Presenters for “The Meaning of CSR & Sustainability Within Organizations”

Net Impact Boston’s first Ignite-Style Event, Feb. 29, 2012, will feature:

Cynthia Curtis – Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at CA Technologies

As vice president and chief sustainability officer, Cynthia oversees the CA Technologies Office of Sustainability and is responsible for global sustainability strategy, goals and initiatives.

Cynthia has 15+ years of high tech B2B experience. Since joining CA Technologies in 2010, she has established a track record with measurable results. She has extended the scope of the company’s sustainability initiatives, increased employee involvement and established a governance structure inclusive of oversight by the Board of Directors. Newsweek recognized this progress when CA Technologies was ranked among the top 10 Greenest companies in the U.S., and through the acceptance to both the North America and World Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

Cynthia lives in the Boston area in a gold LEED-certified home.

Holly Fowler – Senior Director, Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility at Sodexo, Inc

Holly is currently the Senior Director of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility for Sodexo North America. In this role, she leads Sodexo’s sustainability initiatives and innovation by leveraging the company’s expertise and experience in serving more than 10,000 individual sites across North America. Through effective employee engagement, this work assists Sodexo and its clients to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, to conserve water resources, to minimize waste generation, and to promote sustainable agriculture and community development. Prior to joining Sodexo’s sustainability department in 2008, Holly was the Director of Sodexo’s Worldwide Education Market. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of sustainability at conferences internationally for organizations including Net Impact, FORTUNE, and SEBRAE.

Holly holds an A.B. in French and European History from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Richard Goode – Senior Director of Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent, Adjunct Professor at Harvard University

Richard Goode is the Senior Director of Sustainability at Alcatel-Lucent. In this role Rich leads the company’s efforts in measuring, reporting and setting CO2 reduction targets, and creating and implementing sustainability programs across Alcatel-Lucent.

Rich also integrates sustainability issues into the planning, business and decision-making functions of the company, challenging established ways of doing things to build lasting business value. Rich is an adjunct professor of Sustainability at Harvard University and Tufts University’s Gordon Institute. Rich is the founder of the Boston-area Sustainability Group ( and is a graduate of Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, Calif., where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University’s Sustainable & Environmental Management program. Rich resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters.

Sonia Kowal – Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Zevin Asset Management (ZAM)

Sonia directs Zevin Asset Management’s efforts to be actively responsible investors regarding important social and environmental issues, proxy voting policies, and shareholder dialogues. Previously, Sonia headed Ethical Investment Research Services’ (EIRIS) US office in Boston where she was a Senior Research Analyst. She has also worked for over six years as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Research Analyst at Baillie Gifford in Scotland where she had responsibility for investments in Emerging Markets. Sonia holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh and an MS in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is an active member of US SIF as well as the Sustainable Investment Research Analyst Network and sits on the steering committee of US SIF’s International Working Group.

Asheen Phansey – North American Sustainability Leader at Dassault Systemes, Adjunct Professor at Babson College

Asheen Phansey joined Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. as product manager for SolidWorks Sustainability based on his expertise in nature-inspired design, product lifecycle stewardship, industrial ecology and green marketing. He has also been appointed the North American sustainability leader for Dassault Systèmes, responsible for corporate sustainability activities across all DS sites in the region.

Asheen travels widely speaking on sustainable innovation around the world. He also teaches MBA courses in sustainable business as an adjunct professor at Babson College, where his innovative curricula have received press in BusinessWeek and The Economist. Prior to DS SolidWorks Corp., Asheen founded the consultancy Quaking Aspen to help companies develop sustainable innovation toolkits, building on his years of innovation experience in the biotech, software, and aerospace industries.

Asheen holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College, and has received a certificate in bio-inspired design from the Biomimicry Institute.

Bob Pojasek – Sustainability Leader at The Shaw Group, Board of Directors at International Society for Sustainability Professionals

Chair, Board of Governors at Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, Adjunct Professor at Harvard University

Bob Pojasek is a client program manager – sustainability leader at Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure Group (Stoughton, MA). He is responsible for managing a range of sustainability services for Fortune 500 clients with corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs. Bob also is a practitioner responsible for the sustainability of the internal operations of this group of professionals.

Bob has been active in management consulting for nearly 40 years, helping senior corporate managers understand, plan and implement mainstream sustainability programs. He uses a variety of management systems, performance frameworks and improvement methods to create custom operational sustainability programs.  In addition, Bob is an adjunct professor at Harvard University where he teaches two sustainability courses and serves as thesis director for students conducting sustainability research at the master’s level. He also is chairman of the board of governors for the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. Bob is a member of the Leadership Team at Net Impact Boston.

Prior to joining Shaw, Bob served as the sustainability practice leader for a number of consulting firms where he provided management system support, business continuity planning and assistance with sustainability program management and reporting. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his pollution prevention and sustainability achievements and is a thought leader in these fields.

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