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What is the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC)?

Founded in 2015, the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC) works with corporations, accounting firms, law firms, and investment firms to integrate sustainability as part of a firm’s overall growth strategy. We work to spark innovation by discussing ideas that align with economic opportunities and environmental, social and other stewardship to firms’ shareholders and stakeholders.

About SILC

The Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC) was created to foster insight on how accountants and attorneys can incorporate sustainability practices that align economic opportunity with sustainable policies. SILC’s vision is to educate, encourage, and expand the understanding of sustainability and the impact it has on profitability based on policy, measurability and standards.

Our Mission

SILC works with the investment community to understand, measure and integrate sustainability best practices as part of an overall growth strategy.

Our Commitment

We are committed to integrating sustainability practices with the accounting, legal and investment professions. We believe that sustainability drives growth, profitability and company longevity. SILC was created to bridge ideas and insights together to identify emerging opportunities in the field of accounting and legal profession.

Our Solution

SILC brings together corporate leaders, academia and government to educate and provide practical solutions that help companies navigate sustainability policy, define emerging opportunities and manage risk.

The SILCNY Committee.

Michael Kraten
Professor of Accounting, Chair of the Division of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, and Director of Accreditation of Business School Programs, Houston Baptist University, and Deputy Chair of SILC
Sarah Tomolonius
Conference Chair, Co-founder, SILC
Stanley Goldstein
Co-Founder and Chairman
Sachin Sawhney
Director and Co-Founder, SILC

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Michael Kraten

Professor of Accounting, Chair of the Division of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, and Director of Accreditation of Business School Programs, Houston Baptist University, and Deputy Chair of SILC

Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA specializes in the development of business strategies that stimulate the generation of long term sustainable value. He maintains areas of expertise in communication techniques, corporate social responsibility, decision analysis, enterprise risk management, entrepreneurship, financial modeling, forensic analysis, sustainability, and valuation.

Dr. Kraten began his career in the assurance, advisory, and management consulting practices of Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” global accounting firms. After serving as a Management Consulting Partner in the New York headquarters office of BDO, then the sixth largest global accounting firm, he co-founded the entrepreneurial consulting practice AQPQ. The acronym refers to the academic and practitioner qualifications of the firm.

He is also a senior Professor at Houston Baptist University, where he designed and now teaches the graduate courses in entrepreneurial finance, advanced international accounting, and accounting theory, and the undergraduate course in advanced financial accounting.

In addition, Dr. Kraten serves as the Director of Accreditation for all business school programs. Furthermore, he is the Founder and Director of the Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability, and the Founding Faculty Adviser to the Student Accounting, Finance, and Economics Initiative.

Dr. Kraten previously served as an Associate Professor for eight years at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he designed and taught the graduate capstone course for public accounting students and the undergraduate interdisciplinary colloquium on sustainability. The colloquium was sponsored by the Western Civilization program; it integrated content from business and the natural sciences with content from theology, philosophy, history, and english.

He previously taught at Suffolk University in Boston, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the University of Massachusetts, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Connecticut. He has also presented his work at Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, and other institutions.

Furthermore, Dr. Kraten founded and directed the Certified Sustainable Value Professional (CSVP) program of the Rhode Island Society of CPAs. He now develops and presents customized accounting, business planning, leadership, risk management, and sustainability seminars for the Business Learning Institute and IHRDC, a global human resources development firm in the energy industry.

These activities have enabled Dr. Kraten to deliver consulting services, courses, keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops for a wide variety of organizations around the world. His client organizations and collaborative partners have included entrepreneurial start-ups, multinational corporations, government organizations, global charities, and international universities on six continents.

Dr. Kraten has published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the International Journal of Accounting, Research in Accounting Regulation, the CPA Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning, Accounting and the Public Interest, and other major outlets. His handbook Business Planning and Entrepreneurship: An Accounting Approach is published by Business Expert Press.

In addition, Dr. Kraten serves on committees and task forces of the American Accounting Association, and is an officer of the Public Interest Section of the Association. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the CPA Journal, the Planning Committee of the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Professional Accounting Practices at Fordham University in New York City.

Dr. Kraten has earned a PhD in Behavioral Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a MPPM in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Previously, he earned a BBA in Public Accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Connecticut.

Sarah Tomolonius

Conference Chair, Co-founder, SILC

Sarah is the Conference Chair, Co-Founder, SILC.  Sarah serves as President on the Board of HeARTs Speak, on the Young Executive Board of iMentor, on the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and as Chair of the Sustainability Committee and on the Management Committee of the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable. Sarah received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA from SIPA at Columbia University, where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy.

Vice President

Stanley Goldstein

Co-Founder and Chairman

Stanley Goldstein launched a solo firm in 1964 which became Goldstein, Golub & Kessler,(now part of McGladrey). His work with City Associates, one of the earliest hedge funds, led to an expertise in that sector. He now runs a private equity fund with investments in Gerson Lehrman Group, Novus, Artivest, Clear-Serve and equalitycardproject.com. He is the founder of several non-profits including American Friends of James Joyce and Donors’ Forum, a roundtable of grant-making foundations and family offices. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the founder of The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable.

President

Sachin Sawhney

Director and Co-Founder, SILC

Versatile at helping cleantech firms develop strategic alignments and build customer relationships. My expertise includes data analysis, research, and renewable technologies. I align with innovative technology partners to bring their products to market to reduce the impact on our planet through entrepreneurship and consulting.

– Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILCNY.com) – Annual conference geared towards bringing accountants and attorneys together to better understand sustainability principals and strategies. Next Conference is on May 9th, 2019 at Wells Fargo.

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