2019 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.


Our speakers are luminaries in their fields, bringing 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

Lucia Gibbons – Executive Vice President, Wholesale Commercial Banking Metro New York/New Jersey Division Executive, Wells Fargo 

Sarah Tomolonius – Conference Chair, Co-founder, SILC

Deborah Enix-Ross – Chair, ABA Day in Washington Planning Committee, Vice President of The World Justice Project, Litigation Practice Group Manager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Barry Melancon – CEO, 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 Fintech.

  • Sheena AllenCEO and Founder, CapWay
  • June ChoiCEO and Founder, Serval Ventures
  • Lili Gil VallettaCo-founder and CEO, Culturintel & Cien+


Inclusion and Diversity: Investigating Bias to Grow Profitable Companies

Get ready to weigh in during this experiential, interactive workshop using ‘live polling’. How often are you invited to ‘pull out’ our smartphone during a workshop? You will be fascinated to find out the origin of implicit bias, discover ways to deal with your own bias and learn techniques that you can share with colleagues in order to create a more inclusive workplace.


Moderator: Deborah Goldstein – Founder, Driven Professionals




Risk Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring and Understanding the Corporate Supply Chain

This panel of leading professionals from a range of industries will discuss the management of corporate supply chain risks through the lens of sustainability. Speakers will provide an overview of corporate supply chain management, discuss hypothetical risks and ethical dilemmas when working with supply chain risk issues, and suggest best practices for mitigating supply chain risks while contributing to corporate sustainability efforts.

  • Pam FitzpatrickSenior Director, Analyst, Gartner’s Supply Chain Research Group
  • Christopher HaasenPrincipal, S&C Consultants North America 
  • Michael LittenbergPartner, Ropes & Gray
  • Michael MahoneyVice President and Assistant General Counsel, Environmental Law Group, Pfizer Legal Division
  • John Meyers – Director, Impact Capital Forum


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.

  • Patsy DoerrGlobal Leader, Social Impact
  • Robert LauxNorth American Lead, International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Kristen Sullivan – Partner, Deloitte & Touche




Can CEO’s Avoid Politics? Should They?

  • Michelle EdkinsManaging Director, BlackRock
  • Harvey GolubRetired, Chairman & CEO, American Express
  • Amanda PullingerCEO, 100 Women in Finance




Next Generation Sustainability Leadership

Three perspectives on charting a career in Sustainability and current trends in the job market.

  • Feona CastroMBA Candidate, New York University and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee  
  • Trysha Daskam Director, Head of ESG Strategy, Silver Regulatory Associates LLC and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee
  • Erin O’BrienSenior Associate, Investments at ImpactAssets and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee


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

  • Trysha DaskamDirector, Head of ESG Strategy at Silver Regulatory Associates LLC and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee
  • Christine HaradaPresident, i(x) investments
  • Rebecca A. Meyer – Consultant, Relative Solutions



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


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 standards and frameworks of the IIRC and the SASB, as well as samples of publicly disclosed financial and non-financial information of Fortune 500 firms. They will then join a discussion of the relative benefits and risks of presenting information in an integrated report, and will learn to utilize an action plan for designing such reports for their own organizations.

  • Anton GorodniukSector Analyst, Financials at SASB
  • Kunjan MehtaPartner, Grant Thornton
  • Taylor ReedSector Analyst, Consumer Goods, SASB

Inclusion and Diversity

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.

Moderator: Deborah Goldstein – Founder, Driven Professionals Facilitators for the D&I breakout group discussion:
  • Feona Castro MBA Candidate, New York University and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee
  • Michelle DoranRegional Director at Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Colleen DuffyManaging Director, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
  • Ivana EstradaDigital Strategy & Data Analytics Product Lead, Wall Street, MS
  • Peter GioelloAssociate, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
  • Jane Marie Petty – Director, Consulting Social Impact Investing, Wells Fargo
  • Dominic SwainResearch Fellow for Center for Positive Marketing, Fordham University and Executive Officer, SILC Club Committee
  • Lenka Wiles – Partner, Assurance, RSM
  • Jeffrey YinPresident, SILC Club


Closing Remarks