Sustainability the New Megatrend:
How will OD Contribute?

October 22nd, 2010   •   2 comments   

Green OD

Oct 27 Wed 6:00 pm
On Twitter: #GreenOD

Dinner and Networking: 6:00pm
Program: 6:45pm – 8:30pm

Pepperdine West LA Campus
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 568-5600

How to find us
“Look for signs in the building. Park for free across the street or in the garage at 6100 Center Dr. for $5.00 with validation.”

RSVP: Pamela@phbalanceconsulting.com

$30 per person

You won’t want to miss this incredible line up of a talented and interesting panel members on a topic that will become the lens that all organizational operations will pass through in the next few years.

We promise this will be an intriguingly delightful and interactive evening at one of the nicest meeting rooms with dinner you can find for the price in Los Angeles.

Ariane David, Ph.D, the Veritas Group LLC, will introduce the concepts of Sustainability in business and why it is important to OD professionals.

Topics include:
“Sustainable Transformation”
Bill Bellows, Ph.D, Associate Technical Fellow and Lead, Enterprise Thinking Network at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

“LEED Building from the Bottom-up and Sustainable Customer Service from the Inside Out”
Jim McPartlin, General Manager – W Hollywood & Residences at Starwood Hotels & Resorts

“A Giant Enters the Sustainability Assessment/Scorecard Game: SAP’s new Sustainability Performance Management Application”
Mauricio Mesones, MPH, SAP Labs Onboarding GHG Consultant for Carbon Impact, On-Demand Line of Business, and Enterprise Resource Management, Products & Solutions

“Walmart, a Sustainable Business Trendsetter?”
Nkechi Ndu, MA in OD and green strategy consultant

Why should you know about the Triple Bottom Line? The 5 Human Capitals? Why Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility principles like those from the Natural Step Framework being used by Walmart, Ikea, Nike etc. should be integrated into all strategic initiatives and are shifting the face of doing business as usual.

Sustainability is beyond Green. Companies are scrambling to remain competitive with product development and consumer demand. Hospitality industries are out to impress savvy shoppers. Innovative alternative Energy solution providers are looking to increase the purchasing appetite of corporate clients, utilities, healthcare and individuals.

Advocates are rallying to improve our collective community consciousness and knowledge of sustainable living. Green MBA programs are springing up everywhere. The “CSO” (Chief Sustainability Officer) has joined the ranks of the CFO, CLO and CIO. What comes after “LEED Gold” for building standards? Tougher government guidelines similar to Europe are looming on the horizon.

Come dialogue with us and learn about moving from diagnostics to inspiring employee engagement, influencing our leaders, strategic planning and culture change.

This topic is critical to anyone interested in the future of organizations and cares about why we are slipping behind the rest of the world in sustainability practices and alternative energy adaption. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 22nd.

The location is the Westside Conference Center, Pepperdine University, 6100 Center Drive (Howard Hughes Center near LAX), Los Angeles, CA 90045. It will go from 6-8:30 pm. The cost of $30 per person which includes dinner, networking and the program if prior to Oct. 24th.

It will be $35 at the door or for non-OD in LA members. Parking is free across the street in the shopping center or parking tickets in the building’s covered garage is $5.00 with validation.

We have limited seating so don’t hesitate to save your place knowing that this is going to be a ground breaking event for OD in LA and all OD practitioners, Leadership developers, Strategic planners, Coaches, and Change Agents in the field, as well as Corporate and Community leaders. If this is forwarded to outside the Meetup group, please RSVP to pamela@phbalanceconsulting.com.

We look forward to this exciting gathering of great minds willing to look through the green lenses of new thinking.

Your Sustainability Event Coordinators, Pam Hartman, Ariane David and Nkechi Ndu.


MODERATOR / Introduction to Business Sustainability:
Ariane David, Ph.D, is a founding partner of The Veritas Group, a twenty year OD consulting firm. She is the developer of the Veritas Intelligence System: Team Assessment (VISTA) and has enabled cultural renewal through decades of leading edge work with firms of all kinds including Mercury Insurance, Fredericks of Hollywood, Warner Bros., Amgen, Frito Lay, and scores of middle market companies across industries. Ariane acted as special advisor to the SEC Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise.

Ariane’s interest in sustainability goes back over twenty years to her best-selling book, The High Road to Health, co-authored with TV star Lindsey Wagner, examining the impact animal-based agribusiness on the environment. She has since developed an integrated sustainability model for organizations that expands the financial and economic sustainability directives to include environmental and social impact.

Ariane is a Senior Lecturer at California Lutheran University, and Founder of the National University Center for Organizational Excellence. She has authored a number of publications on culture development, ethics, entrepreneurship, and family businesses. Her entertaining lectures continue to captivate audiences both at home and abroad. She has B.S. in Physics, MA in Organizational Development, and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.

Sustainable Transformation:
Bill Bellows, Ph.D
, is an Associate Fellow in the InThinking Network at United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne business unit in Canoga Park, California, where he is known for his efforts to provide insights to the advantages of thinking together, learning together, and working together. Audiences for his classes have also reached after-school program in elementary schools, graduate students at Northwestern University, as well as corporate, university, and public classes across the United Kingdom. Bill earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Away from work, Bill serves as president of the In2:InThinking Network, and as a board member of the W. Edwards Deming Institute, the Volunteers of America – Los Angeles chapter, and the American Youth Soccer Organization in Valencia. He lives in Valencia with wife, Monica, and their two teenaged children, Allison and Wilson.

LEED Building from the Bottom-up, and Sustainable Customer Service from the Inside Out:
Jim McPartlin
, is General Manager – W Hollywood & Residences at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and a former Senior Vice President of Operations at Andre Balazs Properties, General Manager – Gramercy Park Hotel at Ian Schrager Company, Director of Brand Operations – West Coast at W Hotels, and Vice President Human Resources and General Manager at the Kimpton Hotels. Jim oversaw the building of the W Hollywood and Residences prior to assuming the helm of operations which after years of construction opened in early 2010, has changed the face of the famous Hollywood and Vine corner, sparked revitalization of the area, and created more local jobs–about 600 in total–servicing the 305 large studio’s and one bedroom hotel suites, 143 luxury residences and other amenities such as food, drink and spa. The hotel is built over the Hollywood and Vine Red Line Subway Station and the entrance to the lobby serves as a public station.

A Giant Enters the Sustainability Assessment/Scorecard Game: SAP’s Business Objects Sustainability Performance Management Application:
As an Onboarding GHG (greenhouse gas) Specialist for global SAP Carbon Impact, Mauricio Mesones, MPH, provides GHG domain knowledge to assist clients in creating and managing emission inventories and provides guidance on GHG accounting, verification, and regulatory compliance. (SAP is an acronym for “System Application & Products” which creates a common centralized ERP database for all the applications running in an organization. It was started in 1972 by five former IBM employees in Mannheim, Germany and is the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company, the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier, overall.)

Mauricio has over eight years of experience in environmental consulting and in a variety of industrial operations including manufacturing, mining, metallurgy, and water treatment. Prior to joining SAP Mauricio worked for The Climate Registry, ENVIRON International, and Hygieneering Inc. assisting a variety of clients with air quality and energy management, and environmental health and safety monitoring and compliance. Mauricio holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Cayetano-Heredia University of Peru.

Walmart: A Sustainable Business Trendsetter?:
Nkechi Ndu, M.A.
, is a socially minded OD professional committed to the positive transformation of individuals, and communities. As an environmental professional and advocate, Nkechi’s area of expertise focuses on the intersection of global issues and the environment with an emphasis on green energy, environmental sustainability and the mitigation of climate change. Most notably, she is increasingly involved in helping organizations “green” their operations, and providing solutions for organic living.

With over 10 years of experience in internal management consulting and human resources, Nkechi has overseen projects as diverse as information technology and senior citizen programs, and worked in industries ranging from energy/utilities, aviation, telecommunications, to non-profit services in organizations such as DWP and LA Public Works. Nkechi completed a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Management from Antioch University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from UC Davis.


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