Monday, September 21 Luncheon
Best-selling Author and Founder of Winston Eco-Strategies
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from the world’s biggest environmental and social challenges. He is most recently the author of the book The Big Pivot and the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.” Andrew’s book, The Big Pivot, explores how companies can thrive in a hotter, scarcer, more open world, and it provides a new roadmap, helping executives create a more prosperous business, economy, and world. His first book, Green to Gold,was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over100,000 copies in seven languages. As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, Andrew has advised some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Bridgestone, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi. He serves on sustainability advisory boards for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Hewlett-Packard (HP), and Unilever, and acts as a sustainability advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). A highly respected and dynamic speaker, Andrew reaches audiences with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to create a sustainable world. He has spoken all over the world – in Europe, Russia, Brazil, the Middle East, and China – bringing his ideas to leadership meetings of the top executives of Fortune 500 companies, large industry conferences, and high-profile business events like the World Innovation Forum. Andrew’s work is based on significant business experience and education. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale.
Tuesday, September 22 Luncheon
R. Michael Leonard
Chairman, The Conservation Fund
Attorney and Partner, Womble Carlyle
Mike Leonard for decades has been a leader of land conservation both in North Carolina and throughout the country. Mike presently serves as Chairman of The Conservation Fund, a national non-profit organization that has preserved more than seven million acres in the U.S. His conservation work includes linking Alabama’s Pinhoti National Recreation Trail to the Appalachian Trail, extending the Appalachian Trail an additional 400 miles. Mike helped lead a public-private effort to preserve nearly 1,600 acres and create three new walking trails near Charlotte, N.C. He secured private donations to help fund the 996-acre Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina, and led negotiations for North Carolina to purchase Grandfather Mountain as a state park in 2009. All of his conservation work has been done on a voluntary basis and, as an attorney, Mike is often retained by landowners to assist in negotiating land transactions which balance development and conservation. He has been nationally recognized by the Chevron Corporation, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. In 2010, Mike received the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, in honor of his conservation efforts. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem, N.C. office and manages the firm's litigation support system. ICOET thanks The Conservation Fund for supporting Mike’s participation at the conference.