Business Leadership Path:
Profit Track: The business case for sustainability hasn’t been stronger. Not only are employees, stakeholders and investors demanding it, the opportunities for cost savings, growth and innovation are well documented. This track will explore the 21st Century Business Case for sustainability and why now, more than ever, is it critical to act.
- Keynote: Barbara Tormaschy, Vice President and Treasurer of Alliant Energy
- Bob Willard, The Sustainability Advantage and Business Case (Prerecorded)
Understanding the business case for sustainability, current market drivers, and the potential opportunities for your business can be missed by leaders busy guiding their organizations. Leaders are responsible for the financial health and overall wellbeing of their organizations. While they likely acknowledge that environmental and social concerns deserve attention, they do not want it to come at the expense of the current or long-term financial health. Many organizations, however, are discovering an improved financial position and enhanced stakeholder value by performing on environmental and social KPIs. In this keynote session, Bob speaks to many opportunities, economic and other that come from focusing on sustainability. He will share how to assess a company’s bottom line’s positive impacts using his open-source tools.
- Opportunities in Sustainability, The Leadership’s Perspective
The number of opportunities available to businesses by organizing around sustainability now outweighs the equation’s risk side. Employees, stakeholders, and investors expect it, and the cases for cost savings, enhanced brand, revenue growth, and increased innovation are well documented. This session is a candid conversation with business leaders about the positive business impacts sustainability has brought to their business results.
- Moderator Kevin Tubbs, Oshkosh Corporation
- Wayne Wehking, VP of Sales and Marketing Birchwood Foods
- Russ Klisch, President and Founder of Lake Front Brewery
- Ratish Namboothiry, Director of Innovation for Good and Sustainability, Kohler Company
- Pivoting for Resilience and Recovery; How are Leaders Fairing with Continuous Disruption and Change.
Leaders today are under enormous pressure to manage their businesses and employees to address the very fluid and ever-evolving pandemic landscape. In this session, we hear from the industries most impacted by Covid about how they manage constant change, pivoting to stay resilient, and their plans as they look to the future. How are they managing the day to day, the challenges with their supply chain, and find time to plan for the future. We will also hear how they are keeping sustainability a top business priority.
- Moderator Marie Mansheim, WMEP
- Advocate Aurora, Kathie Bender Schwich
People Track: Your people matter. Your impact on society matters. This track will focus on the human side of sustainability. How to engage your workforce in this moment and be a responsible participant in the stake for equity and human health.
- Evolving Employee Engagement Programs
How are employee engagement programs growing and evolving? The workforce is changing and requires engagement programs to evolve along with it. This session will discuss best practices from leaders effective at dynamic engagement and highlight their tips and best practices for what is working today as well as what changes they are making. The speakers will share ideas and strategies to implement in your programs, projects, or initiatives to take them to the next level. The session will focus more broadly on engagement strategies that work for best practices you can apply to your sustainability programs or initiatives, allowing you to take a fresh approach!
- Moderator: Kayla Buszka, Project Coordinator, Sustainability & Innovation for Good at Kohler
- American Family Insurance, Jan Kittoe, VP of Talent Development and Ignite
- Strategies for Employee Health, Safety, and Wellness
Keeping workers and workplaces safe and healthy is of the utmost importance How are businesses prioritizing health and wellness for their employees, and how are they maintaining workplace cleanliness and safety? This session focuses on what the company can do day-to-day and will discuss certifications and considerations for high-performing buildings, such as air quality, energy, and lighting.
- Moderator: Phil Vetterkind, Director of Sustainability, Sustainable Building Solutions
- Mark Alan, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development, Inpro Corporation
- Tim Nicols, Partner, 4 Elements Group
- Leveraging Partnerships for a More Robust and Inclusive Workforce
How can partnership help advance your workforce challenges and goals? This session focuses on partnerships and collaborations as a strategy for reaching your objectives. The panelists will discuss workforce development strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, upskilling to match your talent needs, and creating spaces that connect employees and facilitate innovation and collaboration. Overall, these strategies help build a more robust workforce. These professionals will highlight tips to advance specific workforce needs and discuss how partnerships have been critical.
- Moderator: Lisa Geason-Bauer, President, Evolution Marketing
- Kenya Jacobs, Director, Diversity Recruiting & Workforce Development for Trane Technologies
- Jerry Baake, Workforce Development Manager for Advocate Aurora
- Jenna Kunde, Director of Global Sustainability for Johnson Controls, Inc.