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2017 General Session Speakers

Each year, the world's leading business professionals bring their experience, knowledge, and insight to the stage. This year is no different as welcome a diverse group of leaders from a wide range of industries. Check back often as we'll add more general session speakers as we get closer to the 2017 Conference.

Rob DeMartini
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Balance

Rob DeMartini, President and CEO, joined the New Balance team in May 2007, bringing with him extensive knowledge and experience from a diverse background in consumer products business. Drawn to New Balance for its commitment to brand authenticity and responsible leadership, DeMartini achieved his first order of business in 2007 by guiding the company’s leadership team in the development of a responsible growth strategic plan. The plan nurtured and cultivated the unique culture of New Balance while also driving aggressive global growth. Over the past 5 years New Balance has doubled global sales to more than $3.7 B and achieved one of the highest growth rates in the athletic footwear and apparel industry. Growth has been delivered by increasing investment in product quality & design, improving digital branding and direct consumer experiences, and by building associate capability while maintaining the powerful culture at New Balance.  DeMartini is a passionate athlete and cyclist and under his tenure New Balance has committed to using its footwear, apparel, equipment, technology and coaching expertise to inspire movement both with internal associates and consumers across the globe.

DeMartini’s strong business-building experience across various industries and with iconic brands supports New Balance’s quest to lead the running industry and strengthen its position as a top global athletic brand. Prior to joining New Balance, his career at Procter & Gamble spanned 20 years, beginning in their Food & Beverage Division and including management roles with the Gillette Company, North American Snacks, and Millstone Coffee. His small-business experience at Millstone complements his work in larger environments, such as his most recent term in 2006 as Group Vice President, Consumer Products for Tyson Foods, a $6+ billion operation.

In addition to his responsibilities at New Balance, 2016 marks the ninth consecutive year for DeMartini’s participation in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that benefits cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. Rob is the Chairman of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and leads the Pension Investment Committee and sits on the Compensation Committee.  He is on the Audit Committees as a Board Member of The Welch’s Food Company and is a board member of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.

Jenny D. Robertson
Director, Citizenship and Reputation Management

Jenny Robertson is the Director of Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. In that role, she leads the Fortune 100 company’s global citizenship programs, corporate contributions, and thought leadership platforms.

Robertson joined FedEx in 2004 in the Corporate Social Responsibility department and managed several community relations programs in key US markets. She then became the Senior Manager of Marketplace Communications at FedEx Office in Dallas where she oversaw media relations, community relations and events at the newly-acquired operating company. In 2011, Robertson was tapped to lead the corporation’s Global Media Relations team where she led top tier media initiatives, helping FedEx maintain its reputation as one of the 10 most admired companies in the world as ranked by Fortune Magazine. Prior to FedEx, Robertson worked in public relations and advertising for marketing firm archer>malmo where her clients included several national consumer brands under Colgate-Palmolive and ServiceMaster.

Robertson is a two-time winner of the company’s prestigious Five Star award and a member of the Executive Forum of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. A graduate of Ole Miss, Robertson currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two children.


Joe Ruiz
Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program
The UPS Foundation

Joe oversees the UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, coordinating The UPS Foundation’s $10 million annual investment in program support, logistical expertise, skilled volunteers, and capacity building efforts to enhance community resilience and strengthen preparedness, response and recovery capabilities of UPS partner agencies.

In this role, he oversees partner relationships, program development and operational execution of the UPS Relief Link Program to enhance the supply chain capabilities of humanitarian relief partners. He also manages UPS’s engagement in the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) loaned executive program for the U.N. World Food Programme and Global Logistics Cluster, to prepare and deploy logistics experts immediately following natural disasters. Since 2007 UPS has deployed logistics experts in Indonesia (2007), Myanmar (2008), Haiti (2008), Philippines (2009), Padang (2009), Haiti (2010), Pakistan (2010), Japan, Horn of Africa, Nigeria  (2011), Sahel Region of Africa (2012), Philippines (2013 and 2014) and Nepal  (2015).  Joe also manages the UPS Logistics Action Team (LAT) initiative that offers logistics support to American Red Cross disaster services coordinators in high risk communities including:  Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Colorado. Since 2011, the LAT has provided logistics support for Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Colorado flooding, and most recently flooding in Texas and S. Carolina.

Joe also coordinates UPS’s in-kind support, which included more than 263 shipments across 43 countries in 2014.

Joe began his UPS career in 1988 and has served in various district, region and corporate assignments within the organization before joining The UPS Foundation in 2007.

Joe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), and is on the board of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). He also serves on the Operation Hope – Hope Coalition America Corporate Advisory Council, Good360 Disaster Recovery 360 Advisory Board, and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Development Committee.


William C. Steers
General Manager, Communications and Corporate Responsibility

President, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation

William (Bill) Steers serves as general manager, communications and corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal’s seven country Americas region. He oversees the company’s corporate responsibility efforts across two continents as well as corporate communications, media relations and brand management.

As a member of ArcelorMittal’s Americas’ senior management team, Steers leverages his environmental and sustainability communications expertise to counsel the company’s leadership on stakeholder engagement and environmental stewardship.  His team is recognized for introducing and leading corporate responsibility initiatives that have been showcased and shared as best practices across the global organization.  He also serves as president of the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation and community investment strategy where his team has spearheaded a focus on environmental public-private partnerships including Sustain Our Great Lakes, Chi-Cal Rivers Fund, the Calumet Land Conservation Partnership, the Calumet Bi-State Sustainable Development Collaborative, and others.


Marcy Twete
Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility
Executive Director, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation

Marcy Twete serves as division manager, corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal’s seven country Americas region. She is responsible for the company’s corporate responsibility and sustainable development efforts across two continents including sustainability and integrated reporting, community investment strategies and stakeholder engagement both internal and external.

Working in concert with teams worldwide, Twete’s team has spearheaded the company’s first integrated reporting process in the Western Hemisphere, publishing the United States Integrated Report in 2016. She also serves as executive director of the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation and leads community investment strategy where her team has worked to implement a global focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) investments across the globe. In the United States, these partnerships account for more than 40% of all community investment funding and have been recognized with numerous awards in the industry since 2014.

Parag Khanna
Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School; National University of Singapore
Managing Partner; Hybrid Reality
Co-Founder & CEO; Factotum

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.

Parag's latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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