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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - Lessons from NAEM’s Women’s Leadership Roundtable
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

Lessons from NAEM’s Women’s Leadership Roundtable

July 11, 2012

What are some of the unique challenges of being a woman leader in EHS and sustainability? Cultivate leadership skills by learning from those who have faced these obstacles and surmounted them.


NAEM's Women's Leadership conference highlighted the experiences of successful women leaders in corporate environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability. In this section, you will find:

Videos: Watch video interviews with women thought leaders

Agenda: Read the session descriptions

Speaker Bios: Learn more about the leaders who their expertise


The following videos feature experts and thought leaders:

Leadership Requires Commitment, Service
An interview with Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus of The Eisenhower Institute for Leadership and Public Policy

Aspiring Leaders Take Smart Risks
An interview with Amy Franko, CEO of Impact Instruction Group

Sustainable Procurement is Efficient Government Spending
An interview with Nancy Gillis, Director of Federal Supply Chain for the U.S. General Services Administration

Harnessing the Power of the Big Green Purse
An interview with Diane MacEachern, Founder of Big Green Purse


This event is an opportunity for dynamic women leaders from the business, policy, nonprofit and think tank communities to build strategic relationships and strengthen their leadership skills. You’ll find the program has been designed by your peers to explore emerging sustainability leadership models, best practices for advancing complex environmental initiatives, as well as effective habits of sustainability leaders.

Opening Keynote: Leadership Insights from a Career in Energy and Foreign Service
Susan Eisenhower, President; The Eisenhower Group & Chairman Emeritus; The Eisenhower Institute for Leadership and Public Policy

Susan Eisenhower is an author, consultant, respected expert on U.S.-Russia relations, and the granddaughter of the 34th U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. She will draw on her almost 30 years of experience in the national security and energy fields to offer advice on how to survive and succeed as a high profile female leader.

Leading Complex Environmental Initiatives: A Roadmap for Success
You are in a role to advance initiatives that will achieve business objectives, shape future regulations or position your organization as a thought leader. This session will focus on success strategies such as building alliances, communicating effectively and collaborating among a wide variety of business partners. Come learn how to get it right from the start and avoid common pitfalls from senior executives who have gone through the process.

  • Catharine de Lacy, Vice President Global Stewardship; The Clorox Co.
  • Sandy Stash, Senior Vice President, Global HSSE/EOA; Talisman Energy Inc.

Sustainability Policy Influencers Luncheon
This facilitated session will introduce attendees to several female leaders from both the policy and regulatory world. Panelists will share brief overviews of their organizational goals and initiatives before joining the attendees for informal table discussions.

Panelists Include:

  • Kateri Callahan, President; Alliance to Save Energy
  • Bernice “Bicky” Corman, Deputy Associate Administratror; Office of Policy, EPA
  • Nancy Gillis, Director Federal Supply Chain PMO & Senior Sustainability Advisor, FAS; U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Jessica McGlyn, U.S. Director; The World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Transform Your Leadership Presence
Leadership is a mindset, a presence and a combination of skills. This session will help you learn how to transition from emerging leader to executive leader, with a special focus on women's natural leadership skills. Ms. Franco will share content from the best-selling books “Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office” and “See Jane Lead,” by Lois Frankel, Ph.D.

  • Amy Franko, CEO and Founder; Impact Instruction Group

Collaborating to Innovate
This panel of female leaders from nonprofits and think tanks will discuss their organizations' long-term goals and initiatives. They will also provide insight into how corporate leaders can position themselves and their companies to collaborate effectively with these stakeholder groups.

  • Jennifer Morris, Executive Vice President of the Ecosystem Finance and Markets Unit; Conservation International
  • Liz Cook, Vice President for Institutional Strategy & Development; World Resources Institute
  • Dianne Russell, Executive Director; Institute for Conservation Leadership

Systems Thinking: Transformative Sustainability Leadership for Women Executives in the 21st Century
Sustainability requires a holistic understanding of the business in its systemic context, a shift in thinking that changes the fundamental relationships upon which most businesses are built. As multi-dimensional thinkers, women tend to be particularly adept at this approach. This session will highlight how to use systemic thinking to improve analysis, facilitate collaboration across functions and encourage stakeholder engagement.

  • Ann Lee-Jeffs, Founder and CEO, the Sustainability Collaborative and Global Product Stewardship Manager; Johnson & Johnson

Success Factors: Career Profiles of Female Sustainability Leaders
This session will explore the career paths of four female corporate leaders. They will describe the skills they developed to advance to the heads of their teams and organizations, as well as the attributes that have been pivotal to their success.

  • April Crow, Corporate Director of Sustainable Packaging; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Michelle Greene, Vice President & Head of Corporate Responsibility; New York Stock Exchange
  • Kris Morico, Global Leader Water Program; General Electric Co.
  • Gisella Spreizer, Vice President; URS Corp.

Closing Keynote Luncheon: Your Sustainable Life - From Exhausting to Exhilarating
For most of us, advancing sustainability is more than a “9-to-5” job. It is a mission to be pursued, a goal to be achieved, a passion to be fulfilled. But as challenging and rewarding a career working on sustainability is, it can also be incredibly frustrating, and something we happily leave the office when we go home at the end of a long day. In this presentation, Diane MacEachern makes a persuasive case for living a sustainable life beyond the workplace that is impactful, influential and inspiring.

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Speaker Bios

Susan Eisenhower, President; The Eisenhower Group & Chairman Emeritus; The Eisenhower Institute for Leadership and Public Policy
Susan Eisenhower is President of the Eisenhower Group, Inc, which provides strategic counsel on political, business and public affairs projects. She has consulted for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies doing business in the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union and for a number of major institutions and companies engaged in the energy field. Eisenhower also serves as Chairman of the Eisenhower Institute's Leadership and Public Policy Programs, where she was the Institute's founding director and the first president and became known for her work in the former Soviet Union and in the energy field.

In January 2010, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu appointed Eisenhower to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which has been tasked with developing a long-term solution for safely managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

She has testified before the Senate Armed Services and Senate Budget Committees on policy toward the region of the former Soviet Union. She was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she served for eight years. She has written extensively on nuclear and space issues and in 2000, a year before September 11, she co-edited a book, Islam and Central Asia, which carried the prescient subtitle, An Enduring Legacy or an Evolving Threat?

Over the years, Eisenhower has served on many government task forces. In the spring of 2000, the Secretary of Energy appointed her to a blue ribbon task force, the Baker-Cutler Commission, to evaluate U.S. funded nuclear non-proliferation programs in Russia. Since that time she has served as an advisor on two other DOE studies; one on the threat of nuclear terrorism and the other a blue ribbon panel on the future of nuclear energy. In 2001, after two terms on the NASA Advisory Council, she was appointed to the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force, which analyzed ISS management and cost overruns. She has served as an Academic Fellow of the International Peace and Security program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, as a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as an Advisor to Johns Hopkins' Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Susan Eisenhower has been a Fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government's Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center. She currently sits on the Nuclear Threat Initiative board, co-chaired by Senator Sam Nunn and Ted Turner, the Energy Future Coalition and as an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.

She serves on the corporate advisory boards of Thorium Power, IxReveal, and Foolproof and is a Senior Director of Stonebridge International, a Washington-based international consulting firm headed by former National Security Advisor, Samuel “Sandy” Berger and former Senator Warren Rudman.

Eisenhower has spoken at many diverse types of gatherings: from the nation's most distinguished institutions such as Harvard to countless World Affairs Councils and corporate gatherings. She has also spoken to many expert audiences. For instance, she gave the Commandant's Lecture at the Army War College in Carlisle, the Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture at Sandia National Laboratory, and she delivered the 2008 Rose Lecture at MIT in May. She has also given full speeches, by invitation, at other prominent places, such as the National Press Club, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Hollywood Bowl, The French National Assembly, the Rotunda of the Capitol and the White House, on two recent occasions.

Eisenhower's first professional experience was as a writer. In the 1970s she lived overseas for six years, first while a student at the American University in Paris and then as a London resident and stringer for The Saturday Evening Post. Later she wrote a column for Wolfe Newspapers and went on to write for business, later joining Burson-Marsteller. Eisenhower has authored three trade press books: two of which, Breaking Free and Mrs. Ike, have appeared on regional best seller lists. She has also edited four collected volumes on regional security issues – the most recent –Partners in Space (2004), which was also published in Russia by Nayuk, the publishing house of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

She has written chapters for a number of collected volumes and penned hundreds of op-eds and articles on foreign and domestic policy for publications such as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Naval Institute's Proceedings, The London Spectator, and Gannett Newspapers, as well as the National Interest and Politique Americane. She has provided analysis for CNN International, MSNBC, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Fox News, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Hardball with Chris Mathews, One on One with John McLaughlin, the BBC, all three network morning programs, and many more. Over the years she has appeared on many other well-remembered programs such as Nightline, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, This Week with David Brinkley, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.

Eisenhower has appeared on many TV programs and documentaries, including Oliver North's War Stories, Sony Pictures Why We Fight and, most recently, Sputnik Mania.

She has received four honorary doctorates, most recently from the Monterey Institute, where she was cited for her work on nuclear non-proliferation. Eisenhower received the 2008 Dolibois History Prize from Miami University, and in 2009 she received the Middelthon-Candler Peace Prize and the Distinguished Diplomat Award from the Virginia Military Institute.

April Crow, Corporate Director of Sustainable Packaging; The Coca-Cola Co.
As global director of sustainable packaging for The Coca-Cola Company, April Crow is working to help the company reach its vision of a world in which packaging is no longer seen as waste but as a valuable resource for future use. She provides strategic leadership for the company's global sustainable-packaging and recycling platform as a part of the office of sustainability.

During her 16 years at Coca-Cola Ms Crow has held a variety of roles at the corporate and business-unit levels in environment and water resources, scientific and regulatory affairs, and quality.

She represents the company in a number of forums, serving on the executive committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, as the current chair of the Global Alliance for Recycling and Sustainable Development, and as a board member of AMERIPEN.

She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science in environmental health and a master of science in instructional technology.

Catharine de Lacy, Vice President Global Stewardship; The Clorox Co.
Catharine de Lacy is Vice President, Global Stewardship at the Clorox Company and leads the company's global product safety, regulatory, environmental, public health and outreach activities. Her team supports product development and business activity and she leads the implementation of the company's global regulatory affairs strategy supporting the company's business growth goals. She works closely with the Executive leadership of the company as well as across all segments of the business and with key customers.

Ms. de Lacy has over 20 years of experience and has served as a senior executive and corporate officer responsible for global stewardship, environment, health, safety, remediation and sustainability programs across a wide range of industry segments (CPG, oil & gas, chemicals & plastics, mining, and industrial manufacturing sectors). She and her team's accomplishments have been featured in Chemical Week and Occupational Hazards. Additionally, she has extensive experience in public policy and advocacy and in collaborating with NGOs and other stakeholders to realize business goals.

Prior to her corporate roles, she worked as a legislative/regulatory and policy analyst and advocacy professional in Washington DC specializing in the environmental and public health legislative and regulatory arenas, and played a key influential role during the re-authorization of several pieces of legislation. She has testified before various Congressional Committees, and is the coauthor of a crisis management handbook, having trained numerous Fortune 500 Executives in effective presentation and communication techniques.

Catharine has been involved with several philanthropic endeavors as both a volunteer and Board member including Hospice of the North Shore, Bellisini Academy, Austin Prep, Second Nature, Natural Step and Heading Home. She currently is serving on the Foundation Board of the Executive Women's Golf Association.

Catharine holds a BS from Merrimack College, an MS/MPH from Tufts University and an MBA equivalent from Cabot College (a company sponsored MBA program taught at Harvard Business School).

Kateri Callahan, President; Alliance to Save Energy
Kateri Callahan brings more than 20 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-government organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Callahan leads a staff of nearly 100; oversees a budget of approximately $15 million annually; and works with the Alliance Board of Directors, which includes Members of Congress, state and local officials and top corporate and NGO executives, to establish and oversee the core objectives and strategic plans for the organization.

Under Callahan's leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives in the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries. The Alliance maintains a robust Associates program that includes nearly 200 international businesses, associations and interest groups that support the organization's mission. As well, the Alliance conducts international conferences, summits and other education and outreach forums to further its mission.

Callahan serves as the principal spokesperson for the Alliance, appearing regularly before the Congress and the media, and addressing conferences and gatherings around the world. She is a trusted source for credible information on energy efficiency and its role in addressing the environmental, economic and national security issues associated with the use of energy.

Callahan also serves on the Keystone Center Energy Board and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. She also serves on an advisory council to the periodical Better Homes and Gardens and to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Energy Institute. In June 2009, Callahan was among the 23 inaugural inductees to the new Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame established by Johnson Controls Inc. and the United States Energy Association.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Callahan served for 11 years as the president/executive director of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes battery, hybrid, and fuel cell transportation technologies. She also has served previously as a director of government relations for a nonprofit organization, as a non-lawyer professional at a Washington, D.C-based law firm, and as a legislative assistant to a U.S. senator.

Liz Cook, Vice President for Institutional Strategy & Development; World Resources Institute
As Vice President for Institutional Strategy & Development at the World Resources Institute, Elizabeth Cook's role is to work with WRI's board and staff to scale up the organization's priority initiatives. This includes expanding external partnerships critical to WRI's programmatic success and financial resources. Under Cook's leadership WRI's budget has doubled in size, growing from $20 million in 2005 to $40 million in 2011. A staff member since 1994, Cook has held several diverse positions within the institute. Prior to her current role, she directed WRI's Markets and Enterprise Program, which harnesses the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. Before that, she led WRI's interdisciplinary Climate Protection Initiative, which worked in partnership with companies to identify policies and business strategies for achieving strong climate goals. Cook has over twenty years of experience working with industry on innovative responses to environmental issues. She has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to strengthen corporate commitments to the environment, including GE, Nike, Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, BP, Johnson & Johnson, Alcoa, and Shell. She serves on Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business Advisory Committee. In September 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Cook its “Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award” in recognition of the most exceptional global contributions in the first two decades of the Montreal Protocol.

Amy Franko, CEO and Founder; Impact Instruction Group
Impact Instruction Group was founded in 2007 by Amy Franko in Columbus, Ohio. Impact Instruction works with large enterprises on blended learning solutions and professional development initiatives for emerging women leaders. Industries served include financial services, healthcare, retail, automotive, and technology.

Ms. Franko is an award-winning training designer, receiving a 2010 APEX Award of Excellence. She is also one of a select few authorized by internationally recognized author Lois Frankel, Ph.D. (of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office fame) to create and deliver programs specific to her best-selling books.

Ms. Franko is a member of American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), where she leads the Learning Executives Network. She is also a member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD), where she currently serves as the 2012 Chairperson for the Women's Executive Series.

Prior to launching the company in early 2007, Ms. Franko was a top seller for IBM and Lenovo, where she led a $12 million sales territory of both public sector and commercial clients.

Nancy Gillis, Director Federal Supply Chain PMO & Senior Sustainability Advisor, FAS; U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Nancy Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the technical and policy recommendations outlined in the EO 13514 Vendor and Contractor GHG Emissions report; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.

Michelle Greene, Vice President & Head of Corporate Responsibility; New York Stock Exchange
Michelle Greene is Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility for NYSE Euronext, overseeing the company's global corporate responsibility efforts. She is responsible for NYSE Euronext's internal corporate responsibility policies and initiatives, and for developing programs to leverage and enhance efforts of NYSE Euronext listed companies, promoting collaboration and cooperation on issues of common interest. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the NYSE Foundation. Until last summer, Ms. Greene served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education and Financial Access at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she advised senior Treasury and Administration officials on policy and legislation involving all aspects of financial access and financial education and helped drive the development of major new policy initiatives in this area. She also served as Executive Director of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She began her service in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in Domestic Finance focused on the financial crisis. Previously, Ms. Greene was Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets at Treasury from 1998 through 2001.

Ms. Greene's professional experience includes working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., Inc. and Blaqwell, Inc. and serving as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She began her career practicing law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Greene received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Ann Lee-Jeffs, Founder and CEO, the Sustainability Collaborative and Global Product Stewardship, Manager; Johnson & Johnson
Ann Lee-Jeffs is a Global Sustainability/Product Stewardship Manager at J&J. Ann is also Founder and CEO of the Sustainability Collaborative and SustaiNext.

Ann currently works as a Senior Manager at J&J worldwide environment, where she provides leadership in integrating product stewardship and sustainability thinking into 220 family of J&J companies; and within that context, Ann leads programs, teams and networks within J&J that support comprehensive sustainability integration.

Currently, Ann is providing the visionary and inspirational leadership, for the Sustainability Collaborative, and its educational and seminar operation SustaiNext.

Ann, working with the Collaborative chief strategist, is crafting the next generation sustainability content concept, which is referred to as Universal Sustainability. Ann is also involved in the Collaborative research, and at providing the leadership for the highly successful SustaiNext East Summit conducted at Drexel University March of 2011. Future plans are that similar summit programs are to be held at Dublin, Ireland, 2012 ( and in Washington D.C. in 2013.

Ann is also one of founding members of the Healthcare Plastics Recycle Council (HPRC) representing various stakeholders in the healthcare sector, to enable plastic recycle practices, in the healthcare industry. Ann was instrumental in developing the current HPRC strategy that addressed challenges and opportunities within HPRC.

Ann has made many presentations on the subject of sustainability at numerous national and international conferences, including the Competition Forum which was sponsored by American Society of Competitiveness, and the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference which was sponsored by the United States EPA and the American Chemistry Society.

Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Ann worked for Merck, Pfizer and Colgate Palmolive where she led teams and programs on EHS and sustainability. At Pfizer and Colgate Palmolive, Ann was one of the first EHS leaders to integrate environmental programs across the organization.

Ann is a graduate of Manhattan College with both an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering.

Ann is most often referred to as a results oriented professional that is team focused, and she is the proud mother of two very talented children.

Jessica McGlyn, U.S. Director; The World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Jessica McGlyn is based in Washington D.C. where she promotes WBCSD projects, publications and work programs to the US offices of our WBCSD members as well as to American-based thought-leaders, NGOs, academia and the business community. Jessica also helps build, manage and leverage relationships with other U. S. organizations that have an interest in sustainability to amplify WBCSD's impact.

Before joining WBCSD, McGlyn was a lobbyist for the World Wildlife Fund where she advocated the US government on a variety of global conservation, climate, trade and development issues. At WWF, McGlyn also led an initiative to integrate conservation with development policy and partnered with leading Development NGOs to advocate for modernized U.S. foreign assistance. Prior to that McGlyn worked at the Global Forest & Trade Network, helping companies green their wood and paper supply chains.

McGlyn started her career in the forest products sector, working for over a decade for International Paper in a variety of environmental and operational positions. She holds a Masters in Science from Yale and a BS in Biology and BA in History from Messiah College.

Kris Morico, Global Leader Water Program; General Electric Co.
Kris Morico is Global Leader of several successful Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric Co. including: GE's Global Water, EPCRA, PRTR Chemical Management Programs and the new Environmental Excellence initiative launched in 2010. This initiative recognizes the GE locations with outstanding environmental performance.

Additionally, she leads the team associated with the company's fourth ecomagination commitment: to make a 25 percent absolute water reduction by 2015. In this role, Ms. Morico is responsible for the development and implementation of all associated programs across GE. She works closely with the company's business segments to proactively maintain compliance and achieve company goals.

Ms. Morico began her career working in the municipal water sector as a process engineer for the Regional Water Authority in New Haven, Conn. Over the past 27 years she has assumed leadership positions across several Fortune 500 companies including Clairol, Inc., Malcolm Pirnie Inc., Pratt and Whitney (Division of UTC), and most recently Tyco International.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fairfield University, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a MEM Environmental Management from Yale University, and an EMBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She also possesses a Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and is an Environmental Laboratory Director through the same agency. She is an active member in several professional EHS organizations and was recently elected to the status of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineer. She serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a board trustee of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Kris is a visiting lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was inducted this year into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.

Jennifer Morris, Executive Vice President of the Ecosystem Finance and Markets Unit; Conservation International (CI)
Jennifer Morris is Executive Vice President of the Ecosystem Finance and Markets Unit of Conservation International (CI). Jennifer has over 15 years experience in international conservation program development with a specific focus on innovative financing, sustainable economic development and corporate partnerships.

As Executive Vice President, Jennifer is responsible for leading a team of 80 professionals to develop and implement conservation initiatives, which support CI's mission of sustainable development in 60 countries with over 1600 partner organizations. Jennifer leads both the Ecosystem Finance Division and the Center for Environmental Leadership and Business and is a member of CI's Executive Management Team. Jennifer has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America Jennifer has served on the board of several organizations including the SEED Initiative, the Conservation Finance Alliance and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade.

Jennifer has a BA in Political Science from Emory University and a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on business development and development economics from Columbia University.

Jennifer lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter.

Sandy Stash, Senior Vice President, Global HSSE/EOA; Talisman Energy Inc.
With over 30 years in the oil and gas, and hard rock and coal mining industries, Sandy Stash has vast global experience in operations and engineering, risk and crisis management, external affairs and communications, corporate social responsibility, litigation, and leading change in organizational transformations and start-ups. She spent many years representing business internationally on controversial natural resource, public health and environmental issues with the general public, national and local media, and local, state and national governments.

In her current role as Global Senior Vice President, Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Operational Assurance at Talisman Energy, Sandy has oversight of assuring operational integrity across Talisman's ever expanding global business. She is introducing a holistic operational management framework that will govern risk management across Talisman's global businesses.

A petroleum engineer by training, Sandy spent her early career as one of the first women to work as a drilling engineer and drilling rig foreman at ARCO locations across North America Sandy is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and holds PE licenses in both Colorado and Montana, and a P. Eng. license in Canada.

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