Sue AllchurchChief of Partnerships, Fund Raising, and Communication, United Nations Global Compact
Rosedel Davies-AdewebiSenior Manager, Breakthrough Innovation for the SDGs, UNGC
Michelle DiSabatoImpact Advisor, Corporate & Foundation Solutions, Blackbaud
John EdelmanManaging Director, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Edelman
Dawn EmlingGlobal Head of Strategy and Sustainability Initiatives, Thomson Reuters
Alyson GenoveseHead of Corporate/Stakeholder Relations, U.S. and Canada, Global Reporting Initiative
Adam Roy GordonFramework LLC;
Engagement Manager, Global Compact Network USA
Lauren GulaSenior Manager, Social Sustainability and Gender Equality, United Nations Global Compact
George HarrisCo-Founder, Basil Leaf Technologies
Evan HarveyGlobal Head of Sustainability, Nasdaq
Fabrice HoudartHuman Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Anita HousehamSenior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, United Nations Global Compact
Julie JensonDirector, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer
Jillian LennartzPrincipal – Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies
Jane MeseckSenior Director, Global Programs, Microsoft Philanthropies
Eliot MetzgerSenior Associate, Business Center, World Resources Institute
Shaun MickusExecutive Director, Social Business Practices, Johnson & Johnson
Tiina MyllyManager, Governance and Peace, United Nations Global Compact
Loyce PaceExecutive Director, Global Health Council
Rick PearlVice President, Corporate Citizenship, State Street
Deborah Rosado ShawSenior Vice President, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer, PepsiCo
Dick SalmonNational Medical Director, Performance Measurement and Improvement, Cigna
Justine ShakespeareResearch Program Manager, Verité
Lorraine SmithAssociate Director, Volans
Val SmithDirector, Corporate Sustainability, Citi
JoAnn StrickonGlobal Sustainability Manager, ManpowerGroup
David TulauskasDirector, Sustainability, General Motors
Maxfield WeissGlobal Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hugh WelshPresident, DSM North America
Erick ZeballosActing Director, International Labour Organization - Washington DC
Our lineup of speakers for the 2017 Symposium included thought leaders from a broad set of organizations and sectors.
Head of HeForShe Movement
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is the Global Head of the HeForShe Movement and Senior Advisor to the Under-Secretary-General of UN Women. HeForShe is a global solidarity movement to engage men and boys as advocates for gender equality. HeForShe was created by UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
CEO and Executive Director
United Nations Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.
Communicating Effectively about Climate Change and the Global Goals
Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations
Maher Nasser leads the United Nations Department of Public Information, which has offices in 60 locations worldwide and is responsible for promoting global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations.
Executive Producer, Years of Living Dangerously
David Gelber is an Executive Producer of the Years of Living Dangerously television series, which reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet.
Making Global Goals Local Business
Pfizer HQ, New York City
17 July, 2017
A Day of Powerful Discussions about Corporate Leadership and Progress toward a Sustainable Future
On July 17th, at a sold-out event, companies, nonprofits, United Nations agencies, and others gathered to discuss how the private sector can take action to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. From supporting health to spurring innovation to allocating capital, we discussed a variety of strategies that companies can use to make progress on the Global Goals.
This was not your ordinary conference.
The United Nations Global Compact and partners are busy building the Global Compact Action Platforms. The agenda of the 2017 Symposium was designed around these Action Platforms. The ideas and discussions of the day informed the plans to create real-world change in these areas.
We need you!
This year’s symposium was designed to enable those with shared interests to learn from each other, discuss how to achieve shared goals, and advance progress on the SDGs. Together, we learned, shared, and contributed to leadership on the SDGs. Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors. We look forward to hearing any and all ideas that emerged from the 2017 Symposium, and to seeing you at future events, such as the 2018 Symposium!
Taking Action on the Sustainable Development Goals
17 July 2017
8am – 6pm
Global Compact Network USA extends warm thanks to the sponsors of the 2017 Symposium. To discuss sponsorship opportunities for future events, contact Kevin Kromash at
About Network USA
Launched in 2007, the Global Compact Network USA (GCNUSA) is the local network chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. Network USA is a non-profit organization that supports U.S.-based entities in:
Operating in alignment with the Ten Principles of the Global Compact
Engaging with and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
Leveraging their association with the Global Compact and United Nations and its global resource network
Facilitating and creating opportunities for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration
For more information, visit our website: www.GlobalCompactUSA.org