Tomorrow, April 10, see a live Leadership and the Environment recording of the former President of the Rainforest Alliance

April 9, 2019 by Joshua
in Audio, Events, Podcast

Tomorrow, April 10 at 7pm, I’m interviewing Tensie Whelan, Director of the NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business and former President of the Rainforest Alliance, in a live recording of the Leadership and the Environment podcast.

If you like business, sustainability, or amazing people, you’ll love the event.

APRIL 10, 2019

Leadership and the Environment: 

A Live Podcast Recording with Joshua Spodek & Tensie Whelan

7:00PM - 8:30PM

The Assemblage NoMad

114 East 25th Street  |  New York, NY 10010

Ground Floor

In a live taping of his award-winning podcast Leadership and the Environment, bestselling author, leadership speaker, coach, and professor Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, brings joy and inspiration to acting on the environment. Joshua welcomes Tensie Whelan, former President of the Rainforest Alliance and director of NYU-Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, to share her expertise and environmental values. We’ll learn how to lead without relying on authority.

About the Speakers

Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Director of the NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability.

As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance. She transformed the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand.

Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board.

She was most recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for Aston Martin and GlobeScan, to the newly created Global Advisory Council for Odebrecht and as an Advisor to the Future Economy Project for Harvard Business Review.

Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM) Program.

Tensie Whelan has been featured in the following publications for her work with the Center for Sustainable Business: The Pragmatist, Worth Magazine, A Better World Through Better Business, Stern Business Magazine, The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability, Harvard Business Review

Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek headshot

Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, wrote the #1 bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor at NYU, writes a column for Inc., and blogs daily at

He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. 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, MIT, BCG, PwC, S&P, and IBM. Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes and ABC.

He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, has done burpees daily since 2011 (108,000 and counting), takes 16 months to produce one load of garbage, and hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016.

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