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Creating a Sustainable Organization            Nov. 13, 2008 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cranberry, PA

An Interactive Forum for the HR Professional, CEO, CFO, Sustainability Director and...

Companies all over the world are embracing sustainability as one of the most important factors for staying competitive.
With world-class experts both speaking and facilitating interactive sessions, this is an opportunity for participants to:

  • Better define what sustainability means for your organization
  • Improve your sustainability strategies - to increase profits and satisfy all stakeholders:
    employees, customers, vendors and shareholders
  • Learn how local and national organizations have profitably implemented sustainable practices
  • Understand how to build and maintain an adaptable sustainability culture
  • Learn how to modify HR processes and functions to support sustainability
Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization

Sharon Orlopp - Senior Vice President,
Sam’s Club People Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Sharon is responsible for the Human Resources department for over 105,000 associates nationwide. Her responsibilities include training and development, recruiting, communication, employee relations, compensation and all aspects of human resources for the nation’s largest warehouse chain. Full Bio

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Bob Kumpf - Chief Administrative Officer,
Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Bob is Chief Administrative Officer for Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS). He also is the co-lead of the BMS NAFTA Sustainability Community Council, which fosters sustainable development initiatives within the NAFTA region. Full Bio

Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization

Bob Garrity, VP, Environmental Sustainability, Giant Eagle As Vice President of Environmental Sustainability, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Bob is responsible for leading Giant Eagle’s sustainability efforts. In addition, he has been instrumental in establishing and chairing the Food Marketing Institute Sustainability Task Force. He has held IT positions at Mellon Bank and Pennsylvania Blue Shield. He was Director of Management Consulting Services for Price Waterhouse, including multi-year tours in Jakarta, Indonesia; Puerto Rico; Toledo, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Senior Vice President of Operations for Action Industries from 1994 to 1996. Prior to his current position, Bob held numerous officer titles leading the departments of Information Services, Human Resources, Prepared Foods and Store Planning/Construction.

Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization

Matthew M. Mehalik, Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy in the H. J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Matt built Champions for Sustainability, a network of companies who tackle common interest issues and share solutions involved with sustainable business practices. He also manages Sustainable Business Solutions, helps companies integrate sustainable solutions with operational business practices.

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Bob McNeice, CEO, Insight Rising, Inc.

Bob has closely followed and participated in environmental and social causes throughout his career as a senior manager in several service industries. He formed the professional services firm, Insight Rising, Inc. in 2007 to assist organizations in implementing sustainability initiatives in a strategic manner to improve profits, market valuation, and stakeholder value.

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Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Duquesne University

Robert is a researcher and consultant in environmental management systems, green supply chain management, and environmentally responsible manufacturing. He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Michigan State University. His research interests include environmental management systems, green supply chain management, design for environment, and green purchasing. He has published in many conferences, edited books, and peer reviewed journals such as the Production and Operations Management Society, Journal of Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, the International Journal of Production Research, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Center for Advanced Purchasing (CAPS), and the Production and Inventory Management Journal.

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Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam (Moderator) Director, MBA Sustainability Program, Associate Professor of Leadership & Change Management, Duquesne University

Apart from chairing the Leadership, Ethics & Global Business Division, Naga also serves as the Director of the MBA Sustainability program. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Florida International University, Miami. He is a mechanical engineer by (earlier) training and worked for several years in India in sales, product management and marketing research. His research focuses on organizational impacts of individual and team leadership, advanced information technologies and innovations. His work has been published in the Leadership Quarterly, Group & Organization Management, and other journals. In the classroom, he facilitates student learning in leadership and strategic management.

Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization

Jay Liebowitz, Associate Professor of Human Resources, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business, Duquesne University

Jay Liebowitz is an Associate Professor of Human Resources, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne University. Jay earned his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984. He teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. His research interests focus on the role of HR in creating a sustainability culture, and improving the effectiveness of new product development teams. He has published in HR Magazine, Human Resource Planning and Human Relations, among others. He also does consulting work and management training with a few small businesses, non-profits and government contractors. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, he worked for the Energy & Environment Center at the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He currently serves on the Board of the HR Leadership Forum.

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Michael A. Couch (Moderator), President of Michael Couch & Associates

Mike leads Michael Couch & Associates Inc., a versatile consulting practice focused on dramatically improving the capability of organizations, teams and individuals. Michael has made a career out of improving the performance of organizations, both as a business executive and an organization effectiveness consultant. His unique background in operations, business management, and organization effectiveness allows him to partner with senior leadership, wear many hats, and collaborate with people throughout a company, building organizations that have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization

Peggy Fayfich (Moderator), President of Strategic Retreats and President of the HR Leadership Forum

Peggy has held numerous leadership positions in telecommunications, financial services and retailing. For over 30 years she has helped organizations and individuals create focus, strategies, and achieve responsible growth.. She has broad experience in Organization Design, Organizational Development and Leadership, Change Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sales Management, Benefits and Compensation, and Customer Service.

Who Should Attend

  • HR Professionals
  • CEOs, CFOs
  • Strategic Planners
  • Sustainability Directors
  • Anyone responsible for planning/implementing sustainability practices.

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Creating a Sustainable Organization is sponsored by:

Towers Perrin is a professional services firm that helps organizations improve
performance through effective people, risk and financial management.

From our history to employment opportunities, community involvement to our green
initiatives, discover everything you want to know about Giant Eagle, then and now.

Lee Hecht Harrison is a Talent Solutions company, focused on Talent Development,
in the areas of Career Transition, Leadership Consulting and Workforce Solutions


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