What does corporate responsibility look like as we move forward? Especially as many CEOs of major corporations have pulled back from discussing climate change to focus how they are impacted by COVID-19.

Our esteemed panel will primarily focus on the environmental and sustainability aspects of corporate responsibility, and what are the trends they see now or how will the landscape look in 2021?
William Eimicke, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

William B. Eimicke is Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs and the founding director of the  Picker Center for Executive Education  of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Eimicke teaches courses in management, cross sector partnerships, applied policy analysis, and innovation. He also teaches at Peking University and the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Professor Eimicke also serves on the Advisory Board of Central Park Conservancy's Institute for Urban Parks which helps urban parks across NYC, around the USA and throughout the world improve their quality, accessibility and financial stability, often through cross-sector partnerships. He is the co-author (with fellow SIPA faculty member Howard W. Buffett) of  Social Value Investing-A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships  (Columbia University Press 2018). He also co-authored Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015).

He served as FDNY Deputy Fire Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Policy (2007-10) under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Eimicke previously served as housing "czar" of New York State under the late Governor Mario Cuomo, helping to create and launch the massive Housing New York program, producing over 200,000 units of rehabilitated and new affordable apartments over 15 years.  He also worked on the housing team of Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review and has worked affordable housing policy and projects across the United States.

In 2008, he was named to the Irish Voice newspaper's inaugural Irish Education 100, a listing of leading figures in education across North America. Eimicke holds a BA, MPA and PhD from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He previously taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, Russell Sage College, the State University of New York at Albany, and Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Jessica Jackley, Chief Impact Officer at Aspiration, Co-founder of

Jessica is an entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. Her work over the last decade has focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice.

She is best known as a cofounder of Kiva , the world's first crowdfunding site for microenterprises.  Kiva lets users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing borrowers affordable capital to start or expand their business. Since its founding in October 2005 Kiva has facilitated over $1.4B in loans worldwide .

Currently, Jessica serves as Chief Impact Officer at Aspiration , helping customers align their spending with their social values via tools such as the Aspiration Impact Measurement (AIM) app, which provides users with a personal sustainability score based on where they choose to shop and spend. She is a General Partner with SparkLabs Global Ventures , as well as an investor, advisor, and former Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund . Additionally, Jessica teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC , and was previously a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society

Jessica recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering's first Entrepreneur in Residence, launching initiatives related to corporate citizenship and happiness. She serves on several nonprofit boards including Habitat for Humanity , advises numerous start-ups, and is an advisory board member of Investcorp Strategic Capital Group.

She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business , a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School , a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University , and honorary PhDs from Centenary College  and Quinnipiac University .

Her first book,  CLAY WATER BRICK: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least  was published in June 2015 (Penguin Random House). Jessica lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan , and their four young children.
Mark W. Nelson Managing Director of Radiant Energy Fund

Mark W. Nelson is a leading researcher and speaker
on the status and prospects of nuclear and alternative energy around the world . Mark's analytical work as Senior Analyst at
Environmental Progress has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He represented Environmental Progress on the advisory committee for MIT's Future of Nuclear Energy project and regularly presents on special topics at EP's annual conference.

Prior to Environmental Progress, Mark was a Generation Fellow at the Breakthrough
Institute and an engineering research intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mark holds an MPhil in nuclear engineering from Cambridge University and degrees in
mechanical and aerospace engineering from Oklahoma State University. He lives in
San Francisco with his wife.
JB Tengco, West Coast Director for the BlueGreen Alliance

JB Tengco is the West Coast Director for the BlueGreen Alliance. Previously, he has held senior positions in the clean energy, labor and political arena. He served as the Director of Government Affairs and Public Relations for Westinghouse Solar as well as served as a consultant to a number of clean energy advocacy groups and companies ranging from start-ups to one of the largest solar companies in the world.

Prior to working in clean energy, JB was Deputy Political Director and Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the California Democratic Party. He served in senior positions for John Kerry for President in Washington State , the California Labor Federation, and the Oakland Unified School District. Early in his career, he was m anagement consultant at Deloitte & Touche .

He has a Masters in Public Policy from Columbia University and a BA from UC Berkeley. He is an Americorp alumni and volunteers with the Red Cross when not hanging out with the his wife and two young boys.
Frank Meehan, Co-founder and Head of Product at Equilibrium.World

Frank is Co-founder and Head of Product at Equilibrium.World. Equilibrium's data science and reporting platform is the most effective way for a business to become sustainable across all aspects of their business, environmental, social and economical, thus preparing to be highly investable for the future.

Frank is also Co-founder and Partner at SparkLabs Group, an early stage investor which has invested in over 280 companies across six continents. With an additional focus on sustainability, climate, agriculture and food tech through their partner fund SparkLabs Cultiv8. 

He was previously Co-Founder and CEO at , a fast-growing Micro-Learning platform used by startups, business schools and corporates. SmartUp has been featured in “Best New Apps” by Apple UK and US. Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment list 2010.

Previously Frank was with  Horizons Ventures  (HK), representing them on the boards of Spotify, Siri, Summly, Affectiva, Bitcasa, Fixmo, DoubleTwist, Ginger, Desti and Magisto. While at Horizons, he led early investments in DeepMind (acquired by Google) and Siri (acquired by Apple).

He ran the Three Groups’ global handset business, and developed and launched a range of products (Skype phone and INQ1), which pioneered mobile and internet communications. INQ Mobile won Best Handset at Mobile World Congress 2009.
Jared Carney, Founder & CEO at Lightdale LLC

Jared Carney founded Lightdale, a global holding and strategic advisory firm, in 2012. Lightdale has international investments and joint ventures, with interests in real estate, life sciences, technology, hospitality, healthcare, education and financial services. He is also a Venture Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures and SparkLabs Frontier-ASU, and an Executive-in-Residence with SparkLabs Foundry.

Prior to Lightdale , Carney served as Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at the Milken Institute working closely with its Chairman, Michael Milken. He was also a key team member of Knowledge Universe, Mr. Milken’s private equity and education business. For 10 years he led the annual Global Conference, the world’s largest gathering of the capital markets. Prior to that he had a career in high-tech and media marked by innovation; winning the Japanese Multimedia Gran Prix, launching Java for Sun Microsystems, putting the X-Files online for News Corporation, buying the world’s largest private database of industrial properties and publishing it on the Internet.

Carney is Vice-Chairman of McKinley Capital, a $7 billion AUM quantitative asset manager. He has been on the boards of numerous companies and currently serves as a director of Brandenburg Realty, a Guernsey domiciled diversified real estate company and GoFlat LLC, a US based consumer products company.

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