Guest Speakers

Fall 2017 Guest Speakers

Eron Bloomgarden 

Eron Bloomgarden is a partner at EKO Asset Management Partners (Encourage Capital) based in the firm's New York City office. EKO is a specialized investment and advisory firm focused on discovering and monetizing unrealized or unrecognized environmental assets. As a pioneer in the development of carbon markets, Bloomgarden has advised governments, multilateral institutions, and international corporations on many aspects of the carbon and environmental markets.

Lynette Brubaker

Lynette is the President of Bobbi Brown's new company, Beauty Evolution. Prior to this position she was a partner and CMO at Lividini & Co, leading all strategy and business development for the company. Widely-regarded as a business strategist, brand maker and industry change agent in digital and social marketing, Lynette spent her earlier career leading the successful growth of brands such as In Style, W Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and Stella & Dot.

Dan Bena

Dan Bena is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, serving as liaison between government affairs, public policy, and operations to "connect the dots" for impact and develop advocacy and messaging to key stakeholder groups. He also serves on the GCNYC Board of Trustees, and is an Honorary Professor of GCU. 



Pauline Brown

After graduating from Wharton, Pauline Brown started her career in corporate strategy for Estée Lauder and Avon, lead consumer-goods and retail investments for The Carlyle Group, and advised emerging luxury brands as an independent investor and board member. In 2013 years ago she assumed her role as the Chairman of North American operations for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the board of overseers of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute.

Bob Dunn

Now a Consulting Associate for Synergos, Bob Dunn was President and CEO of Synergos from 2005 - 2015. Before joining Synergos, Bob served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a nonprofit membership organization working with major global companies to promote more ethical, responsible and sustainable business policies and practices.

Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE

Sir Alex Ferguson is a Scottish former football and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is regarded by many players, managers and analysts to be one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time. An honorary graduate Glasgow Caledonian University, Sir Alex is heavily involved in the philanthropic arm of the University and supports the students in many areas. 

Karen Giberson

Karen Giberson is President of the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit, international trade organization established in 1994. Over the past 20 years, Accessories Council membership has grown internationally to include over 280 companies and organizations, representing the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.

Jeff Hunter

Jeff hunter is the founder of Talentism LLC, creators of Talent Architecture. Talent Architecture is a new way of thinking about building businesses that win. It is based on the insight that people realities drive business success, and that failure to design organizations based on what people are truly like usually leads to business defeat. Prior to Talentism, he was the Head of Recruiting for Bridgewater Associates, and VP of HR Solutions at Dolby. 

Erika Karp

Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank. Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and was an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative.

Georg Kell

Georg Kell is Chairman of the Board at Arabesque Asset Management Ltd, the world's first ESG quant fund, combining sustainability priorities with quantitative analysis. He was the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. Mr. Kell has also overseen the conception and launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative. 

Gin Kinney

Gin Kirkland Kinney is the Vice President of NRG Energy Business Solutions. NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S, built on the strength of the nation's largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. Prior to that, she was the executive Vice President of Business Development for Solar Blue, Director of Marketing for Heritage Green, and the President of 550 Marketing. 


Hildy Kuryk

As of 2014 Hildy Kuryk was the Director of Communications for Vogue Magazine. From 2009 to 2010 Kuryk served as deputy finance director at the Democratic National Committee, and was promoted to national finance director in April 2011 where she acted as a liaison between the organization and key donors and stakeholders. The same year, Kuryk was named one of Politico's "50 Politicos to Watch" for her work on the Obama campaign and at the Democratic National Committee.


James LaForce

James is the founder and president of LaFORCE - the New York Based PR agency. As a highly-regarded media and communications consultant, LaForce directs the range of campaigns across the agency’s diverse client roster. Prior to founding LaFORCE, he was the Vice President of Loving and Weintraub, the Group Creative Director for Patrice Tanaka and Company and an Account Director for Jessica Dee Communications. 

Laura Lendrum 

Laura Lendrum is the current CEO of DEAN & DELUCA, a multi-channel retailer of gourmet and specialty foods, premium wines and high-end kitchenware with operations throughout the United States and abroad. Prior to joining the company she held various positions in luxury retail including President of Ralph Lauren, President of Gucci - America and President & Managing Director of Yves Saint Laurent. 

Nancy McKay

Nancy McKay is currently the CEO at Nest Fragrances, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of exceptionally crafted luxury home and fine fragrances. Prior to her position at Nest, she was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Estee Lauder, Tom Ford Beauty and AERIN Beauty, the SVP of Sales and Marketing North America for Estee Lauder, and VP of Sales for Aramis and Designer Fragrances. 

Amisha Parekh

Amisha Parekh is the Senior Product Strategist for Sustainable Finance at Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Prior to this position, she was a Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy as well as a Sustainability Manager, at Deloitte. Before that she worked on Sustainability Strategy for both Walmart and Proctor and Gamble.