NOVEMBER 7TH, 1:30 PM, NYC
Speakers for the Technology Panel:
Karen Schroeder is a sustainable strategy and finance professional with experience spanning governmental and non-governmental organizations such as the World Bank, the Commission of the European Union and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. She has worked in the private sector for Fortune500 tech companies and smaller fintech companies. Her consulting experience includes the Corporate Executive Board and Strategy Execution Consulting. She has supported entities such as the Inter-American Development Bank and EDF in achieving their sustainability goals. She has worked with a number of startups in the tech and other sectors in Silicon Valley in crucial roles that included business development and customer success responsibilities. In addition to sustainable strategy development and implementation consulting, her work has included helping boards become more effective, facilitating business model optimization and supporting investor relations in early-stage companies. She is passionate about helping young companies achieve their sustainability and growth goals. She holds a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics, a doctorate in Economics from Ludwig-Max University of Munich and is currently doing a course in Sustainable Finance at Columbia University.
IlLonka (Javette) Hines is Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability at Citi. Javette leads Citi’s efforts to ensure the consideration and inclusion of diverse firms within Citi’s sourcing practice and works across the firm to align supplier selection efforts, corporate sustainability efforts, and Banking on 2030: Citi and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Javette is passionate about her work in the supply chain, as well as her efforts to focus on leadership development and capacity building. Javette has over 20 years of experience in procurement, leadership, diversity, contracts, and management. Prior to joining Citi, Javette worked at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) where her responsibilities included: recruitment of supply chain talent, management of US and global sourcing activities, globalization of the supplier diversity program, software & technical services sourcing and business and government affairs. She is an ISM Mentor and was a contributor to the 2017 UN Women’s guide to more inclusive procurement – http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/procurement/gender-responsive-procurement.
Javette holds a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University and a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Javette is a licensed attorney, Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity, on several boards, and has led Citi to numerous awards. Javette recently joined the Women’s Leadership Board (WLB) of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance. She transformed the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous non-profit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board. She was most recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for GlobeScan, to the newly created Global Advisory Council for Odebrecht and as an Advisor to the Future Economy Project for Harvard Business Review. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM) Program.
Andrew Cummings is Manager for the Supply Chain program at CDP – a not-for-profit international NGO that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, and government to manage their environmental impacts. He works closely with companies in the financial, information technology, and pharmaceutical/health care sectors to reduce the environmental impacts of their value chain and achieve their sustainability goals. Previously, Andrew worked for 100 Resilience Cities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. He graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy.
Matthew Ryan is a member of the Investing and Advisory team at Refinitiv (formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters), leading the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data business in the Americas. Prior to joining Refinitiv, he served as a consultant at Huron Healthcare, working with hospitals and health systems across the United States. Matt is also a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan and a current evening law student at Brooklyn Law School.