What it Takes to Succeed in a Corporate Sustainability Career

July 20, 2016 — Corporate sustainability leaders might have one of the most exciting jobs in business today, and according to new research by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), these professionals also have a skill set as unique as their role.

Find out if you have what it takes, and hear from insiders who have the keys to success during a special webinar presentation on Aug. 17 at 1:00 p.m., co-hosted by NAEM and 3BL Media.

The webinar, entitled "What it Takes to Succeed in a Corporate Sustainability Career", will reveal:

  • The combination of skills and attributes that make certain professionals well-suited to a career in this field
  • What you can do to develop your leadership capacity
  • The mindset that sustainability professionals bring to their roles
  • How to cultivate mission-driven organizations and strategic partnerships across boundaries
  • The decisions and career journey one emerging sustainability leader took to the top

  • NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said the webinar is part of the association's commitment to developing the next generation of EHS&S leaders.

    "As agents of change, EHS&S professionals are responsible for collaborating across functions to advance their programs," she said. "We hope those who join this webinar will gain some insight into that role, as well as the skills they'll need to chart a path to leadership."

    Dave Armon, CMO at 3BL Media will moderate the webinar.

    "The role of sustainability is being elevated to the C-suite in many organizations. We look forward to discussing the progression of sustainability as a career during our webcast with NAEM," Mr. Armon said.

    About NAEM
    The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences, benchmarking research, interactive forums and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges.

    About the Speakers

    Elizabeth Ryan
    As Director of Communications for NAEM, Elizabeth Ryan provides editorial direction and lead authorship for the association's research publications, including its talent management series, its software and data management research and the association's expertise on emerging trends.

    Prior to joining NAEM, she covered transportation, poverty, housing and urban policy as a long-form investigative journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School.

    Dr. Steve Schein
    Steve Schein is a sustainability leadership educator, researcher, corporate strategist, and executive coach, who is passionate about helping leaders and teams tap into their deeper motivations to cultivate mission driven organizations and strategic partnerships across boundaries. His recent book "A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership" focuses on the development of ecological and post-conventional worldviews in the setting of multinational corporate leadership.

    Mr. Schein is the President of L4S Consulting where he uses his unique blend of experience as a former CEO, CPA, and business professor to help organizations integrate sustainability into their strategy and improve long-term performance. He teaches sustainability leadership in several graduate programs and from 2005-2015 was a member of the faculty at Southern Oregon University from 2005-2015, where he founded the certificate program in sustainability leadership.

    He holds a PhD in Human Development and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Net Impact and the GEOS Institute.

    Johanna Jobin
    As Biogen Idec's new Director of Global EHS & Sustainability, Johanna Jobin promotes the company's culture and vision for corporate citizenship by implementing global sustainability initiatives across the company's operations, as well as driving employee and stakeholder engagement. She also leads the company's corporate citizenship reporting and carbon neutrality strategies.

    Prior to joining Biogen, Ms. Jobin was the head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Affairs of EMD Millipore, where she led their corporate responsibility efforts, including setting the vision and strategic direction for environmental and social responsibility. Her achievements include strengthening business performance by embedding sustainability into key business practices and culture, including: greenhouse gas management and energy, Design for Sustainability, community engagement, and access to health and shared value initiatives.

    She is involved in a number of sustainability related organizations, and is currently a Board member of the National Association for EHS & Sustainability Management (NAEM), Board member of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, Co-Chair of the Association Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Roundtable, and on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sustainability in Business at WPI and Advisory Committee Member for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. She also serves on the City of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee and is a Board member of "e" inc., an organization focused on environmental and STEM education for children.

    She received her Master of Environmental Management degree, with a certificate in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and is also an ISO 14001 trained auditor.


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