demand connects to environmental impacts across the entire US economy.

For more information, see www.purchasingcouncil.org, ÿwww.truthstudio.com and www.economymap.org.

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Pepper Andy
Andy Pepper
Harris Freeman & Co.,Inc
Andy Pepper
Harris Freeman & Co.,Inc

Andy Pepper is currently a Vice President at Harris Freeman & Co., Inc and is based in the UK. His responsibilities include heading up the company’s charitable trust (the Harris Freeman Foundation). The Foundation is leading and supporting several major small holder sustainable farming projects in Africa and Vietnam. Andy enjoyed a long career with the hot beverages division of Allied Domecq, now Tata Global Beverages, working in Coffee and Tea. His long list of roles includes Operations, R&D, IT, M&A and Global Project Management. Andy joined Harris Freeman in 2011 as UK COO. He has a Food Technology degree from Reading University in the UK.

Presenting at: Lunch | Corporate Investment in Smallholder Agriculture: A Business Case for Reducing Supply Risk and Improving Livelihoods

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Peters Jeff
Jeff Peters
Agrible
Jeff Peters
Agrible

Jeff Peters is the Vice President of Sustainability for Agrible and has worked in the Ag Industry for the past 24 years. His role requires a working knowledge of a broad range of scientific areas of relevance to Stewardship and Sustainability including Environmental Fate and Digital Farming. His career has interfaced with a number of sectors including regulatory, science, communication/media relations, marketing and with external stakeholders (CPGs, government, NGO’s/conservation groups and trade associations).

His current role is to develop and implement Sustainability Programs to support the needs of downstream clients. The goals of these Programs are to measure and promote continual improvement on the farm that focus on several key areas: productivity, profitability and natural resource management.

Hobby/Passion: Jeff really enjoys carpentry. He has taken a lot of pride moving and restoring a 150 year old tobacco barn into a log cabin.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Peters Jeff
Jeff Peters
Agrible
Jeff Peters
Agrible

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Phillips Laura
Laura Phillips
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Walmart, SVP Corp. Affairs / Sustainability
Laura Phillips
Walmart, SVP Corp. Affairs / Sustainability
Walmart Stores, Inc.

Laura Phillips is Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Laura began her Walmart career 20 years ago as a store intern and has served across a variety of departments and in roles of increasing responsibility. In 2010, she was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and most recently, Laura has been leading the company?s work in omni channel. Laura has been a strong advocate for sustainability, education and women?s empowerment during her tenure, and her accomplishments with Walmart include:

Member of the original group of key leaders that our former CEO Lee Scott assembled in 2004 to help develop Walmart?s sustainability strategy, initial goals and principles.

Helped launch Walmart?s "Sustainability Value Networks (SVN)," engaging stakeholders in industry, academia and NGOs to partner with Walmart to develop solutions to sustainable value chain creation.

Partnered with suppliers to reduce packaging content, increase recyclable content and exceed industry standards by implementing and executing the children?s product guidelines to test all toys for hazardous chemicals, well ahead of the government legislation.

Chair of the Walmart President?s Global Council for Women?s Leaders (2012-2013)

Board of advisors member, Bentonville Film Festival

Board of advisors for the University of Arkansas Walton MBA Alumni

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida in Gainesville, an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is a graduate of the Global 2020 program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth.

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Pierce Sarah
Sarah Pierce
The Climate Corporation
Sarah Pierce
The Climate Corporation

Sarah leads the Central Region for The Climate Corporation. In this role Sarah is responsible for achieving business growth and hitting sales targets by designing and implementing a strategic business plan that expands Climate FieldView’s customer base and ensuring a strong market presence. Previous to this, she was responsible for developing value propositions, product positioning, pricing, channel approaches and other key demand creation strategies for Climate FieldView. Sarah’s Monsanto experiences include the role of Corn Systems Product Launch Lead and Commercial Marketing Lead – U.S./Canada in the Vegetable Seed business and MBA Associate, where she led multiple challenging assignments within the U.S. Row Crops organization. Prior to joining Monsanto, Sarah held a variety of marketing and product management positions across multiple B-to-B organizations. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an MBA from St. Louis University. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and two girls.

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Pool Greg
Greg Pool
Edison Energy
Greg Pool
Edison Energy

Greg leads the Edison Energy Account Management Team.  This team is responsible for the client engagement across all service lines and connecting with individuals and stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities.  This includes guiding and introducing the Edison Energy subject matter expert, where appropriate, evaluating and monitoring the client’s energy needs, and working with the Business Development team to build new services and solutions to serve those needs.

The team coordinates cross-functional internal teams to improve the entire client experience and collaborates with the Edison Energy businesses to keep the client satisfied with our solutions and services.

Prior to Altenex, Greg led renewable energy procurement for Walmart, where he developed and executed one of the world's most comprehensive renewable energy strategies. He has extensive transaction experience ranging from on-site wind, solar, fuel cell, and waste-to-energy deployments through to utility-scale wind purchases.

Prior to Walmart, Greg gained significant experience trading Renewable Energy Credits and other environmental commodities for BP Energy in Houston, TX.

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Postma Elger
Elger Postma
APL Logistics
Elger Postma
APL Logistics

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Powell Emily
Emily Powell
The Sustainability Consortium
Coordinator, THESIS Impact Team
Emily Powell
Coordinator, THESIS Impact Team
The Sustainability Consortium

Emily graduated with her bachelor’s in Sustainability with a concentration in business in May 2019 from Arizona State University. In her studies and through her internships, she has learned how businesses can gain transparency in their supply chain and operations, uncover risks created by environmental and social impact, and take initiative to improve their sustainability in anticipation of an uncertain future. Emily believes that global changes, including climate change and an evolving middle class, create a pivotal opportunity for businesses to become drivers of profitable, sustainable development. With experience assisting in program management on the sustainability team at Sprouts Farmers Market and in sustainability communication at various green-minded magazines and websites, Emily joins the Implementation team to help industry members put TSC’s sustainability measurement and reporting tools to good use in their supply chain transparency efforts.

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Predale Robert
Robert Predale
Johnson & Johnson
Robert Predale
Johnson & Johnson
Presenting at: The ABCs of BPC

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Quiros Nolan
Nolan Quiros
GlobalG.A.P.
Nolan Quiros
GlobalG.A.P.

Nolan Quiros is a lawyer who studied Agricultural Economics. He completed his PhD at Oklahoma State University, USA, focusing on Natural Resources Management, and also completed a master’s degree in Comparative Law at American University, Washington D.C, USA.
Nolan is based in a small rural town called Atenas, which is located around 30 km from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. He is Costa Rican and was born into a big family with an affinity for studying and learning. Both his parents were high school teachers.
He has worked as a researcher for the USDA and as a market analyst for a US fertilizer company. Furthermore, he has also served as a field scientist for Boston University, a university professor in the USA and Costa Rica, and as an international consultant on carbon and water foot print calculations. During the last five years, Nolan worked for a banana producing company, where he managed third-party certifications, social and labor issues, and retailer relations with 72 farms in seven different countries in Latin America.
He enjoys teaching, academic pursuits, and exploring the outdoors .
Nolan is married to Jahel and has two teenage children, Samantha and Matthew.

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Racine George
George Racine
ExxonMobil Chemical Company
George Racine
ExxonMobil Chemical Company

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Ramachandran Raja
Raja Ramachandran
ripe.io
Raja Ramachandran
ripe.io

Raja is a the co-founder of ripe.io; a technology company creating the blockchain of food to help the food supply chain achieve transparency, efficiency and improved value to solve problems around traceability, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance. Raja, a serial entrepreneur, was most recently on the founding team and headed product development at R3CEV, the world’s largest financial institutions consortium for blockchain deployment. Raja has had a 20-year career working at Bank of America, Citi, Silicon Valley Bank and Wells Fargo. Raja is passionate about connected technologies and how they can be utilized to revolutionize ways to create a more sustainable and healthier food business.

Presenting at: What’s Next in Sustainable Logistics

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Raven Jo
Jo Raven
FAIRR
Engagement Manager
Jo Raven
Engagement Manager
FAIRR

Jo joined the team in October 2017. She manages FAIRR’s collaborative engagements with global food companies, including the development of evaluation frameworks for the market-leading collaborative engagement on protein diversification. She is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of retailers and brand manufacturers, and works closely with investor members to develop and integrate sustainable food systems as a key engagement priority.  Prior to this, she was an Assistant-Manager at KPMG UK in their Investment Management and Funds Team advising investment managers on risk management as well as working cross-functionally with the Sustainability Team on climate change risk for private equity firms. Jo began her career with Alliance Trust as an analyst.
Jo holds a first class degree in BA (Hons) Geography from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London with Distinction. She passed CFA Level 1 and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

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Rees Trevor
Trevor Rees
Enso Impact
Trevor Rees
Enso Impact

Trevor Rees is the Founder and Director of EnSo Impact, a project development company with a focus on clean energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.  EnSo works to develop and implement projects that respond to complex problems in ways that are sustainable over the long term. EnSo aim to make a positive social impact through initiatives that bring together technology and capital to create opportunities for employment and enterprise.

Trevor has worked with issues of leadership and sustainability for more than 20 years, including in senior positions in international organisations in the role of strategic partnerships and business development.  Trevor established his consultancy after 8 years as the Head of Development for the Rockefeller Foundation Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Programme.  Trevor is an associate of Adaptive Change Advisors – delivering leadership programmes for clients including Microsoft – using the Adaptive Leadership framework developed by Ron Heifetz at Harvard University.

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Reig Paul
Paul Reig
World Resources Institute
Paul Reig
World Resources Institute

Paul is a Senior Associate with the Water Program and Business Center, and is responsible for guiding the design and development of WRI?s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and managing WRI?s corporate engagement on water. Paul has worked with numerous companies in the food and beverage, oil & gas, consumer goods, and apparel sectors on water risk assessments and stewardship strategies. Paul is a published author and has been quoted in mainstream and specialist media on the topics of corporate water risk and stewardship, including in The Financial Times, CNN, the Guardian, Fortune, LA Times, The Oil & Gas Journal, and others.

Prior to joining WRI, Paul spent 4 years managing a wide range of watershed restoration projects throughout the US States of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Paul also spent time in Latin America working on environmental and social impact assessments for international energy and mining companies.

Paul grew up in Barcelona, and holds a MS in Water Resources Management from McGill University in Montreal, a BS in Environmental and Agricultural Biology from the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, as well as a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. Paul is an avid sailor, and enjoys spending his free time boppin? around his workshop and outdoors with his family.

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Resler Cathy
Cathy Resler
Independent Consultant
Cathy Resler
Independent Consultant

Cathy Resler is the Head of Global Sustainability for Ocean Spray Cranberries - a Farmer-Owned Cooperative - where she leads sustainability strategy across the Cooperative, with Ocean Spray farmers and business partners. Her work on environmental and social responsibility initiatives focuses on building value across sustainable agriculture, operations, supply chain, sales, marketing, and customer and employee engagement,   She led the expansion and first publication of Ocean Spray’s Farm Sustainability Assessment a comprehensive  report of 700+ cranberry farmers performance on Integrated Pest Management, soil health, water, energy, ecosystem conservation, business stewardship, worker well-being and community impact.

Prior to joining Ocean Spray Cranberries, Cathy worked in the fashion, jewelry, and publishing industries contributing to the first industry adopted Restricted Substance List (RSL), Responsible Down and Wool Standards, Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT), sustainable textiles and leather, sustainable forestry management, packaging design, green store design guidelines, and community giving program development.  She also has worked at the U.S. EPA, Columbia University and holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BS from The George Washington University in Environmental Studies.

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Reynolds Charles
Charles Reynolds
NicePak
Charles Reynolds
NicePak

Charles Reynolds is Associate Director, Corporate Environmental Health & Safety for Nice-Pak Products, Inc. and PDI, Inc. where Safety and Sustainability exist as a corporate value. Charles has worked for more than 25 years as an EHS Professional. Charles earned his Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas. Charles is a Registered Environmental Manager and a Certified Environmental Auditor with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals.

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Rigby Rachel
Rachel Rigby
Rainforest Alliance
Rachel Rigby
Rainforest Alliance

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Roach Jim
Jim Roach
Natixis
Jim Roach
Natixis

Jim Roach is Senior Vice President of Retirement Strategies for Natixis Investment Managers. In this role, he represents Natixis Sustainable Future FundsSM, the first and only open-ended mutual fund target date offerings that are broadly ESG in the marketplace.

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Roberts Eliza
Eliza Roberts
Ceres
Eliza Roberts
Ceres

Eliza is a senior manager on the water team at Ceres. She manages Ceres’ agricultural water stewardship program mobilizing leading food sector companies and investors to address sustainability risks facing our water and food systems. In this role, she works with food sector companies to evaluate their water risk, improve water management practices and reduce the impact of agriculture on water resources. Eliza is the co-author of two analyses that focus on agricultural water risks facing the food sector, including the 2017 Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: Tracking Food Company Progress Towards a Water-Smart Future, as well as the first benchmarking analysis that was released in 2015.

Prior to Ceres, Eliza worked for Coca-Cola in India, where she oversaw the implementation of water and sanitation projects. She previously worked in business development at the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) where she worked with companies to manage deforestation related risks.

Eliza received her MBA with an emphasis on sustainability and supply chain management from the George Washington University School of Business and her bachelor's degree from Bates College in global environmental policy and Russian.

She loves to cook, kayak and explore the outdoors with her husband and two kids.

Presenting at: TSC's Sustainable Commodities Supply Chain Report and Framework in Action Workshop

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Robertson Kai
Kai Robertson
Independent Consultant
Kai Robertson
Independent Consultant

Kai Robertson is a senior corporate sustainability advisor. In this role, she works closely with companies and nonprofits to provide practical guidance on effective sustainability strategies, stakeholder engagement, and tailored insights on key issues. Her projects include developing a report for Ceres on sustainable agriculture and serving as lead advisor for World Resources Institute (WRI), Secretariat of the Food Loss & Waste Protocol, a multi-stakeholder effort to create the global standard for accounting and reporting on food loss and waste.

Kai has over 25 years of experience working with the food, beverage and agriculture sector. Prior to her current role, she led BSR's global food, beverage and agriculture advisory practice and previously directed the development of corporate partnerships at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Conservation International (CI) working with companies such as Walmart, Kroger, General Mills and Kraft Foods. Earlier in her career, Kai worked for nearly a decade at the leading supermarket trade association, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), researching and speaking about food and retail industry trends. She has an MBA from Northwestern University and undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Presenting at: TSC Idea Forum
Rosen Jessica
Jessica Rosen
Taco Bell
Jessica Rosen
Taco Bell

Jessica Rosen manages purpose and sustainability for Taco Bell. She also supports Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, where she has led sustainability initiatives related to supply chain, animal welfare, food waste, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to Taco Bell, Rosen worked with companies across the food supply chain as a senior sustainability advisor with Forum for the Future, managing projects and partnerships from sustainable protein, to circular economy, to resilient cities, as well as broader strategies based in futures thinking. Before corporate sustainability, Rosen conducted food systems research in Cuba, Indonesia, and Guatemala with Bioversity International, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.

Presenting at: Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

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Roulston Nancy
Nancy Roulston
ASPCA
Nancy Roulston
ASPCA

Nancy Roulston is the ASPCA?s Director of Corporate Engagement for the Farm Animal Dept. Nancy works to build a more humane and transparent farming system by advising food companies on their animal welfare policies, practices, and procurement. In addition, Nancy helps consumers identify welfare-certified brands with the ASPCA?s Shop With Your Heart program. Prior to the ASPCA, Nancy ran an animal welfare consulting business with international clients, was 1 of 11 internationally chosen recipients of the Marie Curie Research Fellowship for the EU Project BioBusiness, and has written animal welfare standards for certification programs and private companies. Nancy holds a MSc in Animal Welfare Science from the University of Guelph (Canada)
 

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Royal Kristen
Kristen Royal
Tayst
Director of Sustainability
Kristen Royal
Director of Sustainability
Tayst

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Rubenstein Georgia
Georgia Rubenstein
Forum for the Future
Georgia Rubenstein
Forum for the Future

Georgia Rubenstein is a Principal Change Designer in Forum for the Future’s Brooklyn office, working with internal and external partners to experiment and explore how to drive the system-level change needed for a sustainable future. Her work focuses on process design and facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and system change practice. Georgia recently led Forum’s multi-year Beauty & Personal Care Sustainability Project, working with retailers, brands, suppliers, and NGOs in the beauty and personal care sector to collaboratively tackle barriers to bringing more sustainable products to consumers.

Prior to joining Forum, Georgia led the development of the sustainability program at Environmental Initiative, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that convenes stakeholders to collaboratively solve environmental challenges. Georgia holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Presenting at: The ABCs of BPC

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Rubenstein Georgia
Georgia Rubenstein
Forum for the Future
Georgia Rubenstein
Forum for the Future

Georgia Rubenstein is Lead System Change Designer in Forum for the Future’s New York office. Her work at Forum focuses on process and strategy design and stakeholder engagement to drive system-level change for a sustainable future. She is an expert in system change methodologies and leads Forum’s School of System Change in the United States, equipping leaders from across sectors to drive deeper, more long-term change in their sectors. She is also one of Forum’s foremost facilitators and is currently expanding her expertise by exploring transformative facilitation techniques that are inclusive and challenge traditional power structures. She recently led the Beauty & Personal Care Sustainability Project, a multi-stakeholder collaboration of organizations including Target, Walmart, Unilever, Burt’s Bees, and Environmental Defense Fund, designed to tackle systemic sustainability challenges in the beauty and personal care sector. The group developed a publicly available product sustainability assessment tool, now being stewarded by The Sustainability Consortium.

 

Prior to joining Forum, Georgia worked at Minneapolis-based nonprofit Environmental Initiative, convening cross-sector leaders to advance sustainability in the Twin Cities region. She holds a BA in International Development and Russian Studies from McGill University, and a Master in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

 

 

 

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Ruddell Ben
Ben Ruddell
Northern Arizona University
Ben Ruddell
Northern Arizona University

Ben Ruddell is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, the President of Ruddell Environmental consulting, and the Director of the FEWSion project. His PhD is in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experiences are in the fields of civil engineering, water resources, systems analysis, ecology/ecohydrology, and engineering research and education in an interdisciplinary university setting. His research interests fall broadly in the area of the quantification and management of complex coupled natural-human systems, including regional water and climate systems strongly influenced by the human economy and society- such as in cities, energy, and agriculture.
 

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Ruijter Frank de
Frank de Ruijter
Senior Research Associate
Frank de Ruijter
Senior Research Associate

Frank is an experienced researcher on farming systems and sustainable agricultural production. He obtained his Pd.D. in 1998 on the topic "Potato crop growth as affected by potato cyst nematodes", and has worked on nutrient cycling and nutrient use efficiencies in dairy farming and arable farming (agriculture, horticulture, and flower bulb production), both with farmers' groups and for policy makers.

His latest research topics are on quantification of sustainable agricultural practices at global scale, and on efficient recycling of nutrients derived from anaerobic digestion of plant material and manures.

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Wageningen UR, Netherlands
Rutstein Adam
Adam Rutstein
Newell Brands
Adam Rutstein
Newell Brands

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Sabourin Daryl
Daryl Sabourin
ASR Group International Inc
Daryl Sabourin
ASR Group International Inc

Upon receipt of his Masters degree, Capt Sabourin applied for and received a secondary job tile as an 8831, Environmental Engineer. Upon receipt of orders in March of 2012, he proceeded to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs (NREA). Within NREA, Major Sabourin acted as the department’s Deputy Director and Lead Environmental Auditor before retiring in July of 2014. During this time, he provided leadership in safety, natural resource and wildlife management, sustainability programing, and environmental regulatory compliance for the base and all entrained subcommands in a manner consistent with federal regulation, state regulation, Marine Corps and Department of Defense policy, and the base commander’s environmental objectives and targets.

Since retiring, Mr. Sabourin has continued to work in environmental field, accepting progressively advancing positons within ASR Group. In early 2014, he took the title of Environmental & Sustainability Manager, American Sugar Refineries Inc., Domino Sugar Baltimore. Then, in Feb 2016, he advanced to

the position of Global Director of Sustainability, ASR Group International Inc.

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