So much more than a speaker!

Subject matter experts, corporate sustainability leaders who are key national/international sustainability and CSR professionals are tapped to serve in the capacity of “Conversation Starter” at each of the quarterly roundtables.  All of our Conversation starters have excellent direct and applied experience in working with Fortune 100 companies.

dbDoug Brown, Business Strategy Manager at BASF

Topic: Sustainability Product Differentiation: Creating/Discovering New Value

Bio: Doug Brown is a member of BASF’s North American corporate management team for sustainable development and serves as Business Strategy & Implementation Manager. Doug is subject matter expert on sustainability to BASF, serving as the primary intermediary for 12 operating divisions with annual revenue of $19 billion across several industries including; Transportation, Agricultural, Consumer goods, Construction and Packaging.

In his role, Doug consults with business management teams to assess how effectively they leverage sustainability with emphasis on; customer engagement, innovation & portfolio management, and commercialization of technology developments. Through BASF’s Applied Sustainability methodology, we develop a 360° view on sustainability performance including how each product contributes to specific value chain needs and how to articulate these values in highly competitive markets.

Doug joined BASF in 1997, has held various Sales & Marketing leadership roles throughout his career and has considerable expertise in the built environment. Doug serves on the USGBC HealthBuild Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Building Industries Council.

vcVerity Chegar, VP – ESG Strategist at BlackRock

Topic: Sustainability, Investors, and Strategy – Integrating ESG at BlackRock

Bio: Verity Chegar, Vice President, is an ESG Strategist within the BlackRock Investment Stewardship group. She is responsible for global research of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) trends and their implications for investment. Her work informs Stewardship’s corporate engagement program. She also works with portfolio managers to integrate ESG factors into investment decision-making within BlackRock’s active investment strategies.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Ms. Chegar worked at Allianz Global Investors as an ESG analyst. She was responsible for research and ratings of companies in the global healthcare and global technology sectors. Her role included company and policy level engagement, and she also served as chair of the US proxy voting committee. In 2006 she joined the US Large Cap Portfolio Management team at RCM, which later became Allianz Global Investors. Her investment career began in 2003 at a small cap investment advisor.

MarcCorsMark Cors, Principle Design Manager at Milwaukee Tool & Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer at MIAD
Topic: Product Design with Sustainability in Mind

Bio: Mark’s approach to design research is about simplifying the complex activities he see in the field into useful, digestible chunks of information. He strives to: state the obvious (making sure it is obvious); have empathy for all those around him; share discoveries through inspiring facilitation; get hands-on early in the process; and always remember that his job is to be the voice of our tradesmen throughout the Milwaukee Tool product development process.
Milwaukee Tool has a strong tradition of user-centered design. Mark is in the process of weaving a growing research team deeper into the innovative fabric of our company. They are encouraging the departments growth by refining the way in which we gather and share knowledge. The group is now facilitating an evolution of how our remarkable Industrial Design, Concept Engineering and Marketing teams work and collaborate together, inspire each other and bring out remarkable products that completely disrupt entire tool categories. Mark sees it as a serious challenge and really good fun.

Susan-ForsellSusan Forsell, VP Sustainable Supply Chain at McDonald’s USA
Topic: Sustainable Supply Chains: Challenges, Opportunities, and Collaborations

Bio: Susan Forsell is responsible for leading the advancement of environmental and sustainable supply strategies and initiatives for McDonald’s U.S. business, including initiatives focused on recycling and waste management, energy efficiency, and sustainable sourcing.  Prior to her current role, Susan served as VP, Quality Systems, where she was responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of McDonald’s quality assurance, food safety, and sustainable supply policies and programs.  A 20-year veteran, Susan started her career with McDonald’s Asia Pacific operations in 1992. She has risen through the ranks, holding various supply chain management positions including Asia Pacific Zone Purchasing Director and Central Division Senior Director, Supply Chain Management. She also devotes her time to the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities and the Jr. Achievement Volunteer Program.


Chris Hoppe, Concept Lead and Principle Engineer at Milwaukee Tool & Adjunct Professor at Marquette University and MIAD
Topic: Product Design with Sustainability in Mind

Bio: Chris is a product development engineer with a passion for bringing meaningful and innovative products to market. As an engineer who enjoys the front-end of product design, he gets involved in consumer research, prototype development, consumer testing and ultimately carrying the product into development.
He considers himself the bridge between design and engineering. Bringing the engineering technical know-how to the creative front-end and user centered mindset to the final design. This allows him to develop functional and manufacturable solutions while keeping the user as the focal point of his designs.
Hoppe has lectured on DfM/ DfA/ DfE at Marquette and was on a design panel at SCJohnson.

Chris-JarvisChris Jarvis, Partner at Realized Worth
Topic: Shared Value to Talent Sustainability

Bio: Chris engaged us in conversation around the concept of Transformative Value.  Transformative Value combines Jed Emerson’s “Blended Value” (a focus on investment strategies and the basis of the Triple-Bottom-Line concept) with Michael Porter and Mark Kramer’s “Shared Value” (a focus on creating business value through addressing social issues that intersect with the company’s business priorities. HBR 2011).

Through this combination, Transformative Value looks at the driver of successful sustainability/CSR efforts – PEOPLE and what motivates them.  The ultimate goal should be to move beyond reliance on systems and external constructs such as Shared Value and instead start making good, smart decisions on an individual level. Internalizing of external cultural values is the ultimate progression of People, Profit and Planet.

Andrew-ManganAndrew Mangan, Executive Director USBCSD and By-Product Synergy Hub
Topic: Waste, Zero Waste, and By-Product Synergy

Bio: Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), a non-profit association of businesses launched in 2002 whose purpose is to create and deliver value driven sustainable development projects in the United States. Projects are member-led and designed to create value through economic returns and environmental and social benefits. Mr. Mangan holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he attended the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs as an International Fellow. He currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Education Committee for the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

bill-mcginnisBill McGinnis, CFA (Charter Financial Analyst) at McGinnis Associates
Topic: Speaking the Language of Finance

Bio : Bill McGinnis  was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1989.  He has personally invested in stocks, bonds and options for over 30 years.  Bill has outstanding professional qualifications, possesses exceptional communication skills and has a strong, comfortable presence.  He quickly assesses, grasps and effectively communicates relevant information regarding securities, financial performance and professional policies and procedures.

His professional background includes over 10 years of experience as an investment analyst for brokerage firms including Robert W. Baird & Co. and Kemper Securities.  During this period, he analyzed over 200 companies in a broad range of industries.

Dave-MeyerDave Meyer – Materiality Expert, EHS Consultant for EORM
Topic: Materiality

Bio: Dave Meyer – An Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and sustainability-focused practitioner with a strong background in corporate governance and compliance issues, Dave Meyer has a deep track record of success in leading organizations in leveraging regulatory compliance & organizational risks. His recent experience with EORM has been focused on responsible supply chain management, integrated management systems, corporate materiality assessments and responsibility reporting, and embedded sustainability strategy and implementation. He has extensive expertise with a diverse mix of industries including university and healthcare laboratories, pharmaceutical/biotech, renewable energy, semiconductor, defense, food products/agriculture, consumer electronics, mining, aerospace, forest products, transportation, public works, transportation, financial, legal and government sectors.

etEmilio Tenuta, VP Corporate Sustainability at Ecolab

Topic: The Water Crisis: real business risks, impacts, and opportunities

Bio: Emilio Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. In the past five years Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably.

Tenuta is actively involved in advancing sustainability practices. He sits on the National Restaurant Association CONSERVE sustainability advisory council. He is also an active member of several industry organizations, including Practice Greenhealth, Net Impact and the sustainability work group for the World Travel and Tourism Council. Over the past four years, Tenuta has forged strong partnerships with a number of NGO’s to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum (WEF).

Tenuta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s Degree in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Rick VanDellen, Director Global Sustainability at Amway Corporation
Topic: Communicating Sustainability Internally and Externally Over the Long Haul

Bio: Eric is currently responsible for managing global sustainability programs at Amway including metrics, energy, and water conservation. In addition, he supports real estate transactions and tax incentives, and global insurance coverage for the corporation. Prior to that position, he managed Environment, Health & Product Safety, with responsibilities for environmental and occupational health compliance, auditing, remediation, and toxicology. He has published in the fields of microbiology, nutritional analysis, drinking water treatment, and environmental toxicology. His early career at Amway included group leader positions in nutritional analysis and microbiology labs. Eric is the past Chairman of the Environmental Quality and Energy Committee for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, twice the past board president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and an active member of the American Cleaning Institute’s Sustainability Committee. He received his BA and MA in chemistry from Western Kentucky University, and attended school on an athletic scholarship.

Mike-WallaceMike Wallace, Managing Director at BrownFlynn; past Director North America at GRI
Topic: Sustainability Trends, Standards, and Frameworks

Bio: As Managing Director, Mike is responsible for expanding BrownFlynn’s market penetration across North America, developing new and existing strategic partnerships, providing innovative corporate responsibility and sustainability solutions to clients and helping shape the strategic direction of the Firm. Having helped establish and then direct GRI’s North American operations from 2010 to 2014, Mike was instrumental in driving sustainability reporting across the North American economy.

Mike’s 20 years of international experience in the sustainability field provides BrownFlynn clients and business partners with a global view of the sustainability landscape. Having given expert testimony to the European Commission, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration, and having presented on the topic of sustainability and reporting at many of events, Mike’s expertise in the field is highly regarded and valued by a wide range of colleagues and organizations.


Plus Special Virtual Sessions with:

Tom Eggert – Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
Topic: Wisconsin’s State of Sustainability

Matt Howard – Alliance for Water Stewardship
Topic: New Water Stewardship Standard

Michelle Long -Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. 

Topic: Subaru’s Journey to Zero Waste

Raj Shuka and Kathy Kuntz – Cool Choices
Topic: Gamification in Employee Engagement