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2020 GC3 Virtual Roundtable - Speakers

Susan Baker

DIRECTOR OF SHAREHOLDER ADVOCACY, TRILLIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT

SUSAN BAKER

Susan leads shareholder advocacy efforts on behalf of Trillium clients which has led to dozens of successfully negotiated agreements on a range of environmental, social and governance issues.

She began her career at the Harvard Management Company and later moved to Trillium where she held portfolio manager and research analyst responsibilities for more than a decade. After working in the education field for six years she rejoined Trillium’s shareholder advocacy team in 2006.

Susan serves on The Steering Committee of The Chemical Footprint Project, and previously served on the Boards of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, The Thirty Percent Coalition and Pesticide Action Network, North America.

She holds degrees from Middlebury College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

CEO, KEBOTIX

JILL BECKER

Currently, Dr. Becker is CEO of Kebotix Inc. a new company launched out of Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik's lab out of Harvard Chemistry. Kebotix utilizes an integrated AI/machine learning + robotics approach for the prediction and testing to dramatically speed up the discovery of new molecules/materials in order to meet the grand challenges for creating a more sustainable future.

Previously, Dr. Becker was CEO and Founder of 02139 Inc. 02139 Inc. is a consulting company that she started in 2013 in order to provide executive services to both public and private technology companies with a heavy focus on accelerating growth, commercializing innovations and the creation of jobs in a variety of industries. Dr. Becker is very inspired by the top 20+ trends and technologies that will have the largest impact on society over the next 20 years. Dr. Becker also helps connect these companies with investors and helps with M&A transactions.

Prior to 02139 Inc., Dr. Becker was CEO and Founder of Cambridge NanoTech Inc. that she bootstrapped back in 2003 from her Ph.D. thesis. Under her leadership the company was instantly profitable and had operated at a profit every year since then and had been one of the fastest growing private companies for numerous years in the US from 2008-2012 until it was sold in December 2012. Cambridge NanoTech was sold to Ultratech Inc a public semiconductor company. Dr. Becker continued to help further this transition of the company's technical, sales and operational functions in 2013.

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

SHERRI-ANN BURNETT-BOWIE

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH received her AB cum laude in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard College; her MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; and her MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Burnett-Bowie completed primary care internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Burnett-Bowie is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a clinical investigator in the MGH Endocrine Unit, where she is the site principal investigator for the SWAN Study, a multi-site, 24-year longitudinal study of menopause. Promoting diversity and inclusion is her core mission and shapes her educational focus and administrative roles. Dr. Burnett-Bowie is an Associate Director of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the MGH Department of Medicine.

CHRIS CASSELL

DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY, LOWE’S INC.

CHRIS CASSELL

Chris Cassell was named director of corporate sustainability in January 2017 and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategies across the organization. Chris joined Lowe’s in 2011 and has more than 17 years’ experience in strategy, program management, and process design. Prior to Lowe’s, Chris held positions with Accenture and North Highland. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina.

STEVE CRAWFORD

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER, EASTMAN

STEVE CRAWFORD

Stephen (Steve) G. Crawford is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer for Eastman Chemical Company. In addition to serving as CTO, Crawford provides executive leadership for Eastman Sustainability, Global Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs. He also has direct responsibility for the Asia Pacific and EMEA Technology organizations.

Crawford is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Crawford joined Eastman in 1987. He has held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in both Manufacturing Operations and Technology. Prior to the CTO position, he held positions of Vice- President of R&D for the Advanced Materials group and the Vice-President of R&D for Eastman’s Additives and Functional Products Business group.

Crawford is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Industrial Research Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of both Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation) and the Eastman Credit Union. He is also on the University of Tennessee’s Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering Board of Advisors, as well as UT’s External Advisory Board for Research.

Peter Eckes

PRESIDENT, GLOBAL BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH, REGIONAL RESEARCH REPRESENTATIVE, NORTH AMERICA, BASF

PETER ECKES

Peter Eckes, PhD, President of BASF Bioscience Research, has over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry.

As President Bioscience Research, Peter Eckes leads BASF’s global competence center for biosciences headquartered in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina. In this role, he drives innovative sustainable solutions for agricultural, food and industrial applications for a better life and improved environment.

Peter joined BASF in 1992, after completing a post-graduate fellowship with Harvard University’s chemistry department. Peter has held multiple roles in BASF in the US and in Germany before he took on the position as the Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development Crop Protection in 2002. Immediately prior to his Bioscience Research responsibility, Peter led BASF Plant Science as President.

Peter was born in Königstein, Germany, studied chemistry in Frankfurt, and holds a Doctorate in organic chemistry.

DIRECTOR OF RETAILER ENGAGEMENT, GC3

SALLY EDWARDS

Dr. Sally Edwards has many years of experience in engaging a wide range of stakeholders to promote the environmental health of communities and develop safer and greener products. She is a senior research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a co-founder of the Chemical Footprint Project, which is designed to recognize corporate leadership in the use of safer chemicals. Sally facilitates the work of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s Retailer Leadership Council, whose mission is to promote safer chemicals, materials and products across retail supply chains. Sally holds a MS in Environmental Health Science from Harvard University and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed her doctorate in Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her book, Beyond Child’s Play: Sustainable Product Design in the Global Doll-Making Industry, was published in 2009.

Julie Gorte

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTING, IMPAX ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC

JULIE GORTE

Julie Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC and Pax World Funds. She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.

Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.

Prior to joining Pax, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Michigan State in resource economics.

Eunice Heath

CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY, DOW, INC.

EUNICE HEATH

Eunice Heath serves as corporate director for Sustainability. She leads the coordinated planning and implementation of the 2025 Sustainability Goals, as well as sustainability integration and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting disclosure cross the company and business units.

Heath joined Dow in 1991 as part of the Commercial Development Program and has worked in a myriad of Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, Government Affairs and Business Leadership roles throughout her career. In 2013, she assumed a role in corporate sustainability, which included responsibilities for Dow 2025 circular economy implementation and liaison to external organizations such as The Sustainability Consortium, Green Chemistry Commerce Council and American Chemistry Council Value Chain and Retail Committees.

She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a recipient of the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Award, 2011 Women of Distinction winner by the Philadelphia Business Journal, 2013 Champion of Champions award by NSBE, 2017 Honoree of Forty Women to Watch Over 40 by Forbes Media and a 2020 Honoree of 25 Women Shaking Up the Climate Movement by GreenBiz.

Heath earned her MBA at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida.

MICHELE JALBERT

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, GC3

MICHELE JALBERT

Michele Jalbert oversees all aspects of GC3 operations, developing strategies and creating effective systems to support the diverse initiatives undertaken by GC3 members, staff and collaborating partners. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business association; Chief Operating Officer for the Renewable Chemicals & Materials Alliance and Director of Congressman Bill Delahunt’s Washington, DC office. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Michele led communications, human resources and employee relations departments for international companies such as Liberty Mutual and Polaroid Corporation. She graduated from Bates College, Suffolk University Law School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Management Institute program.

JIM JONES

PRESIDENT, JIMJONESCONSULTING

JIM JONES

Currently Jim is President of JJonesEnvironmental, a consulting firm that provides strategic advice to clients on issues related to chemical safety. Jim was Executive Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations at the Household and Commercial Products Association from July 2017 until January 2020. In that capacity he focused on expanding and strengthening the association’s relationships with industry, NGOs, retailers and all levels of government, while also increasing sustainability efforts in the consumer, industrial and institutional specialty chemicals industry. Jim held various management positions focused on chemicals, toxics, and pesticides during his 30- year career at EPA. As the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, he was responsible for implementing the nation’s pesticide, toxic substances, and pollution prevention laws. Jim earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

LISA LEBLANC

DIRECTOR OF QUALITY & COMPLIANCE, UPPABABY

LISA LEBLANC

Lisa LeBlanc, Director of Quality & Compliance at UPPAbaby is a seasoned materials veteran with extensive knowledge of textiles and apparel from manufacturing, quality and testing perspectives. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in design, Lisa has worked in development and testing roles at numerous top fashion retailers and consumer product companies including Reebok, Talbots and J. Jill. Her position at UPPAbaby has introduced her to the juvenile space where she has become an active member of ASTM, Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) and is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Her passion for conscious design and her work in juvenile products has been instrumental in UPPAbaby’s mission to find ways to make more responsible products for children.

SYDNEY LINDQUIST

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY LEADER, HEXION INC.

SYDNEY LINDQUIST

Sydney Lindquist is Hexion Inc.’s Global Sustainability Leader. Sydney is responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s sustainability strategy, including leading engagement efforts with key stakeholders across several market segments globally. She began her career with Hexion in 2004.

Sydney is a strong advocate for a balanced approach to sustainability across all stakeholder groups, and the Company’s representative on numerous standard development and specification organizations, such as ASTM and NAHB, USGBC and sits on the Green Building Initiative’s Executive Board of Directors and chairs the ACC’s Building and Construction Subcommittee.

Prior to this role, she led the Global Product Stewardship Organization for Hexion, and has held various Environment, Health & Safety roles within Koch Industries and Akzo Nobel.

DIRECTOR OF STARTUP NETWORK, GC3

JULIE MANLEY

Julie B. Manley, CHMM, LEED AP O+M, is Director of the GC3 Green & Bio-Based Startup Network and Principal of Guiding Green LLC, a consulting firm focused on meeting business needs by designing for sustainability.  She builds on her 20+ years of industry and consulting experience to help integrate sustainable solutions into the marketplace through program management, strategic alliance building, and technical services.  Her consulting experience spans a wide spectrum of products including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cleaning products, adhesives, personal care products, dust suppressants, flooring, and oil & gas. Prior to founding Guiding Green LLC, Julie held various positions at Abbott Laboratories in the manufacturing and environmental, health & safety organizations including manufacturing optimization, EHS regulatory compliance, and global environmental performance improvement.  Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is currently Vice President and Education Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals, and is an invited speaker and author on subjects including sustainability, green chemistry, circular economy, and collaborations.

GREG MONTELLO

HEAD OF PRODUCT CHEMISTRY, NEW BALANCE ATHLETICS, INC.

GREG MONTELLO

Head of Product Chemistry for New Balance Athletics, Inc., a global footwear, apparel and equipment brand. Leading a global team of nine associates, product chemistry consists of RSL implementation, product safety and sustainability. Currently, duties include the development, global deployment, and oversight of New Balance’s Restricted Substance Manual (RSM) for all New Balance product lines, review and approve chemical technology applications used for footwear and apparel (DWR, antimicrobials, adhesives, etc.). Served as Chair of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Environmental Committee. Brand Advisory member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program, Committee chair for the Apparel, Footwear, International RSL Management working group (AFIRM) and advisor of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3).

Greg studied Environmental Toxicology as an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and pursued studies at the University of Oregon in Environmental Policy as a grad student. In his “spare” time, Greg also helps NB develop product as a footwear and apparel tester, in which he has run three Marathons, five 200 mile relay races, many 5Ks and completed endless weight training sessions and played countless hours of tennis and basketball testing various types of athletic footwear and apparel in his 10 years of working for NB.

ARLAN PETERS

HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, NOVOZYMES NORTH AMERICA

ARLAN PETERS

Arlan Peters is the Head of Sustainability for Novozymes North America where he develops Novoyzmes’ regional sustainability initiatives, builds organizational capacity, manages Novozymes’ corporate citizenship programs, and engages with external stakeholders on issues relating to life-cycle impacts of biotechnology.

He has represented Novozymes in several organizations including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and the Sustainability Consortium where he served as co-chair for TSC’s Corporate Advisory Council.

He holds a BA in Biology from Oberlin College and was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study economic and environmental impacts of aquaculture in Latin America and Asia. He received his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where he concentrated in Sustainable Enterprise.

KARL REID

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS

KARL REID

Dr. Karl W. Reid was named executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on June 2, 2014, marking his return to the organization that gave him his first major leadership experience, 32 years earlier. For the past 22 years, he’s been a leading advocate for increasing college access, opportunity and success for low-income and minority youth.

Dr. Reid came to NSBE from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities and held the title of senior vice president for research, innovation and member college engagement. Before his service at UNCF, he worked in positions of progressive responsibility to increase diversity at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which he left as associate dean of undergraduate education and director of the Office of Minority Education. While working at MIT as Director of Engineering Outreach Programs, Dr. Reid earned his Doctor of Education degree at Harvard University. His dissertation explored the interrelationship of race, identity and academic achievement. He is the author of Working Smarter, Not Just Harder: Three Sensible Strategies for Succeeding in College…and Life.

Dr. Reid is now supporting NSBE’s National Executive Board and the Society’s 25,000 active members in reaching the main goal of NSBE’s 10-year Strategic Plan: to end the underrepresentation of blacks in engineering in the U.S. by annually producing 10,000 black engineers in the country, by 2025.

SUPPLIER ENGAGEMENT LEAD, GC3

RACHEL SIMON

Rachel works with GC3 brands, formulators, and chemical manufacturers to help enable the identification and implementation of green chemistry solutions along the value chain. She also serves as a senior research associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, working on advancing alternatives assessment as a strategy to mainstream green chemistry and manages the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4), a professional society dedicated to promoting development in the fields of alternatives assessment and informed substitution. Rachel holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, where she also worked with industries as a sustainable engineering researcher, focusing on the environmental and human health impacts of materials and techniques to integrate chemical hazard assessment data into Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

BRIAN CHOL SOO STANDEN

HEAD OF DIGITALIZATION IN MATERIALS AND CHEMICALS R&D NORTH AMERICA, BASF

BRIAN CHOL SOO STANDEN

Brian is a technology executive with 20+ years of experience in digital transformation and innovation. Brian’s passion lies in developing technologies at the intersection of science, information and business. As Global Head of Next Generation Computing and Senior Manager, Digitalization in Materials and Chemicals R&D North America at BASF, Brian is responsible for strengthening BASF’s digital capabilities in Next Generation Computing areas such as quantum computing as well as enabling the continuous advancement of science and products through the services and products of the segment Digitalization of R&D. He is currently focused on the role of future technology which will transform our ability to understand the business and R&D of BASF along with important elements of digital transformation such as new ways of working, empowerment and agility. Prior to his current role, Brian was a lead scout in Knowledge Innovation, Head of Computational Biology for BASF Enzymes, LLC, Director of Information Systems and Technology for Verenium Corporation, co-founder and partner of Coaliance and an independent technology consultant. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master of Business Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Joel Tickner

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GC3

JOEL TICKNER

Dr. Joel Tickner is a Professor of Public Health  at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is founder and Executive Director of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3); Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4), a new professional association; and Co-Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).  He is a leading expert on application of green chemistry and alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served on a number of EPA and National Academy of Sciences advisory committees and advises government agencies around the world. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

MARTIN VOLLMER

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, CLARIANT INTERNATIONAL LTD.

MARTIN VOLLMER

In 2010, Martin Vollmer joined Clariant International Ltd. as Chief Technology Officer and Head of Group Technology & Innovation. He is based in Pratteln, Switzerland, and is responsible for Clariant’s Research & Development, Engineering, IP Management, as well as Clariant’s Business Incubator and Innovation Excellence.

Prior to this he held various management positions in Research & Development, Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Development at Bayer AG and Bayer MaterialScience AG, based in Leverkusen, Germany, from 1999 until 2009.

He graduated with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1996. Following this, he took a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, USA, from 1997 – 1998.

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY & AUTHENTICITY, SEVENTH GENERATION

MARTIN WOLF

Mr. Wolf is responsible for ensuring the design of sustainable products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products. He is also responsible for creating a more sustainable business model, and for creating more sustainable systems of commerce.

Mr. Wolf brings over 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, starting with environmental fate and metabolism studies for agricultural chemicals, followed by studies of the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of product systems, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products.

Working at Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf has developed frameworks for environmental product design, helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them, successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states, helped develop standards for voluntary ingredient disclosure, and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs.