2018 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 2, 2018—Program

7:45 – 8:20 AM


8:20 – 8:40 AM

Welcome & Opening remarks from Sponsors

Sarah Tomolonius – Conference Chair, Co-founder, SILC

–  Frank Kurre – Managing Partner, Grant Thornton

Andrea Schmitz – Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, Con Edison

Patsy Doerr – ‎Global Head Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

08:40 – 9:10 AM

Fireside Chat

– Barry Melancon, President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs

– Robert M. Carlson, President-Elect, American Bar Association

9:10 – 9:40 AM

Keynote Address

– Mike Krzus, Founder & President, Mike Krzus Consulting, lnc.; coauthor, One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy

9:40 – 10:00 AM


10:00 – 10:50 AM

Supply Chain Assurance: Legal and Accounting


 Jonathan Eaton, Principal, Supply Chain Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

– Michael Littenberg, Partner, Ropes & Gray

10:50 – 11:40 AM

The Social Responsibility Investment Imperative: Investment Stewardship and Board Responsibility

Moderator: Kristen Sullivan, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP


– Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, Global Head of Investment
Stewardship, BlackRock

Suzanne Hopgood, President & CEO, The Hopgood Group LLC

11:40 – 12:30 PM *CLE Credit Material Attached Below

How Non-Monetary Factors Affect Supply Chain Management

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


Mary Ann DiMascio, ‎Senior Manager, Company Network – ‎Ceres, Inc.

Dennis Frio, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

Christian Frutiger, VP & Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestle

12:30 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 2:20 PM

How to Apply the Principles of Sustainability

Moderator: Michael Kraten, Accounting Professor at Providence College


Helena Barton, Partner & Client Service Executive for Sustainability
and Governance Risk, Deloitte; Chair of the Independent Appointments Committee, Global Reporting Initiative

–  Janine Guillot, Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach,
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Pasty Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Robert Laux, North American Lead, International Integrated Reporting Council

2:20 – 3:10 PM

The Economic Priority: Diversity, Inclusion & Sustainability


– J. Michael Kirkland, Past President NYSSCPAs; Owner, JMK Consulting

– Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, Principal, Rock Forensics, LLC


–  Patsy Doerr, ‎Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Deborah Goldstein, Founder, DRIVEN Professionals

– Jeff YinGeneral Counsel at XO Group Inc      

3:10 – 3:30 PM


3:30 – 4:20 PM

Your Future in a Sustainable World: How to Become the Next Generation Sustainability Professional

Moderator: Andrea Schmitz, Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, Con Edison


Michael Kraten, Associate Professor, Providence College

Ashley Wolitzer, ‎Corporate Social Responsibility and Communications Coordinator, Revlon

Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

4:20 – 5:10 PM

Impact Investing

Moderator: Marc Rinaldi, Partner in Charge of Family Office Investments and Financial Services-PKF O’Connor Davies LLP


Julie Shafer, Head of Strategic Philanthropy & Purpose Investments, Bank of the West, BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Anisa Dougherty, Investment Analyst, Tiedemann Wealth

– Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor of Business and Society, New York University Stern School of Business School of Business.

5:10 – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks – Stanley Goldstein, Chairman, SILC

5:20 – 7:00 PM

Networking Cocktails