2021 C-Suite Summit

Thank you for attending!

Thank you for attending the 2021 CEOs for Sustainability C-Suite Summit, presented by UPMC Health Plan. We hope you were inspired and encouraged to further advance your organization’s sustainability goals.


Keynote Fireside Chat

In conversation with UPMC Health Plan Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative & Operating Officer Mary Beth Jenkins, Lisa Conway, VP Sustainability, Americas at Interface Inc., shares how sustainability drives innovation at the first global flooring manufacturer to sell all carbon-neutral products.

Ms. Conway will share how Interface has pursued Moonshot Goals to transform into arguably the world’s most sustainable industrial company — from achieving its Mission Zero to eliminate the company’s environmental impact to advancing Climate Take Back, its strategy to help reverse global warming.

C-Suite Panel on Sustainability as a Business Imperative

  • Leroy Ball, President and CEO, Koppers
  • Ron C. Keating, President and CEO, Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Kurt Lesker IV, President and CEO, Kurt J. Lesker Company
  • Moderated by Joylette Portlock, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Leading Forward on Progress, aka “Ask the CEOs Anything”: CEOs lead a lively discussion with attendees and invite your recommended tools and resources, as well as your questions

  • Jana Lake, President, 3R Sustainability
  • David Landis, President, EPIC Metals Corporation
  • Andrew Schwartz, Studio Director, Environmental Planning and Design

CEOs for Sustainability leadership, including:

  • Co-Chair Charles Toran, President, Sci-Tek Consultants
  • Co-Chair Ray Yeager, President and CEO, DMI Companies

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

2021 Events

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

During this November 18th event, CEOs for Sustainability leaders called upon their peers in the Pittsburgh region to take action around three priorities for achieving a sustainable economic recovery: advance racial and ethnic equity, support local businesses and communities, and reduce carbon emissions. Several C-Suite leaders shared how their businesses are responding to challenges and using a sustainability strategy as a competitive advantage. Microsoft’s Vice President of AI Country Strategy and Sustainability Partnership Gretchen O’Hara delivered the keynote speech, sharing practical insights on how Microsoft is addressing society’s most pressing challenges, including plans to be carbon negative by 2030. Additional featured speakers included:

  • 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

The crises of 2020 have wrought hardship on many families and businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. The CEOs for Sustainability business network, hosted by the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh, is committed to “leading forward” on a sustainable economic recovery. These business leaders are calling on the region’s workplaces to take actions vital to supporting a sustainable recovery that works for all: 

  • supporting local communities and businesses through the pandemic crisis, 
  • advancing racial and ethnic equity through their own business operations, and 
  • reducing their companies’ carbon footprint

A win-win for business and community

By applying a business strategy around these three priorities, businesses gain a competitive advantage and demonstrate their leadership in the community. 

The Leading Forward Roadmap, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, provides a framework for how businesses can take actions around these priority areas. 

The Roadmap includes strategic steps, customizable tools, and regional resources to support “leading forward” on a sustainable economic recovery for all.

Meet the CEOs for Sustainability

Charles Toran, SciTek Consultants, Inc.

Co-Chair Charles Toran


Co-Chair Raymond Yeager

President and CEO

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

Troy Geanopulos

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

Mark Kaplan,
Interim President & CEO, Chief Financial Officer

Laura Shapira Karet,
President and CEO

Ron Keating,
President and CEO

Jana Lake,

David F. Landis,

Kurt Lesker IV,
President and CEO

Sean McClain,
President and CEO

Robert Nutting,
Chairman and CEO

Robert Nutting,

Masahiro “Mas” Ogiso,
President and CEO

Antonis Papadourakis, Ph.D.,
President and CEO

Albrecht Powell,
Pittsburgh Office Managing Director

Jodi Rennie,
Vice President and General Manager

Ciannie Rodriguez,
Store Manager,
Greater Pittsburgh Area

Ryan S. Ruskin,
President and CEO

Jack Scalo,
President and CEO

Jack Scalo,
President and CEO

Andrew JG Schwartz,
Studio Director

Venkee Sharma,

Rob Smith,

Wendy P. Staso,

Craig E. Stevenson,

Sara Thompson,

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,
Professor of Marketing


Thanks to the CEOs for Sustainability sponsors:

UPMC Health Plan
UPMC Health Plan
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor




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