Annual Corporate Sustainability Conference

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DePaul Center

1 East Jackson Boulevard


Chicago, IL 60604

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DePaul University’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center would like to invite you to the second of a series of round-table discussions on Corporate Sustainability organized at DePaul University with the support of CSE.

This event series is created for students and professionals alike to share and discuss ideas, challenges and best practices in an informal setting. Our goal is to provide a cross-sector and collaborative environment to support dissemination of best practices and success stories on sustainability for future leaders.


9:00 – 9:30 - Registration

9:30 – 11:30 - Sustainability Success Stories from Corporations and Entreprenerus Panel - moderated by PROFESSOR NIKOS AVLONAS


AARON ROBINSON, Senior Manager of Environment Strategy at United

Mr. Robinson manages environmental strategy and sustainability for United Airlines. He previously worked in financial analysis, where he analyzed competitors' actions and financial results for Investor Relations, senior executives, and the Board of Directors. Previously at Delta Air Lines and pre-merger Northwest Airlines, he oversaw all aspects of compliance with the EU ETS, represented the airline in developing climate change and biofuel strategies, led numerous internal sustainability programs, and published the airline’s emissions and sustainability reports. He entered the environmental field after leading the airline's fuel conservation program. Aaron has also worked in schedule reliability, flight operational performance, and hazardous materials safety.

JOSEPH MAGUIRE, MS, SFP President Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities

Joseph Maguire is President and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation in East Lansing, Michigan and President of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF). He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction (MSU SPDC) where he teaches development to graduate students.

He is a Director of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, where he also serves as Treasurer, and is Chair of the MSU SPDC Industry Advisory Board. Mr. Maguire holds the designations of SERF Professional (SP) from SERF as well as Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) from the International Facility Management Association.

He holds a BA, Economics from Northwestern University and MS, Real Estate Development from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

MARCO UGARTE, Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

Recipient of the 2015 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award, is accountable for environmenal sustainability at MillerCoors. Key initiatives include their Sustainability Report and delivering aginst their 2020 Goals relative to water stewardship, carbon management, and landfill free operations. Leads strategic partnerships with the US. Departmen of Agriculture, United Nations Global Compact, The Nature Conservancy, and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable.

Dr. Ugarte is a certified supply chain instructor and speaker for The White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Association of Climate Change Officers, and The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum. Formerly, Dr. Ugarte contributed to the international expansion of The Sustainability Consortium. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ. He holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University and professional certifications from APICS, The Association for Operations Management and ASQ, formerly, the American Society for Quality.

NOEL PAUL, Global Leader, Elanco Corporate Responsibility

Mr. Paul is responsible for leading the company’s global cause of hunger/food security by engaging both internal employees as well as external partners to help address this critical societal need. Noel also leads Elanco’s partnership with Heifer International including Elanco’s engagement with the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Project in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also sits on the Strategy Committee of the EADD Project. Prior to this role, Noel led the Global MBA Recruiting program for Lilly, working with recruitment teams to recruit and develop leaders for international markets primarily in Asia and Latin America.

JUAN LORENZO HINOJOSA, Founder, Solidarity Bridge

Juan-Lorenzo Hinojosa is the founder of Solidarity Bridge, an Evanston non-profit that provides a channel for persons, organizations and companies to impact the lives of the very poor through contributions of expertise, talent and resources. A key part of Solidarity Bridge’s mission is to help advance high complexity surgery in Latin America. His entrepreneurial gift has expressed itself in the founding of his own business and a number of centers and training programs. He has a Ph.D. in theology with a specialization in spirituality, and as an educator he has taught at the Oblate School of Theology, St. Edward’s University, the Jesuit School of Theology and Notre Dame University.

PAT HUGHES, Founder and CEO, Inclusion Solutions

In 1988, Mr. Hughes Founded Natural Ties, a non profit organization dedicated to connecting people with disabilities into the mainstream of communities. With his company, Inclusion Solutions, his main goal is to identify barriers of access (phyical) and solve them to get people connected. He is currently focused on making every business door in N. America, self service gas stations, polling place access and drive thru's for people who are deaf/hard of hearing more accessible.

11:30 – 11:45 - Break

11:45 – 12:30 - Workshops

Workshop #1 - How to apply sustainability in a startup and gain competitive advantage - with Prof. Nikos Avlonas, Adjunt Professor, DePaul University

Workshop #2 - Creating an Enterprise for Good - with Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa, Founder, Solidarity Bridge

Workshop #3 - For Profit Enterprise with a Social Purpose - with Pat Hughes, Founder & CEO, Inclusion Solutions

12:45 - 2:00 - Lunch and Networking

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1 East Jackson Boulevard


Chicago, IL 60604

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