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Making the Business Case on Clean Water Issues to the Media

Bob Keener, Deputy Director of Public Relations, American Sustainable Business Council
Dana Patterson, Communications Strategist, Princeton Hydro, LLC
Rita Yelda, Outreach & Communications Manager, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed
Colton Fagundes, Policy Associate, American Sustainable Business Council 

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Effective Advocating & Lobbying Your Elected Officials on Clean Water and other issues

Melanie Smith, Executive Director, Delaware Sustainable Business Council, CEO of Sustainable World Strategies, former member of the Delaware House of Representatives
Frank Knapp, CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Owner of the Knapp Agency 
Colton Fagundes, Policy Associate, American Sustainable Business Council 

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ASBC Sustainable Business & Advocacy Summit: “Making Capitalism Work for All” Plenary Sessions

1. Our Economic Future: Can Capitalism be Saved?
Among the ranks of top CEOs, alarm is spreading about the future of capitalism. These concerns are driven by rising income inequality, the depth of the Great Recession, a sense that capitalism excessively focuses on individual rather than community success and tax cuts which boosted corporate profits over more productive investments in Main Street. Others worry about industry consolidation and regulations and laws that stifle innovation and competition. A raft of anxieties exists side by side with unprecedented wealth.

This plenary session will examine the root causes of these challenges and identify systemic reforms and policies that address over-consumption, globalization, de-regulation, the excesses of self-interest and the anti-competitive nature of crony capitalism. The challenge is to adopt policies that enable broadly shared prosperity while not frustrating the dynamic forces of business and entrepreneurship. We’ll look at the history of government involvement in the economy, query the premise of the ‘free market’, investigate new ways to measure economic progress, consider a more equitable tax system and discuss how financial capital can be harnessed for good.
Panelists:
⦁        Andy Stern, Workers Benefit Fund
⦁        Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute
⦁        Hazel Henderson, Ethical Markets Media
⦁        Morris Pearl, Patriotic Millionaires
⦁        Matt Patsky, Trillium
⦁        Benjamin Waterhouse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
⦁        Jeffrey Hollender, American Sustainable Business Council, moderator

2. What Will It Take to Solve the Climate Crisis?

Can our capitalistic society look beyond the next quarter, sharply reduce its resource consumption, and save our climate, communities and essential water supplies? How can we create bipartisan support to invest in green infrastructure, clean energy and water quality technologies? What strategies will best address economic externalities and historic anti- competitive subsidies for carbon intensive fuels? And what policies will best offset inequities, jobs impact and regional disparities as we transition from fossil fuels? From a price on carbon to the more ambitious Green New Deal, business can be part of the solution.

  • Alex Bozmoski, Managing Director, republicEn.org
  • Robert Pollin, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Mass-Amherst
  • Kristin Kelleher, Climate Action Business Association
  • Lauren Maunus, Sunrise Movement
  • Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund
  • Christina DeConcini, World Resource Institute, moderator

2. Moving from a Shareholder to a Stakeholder Economy: Building a Forward Looking Business Agenda for 2020
The conversation begins with the question: How can we collectively build a stronger and more ethically focused business movement that champions broadly shared prosperity? How can our values and commitment to the triple bottom line be translated into enacting policies that humanizes our economy? While our politics has become polarized, there is another trend of business leaders intent on tackling the fundamental contradictions of our capitalist system.
Companies large and small, are reconsidering what the ‘purpose’ of business is. More are recognizing the shortcomings of a quarter to quarter, profit at all cost strategy as the climate crisis and income inequality deepens. Many are moving away from shareholder primacy to a stakeholder model where social and environmental benefits carry equal weight with financial returns. Others are stepping up to partner with government and champion progressive public policies. Yet, our efforts remain fragmented, especially compared to the power that incumbent business and political interests wield and the expanding threats to our democracy.
Panelists:
⦁        Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab
⦁        Liz Morrison, No Labels
⦁        Kristen Silverberg, Business Roundtable
⦁        Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism
⦁        Evan McMullin, Stand Up Republic
⦁        Richard Eidlin, American Sustainable Business Council, moderator

3. Making Capitalism Work in States, Cities and Rural Communities
While Washington struggles, states, cities and towns are addressing many of the underlying challenges facing our economy. Governors, mayors and legislators are bravely reassessing the value of attracting low-wage businesses and firm-specific development tax incentives. They’re pursuing initiatives involving public investments, higher wages, skills-based education, job creation/training, main street projects and green infrastructure. This session will explore how the Small Business Administration and capital markets can support business activities that yield significant, positive social impact, along with how Rural America can thrive in the midst of urbanization and globalization.
Panelists:
⦁        Rodney Foxworth, Common Future (formerly known as Balle)
⦁        Samuel Hammond, Niskanen Center
⦁        Clint Odom, National Urban League
⦁        Jeff Tkach, Rodale Institute
⦁        Linda Fowler, Founder, Regionerate LLC, moderator

4. Capitalism + Activism: Thoughts from Gen Z and Millennial Leaders
Millennial and Gen Z business, political and civic leaders are experiencing head-on the blessings and failings of our capitalist system. According to several recent polls, they have a more positive view of the word “socialism” than previous generations.
Facing significant challenges, these purpose-driven and media savvy entrepreneurs are often more comfortable than their Baby Boom colleagues in questioning conventional assumptions about how markets work as well as social, environmental and political issues. They know how powerfully their business or personal brand can influence society’s views on racial justice, climate change, environmental stewardship, and equity. Hear how the next generation’s leaders view capitalism and see their role in advancing a more sustainable economy.
Panelists:
⦁        Lela Klein, Co-op Dayton
⦁        Quillian Robinson, American Conservation Coalition
⦁        Tequila Johnson, The Equity Alliance
⦁        Nina Bernardin, Conscious Company, moderator

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How Inequality Constricts Our Economy And What We Can Do About It

Heather Boushey, President and CEO, Washington Center for Equitable Growth and author of UNBOUND

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Worker Ownership – A Strategy for Strengthening America’s Middle Class

Doug O’Brien, President and CEO, National Cooperative Business Association

Matt Gomez, Counsel, House Small Business Committee, Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY)

Dan Wolf, President, Cape Air; Former Massachusetts State Senator

Michael Peck, 1worker1vote co-founder/executive director; ASBC Board Secretary

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Clean Water Is Good for Business

Andy Tveekrem, Brewmaster + Co-Founder, Market Garden Brewery
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Sixty Minutes with Hazel Henderson on Transitioning to Science-Based Investing

Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, Founder, Ethical Markets Media
Edward Saltzberg, PhD, Executive Director, Security and Sustainability Forum
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Rethinking Our Way to the Future We Want

Jaimie Cloud, Founder and President, Cloud Institute
Ali-Reza “A.R.” Vahabzadeh, Vice President of Memberships & Chief of Staff to CEO, ASBC
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Opportunity Zones for Social Impact and Community Benefit

Ali-Reza “A.R.” Vahabzadeh, Vice President of Memberships & Chief of Staff to CEO, ASBC
Val Red-Horse Mohl, Executive Director, Social Venture Circle
John O’Neill, Senior Tax Policy Analyst, ASBC
Juan Saldana III, Managing Principal, P3 Markets
Jeff Kaplan, Principal, NextSeed
Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
Adam Northrup, Financial Strategist, LOCUS
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Building a Purpose Driven Culture

Jeffrey Hollender, CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council
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Capturing Methane Emissions

Amory Lovins, cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute
Alice Madden, Executive Director, the Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment at Colorado Law School
Wiley Rhodes, Founder, One Step In foundation
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Taking Action on Climate Through Pricing Carbon

Eliza Kelsten, Policy Manager, American Sustainable Business Council
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The Power of Sustainable Purchasing

Eliza Kelsten, Policy Manager, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
Kris Spriano, SPLC BENCHMARK Program Manager
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Why Net Neutrality Matters for Business

Ilyssa Meyer Manager, Public Policy and Research, Etsy
Evan Engstrom Executive Director, Engine
Phillip Berenbroick Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge
Ryan Rabac Marketing Director, ASBC (moderator)
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Curb Climate Change: Putting a Price on Carbon

VT State Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas
MA State Representative Jen Benson
Eliza Kelsten, Policy Manager, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Sustainable Procurement Policy

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project
Stacey Foreman, Sustainable Procurement Coordinator for the City of Portland, OR
Eliza Kelsten, Policy Manager, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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The Business Case for Medicare for All

David Levine, President, American Sustainable Business Council
Richard Master, Founder and CEO, MCS Industries, Inc.
Jerry Friedman, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts
Marvin McPherson, Associate Director, Member Engagement, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Hone Your Message and Work with the Media to Get it Out

David Brodwin, Co-founder, VP Media and Communications & CFO, American Sustainable Business Council
Bob Keener, Deputy Director, Public Relations, American Sustainable Business Council
Ryan Rabac, Manager, Digital Marketing, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Effectively Advocating & Lobbying Your Elected Officials

Julia Watts, Associate Director, Campaigns, American Sustainable Business Council
Ryan Rabac, Manager, Digital Marketing, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Sharing the Responsible Business Voice on Social Media

Pat Heffernan, Founder, Marketing Partners, Inc., co-chair ASBC Working Group for Women
Ryan Rabac, Manager, Digital Marketing, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
Kevin Maley, Managing Supervisor, VOX Global
Maggie Kinnealey, Managing Supervisor, VOX Global
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What’s It Made Of Initiative

Susan Inglis, Executive Director, Sustainable Furnishings Council
Bryan McGannon,  Director of Policy, American Sustainable Business Council
Judy Levin, Pollution Prevention Co-Director, Center for Environmental Health
Emily Naud, Sustainability Manager, GCI General Contractors
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Federal Carbon Tax: Mission Possible?

Bob Inglis, Former Congressman, SC; current Executive Director, Energy and Enterprise Initiative
Walt Minnick, Former Congressman (ID), Co Founder and Partner, Partnership for Responsible Growth
Josh Karetny, Legislative Director, Senator Whitehouse
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Don’t Believe Trump’s Hype: Regulations Do Work for Business!

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
Bryan McGannon,  Director of Policy, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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Opportunities to Address Climate Change: State-based Carbon Taxes

Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Aaron Regunberg, State Representative, RI
Kevin Ranker, State Senator, WA
Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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What the Election Means to Sustainable Businesses

April De Simone, Founder, Designing the WE
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
Sam Munger, Director, State Innovation Exchange
Shaun Chapman, Chief of Staff, SolarCity
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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The On-Demand Economy: Insights on an Independent Workforce

Steve King, Principal, Emergent Research
Claudia Viek, CEO, California Association for Micro Enterprose Opportunity (CAMEO)
Pat Heffernan, founder, Marketing Partners, Inc., co-chair ASBC Working Group for Women. (moderator)
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The Business Case for the Young Farmer Success Act

Chris Gibson, United States Representative (R-NY)
Joe Courtney, United States Representative (D-CT)
Eric Hansen, Policy Analyst at National Young Farmers Coalition
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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The Carbon Risk for Government and Business

Michael McGinn, former Mayor of Seattle, WA
Matthew Patsky, CFA, is CEO and a Portfolio Manager at Trillium Asset Management
David Levine, CEO & President, American Sustainable Business Council (co-moderator)
James Irwin, Associate Director, Mayors Innovation Project (co-moderator)
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Become a Leading Carbon Tax Advocate

Zach Bernstein, Manager of Research and Social Media, ASBC
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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The Conservative Case for a National Carbon Tax

Bob Inglis, Former United States Representative (R-SC)
Catrina Rorke, Director of Energy Policy and Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (moderator)
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The Making of “Experienced Economy”

Elizabeth Isele, founder of the Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship (GIEE)
Pat Heffernan, founder, Marketing Partners, Inc., co-chair ASBC Working Group for Women. (co-moderator)
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council (co-moderator)
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Capital to Launch or Scale Your Business

Brian Beckon, Vice President, Cutting Edge Capital
Jenny Kassan, JennyKassan.com Investment (US SIF) (moderator)
Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director, Colorado Lending Source
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council
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Carbon Fee Act with Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Brian Schatz, Hawai‘i’s senior United States Senator.
Alya Kayal, Director of Policy & Programs for the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) (moderator)
Hawai‘i-based Michael Kramer, Managing Partner of Natural Investments
Richard Eidlin, Vice President, American Sustainable Business Council
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What Are States Doing On Carbon Pricing?

Jeff Mauk, Executive Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
Michael Barrett, State Senator, (D-MA)
Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association
Dan Barlow, Public Policy Manager, VT Businesses for Social Responsibility
Ross Macfarlane, Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions
Zach Bernstein, Manager of Research and Social Media, ASBC
Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy, ASBC (moderator)
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Facebook and Ben & Jerry’s: Corporate Strategies to Reduce Carbon Pollution

Bill Weihl, Director of Sustainability, Facebook
Christopher Miller, Social Activism Manager, Ben & Jerry’s
Sarah Severn, Coordinator for Washington State Businesses for Climate Action
Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy, ASBC (moderator)
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Carbon Pricing 101 – How Would a Tax/Fee Really Work?

Sam Adams, Director, U.S. Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute
Christina DeConcini, Director, Government Affairs, World Resources Institute
Noah Kaufman, Climate Economist, World Resources Institute
Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy, ASBC (moderator)
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Health Care Reimbursement

John Gamlin, Director of Human Resources, New Belgium Brewing
Wayne Jonas, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Samueli Institute
Kent Bradley, former Chief Medical Officer of Safeway
Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy, ASBC (moderator)
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The Business Case for Rethinking Fracking

Hilary Baum, Project Director, ASBC
Tom Frantz, 4th Generation Almond Farmer
Jannette Barth, Ph.D. Pepacton Institute LLC, Managing Director and Economist
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
Marvin McPherson, Manager of Member Engagement, ASBC (moderator)
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Business Case for Good Workplace

David Levine, President of ASBC
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Business Case for a National Carbon Tax

Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy, ASBC
Zach Bernstein, Manager of Research and Social Media, ASBC

Marvin McPherson, Manager of Member Engagement, ASBC (moderator)
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