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Day 1: December 8, 2020 from 11 AM to 5 PM Central

Leadership Paths: Profit. People.

Track

Time

Session

11:00 – 11:15

Welcome Address

Profit. People.

11:15 – 12:00

Keynote

Barbara Tormaschy, Vice President and Treasurer of Alliant Energy

12:00 – 12:15

Break

Profit.

12:15 – 1:00

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

1:00 – 1:15

Break

Profit.

1:15 – 2:00

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
Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, Chief Spiritual Officer, Advocate Aurora

2:00 – 2:15

Break

People.

2:15 – 3:00

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

3:00 – 3:05

Break

People.

3:05 – 3:50

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.

3:50 – 4:00

Break

4:00 – 5:00

Peer to Peer Discussions

Day 2: December 9, 2020 from 11 AM to 5 PM Central

Professional Paths: Persuasion. Planet.

Track

Time

Session

Persuasion. Planet.

11:00 – 12:00

Keynote

Bob Willard, The Sustainability Advantage

12:00 – 12:15

Break

Persuasion.

12:15 – 1:00

Influencing as a skillset: How to Get Buy-in for Sustainability

To sell sustainability strategies inside your organization, you need to be able to influence others. The skill helps move projects forward and assures you consider a broad perspective. This session showcases how professionals are successfully driving sustainability in their organizations. What skills, tactics, and strategies are working? What barriers have they overcome to getting internal buy-in for sustainability? From getting projects on priority lists to weaving sustainability into corporate culture and governance, the panelists will share their tips for overcoming internal barriers for sustainability.

Moderator: Carol Crawford, WMEP
Theresa Lehman, Director of Sustainable Services, Miron Construction
Rob Palmerg, VP – External & Member Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative

1:00 – 1:15

Break

Persuasion.

1:15 – 2:00

Strategies to Engage your Stakeholders in your Sustainability

Knowing your stakeholder groups and what they expect from your business is key to having a positive impact, creating value, and driving growth. This session will focus on three different strategies for stakeholder engagement. First, ABB will share how they engaged their stakeholders in developing and setting sustainability KPIs. Second, Trane will discuss how they leverage their Culture Committee for internal and external engagement, and Artisan Dental will share how they enlisted feedback from their supply chain to drive their impact metrics.

Moderator: Kurt Baehmann, Sustainability Manager, Outpost Natural Foods
Nicole Berney, Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for ABB
Scott Andersen, co-owner and Director of Stakeholder Stewardship at Artisan Dental
Ashley Henderson, Business Solutions Architect, Trane

2:00 – 2:15

Break

Planet.

2:15 – 3:00

Determining Metrics that Matter & Using Data for influence

Knowing and understanding which metrics are material to your business and how to track them effectively can be a powerful tool in advancing sustainability strategy and impact. Hear from these professionals about how they determined which metrics were most important and how they use them to drive impact, goals, and positive change.

Moderator: Greg Gasper, WMEP
Catherine Musulin, Senior Manager, Sustainable Development and B Corps at Danone
Adam Hammes, Sustainability Strategist at Kum and Go

3:00 – 3:05

Break

Planet.

3:05 – 3:50

The Carbon Opportunity; The Connection Between Cost Savings and Carbon Tracking

Carbon tracking and reporting can be a misunderstood and overwhelming topic to tackle for many businesses. There are, however, cost savings opportunities that arise from understanding your business carbon impact that often gets overlooked. This session focuses on understanding the connection between metrics and carbon tracking, what the data tells us, and how we can better use it to drive decision making and efficiency gains. The session will also touch on how to set targets and goals that provide value to your organization.

Moderator: Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant for WMEP Manufacturing Solutions
Corey Meek, Corporate Responsibility Lead for Promega Corporation
Jeffrey Hanson, Director of Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, Alliant Energy

3:50 – 4:00

Wrap up

4:00 – 5:00

Peer to Peer Discussions

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