Sustainability at DePaul Conference

The inaugural Sustainability at DePaul Conference is scheduled for Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8, 2021.

About this Event

Hosted by the DePaul University Master of Sustainable Management Program and DePaul's Net Impact Chapter.

More circular business practices are needed in every industry if we hope to seriously combat climate change, while caring for a growing human population. With 80% of DePaul graduates staying in the Chicago region upon graduation, the University's Sustainability Community has the opportunity to positively impact our region in the near future. This two-part conference will connect current students, alumni and regional sustainability experts across multiple industries with a goal of highlighting the broad work that is being done in the name of sustainability, while also giving them a chance to learn about the latest trends in the sector to foster a stronger and more impactful sustainability community for our city. Join DePaul University for the inaugural Sustainability at DePaul Conference. Stay tuned for more details!


Day 1

11-11:10 am: Welcome & Introduction

  • Salma Ghanem | Interim Provost, DePaul University

11:10-11:55 am: Future of Food Panel

  • Moderator: Barbara Willard | Associate Professor, Communication Studies, DePaul University
  • Robin Carter | Team Leader, Dollar Channel, Unilever & Owner, The Carter Consulting Group
  • Chaoran Jin | Managing Director, Keystone Capital Inc.
  • Stephanie Lind | Founder, Elohi Strategic Advisors
  • Michael Natale | Global Growth Platform Leader for Plant Based Protein, Ingredion

11:55 am-12:25 pm: Fireside Chat

  • Moderator: Hugh Bartling | Associate Professor, Public Policy Studies, School of Public Service, Sustainable Urban Development, DePaul University

12:25-12:55 pm: Group Networking

12:55-1:00 pm: Day One Closing Remarks

  • Virginia Head | President, DePaul Net Impact Chapter


Day 2

11-11:45 am: DePaul Alumni in Sustainability Panel

  • Moderator: Kevin Sofen | Adjunct Professor, DePaul University & Business Development Manager, W.S. Darley & Co.
  • Claire Habel | Commercial Program Manager, Community Climate Collaborative
  • Ryan Henderson | Director, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Conexus Indiana
  • Jennifer Long | Associate Executive Director, Surge for Water
  • Baylee Ritter | Youth Coordinator, The Ocean Project
  • Prachi Sharma | Project Manager, Slipstream Group

11:45 am-12:15 pm: DePaul Sustainability Student Group Overviews

  • DePaul Climate Reality
  • DePaul Fair Trade Committee
  • DePaul Net Impact
  • DePaul Trees
  • DePaul Student Government Association

12:15-1:00 pm: Job Search Workshop with the CMC

  • Madeleine Shaw | Assistant Director, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University


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Dial-In Information

Registrants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event. 

Friday, May 7 at 11:00am to 1:00pm

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