Global Business Leadership in Sustainability Summit

Friday, March 24, 2023
9:00 A.M - 1:00 P.M. (EDT)

Join us in-person at:

UConn School of Business
Room 106
2100 Hillside Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-1041

Learn More about the 2023 GBLSS


UConn Global Business Leadership in Sustainability Summit Storrs Connecticut 2022

About the Event

The Global Business Leadership in Sustainability Summit (GBLSS) is a half-day event that gathers professionals, faculty, and students to discuss key sustainability topics for business. Highlighted at this year's event are existing sustainability initiatives ongoing across the University of Connecticut and the State of Connecticut. The summit aims to create a space to build productive relationships with sustainable business partners while continuing to educate and prepare our students.

The agenda will kick off with a Fireside Chat between Dean John Elliott and Dr. Dinah Koehler on the topic, "Is ESG Sustainable?" Following sessions feature representatives from UConn, the public sector, and the corporate sector to respond to critical questions about sustainability in business. Breakout sessions will offer a variety of topics for attendees. We will conclude the afternoon with a closing session to debrief on lessons learned and highlight current UConn student initiatives. There will be a networking break between the panel sessions to allow attendees to connect.

The summit is hosted by the School of Business Global & Sustainability Initiatives Office and co-sponsored by the Business and Human Rights Initiative at UConn. This event will be hosted on March 24, 2023 in the School of Business at Storrs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Program Agenda

Friday, March 24, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Check-In

9:00 - 9:40 a.m.


Robert Bird
Professor and Energy Eversource Chair
University of Connecticut, School of Business

Keynote Fireside Chat: "Is ESG Sustainable?"

John Elliott
Dean and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business
University of Connecticut, School of Business

Dinah Koehler
Head - ESG Reseach

9:50 - 10:25 a.m.

Panel Session: Building Resilient Food Systems

Brian Paganini
Vice President and Managing Director
Quantum Biopower

Stefanie Robles
Food Catalyst
reSET, Hartford

Dan Martens

Sam King
CFO & Director
Blue Earth Compost

Richard Meinert
Center Coordinator & Agriculture (Dairy/Livestock) Nutrient Management
University of Connecticut

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.

Networking Break

11:05 - 11:35 a.m.

Panel Session: Young Alumni Making an Impact

Radhika Kanaskar
Program Lead
Federal Reserve bank of Boston

Liz Willson
Program Assistant, SICS

Dugyu Ozcan
PRISM Analytics Associate

Lily Stiffler
Arctaris Impact investors

Shareen Hertel
Professor, Political Science and Human Rights
Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurship, Innovation & VC - "A Dialogue"

Sara Harari
Associate Director of Innovation & Senior Advisor to the President and CEO
Connecticut Green Bank

Ryan Coles
Assistant Professor & Co-Founder Daigle Labs
University of Connecticut

12:25 - 1:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Spotlighting Student Success

Arminda Kamphausen
Director, Global & Sustainability Initiatives
University of Connecticut

Benjamin North
University of Connecticut

Olaoluwa Ogunseun
University of Connecticut

Joseph Roberts
Finance major, Social Responsibility & Impact minor
University of Connecticut

Lucy Ledesma
University of Connecticut

Nicolas Michel
Computer Science
University of Connecticut


Our sincere appreciation to Professors Stephen Park and Rachel Chambers for all their support.


For general inquiries, please contact Arminda Kamphausen at

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