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Leadership in Sustainability: Alumni Career Speaker Series
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

Leadership In Sustainability 

5:30 pm: Doors Open 6-7:00 pm: Program 7-8:00 pm: Networking/Mingling

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What does authentic sustainability leadership look like in business and nonprofit organizations? What direction can an emphasis on the triple bottom line take your career? How do successful leaders use their organizations to nurture social equity, economic vitality, and a healthy environment? Join the PSU Alumni Association and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to take on these and other questions and learn from inspirational leaders from the Portland community.

At Bridgeport Brewery, we’ll gather four experienced leaders who will share their insights and best career advice for anyone looking to build a career in a sustainability-related field. Join us for the opportunity to pose your own questions and network with other PSU alumni who are forging their own sustainable career pathways.

Speakers include: 

Introduction: Jennifer Allen, Director of Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

Tom Kelly, President of Neil Kelly Company: Tom is the president of Neil Kelly Company, founded by his father in 1947.  The company employs 180 people with locations in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle.  Neil Kelly Company is proud to have developed and to occupy the first LEED certified building in the western US (the company’s Lake Oswego design center), and to have built the first LEED certified home in the west.  Neil Kelly Cabinets is the first supplier to offer a DECLARE labeled collection – spotlighting sustainably sourced materials.  The company’s Home Performance – energy efficiency division – is growing rapidly.  Neil Kelly’s work kept 1000 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere in 2013 and carbon savings will continue on those homes into the future.  An even greater number of homes are forecast to see this kind of improvement in each of the coming years.  Neil Kelly’s Home Performance Division was recently profiled in a national Department of Energy bulletin.  Neil Kelly Company earned B-Corp certification in December of 2013 and was registered as a State of Oregon B-Corp on January 2, 2014 – Oregon’s first official day for such recognition.

Tony DeFalco, Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator at Verde: Tony DeFalco is the Living Cully Ecodistrict Coordinator at Verde, coordinating the nation’s first equity driven ecodistrict designed to re-interpret sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy. His expertise in community economic development, environmental protection and sustainability spans 15 years of working locally and nationally in environmental advocacy, coalition building and policy advocacy. His current focus includes redevelopment of a landfill into a park in a low-income neighborhood in Portland and strengthening communities of color and low-income communities in deriving economic benefit from environmental investments. As an Audubon-Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow, Tony helped establish Verde Energy, a weatherization firm that hires and trains low income people to weatherize residential homes. He is a founding board member of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and helped to develop the Equity Audit, a tool to help environmental and sustainability organizations understand how to become more inclusive organizations that can deliver triple bottom line results. Tony holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lisa Sedlar, Founder and CEO of Green Zebra Grocery: Originally from the Midwest, Lisa was drawn to Portland for its creative culture, environmental advocacy, and most importantly, for its support of local, sustainably grown food (and wine). Lisa studied Agriculture at the University of Arizona and is a formally trained chef. She has worked in the restaurant and natural foods industry for over 25 years. Lisa has worked in just about every position in the food business, from store chef to CEO and everything in between. Prior to founding Green Zebra Grocery, she was the CEO of New Seasons Market in Portland and worked as the Director of Purchasing for Whole Foods Market in the Midwest. In addition to being passionate about food and food security, Lisa believes strongly that business leaders have a responsibility to the communities they serve. Green Zebra Grocery actively supports sustainable business practices ranging from partnerships with local farmers, support for local non-profits, offering progressive staff benefits, implementing green building initiatives and volunteering in the community.

Susan Anderson,  Director of Portland's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability: Susan is responsible for long range planning, urban design, and a host of sustainability programs focused on solar, energy efficiency, green building, recycling, composting, urban agriculture, natural resource inventories and promoting healthy, walkable neighborhoods that reduce the need to travel. Previously Susan has held management and director-level positions with the Portland Office of Sustainable Development, the Oregon Department of Energy, a Portland-based environmental consulting company, and she has worked in Oregon and California as a planner and a public relations professional. She owned a wholesale native and ornamental tree nursery for ten years. And she has three amazing children. Susan holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, Economics and Environmental Science. In recent years she was honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both the University of Oregon and University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Co-sponsors: PSU Net Impact, the Sustainability Leadership Center, the Leadership for Sustainability Education program. 

5:30 pm: Doors Open 6-7:00 pm: Program 7-8:00 pm: Networking/Mingling


*Event cost includes appetizers and a complimentary Bridgeport Beer (21 years and older). Space is limited.

**No Refunds