This Way to Sustainability Conference

Keynote Speakers, March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 9:00-10:00 AM

Nikki Silvestri

CEO & Founder | Soil and Shadow(opens in new window)   

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Nikki Silvestri, CEO of Soil and Shadow, a consulting firm for social and environmental entrepreneurs, guiding thousands of leaders and organizations into a conversation at the intersection of ecology, economy, and social equity.

An internationally recognized thought leader and speaker, recipient of The Root's 100 Most Influential African Americans, ELLE Magazine's "Gold" Award, and OxFam America's "Act Local, Think Global" Award.

Nikki serves in Environmental Protection Agency negotiations, Board Member- Greenpeace USA, Board Co-Chair- Business Alliance of Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a Faculty Member- Food Business School. She currently lives in Oakland with her husband and son.

Thursday March 26, 2020 | 1:00-2:00 PM

Kelsey Juliana

Our Children's Trust(opens in new window)

kelsey julianaKelsey of Eugene, Oregon, has engaged in climate activism since age 10. When she was 15 she co-filed a lawsuit, with the support of nonprofit Our Children's Trust, against the Oregon State Governor, asking for a climate emissions reduction plan and to protect the atmosphere under the public trust doctrine. By 16, Kelsey was a trainer and organizer for the Sierra Student Coalition’s organizing camp. At age 18 Kelsey participated in the Great March for Climate Action, marching 1,600 miles from Nebraska to Washington, D.C. urging climate action from world leaders. In 2015, at 19, she submitted a Constitutional Climate Change lawsuit alongside 20 other youth against the United States Government. She has represented #youthvgov work of Our Children’s Trust at film festivals, classrooms, rallies, conferences, and throughout the US and internationally. Her background also includes work with iMatter, in new window), Greenpeace, and Earth Guardians, and she was recently recognized as an addition to the collection of American's Who Tell The Truth(opens in new window). Kelsey is an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon in Eugene and aspires to be a teacher.

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 9:00-10:00 AM

Erin Meezan

VP & Chief Sustainability Officer | Interface(opens in new window)

Erin MeezanAs Chief Sustainability Officer, Erin gives voice to Interface’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with its aggressive sustainability vision established more than 20 years ago. Today, Interface has evolved its thinking to go beyond doing less harm to creating positive impacts, not just for Interface and the flooring industry, but for the world at large.

Erin led the company to unveil a new mission in 2016 – Climate Take Back, tackling the single biggest
threat facing humanity: global climate change. This mission is focused on creating a path for Interface
and others to reverse global warming, not just reduce carbon emissions.
As CSO, Erin leads a global team that provides technical assistance and support to this audacious goal
and the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels – from operations and
management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. Erin and her team also develop
industry‐leading approaches to measurement, driving transparency and innovation in the field of
sustainability, while also capturing successes as the company nears its Mission Zero targets in 2020.

Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the
growing green consumer sector. She has keynoted at a variety of conferences and forums including
Bioneers, GreenBiz, VERGE, Greenbuild, Sustainable Brands, SXSW, SXSW Eco, Conscious Capitalism and others, and to business audiences around the world in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and Europe.

In addition, she serves as a guest faculty member at Harvard University for the Executive Education for
Sustainability Leadership program. She also serves on the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA)
program at the University of Vermont's Grossman School of Business.