Session Details

Session 1 — Enlisting Allies in Other Occupations & Business Units to Advance Our Work
Tuesday, December 10 (1:30pm - 2:45pm)

Session Host:

  • Hillery Kelly – Manager of Environmental Affairs, AstraZeneca

Finding the data, resources and support you need to be an effective professional is often like a hunt for buried treasure. The larger the organization, the more complicated the hunt. Successful practitioners are masters at following clues, respecting their colleagues’ priorities and turning skeptics into allies.

Key Questions:

  • So how do we go about finding the right people within an organization?

  • How can we get better at enlisting allies in key occupations?

  • What can our professions do to find natural allies and enlist broader support?


Session 2 — Aligning Strategy with Effective Governance
Tuesday, December 10 (3:00pm - 4:15pm)

Session Host:

  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers

Organizations, whether public, private or non-profit, are built upon formal and informal procedures which are both time and situation specific. As an organization’s commitment to climate resilience and sustainability progresses, the governance structure must constantly adapt to changes in participant roles and responsibilities, address institutional divisions, withstand persistent uncertainties in science and policy, and be flexible to generate short-term policy decisions based on long-term projections.

Key Questions:

  • What are the attributes of an ideal governance structure enabling successful climate action and alignment with the sustainable development goals?

  • What mechanisms will enable organizations to be nimble and quickly adapt to changes in the field and political systems?


Session 3 — Embedding Knowledge & Requirements Across an Organization
Wednesday, December 11 (8:45am - 10:15am)

Session Hosts:

  • Lindene Patton – Principal, Earth & Water Law Group

We work in complex organizations where existing frameworks seem to fall short of providing satisfying solutions. Partly to blame is the knowledge gap that exists between practitioners and traditional fields of study and organizational structure.

Key Questions:

  • What actors need to be involved in order to embed knowledge and requirements across an organization?

  • How do we ensure that key stakeholders across the organization are provided appropriate standing in decision-making and have co-ownership of the process/outcomes?

  • What structures and process can be developed to incorporate diverse perspectives and approaches into organizational efforts?


Session 4 — Bridging the Knowledge Gap between the Public, Private, Non-profit & Academic Sectors
Tuesday, December 10 (4:30pm - 5:45pm)

Session Host:

  • Joyce Coffee – Principal, Climate Resilience Consulting

  • James Goudreau – Head of Climate, Novartis

Climate change and sustainability professionals across sectors are gravitating toward sharing knowledge and collaborating with peers specifically within their sectors. Many practitioners perceive the field and work in one sector as being dynamically different than that of another sector. However, collaboration across sectors can yield substantial gains in climate action and achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Key questions:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of professionals and institutions in each sector?

  • What can our practitioners do to facilitate knowledge exchange and cross-sector collaboration?


Session 5 — Strengthening Connections Across Professional Societies & Credentialing Bodies
Wednesday, December 11 (10:45am - 12:15pm)

Session Hosts:

  • Katherine O’Neill – Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Roanoke College

  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers

Professional societies provide valuable opportunities for education and professional development for many fields relevant to sustainability, climate change, and resilience. Greater communication and integration across professional societies offers the potential to facilitate the exchange of ideas, strengthen professional connections, and promote shared goals.

Key questions:

  • What professional organizations and credentialing bodies should ACCO and ISSP specifically be engaging?

  • What barriers are currently limiting integration of climate change and sustainability into other professional societies and credentialing activities?

  • What opportunities are there for promoting greater cross-pollination in the future?