PROFIT AND PURPOSE '22 - THE WCA SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Thursday,
July 14, 2022
3:00pm - 8:00pm
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
White Plains, NY
Members: $60.00
Non-Members: $80.00
Sustainability Management is now a necessity for well-run organizations. Join chief corporate sustainability officers and policy experts to find out how businesses, nonprofits, and government are using sustainability concepts to drive profitability and social impact.

Event Details:
3:00pm – Registration
3:30pm – Panels A Begin
4:10pm – Break
4:20pm – Panels B Begin
5:00pm – Break
5:15pm – Plenary Session
6:30pm – Reception

Proof of COVID vaccination is required and will be checked at registration. It can be in form of a paper copy, a digital image/photo or New York State Excelsior Pass.

Registration for this event has closed.  If you have questions please email Melissa Luzzi at mluzzi@westchester.org

DUAL TRACK SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMING

Business Track

Panel Discussion A
Sustainable Finance and Capital Markets

Financial institutions and other investors are integrating sustainability into their capital investment decisions. This panel will consist of banking and financial experts discussing how sustainability impacts their decision making.

Speakers include:
Michael N. Romita, President and CEO, WCA; Allison Fleming; CB Green Economy Banking, JP Morgan Chase; Andrew Ward, Founder, Clearstream Capital; Omer Farooq, Managing Director, Global Sustainable Finance at Bank of America


Panel Discussion B
Showcase Westchester

Westchester-based businesses are using sustainability as a strategic business model. This panel will showcase how these businesses are developing innovative ideas to deliver sustainable products and services.

Speakers include:
Bridget Gibbons, Director of Economic Development, Westchester County; Shannon Smith, Chief Growth Officer, Dandelion Energy; Rachel Carpitella, Director of Commercial Clean Heating and Colling; Sustainable Westchester; Brandon Keene, Chief Innovation Officer, Blade Aviation 

 

Policy Track

Panel Discussion A
Regulatory Developments and the Role of Government
Considering the emergence of climate law, risk reporting and disclosure, corporate compliance, and private environmental governance, corporate sustainability is now a legal necessity. This panel will discuss what you need to know about recent developments at the intersection of business, law, policy and sustainability.

Speakers include:
Jason Czarnezki, Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Elisabeth Haub Law School at Pace University; Josh Galperin, Assistant Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub Law School at Pace University; Stephen Brown, Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center; Jesse Glickstein, Environmental & Human Rights Counsel, Ethics & Compliance Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company; Harriett I. Resnick, Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Climate Division, NY State Department of Financial Services


Panel
Discussion B
Moving New York to a Low Carbon Future – How Can We Get There?

New York now has one of the strongest climate action laws in the country with strict greenhouse gas emissions targets. This panel of experts will explore the challenges of this transition under the timeframes proposed and overcoming the risks to the energy complex.

Speakers Include:
Tim Hedley, Executive in Residence, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University; Max Pyziur, Director for Research and Data, Energy Policy and Research Foundation; Molly Dee-Ramasamay, Director of Deep Carbon Reduction, Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B); Jan Childress, Director of Investor Relations, Con Edison; Yves Noel, Chief Strategy Officer, New York Power Authority 

 

PLENARY SESSION

Keynote Presentation

Doreen Harris
President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Followed by a Panel Discussion

The Journey: Moving to the Sustainable Enterprise

Corporate sustainability is no longer a tertiary concept when it comes to long-term profitability and stability. For well-run organizations, it now takes center stage. This panel of chief sustainability officers will discuss what it means for their organizations, why it is important for yours, and how it can be measured.

Speakers include: Anna Marciano, General Counsel & Head of Sustainability for Nespresso USA and Head of Zone North America Legal Sustainability for Nestle; Madhuri Pavamani, Director of the Sustainability & ESG Advisory Practice, Paul Weiss LLP; Matthew Orrell, Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies

 

Keynote Address
Doreen M. Harris
President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Doreen M. Harris was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on April 7, 2021. Prior to becoming president, Ms. Harris served as acting president and CEO since June 2020.
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Scheduled Panelists Include
Michael N. Romita
President and CEO; Westchester County Association (WCA)
Michael N. Romita, a dynamic business leader with extensive public policy expertise, was named President & CEO of the Westchester County Association on March 1, 2020.
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Allison Fleming
Executive Director – CB Green Economy Banking JPMorgan Chase
Allison Fleming joined the CB Green Economy Banking team in September 2021.
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Omer Farooq
Managing Director, Global Sustainable Finance, Bank of America
Omer Farooq is a Managing Director within Bank of America’s Global Sustainable Finance Group. He heads the Asset Finance team, which is focused on originating, structuring, and syndicating asset finance opportunities globally across the sustainable finance space.
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Bridget Gibbons
Director, Office of Economic Development at Westchester County
Bridget Gibbons is Westchester County Executive George Latimer's Director of Economic Development. The Office of Economic Development offers resources, financial assistance and a wide range of related services and incentives to help attract and retain businesses and talent in Westchester.
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Shannon Smith
Chief Growth Office, Dandelion Energy
Shannon Smith is the Chief Growth Officer for Dandelion Energy, based in Mt. Kisco, NY. She leads the commercial teams, including sales, marketing, sales operations and analytics.
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Brandon Keene
Chief Innovation Officer, Blade Air Mobility
Brandon Keene served as Blade’s Chief Technology Officer since November 2015. As of 2021, he now serves as Chief Innovation Officer responsible for deploying next-generation technologies with a focus on Electric Vertical Aircraft.
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Tim Hedley
Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
Dr. Timothy Hedley is an Executive in Residence at Fordham University
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Josh Galperin
Assistant Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Josh Galperin is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Prior to Pace, Josh was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Yale Law School, and the Yale School of the Environment (YSE).
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Stephen L. Brown
Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center
The National Association of Corporate Directors has named Stephen L. Brown as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom.
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Jesse Glickstein
Environmental & Human Rights Counsel on the Global, Social and Environmental Responsibility Team within the Ethics & Compliance Office at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Jesse Glickstein is the Environmental & Human Rights Counsel on the Global, Social, and Environmental Responsibility Team within the Ethics & Compliance Office at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Jesse advises on a wide range of environmental, energy, conflict minerals, and human rights compliance, supply chain, and legal issues
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Harriette Resnick
Assistant Deputy Superintendent Climate Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services
Harriette Resnick is an Assistant Deputy Superintendent in the Climate Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services. Before joining the Department of Financial Services, Harriette had served as internal counsel to JPMorgan Chase & Co. As Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, she led the legal team supporting the Global Trade unit within JPMorgan's Corporate & Investment Ban
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Max Pyziur
Director for Research and Data, Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC)
Max Pyziur is the Energy Policy Research Foundation's (EPRINC) Director for Research and Data. He started with the organization in 2015, and has researched, published, and presented extensively on public policy issues relating to transportation fuels, natural gas, and electricity.
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Molly H. Dee-Ramasamy, PE, CEA
Director, Deep Carbon Reduction at Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B)
Molly Dee-Ramasamy is Director of JB&B’s Deep Carbon Reduction Group. Her experience includes identifying opportunities for implementing energy conservation measures and low-carbon design strategies with the intent of improving energy efficiency, driving down carbon emissions, and helping clients realize energy cost saving associated with energy improvements and upgrades.
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Yves Noel
New York Power Authority
Yves Noel is the New York Power Authority’s Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. His primary responsibilities revolve around crafting and operationalizing NYPA’s strategic plan or outlook for the future.
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Jan Childress
Director of Investor Relations, Con Edison
Over the past 30 years, Jan Childress has directed investor relations departments at two Fortune 500 companies. Since 1998, Jan has served as Director of Investor Relations (including Sustainability beginning in 2019) at Consolidated Edison, Inc. Prior to joining Con Edison, Jan served as Vice President, Investor Relations at KeySpan (now National Grid).
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Anna Marciano
General Counsel & Head of Sustainability for Nespresso USA and Head of Zone North America Legal Sustainability for Nestlé.
Anna Marciano is General Counsel for Nespresso USA & Nestlè Premium Waters Division, Head of Sustainability for Nespresso USA and Head of Zone North America Legal Sustainability for Nestlé.
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Madhuri Pavamani
Director of the Sustainability and ESG Advisory Practice at Paul Weiss LLP
Madhuri Pavamani is the Director of the Sustainability & ESG Advisory Practice. She has advised leading companies in the private equity, transportation and insurance industries on their public disclosures, corporate governance practices, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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Matt Orrell
Partner, PKF O’Connor Davies
Matt Orrell is a Partner in the Financial Services practice at PKF O’Connor Davies with 25 years of experience. Matt specializes in advising financial services firms, including investment managers and family offices, on governance, risk management and compliance through all phases of their growth.
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Jason Czarnezki
Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Professor Jason J. Czarnezki holds the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Chair and is Associate Dean of Environmental Law Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (New York, USA).
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Andrew Ward
In May 2017, Mr. Ward founded Clearstream. Until October 2016, Mr. Ward was a Partner of Riverstone based in New York.
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Rachel Carpietalla
Director of Commercial Clean Heating and Cooling, Sustainable Westchester
Rachel Carpitella is a sustainability trailblazer with fifteen years of experience developing and implementing climate action for municipalities, schools, and businesses. In her role with Sustainable Westchester, Rachel directs the Commercial Clean Heating & Cooling campaign, notably securing funding and technical assistance for property owners to evaluate the feasibility of decarbonizing their buildings across 30 municipalities.
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