Learn how the best CXOs and Executives are leading during and post COVID19 in this Webinar Series.
Learn about ESG with LINKCO’s previous webinar from Wednesday, February 1, 2023 09:00 PST, Dr. Rita Kampalath. The topic will cover Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan: 2023 New Priorities and Initiatives.
Rita Kampalath, Ph.D., P.E.
Acting Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles Chief Sustainability Office
Previous LINKCO Webinar recordings can be found by visiting our Youtube Channel.
Rita joined Los Angeles County’s Chief Sustainability Office in June 2017. As a Sustainability Program Director, she supports development and implementation of the County’s first sustainability plan, as well as sustainability-related policies. Prior to joining the County, Rita was the Science and Policy Director of the non-profit Heal the Bay. Rita also worked for Geosyntec Consultants on a range of water quality projects. Rita received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University, and an M.S. in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in civil/environmental engineering from UCLA.
Dr. Cort works at the intersection of sustainability and investor value. Over the course of 20 years, in consulting and academia, he has applied a scientific and economic lens to corporate social and environmental responsibility (or sustainability) to identify the tools, mechanisms, metrics and indicators that create the greatest value for investors, businesses and society.
Todd is currently a faculty member at the Yale School of Management with courtesy appointment at the Yale School of the Environment. He serves as Faculty Co-Director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF). He serves on a variety of advisory boards including the JUST Capital Scientific Advisory Board and the PRIME Coalition Academic Advisory Committee. He is also currently a Board Member and Treasurer for Save the Sound, a regional environmental non-profit serving communities around Long Island Sound.
George Sullivan is passionate about helping companies grow and prosper while mitigating their carbon footprints and meeting ESG goals by creating data-driven, scientifically valid climate action plans.
George founded Net Zero Analysis and Design Corp., integrating 30 years of experience in engineering, industry, commodities trading, and building science to address a large market opportunity gap created by the challenges in existing sustainability certification systems and carbon offset markets.
Bill Page is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Essex Investment Management, based in Boston, MA. Bill has been focused on ESG investing for 30 years, having started with an internship at KLD Research during business school – one of the first SRI research firms.
Chris Knapp has over 36 years’ experience as investment advisor and entrepreneur. He began his career at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, later co-founding and serving as CEO for Chilton Capital Management in Houston.
Dr. Scott Valentine
Dr. Scott Valentine, a world-renowned authority on Circular Economy, Director and Senior Circular Economy Specialist from KPMG, will introduce the concept of the circular economy and provide a number of case examples to demonstrate how this new strategic perspective on economic development can help enhance sustainability, improve corporate profitability and, if done well, can restore a sense of community.
CEO Aqua Metrology Systems Limited
Rick is a graduate from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has held senior international executive positions with leading companies in the energy, consumer products, technology and consulting services sectors. He has also led and advised a number of European technology and education start-ups. In 2018, he was awarded a PhD in Education from the University of California Santa Barbara. He joined AMS in 2011 and has led its growth and development as a leading Environmental Technology company. Recently, Rick jointly patented an innovation in a water treatment technology that removes at a fraction of the cost of traditional technologies, arsenic, lead, chrome and many other toxic contaminants that threaten the environment and human health . He is fluent in French and Spanish and is currently based in Sunnyvale, California.
Ron E. Ainsworth
Principal, Boustead and Company
Ron has been involved in Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Financial Restructuring, and Business Valuations for over thirty-five years. Mr. Ainsworth’s career experience encompasses 400+ domestic and cross-border transactions totaling over $15 billion in value across an array of industries, including food services, healthcare, manufacturing, apparel, and technology. As the CEO of Trenwith Securities, Inc., Ron partnered with BDO, the world’s fifth largest accounting firm and grew Trenwith’s footprint to over 135 offices across 110 countries. In 2008, Ron sold his interest in Trenwith Securities, Inc. and pursued a variety of personal investment projects. Ron currently resides as a Principal of Boustead & Company Limited. Boustead & Company Limited focuses on providing mergers & acquisitions and capital markets advisory to the middle market.
Managing Partner, Mohr Partners
Chris Maese, managing partner for Mohr Partners, Inc. in Los Angeles, has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience with an extensive background in national, multi-site corporate tenant advisory and investment real estate sales and leasing.
Chris is keenly focused on helping clients gain the perspective needed to make the right decisions to solve their commercial real estate needs.
Prior to joining Mohr Partners, Chris was a vice president at the Zacuto Group. Before his time with Zacuto, Chris was vice president of real estate services for Johnson Controls. Chris was also responsible for implementing strategic consulting, account, portfolio and transaction management, and local brokerage services.
Robert D. Amoruso
CEO and Managing Partner
Robert Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Gideon Strategic Partners, a boutique investment advisory firm based in Santa Monica. Robert provides high net worth clients with proprietary access to both registered and non-registered investments, with a unique focus on tax-efficient alternatives. Robert founded Gideon Strategic Partners in 2012, while at AXA in New York City. His vision has always been to reenergize the wealth management industry and to provide customized financial planning and impeccable client service by leveraging financial technology. In 2016, Gideon SP became an independent firm and joined M Financial Group’s global network of Member Firms. Robert won several awards for production and management including Circle of Excellence, Summit, Hallmark I, and the Management and Development Award, and he was inducted into the Sterling Group and Elite Producer Group.
President 7th Generation Advisers
Terry provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.
An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”
Co-Founder The Small Business Partners
Over 25 years of experience working with small, medium, and large organizations on processes and tools to manage marketing sales, customer support and operations management. Spent 21 years focused on process and software improvements for the Customer Care Department in a Fortune 100 company and Co-Founded The Small Business Partners in 2017 to help smaller companies address the same pain points that plague every business; fundamental processes and easy to use tools that help a business or organization operate more efficiently. The Small Business Partners provide a “white glove” experience to smaller companies and non-profits that get key business processes and activity off paper, out of email and into cloud-based software platforms that and be accessed by any user form any location.
Interim Director of Global Battery Alliance
Mr. Stanislaus is the Interim Director of the Global Battery Alliance (World Economic Forum), a multi-stakeholder alliance with a focus on achieving the Paris Agreement goals and addressing violations of human rights and use of child labor in the value chain.
Mr. Stanislaus served as a senior political official for the Obama Administration.
Mr. Stanislaus is a Chemical Engineer and Environmental Lawyer. He has served as senior environmental counsel at a law firm, and directed a NYC not-for-profit organization to align finance, real estate, community development and governments to rebuild low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color. He served on the board of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance – an alliance of community based organizations to address environmental and public health impacts – for over ten years.
CEO of CodeSee.io
Shanea is the founder and CEO of CodeSee.io. For the last decade, Shanea has been a product leader in developer tools at some of the top developer-facing companies in the world: Google, Docker, Cloudflare, and was most recently a VP of Product at a developer-focused startup called Lob.
Robert E. Braun
Co-Chair of the JMBM Cybersecurity and Privacy Group, Bob counsels clients on privacy and security, information technology, software development and licensing, and electronic commerce transactions. Bob represents clients in corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financing, franchising, licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, with an emphasis on hospitality and on new and emerging technologies.
Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation, METRANS Transportation Center
His teaching and research focus on logistics, supply chain management, and goods movement policy. Dr. O’Brien has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development and a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is both an Eno and Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Intermodal Freight Transport Committee and Urban Freight Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the National Visiting Committee of the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education for the National Science Foundation and the Chair of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium.
Specializing with women leaders, Randi Braun is an executive coach, consultant, speaker, and the Founder of Something Major. She has coached leaders across the Fortune 500, financial services and real estate investment firms, law firms, start-ups, non-profits, and trade associations.
A thought leader who has been featured by Forbes, The Washington Post, and Parents Magazine, Randi speaks frequently on the topics of women’s professional development and leadership, business development, thriving in working parenthood, and building meaningful professional relationships.
Prior to founding Something Major, Randi was a fundraiser-turned-business- development executive. As a sales leader, Randi generated tens of millions of dollars for a diverse portfolio of organizations including non-profits, publicly traded and privately held companies, and tech start-ups.