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Good Work: Designing a Career for a Just and Sustainable World

The challenges that we are facing at the societal and planetary level are many but they are not insurmountable. The time is now for creating a more just and sustainable world and Millennials and Gen Z are keen on finding sustainable solutions to impact social change. In response to the growing need for and interest in social impact and sustainability, Net Impact is excited to host a FREE half-day long conference for our innovative partners and talented network of emerging social impact leaders. 

Here is what you'll walk away with by attending any part of this special event: 

  • New professional contacts and relationships in the social impact and sustainability fields
  • Insights from social impact and sustainability career coaches and executive recruiters 
  • An overview of the changing landscape of ESG and CSR and how non-traditional roles are also playing key roles in social impact
  • Insights into the day-to-day responsibilities of social impact professionals, including what skills and experiences are valuable for their work
  • Clarity and concrete action steps to build your career in social impact and sustainability

Event Schedule: 

Time (PST) Session Speaker(s)
8:00 - 8:30 am

Impacting Change at Work: How You Can Make a Difference

Mohan Sivaloganathan, Net Impact Board Member and CEO, Our Turn

Ellen Weinreb, Managing Director, Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting, and CEO and President, Ellen Weinreb CSR Consulting

8:35 - 9:05 am

A Day in the Life: The Work "Flow" of Social Impact Professionals

Paul Wolfe, Walton Family Foundation, Program Officer, Environmental Program

Matt Inbusch, International Paper Company, Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship

Lisa Lord, Longleaf Alliance, Conservation Program Director

8:35 - 9:05 am Communicating the Path to Net Zero

Erik Wohlgemuth, E2, Chapter Director, Pacific Northwest Chapter and COO at Future500

Shannon Carroll, AT&T Corporate External Affairs, Director of Global Environmental Sustainability

Akilah LeBlanc, Shell, Regional Manager U.S. New Energies Research and Technology

9:05 - 9:30 am Getting to Know Each Other Take a break and join us in the popular Wonder networking platform to meet other Net Impact Chapter members and also conference speakers.
9:35 - 10:05 am

Coming Out of Your Plastic Shell

Helmut Brenner, Shell, Sustainability Manager

Lauren Phipps, Greenbiz, Director and Senior Analyst on Circular Economy

9:35 - 10:05 am

Creating Influence and Impact: The Future of Learning and Work

Erika Webb-Hughes, Pearson, Vice President of Sustainability & West Coast Government Affairs

Bianca Tamagnini, Pearson, Senior Manager, Sustainability

10:10 - 11:30 am

Interactive Career Workshop with Shannon Houde

Shannon Houde, Founder, Walk of Life Coaching
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Career Expo

See details (List of representatives)

The career expo presents Net Impact Chapter members with the opportunity to connect with sustainability and social impact professionals across various issues and sectors. You are invited to hop into different rooms to engage in some one-on-one and also group conversations with professionals and also other members of the Net Impact community. 
12:30 - 1:30 pm Networking and Connecting with speakers and participants in Wonder  Hop back into the Wonder networking platform to meet other Net Impact Chapter members and conference speakers.

Full Schedule with Session Descriptions: 

8:00 - 8:30 am PST 

Impacting Change at Work: How You Can Make a Difference

In this opening conversation, you will gain an overview of the latest trends in the changing landscape of social impact and sustainability roles and jobs with key insights from Ellen Weinreb and Marilyn Waite. Whether you're an undergraduate student who is curious about the social impact space or you're a professional in transition, you'll walk away with valuable insights that will help you understand how ESG work is becoming more integrated across organizational strategies and goals. Given their deep experience in the sustainability field, Ellen and Marilyn 

Speakers: 

  • Mohan Sivaloganathan, Net Impact Board Member and CEO, Our Turn
  • Ellen Weinreb, Managing Director, Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting, and CEO and President, Ellen Weinreb CSR Consulting

8:35 - 9:05 am PST 

A Day in the Life: the work "flow" of social impact professionals

Come to this session to learn the career journeys and day-to-day roles of three different professionals from the philanthropic, corporate, and nonprofit sectors who are all working on the increasingly important issues of water stewardship and forest conservation. Each of these individuals has led different and non-conventional career paths, whether they've served as a Peace Corps Volunteer or worked with legislators on Capitol Hill. Our speakers will share their career journey stories, how their experiences trained them for their work in sustainability, and the skills that they employ to move forward with their projects. 

Speakers: 

  • Paul Wolfe, Walton Family Foundation, Program Officer, Environmental Program
  • Matt Inbusch, International Paper Company, Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship
  • Lisa Lord, Longleaf Alliance, Conservation Program Director

8:35 - 9:05 am PST 

Communicating the Path to Net Zero

Becoming carbon neutral is a serious commitment that many large and influential corporations have made. But the path to get there is not clear cut and requires the collaboration of stakeholders across almost every sector, including policy. Through this session, E2's Chapter Director will engage sustainability leaders from Shell and AT&T to illuminate their strategic vision and what these individuals are doing within their roles to influence policy in order to achieve their goal of becoming carbon neutral. You will walk away with a better understanding of how large companies are staying accountable to their ambitious commitments, and also what skills and perspectives are needed to continue this exciting and challenging work. 

Speakers: 

  • Erik Wohlgemuth, E2, Chapter Director, Pacific Northwest Chapter and COO at Future500
  • Shannon Carroll, AT&T Corporate External Affairs, Director of Global Environmental Sustainability

    9:05 - 9:30 am PST

    Getting to Know Each Other

    Join us in Wonder to network with attendees and speakers. It may not be quite like in-person but you can still make connections, have awkward small talk, and exchange LinkedIn info!

    9:35 - 10:05 am PST

      Coming Out of Your Plastic Shell

      Join this thought-provoking chat led by circular economy and plastic sustainability experts to probe beneath the surface and understand the complexity of plastic pollution, how its interconnected with things like design decisions, policy, and consumer behavior, and what a career in this field might look like. 

      Speakers:

      • Helmut Brenner, Shell, Sustainability Manager
      • Lauren Phipps, Greenbiz, Director and Senior Analyst on Circular Economy

      9:30 - 10:05 am PST

      Creating Influence and Impact: The Future of Learning and Work

      Format: Fireside Chat

      COVID has reshaped how we learn and how we work. What does this mean for the kinds of roles and careers that will be available in sustainability and social impact? In this session, you will gain perspectives from two women who have had quite different career trajectories and who have also lived through very different generations of social and global challenges. In this intimate fireside chat, Erika and Bianca will share their insights and experiences on continually upskilling themselves to bring value to their field and the kinds of "soft" skills that are increasingly becoming relevant to have influence and impact within your company or organization, especially in the area of sustainability and social responsibility. 

      Speakers: 

      • Erika Webb-Hughes, Pearson, Vice President of Sustainability & West Coast Government Affairs
      • Bianca Tamagnini, Pearson, Senior Manager, Sustainability

      10:10 - 11:30 am PST 

      Interactive Career Workshop with Shannon Houde

      Join Shannon Houde from Walk of Life Coaching for an interactive career workshop aimed at helping you reconnect with your purpose and gain practical tools to go further toward creating a better world for you and others. Shannon will facilitate and guide attendees on strategies that can be used to articulate and position yourself to rise above the competition. By introducing her Dream Job Targeting Tool, she will guide participants through the "Impact Career Onion" to help attendees discover and define their target audience, market, and sector. You will also get a framework for how to apply to jobs that increase your chances of getting to the top of the pile up to 60%! 

      Speaker: 

      11:45 am - 1:00 pm PST Career Expo

      It's networking time! Hop into different rooms and engage in one-on-one and group conversations with company representatives and leaders in the Net Impact community. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with sustainability and social impact professionals across various issues and sectors all in one place. 

      Impact Investing Room

      CSR/ESG Room

      • Cecily Joseph, Advisor, Sustainability, Social Impact and Diversity, ESG
      • 21C Impact, LLC, Dave Stangis, Founder and CEO
      • Yeti, Jennifer Silberman, VP, ESG 
      • Mark Spears

      Social Entrepreneurs/BCorp Room

      12:30 - 1:30 pm PST Networking and Connecting with speakers and participants in Wonder

      Finish the day by reconnecting with speakers and participants in Wonder. 

       

      Thank you to our partners for participating in sessions and in expo: 

      AT&T      Intel        Microsoft      Shell

      International Paper      Walton Family Foundation                

      Walk of Life     Norton LifeLock        Pearson        

      Anthesis

      Capital One

      Impaakt

      LongLeaf Alliance

      Obran Cooperative

      Marilyn Waite

      Sambazon

      Skillful.ly