Hear from sustainability experts at the Convergence opening plenary

Christina Huynh
Published on: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How can companies help influence positive change regarding global, social and environmental issues? Convergence, an annual USGBC conference, will be in Jacksonville, Fla., this year from June 21–23. Interested in attending? Registration is still open!

At the Convergence 2016 opening plenary, leaders from Colgate-Palmolive Company, CH2M, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, TD Bank and Zady.com will explore the benefits of implementing smart, eco-friendly strategies, sharing what their businesses are doing to help out their local communities and how that helps drive their bottom line.

The plenary session, “Business Drivers for Sustainability—Doing Well by Doing Good,” takes place from 1:00–2:30 p.m. on Tues., June 21. 

Maxine Bédat, co-founder of online retailer Zady.com, will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary, and Ozzie Gonzalez, Global Sustainability Director for Advanced Facilities for engineering consulting firm CH2M, will moderate the session. Learn more about Bédat and Gonzalez, along with other plenary session speakers below.

Opening Plenary Speakers

Maxine Bédat—Keynote Speaker

As a pioneer in sustainable commerce, Maxine Bédat is an authority on sustainability in apparel supply chain and the application of mission and storytelling in brand development. She is the co-founder of Zady, along with her high school friend Soraya Darabi. Zady is among the first online retailers to seamlessly integrate commerce, rich media content and social media, providing its community with a truly dynamic shopping experience.

Ozzie Gonzalez—Moderator

At CH2M, Ozzie Gonzalez is the Global Sustainability Director for Advanced Facilities and Regional Liaison for the Small Business Partnership Program. He is a founding member of the USGBC LEED User Group for Industrial Facilities and represents CH2M as public speaker in community events and industry conferences.

Jacquelynn Henke

In her role as Energy and Sustainability Innovations Director at TD Bank, Jacquelynn Henke oversees the environmental strategy of the bank from Maine to Florida, as well as across Canada, by providing thought leadership to drive TD's green building strategy higher and institutionalize the bank's green building practices to bring meaningful impact to the organization.

Vance Merolla

Vance Merolla is the Global Director of Environmental Sustainability for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a consumer products company based in New York City. He is responsible for leading Colgate's worldwide programs on climate, energy efficiency, water stewardship, landfill waste reduction and sustainable buildings. Prior to his current 19 years with Colgate, he was an environmental consulting group manager for the URS Corporation.

Scott Jenkins

Scott Jenkins is the General Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opens June of 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles and Milwaukee Brewers. He was the Director of Facilities and Events for University of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics and was involved in the construction of the Kohl Center.

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