Our globally interconnected system is experiencing a growing number of stresses and shocks—from climate disruption, to geopolitical volatility, to COVID-19. What can companies do to develop a more holistic understanding of the risks they face and develop strategies and collaborations to build the resilience of their businesses and the communities in which they operate? Join us for a discussion, led by company leaders and experts focused on turning resilience theory into robust strategy and action, on how to build climate resilience across your global value chain, how to stress-test strategies against different possible futures, and opportunities for collaboration with partners.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Real Estate Strategy and Urban Planning Manager
Sophie Martin is Genentech's real estate strategy and urban planning manager, responsible for long-range planning for the company's 200-acre corporate campus in South San Francisco. Among her areas of focus are campus landscape, sustainability and climate resilience, transportation and parking strategy, project entitlements, real estate asset planning, and coordination with local government on city planning efforts. Prior to joining Genentech, Martin was a principal at Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners, a Bay Area consulting firm specializing in comprehensive plans, urban design, zoning, and environmental review throughout California.
Director, Planning and Research; Senior Advisor, Climate
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Kate Gordon serves as the director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and as senior advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. Prior to her appointment, Gordon was the founding director of the Risky Business Project, which focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change on U.S. production and infrastructure, as well as on human health and mortality. As part of this work, Gordon consulted numerous investors and corporations on strategies to reduce climate risks across investments and assets and served as a co-author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions.” Prior to this work, Gordon served in senior leadership positions at several nonpartisan think tanks including the Henry M. Paulson Institute, the Center for the Next Generation, the Center for American Progress, and as a nonresident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.
Manager, Climate Strategy and Sustainability Initiatives
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Shannon Siart is responsible for setting and overseeing the company’s environmental strategy and goals, enhancing reputation through industry-leading programs, reporting, and rankings. She is the force behind HPE’s ambitious commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 55 percent by 2025 and pledge to carbon neutrality by 2050; she has maintained HPE’s leadership status among global companies in CDP’s Climate Change disclosure; and she led HPE’s first scenario analyses for climate risks and opportunities following TCFD recommendations. At the heart of her work is the belief that a sustainable future will transform our economy, nurture innovation, and create new markets ready to be seized by leading technology companies. Before HPE, Siart was on Northrop Grumman’s corporate sustainability team, with seven years of experience working on sustainability issues as they relate to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Director of Corporate Sustainability
Ian Stewart directs and manages the corporate sustainability reporting function at Sempra Energy, including the company’s strategy around sustainability, production of the company’s annual corporate sustainability report, and management of responses to a wide range of investor surveys, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and CDP. Additionally, he works closely with investor relations to ensure proper representation to the investor and analyst communities related to the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.
In his more than 15 years with the company, Stewart has held various positions. After first joining the company in 2005, Stewart served as a national government affairs manager, where he managed the company’s political and legislative strategy for project permitting, expansion, and management in more than 10 states. Stewart also managed the regional public affairs department at San Diego Gas & Electric, a Sempra utility, where he was responsible for leading the company's public affairs activities.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2005, Stewart’s career included positions in public affairs and public relations as a consultant to companies such as SBC Communications, former presidential candidate Ross Perot, and Perot Systems.
Senior Vice President
With more than 20 years in the consulting field, Eric leads BSR's global consulting practice to design and implement sustainability strategies that create business value by addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.
In addition to advising the CEOs and senior teams of several global companies, Eric plays a lead role on a number of BSR’s collaborative initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the Net Positive Project, and Future of Fuels, as well as our work with the We Mean Business coalition.
Prior to joining BSR, Eric worked with the Natural Step in San Francisco, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as vice president at the Boston Consulting Group and was a partner and founding member of the global consultancy Mitchell Madison Group.
Eric was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned an M.S. in Russian and East European Studies. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College.
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I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.