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Breakthrough Sustainability Seminars

Hummingbird Breakthrough Sustainability
“We’ve reached a tipping point. Our planet and our society are at risk. Business has a historic opportunity and a responsibility to lead the world down a more just, rich, and sustainable path—one that creates more value for companies, communities, and countries. —
 Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever


The Breakthrough Sustainability Seminars address key questions business leaders face in anticipating and managing the challenges of climate change and related social and economic disruption: What are meaningful targets and how do we operationalize them in our companies? How do we know if we are making a difference? How do we document our impacts and engage and empower others? How do we ensure positive customer and stakeholder relationships?

Tacoma RoundtableCompanies around the world are developing innovative answers to these questions. They are addressing instability and uncertainty while crafting profitable and impactful strategies. In this series, NBIS brings together the best in thought and practice leadership to engage participants in critical learning and in probing practical application strategies. The four-part series is relevant to professionals at all levels of management and leadership as these frameworks, opportunities and management resources are the milestones on the pathway for a more sustainable future.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Set science-based metrics calibrated to the urgency of climate change and ecosystem threats that impact business (Future-Fit Benchmark, Net 0, Pivot Goals, and more).
  • Sustain growth while reducing impact and resource dependency.
  • Lead with strategies based on systems thinking and informed by social science perspectives on effective change management.
  • Incorporate externalities to avoid enterprise risk and to spark innovation.
  • Use collaboration and partnerships to accelerate impact across the value chain.

Each workshop will be structured to include:

  • Critical information through expert presentations & readings,
  • Practicum discussions of challenges and successful strategies from companies with which they are familiar and/or case studies,
  • Opportunities to address barriers and imagine bold breakthroughs in business practices for accelerated sustainability.



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Seminar Presenters:

Karl OstromKarl Ostrom, PhD, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability

Karl is the Co-Founder of the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability. NBIS is a solution-oriented network that drives sustainability by defining and supporting the transformation of business and its leadership. NBIS’ programs and events feature leading edge practices and applications that ensure long-term economic, environmental and social health. Karl has taught in adjunct and guest faculty roles at Seattle University, Argosy University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and has published several white papers, including “New Challenges Reshaping Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Mark-HowerMark Hower, PhD, Antioch University

Mark is a core faculty member in Antioch University Seattle’s Graduate Programs and Chair of the Masters of Science in Management and Leadership program (MSML). His teaching focus includes transformative leadership, global pluralism, systemic thinking and methods of sustainable change. Mark is Vice Chairman of NBIS’ Board of Directors.



Thank you to our Seminar Series Sponsor: Pacific Market International