About the Event


NAEM is excited to host our first corporate women's environmental leadership roundtable this summer in Washington DC. With a growing and dynamic group of women leaders already active in the NAEM community, we wanted to take this opportunity to strengthen this existing network and to introduce our members and colleagues to leaders in the policy, government and think tank arenas for strategic relationship building. In addition you'll find the program has been designed to included sessions that examine emerging sustainability leadership models as well as behaviors and habits of sustainability leaders. Whether you are a vice president or in the early stages of your career, the program is sure to offer new insights and reinforce core practices for women leaders at all levels of their careers.


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Monday July 9, 2012

7 - 9 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Get to know your fellow attendees before the start of this dynamic program in a relaxed environment. Start the first day with new contacts in your address book!

Tuesday July 10, 2012

8 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 9 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
9 - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Leadership Insights from a Career in Energy and Foreign Service


  • Susan Eisenhower, President; The Eisenhower Group & Chairman Emeritus; The Eisenhower Institute for Leadership and Public Policy

Susan Eisenhower is an author, consultant, respected expert on U.S.-Russia relations, and the granddaughter of the 34th U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. She will draw on her almost 30 years of experience in the national security and energy fields to offer advice on how to survive and succeed as a high profile female leader.

10:30 a.m. -
12 p.m.

Leading Complex Environmental Initiatives: A Roadmap for Success


You are in a role to advance initiatives that will achieve business objectives, shape future regulations or position your organization as a thought leader. This session will focus on success strategies such as building alliances, communicating effectively and collaborating among a wide variety of business partners. Come learn how to get it right from the start and avoid common pitfalls from senior executives who have gone through the process.


  • Catharine de Lacy, Vice President Global Stewardship; The Clorox Co.
  • Sandy Stash, Senior Vice President, Global HSSE/EOA; Talisman Energy Inc.
12 - 2 p.m.

Sustainability Policy Influencers Luncheon


This facilitated session will introduce attendees to several female leaders from both the policy and regulatory world. Panelists will share brief overviews of their organizational goals and initiatives before joining the attendees for informal table discussions.


Panelists Include:


  • Kateri Callahan, President; Alliance to Save Energy
  • Bernice “Bicky” Corman, Deputy Associate Administratror; Office of Policy, EPA
  • Nancy Gillis, Director Federal Supply Chain PMO & Senior Sustainability Advisor, FAS; U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Jessica McGlyn, U.S. Director; The World Business Council for Sustainable Development


2 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Transform Your Leadership Presence


Leadership is a mindset, a presence and a combination of skills. This session will help you learn how to transition from emerging leader to executive leader, with a special focus on women's natural leadership skills. Ms. Franco will share content from the best-selling books “Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office” and “See Jane Lead,” by Lois Frankel, Ph.D.


  • Amy Franko, CEO and Founder; Impact Instruction Group


3:45 - 4 p.m. Break
4 - 5:15 p.m.

Collaborating to Innovate


This panel of female leaders from nonprofits and think tanks will discuss their organizations' long-term goals and initiatives. They will also provide insight into how corporate leaders can position themselves and their companies to collaborate effectively with these stakeholder groups.


  • Jennifer Morris, Executive Vice President of the Ecosystem Finance and Markets Unit; Conservation International
  • Liz Cook, Vice President for Institutional Strategy & Development; World Resources Institute
  • Dianne Russell, Executive Director; Institute for Conservation Leadership


5:15 p.m.

Sessions Adjourn


Wednesday July 11, 2012

8 - 9 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m.

Systems Thinking: Transformative Sustainability Leadership for Women Executives in the 21st Century


Sustainability requires a holistic understanding of the business in its systemic context, a shift in thinking that changes the fundamental relationships upon which most businesses are built. As multi-dimensional thinkers, women tend to be particularly adept at this approach. This session will highlight how to use systemic thinking to improve analysis, facilitate collaboration across functions and encourage stakeholder engagement.


  • Ann Lee-Jeffs, Founder and CEO, the Sustainability Collaborative and Global Product Stewardship Manager; Johnson & Johnson


10 - 11:30 a.m.

Success Factors: Career Profiles of Female Sustainability Leaders


This session will explore the career paths of four female corporate leaders. They will describe the skills they developed to advance to the heads of their teams and organizations, as well as the attributes that have been pivotal to their success.


  • April Crow, Corporate Director of Sustainable Packaging; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Michelle Greene, Vice President & Head of Corporate Responsibility; New York Stock Exchange
  • Kris Morico, Global Leader Water Program; General Electric Co.
  • Gisella Spreizer, Vice President; URS Corp.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Luncheon: Your Sustainable Life - From Exhausting to Exhilarating


For most of us, advancing sustainability is more than a “9-to-5” job. It is a mission to be pursued, a goal to be achieved, a passion to be fulfilled. But as challenging and rewarding a career working on sustainability is, it can also be incredibly frustrating, and something we happily leave the office when we go home at the end of a long day. In this presentation, Diane MacEachern makes a persuasive case for living a sustainable life beyond the workplace that is impactful, influential and inspiring.



12:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourns


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