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2019 Sustainability Summit

How Corporate Superstars Generate Impact


The Conference Board
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New York, NY 10022

Tel: (212) 339-0345

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G&A Institute 2019
JULY 16 - 17, 2019
July 16 - 17, 2019

About the Summit

This is the year where sustainability shifts to an intense focus on impact. Companies will be judged according to their success in tangibly improving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conditions. These rapidly intensifying expectations are coming from all quarters. Investors want to see real results. NGOs are getting increasingly impatient. The bold targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are just a little more than a decade away. The latest research from the IPCC makes an urgent call for action to reduce carbon emissions. Even CEOs and Boards expect to see impact that ties improved ESG performance to enhanced financial performance.

The 2019 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to learn how the best in the business are able to generate ESG impact. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the process of setting and achieving bold ESG goals, designing and delivering ambitious ESG programs, and measuring the benefits for society as well as the bottom line. The Conference Board Sustainability Summit will concentrate on key lessons and create sessions that enable attendees to learn and support one another.

The Summit will include presenters that have found ways to break through and generate inspiring results at scale. Which include:

  • Creating bold carbon reduction solutions
  • The Conference Board’s new research on generating social impact
  • Scaling up circular economy approaches
  • Reducing plastic ocean waste
  • Improving health, well-being, and sustainability
  • Transforming the supply chain: making it more productive, higher quality, more sustainable, and more responsible
  • Delivering and measuring impact
  • Getting results from Impact Investing
  • Making and measuring the business case

Key takeaways will include:

  • Moving from strategy to action
  • Going beyond compliance and reporting to action and results
  • Designing and delivering effective ESG programs and partnerships
  • Making and delivering the ESG business case
  • Measuring impact

Who Should Attend

Vice Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers of:

  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Corporate Giving / Foundation
  • Public Affairs / Government Affairs / Corporate Affairs
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Marketing


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Earn Recertification Credits

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Earn up to 14 CPE credits
Specialized Knowledge
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None


This program has been pre-approved for 11.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


This program has been approved for 11.75 (BUSINESS) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

Anthony Berkley, Vice President, Prudential

Carolyn Berkowitz, CEO, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals

Mike Carren, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Guardian Life Insurance Company

Ryan Costello, Managing Director, Americans for Carbon Dividends (Former Congressman (R-PA 6th District), Americans for Carbon Dividends

Jenna Daugherty, Divisional Vice President Global Social Responsibility, Abbott

James Gowen, Vice President Supply Chain Operations & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Ken Gustavsen, Chief of Staff / Strategy Officer, Social Business Innovation, Merck

Paul Hollie, Lead - Social Impact and Corporate Communications, Premera Blue Cross

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, President, Moody's Foundation, Moody's

Jeff King, Senior Director Global Sustainability and Social Impact, Hershey's

Brian Komar, Vice President Community Engagement,

Luis Neves, Managing Director, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Ryan Ross, Chief Innovation Officer, Halcyon

Robyn Russell, Director of Programs and Innovation, Universal Access Project, UN Foundation

Jason Saul, Chief Executive Officer, Mission Measurement

Andrew Siwo, Investment Director, Colonial Consulting

Kathleen Tullie, Senior Director of Social Responsibility of and Founder & Executive Director of BOKS, Reebok

Michael Waas, Global Vice President Brand Partnerships, TerraCycle

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G&A Institute 2019