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2009 Conference Keynotes

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John ElkingtonJohn Elkington
Co-founder of SustainAbility in 1987 (Chair from 1995 -2005), and Founding Partner & Director of Volans, John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades.” In 2008, The Evening Standard named Elkington among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as "a true green business guru," and as "an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable."

Van JonesVan Jones
Recently appointed as President Obama's special adviser for green jobs and enterprise and innovation, Van Jones is founding president of Green For All and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. He is also the author of the bestselling “The Green Collar Economy.” Green For All is a U.S. organization that promotes green-collar jobs and opportunities for the disadvantaged. Its mission is to build an inclusive, green economy—strong enough to resolve the ecological crisis and lift millions of people out of poverty.

Dev PatnaikDev Patnaik
Dev Patnaik is a founder and principal of Jump Associates, a consulting firm that helps companies innovate. Together with his teammates, he works with visionary business leaders to identify new markets, reinvent existing categories, and define new products and services. Patnaik is a trusted advisor to senior executives at some of America’s most admired companies, including General Electric, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Target and Hewlett-Packard. Patnaik was recently featured as a guest on “The Business of Innovation,” a series on CNBC, and his articles on innovation and strategy have appeared in BusinessWeek, Brandweek and the Design Management Review.
Adam WerbachAdam Werbach
Adam Werbach is regarded as one of the world’s premier experts in sustainability. At age 23, he was elected as the youngest president ever of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the United States. In 1998, he founded sustainability agency, Act Now, to engage the corporate and media world in social, environmental, cultural and economic change. After ten successful years, Act Now merged with global ideas company Saatchi & Saatchi to form Saatchi & Saatchi S, the world’s largest sustainability agency.

Tony WagnerTony Wagner
Tony Wagner is co-director, the Change Leadership Group at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of “The Global Achievement Gap.” His closing keynote session focused on one of the biggest issues of the day: an education system that fails to meet the needs of students, business and society.

The Role of Business Collaboration in Transforming Education Panel Discussion
This session featured an ensemble cast of influential players on the business/education stage.

  • Dan Bross, Senior director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Corporation
  • Shelly M. Esque, Vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs, director, Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation
  • Mary Anne Petrillo, Director of Marketing, Global Education, Cisco Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems
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