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CEOs for Sustainability is exemplary executive leadership and collaboration to drive positive change in the region.

We’re asking businesses to lead forward by committing to a sustainable economic recovery and taking action toward that end.

Sustainable Business is Good Business

Savvy business leaders are the driving force behind transformational sustainability strategies, linking business sustainability performance, financial performance, and regional quality of life.

88% of employees say working for a company with a strong purpose is more important to them than ever before.

Porter Novelli Purpose Tracker, August 2020

Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.

Why Diversity Matters, McKinsey & Co.

Low-emissions products and services represent $2.1T in opportunity.


Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is a process of continual improvement.

In business, this means that in addition to financial performance, a company prioritizes its social and environmental actions. A sustainable business strategy is a long-term view that helps identify operational efficiencies and new opportunities, mitigates risk, and positions the company as a desirable place to work and invest in.

A sustainable business strategy pays off.

  • Broader, more equitable economic growth for all
  • Greater pay equity, health insurance access, and personal resiliency for minority populations
  • Minority communities strengthened by policies favoring local minority-owned businesses
  • New jobs in the trades, tech, energy efficiency, and electrified fleets
  • New business models and opportunities in clean energy
  • Reduced carbon emissions and air pollution
  • Mitigated climate risk to operations, supply chain

Leading Forward

2020 CEOs for Sustainability C-Suite Summit, Presented by UPMC Health Plan

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Event Overview

Join CEOs for Sustainability as this executive network present a vision for a sustainable economic recovery and demonstrates how participating companies are leading forward. 

The event kicked off with a keynote address by Microsoft Vice President of AI Country Strategy and Sustainability Partnership Gretchen O’Hara. Ms. O’Hara described Microsoft’s commitment to addressing society’s most pressing challenges, including plans to be carbon negative by 2030

Following the keynote, C-Suite executives shared how their companies are leading in areas fundamental to prosperity for all: supporting local businesses, advancing racial and ethnic equity, and reducing carbon emissions. Hear examples of how strategic sustainability has been a competitive advantage through this time of crisis. 

During the event, CEOs for Sustainability Co-Chairs Steve Malnight, President and CEO of Duquesne Light Co., and Charles Toran, President of Sci-Tek Consultants, presented the business case for sustainability and how other leaders can join them in Leading Forward.

Event Sponsors

UPMC Health Plan


Keynote Speaker: Gretchen O’Hara,
Vice President of AI Country Strategy and Sustainability Partnership, Microsoft

Featured Speakers

  • Diane Holder, President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan
  • Haakan Jonsson, Ph.D., Chairman and President, Covestro LLC 
  • Jana D. Lake, President, 3R Sustainability 
  • Jodi Rennie, VP and General Manager, Turner Construction 
  • Sara Thompson, Principal, Pashek + MTR

Resources for Leading Forward

CEOs for Sustainability is calling on businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania to lead forward in building a sustainable economic recovery.

Demonstrate your commitment to:

  • support local businesses
  • advance racial and ethnic equity, and
  • reduce carbon emissions. 

CEOs for Sustainability is working with the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh to help businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania advance their commitments. Complete this form to connect with Sustainable Pittsburgh and receive guidance and frameworks to make progress on these goals at your business.

Access Business Sustainability Resources

  • What business sector are you representing? (e.g. retail, manufacturing, hospitality, finance, medical, other)

Meet the CEOs for Sustainability

Steve Malnight, Duquesne Light Co.

Co-Chair Steve Malnight

President and CEO

Charles Toran, SciTek Consultants, Inc.

Co-Chair Charles Toran


Leroy Ball Jr.,
President and CEO

Jan Brimmeier,
Owner & President

Jeff Broadhurst,
President and CEO

Brian Brickhouse,
President–Electrical Sector, Americas

Carl Brockmeyer,
President & General Manager

Michael Cherock,
President and CEO

Lalit Chordia, Ph.D.,
Founder and CEO

Ned D. Eldridge,
President, CEO and Founder

Ron Gdovic,
Founder and CEO

Steve Guy,
President and CEO

Chuck Hammel,

Diane Holder,
President and CEO

Colin Huwyler,

Dr. Haakan Jonsson,
Chairman and President

Laura Shapira Karet,
President and CEO

Ron Keating,
President and CEO

Jana Lake,

David F. Landis,

Kurt Lesker IV,
President and CEO

Steve Malnight,
President and CEO

Sean McClain,
President and CEO

Robert Nutting,
CEO and Principal Owner

Robert Nutting,
CEO and Principal Owner

Masahiro “Mas” Ogiso,
President and CEO

Antonis Papadourakis, Ph.D.,
President and CEO

Jodi Rennie,
President and General Manager

Ciannie Rodriguez,
Store Manager,
Greater Pittsburgh Area

Ryan S. Ruskin,
President and CEO

Murray Rust,

Jack Scalo,
President and CEO

Jack Scalo,
President and CEO

Andrew JG Schwartz,
Managing Principal

Venkee Sharma,

Rob Smith,

Wendy P. Staso
Owner, President and CEO

Craig E. Stevenson,

Sara Thompson,
Principal and CEO

Scott E. Tobe, CAP
Principal & CEO

Charles Toran,

Raymond Yeager,
President and CEO

Rand Corporation

Research Liaison:
Catherine Augustine,
Director, RAND Pittsburgh Office

Chatham University

Research Liaison:
Debbie DeLong, PhD,
Associate Professor of Marketing

Thanks to the CEOs for Sustainability sponsors:

UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Health Plan
Platinum Sponsor

Pittsburgh Pirates
Silver Sponsor

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