Agenda

Innovating for Sustainability

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Monday, May 13, 2024 | Networking Evening

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6:00 pm

Early Arrivals Networking Happy Hour

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | Innovation Workshop & Tour

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8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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9:00 am

Participant Meet ‘n’ Greet

This networking activity is your opportunity to identify – right out of the gate – those peers who share challenges like your own. It’s a great way to find participants who have thought leadership you can benefit from and to facilitate later dialogues throughout the event.

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9:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Paul Roben, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Commercialization, UC San Diego

Rockstar Insight:

Paul RobenPaul Roben, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Commercialization
UC San Diego
 
Why You Should Listen to Paul:
Dr. Roben oversees the Office of Innovation & Commercialization to establish a campus-wide innovation platform in service of three goals- 1) build a systemic and sustainable innovation culture, 2) create a vibrant regional ecosystem, and 3) accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego inventions. Working with the Vice Chancellor for Research in this position since June 2015, Dr. Roben is transforming the functions provided by the Technology Transfer Office, Industry Research Alliances, and Industry Contracting into an integrated organization to include patenting, strategic corporate research partnering and industry contracts.

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9:45 AM

HEADLINER – Preparing for the Future of Sustainability

Jennifer Brace, Chief Futurist, Ford

Abstract:
The future of sustainability is uncertain. There is a recognition that climate action is needed but the path to a green future is still developing as businesses are look for solutions that balance customer wants with shareholder expectations. By examining trends in the consumer space we can learn to identify signals, make connections and explore future scenarios to prepare for the next stage.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Insight on identifying consumer signals and trends in the sustainability space
  • Foresight framework to better prepare for the future
  • Guide to leverage uncertainties to your advantage

Headliner:

Jennifer BraceJennifer Brace
Chief Futurist
Ford
 
Why You Should Listen to Jennifer:
Jen is the Chief Futurist at Ford where she leads discussions on long-term thinking, planning and strategic development. By researching demographic shifts, identifying market outliers and developing data driven scenarios for the future, she challenges her colleagues to think through a broad range of possible narratives before settling on a plan of action.

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10:15 AM

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS – Planning for a Sustainable Future: Challenges and Opportunities

Information Technology: Kelsi Doran, Director, Sustainability Strategy & Business Architecture, Cisco
Abstract:
Forty years ago, Cisco’s founders accelerated the transition to the digital age by connecting disparate computing systems and enabling them to communicate. This technology innovation profoundly transformed how we work, learn, interact, access healthcare, conduct commerce and more. But our growing reliance on digital innovations and advanced technologies like generative AI requires increasingly more energy. This has repercussions for our planet and creates the need to accelerate the clean energy transition and net zero globally. Today, I will speak to how Cisco is addressing this dichotomy and working to make the next transition both digital and low carbon.

Rockstar Insight:

Kelsi DoranKelsi Doran
Director, Sustainability Strategy & Business Architecture
Cisco
 
Why You Should Listen to Kelsi:
Kelsi leads Sustainability Strategy and Business Architecture at Cisco, a role that puts her at the intersection of sustainability and technology. She recently led the development of the company’s next-generation environmental strategy, and her team works across the Cisco ecosystem to accelerate its strategic priorities and to integrate the company’s sustainability goals with its culture of ongoing innovation.
 

Chemicals: Dr. Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability, Sun Chemical
Abstract:
In this session, Dr. Juhasz will provide practical insights about establishing a course and keeping momentum on driving your sustainability journey with the Sun Chemical’s journey highlighted as an example. While the specific journey will be different for every organization, the basic steps will be similar. This discussion will delve into how to develop a strategy and make meaningful progress towards 2025 and 2030 sustainability goals.

Rockstar Insight:

Nikola JuhaszDr. Nikola Juhasz
Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical
 
Why You Should Listen to Nikola:
Dr. Juhasz is a scientist by day, unwrapping the mysteries of sustainable packaging development, and a drummer at night, driving the rhythm forward. With a mind wired for analytical thought and hands skilled in the art of percussion, she brings a unique blend of precision and passion to every endeavor. You do not want to miss a beat … or this session on sustainability!
 

Energy: Scott Hartman, Market Development Manager, ExxonMobil
Abstract:
Innovation has been part of ExxonMobil’s DNA for over 135 years. Our innovations have helped drive outcomes that improve many elements of modern life. However, today we are faced with two very real challenges – climate change and universal access to energy. On one hand GHG emissions are having a very real societal impact, while far too many people do not have access to energy and are trapped in poverty. Oil and gas are at the center of both. Energy is essential, but GHG emissions have a real societal cost.

Today I will speak to how ExxonMobil is addressing these complex problems to enable our global net zero commitment. In short, we must think about energy and climate.

Rockstar Insight:

Scott HartmanScott Hartman
Market Development Manager
ExxonMobil
 
Why You Should Listen to Scott:
Scott began to hone his skills as an innovation practitioner when he moved to the US for an assignment building new businesses through technology partnerships across the downstream. In 2018 Scott joined ExxonMobil as Commercial Innovation manager within the Chemical company where advanced recycling was first initiated. A dedicated innovator, Scott takes his inspiration from many sources including the late great Clayton Christensen, Eric Ries, and not least of all, his three young daughters. Scott believes innovation can be defined very simply in five words: something new that creates value.
 

Retail and Fashion: Liz Lipton-McCombie, Head of ESG and Sustainability, Nordstrom
Abstract:
The retail landscape has undergone seismic shifts over the past decade, propelled by technological advancements, evolving consumer behavior, and global disruptions. Alongside these shifts and advances, fashion has become a major contributor to climate change and over consumption is depleting natural resources while driving global textile waste. As we look to the future of fashion and retail, businesses find themselves asking a critical question – can innovation make fashion sustainable? Today we explore critical innovation to deliver a more sustainable future, assessing the fashion industry’s need for bold action and transformative thinking.

Rockstar Insight:

Liz Lipton-McCombieLiz Lipton-McCombie
Head of ESG and Sustainability
Nordstrom
 
Why You Should Listen to Liz:
Liz has held sustainability leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies including Levi Strauss & Co. where she led the strategy for more sustainable consumption. She was honored on the ‘Fortune Change The World’ list as a team member behind Levi’s “Buy Better, Wear Longer” campaign.
 

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11:15 AM

Networking & Refreshment Break

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11:30 AM

INNOVATION CENTER TOUR – UC San Diego Design and Innovation Building: Where Innovators Connect

The Design and Innovation Building includes four distinct spaces to incubate and accelerate groundbreaking ideas: The Basement, Maker Space, The Design Lab and the Entrepreneurship Center. All four provide opportunities for students to guide products through the full lifecycle—design, prototype creation, testing, fabrication and commercialization—bringing products to market and ideas to impact.

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12:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

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1:15 PM

EXECUTIVE BULLETIN – Nurturing Transparency and Accountability in Policy Dialogs and Decisions

Heather Werner, Deputy Director, Sustainability and Mobility Department, City of San Diego

Rockstar Insight:

Heather WernerHeather Werner
Deputy Director, Sustainability and Mobility Department
City of San Diego
 
Why You Should Listen to Heather:
Heather oversees the implementation of the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, transition to zero emissions energy, and enabling mobility options for all residents and visitors. She was most recently the Deputy Director for Energy, leading teams dedicated to municipal energy, zero emissions vehicles, and energy market and regulatory activities.

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1:45 PM

CONCURRENT COLLABORATION ZONES – ROUNDTABLES

A roundtable captures the power of all participants’ voices, insights, and experiences via group discussion and exploration of the issue at hand.

Choose one of the following zones:

Zone 1.
Co-Innovating with Supply Chain Partners: From Waste to Greener Alternative Product

Kevin Reyer, Program Manager, Value Chain Sustainability, MilliporeSigma

Abstract:
We looked up and down our value chain to identify where we had the greatest opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint. What yielded was prioritizing suppliers who were embracing circularity and transforming our solvents portfolio. Solvents, traditionally petroleum-based, are one of the most frequently used chemicals in labs, biopharma production processes, and everyday household items such as paint, inks, and adhesives. Today, we’re expanding our family of bio-based solvents with a significantly lower product carbon footprint, engaging suppliers in sustainability, and offering customers significant levers to reduce their Scope 3 footprint.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Insights on how to build the business case for introducing more sustainable materials
  • Best practices taken when identifying the right supply chain partner
  • Guide to maximizing sustainability benefit and minimizing product carbon footprints through supply chain & raw materials

Fab Facilitator:

Kevin ReyerKevin Reyer
Program Manager, Value Chain Sustainability
MilliporeSigma
 
Why You Should Listen to Kevin:
Kevin is a rising leader in MilliporeSigma’s Sustainability and Social Business Innovation group. He is spearheading the strategic development of a supply chain sustainability program aiming to reach climate neutrality by 2040. His challenge to revolutionize supply chain sustainability is not unique, but he aims to accomplish these milestones through partnerships and co-innovations with engaged suppliers.

Zone 2.
Aligning Innovation Portfolios with Customer Demands for Sustainable Solutions

Elizabeth Rhue, Vice President Global Environmental, Sustainability, & Technical Services, Sonoco

Abstract:
As sustainability becomes center stage for more and more businesses, there is an increasing need to drive sustainable innovation. It is critical for businesses to understand how to best drive innovation in sustainability and successfully merge innovation and sustainability funnels to deliver on customer demand.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Insights on making a business case for focusing resources on innovative sustainability solutions
  • Lessons learned and tradeoffs identified in developing sustainable solutions for existing and new products
  • Examples of how other companies have successfully integrated sustainability into their design and innovation funnels

Fab Facilitator:

Elizabeth Rhue
Vice President Global Environmental, Sustainability, & Technical Services
Sonoco
 
Why You Should Listen to Elizabeth:
Elizabeth has been a product development and sustainability leader in the packaging field for nearly two decades. Her experience in supporting customers across several industries from consumer goods, to healthcare, to the industrial sector gives her a broad perspective of the sustainability challenges faced across these industries and the role innovation can play in solving these challenges.
 

Zone 3.
Communicating Sustainability Priorities to Consumers and Stakeholders

Cassandra Wilfore, Senior Director, Innovation and Product Development, Daymon

Abstract:
Integrating social and environmental concerns into a company’s business operations is no longer just an option but a responsibility. In this interactive session we will explore how to align on and communicate sustainability priorities through assessment of the entire production and consumption value chain, balancing awareness of risk versus demand.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Insights on how to transform ‘business as usual’ into a more conscious approach to global sustainability
  • Proven framework to guide and align your company on sustainability priorities
  • Best practices on how to establish your brand as a leader in sustainability

Fab Facilitator:

Cassandra WilforeCassandra Wilfore
Senior Director, Innovation and Product Development
Daymon
 
Why You Should Listen to Cassandra:
Cassie has spent the last 19 years rising as an innovation thought leader with world’s largest private brand development company, where she has partnered with some of the world’s leading grocery retailers to help them build their strategy, talent, structure, and processes to stay competitive and become more innovative in their brand & product development efforts. Globally she has been invited to consult and share on her experience as an innovation leader by leading retailers, suppliers and government trade associations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
 

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2:45 PM

Networking and Refreshment Break

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3:00 PM

EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS – What Constitutes Success? Navigating the Metrics and Reporting that Drive Sustainability Goals and Strategy

Fredrick Royan, Global Practice Area Leader, Sustainability & Circular Economy, Frost & Sullivan

Abstract:
The climate emergency and a pivotal shift of the global economy towards net zero has prompted a need for frameworks that can catalyse the transformative journey towards net zero. The Future of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), Sustainability and the Circular Economy will rely on delivering “more with less” and this is shaped by the pathway of the 6P framework from Policies through to Platforms.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Guide to policies such as the Green Taxonomy that influence the design and development of products as well as a focus on process workflows to identify synergies and opportunities around carbon reduction and resource optimization
  • Insights on the importance of recognizing the needs of people/personas both on the supply side and demand side to achieve key sustainability focused outcomes
  • Critical factors of B2B partnerships for stakeholders to come together to solve key sustainability challenges as well as develop and drive new business models and revenue streams. And rapidly growing opportunities for platforms aimed to support with measuring, monitoring, reporting and verifying as well as support the trading of the circular economy and future course of policy

Rockstar Insight:

Fredrick RoyanFredrick Royan
Global Practice Area Leader, Sustainability & Circular Economy
Frost & Sullivan
 
Why You Should Listen to Fredrick:
Fred is one of the leading thought leaders in the sustainability field with more than two decades of experience focused on water and resource management. He is able to bring together a system thinking and data driven approach to tackling some of the complex sustainability challenges.

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3:30 PM

ASK THE EXPERTS! – Yes, You Can be Both Sustainable and Profitable! Driving New Product and Service Market Opportunities

Moderator:
Elizabeth Rhue, Vice President, Global Environmental, Sustainability, & Technical Services, Sonoco

Panelists Include:
Jeff Fried, Director of Product Management, InterSystems, Partner, Growth Innovation Leadership Council
Vishnu Jayamohan, Director, Portfolio Strategy, Innovation & Software Services, Nissan North America
Dr. Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability, Sun Chemical
Russ Schneidewind, Director of Business Development, HydraForce, Inc., Partner, Growth Innovation Leadership Council
Kevin Tubbs, Vice President, Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Officer, Oshkosh Corporation

Abstract:
As businesses face pressure to generate short-term gains, our panelists will unveil how they’ve successfully navigated the push for immediate results while steering their companies towards long-term, sustainable innovation. They’ll share real-world examples, demystifying the process of convincing C-Suite and stakeholders to invest in disruptive technologies and business models geared for longevity and shared value, and bust the myth that sustainable initiatives cannot also be profitable.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Key considerations for strategic long-term investment, balancing and articulating the need for short-term financial performance with the imperative for long-term sustainable growth
  • Real-world examples demonstrating how untapped market opportunities can open up new revenue streams while adhering to eco-friendly and ethical practices.
  • Key insights on how cross-industry collaborations and the emergence of new industries fueled by sustainable initiatives can lead to groundbreaking products and services

Moderator:

Elizabeth Rhue
Vice President Global Environmental, Sustainability, & Technical Services
Sonoco
 
Why You Should Listen to Elizabeth:
Elizabeth has been a product development and sustainability leader in the packaging field for nearly two decades. Her experience in supporting customers across several industries from consumer goods, to healthcare, to the industrial sector gives her a broad perspective of the sustainability challenges faced across these industries and the role innovation can play in solving these challenges.
 

Panelists Include:

Jeff FriedJeff Fried
Director of Product Management
InterSystems
Partner, Growth Innovation Leadership Council
 
Why You Should Listen to Jeff:
Jeff is a long-standing data management nerd, and particularly passionate about helping people create powerful data-driven applications. Prior to joining InterSystems, Jeff was CTO of BA Insight and Empirix, and ran product management for FAST Search and Transfer and for Microsoft. He has extensive experience in data management, text analytics, enterprise search, machine learning, and interoperability.
 
Vishnu JayamohanVishnu Jayamohan
Director, Portfolio Strategy, Innovation & Software Services
Nissan North America
 
Why You Should Listen to Vishnu:
Vishnu has led product strategy and innovation teams both in the physical and software worlds in 3 different Fortune 500 companies. His multi-disciplinary experience in engineering, manufacturing, program management and marketing worlds helps him convince organizations cross-functionally to embrace new innovations with a customer-first mindset. He believes finding a balance between a collaborative, startup-like mindset within his teams against the backdrop of established corporate expectations can lead to high employee satisfaction and real customer value.
 
Nikola JuhaszDr. Nikola Juhasz
Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical
 
Why You Should Listen to Nikola:
Dr. Juhasz is a scientist by day, unwrapping the mysteries of sustainable packaging development, and a drummer at night, driving the rhythm forward. With a mind wired for analytical thought and hands skilled in the art of percussion, she brings a unique blend of precision and passion to every endeavor. You do not want to miss a beat … or this session on sustainability!
 
Russ SchneidewindRuss Schneidewind
Director of Business Development
HydraForce, Inc.
Partner, Growth Innovation Leadership Council
 
Why You Should Listen to Russ:
With extensive experience spanning decades in manufacturing, product development, and innovation, Russ brings a wealth of practical knowledge and insights to the table. He has led cross-functional teams in conceptualizing, designing, and launching successful products that meet customer needs and exceed market expectations. Russ’s expertise encompasses every stage of the product lifecycle, from ideation and prototyping to testing, manufacturing, and commercialization.
 
Kevin TubbsKevin Tubbs
Vice President, Chief Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability Officer
Oshkosh Corporation
 
Why You Should Listen to Kevin:
Kevin has been a thought leader in Sustainability for over a quarter century for Fortune 500 Companies. His experience in the development and implementation of sustainability processes and practices give him an informed perspective on the business value of sustainable practices. Kevin was named to the inaugural list of the Purposeful 50 ESG influencers who are driving change and received the Wisconsin Sustainability Champion Award. Under his leadership, Oshkosh Corporation has been on the DJSI World Sustainability Index for 5 consecutive years and recognized as One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies” for the ninth consecutive year.
 

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4:15 PM

FIRESIDE CHAT – Show Me the Money: Investing in and Funding Sustainability Initiatives

David Szmigielski, Executive Director and Senior Lead Investment Banker, Sustainable Finance & Advisory, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking
Rebecca O’Neill, Global Head of Sustainability, Marvell Technology

Rockstar Insights:

David SzmigielskiDavid Szmigielski
Executive Director and Senior Lead Investment Banker, Sustainable Finance & Advisory
Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking
 
Why You Should Listen to David:
David leads Wells Fargo Securities’ sustainable finance cross-product origination and structuring practice. He focuses on advising companies in the diversified industrials, energy, power, and infrastructure sectors.
 
Rebecca O'NeillRebecca O’Neill
Global Head of Sustainability
Marvell Technology
 
Why You Should Listen to Rebecca:
Rebecca has over 17 years’ experience in the sustainability field, having served in a wide range of roles within media, non-profit, consulting and corporate in-house teams. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on stakeholder engagement on sustainability, helping them to drive strategy via stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. As Head of Sustainability for the global semiconductor company Marvell, she leads the firm’s sustainability strategy and engagement with investors, customers and employees on environmental and social issues.

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4:45 PM

Networking Reception

Expand your networking opportunities by attending our exclusive farewell reception. You’ll have a unique opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with your newfound connections in a relaxed and intimate setting. Don’t miss out on this chance to take your networking to the next level! Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres to be served.

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