Sustainability 2.0 Conference


Monday, October 11, 2021, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monaghan Ballroom, Alumni Memorial Union

In 2019, Marquette Business held its first ever Responsible Investment Symposium, a successful event that brought together experts on sustainable investment practices from across the country. Since that time, more companies and organizations have adopted ESG and sustainability standards, creating an emerging paradigm for responsible and ethical business practice moving into the future.  

This fall Marquette Business is excited to present the Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference. Expanded in size and scope, this conference brings together experts from across the country to discuss this new era of sustainability, featuring top thought leaders from academia and non-profit organizations, as well as chief sustainability executives from firms across a variety of industries. 

Keynote Speaker - Jeffrey Hales, Ph.D

Charles T. Zlatkovich Centennial Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin & Chair of the SASB Standards Board

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This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jeffrey Hales, the Charles T. Zlatkovich Centennial Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, and Chair of the SASB Standards Board. Dr. Hales is an expert and leading researcher on accounting standard setting and regulation, individual decision making, and behavioral finance. His talk, titled "Jumping ahead: What to expect from ESG policy in 2022" will address the continuing ways that global sustainability standards are shaping business.


This year's conference will include four panels of industry experts:

Standards, Certification, & Assurance Panel

  • Nicolai Lundy, Chief of Market Relationships, Value Reporting Foundation (SASB)
  • Christine Robinson, Senior Manager, Sustainability & KPI Services Team, Deloitte
  • Steve Liberatore, Lead Portfolio Manager, Nuveen
  • Dean Amhaus, CEO, The Water Council 
  • Christopher Merker, Ph.D., Marquette University (Moderator)

Issuer Panel

  • Paul Nowak, Vice President, Quad Packaging Group
  • Adam Muellerweiss, Chief Sustainability Officer, Clarios
  • Beth Straka, SVP - Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, VP - We Energies Foundation, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Wisconsin Energy
  • Riv Goldman, SVP & General Counsel, Optimas Solutions

Asset Owner & Engagement Panel (Side-by-Side with Intermediary Panel)

  • Sean Gissal, CFA, CIO, University Endowment, Marquette University
  • Christopher Cox, Associate Director, Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investing
  • Karl Solibakke, President, Northland College
  • Dan Pickering, President & CIO, Pickering Energy Partners
  • Sarah Peck, Ph.D., Marquette University (Moderator)

Intermediary Panel (Side-by-Side with Asset Owner & Engagement Panel)

  • Bob Smith, President & CIO, SAGE Advisory
  • Glen Yelton, Head of ESG US, Invesco
  • Michael G. Klein, Managing Director, Private Asset Management, Baird
  • Leo Harmon, Senior Managing Director & CIO, Equity Management, Mesirow 

  • Kevin Chiappetta, President, CFA Society Milwaukee (Moderator)


Please direct any questions or special needs to University Special Events at, (414) 288-7431.



The Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference and complimentary registration for Marquette University students, faculty, and staff has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

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11:00 am


12:00 pm

 Introduction and Welcome

12:15 – 1:10 pm

 Luncheon Keynote - Dr. Jeffrey Hales

1:15 – 2:10 pm

 Standards, Certification, and Accountability Panel

2:15 – 3:00 pm

 Issuer Panel

3:00 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:00 pm

 Asset Owner and Engagement Panel & Intermediary Panel

4:00 – 5:00 pm


For questions or additional information, please contact Marquette University Special Events at or call (414) 288-7431.