Sustainability Investment Leadership Conference

New York

May 9th, 2019

8 CPE/CLE and Ethics credits will be applied


Our bench of speakers are luminaries in their fields, who bring together expertise in integrated reporting, measurement, impact investing and technology. We cultivate the exchange of different ideas. Our breakout sessions are intended to further engage and dig deeper into how organizations can voluntarily improve their own longevity and their bottom lines.

May 9th, 2019




Opening Remarks

Sarah Tomolonius Co-Founder/Conference Chair

Barry Melancon - CEO at Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; President & CEO at American Institute of CPAs 


Digital Innovation for a Sustainable Future

A deep-dive conversation at the intersection of social innovation and cutting-edge technology including Blockchain, A.I., and Big Data.

Panel Moderator: Jeffrey YinGeneral Counsel at XO Group Inc


  • June Choi - CEO and Founder of Serval Ventures
  • Sheena Allen - CEO and Founder of CapWay


Inclusion and Diversity: Investigating Bias to Grow Profitable Companies

Best practices for a sustainable workplace includes an understanding of implicit bias.  Find out the origin of implicit bias, discover ways to deal with your own implicit bias and learn techniques that you can share with colleagues in order to create a more inclusive workplace.

Moderator: Deborah Goldstein - Founder, Driven Professionals

Table Facilitators for the D&I breakout group discussion:
  • Peter Gioello - Associate, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
  • J. Michael Kirkland - President of The Accountants Club of America and Chair of the NYSSCPA Sustainability Committee.
  • Deborah Enix-Ross - Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution
  • Jeffrey Yin - General Council at XO Group Inc.
  • Feona Castro - Impact Investment Analyst at Capital Alliance
  • Dominic Swain - Research Fellow for Fordham University's Center for Positive Marketing
  • Kunjan Mehta - Partner at Grant Thornton





Supply Chain Assurance

Panel Moderator: Sara Orr - Counsel at Latham & Watkins


  • Michael Mahoney - Environmental and Sustainability Leader at Pfizer.
  • Sarah Hammer - Senior Brand Manager at Unilever.
  • Pam FitzpatrickSenior Director, Analyst with the Supply Chain research group at Gartner


Applying the Principles Of Sustainability To Integrated Reporting: A Panel Discussion

How do organizations synthesize the various standards, metrics, and frameworks of sustainability to develop an integrated reporting system for internal management and external disclosure purposes? Our panel of specialists and experts will describe “state of the art” practices for designing and implementing such systems for the C-Suites of global organizations.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Michael Kraten - Professor of Accounting and Director of Accreditation, Houston Baptist University


  • Bob Laux - North American Lead, International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Kristen Sullivan - Partner, Deloitte & Touche
  • Jeff Cohen - Institutional Product Strategist at SASB




Can CEO's Avoid Politics? Should They?

Panel Moderator: Robert Hogland- Chief Financial Officer of ConEd


  • Michelle Edkins - Managing Director at BlackRock
  • Amanda Pullinger - Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance
  • Harvey Golub - Former American Express CEO and Chairman
  • Robert Hoglund - Chief Financial Officer of ConEd




Next Generation Sustainability Leadership

Panel Moderator:  In Progress


  • Feona Castro - Impact Investment Analyst at Capital Alliance
  • Erin O'Brien - Senior Associate for Investments at ImpactAssets
  • Trysha Daskam - Head of ESG Strategy at Silver Regulatory Associates


Impact Investing: Measuring Return and Impact

Latest trends in setting an impact investment thesis and policy statement and measuring impact investment performance in the private and public markets.

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


  • Mateo Goldman - General Counsel of GPI Capital
  • Christine Harada - President of i(x) investments
  • Rebecca A. Meyer - Consultant, Relative Solutions
  • Trysha Daskam - Head of ESG Strategy at Silver Regulatory Associates




An Action Plan For Developing ESG And Integrated Reports: An Experiential Workshop


Breakout Session Workshop #1

Panel Moderator: Dr. Michael Kraten - Professor of Accounting and Director of Accreditation, Houston Baptist University

Roll up your sleeves and join a break-out session that will present a pragmatic action plan for developing integrated reports. Participants will review the publicly disclosed financial and non-financial information of conEdison, a Fortune 500 firm. They will then join a discussion of the relative benefits of presenting information in an integrated report, and will learn to utilize an action plan for designing such reports for their own organizations.

Inclusion and Diversity

Breakout Session Workshop #2

Panel Moderator: Deborah Goldstein - Founder, Driven Professionals

Continue the conversation and experience how leaning into bias can lead to an inclusive culture. This workshop session has been designed for participants to take part in a small-group discussion with colleagues and peers.  Each group will discuss a hypothetical from real-life scenarios observed and experienced in the legal, banking and accounting workspace. The goal of this session is to expand participants' capacity to challenge his/her own inner bias and be inspired to begin these courageous conversations at their workplace that will result in a more inclusive culture.



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