Center for Responsible Business Series Highlights Sustainable Innovation


The Center for Responsible Business (CRB) will kick off its spring semester of the Peterson Series Feb. 1 with an SAP Executive Working Session in which Berkeley MBAs and SAP executives will work together to envision a sustainable future for the German-based software giant. 

CRB Faculty Director Kellie McElhaney will moderate the SAP session, which will will begin at 12:30 p.m. in S489.

On Feb. 3, CRB and Net Impact's Berkeley undergrad chapter will co-host "Funding Sustainability: A Greener, Profitable Future," beginning at 5:30 p.m. Industry executives and students will explore capital's role in creating positive social impact and the challenges and opportunities facing those funding sustainable businesses. Panelists will include Manao Keegan, senior vice president of the Cleantech and Emerging Technology Group at Wells Fargo; Chad Spitler, director of corporate governance and responsible investment at BlackRock; and Ed Heacox, vice president, solar inverters, at Advanced Energy.

At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23, "Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation" will highlight Waste Management’s investment in Recyclebank as an example of how corporations and social entrepreneurs can collaborate to spark agility and innovation in large companies and help smaller companies rapidly grow to scale. Recyclebank will be represented by Ian Yolles, chief sustainability officer and Waste Management by Joseph Vaillancourt, managing director organic growth.

CRB and the Blum Center for Developing Economies will co-host " Networked for Sustainability: Cisco and the City of the Future" at 12:30 March 21. Wim Elfrink, chief globalization officer and executive vice president for emerging solutions at Cisco Systems, will lead a journey to discover the promise of Smart+Connected Communities – those with a connected platform for information, products, people, and services that will promote sustainability in all areas of society. Elfrink will offer office hours for students.

The Peterson series is named in honor of Rudolph Peterson, former president of the Bank of America and administrator of the United Nations Development Program. All events are free for Haas students. To register, visitresponsiblebusiness.haas.berkeley.edu/events/index.html.

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