GSC’s SEAL™ (Sustainable Executive and Leadership) Program is an executive leadership training program created by experts in leadership development and sustainability issues for winners of GSC’S 3S Awards and partners of GSC. The SEAL™ Program is an intensive four day Boot Camp in sustainability leadership development. Completion of GSC’s SEAL™ Program allows participants to attain 3S Certification – Certification in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing. If you would like to participate or for other inquiries, contact Lauren Bialkowski [email protected]
Mission of SEAL
Awards that empower are only effective along with actions that empower. GSC’s SEAL™ (Sustainable Executive and Leadership) Program equips winners of GSC’s 3S Awards in Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing with the training and expertise they need to become leaders in their field. Winners of the 3S Awards have displayed their dedication to sustainability and ethical sourcing issues in the areas of community engagement, employee engagement, women’s empowerment, and impact sourcing. GSC’s SEAL™ Program offers participants an opportunity to partake in a thought-provoking and practical executive leadership training program which will help participants scale up current sustainability initiatives and begin new endeavors.
What participants will take away from GSC’s SEAL™ Program:
• Executive skills to further develop sustainability initiatives
• Networking opportunities to connect with thought leaders and like-minded professionals
• An opportunity to share your business practices and hear about other innovative practices
• Visibility for your organization
GSC’s SEAL™ Program incorporates topics such as leadership for the future, responsible and sustainable business, and the importance of strategy development. The program agenda consists of lectures, workshops, and break away sessions that will maximize the learning experience. With such well-experienced professionals as speakers and program leaders, the program agenda covers a great array of sustainability topics.
In this four-day executive training program you’ll work closely with accomplished Executives, peers, and social entrepreneurs, and industry thought leaders. You shall receive a customized training session that will enhance your management skills. At the end of the Boot Camp you will leave with a set of practical, concrete tools and action plans that you can put to use immediately in your organization.
Featured Program Topics:
- 3 Pillars of Sustainability
- Communication and Influencing
- Strategy Development
- UN Global Sustainable Goals
- Accountability and Measurement(and much more!)
One major part of our program is Treasure Hunt of Sustainable New York City. One day of GSC’S SEAL™ Program is dedicated to taking a tour of New York City through the lens of sustainability. The Treasure Hunt involves conversations with local leaders and community members and offers a unique glimpse into sustainability-in-action in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Below is a clip about the Treasure Hunt put together by last year’s participants.
- Better understand management challenges – both unique and shared – and best practices for addressing them
- Maximize your influence and persuasion through improved negotiation skills and techniques
- Define effective and dynamic organizations, and new tools for improving performance
- Organize and lead multi-cultural, geographically distributed teams, and keep them aligned and productive
- Attract, develop, motivate and retain talent by engaging and energizing the people you lead
Timeline: May 16th-May 19th
May 16th: Class: Introduction to Sustainability Management, Communication
May 17th: GSC’s 2017 3S Awards Ceremony with Private Tour of the United Nations; Sustainable Development Goals discussion
May 18th: Strategy, Influencing, with Pitches to Investors
May 19th: Sustainability tour of NYC, aka “Treasure Hunt”; Finishing: a Dinner party with the 3S Awards and the Boot Camp Team!
GSC’s SEAL™ Program is a platform to both exchange sustainability practices and learn how to implement these practices within your organization. Our speakers and program leaders come from different sides of the sustainability spectrum and are experts in their field. With leading professionals in non-profits, policymaking, consulting, and global sourcing, GSC’s SEAL™ Program provides a well-rounded understanding of sustainability principles and practices.
Arnaud Brohé, PhD, is CEO of CO2logic an international carbon management and offset firm. Brohé teaches sustainable management and carbon accounting at Brussels University and Imperial College London. His book Carbon Markets, published by Routledge in 2009, was the winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Award (2010). Brohé’s new book, a Handbook of Carbon Accounting, was released by Greenleaf Publishing (Taylor & Francis) in December 2016.
David Dabscheck is the CEO of GIANT Innovation, which transforms the way organizations and people think and act to become world-class innovators. David has helped a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, global NGOs, and public sector agencies develop and implement sustainable innovation and creativity programs. He is an advisory board member for several Israeli and New York technology companies, a mentor for many leading accelerator programs and the founder of the Innovation Leaders Round Table, a New York City based gathering of over 100 executive and senior level innovation practitioners. GIANT Innovation’s methodology was developed by David together with it’s Academic Advisory Board and combines the best of design thinking, lean startup, creativity and storytelling principles.
David is also a thought-leader on innovation topics and his work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, the Boston Globe, the Observer, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School in innovation strategy and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. David holds a MBA from Columbia University, a MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland.
Dr. Wanda Lopuch’s unique combination of entrepreneurial drive, global mindset, multi-language executive skills and corporate responsibility expertise have been critical in allowing her to successfully exploit growth opportunities in technology, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies as well as in the not-for-profit sector. In doing so, she strongly advocates and practices the capitalism-based idea of “doing well by doing good”.
In addition to her function as Chair of the GSC Board, Dr. Lopuch leads MDA Associates, Inc., a consulting organization focusing on “greening” the global operations and their supply chains while improving economic outcomes for businesses in the life sciences, IT, FMCG and financial sectors.
With 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication sectors spanning across the United States, Europe, and East Asia, Dr. Lopuch guided international teams for maximizing performance in multinational, multicultural and multi-functional projects. Prior to establishing MDA Associates Inc.,
Dr. Lopuch was the president of Medical Data Management Inc., the company she founded and grew into a multi-million dollar business with locations in 7 countries. After the successful acquisition of Medical Data Management by Dendrite International, Dr. Lopuch served as the Vice President and General Manager of Dendrite Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Lopuch holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, and an MS in Computer Sciences from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland. She lectures on various aspects of international business.
Zayda Marrie – Visionary leader delivering innovation, distribution channel efficiency, market expansion and profitable growth. Through marketing excellence and strategic collaboration, drives game-changing shifts across the organization to grow/retain business and deliver market differentiation. Creative, analytical executive that unlocks distinctive value and finds new sources of competitive advantage.
Strategic, data-driven seasoned executive, with a disciplined and collaborative leadership style that brings strategic focus, alignment and impactful business results.
• Solid expertise in life, retirement, auto, home and voluntary benefits for Consumer/Retail lines and Institutional/Commercial markets
• Strong focus on integrated marketing strategies, immersive digital experiences; leveraging analytics and exploiting technology to drive new sources of competitive advantage
• Demonstrated success in strategic value creation and P&L leadership across diverse business units and segments for two of the most recognized and respected brands (MetLife and AIG)
• Successfully led strategic marketing organizations of varying sizes and complexity (from $2B to well over $20B)
• Track record of delivering transformational change and innovation ($5 Billion of target Revenue)
• Solid leader, experienced supporting global and national brokers, as well as Global Agency distribution
• Experience leading broad market/direct-to-consumer business model implementation and growing revenue through B2C global expansion
Dr. Maung Min is a seasoned management executive with over twenty five years of track record of leading functions and initiatives in the areas of Sustainability, Responsible Sourcing, EHS, IM, Manufacturing, and Lean Sigma/Continuous Improvement). Work experience in North America, Europe, Puerto Rico and Asia, with 6+ month assignments in Italy and Puerto Rico.
Excels as Project Leader in global and multi-cultural settings. Experienced in budget management and cost savings. With five years of management consulting experience in business process re-engineering, operations effectiveness, change management, product portfolio and supply chain management. Ten years in engineering discipline as project, process and environmental engineer. Dr. Min is a faculty member and Director of Business Programs at a major State University systems.
Karen Morris is a strategic advisor specializing in all aspects of innovation strategy and execution. She has developed unique, pragmatic and proven methodologies for growth strategies, innovation and product/platform development often in challenging market conditions.
Currently, Karen is on an intensive advisory assignment to the CEO and leadership team of the world’s largest international underwriting agency, focusing on expansion, strategic alliances, product innovation, distribution, team transformation and engagement.
For the previous three years, Karen was a consultant to the W.R. Berkley leadership team designing and executing strategic projects including: product innovation and service proposition development; brand positioning; organizational redesign; customer-centricity and distribution management. She focused particularly on CEO/President leadership skills.
Formerly Chief Innovation Officer at AIG, Karen has also held the roles of International Underwriting Counsel and Head of Product and Service Development and SVP for Southern Europe for Chubb. She was appointed European General Counsel for Kimberly Clark, a Fortune 500 company following a period of private practice as an M&A/tax lawyer.
Karen has over 25 years’ experience in law, management, underwriting and multinational business. She is a frequent speaker and writer on innovation and leadership at global forums. Karen is a Senior Fellow of The Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations.
Karen has served as adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York teaching innovation and customer-centricity as part of the MBA program. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in France and Spain including IESE, voted the world’s foremost executive MBA program. She served on the Advisory Board of The Howe School of Business at The Stevens Institute of Technology. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of The University of Colorado, The World BPO/ITO Forum and Insurance Times Innovation 2016.
Serena is SA 8000, ISO 26000 and ISO 14001 Leader Implementer certified and has pursued her continuous training with a Human Rights and Sustainable Development Diploma delivered by the Human Rights Center at University for Peace (UN mandated).
Sara Jayanthi is the Marketing Manager of PowerBridgeNY, a proof-of- concept center jointly run by Columbia and NYU whose mission is to advance the commercialization of new ideas in clean energy from Columbia, NYU, and partner institutions City University of New York (CUNY), Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab, and Cornell Tech. Sara is responsible for all the marketing, communications, and recruitment efforts for its programs, including the recruitment of researchers across six universities for PowerBridgeNY, and the recruitment of graduate students at Columbia, NYU, and CUNY for their cross-institutional interdisciplinary entrepreneurship course Hacking for Energy.
Prior to PowerBridgeNY, Sara worked for the Northeast Clean Energy Council, where she led their efforts to grow the clean-tech innovation sector in New York State. Prior to NECEC, Sara Jayanthi worked as NYSERDA outreach consultant at Solar One, where she helped New York City companies and property owners understand and apply for NYSERDA’s incentive programs. At Solar One, she also the founded and led Clean Energy Connections, an initiative in collaboration with NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly to foster NYC’s cleantech sector. Prior to Solar One, Sara worked at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in the Renewable Energy Generation Division, where she administered grant programs that sparked the development of renewable energy technologies, green schools, and green affordable housing.
Sara Jayanthi is an Adjunct Faculty member of NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, where she is the Program Developer for the Advanced Diploma for Clean Energy, and teaches the Diploma’s Clean Energy Capstone course Project. She is a Board Member of the New York Association for Energy Economics. Sara has a BA in Environmental Science from Connecticut College, where she was a fellow at the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.
Pamela Peeters consults companies and personalities, as an international environmental economist, towards sustainable business development and leadership enhancement. She lectures internationally as a sustainability personality.
Pamela grew up in the country side of Belgium. She launched her first environmental magazine – grab the green – at the age of 12. Pamela obtained a first Master degree in Economics in 1995 and researched through her thesis on how we can change consumption and production patterns towards sustainable levels. She obtained a second Master in Environmental Management in 1997 and wrote a second thesis on the creation of indicators that could be used by urban policy makers in their development plans towards sustainable city transitions. She obtained a distinction for both of her contributions. Thanks to the successful completion of an additional course in Psychology, she became an Eco-Consultant from the French University in Brussels and continued researching on sustainable business applications in international emerging markets during various assignments.
In 1997 she developed a reorganization program for a management federation of the Belgian government and created strategies that would open up their business opportunities in the sustainable development market. She prepared the state visit of the Crown Prince of Belgium to India in 1998 while identifying bilateral trade opportunities in the environmental technology sector. Later that year, she joined a Brussels PR company where she managed various international accounts – such as the green SMART city car – for whom she did their market introduction. Driven by the desire to solely dedicate her time to mainstream sustainable development, she moved to the USA in 1999 and completed a research fellowship at Columbia University where she drafted the design of a TV show that promotes Sustainable lifestyles.
Specialties: The “OUR PLANET” lifestyle tv series got launched in 2001 and she has since then produced and hosted more than 200 episodes. In 2005 she joined the marketing team of the US partnerships for the UNESCO decade for Sustainable Development and launched the Sustainable Planet film festival later on that year. Her first book URBAN ECOLOGY got published in 2007. Pamela consults companies towards sustainable business development and leadership enhancement.
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