People planet profits picture copy

Keynote Speaker:

Erika James, PhD, is the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School and Professor of Organization and Management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College, and both M.A. and PhD degrees in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Prior to her appointment at Emory, Dr James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). She introduced the Women’s Leadership Program at Darden, which has the top-ranked faculty for open enrollment programs (Financial Times, 2014). In more than a decade of service at Virginia, Dr James worked in various roles, including Associate Dean of Diversity (the first to hold the position). She was also course head for the MBA core organizational behavior course and served as area coordinator for the Leadership and Organization Behavior unit at Darden. For the university, Dr James was a member of the executive council of the Faculty Senate.

Dr James served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. She also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.

Dr James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, gifted speaker, and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics, including decision making under pressure, trust, and change management.

Welcoming Address:

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics and the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics and Emory University. He is also a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr Wolpe also serves as the first Senior Bioethicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. He is Co-Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, and Editor of AJOB Neuroscience, and is on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. Dr Wolpe sits on a number of national and international non-profit organizational boards and working groups, and is a consultant to academic institutions and the biomedical industry. He has testified to the President’s Commission on the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington, DC on ethical issues in synthetic biology and has won the World Technology Network Award in Ethics. Dr Wolpe was profiled as a “Brave Thinker of 2011” in Atlantic Magazine. He is also principal investigator of the Emory CREATE (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment) Program.


  • Rebecca Copeland, Doctoral Candidate, Theological Studies, in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, holds a B.A. from the University of Miami (FL), a J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law, and both a M.Div. and a Th.M. from Candler School of Theology. Prior to coming to Emory, she worked with the Assistant Attorney General’s office in Virginia. She is a founding member of the Religion and Ecology Collaborative at Emory University, and is a graduate assistant with the CREATE program through Emory’s Center for Ethics.
  • Jonathan Crane, PhD, is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. He holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Wheaton College in Massachusetts (1995), a M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame (1997), a M.Phil. in Gandhian thought from Gujarat Vidyapith in India (1998), a M.A.H.L. and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College in New York (2003), and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Toronto (2009).  Having served Jewish communities in China, India, and North America, he has presented at conferences and taught around the world about Judaism, interfaith relations, Gandhian philosophy, and a variety of ethical issues.  He serves on the board of The Society of Jewish Ethics.
  • Rachel Dial is an M.B.A. student in the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and is the Academic Degree Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of West Georgia and a M.I.B. from Georgia State University.
  • Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD, is the Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Religious Thought at the Center for Ethics, the Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program at Laney Graduate School, and Co-Director of Catholic Studies at Emory University. He earned a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, an M.A. in Religious Studies with specialization in Bioethics, and a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he was a course lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies, the Institute of Parasitology, and the Department of Physiology. Dr Labrecque is also lead faculty for the Emory CREATE Program.
  • Wesley Longhofer, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Organization and Management in the Goizueta Business School, Associated Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, a Senior Faculty Fellow with the Emory Center for Ethics, and part of the Teaching Faculty in the Master’s in Development Practice Program. He holds a B.A from Texas Christian University and a PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He has published broadly on voluntary associations, environmental non-profits, and environmental policy reform. His current research includes a collaborative study on the organizational dynamics of climate change, and a number of papers on child rights and environmental policies. He has also been awarded for his teaching, written extensively for the popular scholarly magazineContexts, and is co-editor of Social Theory Re-Wired (Routledge 2012).


  • George Bandy, Jr. currently serves as the Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, and as a member of Interface’s Americas Sustainability Council. In addition to his duties at Interface, Mr. Bandy also serves as the immediate past chair of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors. He has been active in the USGBC since its founding in 1995, is a former chairman of the Georgia chapter, and has served on the National Social Equity Committee and the North Carolina Chapter Advisory Board. Mr. Bandy has also served on the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Board, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee, and the Second Nature Board of Directors. Before coming to Interface, Mr. Bandy was the University Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas-Houston. He holds a B.A. from Morehouse College with continued sustainability training at the University of Texas-Houston.
  • Dennis Creech co-founded Southface in 1978 and has served as its Executive Director for over 30 years. Recognized as a local and national leader in sustainability, he has received numerous professional awards, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Lifetime Achievement Award, GreenLaw’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s Legacy Award, and Residential Energy Services Network’s Program Leadership Award and the Building Performance Institute Hall of Fame. He was also recognized by the Georgia Trend “100 Most Influential Georgians.” In 2013, he received the prestigious Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, which includes a $50,000 cash prize. Mr. Creech works in a LEED Platinum certified building, lives in an EarthCraft home, and drives a hybrid vehicle.
  • Holly Elmore is founder and CEO of Elemental Impact, a national non-profit committed to bringing sustainable operating practices to the corporate community. Beginning her career as an auditor and CPA with Arthur Andersen, she then created Executive Catering & Events, a prominent corporate catering company. Ms. Elmore operated Executive Catering along with two successful restaurants in the Atlanta market. Following her restaurant and catering years, she served as Director of Marketing for Wine South and later as the Advertising Director for Restaurant Forum, the Official Magazine of the Georgia Restaurant Association. During her tenure as founder and executive director of the Green Foodservice Alliance, an affiliate of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Ms. Elmore created the Zero Waste Zones program, acquired in 2012 by the National Restaurant Association. She utilizes the extensive business skills developed during her professional path to make a difference through Elemental Impact, now in its 7th year ofSustainability in Action.
  • Alyse Festenstein is the Manager of Community Partnerships at Emory University with Bon Appétit Management Company. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Festenstein studied cultural anthropology and spent most of her days at the student-run garden known as the “Burning Kumquat.” There she found that the Bon Appétit chefs were the garden’s biggest supporters on campus, and began to learn about the company’s vision for sustainable food service and commitment to using its purchasing power and leadership to create change. She joined Bon Appétit as a fellow and spent two years traveling to college campuses and farms in the Midwest, learning about dining operations and engaging guests in sustainable food issues, before coming to Emory.
  • Krissa Glasgow is the Senior Manager of Environmental Innovation for Home Depot. Ms. Glasgow started at Home Depot in 2003 as a Signing Merchandiser, and has held various positions including Six Sigma Project Manager, Marketing Manager, and Redbeacon Integration Team. Before coming to Home Depot, Ms. Glasgow also worked with FCB Seattle, Cole and Weber, Cambell Mithun, and 22squared. She is Six Sigma Black Belt trained, and has served as a mentor for those transitioning from the military to civilian positions with American Corporate Partners. Ms. Glasgow holds a BA from Bethel University.
  • Scott Jenkins is the General Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to joining the AMB Sports and Entertainment Group, Mr. Jenkins was the Vice President of Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners, Vice President of Stadium Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, Vice President of Ballpark Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, and Director of Facilities and Events for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves as the Chair for the Green Sports Alliance. Mr. Jenkins holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business.
  • Ben Jordan is the Director of Supplier Sustainability for the Coca-Cola Company, where he supports their sustainable agriculture efforts and sustainable supply chain process. He also teaches “Green Business” at Emory University each Spring. Dr. Jordan serves on the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Advisory Board of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and the City of Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Jordan also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
  • Allie Kelly is the executive director of The Ray, a partner at Georgia Capitol Solutions, and the Senior Director of Special Projects at the Georgia Conservancy. Previously, she has work as the Senior Vice President of the Georgia Conservancy, and the Executive Director and Founder of Georgia Watch. At The Ray, Ms. Kelly works on the Mission Zero Corridor project, with the goal of making I-85 from Exit 2 to 18 in West Georgia the most sustainable stretch of highway in the country. She holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
  • Norrie McKenzie is the Renewable Development Vice President at Georgia Power, where he is in charge of growing their 1,500 MW renewable energy portfolio. Mr. McKenzie previously served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Southern Power. He holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
  • Rochelle Routman is the Vice President of Sustainability at Mohawk Industries, Inc., where she works with sustainability programs across the commercial, residential, international, and hospitality business. Before joining Mohawk Industries, Ms. Routman worked on sustainability issues with Georgia Power and Southern Company, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Green Building and Design has named her one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability,” and the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public Policy named her the “Most Outstanding Alumni” in 2015. Ms. Routman holds a B.S. from the University of Georgia, and a M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Jessica Sanderson is the Director of Sustainability at Novelis, Inc., where she develops and implements sustainability programs including the social, environmental and economic aspects of Novelis’ global operations in coordination with customers, suppliers, industry associations, environmental experts and academic research institutes. Before coming to Novelis, Ms. Sanderson was the Manager of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for USG, and an Industrial Hygienist for Hygieneering, Inc., an industrial hygiene, safety and environmental consulting, testing and training firm. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Tulane University, and a MBA from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.
  • Carl Seville is a founder and principal of SK Collaborative, where he works on sustainability in the residential construction industry as a green builder, educator, writer, consultant, and building certifier. He has recently co-authored a college textbook on green residential construction, Green Building, Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, and serves as a contributing editor to the Green Building Advisor. Mr. Seville has served as the Treasurer of the Atlanta Branch and the Chair of the Residential Committee of the Georgia Chapter of the USGBC. He has also served as the Education Committee Co-Chair for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. He and his projects have won numerous awards, including the 2014 EarthCraft Renovation Project of the Year, the 2014 Georgia Historic Preservation Commission Design Award for the City of Decatur, and the 2007 Green Building Advocate of the Year. Mr. Seville holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Maury Wolfe is the Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at InterContinental Hotel Group where she supports environmental sustainability across more than 5,000 hotels. Previously, Ms. Wolfe worked as the Director of Policy and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Refreshments, the Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Enterprises and the Manager of LEED for Retail at the USGBC. She serves as the Co-Chair for Sustainable Food Waste Management for the American Hotel Lodging Association. Ms. Wolfe holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, and a MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.