Attend the Second Annual Leadership and the Environment Panel, October 15

September 28, 2019 by Joshua
in Events, Nature, Podcast

In New York City, Tuesday, October 15, The Leadership and the Environment, with the Columbia Business School Alumni Club, will host our second annual panel Beyond Talk and Management: How to Become an Environmental Leader.

The Leadership and the Environment podcast
The Leadership and the Environment podcast

We’re featuring stellar leaders, including a Nobel Peace Prize, President of the Rainforest Alliance, and the person responsible for the largest B-Corp yet.

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Beyond Talk and Management: How to Become an Environmental Leader

There is global opportunity to lead in the area of the environment, but how many well-known corporate or government leaders can you name who publicly live sustainably? Many dismiss personal behavior as ineffective, but leaders can influence organizations and systems. They can create inertia or inspire entire organizations.

Before leading others, leaders must lead themselves. Meet renowned leaders who took on personal environmental challenges and, as a result, augmented their leadership. They will share what worked, what didn’t, and how you can change to lead—joyfully and with integrity, not doom, gloom, guilt, blame, or coercion.  Meet with other attendees and panelists over refreshments before and after the discussion.

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  • Personal stories of practical change, both triumphs and failures
  • Overcoming hurdles and resistance, both internal and external
  • Finding and creating opportunities to lead environmentally
  • Starting habits and making them stick
  • Your question

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  • Lorna Davis, Senior Advisor to the CEO of Danone, Global Ambassador to B Corp Movement
  • Seth Shelden, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate International Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons member
  • Tensie Whelan, NYU-Stern Director of the Center for Sustainable Business, former President of the Rainforest Alliance
  • Joshua Spodek PhD MBA Columbia ’06, Leadership and the Environment, Host, Professor of leadership, NYU
  • (Moderator) John Upton, Editor, Climate Central

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Time and place

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm (The presentation will take place approximately at 6:30-7:30 pm, with time for networking before and after.)
Location:  WeWork, 12 E. 49th St., NYC
Tickets:  CBSACNY Alumni members $35; Non-members $45; no admittance at the door.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York offers ONE FREE EVENT for new members who sign up for the first time ($85 or more). Click here to join now and then contact us to receive your promotional code before you register for the event of your choice (sports events, holiday parties and mixers are excluded.)

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Lorna Davis is passionate about finding a new way for Business to be a force for good through legislation, third-party auditing, and collaboration. She is dedicated to supporting Danone and other companies to achieve B-Corp certification and be a part of the B-Corp movement. For more than 20 years, Lorna Davis served as the president of multinational consumer goods companies Danone, Kraft and Mondelez. As CEO and chairwoman of Danone, she led the company to achieve B Corp status in 2018, making it the largest B Corp in the world. She is a global ambassador for the B Corp movement and is a member of the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation. She has lived and led businesses in seven countries, including the UK, US, France, and China. Lorna has previously been a board member of Electrolux for 6 years, before that President of Biscuits in North America for Mondelez International, and before then President of Kraft Foods in China.

Seth Shelden is an attorney, law professor, activist, and performer. He is currently the United Nations Liaison for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2017 for work in drawing attention to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and for advancing a new treaty prohibiting such weapons.

Tensie Whelan aims to help ensure a better world through better business practices—working with business, civil society and government to transform outmoded management practices into innovative, risk-reducing approaches, products and services that contribute value to people and the planet. As Director for the Center for Sustainable Business and Professor for Business and Society at NYU-Stern, Tensie assists current and future business leaders to develop the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to understand and address environmental and social challenges, so that their business can reduce risk; create competitive advantage; develop innovative services, products, and processes; while, at the same time, building value for society and protecting the planet. Tensie was President of the Rainforest Alliance for 15 years. Tensie grew the international NGO from $4.5 million and 45-person staff to $50 million and 400-person staff, growing from 10 million acres to 180 million acres under sustainable management in more than 60 countries, working with three million producers and 6000 companies. Tensie mainstreamed forestry and agriculture programs to convert 5-15% of key industries to become certified by Rainforest Alliance, designed the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and standard, building a climate initiative that has influenced climate policy and REDD implementation in countries such as Guatemala and Ghana.

Joshua Spodek CBS ’06 PhD MBA is a TEDx speaker, bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, host of the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, and professor of leadership at NYU. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate and helped launch a satellite. He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations. He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, and globally renowned corporations.

John Upton is an editor at Climate Central, a non-advocacy science and news group based in New Jersey. Working closely with researchers in academia, at Climate Central and elsewhere, he leads journalism partnerships with local and national print, radio, television and digital news outlets. He joined the group in 2012 as a senior science writer, and his coverage of bioenergy received an Online News Association award and was a finalist for the John B. Oakes Award for distinguished environmental journalism. John has a BS from James Cook University and an MBA from Victoria University in Australia, and well over a decade of local, national and international journalism experience.

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