About The BSR Conference 2017
The Leading Event for Collaboration and Action on Sustainable Business
The BSR Conference is one of the most important annual gatherings dedicated to finding solutions to our most pressing global challenges. Every year, nearly 1,000 sustainable business experts from Fortune 500 companies, as well as leading foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government, gather for unparalleled networking experiences, powerful plenary addresses and breakout sessions, and interactive professional development opportunities.
Join us this October to be a part of innovative solutions to the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.
Spotlight on Speakers
Executive Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown
Nancy McFadden has served as executive secretary for Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2011—the title in law for the chief of staff position. Throughout her career, McFadden has served as a key legal, political, and policy official at both the federal and state levels, as well as in the private sector. McFadden was a senior vice president for Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation. A high-ranking member of the Clinton Administration for eight years, McFadden served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore, general counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and deputy associate attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, Morgan Stanley
Audrey Choi is chief marketing officer and chief sustainability officer of Morgan Stanley. As chief marketing officer, Choi is responsible for stewarding the brand to reflect the firm's core values of leading with integrity and exceptional ideas across its businesses and geographies. As chief sustainability officer, she oversees the firm's efforts to promote global sustainability through the capital markets. In a career spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Choi has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address community concerns and global challenges. Previously, Choi held senior policy positions in the Clinton Administration, including serving as chief of staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and domestic policy advisor to the vice president. She was also a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal.
Vice President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s sustainability vision and strategy across all business functions. Under Kobori’s tenure, Levi Strauss & Co. has been an industry leader in sustainability, pioneering initiatives such as the rollout of Water Less production techniques, reducing water use by more than 2 billion liters to date; growth of Better Cotton to 21 percent of all the company’s cotton usage; development of a hazard-based Screened Chemistry Framework; expansion of Worker Well-Being programs to more than 100,000 workers; and inclusion of Care for the Planet™ labels on all products. Previously, Kobori was a vice president at BSR and spent nearly 10 years at The Asia Foundation.
Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon
Kara Hurst leads Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. Utilizing Amazon's scale, speed, and innovation, Sustainability at Amazon includes core teams focused on packaging innovation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, circular economy, social responsibility and human rights, sustainability science and innovation, sustainability technology, partnerships and external engagement, and sustainable transportation. Prior to Amazon, Hurst served as CEO of The Sustainability Consortium and as a Vice President of BSR for 11 years, where she built global industry practices in technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, and entertainment. Prior to BSR, Hurst worked in Silicon Valley as executive director of the public-private venture OpenVoice, in corporate affairs for the Children’s Health Council, as a research lead at the Urban Institute, and as a policy staffer for both Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York.
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