Collaborative Action Speakers

Sept. 29, 2021 Moving from What to Why

Tim Conway, VP Sustainability, Shaw Industries

As Vice President of Sustainability at Shaw Industries, Tim Conway has changed the company’s attitude toward sustainability- namely that this goal is a collective responsibility. Tim is focused on the positive effects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design.

Tim has worked closely with sustainability leaders within the industry and team at Shaw to reengineer products and supply chains, driving the sustainability movement forward- both for the brand and the industry. For over 10 years, Tim has been at the forefront of educating and promoting Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, Declare Labels, HPDs, and EPDs. His significant product contributions include spearheading the company’s reclamation program, introducing Biobased resilient flooring, eliminating coal fly ash, among others. Throughout his career, Tim has served as a vital connection between sustainability industry leadership and has used his market intelligence to drive change in the way Shaw Industries makes products and designs spaces.

His industry expertise has allowed him to present at GreenBuild, Living Future Conference, CleanMed, and other major conferences. Tim is also heavily engaged in building and wellness programs such as serving on the mindful MATERIALS steering committee and creating the corresponding manufacturers group. He is heavily involved in Health Care without Harm, and the Healthy Hospital and Healthy Campus initiatives. Tim was also highly involved in Shaw Industry’s decision to sign the UN Global Compact.

Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from the chemical ingredients to end of service reclamation. He has a unique ability to translate complex systems like Cradle to Cradle and HPDs into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have positive intent for the future of our people and our planet.

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Russ Gaskin, CoCreative

Russ helps people who don’t know each other, and often don’t even like each other, solve complex problems together. His unique strength is creating the conditions and frameworks that support efficient and meaningful collaboration across deep sectoral and cultural boundaries. 
Russ also builds the capacities of others to lead effective collaboration by speaking and teaching around the world on changing complex systems, human-centered design, and leveraging conflict and diversity as sources of strategic innovation. In his guest faculty role, he has taught workshops and graduate courses on leading social innovation, designing collective impact initiatives, polarity thinking, and creating shared value. 
Prior to launching CoCreative, Russ served as the chief business officer of Green America, a global leader in developing economic strategies to advance social equity and environmental sustainability; served as managing director of US SIF, a pioneering membership organization for financial firms and institutional investors doing impact investing; and founded the Green Business Network, the first network of triple-bottom-line businesses in the U.S.

Sept. 30, 2021 Collective Action at the Policy Level, Key Actors - New Possibilities

Professor Thomas P. Lyon, Erb Institute at University of Michigan

Thomas P. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, with appointments in both the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability.  He is President of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), and Faculty Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.  He earned his BSE from Princeton University, and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University.  Professor Lyon is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate sustainability strategy and its interplay with public policy, NGOs, and consumer demands.  His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, was the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topicHis article “CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics” coined the term Corporate Political Responsibility and won California Management Review’s award for Best Article in 2019.

Elizabeth Doty, Erb Institute at University of Michigan

Elizabeth Doty is an author, facilitator, and researcher focused on increasing the positive societal impact of business. She currently serves as the Director of the Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce at the Erb Institute for Sustainability in Business at the University of Michigan, whose mission is to help companies better align their interactions with government and civil society with their commitments to values, purpose, sustainability and stakeholders.

As a Lab Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Elizabeth’s research with Dr. Maryam Kouchaki and Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino surfaced seven breakdowns that undermine companies’ ability to deliver on their commitments to stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders and the communities where they do business. Based on that research and the resulting working paper, “Commitments, Disrupted: Understanding and Addressing Commitment Drift in For-Profit Enterprises”, Elizabeth was recognized as a National Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America in 2016 and 2017.

For 27 years, Elizabeth has led Leadership Momentum, a boutique consultancy that has helped clients in over a dozen industries clarify their values and build cultures of commitment, collaboration and action. Her book, “The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work without Selling your Soul,” explores the values issues professionals faced during the buildup to the financial crisis and offers six strategies leaders can use to help their organizations act with integrity under pressure.

Elizabeth earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991, serves as adjunct faculty for Presidio Graduate School, and writes regularly for strategy + business magazine, where her article “Does Your Company Keep its Promises?” continues as a top column, with over 30,000 views.

Sept. 30, 2021 The 4 Agendas in Collaborative Innovation

Heather Equinoss, CoCreative

Heather Equinoss is a collaboration doula, consultant, and visual facilitator whose work is in service to a simple core belief: that the health and wellbeing of people are inextricably connected to one another and the planet that sustains us.

Heather brings 16 years of meeting design, graphic facilitation, project management and community engagement experience in public, non-profit, private, and community settings. She finds purpose in supporting people and organizations to bring about the positive change they envision in their communities and the world we live in.

Heather’s a visual thinking strategist with a specialty in using visual notetaking tools to inspire people’s innate creativity, capture a group’s wisdom, focus their work, and build alignment around complex change initiatives. 

She has taught workshops and courses with Cascadia Center for Leadership and Humboldt State University’s Leading Organizational and Community Change Program. She and her family live on Wiyot land on the redwood coast of California.