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The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is hosting an all-day business forum, in partnership with Bank of the West, on Thursday, September 13, 2018 as part of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

Emerging and experienced entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and other stakeholders will discuss the impact of innovation, growth, and sustainability on environmental dynamics. Through a mix of keynotes, plenaries, and panel discussions, this program will help shape best practices and emerging expectations, especially in achieving long-term economic development goals, such as the UN SDGs.


9:30AM – 10:00AM

  • Registration & Networking

10:00AM – 10:10AM

  • Welcome Remarks
    Bruce Aust – Vice Chairman, Nasdaq

10:10AM – 10:15AM

  • Lead Sponsor Welcome
    Vanessa Washington – Senior Executive Vice President, Bank of the West

10:15AM – 10:30AM

  • Innovative Climate Financing
    Mark Tercek – CEO, The Nature Conservancy

10:30AM – 11:00AM

  • Why Does VC Care About Climate?
    Moderated by: Nicola Corzine – Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
    Elan Emanuel – Investor Relations, Water Equity Fund
    Sergio Marrero – Co-Founder, Rebel One
    Meena Sankara – Founder & CEO, KETOS
    Bob O’Connor – Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati

11:00AM – 11:45AM

  • ESG Monitoring, Reporting & Dialogue in Private Equity
    Natasha Buckley – Senior Manager, UN PRI
    Guy Roberts – Partner, ERM

11:45AM – 12:15PM

  • Earthpreneurship
    Marcus Bruns – CEO, Young Sustainable Impact

12:15PM – 12:55PM

  • Lunch

12:55PM – 1:00PM

  • Brief Remarks
    Evan Harvey – Head of Global Sustainability, Nasdaq

1:00PM – 1:15PM

  • Setting Science-Based Targets 
    Heidi Huusko – Senior Manager, Environment & Climate, UN Global Compact

1:15PM – 1:45PM

  • Dealing with Climate Impacts in Agribusiness
    Moderated by: Evan Harvey – Global Head of Sustainability, Nasdaq
    Jeffrey Burch – Managing Director, Bank of the West
    Chris Terrell – CEO & Co-Founder, Wexus

1:45PM – 2:30PM

  • Building Green Tech Businesses
    Moderated by: Jack Cassel – Vice President, Nasdaq
    Matt Horton – CCO, Proterra
    Dr. Brandon Tinianov – Vice President, View Dynamic Glass

2:30PM – 3:15PM

  • Training Next-Gen Business Leaders
    Moderated by: Dr. Samantha Dewalt – Managing Director, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter
    Khanjan Mehta – Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry, Lehigh University
    Dr. Rachel Dzombak – Postdoc Fellow, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
    Yuwei Shi – Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

3:15PM – 3:30PM

  • Break

3:30PM – 4:15PM

  • Climate Is A Business Concern
    Moderated by: Chris Cordani – Associate Vice President, Nasdaq
    Ashley Allen – Climate and Land Senior Manager, Mars
    Aaron Binkley – Senior Director of Sustainability, Digital Realty
    Daniel Perry – Director Global Alliances, EcoVadis

4:15PM – 4:45PM

  • Carbon Accounting for Startups
    Arnaud Brohé – CEO, CO2logic

4:45PM – 5:00PM

  • Startups: Starting Doing ESG! 
    Robert Eccles – Professor, Harvard Business School & Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board


  • Lead Sponsor Closing Remarks
    Melissa Stoller – Senior Community Affairs Regional Officer, Bank of the West

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About the Whole Entrepreneur:

Based on our research and interaction with thousands of global entrepreneurs, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center has identified seven essential founder attributes: Creativity, Vision, Independence, Organization, Communication, Self-Confidence, and Leadership. Our programming is rooted in this philosophy by providing individualized learning paths for founders focused on their abilities as a leader to create long-term, sustainable growth.

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