Sustainability 2.0 Conference


In the fall of 2021, ESG and sustainability experts from around the country gathered for the second annual Marquette Business "Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference" to discuss how the adoption of ESG and sustainability standards in business and industry continue to give rise to an emerging paradigm for responsible and ethical business practice.  

2021 event recap:

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This year’s keynote speaker was 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 was titled "Jumping ahead: What to expect from ESG policy in 2022" and address the continuing ways that global sustainability standards are shaping business.


This year's conference also featured 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)


The Marquette Sustainability 2.0 Conference was been made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

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