2020 GC3 Virtual Roundtable - Agenda


Innovation Series

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

11:00 AM -12:30 PM EST

Strategic Perspective: The Role of Diversity & Inclusion in Innovation

Keynote and discussion exploring how to create a culture in which diverse ways of thinking and working can be optimized to enhance innovation. Designing approaches that offer more freedom of decision and open exchange, resulting in an organization that can adapt quickly and flexibly to changing market requirements.

Opening Remarks: Michele Jalbert, Chief Operating Officer, GC3

Keynote: Peter Eckes, President, Global Bioscience Research, Regional Research Representative, North America, BASF

Moderator: Pat Rossman, Chief Diversity Officer, BASF


Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, Associate Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Mass. General Hospital
Eunice Heath, Corporate Director of Sustainability, Dow, Inc.
Karl Reid, Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Digitalization for Sustainable Innovation

This session will explore the role of digital tools to inform business decisions and facilitate sustainable innovation.  Join us as we discuss how artificial intelligence, data compilation and integration tools are leading the way to increased efficiency, productivity, and greater alignment along the value chain.  Smart phones and smart tv's have been around for a while. Let's explore smart sustainable innovation.

Moderator: Julie Manley, Director of Startup Network, GC3


Jill Becker, CEO, Kebotix
David Entwistle, Head of Process Chemistry, Codexis
Greg Montello, Head of Product Chemistry, New Balance Athletics, Inc.
Borre Moolenaar, Global Digital Product Line Director, Cargill
Brian Chol Soo Standen, Head of Digitalization in Materials and Chemicals R&D North America, BASF

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

GC3 Member Discussion: Environmental/Social Justice

GC3 Members are invited to the kick-off session of a new member discussion group dedicated to exploring how the GC3's work can intersect with environmental and social justice issues.

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Collaboration Series

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Green Chemistry Enabling Circularity: Report

Companies are increasingly challenged to achieve multiple sustainability objectives, in addition to green chemistry. These include the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which call for carbon reduction and circularity. This session will introduce GC3's framework for companies to benchmark their efforts and identify innovation opportunities to co-optimize these complementary objectives. Companies will discuss their work, as well as their innovation needs, to further advance their green chemistry and circularity goals.

Moderator: Rachel Simon, Supplier Engagement Lead, GC3


Arlan Peters, Head of Sustainability, Novozymes North America
Bob Skoglund, Director of Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Covestro


Thursday, October 8, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Ingredient Transparency: A Key Step to Promote Innovation in Green Chemistry

One of the unique attributes of the GC3 is its ability to bring together different parts of the value chain -- particularly retailers and suppliers - to solve problems and advance progress.  Join us to learn more about a current project: the collaborative dialogue between retailers and suppliers to develop an approach to share chemical composition of articles. 

Moderator: Sally Edwards, Director of Retailer Engagement, GC3


Chris Cassell, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Lowes Inc.
Lisa LeBlanc, Director of Quality & Compliance, UPPAbaby
Sydney Lindquist, Global Sustainability Leader, Hexion
Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability & Authenticity, Seventh Generation


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

GC3 Member Discussion: Circular Economy

GC3 Members are invited to the kick-off session of a new member discussion group dedicated to exploring green chemistry’s role in enabling the circular economy.


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Commercialization Series

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Investment Trends: Drivers for Green Ingredients & Products

A panel discussion highlighting emerging trends in the finance community that affect the adoption of more sustainable practices. This session will explore the increasing push toward environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and the potential impact of these trends in accelerating the adoption and commercialization of green chemistry ingredients and products.

Moderator: Jim Jones, President, JimJonesConsulting


Susan Baker, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management
Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager, Consumer Health, Environmental Defense Fund
Julie Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC
Alexandra McPherson, Consulting Program Manager, Investor Environmental Health Network


Thursday, October 22, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Bringing Sustainable Products to Market: Perspectives from the C-Suite

This session will explore lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis about quickly adapting to new market conditions, shifting nimbly to meet demands, and commercializing new products. Companies pivoted on a dime to address the emerging needs of the pandemic, and some of the learnings from that experience can be applied to commercializing new green or sustainable chemistry alternatives.

Moderator: Joel Tickner, Executive Director, GC3


Lynette Chung, Chief Sustainability Officer, Covestro
Steve Crawford, Senior Vice President Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Eastman
Anantha Desikan, Chief Technology Officer, ICL Group
Caroline Tillett, Head of Consumer Health R&D, Johnson & Johnson
Martin Vollmer, Chief Technology Officer, Clariant International Ltd


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

GC3 Member Discussion: Applying Pandemic Lessons

GC3 Members are invited to the kick-off session of a new member discussion group dedicated to exploring how the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic can be applied to advancing green chemistry innovation and commercialization.


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