Join Sustainserv at May 9th Event - Big Ideas, Short Pitches: Moving the Needle on Sustainability

Big Ideas, Short Pitches: Moving the Needle on Sustainability

On Thursday, May 9th, Sustainserv and Net Impact Boston will host the first annual, interactive roundtable event on ideas to transform the world. Speakers from various backgrounds in corporate sustainability, public policy, consulting, and sustainability ratings among others will pitch their ideas in five minutes to convince the audience of its potential. The pitches will be followed by a discussion among the panelists and audience facilitated by moderator and local comedian Steve Calechman to assess how their ideas hold up.

Big Ideas, Short Pitches aims to provide an exciting, unique forum where seasoned professionals and community members come together to engage in discussions about ideas that have the potential to revolutionize sustainability.


Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 6:30 pm - Registration & Networking; 6:30pm - 8:30pm – 5 minute pitches followed by lively Q&A

Location: Roxbury Innovation Center 2300 Washington Street 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02119

Snacks and drinks will be provided by Sustainserv

RSVP on Eventbrite

Confirmed Speakers (more to follow):

Julie Whipple, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at Qlik

As the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Director of, Julie leads the organization’s program towards global sustainability by empowering nonprofits to effectively serve our planet and vulnerable populations. Since Julie took leadership of Qlik’s social responsibility programs, Qlik has received numerous corporate responsibility awards and was named to the list of “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good” by Fast Company magazine in 2017. Outside of Qlik, Julie serves as the founder and president of “WeeSeeHope USA Inc,” a non-profit supporting women and youth programs in Africa. Julie is also a board member to the Friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is pursuing a degree in Corporate Sustainability at Harvard University.

Katie Schindall, Senior Manager and Lead for Circular Economy at Cisco

Prior to joining Cisco as the head of Circular Economy, Katie served as the Head of Product Sustainability at New Balance, where she drove strategies to reduce the environmental and social footprint of New Balance products across their lifecycles. Katie also has experience leading supply chain sustainability strategy at Dell and EMC’s Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility (SER) and eWaste programs, developing and implementing strategies for the sustainable sourcing and recycling of EMC’s hardware products. Additional experience includes developing corporate engagement strategy at The Nature Conservancy, a Climate Corps Fellowship at Sodexo and research analysis and consulting with McKinsey’s Social Sector Practice. Katie also has an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.

Dr. Matthew Gardner, Managing Partner at Sustainserv

Dr. Matthew Gardner is a Founding Director of Sustainserv Inc, a Boston and Zurich-based sustainability and corporate social responsibility management consulting firm. In this role he oversees a portfolio of corporate sustainability consulting engagements including strategy development, data and analytics-focused projects and sustainability reporting. Matt teaches in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School. He also holds a doctorate in Chemistry from Michigan State University.

Shannon Fellows, Senior Associate at Sustainalytics

Shannon Fellows is a Senior Associate on Sustainalytics’ Client Relations team. Sustainalytics is a global leading independent provider of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Research and insights. Shannon supports prospective investor clients in determining the most effective way to integrate ESG information into their investment processes. She also serves as the co-chair of Net Impact Boston’s Events team, which aims to engage the Boston professional community with events that bring together like-minded individuals to use business as a force for positive environmental and social impact. Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from Connecticut College.

Josh Ostroff, Partnerships Director at Transportation for Massachusetts

As Partnerships Director, Josh helps to connect our coalition with local and regional government, and with allied organizations and associations all throughout Massachusetts. Josh is a former Natick Selectman, where he is active in local government, a past president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and a strong proponent of transportation and public engagement.  Josh has a B.A. from Brandeis University.