Societal Impact Conference: Leaders Accelerating Change
Christopher Boone, Arizona State University
Christopher Boone is a Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Previously, he served as Dean of the School of Sustainability and the Founding Dean of the College of Global Futures at ASU. Boone's research contributes to advancements in sustainable urbanization, environmental justice, urban ecology, global environmental change, and innovation in higher education. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, sustainable design and innovation, designing future universities, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research. He has a PhD from the University of Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University.
Erik Foley, The Pennsylvania State University
Erik Foley is the director of the Center for the Business of Sustainability and an instructor in management and organization at Penn State's Smeal College of Business and teaches courses in sustainability strategy and social entrepreneurship. The center's mission is to accelerate the integration of sustainability in business, which is done through a community of scholars, educators, students, and industry partners. He is faculty director of the Business Sustainability Strategy Graduate Certificate Program and co-faculty director of Penn State Executive Programs' “Building a Sustainable Supply Chain” short course. See Foley's AACSB Insights article, “Sustainability Across the Curriculum.”
Jeffrey Hollender, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. He serves as the CEO of the American Sustainable Business Network, an organization that develops and advocates solutions for policymakers, business leaders, and investors that support an equitable, regenerative, and just economy. Today, as a CEO, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Hollender's mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Along the way, he's working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent, and responsible.
Bill Imada, IW Group, Inc.
Bill is Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer of IW Group, a fully integrated marketing communications agency specializing in the growing multicultural communities. For more than three decades, Bill and his team have played a critical role in reaching the growing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities. Imada's areas of expertise include community outreach, community relations, intercultural communications, media relations, experiential events and activations, and partnership marketing.
Alan is the Professor of Financial Accounting, the Head of the Accounting Faculty Subject Group, and the Founder and co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Alan has published research in top academic journals that relate to insider trading, executive compensation, corporate governance, and international financial reporting. His research has catalyzed regulatory changes and enforcement actions in US capital markets. His current research examines problems with governance structures of US universities and the societal implications of disinformation campaigns. Alan has earned teaching recognition at several universities including the 2010 Stanford University Graduate School of Business MBA Distinguished Teaching Award.
Katell Le Goulven, INSEAD
Katell Le Goulven joined INSEAD in April 2018 as the founding Executive Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society. Previously with UNICEF, she founded a Policy Planning unit to analyze global trends and emerging issues and inform UNICEF’s strategic led UNICEF’s corporate engagement with International Financial Institutions. She has held senior positions with high-level commissions that defined the policy implications of the data revolution, climate change, and global public goods for the development agenda. She has over 20 years of professional experience at the interface of research and decision-making designing policies and advising senior executives in international organizations and governments. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics, a . in tropical agronomy, and an engineering degree.
Sophia Martinez, Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior University
Sofia Martinez is a student of the Bachelor of International Business at CETYS University Mexicali campus. In her journey as a student she founded the Model United Nations Club. She has also been part of the Society of Business and Administration Students, FORTES (Student Strength) and was vice president of the Congress of the School of Business and Administration 2020. She is currently a representative of Latin America in the PRME Global Students initiative.
Jean Oelwang, Virgin Unite
Jean is the founding CEO and president of Virgin Unite. Over the last 17 years, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and startup of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the RMI), The Africa Donor Collective, Ocean Unite (now ORRAA), The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, and 100% Human at Work. Oelwang also served as a partner in the Virgin Group, leading their people strategy. Oelwang holds several advisory board roles, including The Elders, Vintro, Vatican Humanity 2.0, and the Sara Blakely Foundation. She is on the boards of RMI, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, AID Live, and Unite BVI; Foundation, The B Team, Penn State Board of Visitors, and Just Capital. She is also honored to be a B Team leader. She is the author of Partnering; and co-founded Plus Wonder to spark more meaningful deep connections and collaborations in the world. See our AACSB Insights interview with Oelwang, “Radical Collaboration.”
Austin Okere, CWG, PLC
Austin Okere is the founder of CWG Plc and has over 30 years entrepreneurial experience. Currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Columbia Business School, New York, he has also been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network in Washington, D.C., in recognition of his contribution to the development of business education and knowledge transfer in Africa. Okere served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Innovation and Intrapreneurship and has served as a consultant to the Sustainable Development Goals, African Center (SDGAC) in Rwanda. Okere has recently been appointed to AACSB's Business Practices Council. See Okere's AACSB Insights article, “A Model for Analyzing Sustainable Development.”
Miguel Padro, The Aspen Institute
Miguel joined the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (Aspen BSP) after working in business for 10 years, in the healthcare technology and education sectors. He currently leads the program’s Purpose of the Corporation work. Miguel brings a deep curiosity about the intersection of capitalism and democracy, an interest that first emerged in his undergraduate studies of Eastern European transitions out of communism and evolved further during his subsequent global travels and pursuit of an MA in International Relations.
Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney
Carl Rhodes is dean and professor of organization studies at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. Rhodes writes about the ethical and democratic dimensions of business and work. This work endeavors to question and reformulate the role of business in society so prosperity can be shared by all. Rhodes’ most recent books are Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy (Bristol University Press, 2022), Organizing Corporeal Ethics (Routledge, 2022, with Alison Pullen), and Disturbing Business Ethics (Routledge, 2020).
Bruno Roche is the founder and executive director of the Economics of Mutuality, a new school of thought and a disruptive model for economic performance designed to transform business at the core, establish reciprocal relationships between business, society and the environment—and by doing so nurture a movement of purposeful and thriving companies aiming at promoting a more complete form of capitalism.
Sandra Seru, Forum for the Future
Sandra is the Managing Director of Forum for the Future Americas and directs a team dedicated to unlocking complex sustainability challenges. Her experience and expertise are in enabling senior leaders to develop a vision and strategy for transformational designing collaborative programs that are primed to accelerate system transitions. One challenge she is focused on is sustainable nutrition. She has driven several projects focused on answering the question – how can we ensure the way we grow, distribute and eat food provides healthy diets while restoring ecosystems? Sandra also coaches senior leaders to act on complex sustainability and social justice challenges.
Alison Taylor, Ethical Systems
Alison Taylor is the executive director at Ethical Systems and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. She is currently writing a book on the new landscape for business ethics, for Harvard Business Review Press. Her previous work experience includes being a Managing Director at non-profit business network Business for Social Responsibility and a Senior Managing Director at Control Risks. She holds advisory roles at ESG and risk consultancy and sustainability non-profit Business for Social Responsibility. She has expertise in strategy, sustainability, political and social risk, culture and behavior, human rights, ethics and compliance, stakeholder engagement, anti-corruption and professional responsibility. Alison received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University, her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and MA in Organizations Psychology from Columbia University.
Martin Whittaker, JUST Capital
Martin Whittaker is the founding CEO of JUST Capital and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also co-founder and board member of the CREO Syndicate, a family office investment network; a board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.; and a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor. He was recently named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100—the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance—and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business.