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.

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,”


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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.”


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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.


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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.