COMMIT!Forum Plenary Sessions



9:15 – 11 a.m. Exclusive Workshop with MGM Resorts International 


Rey Bouknight
Director of Corporate Communications
MGM Resorts International

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What role do corporations play in addressing societal issues? How can innovation that the private sector help accelerate solutions?

Join MGM Resorts International in a session that explores how companies can leverage innovation to solve problems relevant to both the company and its context. How do you pick the most material issues to work on? How do you select the right partners? How do you engage employees and involve them in your solutions?

Come away with lessons and practical tools to help drive innovation and accelerate the resolution of key issues facing your company and our world.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Next Gen Responsible Extractives: Leveraging Deep Ecology & Virtual Reality (VR) for High Impact Messaging of Mining’s Needs, Opportunities, and 21st Century Solutions


Charlotte M. Thornton
Chairman & Founder
Clean Copper Mining, Minerals & Manufacturing, Inc.



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2:20 – 2:50 p.m. Innovation at Mosaic

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Innovation and fertilizer manufacturing may not seem to go hand-in-hand. But innovation is one of Mosaic’s guiding principles, and we believe it is critical to our success as one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. This presentation would impart that a) innovation is born out of a desire to continuously improve; b) innovation can happen when you have honest conversations about your challenges; c) sometimes innovative solutions feel downright “out of the box” early on; and d) innovation comes from employees at all levels.

2:55 – 3:05 p.m. Around the Kitchen Table: Life on a Coffee Farm 


Ken Lander
Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer
THRIVE Farmers

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It’s noble to talk about using more sustainable agricultural practices, treating workers better, reforestation, and investing in future opportunities, but if you are a coffee farmer and can’t support your family with your farming income, then you probably need to find something else to do. 

Thrive Farmers is transforming the coffee industry after sitting around countless coffee farmers’ kitchen tables. Without addressing economic hurdles, the necessary changes to communities or the environment are not feasible. THRIVE Farmers provides an opportunity to bring sustainability into the daily practices of businesses with something as simple as a cup of coffee.  

3:35 – 4:05 p.m. Plenary Session – Waste Management

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4:05 – 4:35 p.m. Driving the Future of the CR Profession 


Bart Alexander
Alexander & Associates LLC

Crystal Adams
Assistant Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Crowe Horwath LLP



Doris Gonzalez
Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, Americas
IBM Corporation

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10 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session – TBD

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10:30 – 11 a.m. Plenary Session – TBD

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11 – 11:45 a.m. Interview with a Responsible CEO 

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12:15 – 1 p.m. Shared Responsibility: An Exclusive CEO Panel (Speakers Subject to Change)


Emanuel Chirico
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
PVH Corp.

Sury Kant
President North America, UK and Europe
Tata Consultancy Services

Richard Noll
Chairman and CEO

Richard Shadyac
President and CEO
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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1:30 – 2 p.m.  Effective & Innovative Ideas in Sustainable Supply Chain


Daniel Aronson

Tom Carpenter
Executive Director of Sustainability Services
Waste Management

Erin O’Driscoll
‎Director, Ventures and Business Development
The Dow Chemical Company

Matthew Swibel
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Lockheed Martin


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What lessons have top companies and researchers learned about successfully improving the sustainability of their supply chains, and what can others learn from them? In this session, you’ll hear from leading companies in different industries, from major government contractors to software and services. How is improving the sustainability of systems different from that of products or companies? Where can cross-industry collaborations really help, and how? How can companies work together with their suppliers to find innovative improvements? You will also have a chance to hear about new ideas and directions that could help further increase sustainability in the supply chain.

2 – 2:10 p.m. Presentation Showcase – TBD

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2:25 – 2:55 p.m. Plenary – TBD

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