Who's Who | Weatherhead

Keynote Speaker


Jens Molbak, Founder, WinWin
Jens has a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation investing and a world where social and economic progress are available to all. He is the founder of WinWin, a non-profit that seeks to utilize a data-driven “tri-sector” approach to align the resources available in the private, social, and public sectors to generate superior societal and financial outcomes than would be possible if organizations were restricted to the resources within their sector alone.

WinWin is based on the idea that tremendous value can be created (and waste reduced) when assets from the companies, non-profits, and government agencies are collaboratively leveraged and that it is possible to align the incentives of these groups to reduce inefficiency and improve overall outcomes. WinWin creates tools to identify opportunities and a systematic solution for organizations to utilize under-leveraged assets in each sector to facilitate innovation that benefits all parties involved.

Jens first learned of potential for tri-sector solutions when he founded Coinstar in 1990, with the goal of creating a company that could simultaneously benefit the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Coinstar pioneered self-service coin counting kiosks to provide consumers a convenient means to convert loose coins into cash. In addition to counting change, Coinstar kiosks accept donations for charitable organizations including UNICEF, The Red Cross, and WWF. Coinstar also worked collaboratively with the Fed, US Mint, and Royal UK Mint. The company has processed over $40bb, raised ~ $100mm for non-profits, and save the US government billions in reduced costs. He is currently working with a US company that is utilizing a WinWin strategy to improve the Food Stamp program for 45 million people.

Jens holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Yale University. A native of Seattle, Jens is an avid hiker, back country skier, and enthusiast of landscape architecture.


Chris Laszlo, PhD, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
As one of the originators of the concept of sustainable value, Chris Laszlo, PhD, reframes sustainability as a business opportunity, turning environmental and social risks into drivers of innovation, greater employee engagement, and a new, inimitable source of competitive advantage.

Laszlo is the author of Quantum Leadership (2019), Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business (2014), Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), and Sustainable Value: How the World's Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good (2008), all from Stanford University Press. An earlier book, The Sustainable Company (2003, paperback 2005), was published by Island Press. He has numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the general editor of The Business of Sustainability, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2010). Professionally, Laszlo was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. His book Flourishing Enterprise was chosen as one of the top sustainability books by Sustainable Brands. In 2012 he was selected by his peers to be a “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™. In 2018 he was elected incoming chair of the AOM MSR Interest Group executive committee.

As a co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners LLC, he provides advisory services to senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies. Laszlo has led hundreds of seminars and spoken widely on sustainability for strategic advantage both at companies and at leading business schools such as INSEAD, Darden School of Business, Cornell University, and Kenan-Flagler Business School.

In addition to his academic experience and consulting work, Laszlo spent nearly 10 years as an executive at Lafarge, a world leader in building materials; he held positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary, and vice president of business development. Prior to that, he spent five years with Deloitte Touche, where he consulted on strategy to global industry leaders.

Laszlo received his doctorate with distinction in economics and management science from the University of Paris. He holds a MPhil in economics and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a BA with honors from Swarthmore College.




Keynote Panel

Brian Broadbent, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Volunteers Unlimited
Brian assists business clients in developing and implementing strategies to improve their community involvement. He also provides succession and executive transition planning, merger consulting and training services to nonprofits, as well as leads BVU. Brian serves on the boards of The City Mission, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, St. Edward High School and the Commission for Economic Inclusion. A Cleveland native, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Accounting and became a CPA in 1980.


Kristin Hall, Director, City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Kristin Hall is a dedicated sustainability professional working to help drive Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio region towards a more sustainable future. Currently serving as Director in the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Kristin oversees sustainability projects, programs, policy development, and grant administration for the City’s municipal operations and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative. She is also supporting the Cuyahoga50 celebration, commemorating Cleveland’s progress since the infamous 1969 Cuyahoga River fire. Kristin is a lifelong Clevelander and passionate about reducing waste in our city. She is currently chairing the ZeroWasteNEO working group and has several years’ experience planning and executing zero waste events. Prior to working for the City of Cleveland, Kristin was the Operations and Human Resources manager for thunder::tech, an integrated marketing firm in Cleveland. Kristin is a LEED Green Associate, holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from John Carroll University, and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University.


Lillian Kuri, Vice President for Strategic Grantmaking, Arts and Urban Design, The Cleveland Foundation
Lillian joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the Foundation ’s priority strategic initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area – now one of the nation’s leading comprehensive anchor institution development strategies. This placed-based initiative places equity and sustainability at its core through the integration of cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing incentives, education, sustainability, community health, and economic inclusion.

In 2016, Lillian took over the Foundation’s Arts, Culture and Placemaking Initiatives. She is developing and implementing the Foundation’s new arts strategy – “Investing in Arts Mastery” - that expands year-round, rigorous, mastery-based programs in theater, dance, music, visual arts and literary arts to thousands of underserved children each year.  In her current role as Vice President of Strategic Grantmaking, she is leading a new foundation priority area focused on growing the foundation’s portfolio of Social Impact Investments. The Cleveland Foundation currently has a $30 million special purpose fund for Program Related Investments (PRIs).

Lillian has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as the project manager for the City of Cleveland’s Citywide Plan under Mayor Michael R. White as well as project coordinator for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.  As the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art from 2000-2004, she was responsible for the implementation of over $4 million in projects over her 4-year tenure. Lillian holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University. She is a licensed architect in the State of Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.  She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Cleveland Planning Commission.


Roseanne Potter, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
In her current role as SVP & CFO, Rosanne manages the finance function for the Cleveland Foundation and their $2.5B endowment. The Cleveland Foundation is the oldest community foundation in the United States. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation in April 2016, she was responsible for managing $10 billion of global retirement assets for Eaton Corporation in Cleveland. Rosanne Potter is a senior finance professional specializing in investment management and capital markets. Rosanne has held the position of Treasurer of five major manufacturing companies including the Lubrizol Corporation, RTI International Metals, Inc., and Dexter Corporation with industry expertise in specialty chemicals, consumer products, metals and power management.

Serving in leadership roles for charities has been important to Rosanne over her career. She was on the board and also the founding chairperson for the Cleveland American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, and was a long-standing board member on the Northeast Ohio Make A Wish Foundation Board of Directors and finance committee. She also contributed her time by being on the Board of Directors for Adoption Network Cleveland (2015-2018) and In Counsel with Women (2012-2018). Rosanne spent several years as Adjunct Faculty to Kent State’s Executive M.B.A. program where she taught Capital Markets and Financial Planning. She was a Crain’s Cleveland Business 2015 Women of Note Recipient and an Athena Finalist in 2004 for Inside Business Magazine. She resides in Twinsburg, Ohio, with her husband and four children where she is active in her community and church.

Bill Vogelgesang, Co-founder, EPOCH Pi
William W. Vogelgesang is a co-founder of EPOCH Pi, an investment banking company serving purpose-based or impact companies—businesses that exist to provide financial as well as a social returns while endeavoring to creating value for all stakeholders.  He has experience in a broad array of businesses as well as all areas of capital formation and realization. Bill serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, and previously worked for 14 years at Candlewood Partners, a middle market investment bank, and South Franklin Street Partners, its private equity affiliate, where he was a cofounder.  He spent seven years as a Managing Director and Principal of Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company. He served as Chairman of BGL's Management Committee and was active in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings.  Prior to that, Bill spent three years as a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer of a hazardous waste recovery and recycling company.  Bill is Chairman of Conscious Capitalism of Northeastern Ohio.


Andrew Watterson, Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Officer, Key Bank
Andrew is Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Officer for KeyBank, a $136 billion financial institution that operates across 15 states in the U.S. Andrew uses his sustainability and organizational change expertise to lead the bank in the development and execution of a sustainability strategy that positions the bank for growth. In this role, he works with the corporate responsibility team and bank leadership to balance mission and margin to achieve dependable results. As Corporate Responsibility Officer, Andrew leads the community engagement strategy for the Great Lakes and Midwest regions, which include the Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toledo markets. In this role, he is responsible for monitoring the Company’s progress against the $16.5 billion National Community Benefits Plan and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance.

Prior to his position at KeyBank, Andrew was senior consultant at BrownFlynn, a sustainability and corporate responsibility consulting firm located in Cleveland, OH. Previously, Andrew was the City of Cleveland’s first Chief of Sustainability and led the coordination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, an action plan to create an economic engine to empower a green city on a blue lake.

Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and economics from Bates College and a master’s in Positive Organizational Development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.



Organizers


Mark Meaney, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Center for Education on Social Responsibility, The Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder
Mark Meaney, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder. As Executive Director, Dr. Meaney oversees curriculum development and course delivery, internal and external collaboration, alumni and donor relations, sponsored research and community outreach.

Dr. Meaney is chiefly responsible for stewarding the Leeds family’s mandate that all students receive a meaningful education in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. CESR fulfills this mandate through collaboration on core curriculum, certificate programs, partnerships with ethics centers across campus and around the world, unique leadership development projects, conferences and case competitions.

Before accepting his position with CESR, Dr. Meaney held a faculty appointment at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to his appointment at Cal, Dr. Meaney held a political appointment with the Daley Administration of the City of Chicago as First Deputy Director of the Office of Ethics and Compliance and Chief Compliance Operations Officer with responsibility for the creation of a first-of-its kind corporate-style ethics and compliance program for a municipality.

In addition to his appointments at Leeds, Dr. Meaney serves as the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) Chapter North America Chairperson and on the UN PRME International Advisory Council.

UN PRME is the first organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with over 750+ signatories, worldwide. The mission of PRME is assist business schools in the integration of ethically responsible management education into curriculum development, research, and thought leadership.




Deborah F. Spake, PhD, Dean and Professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration, Kent State University
Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., was appointed Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at Kent State University in January 2013. She has served as President of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association, past-Executive Director of the Society for Marketing Advances, and former editorial review board member for the Journal of Business Research. Prior to her academic career, she was the Marketing Research Director of a publishing company and, later, worked for consulting firms specializing in marketing research and strategic planning.




Cathy DuBois, Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs, Kent State University College of Business Administration
Cathy DuBois is Associate Dean for Graduate / Online Programs and Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University. Her research has addressed the role of the Human Resource function in organizational sustainability initiatives and a variety of gender / fairness issues in HRM, among other topics. Cathy holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations / Human Resource Management from the University of Minnesota. DuBois oversees her college's Responsible Leadership Initiative which focuses on embedding the SDGs into research, teaching and practice. DuBois serves as Chair of the AACSB Responsible Management Education affinity group Steering Committee. Read Cathy's full bio here.




Brandon Shields, Assessment and Accreditation Analyst, Kent State University, College of Business Administration

Brandon Shields is the Assessment and Accreditation Analyst at Kent State University's College of Business Administration. Brandon earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. While earning an MBA, Brandon studied at Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rennes. Brandon plays a key role in implementing the College's Responsible Leadership Initiative. He has presented his SDG-related innovations at the AASHE 2018 Conference, and for Digital Measures by Watermark. Read Brandon's full bio here.




David Cooperrider
Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry
Faculty Director, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University

David L. Cooperrider, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor and holds the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where he is the faculty Founder and Director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. David is also the Honorary Chairman of Champlain College's David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business. In 2017, David received "The Lifetime Achievement Award"-the highest honor in his field of Organization Development. Read David's full bio here.



Megan (Schulstad) Buchter, Operations Manager, AIM2Flourish, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Megan (Schulstad) Buchter re-joined the Fowler Center team in October 2016. In her role as AIM2Flourish Operations Manager, she supports all AIM2Flourish Professors and Story Stewards. Megan received her MBA in 2015 from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with minors in Art History and French from Case Western Reserve University. While pursuing her MBA, Megan was one of the inaugural Fowler Fellows and had the privilege of supporting and attending the Third Global Forum and co-authoring the teaching case "Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction" published by Ivey Publishing, Ivey Business School. Megan's passion for sustainability and Business as an Agent of World Benefit began in undergrad while working on her thesis about microfinance institutions in Bangladesh and has evolved to include an interest in businesses supporting the well-being of everyone in their communities.



Ashley Stanley, Department Assistant, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Ashley Stanley is the Department Assistant for the Fowler Center. She is new to CWRU and is enjoying getting to know the community and University Circle. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in Film at Vassar College. Prior to joining the Fowler Center she worked for the David C. Jansheski Trust in Avon Lake cataloguing the work of printmaker David Jansheski and organizing exhibitions. Before that, she lived and worked in Big Bend National Park, which is located in the beautiful and remote desert area of West Texas. While Ashley misses the warm winters of West Texas, she is very glad to be back in her birth state of Ohio and located within easy driving distance of her family. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.