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WCTA Breakfast: Leadership and Sustainability: New Dynamics Part I
Fourth & Madison Building
Seattle, WA
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WCTA Breakfast: Leadership and Sustainability: New Dynamics Part I
This is the first part of a two part series in exploring corporate sustainability:  What is it?   What motivates companies to engage in these practices?   Is it really good for business?   What are the externalities?  Does it really matter?   Is it all marketing hype or is there substance?   What are the industry trends?

Come hear from corporate sustainability officers and sustainability business advisors as to what motivates privately held and public enterprises to engage in sustainability business practices.

John Gardner, Vice President and Dean, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Moderator.  John has been a key leader in the growth of BGI over the past two years.  Prior, he was VP at WSU responsible for leveraging WSU's assets for economic growth and vitality of the state.  He filled a similar role at the Missouri as VP for Research and Economic Development. In all, he has been a student, faculty member, or administrator at five land grant universities.  Gardner is a native of the Kansas City area and earned degrees in agriculture and agronomy at Kansas State and a PhD at Nebraska in plant physiology. Though most of his career has been in the US Great Plains, his graduate work in both institutions was supported by US-AID in the sorghum/millet program INTSORMIL directed at Africa and India. While at the Missouri, his international research and development efforts focused on East Asia.  He spent twenty years in ND, much of it as Director of the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.  His work on the domestication of new crops led to business interests throughout the 1990's. He was one of the founders and chief executive of AgGrow Oils, a 540 member LLC that integrated the production, processing, and marketing of both novel and designer oilseeds.

TJ Dicaprio, Microsoft Corporation:  Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio, Sr. Director, Carbon and Renewable Energy Policy, Microsoft:  TJ is responsible for designing and managing Microsoft's new carbon neutral policy with internal carbon fee model that drives accountability while supporting efficiency and green projects.  TJ has worked for Microsoft for 15 year, and has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry.  She brings an educational background of Environmental Studies and Energy from the UC Santa Barbara and graduate work from Marylhurst, as well as a history of policy leadership to the role.   TJ is a certified pilot and enjoys sailing and diving.  She has led several expeditions piloting aircraft across the Americas and South Africa and sailed extensively off the coast of North America, French Polynesia, Croatia, and Turkey. TJ is a member of the Explorer's Club and a Founding Member of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Jim Hanna, StarbucksJim Hanna, Starbucks:  Jim joined Starbucks 2005, leading the company's initiatives to minimize its environmental footprint through green building, energy conservation, international procurement, waste minimization and collaboration with partner corporations and NGOs.  Prior to Starbucks, he served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park.  Jim oversaw Xanterra's many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System.  A native of Olympia, Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from WSU and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional.

Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable Business Consulting:  Kevin Wilhelm, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting:  Kevin is a highly regarded business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change.  He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices.  Kevin brings over 16 years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups.  Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Coinstar/Redbox, Drugstore.com, and BECU.  His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally.  He is the author of the acclaimed Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy.  He is an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.

December 6 | 730-900 am | Fourth & Madison Building, 925 Fourth Ave, 18th Floor Conference Room, Seattle | Early Bird: $25 Members/Non-members $35. General Admission: $35 Members/$50 Non-members. $60 at the door.


Fourth & Madison Building (View)
925 Fourth Ave, 18th Floor Conference Room
Seattle, WA 98101
United States




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