SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FORUM:

“Intersection of Sustainable Business and Community”

Hosted By:

MSU Detroit Center

DATE:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
8:30AM – 12:00PM

LOCATION:

Michigan State University
Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Commerce is the channel through which we exchange our ideas, develop our communities, and collaborate to achieve our goals. As a result, it is the practice of commerce that – more than anything else – defines how we impact our environment, our people, and our profits. For this reason, it is critical that the relationship between commerce and community is at the forefront of our business practices.

In this event, we will explore the interrelationship between commerce and community. We will examine the role of triple bottom line business practice in creating a sustainable future for our community.

“Intersection” begins with a panel discussion among local subject matter experts. These conversations will provide insights into the emergent practice of sustainable, triple bottom line business in Detroit. Our panelists include:

Joel Howrani-Heeres

Joel Howrani-Heeres

Director of Sustainability, City of Detroit

As a leader in Detroit’s mayoral administration, Joel brings a unique perspective on the challenges associated with the emerging economic, social and environmental movements within the City of Detroit. He provide strategic leadership, tactical guidance, and technical skills to drive triple bottom line (environment, equity, & economics) strategy and actions to help Detroiters improve their lives through creating a healthier, greener, more vibrant city for all.

Detroit Office of Sustainability Website

Dakota Korth

Dakota Korth

Department Executive, Wayne County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC)

Currently obsessed with: innovative corporate citizenship models, public-private partnerships, community development, and environmental rehabilitation and sustainability. He is a regional economic development executive focused on brownfield redevelopment, communityinvestment, and corporate retention and attraction. He is an experienced and energetic bridge builder, seeking and implementing innovative ways to link business, entrepreneurship, non-profit leadership, global policy, and public affairs in order to make governments, businesses, and organizations more dynamic, profitable, and impactful in society.

Wayne County Economic Development Corp Website

Kimle Nailer

Kimle Nailer

President, Nail Rite

Kimle is President of Nail Rite Construction, where they provide drywall services to both commercial and residential customers, offering full restoration,rehab and renovation services to homeowners. Her team has over 75 years of combined experience,and provide services to meet the needs of contractors building properties in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Nail Rite Construction Website

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson

SE Michigan Local Food Coordinator, Taste the Local Difference

Kelly is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with passions for local, resilient food systems and empowering consumers with knowledge to effectively manage their health and wellness concerns. She is skilled in health promotion, sustainable agriculture, engaging public speaking, and motivational interviewing.

Taste the Local Difference Website

Attendees will then be given the opportunity to participate in a charrette, wherein facilitated small groups will explore perspectives on community, commerce and emerging sustainable business practice.

Locally sourced baked goods, coffee, tea and assorted drinks are included with the admission price.

Our Agenda for the Forum:

Time What
8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration and Networking
9:00AM – 9:15AM Introductory Remarks, Updates, and Overview
9:15AM – 10:15AM Panel Discussion
10:15AM – 10:30AM Networking Break
10:30AM – 11:30AM Charrette
11:30AM – 12:00PM Report-Out and Wrap-Up

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Interested in Sponsoring or Hosting a Sustainable Business Forum Event?

These events are designed to attract an audience of decision-makers in sustainability arena, primarily from across Michigan. We encourage participation from a range of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, banking, finance, insurance, health care and governmental sectors. Sponsorships provide valuable visibility and networking opportunities. Please contact: Mike Shesterkin, President
at (734) 464-8353.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and event attendees! Without the support of our sponsors, the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum could not exist.