Our 2017 Speakers

SILC brings together an amazing lineup of sustainability and corporate luminaries, from attorneys and CPAs to CEOs and CFOs to environmental experts and champions for social change.

Sarah Tomolonius
Conference Chair, Co-founder, SILC
Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA
SILC Texas
Helena Barton
Partner and Client Executive, Deloitte
Patsy Doerr
Global Leader, Social Impact
Lee A. DeHihns, III.
Partner (Retired), Alston & Bird LLP
Barry C. Melancon
CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; President & CEO at American Institute of CPAs
Andrea Schmitz
Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, Con Edison
Kristen Sullivan
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Marc L. Rinaldi
Partner-in-Charge of Financial Services and Director of Family Office Investments, PKF O’Connor Davies LLP
Tensie Whelan
Professor of Business and Society, NYU
Mervyn E. King
Chairman, King Committee in South Africa
Linda Klein
President, American Bar Association (ABA)
Spring Lacy
VP, Corporate & Community Engagement, Prudential Financial
Adam Weinstein
President of New York Hedge Fund Roundtable
Lily Trager
Dir. of Investing with Impact, Morgan Stanley
Martin Whittaker
CEO of JUST Capital
Meghan D. Hely Walsh
Public & Charity Manager, Holland & Knight
John C. Dernbach
Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability
Rick Alexander
Head, Legal Policy at B Labs
John White
Partner, Cravath, Corporate Governance
Marcy Twete
Exec. Dir, Corp Responsibility, ArcelorMittal
Christopher Johnson
CEO, Center for Justice, Rights & Dignity
John Wilson
Head of Governance, Cornerstone Capital
Anita Househam
UN Global Compact LEAD
Aaron Briggs
Corporate, Securities & Finance, GE
Jason Ackerman
BNA CPAs & Advisors
Madden DeGarmo Manion
Chief Development Officer, Points of Light
Jeffrey Senne
Senior Dir, Corporate Responsibility, PwC


Wednesday, May 17, 2017—Program

7:45 - 8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

- Andrea Schmitz, MPA, Vice-President for Environment, Health and Safety, Con Edison

- Adam Weinstein, CPA, President, The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable 

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

Fireside Chat

- Linda A. Klein, JD, President, American Bar Association (ABA); Senior Managing Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

- Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO, AICPA

9:20 - 10:10 a.m.

Keynote Address: The Accounting Profession and Sustainability

- Mervyn E. King, PhD, LLD (Hon.), Mervyn E. King, Senior Counsel

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Integrated Reporting: A Practical Perspective from Preparers and Practitioners

Moderator: Kristen B. Sullivan, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP


- Marcy Twete, Corporate Responsibility: Americas, Executive Director, USA Foundation, ArcelorMittal

- Aaron Briggs, Executive Counsel, Corporate Securities & Finance, General Electric

- John White, Partner, Cravath, Corporate Department, Chair of its Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 - 12:05 p.m.

Supply Chain Management: Supply Contracts Case Study

- Lee A. DeHihns III, Esq., Partner (Retired), Alston & Bird LLP


- Christopher Johnson, Jr., CEO and Co-Founder, Center for Justice, Rights & Dignity, Retired Vice President and General Counsel, GM North America

- Anita Househam, Senior Manager, UN Global Compact LEAD & Supply Chain Sustainability

- Tensie Whelan, Director, Center for Sustainable Business, NYU Stern School of Business

12:05 - 1:05 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:05 - 1:55 p.m.

Building and Leading Sustainable Businesses

Moderator: Michael Kraten, Accounting Professor at Providence College


- Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thompson Reuters

- Jason Ackerman, CPA, BNA CPAs & Advisors

- Helena Barton, Partner / Client Service Executive, Deloitte

1:55 - 2:45 p.m.

Case Study: How to Develop a Sustainability Practice, Focus Your Business and Make Money

- John C. Dernbach, Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Director, Environmental Law, and Sustainability Center




2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:50 p.m.

Investing in Sustainable Companies

Moderator: Marc L. Rinaldi, CPA, MBA, Partner-in-Charge, Financial Servies, PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP


- Martin Whittaker, CEO, JUST Capital

- John Wilson, Head of Governance, Engagement, and Research at Cornerstone Capital

- Rick Alexander, General Counsel for B Labs

- Lily Trager, Director, Investing with Impact, Morgan Stanley

3:50 - 4:40 p.m.

Making the Case for Corporate Community Engagement -- Legal, Accounting, and Business Strategy Considerations

Moderator: Madden DeGarmo Manion, Chief Development Officer, Points of Light


- Spring Taylor Lacy, Vice President, Corporate & Community Engagement,  Prudential Financial, Inc.

- Meghan D. Hely Walsh, Public and Charitable Service Manager, Holland & Knight LLP

- Jeffrey Senne, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, PwC

4:40 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

A Few Highlights from Our May 16, 2017 Conference

Panel Discussion: Diversity In the Workplace

“There’s no doubt that, for us to remain competitive, the talent, recruitment and retention that we’re going to need in order to stay cutting-edge, in order to innovate, is absolutely critical,”

Making the Case for Corporate Community Engagement

“we really think about employee engagement as a key driver of the sweet spot for companies—it connects the employees’ passion and interest with community need and with company interest.”

Panel Discussion on Integrated Reporting

Reporting on sustainability can be combined with financial reporting, and companies are taking first steps to communicate this broader perspective to the public.

Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance

“The sole purpose of the corporation is to make profit without deception or fraud,” Milton Friedman, 1977—to a value creation process in a sustainable manner.