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The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership: 12th Annual Conference

Joanne Spigonardo - Wharton IGEL

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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The focus of the conference will be to discuss how the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) play a critical role in the transformation to an equitable economy.  The SDGs provide a framework that allows business to connect corporate goals with innovative solutions - linking technology and global infrastructure to environmental needs, while highlighting the importance of a strong foundation grounded in gender leadership and education.  The conversation will elaborate on how economic growth will flourish under comprehensive corporate sustainable action plans.  Join IGEL as we present business cases that feature transformational goals and how they will lead us to a better future.


8:00AM – 8:45AM: Registration & Breakfast

8:45AM – 9:00AM: Welcome Remarks & Conference Introduction:

Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL


9:00AM - 9:30AM: Opening Keynote: Subarna Malakar, Diversity & Inclusive Director, FMC

Topic:A Foundation Grounded in Gender Equality & Quality Education

9:30AM – 9:40AM: Questions from the Audience


9:40AM – 10:45AM: Panel 1: The Role of Business in Building Sustainable Cities and Communities

Relevant SDGs: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Life on Land; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy 

Moderator: Linda Froelich, Global Stewardship Director, FMC


-       John Kelly, Principal, Prince Albert Foundation

-       Nitesh Dullabh, CEO, 2POD Ventures

-       Conor Riffle, Director of Smart Cities, Rubicon Global

-       Kara Angotti, Sr. Sustainability Manager, Amtrak

-       Christine Knapp, Director of the Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

-       Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business, Trucost

 10:45AM - 10:50AM: Questions & Audience Participation


10:50AM - 11:00AM: Morning Keynote: Andreas Gruson, Partner, Industrial Advisory Services

Topic: The Value of Entrepreneurship & Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals


11:00  - 11:!5  - Networking Break


11:15 - 11:30  - Morning Keynote: Colby Manwaring, CEO, Innovyze

Topic:  Leadership Innovation


11:35AM - 12:45PM: Panel 2: Innovation Leadership for a Flourishing World and the Sustainable Development Goals

Relevant SDGs:Quality Education; Good Health and Well-Being; Responsible Production and Consumption

Moderator:  Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow


Michael Ferrari, Managing Partner, Atlas Research Innovations

Jacqui Jenkins, WG’94, Director, Fashion Institute of Technology

Julia Kurnik, WG’14, Director Innovation Start-Ups, World Wildlife Fund

Karissa Kruse, W’97, WG’04, President Sonoma County Winegrowers Association

Ashwin Madgavkar, Founder, Ceres Imaging

Monica Mehta, W’97, Managing Principal, Seventh Capital

Djordjija Petkoski, Senior Fellow, Wharton Zicklin Center

12:45PM - 12:55PM: Questions & Audience Participation


12:55PM - 1:15PM: Closing Keynote: Kim Rumph, President, Rubicon Global

Topic: Transformation Generated by Partnership for the Goals

1:15PM - 1:30PM: Wrap Up & Questions

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Networking Lunch


While IGEL strives to offer complimentary events, we would greatly appreciate your donations. We would be grateful for any amount that you can give! Please donate at Give to IGEL

Have questions about The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership: 12th Annual Conference? Contact Joanne Spigonardo - Wharton IGEL

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Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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Joanne Spigonardo - Wharton IGEL

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Wharton IGEL


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