Amid increasing calls from employees and other stakeholders for companies to take a more active stance on the most concerning issues of today—from the climate crisis to social and racial justice—companies face both complex challenges and new opportunities to achieve meaningful and durable impact aligned with their business and sustainability goals. In this session, a select group of corporate leaders and key stakeholders will discuss lessons learned and share insights on how best to navigate this difficult, exciting, and increasingly indispensable space.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Director, ESG Sharehowner Engagement
Boston Trust Walden
Timothy Smith leads the firm’s shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy. He is actively involved in representing the firm at public events and in fostering long-term client relationships.
Director, U.S. Government Relations
As a member of McDonald’s U.S. Government Relations Department, John Monsif manages a legislative portfolio which includes energy, environment, and agriculture. In this role, he works to advance public policy that coordinates, incentivizes, and accelerates efforts to decrease the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and advances environmental sustainability efforts that are good for the planet and for the businesses.
Monsif began his career in sales at a flavor company that sold to Fortune 100 food and beverage companies, like McDonald’s. After six years, he started a new career on Capitol Hill as a junior staffer. After having served as a legislative director and a two-time chief of staff, he left the Hill to advocate for children’s issues for four years before joining McDonald’s.
Head of Civil Rights and Senior Strategic Outreach Counsel
Chanelle Hardy is an attorney, social justice advocate and tech policy expert dedicated to advancing policies and leaders that promote opportunity and justice. At Google, she serves as Head of Civil Rights and Senior Strategic Outreach Counsel. In 2016, she launched her passion project: the Google Next Generation Policy Leaders learning community, to identify, equip and engage the multicultural emerging leaders in tech and social justice policy. Prior to joining Google, Hardy served as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, Senior Vice President of Policy for the National Urban League, and Chief of Staff to the first woman Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
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.