NACD Climate Continuous Learning Cohort

NACD Climate Continuous Learning Cohort

2023-01-01 15:00 - 2023-01-01 16:00



Profile - Mike Wallace Mike Wallace Senior Vice President, Strategic Market Engagement Persefoni

Mike Wallace currently serves as the senior vice president of Strategic Market Engagement at Persefoni, a carbon accounting technology company. Prior to joining Persefoni, Wallace was a partner at ERM. In that role, Wallace also served as the interim executive director for the Social & Human Capital Coalition, a multi-stakeholder project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). His work included overseeing the establishment of the overall governance structure, technical council, and global network that drove the creation of the Social & Human Capital Protocol, which was officially launched at GreenBiz 2019 by the founders WBCSD, Nasdaq, and Microsoft. Prior to ERM, Wallace was a director for the Global Reporting Initiative, where he worked on foundational initiatives such as the International Integrated Reporting Council, the European Commission proposal on corporate ESG reporting, and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative on ESG listing guidance.

Profile - Cynthia Williams Cynthia Williams Osler Chair in Business Law Emerita Osgoode Hall Law School; Professor of Law Emerita, University of Illinois College of Law

Cynthia A. Williams retired from Osgoode Hall Law School as the Osler Chair in Business Law. She holds a position as professor of US Corporate and Securities Law at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and is an emerita professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and civil rights. Her work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, the Harvard Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among others. Williams is a trustee of the Climate Bonds Initiative and a researcher with the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative. She was the principal author of a petition submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in October 2018 asking the SEC to engage in rulemaking to require greater sustainability and corporate disclosures.

Profile - Leslie Seidman Leslie Seidman Audit Committee Chair General Electric Co., Moody’s Corp.

Leslie F. Seidman is an independent corporate director with more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession. She currently serves as chair of the audit committees of General Electric Co. and Moody’s Corp. and is an advisor to idaciti Inc., an analytical platform for structured financial and nonfinancial data, including ESG. Previously, she served as a public governor for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Seidman spent the bulk of her career setting accounting policies, first in industry with J.P. Morgan and then with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), which she chaired in the final years of her term. Seidman, a CPA, has completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight issued by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is certified in ESG oversight by Competent Boards (GCB.D).

Profile - Tanuja Dehne Tanuja Dehne President and CEO Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Director, Climate Real Impact Solutions II, Granite Point Mortgage Trust; Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member, Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute

Tanuja Dehne is the president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. While at NRG Energy for 12 years, Dehne served in various roles including executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and chief of staff. Earlier, Dehne practiced corporate law as a member of Saul Ewing's business department. Dehne is a director of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (chair, nominating and corporate governance committee) and Climate Real Impact Solutions II Acquisition Corp.; a trustee of Lafayette College and New York Public Radio; and cochair of the advisory board of Drexel University’s Gupta Governance Institute. She is an NACD Board Advisory Services faculty member and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She has been named to the NACD Directorship 100 (2018) and was identified as a Director to Watch by Directors & Boards (2017).

Profile - Britt Ide Britt Ide Director NorthWestern Energy, Atlis Motor Vehicles, Cleantech Acquisition Corp; Advisor, Plan C Advisors

Britt Ide is a board member of NorthWestern Energy, a Nasdaq-listed natural gas and electric utility, serving on the compensation and the nominations and governance committees. She also sits on the boards of ATLIS Motor Vehicles, an electric work truck start-up, and Cleantech Acquisition Corp. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of 3Degrees, a B Corp that helps companies (including Microsoft, Etsy, and Bank of America) to meet their climate goals. Ide has 30 years of experience as an engineer, lawyer, and business leader. As CEO of Ide Energy & Strategy, she consults on energy, sustainability, climate change, and ESG, independently and through Plan C Advisors, who advise boards on climate and ESG planning. Ide was appointed by the US Secretary of Energy as a Women in Clean Energy Advisory Board member with Stanford and MIT. Ide holds a Harvard Certificate in Mediation and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Profile - Craig Jimenez, NACD.DC Craig Jimenez, NACD.DC Designated Board Observer Advanced Ionics; Director, Air Tractor, Inc., NACD North Texas Chapter; Pilot, Envoy Air

Craig Jimenez serves on the boards of the NACD North Texas Chapter and Air Tractor Holdings. He is a designated board observer to Advanced Ionics. He has held commercial roles in aviation, energy storage, energy logistics, CO2 capture, weather, climate, and associated financial markets. Jimenez founded the weather-triggered, energy-options business at Mirant (now NRG); prototyped and sold energy-storage analytics software at FEA (now Allegro); retired as president of OGE Energy Resources; and cofounded a CO2 capture company (EcoCentri). Having lived and worked outside the United States for 25 percent of his career, Jimenez brings diverse perspective to publications on compensation committee, risk committee, and ESG topics. He was named to Private Company Director magazine’s Directors to Watch 2019. Jimenez is a pilot at Envoy Air and volunteers on the ALPA International Air Safety Organization Aircraft Design/Operations Group with projects in UAS software and sustainable aviation fuel.

Profile - Claudia Fan Munce Claudia Fan Munce Director Best Buy, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas, EIP SPAC II, NACD Northern California Chapter; Venture Advisor, NEA; Faculty, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Claudia Fan Munce started her career as a software engineer at IBM Research and retired as the managing director of Venture Capital Group and corporate vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development. After her retirement from IBM in 2016, Munce joined New Enterprise Associates as a venture advisor. Munce is frequently cited as a pioneer and leader in the corporate innovation publications and has contributed to many articles and books. In 2015, Worth magazine named Munce as one of the 20 most powerful players in Silicon Valley and Inc. Magazine followed by naming her one of the most important venture investors of Silicon Valley. She is an independent board member of the Bank of the West/BNP Paribas Group, the Best Buy Corp., and CoreLogic Inc. (til May 2021) and also serves on the board of the NACD Northern California Chapter. She is a faculty member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Profile - Neil Stewart Neil Stewart Director of Corporate Outreach Value Reporting Foundation; Director, NIRI New York Chapter

Neil Stewart is the Value Reporting Foundation’s New York-based director of corporate outreach, advancing awareness of the SASB Standards and the International Integrated Reporting Framework and helping companies worldwide with implementation. Stewart brings more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously, Stewart was at Citigroup as VP IR Advisory on the ADR team, helping non-US issuers to develop IR and ESG strategies. Stewart is a board member of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute.

Profile - Chad Spitler Chad Spitler Founder and CEO Third Economy

Chad Spitler is the founder and CEO of Third Economy, a sustainable investment research and advisory firm. Formerly a partner at PJT CamberView, Spitler is most widely known for his role in helping to build what are now BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship, Sustainable Investing, and Corporate Sustainability teams. As a managing director at the world’s largest asset manager, Spitler led the team responsible for analyzing how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors may impact financial performance, and integrated that analysis into product development, proxy voting, and corporate engagement. He is a member of the Finance Working Group of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and also serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s School for the Environment and Sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University and Presidio Graduate School. Spitler was named to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2020.

Profile - D'Anne Hurd D'Anne Hurd Independent Board Member, Mutual Fund Trustee, SEC Financial Expert, ESG Authority Crawford Consulting

D’Anne Hurd is a qualified financial expert and ESG (environmental, social and governance) authority who brings to her board assignments hands-on experience as a senior financial management executive at two Fortune 100 companies. She has served on the boards of four public companies—including as chair and lead independent director—and six private company boards across retail, medical devices, cloud-based SaaS, technology, pharma/biotech, financial services, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries. Hurd served as the first independent director for EILEEN FISHER, a 40 percent ESOP-owned, Certified B Corp., which manufactures and sells luxury women’s clothing sourced and manufactured under stringent sustainability guidelines. Hurd is an independent trustee and audit committee member for PAX World Funds/PAX Ellevate Fund, the first mutual fund family to invest only in companies that show a demonstrated commitment to sustainability. In addition, Hurd chairs the audit committee of Martin Engineering and sits on the nominating/governance and audit committees for Peckham Industries.

Profile - Lorraine Akiba Lorraine Akiba President and CEO LHA Ventures; Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, HMSA

Lorraine H. Akiba is president/CEO of LHA Ventures. She is a recognized thought leader with technical expertise and knowledge in the development of Hawaii’s renewable and clean energy policy and regulatory framework. Given her diverse professional experience, she provides senior policy advisor services in other regulated industry sectors and expertise for development of corporate environmental, social, and governance goals and metrics for publicly traded and private companies. She served as a commissioner on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which presides over all regulated public utility matters including electric, gas, private water and wastewater, telecommunications, water transportation, and motor carrier transportation utilities. Prior to this appointment, Akiba worked in private practice as a law partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP and Cades Schutte LLP. She headed the environmental practice groups at both law firms with an emphasis on environmental and natural resources law, in addition to her commercial and business litigation practice. She continues many leadership roles in various national and international organizations including the City and County of Honolulu Resilience Strategy Steering Committee and the US-Japan Council. She also is a member of the O-Power Industry Council and the US Department of Energy (DOE) Research Advisory Council for the LIFT Solar project. Akiba is an experienced board director for private companies and nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) board—the licensed Blue Cross affiliate for Hawaii—as a member of the Audit, Quality Oversight, and Community Engagement Committees. She also serves on boards of various national not-for-profit entities, including the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, where she chairs the Governance Committee. Akiba previously served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute; the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee; and the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group and State and Local Efficiency Action Network (SEE Network) Financial Solutions Working Group. Akiba holds a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Political Science.

Profile - Trisa Thompson Trisa Thompson Independent Director CiBO Technologies Inc.; Former SVP and Chief Responsibility Officer, Dell Technologies

Trisa Thompson retired from Dell Technologies Inc. in 2018, where she was the senior vice president and chief responsibility officer overseeing Dell’s Legacy of Good program, including strategic giving, sustainability, entrepreneurism, and the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network. Prior to this role, Thompson was a vice president in Dell’s legal department for 12 years. She is chair of the Global Electronics Council and an independent board director for CIBO Technologies. Thompson received the 2008 Volunteer of the Year award from the United Way of Austin, and in 2014, the National Diversity Council awarded her the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas Award and named her as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology in the United States.

Profile - Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller Founder Zero Waste in DC; Author, Zero Waste Living, The 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide To A Lighter Footprint

Stephanie Miller is the former director of Climate Business at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Within her 25-year career at IFC, she led global teams to find innovative solutions to climate change, including the launch of IFC’s successful green buildings program for emerging markets. She is the author of Zero Waste Living, the 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide to a Lighter Footprint and is passionate about helping busy people understand the profound difference they can make on the climate and waste crises through their individual actions. She founded Zero Waste in DC, where she reaches a wide audience through keynote presentations and learning events.

Profile - Sophia Mendelsohn Sophia Mendelsohn Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of ESG Cognizant

Sophia Mendelsohn is the chief sustainability officer and global head of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) for Cognizant. Mendelsohn is responsible for leading the integration of ESG considerations into the company’s thinking, decisions, and actions. Prior to joining Cognizant in 2020, Mendelsohn was the first chief sustainability officer at JetBlue Airways, head of sustainability at Haworth, and held an ESG role at the Jane Goodall Institute in Shanghai, China. Mendelsohn has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to corporate citizenship, receiving the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award in 2016, and the Climate Leader of the Year award from Ethical Corp. In 2020, she was named one of the top 30 people leading the climate charge by Bloomberg. Mendelsohn speaks Mandarin Chinese and serves on boards and advisory councils.

Profile - Devika Kaul Devika Kaul Asset Stewardship Analyst, Vice President State Street Global Advisors

Devika Kaul is a vice president on the Asset Stewardship Team of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Kaul and her colleagues on the Asset Stewardship Team are responsible for developing and implementing SSGA’s global proxy voting policies and guidelines across all investment strategies and managing SSGA’s proxy voting activities and issuer engagement on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Prior to joining SSGA, Kaul was a member of the Climate & Sustainability team at Cheniere Energy, where she was responsible for building corporate responsibility/ESG reporting and climate programs. Her previous roles focused on investor climate advocacy at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility as well as climate risk advisory services and environmental nonprofit work in South Florida.

Profile - Andrew Winston Andrew Winston Co-Author with Paul Polman Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More than They Take; Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

Andrew Winston is a globally-recognized expert on megatrends and how to build companies that thrive by serving the world. Named to the Thinkers50 list of the top management thinkers in the world, Winston is the author of the bestsellers Green to Gold and The Big Pivot. His latest book, Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More than They Take (coauthored with renowned CEO Paul Polman), is one of Financial Times’ Best Business Books of the Year. Winston is also a respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands at executive meetings around the planet.

Profile - Travis Antoniono Travis Antoniono Investment Manager, Climate Strategy CalPERS

Travis Antoniono is an investment manager within the Board Governance & Sustainability division of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). Antoniono’s main area of focus is climate strategy and helping to decarbonize CalPERS’ $490 billion investment fund. This includes researching new and innovative solutions to support the integration of climate change risk and opportunity factors into investment decisions. Prior to CalPERS, Antoniono was most recently an associate portfolio manager within the Sustainable Investment & Stewardship Strategies division of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), where he comanaged CalSTRS $10 billion sustainability-focused public equity and private markets portfolio, led environmental and climate-related corporate engagement efforts, and chaired CalSTRS cross-asset class Green Team. Prior to joining CalSTRS Investments, Antoniono worked as a management consultant for CalSTRS and served as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Profile - Aron Cramer Aron Cramer President and CEO BSR

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Profile - Rakhi Kumar Rakhi Kumar Senior Vice President, Sustainability Solutions Liberty Mutual Insurance; Sustainability Advisory Board Member, Persefoni; Advisory Board Member, Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School

Rakhi Kumar is a senior managing director and head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors. She leads the firm's efforts to strengthen integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, and is responsible for developing the firm's ESG investment philosophy and global business strategy. In 2017, Kumar was honored with the Abigail Adams Award by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. In 2018, she was named to the Ten to Watch list of innovators and influencers by, to the Power50: Newsmakers list by the Boston Business Journal for her efforts to enhance gender diversity on company boards, and among Boston’s Most 100 Influential People of Color by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Get Konnected!, and The Boston Foundation. Kumar serves on the advisory board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at the Columbia Law School.

Profile - Lisa Bougie Lisa Bougie Independent Director EILEEN FISHER, Inc., Cora, Bulletin; Strategic Advisor, Veracity Selfcare, Waldo Contacts, Goal Five, Plan C Advisors

Lisa Bougie is a high-impact C-suite executive, trusted advisor, and growth-oriented leader with 25 years of experience in the consumer goods sector. Bougie has achieved success building both tech-driven start-ups and global consumer brands at industry-defining companies: Stitch Fix, Nike, Patagonia, and Gap. Most recently, Bougie led the women's business at Stitch Fix as general manager. She joined Stitch Fix in 2013 for the opportunity to create the future of retail. Under Bougie’s leadership, the women’s business grew profitably from $10 million to $1+ billion, and Stitch Fix is now recognized as a true disrupter of the industry. Bougie believes to her core that art and science are better together. Since leaving Stitch Fix, Bougie has joined the boards of EILEEN FISHER and Cora, has codeveloped a Women’s Corporate Board Readiness program at Santa Clara University, and is advising companies that align with her values.