Speakers

Keynote Speaker

JULIA WILSON

Julia Wilson is Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen, responsible for its global environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, ongoing stakeholder engagement, and external reporting. In her career at Nielsen, Julia has led efforts to create and publish Nielsen’s first and second non-financial materiality assessments as well as Nielsen’s first and second Global Responsibility Reports, aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. She was a recipient of City & State NY’s “Responsible 100” for 2017.

Julia is a member of the GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) and the Professional Services Sustainability Roundtable (PSSR) with the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Before managing Nielsen’s global ESG and external reporting strategy, Julia worked on Nielsen Cares, Nielsen’s global employee engagement and volunteerism program, managing its social good efforts focused on the priority cause areas of Hunger & Nutrition and Technology. She holds certificates in corporate citizenship from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and Rutgers University. 

DANTE FENOLIO

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

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Alvarez Vivi
Vivi Alvarez
Unilever
Vivi Alvarez
Unilever

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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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Balsam Jessica
Jessica Balsam
APL Logistics
Jessica Balsam
APL Logistics

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Baltz Carolyn
Carolyn Baltz
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Manager, Membership and Development
Carolyn Baltz
Senior Manager, 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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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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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.

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

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

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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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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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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

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Guenther Christoph
Christoph Guenther
BASF
Christoph Guenther
BASF

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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.

Consumers and Sustainability Behavior Change

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

Christopher Helt is the Technical Development Manager 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
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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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Jaffe Oren
Oren Jaffe
Workplace Options
Oren Jaffe
Workplace Options

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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.

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

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

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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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+1 480 965 4485
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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 identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on topics related to ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and she is Senior Director of Innovation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Her work with TSC focuses on organizational strategy, program development, facilitation, business recruitment, and project implementation. 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 is an Adjunct Professor, having taught Environmental Sociology and serving on graduate student committees. She is an active and recognized leader in her community. She currently serves as a board member of the Walton Arts Center, 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. Finally, she is the mom of a beautiful little boy who inspires her every day.

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

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Mars Carole
Carole Mars
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, Innovation and Technical Development
Carole Mars
Director, Innovation and Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Dr. Carole Mars is the Director, Innovation and 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, she leads research initiatives at TSC related to consumer adoption of low temperature wash for laundry and applications of TSC's work in supporting circular economy business models. Prior to joining the Consortium, Dr. Mars worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry. Dr. Mars earned her PhD at Pennsylvania State University, in surface analytical chemistry and her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Arizona.

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

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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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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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Poole Greg
Greg Poole
Edison Energy
Greg Poole
Edison Energy

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Powell Emily
Emily Powell
The Sustainability Consortium
Implementation Assistant
Emily Powell
Implementation Assistant
The Sustainability Consortium

Emily will graduate 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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Raster Amanda
Amanda Raster
The Sustainability Consortium
Manager, Technical Development
Amanda Raster
Manager, Technical Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Amanda joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2012 as a graduate research assistant. In her current role as Manager, Technical Development, her duties include harmonizing metrics, tools, and reporting systems across a number of agricultural initiatives; improving communication and data flow across the food supply chain; and leading research for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture sector. Previously, she facilitated a national effort to develop standards for sustainable agriculture and played an instrumental role in engaging a wide range of agricultural interests in making commitments to sustainability. Amanda conducted her graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied sustainability standards and metrics programs for U.S. agriculture, and at Iowa State University, where she explored how farmers' political preferences have changed over time. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in both Anthropology and Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda grew up on a dairy farm and is committed to helping farmers navigate sustainability opportunities and challenges while also improving their livelihoods.

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+1 479 575 2884
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Reese Trevor
Trevor Reese
Enso Impact
Trevor Reese
Enso Impact

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Resler Cathy
Cathy Resler
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Cathy Resler
Ocean Spray Cranberries

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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Rigby Rachel
Rachel Rigby
Rainforest Alliance
Rachel Rigby
Rainforest Alliance

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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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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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Severino Steven
Steven Severino
Veramaris
Director New Business Development
Steven Severino
Director New Business Development
Veramaris

Steven Severino is a new business development expert with deep experience across consumer insights, fact based selling, and win-win partnerships for growth.   As the North America lead for Veramaris business development, Steven is working across all aspects of the value chain to educate our stakeholders in the tremendous value of Veramaris algal oil with EPA and DHA to improve sustainability, nutrition, and safety in aquaculture.   Steven has degrees from the University of Delaware (BSBA), Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (MS-Strategic Management) and Seton Hall University (MBA).

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Shaw Jennifer
Jennifer Shaw
Syngenta
Jennifer Shaw
Syngenta

Jennifer currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Syngenta on the integration of sustainability into Syngenta’s commercial programs and developing solutions for sustainability in agriculture.  In 2007, Jennifer established a new Sustainability function in Syngenta where she developed a strategy to integrate Sustainability into the business. Since she has been a leader in sustainability in industry initiatives as well as establishing the Syngenta Sustainable Solutions program.  Other previous roles with Syngenta and legacy companies include Pesticide Regulatory Policy, Issues Management, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable Agriculture and Ecological Risk Assessment. She has had several leadership and expert roles in industry and government multi-stakeholder initiatives focused on major environmental challenges for U.S. agriculture including endangered species and water quality.

Jennifer was raised on family farm in Scotland where she gained first-hand experience working in various cropping and animal systems. She has a B.Sc. with First Class Honors in Agricultural Zoology from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Aberdeen and the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.

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Silberman Julia
Julia Silberman
CDP
Manager, Supply Chain
Julia Silberman
Manager, Supply Chain
CDP

Julia Silberman is a Manager on CDP’s Supply Chain Team. She works closely with supply chain members in the consumer goods, information technology and telecom sectors to engage suppliers, reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chain, and achieve their supply chain sustainability goals.  Previously, she worked as a Sector Lead on CDP’s Disclosure Services Team. In this role, she worked with companies to support first time responses to CDP programs, share best practices in environmental management and disclosure, and highlight leadership opportunities.  Prior to joining CDP, Julia worked as the Marketing Director for a sustainability software startup and earned her B.A. from Tufts University.

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Slay Christy
Christy Slay
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, Technical Alignment
Christy Slay
Director, Technical Alignment
The Sustainability Consortium

Christy Melhart Slay directs the research and partnership activities for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) to develop a global, transparent, scientifically-based measurement and reporting system for product sustainability. She leads efforts with strategic partners to ensure TSC's metrics, tools, and reporting systems are harmonized and interoperable with existing initiatives. She also leads TSC's Commodity Mapping Program to develop spatial models for identification of agricultural and wood fiber commodity source regions and works with companies to map their commodity supply chains and related environmental and social risks. Christy develops and leads hands-on training and field courses as well as other projects to implement TSC tools within businesses.

Christy has been with TSC since its inception in 2009. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She has researched and published on population ecology and conservation management. Additionally, she participates in cave ecology research in the U.S. and Belize. Christy has 14 years of experience as an educator in both collegiate and environmental education settings. Prior to her graduate research she spent 5 years in curriculum development and strategic planning with environmental non-profit organizations including the National Audubon Society where she also authored articles for Audubon Magazine in New York. She received her B.A. in biology with a minor in religion from Hendrix College.

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+1 479 575 4638
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Smith Nathan
Nathan Smith
SureHarvest
Nathan Smith
SureHarvest

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Sonke Dan
Dan Sonke
Campbell Soup Company
Dan Sonke
Campbell Soup Company

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Spears Mark
Mark Spears
Common+Value
Mark Spears
Common+Value

Mark Spears is an eternal optimist who believes meaningful progress results from inclusive collaborative engagement. Having retired from The Walt Disney Company after nearly thirty years, he devotes his current efforts to promoting positive environmental and social change. In his spare time, he scours the world for emerging artisan coffee roasts and craft beer styles. His current focus areas include serving as an Advisory Board Member for Sustainable Brands, supporting the social entrepreneurship and innovation & technology programs at his alma mater as an advisor and mentor and contributing as a member of the Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Officer Strategic Taskforce. During his Disney career, Mark served in a number of senior business roles ranging from accounting, finance and strategic planning to corporate responsibility and sustainability. He served as Disney Consumer Products’ inaugural chief sustainability executive and led Disney’s involvement with The Sustainability Consortium as its first corporate Lead Director. Mark also directed Disney’s International Labor Standards program for 10 years addressing labor standards and human rights in the Company’s licensing and vendor supply chains and serving as the Company’s primary spokesperson. Before joining Disney, Mark was a senior consultant and audit professional at Arthur Young & Co. in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills specializing in the Firm’s media and entertainment, engineering and construction and litigation consulting practices. Mark holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a certified public accountant and a former member of the American Arbitration Association.

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Tetrick Kristen
Kristen Tetrick
Lucky's Market
Kristen Tetrick
Lucky's Market

Kristen Tetrick is the Director of Sustainability for Lucky’s Market, where she leads the sustainability strategy and programming across the company. Her programs focus on food waste reduction, recycling, in-house packaging improvements, sourcing policies, increased efficiencies to water and energy usage, and building the culture of sustainability awareness among their team members. She has been with Lucky’s since 2013 and was previously their Director of Marketing and Community Impact, where she developed the company’s social impact strategy. In her spare time, she volunteers for the nonprofit Slow Food USA, where she serves as the Slow Food State Governor for Colorado and serves on the Board of Directors for Slow Food Denver. She holds an MBA in marketing and a BFA in graphic design. She is passionate about food that is good, clean, and fair while achieving a shared well-being of the planet through meaningful connections and actions.

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Teunissen Sebastian
Sebastian Teunissen
Solidaridad
Sebastian Teunissen
Solidaridad

Sebastian Teunissen is the Managing Director of Solidaridad North America.Solidaridad invented fair trade coffee and the concept of Fair Trade labeling. It alsochanged the banana market by introducing the first sustainable banana brand in theworld. Solidaridad, with a network of regional affiliate offices, is an international NGOwith more than 45 years of experience creating sustainable supply chains fromproducer to consumer, based on the belief that fair and sustainable trade can be apowerful catalyst to reduce poverty, build communities, and protect the environment.For more than 13 years Sebastian ran the international programs at the Haas Schoolof Business, University of California, Berkeley. He has managed an importing anddistributing company in Japan, served in the Department of Finance of theGovernment of Papua New Guinea, and was responsible for corporate partnershipsfor a major conservation organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors ofVinhos Barbeito (Madeira) Lda., a Portuguese winery.

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Birgit de Vos
The Sustainability Consortium
Senior Research Associate
Birgit de Vos
Senior Research Associate
The Sustainability Consortium

Birgit de Vos received her doctorate in environmental policy from Wageningen University (the Netherlands), and a MA in anthropology from the University of Nijmegen. Birgit joined TSC in 2013 , and has been working mainly on the development of social sustainability KPIs for FBA.
Birgit also works for Wageningen Economic research. She has fourteen years of experience in research and eight years in project leadership. At present she is a WUR liaison officer for the EU-Agrinatura network, which sets out value chain analyses in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition she coordinates an impact evaluation for UTZ certified on the impact of certification and services on the livelihoods of smallholders in Ivory Coast. Birgit also has extensive experience on aquaculture (animal welfare) and sustainable fisheries.

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Waardenburg Roland
Roland Waardenburg
The Sustainability Consortium
Director, Business Development
Roland Waardenburg
Director, Business Development
The Sustainability Consortium

Roland Waardenburg joined the Wageningen team in August 2013 in the Business Development function for Europe. He held marketing, purchasing, and sales positions in the electronics, retail, food service, and food industry at Philips, Sara Lee, Pepsico, and Ahold. As Program Director for Ahold, he built sustainable trade in Africa and as Vice President directed the corporation?s global corporate responsibility policy in which he brought Ahold to The Consortium. Roland studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and Business Administration at Erasmus University and the University of Michigan.

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Wade Adam
Adam Wade
Fruit of the Loom
Adam Wade
Fruit of the Loom

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. is a leading global company specializing in the design, manufacture, and marketing of products that bring comfort, performance, and fun to everyday moments. We are backed by a family of brands that has been enriching lives for over a century, including Fruit of the Loom, Vanity Fair Lingerie, Vassarette, Curvation, Spalding, and Russell Athletic.
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. is proactively involved in activities targeting the preservation of our environment and conservation of the world’s natural resources. We operate our worldwide facilities in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, and design products, processes, equipment and packaging that are environmentally friendly and economically viable. In addition, we are dedicated to educating and encouraging our employees in environmental responsibilities and activities that are required for the preservation of natural resources.

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Wald Michelle
Michelle Wald
Tony's Chocolonely
Michelle Wald
Tony's Chocolonely

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Madison Walker
Grodan
Senior Manager Public Affairs
Madison Walker
Senior Manager Public Affairs
Grodan

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Wallace Chrysann
Chrysann Wallace
KAO
Sustainability Manager
Chrysann Wallace
Sustainability Manager
KAO

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Weidner Megan
Megan Weidner
Bunge North America
Megan Weidner
Bunge North America

Megan Weidner is a passionate about the environment, sustainability and agriculture. She has been in the environmental and sustainability field for thirteen years, starting her career in government in South Carolina. Megan joined Bunge in October 2015 as the VP, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Bunge North America. Outside of Bunge, Megan serves on the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, Supply Change Steering Committee, served on the Field to Market Awards and Recognition Committee in 2016, is active with MANNRS and has had several speaking engagements within in the U.S. and internationally. Megan holds a B.S. in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri, as well a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.  Megan lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and three kids.

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