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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

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, Vice President and Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Officer,  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, Service Line Lead for Growth and Strategy, WMEP
Mary Larsen, Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Advocate Aurora
Jon Burmeister, Director, Brand Engagement, Max-R
Steve Grundahl, President, Mid-west Prototyping

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.  We will also discuss workplace safety and how it has evolved over time.

Moderator: Phil Vetterkind, Director of Sustainability, Sustainable Building Solutions
Mark Alan, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development, Inpro Corporation
Tom Nicols, Partner, 4 Elements Group
Mary Joann “Majo” Thurman, Director Environment, Health and Safety, Rockwell Automation

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 - All Sessions are from 4pm - 5pm

Talent Development and Employee Engagement Discussion
This session is a continuation of the previous session: Leveraging Partnerships for a More Robust and Inclusive Workforce. It will be a broader and more interactive conversation about talent development and employee engagement. This session will feature experts working at the intersection of sustainability, HR, community engagement who are leaders implementing innovative solutions to address our Wisconsin based workforce issues and challenges.

Office Friendly Yoga with Biz Casmer, Sunflower Yoga Therapy
Take a wellness break to move your body. This office-friendly yoga session will be an excellent way to wrap up your day online. Designed for us working professionals that sit at desks most of the day, Biz will help us bring the many benefits of yoga to your workstation.  If you have time, change into clothes that allow your body to move. Yoga mat/props recommended, but not necessary. Carpeted floor or rug will also do the trick!

Business Leadership on Climate Change (In Wisconsin)
This is a continuation of the November event hosted by Wisconsin Academy: Wisconsin Business Roundtable on Climate Change where CEOs and senior leaders are speaking to businesses role in leading on climate and sustainable futures. The session will include a report out of key takeaways from the November event and breakout sessions to allow your participation in moving the climate conversation forward in Wisconsin Businesses.

WSBC Membership Q&A
Are you Interested in our new membership program? This session is a Q&A with the WSBC team to answer your questions about the membership programming launching on January 1, 2021. We will also gather feedback on the programming you want to see in 2021. Please bring your questions, needs, and suggestions to this interactive dialogue.

Executive Roundtable
This session is for executives and C-suite leaders interested in building on the discussions from the day on the business benefits of sustainability and leadership’s role is setting the sustainability direction for your organization. Bring your trials, tribulations and successes for a dialogue with your peers.

Virtual Happy Hour Networking
Who said virtual happy hour couldn’t be fun? This session will be interactive, dynamic, and help you meet your fellow sustainability professionals across Wisconsin. Equipped with ice breakers on-screen and drinks in hand, join this lively Happy Hour to cheers your colleagues!

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

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, Sustainability and Operational Excellence, WMEP
Theresa Lehman, Director of Sustainable Services, Miron Construction
Rob Palmerg, VP – External & Member Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Lisa Lotto-Bauer, M.S. Corporate Director, Environmental and Sustainability, Green Bay Packaging INC.

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

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. The speakers will share ideas and strategies to implement in your programs, projects, or initiatives to take them to the next level. The speakers will also discuss engagement in sustainability, however, the session goal is to 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
Jan Kittoe, VP of Talent Development and Ignite, American Family Insurance
Angie Peltzer, Program Manager, Innovation for Good and Sustainability, Kohler
Matt Livingston, Sustainability and Stewardship Specialist, Nature’s Path Foods

3:00 – 3:05

Break

Planet.

3:05 – 3:50

The Hidden Opportunity in Carbon; 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
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 - All Sessions are from 4pm - 5pm

Growing Sustainability Buy-in by Forming, Growing, and Participating in Regional Groups; A Q&A with Wisconsin Regional Sustainability Group Leaders
How can regional groups help grow and influence sustainability for businesses?

Key Conference Takeaways and Your Intended Actions
In this session, Mark McDermid will facilitate a conversation hearing from you about the key conference takeaways. In this interactive session, you will share with and hear from your colleagues about what actions you plan on in 2021.

Pursuing a Career in Sustainability – Q&A with Professionals  Whether you are jumping into an entry-level sustainability position, are pivoting careers, or are a seasoned sustainability professional, join our Q&A discussion! This session will be an engaging dialogue with a diverse range of professionals with different experience levels. Professionals will share how they got to where they are in their sustainability careers, challenges they have faced, and tips, tools, and advice useful to anyone looking to enact sustainability principles in their organization. This session will be an open and active conversation, so grab your drink of choice and let’s dive in! Session facilitated by Amanda Goetsch, Program Manager for Sustainable Management Programs at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus.

Women in Sustainability: Building Resilience: Find the Gifts of 2020: If you can’t wait to put 2020 behind you, this session is for you! As the year comes to a close, we’ll reflect on the year’s challenges and find gifts within that we can celebrate (professionally and personally). Sponsored by Women in Sustainability;  Kimberly Flood, Founder of Venture Forward will facilitate the session.

Virtual Happy Hour
Who said virtual happy hour couldn’t be fun? This session will be interactive, dynamic, and help you meet your fellow sustainability professionals across Wisconsin. Equipped with ice breakers on-screen and drinks in hand, join this lively Happy Hour to cheers your colleagues!

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