2014 Ethical Leadership Conference

The Ethical Environment of Business Sustainability


About the Conference:
  The focus of the 2014 conference is sustainability: economic development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising abilities of future generations to meet their own needs (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).  The event discussion will focus on ethical, environmental, and social objectives to be built into the business' core in order to achieve sustainability.  The conference will look at examples of how companies are advancing three core pillars of sustainability, what should be done, and why. 

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Time: 9 am - 4 pm  
Fee: $200* - The Program Fee includes access to all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch, and annual membership to Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership.  First 200 Conference registrants receive free copy of Christine's soon to be published book, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, 2014). hardcover, $26.95, 254 pages
*Current Rutgers community members, Institute Members and Nonprofit and Government representatives are eligible to attend at a reduced rate. Please contact us via leadership@business.rutgers.edu for further details.

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Conference Speakers

Keynote speaker: Richard A. Smith, Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising.  Join the Institute and other business leaders on June 6 at the 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference and hear from Mr. Smith about why an ethical environment within your company is critical to its sustainability.

About Mr. Richard A. Smith
• Named the Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate Brokerage  according to the inaugural Swanepoel Power 200 rankings
• Under his leadership, Realogy completed one of the largest initial public offerings of 2012
• In each of the past two years Realogy has been recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute.

Introduction by Fred Bertoldo, Regional President, Northern NJ, Wells Fargo Bank


Special guest presenter: Christine Bader, Author, The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil

About Christine Bader
• Worked for BP in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company's largest projects in the developing world
• Advised the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative for business and human rights
• Truman National Security Fellow
• Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
• Widely published and has presented around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.

Sustainability Panel Experts

Introductions by Tia Smallwood, Chief Marketing Officer, Ethisphere

Gregory Sauter, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer, AECOM
(panel lead)
• Business leader of a Fortune 500 company, AECOM, that provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's natural and social environments
• Enterprise responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility, Philanthropy, and Sustainability; member of AECOM's Ethics and Compliance Committee.
• Board President of Engineers Without Borders, a global non-profit organization.

To learn more about Mr. Sauter, click here

Paula Luff, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hess Corporation
• Ms. Luff established and leads formal Social Responsibility and Philanthropy functions for Hess, a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.
• Former senior director of Global Philanthropy for Pfizer, Inc.
• Previously, Ms. Luff worked at CARE, the humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.  

To learn more about Ms. Luff, click here.

Kevin Lyons, PhD, Supply Chain Professor, Rutgers Business School 
• Dr. Lyon's research focuses on developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes
• Researched and written extensively on conducting environmental health-checks on global supply chains and the resulting benefits of reduced risk management impacts and costs
• Recipient of the Sierra Club Annual Professional of the Year Award and New Jersey State Governor's Award for Environmental Leadership and Excellence.
To learn more about Dr. Lyons, click here.

Guy Story, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Audible. com 
• Drives technology innovation at Audible.com
• Worked in research and development for over 10 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies
• Focused on opportunities in wireless, automotive, and social media. 

To learn more about Mr. Story, click here.

Derek Veenhof, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Solutions, Covanta 
• Senior leader of the world's premier sustainable waste management and renewable energy company
• Oversees management and growth of Covanta's public sector service agreements, residential and commercial waste procurement, and the non-hazardous manufacturing and industrial waste disposal and strategic services businesses.

To learn more about Mr. Veenhof, click here.  

Special CSRWire Interview: Entrpreneurship, Local & Global Workforce in Community Sustainability

Introduction by Peter Englot, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs & Chief of Staff, Rutgers University - Newark

Alfa Demmellash, CEO of Rising Tide Capital 
• Co-founded Rising Tide Capital, a microbusiness-development organization that supports underserved entrepreneurs
• Recognized by Forbes'  as one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World with Philanthropy in 2012
• Honored by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star: Building Communities
• Harvard cum laude graduate, focused on social entrepreneurship, education, conflict resolution and the environment.

Learn more about Alfa here

Aman Singh, Editorial Director, CSRwire - A digital media platform on Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability - will lead interview and discussion. 
Learn more about CSRwire.



Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership would like to thank our conference sponsors for their generosity and support.  Interested in sponsoring the 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference?  Please contact us at leadership@business.rutgers.edu or 973-353-1907 to discuss opportunities. 


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