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A Master Class on Recognizing the Sustainable Enterprise Featuring Bob Willard, PhD

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Presidio Graduate School is proud to offer a Master Class by Bob Willard. This Master Class is open to the public.

About This Master Class:

How would we recognize a truly sustainable company if we saw one? How would a company and its stakeholders know when it has become a truly sustainable enterprise? Bob will share his latest thinking on the convergence of sustainability indicators, and his synthesis of a 21-Criteria Gold Standard for recognizing a truly sustainable enterprise. He will share his thoughts on why such a unified standard is ripe, and lead discussion about potential concerns that might arise.

About Presidio’s Master Classes:

Offered through the Presidio Center for Professional Development, or PresidioPRO, our Master Classes are interactive university-styled lectures by respected global field builders and thought leaders. They often include pre-readings and always incorporate practical application exercises using the methods and tools presented by these leaders. Participants who register for the Master Class will receive instructions on how to prepare for the session.

About Bob Willard, PhD:

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with environmental and social issues.
He has authored four books: The Sustainability Advantage (2002), The Next Sustainability Wave (2005), The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook (2009), and The New Sustainability Advantage (2012). In addition, his two DVDs, business case simulator Dashboard and Worksheets, and extensive master slide set provide capacity-building resources for sustainability champions.

Bob serves on the advisory boards of The Natural Step Canada, and Forum for the Future US. He is on ad hoc advisory committees for sustainable business certificate programs at Seneca College, Algonquin College, and Ryerson University, and is on the core faculty of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). He is a citizen member of the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change (DRRCC). Currently, he is helping develop a Gold Standard for truly sustainable enterprises through his work on the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Technical Advisory Committee and the B Lab Large Company Sustainability Working Group.

In 2011, Bob was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Hall of Fame, and in 2012 was honored to be named to B Corp's "Best for the World" Overall Impact list of the top 10% of worldwide B Corps with fewer than 10 employees.
He has a BSc from McGill University (1964), and an MEd (2000) and PhD (2005) from the University of Toronto. Residents of Ontario, Bob and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children and the proud grandparents of three grandsons.

More information about Bob and his resources for sustainability champions can be found at www.sustainabilityadvantage.com.

This Master Class will take place at:

HUB San Francisco
925 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


For more information, contact Ryan Cabinte via email or at 415-655.8956.