Our program faculty and guest presenters are carefully selected for their proven track record as engaging, relevant, and cutting-edge CBIS content providers.
Meet our world-class faculty and presenters below.
Our program faculty and guest presenters are carefully selected from a variety of sectors and organizaitons including:
Our Fall 2016 faculty line up included:
Leith Sharp, Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Program Co-Chair
John Spengler, Ph.D., Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Program Co-Chair
- Meghan Fay Zahniser, Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
- Rachel Gutter, Senior Vice President of Knowledge, U.S. Green Building Council
- Ronald Heifetz, King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Founder, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government
- Joe Hsueh, Ph.D., Founding Member, Academy for Systemic Change
- Erin Meezan, Vice President, Sustainability, Interface
- Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Division, MGM Resorts International
- Jeff Risom, Partner and Managing Director, Gehl Studio
- Matthew Robinson, Sustainability Engagement Head, HSBC
- Mary Spilde, Ph.D., President, Lane Community College
- Jerry Weber, Ph.D., President, College of Lake County, Illinois
- KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder/CEO, Sustainable Life Media, producers of Sustainable Brands
- Natalie Voland, President, Gestion immobilière Quo Vadis Inc.
Stay tuned as we announce our November 2017 faculty roster …
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Amy C. Edmondson
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School
Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School (HBS). The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Edmondson is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and more than seventy articles on leadership, teams, innovation, and organizational learning. Number 15 on the 2013 Thinkers50 list of the worlds’ most influential management thinkers, Edmondson teaches on topics including leadership, teamwork, and innovation at HBS and around the world. Edmondson received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.
King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Founder, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Ronald Heifetz founded the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Heifetz speaks extensively and advises heads of governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. He co-developed the adaptive leadership framework. His research focuses on creating a conceptual foundation for the study of leadership, creating teaching, training, and consulting methods for leadership practice, and building the adaptive capacity of organizations and societies. His first book, Leadership without Easy Answers, (1994) is a classic in the field. Read widely as a foundational text, it is one of the 10 most assigned course books at Harvard and Duke Universities. He coauthored the best-selling Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading with Marty Linsky (2002), which serves as one of the primary go-to book for practitioners across all sectors, and the field book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World,(2009) with Marty Linsky and Alexander Grashow. Heifetz is also well-known for developing transformative methods of leadership education and development. His teaching methods are the subject of the book, Leadership Can Be Taught, by Sharon Daloz Parks (Harvard Business Press, 2005).
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist. He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in public affairs and business. Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry. As a cellist, he was privileged to have studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky
Rebecca M. Henderson
John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School
Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Professor Henderson is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work explores how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the environment. She teaches Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment and Reimagining Capitalism in the MBA Program.
Professor Henderson was appointed the John and Natty McArthur University Professor in 2011. The position, which was created in 1935 by the President and Fellows of Harvard University, seeks to recognize exemplary faculty members who have pushed the boundaries of their discipline. President Drew G. Faust called Henderson "a leading voice on the environmental challenges of our time."
Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Besides serving in his role as the Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Global Health and Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Barton is also an accomplished chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow. He has devoted his professional career to educating consumers and institutions about the importance of sustainable food acquisition and human health. As the author of several books, most recently Foods for Health (National Geographic, 2014), Barton has been a sought-after guest or contributor to many major media outlets including The Huffington Post, Anderson Cooper 360, and National Geographic. He has also addressed audiences as varied as the National Institute of Health, the U.S. State Department, the Smithsonian and TED. In 2012, Barton became the first Sustainability Fellow in Residence at the New England Aquarium.
Leith Sharp, Co-Chair
Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ms. Sharp is world renowned for her work in greening Harvard University and many other institutions. She has spent over 20 years driving sustainability into the core mission and business of some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. She founded Harvard’s Office for Sustainability and, as director, grew it into the largest green campus organization in the world, funded largely from the revenue savings generated by its sustainability initiatives.
John Spengler, Co-Chair
Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Spengler is the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation. He is a visionary thinker and a global figure, known widely for his contributions to human health and sustainability. In addition to his academic and research activities, he serves as an advisor to several global organizations, including the World Health Organization.
Sustainability Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools; Vice President, Green Schools National Network
Tim was instrumental in the promotion and development of the first LEED-certified elementary School in Virginia—Hermitage Elementary—as well as the first K-12 LEED Platinum Transportation and Maintenance Facility in the country. Under Tim’s leadership, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has constructed over 1.6 million square feet of LEED building space and was selected as the “Best Green School District” in the United States by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.
Tim is an ex-Navy SEAL and holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Professor S. Bruce Dowton
Vice Chancellor and President, Macquarie University, Sydney
The fifth Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor S. Bruce Dowton is a pediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher, and academic, who has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions, and consulting organizations. Prior to his appointment at Macquarie University, Professor Dowton served as a senior medical executive and held a range of positions in university, healthcare, and consulting organizations. He also served as a pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Professor Dowton joined the University in September 2012. In early 2013, he began a highly consultative process to establish a long-term strategic framework for the University, re-focusing the organization’s core activities of teaching and research around a concept of “a university of service and engagement.” The document resulting from this process, "Our University: A Framing of Futures in August 2013," emboldens the University’s long-term vision and priorities. Dowton’s highly engaging personal style has since become a hallmark of his Vice-Chancellorship.
Meghan Fay Zahniser
Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Meghan is the Executive Director for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She has been with AASHE for six years and previously held the positions of Director of Programs and STARS Program Manager. Previously, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement. Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute.
Senior Vice-President of Knowledge, U.S. Green Building Council
When the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was established in 2010 to serve as the driver for green schools dialogue, policy development, and innovation, USGBC appointed Rachel Gutter to take the reins. Rachel came to USGBC in 2007 to oversee the launch of LEED for Schools, a version of USGBC’s popular green building certification program that facilitates the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green schools. Later that year, Rachel spearheaded the launch of the National Green Schools Campaign to engage students, teachers, parents, superintendents, elected officials, and other policy makers in a national conversation about the relationship between high-performance educational facilities and high-performing students. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and today is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic of green schools. Rachel’s expertise has been sought by such media outlets as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Parenting Magazine, FOX News, and CNN. In 2011, she was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an Eco-Heroine and later received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award. In 2013, Rachel was tapped to lead the strategic re-visioning efforts for "Education @USGBC," an educational platform that now contains thousands of hours of premium sustainability content.
President & CEO, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Stephen Huddart is President and CEO of The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation in Montreal, which has played a leading role in developing and supporting social innovation and impact, investing in Canada as a founding partner and funder of Social Innovation Generation (SiG). McConnell’s newest program is "Cities for People."
Stephen’s career spans several fields and includes leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He has led social enterprises and been a documentary filmmaker, humane educator, geophysical observer, museum curator, and natural food store manager. He serves on the advisory boards of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the McGill Initiative in the Social Economy, and the Canada Research Chair in Community Sustainability. He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill.
Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning, World Bank Institute
Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning (WBIKL) at the World Bank Institute. Until recently she headed the World Bank’s Global Urban Development Practice where she oversaw the World Bank's work on Urban Policy and Strategy and Knowledge and Learning. She is also the Head of the Global Urbanization Knowledge Platform, a multi- partner initiative of the World Bank. She led the World Bank's Urban Strategy in 2010.
Ms. Joshi-Ghani is the Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Urbanization of the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-editor of the book Rethinking Cities (2014) with Professor Edward Glaeser. She has worked primarily on infrastructure finance and urban development at the World Bank. Her regional experience in the World Bank includes South and East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She holds an M.Phil from Oxford University, UK, and a Master's degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree from Lady Sri Rama College, Delhi University.
President, Lane Community College
Dr. Mary Spilde has served as president of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, since August 2001. She is a nationally respected authority on community colleges, workforce development and sustainability. She joined Lane in 1995 as vice president for instructional services and in 1997 was named vice president for instruction and student services. Prior to Lane, she served in a variety of leadership positions for 15 years at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, dean of business, health, and training. Dr. Spilde has a bachelor's degree in business and social systems and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a master's in adult education and a doctorate in post-secondary education from Oregon State University. Spilde is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and currently serves on their Sustainability Task Force and 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. She is a member of the Oregon Education Investment Board, a board member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and recently served on the steering committee for the American Presidents' Commitment to Climate Control.
President, College of Lake County, Illinois
Jerry Weber assumed the position of president of the College of Lake County in April 2009. Previously, Dr. Weber served as president of Kankakee Community College, a position he assumed in 2001. Dr. Weber has served on state and national boards and councils for community colleges related to sustainability, international education, technology, and educational policy. He has spent his career in Illinois community colleges and is known for building networks for collaborating across boundaries.
Dr. Weber is the founding chair of the Sustainability Task Force for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The task force consists of 30 presidents and chancellors who have recruited over 470 community colleges to share resources for developing sustainability on their campuses (theseedcenter.org). Jerry Weber is also the co-founder of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), which is a collaboration of all 48 Illinois community colleges sharing resources, expertise, and knowledge on campus sustainability and green jobs training. Dr. Weber holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and an M.A. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, both from the University of Iowa. He has also earned an M.A. in Linguistics and English Literature and a B.A. in English, both from Northern Illinois University.
Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation
John Mandyck serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation. A global leader in the aerospace, food refrigeration and commercial building industries, United Technologies provides high-technology systems and services that set the standard for performance, reliability and energy efficiency, with well-known global brands such as Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, Carrier and Otis. John chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City. He is a member of the Corporate Council at the Harvard University Center for Health and the Global Environment. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to co-chair the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. John is the co-author of the book Food Foolish, which explores the hidden connection between food waste, hunger and climate change. Throughout his career, John has worked with governments, universities and organizations to accelerate environmental sustainability in an increasingly urbanizing world. He has presented energy efficiency, sustainability and future of food strategies to audiences around the globe.
He blogs on sustainability issues at SustainabilityView.com and can be found on Twitter @JohnMandyck.
Vice-President, Sustainability, Interface, Inc.
As Vice President of Sustainability for Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels–from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. She also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities, and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility, and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Masters Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor.
Director of Sustainability, McDonald's Corporation
Ian Olson is the Director of Sustainability at McDonald’s Corporation. Since 2012, he has been leading and driving sustainable change across the more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants located in the United States. Prior to joining McDonald’s, Ian was the Director of Sustainability for Darden Restaurants, holder of such well-known brands as Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. In addition, Ian has held the position of Global Manager for Ford Motor Company’s Supply Chain Sustainability office, supporting a supply chain which included more than 12,000 suppliers. He has been featured in Fast Company as an innovative business thought leader and recognized as a GreenBiz Mover and Shaker. Ian holds a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Division, MGM Resorts International
Cindy Ortega is Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. She leads the Corporate Sustainability Division, which is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction, and environmentally sensitive company operations.
Cindy was also responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification of the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter Project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under Cindy’s guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world. She is recognized for her leadership and expertise on energy issues and testifies routinely before the Nevada State Legislature. In 2011, Cindy was elected Chair of Green Chips, a private/public non-profit organization that encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada to advance the region’s identity as a sustainable destination.
Sustainability Engagement Head, HSBC
Matthew has worked in sustainability for nearly 20 years delivering sustainability based solutions in sectors ranging from local authority (public), corporate (private multinational), environmental consultancy and small & medium sized enterprises. He joined HSBC in 2005 and has worked in both operational and strategic roles in the UK and now resides in the Global Sustainability team. His role encompasses the development and facilitation of Sustainability-based engagement strategies and programs with a particular focus on HSBC’s senior leaders. He is also heavily involved in actively engaging the bank’s key strategic stakeholders, including supply chain partners and client base. His work supports the implementation of both BAU and innovative based programs that will enable HSBC to become the world’s leading and most respected international bank. Matthew graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Environmental Studies.
Partner and Managing Director, Gehl Studio
As Managing Director of Gehl Studio in the U.S., Jeff leads the San Francisco and New York based teams. In his time at Gehl, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India, and China. Jeff’s background and design experience has led to Jeff becoming an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and serving as guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and DIS. Jeff holds an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado. This educational background and international design experience combines the arts with the sciences providing him with a unique insight into the technical as well as social aspects of urban design.
Senior Director, Sustainability, Office Depot
Yalmaz Siddiqui is Office Depot's Director of Environmental Strategy. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitatec and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction, and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. Yalmaz holds a Master of Philosophy in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England where his thesis focused on Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Analysis and Biomimicry.
KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz
Founder/CEO, Sustainable Life Media, producers of Sustainable Brands
KoAnn is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and eliminating ozone-layer destroying chemicals (CFCs). Since 2003, she has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of social and environmental sustainability, launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004. She has helped various media entrepreneurs and NGO’s including Sierra Club and Greenbiz.com establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. In 2005, she produced the First International Conference on Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice with Bill McDonough, Michael Bra ungart, Peter Senge and others. In 2006, she launched what has now become Sustainablebrands.com and in 2007, the widely respected Sustainable Brands Conference attended and sponsored by some of the largest brands in the world, such as Ford Motor Company, NH Hotel group and BASF. The Sustainable Brands community has grown dramatically each year, and has become the premier international community of sustainable business innovators, with engaged community members represented from all continents. KoAnn has attended graduate level programs in business management and sustainability at Cornell and Wharton. She regularly speaks to corporate, academic and professional audiences about sustainability as the basis of a new renaissance of business innovation and value, as well as the role brands must play and the steps they must take to survive and thrive by leading the way to a flourishing future. She lives with her husband Steve on the San Francisco Peninsula and is most proud of her two sons, Josh and Jake, who are pursuing their individual passions for music, physics and philosophy.
Managing Director, Reply Management Consulting
Luc Galoppin is Managing Director of Reply Management Consulting. He picked up his organizational change skills on projects with different scopes and user communities and interim management assignments. He is the co-author, along with Siegfried Caems, of the SAP PRESS book Managing Organizational Change During SAP Implementations. Luc has been a managing director for Reply Management Consulting since 2002. Prior to this position, he was a consultant at Orbit Management & Consultancy. His specialties are organizational change management, speaking, teaching, and facilitating on organizational change. Luc has a master degree in European Industrial Relations from Warwick Business School and post-graduate degree in Industrial Relations as part of an exchange programme between Warwick Business School (University of Warwick, UK) and UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
Joe Hsueh, PhD
Founding Member, Academy for Systemic Change, Adjunct Faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management
Joe Hsueh is an enabler of large-scale systemic change, a researcher, and university lecturer. He is passionate about the process of identifying, designing, mapping, convening, facilitating, prototyping, scaling, sustaining and learning from large-scale systemic change for social, economic and ecological well-being using a bottom-up approach. Joe has consulted with the World Bank, Nike, ZDHC and worked on projects with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals Coalition, 50-in-10 Sustainable Fishery Initiative, and K-12 Common Core education reform. Joe developed the CleanStart Management Flight Simulator which is now being used in MIT’s Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab) class. Further, he is a founding member of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization dedicated to helping leaders, communities, and networks facilitate societal, environmental, and economic well-being on a massive scale. Joe is a steward of the GOLDEN Ecosystem Labs and an adjunct faculty at MIT, National Taiwan University and UC Santa Barbara. He holds a Ph.D. in system dynamics from MIT, a MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and had spent a year with a Buddhist monastery experiencing Buddhism-in-action through volunteering around the world.
President, The Institute for Strategic Clarity and President, Vibrancy Ins., LLC
Jim Ritchie-Dunham is a self-described student of human agreements. Utilizing over 20 years of research and insights gleaned from working with groups of all make-ups, Jim is the developer of "Ecosynomics," the emerging social science of the agreements that guide human interactions. Ecosynomics provides a framework rooted in economics and the sciences of human agreements that begins with an initial assumption of abundance, not scarcity, and a wider view of the human being. He has found that groups that start with this fundamentally different assumption work at greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation. As president of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity, Jim brings together the worlds of research, publishing, consulting, and conferencing to support people in exploring new agreements around large-scale social changes while doing so with higher levels of harmonic vibrancy. He has supported leaders on a global level in organizations that cross the lines of business, government, and civil society.
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