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THINC30 2018

Covestro LLC

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

THINC30 2018

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Corporate Representative 1d 4h 6m Free  
Nonprofit Representative 1d 4h 6m Free  
Government Representative 1d 4h 6m Free  
Higher Education 1d 4h 36m Free  
General Public 1d 4h 6m Free  
Media Outlet 4h 6m Free  
Speaker 1d 4h 6m Free  

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It’s on.
Same place. Different date.
So please mark your calendar – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Like last year, this year’s THINC3018 summit will bring together some of the country’s and region’s leading thinkers and doers on how businesses, organizations and individuals are forging partnerships to create sustainable, thriving, inclusive communities using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as their guide.
This year’s theme is Putting Purpose to Work in Pittsburgh:  Integrating the UNSDGs in Thought and Action. 

Keynote speakers include - Christina Mittermeier, one of National Geographic’s leading photographers and explorers, on “Giving Voice to Your Purpose;” Katharine Wilkinson, senior writer at Project Drawdown and of New York Times bestseller, Drawdown, on how Pittsburgh can create its own plan to reverse climate change; and, Valerie Kinloch, Dean of the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh and scholar of race, place, literacy and equity. 

See below for an outline of the program.  New this year are breakout sessions with separate social and industry tracks.  When you register, you will be asked to select which tracks you'd like to attend.  
In the meantime, check out highlights from last year’s THINC30 summit in the report, The Takeaway at
See you on October 17.


THINC30 2018

Putting Purpose to Work in Pittsburgh:

Integrating the UNSDGs into Thought and Action


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.           

Registration, Breakfast, Networking


9:00 – 9:05 a.m.          

Welcome by Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC


9:05 – 9:15 a.m.          

Kick off by Rebecca Lucore, Head, Sustainability and CSR, Covestro LLC


9:15 – 9:45 a.m.           

Plenary Keynote

Giving Voice to Your Purpose

Cristina Mittermeier, Photographer, National Geographic


9:45 – 10:00 a.m.        



10:00 – 10:45 a.m.      

Breakout Session #1

Ÿ Social Track I: Upending the Model: Using the UNSDGs to Refocus Mission and Work

Certain nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region are breaking the mold by innovating new business models that are disrupting traditional ones – all in the name of helping the region and their organizations become more sustainable and meet their missions. This session will introduce some of the leaders thinking most outside their box.



Ÿ Peggy Outon, Executive Director, Covestro Center for Community Engagement at Robert Morris University    



Ÿ Lisa Scales, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Ÿ Ian Rosenberger, Founder and CEO, Thread International

Ÿ Rebecca Harris, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Chatham University


Ÿ Industry Track I: Integrating the UNSDGs: The Business Case

This session will profile global and local companies that have embraced sustainability and the UNSDGs because it makes good business sense. Find which companies are leading the charge, how they’re doing it, the ways they’re benefitting and how your company can too.



Ÿ Leith Sharp, Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and Global Environment, Harvard University


Panel Discussion


Ÿ Leith Sharp



Ÿ Geoff Muessig, CMO and Executive Vice President, Sales, Pitt Ohio

ŸMargie Flynn, Principal and Co-Founder, BrownFlynn

Ÿ Jamie Moore, Director of Sustainability, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group


10:45 -11:00 a.m.



11:00 a.m. – 12:15p.m.  

Plenary Session

Bias: Breaking Down the Ultimate Barrier to Inclusion

According to THINC30 2017 attendees, as Pittsburgh continues its sustainable transformation, issues of equity, inclusion and participation are the biggest challenges it will face. The morning’s sessions will dive deep to explore the unique challenges confronting the city’s minority community including the perpetuation of negative media images, issues of neighborhood gentrification, the devastating school-to-prison pipeline and the imperative to achieve equity in education.


11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Unmixed Media: How Popular Images Perpetuate Inequality





Ÿ Halima Tammy Thompson, Executive Producer, We Wear the Mask

Ÿ Tracy Certo, Editor, NEXTpittsburgh

Ÿ Tene Croom, Co-Chair, Black Press Task Force, National Association of Black Journalists


11:30 – 11:35 a.m.

Spotlight Speaker

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Ÿ Tiffany Sizemore, Juvenile Defender Clinic and Education Law Clinic, Duquesne University


11:35 – 11:45 a.m.

Fireside Chat

NEXTpittsburgh’s Tracy Certo in conversation with

Majestic Lane, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor William Peduto


11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Race, Place and Equity in Education

Ÿ Valerie Kinloch, Dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh


12:15 – 1:30 p.m.        

Lunch – networking, book buying/signing


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.          

Breakout Session #2

Ÿ Social Track II: Driving Sustainability Through Social Innovation and Engagement

Building a sustainable Pittsburgh where hunger, poverty, inequality cease to exist and quality education, economic opportunities, clean air and water are available to all will require new approaches to social innovation and citizen engagement. This panel will feature local social innovators who are partnering for change.


Panel Discussion


Ÿ Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue



Ÿ Shelley Ranii, Manager, Strategic Planning and Analysis, Alcoa

Ÿ Matthew Mehalik, Executive Director, Breathe Collaborative

Ÿ Brian Magee, CEO, PUMP

Ÿ Kelauni Cook, Founder, Black Tech Nation


Ÿ Industry Track II: Integrating the UNSDGs Into Your Business Strategy  

Companies across the globe are finding ways to embed one, some or all of the UNSDGs into their business operations. This hands-on, interactive workshop, led by representatives from the UN Global Compact, will provide local companies a blueprint for how they can do the same. The session also will include a conversation with the 2017 North American “Young Champion of the Earth” award winner, Kaya Dorey, who is taking climate change and “fast-fashion” head-on with her sustainable clothing company, NOVEL SUPPLY CO.


1:30 – 1:40 p.m.

Fireside Chat

Covestro’s Rebecca Lucore in conversation with Kaya Dorey


1:40 – 2:15 p.m.

Interactive Session led by 

Stephanie Potter, Senior Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy Program

Corporate Citizenship Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


2:15 – 2:25 p.m.          



2:25 – 3:45 p.m.  

Plenary Session

Pittsburgh’s Drawdown

Taking inspiration from the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, the afternoon’s final sessions will introduce the concept of Project Drawdown, Pittsburgh’s emerging leaders who are shaping the region’s drawdown strategy and a workshop to help frame Pittsburgh’s roadmap to being an inclusive and sustainable city by 2030.


2:25 – 2:30 p.m.

Spotlight Speaker

Angela Garcia

Executive Director

Global Links


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat

Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance in conversation with

Katharine Wilkinson, Vice President of Communication & Engagement, Project Drawdown


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Leading Pittsburgh’s Drawdown


Ÿ Katharine Wilkinson



Ÿ Illah Nourbakhsh, Director, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Ÿ Grant Ervin, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Ÿ Jenna Cramer, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance

Ÿ Jamil Bey, President and CEO, UrbanKind Institute

* Katrina Kelly, Manager, Strategy and Business Development, Center for Energy and Energy GRID Institute, University of Pittsburgh


3:45 – 4:30 p.m.


SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals Workshop

Interactive session on mapping Pittsburgh’s Drawdown to ensure an inclusive and sustainable city by 2030, using the UNSDGs as a framework.


4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  

BREAK – Return to main plenary room


4:45 – 4:50 p.m.


Spotlight Speaker

Mr. Quincy Kofi Swatson

Executive Director

The Door Campaign


4:50 – 5:00 p.m.  



5:15 p.m.                    

Social for Social Good Reception

Have questions about THINC30 2018? Contact Covestro LLC

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David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Covestro LLC

Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.

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