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9:00 – 9:45
Registration and Networking
RLA Building Tour (optional)

9:45 – 10:15
The Status of Sustainability Today
Results from Recent Survey
Presented by: Jay Liebowitz, Assoc. Prof. of Org. Behavior and HR Management, Duquesne University

10:15 – noon
Interactive Forum – Baselining Sustainability
Provide multifaceted definition of sustainability to demonstrate complexity and need for integrated solutions:

  • Describe “Sustainability” What does the research show
  • Misconceptions about sustainability
  • What are the business results it can yield
  • Why the interest in sustainability
  • Interactive Q&A

Presented by:

  • Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, Director, MBA Sustainability Program, Associate Professor of
    Leadership & Change Management, Duquesne University - Moderator
  • Matt Mehalik, Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Duquesne University
  • Bob McNeice, President, Insight Rising
  • Bob Garrity, VP, Environmental Sustainability, Giant Eagle

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch (provided)
Sustaining Personal Energy
RLA Building Tour (optional)

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Interactive Break-Out Sessions

  • What can my organization, and I, do?
  • Addressing challenges with new staffing models, creating efficiency and reducing cost, and more
  • Identifying barriers and resources required to create strategic alignment, agility and adaptivity
  • Sharing experiences, ideas and processes

2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 -4:15 PM
Practical Applications
HR’s Role: Presentation and dialogue by sustainability executives/champions from business and
HR executives who are leaders in sustainability. What is already being done/what can be done under
the banner of sustainability?

  • How does each organization define sustainability?
  • What are implications for the HR function and for the people in the organization (how are you challenging the model)?
  • Lessons learned and future challenges (tools, processes, culture).
  • What is the potential?
  • Provide examples of what can be accomplished
  • Challenge HR and business to do more
  • Create excitement and desire to do more

Presented by:

  • Sharon Orlopp, SVP, People Division, Sam’s Club
  • Bob Kumpf, Bayer Sustainability executive
  • Mike Couch, President, Michael Couch & Associates Inc - Moderator

4:15 – 4:45
Moving forward
Summarizing the learnings and creating an action plan for sustainability leadership in your organization

Facilitated by:
Peggy Fayfich, President of Strategic Retreats and President of the HR Leadership Forum

Networking Happy Hour

RLA Building Tour (optional)


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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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Forum on Creating a Sustainable Organization, November 13, 2008

Location: Cranberry, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Key words: Sustainability Conference, Sustainability Forum, Forum on Sustainability, Conference on Sustainability,

November 13, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA. An Interactive Sustainability Forum for the HR Professional, CEO, CFO, Sustainability Director - Improve your sustainability strategy - increase profits - satisfy all stakeholders: employees, customers, vendors and shareholders