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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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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 – 9:15 a.m.         

Welcome and Kick Off 

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.         


Giving Voice to Your Purpose

Cristina Mittermeier


National Geographic

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.     

Breakout Sessions #1

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.

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.

 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                   

Plenary Sessions

Bias: Breaking Down the Ultimate Barrier to Inclusion

                                               11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

                                       Panel Discussion

                                       Unmixed Media: How Popular Images Perpetuate Inequality

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Spotlight Speaker

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Race, Place and Equity in Education

Valerie Kinloch

Dean of the 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

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.                                                                                                 

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.

2:30 – 4:45 p.m.        

Plenary Sessions

Pittsburgh’s Drawdown

                                       2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

                                        Fireside Chat

Katharine Wilkinson

Senior Writer

Project Drawdown

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Leading Pittsburgh’s Drawdown

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.         

Interactive session on mapping Pittsburgh’s Drawdown to ensure an inclusive and sustainable city by 2030

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.         


5:15 p.m.                    

Social for Social Good Reception

Book Selling/Signing






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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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