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PODCAST EPISODE 41: RECOGNIZING WOMEN IN SUSTAINABILITY {A PANEL DISCUSSION}



A key trend in the last several years has been the importance of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) as we continue to weave the protection of the earth and its resources into our organizational values. Women have had a key role in this space; more female corporate leaders are found in sustainability governance compared to other corporate leadership roles. In honor of the intersectionality of Women’s History Month and Earth Month, Raise The Bar Leadership Coach Kimberly Flood, who has a lifelong passion for sustainability, talks to two prominent women leaders in the sustainability space about women’s contributions in sustainability, how to get involved, and provide tactical tips on how anyone can have a positive impact at their own organization.


Panelists:

Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at Closed Loop Partners, an investment and innovation firm working to accelerate a more circular and regenerative economy. Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a start up turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.


Megan Walters is a former environmental compliance consultant and environmental manager and currently leads the customer facing efforts and compliance research at Encamp as the VP of Compliance & Customer Success. With over a decade of experience in the environmental industry, Megan has incorporated sustainability practices throughout her professional career but also on a personal level. As a hazardous waste expert, Megan has worked with several Fortune 500 clients to find alternative treatments for large volume waste streams, avoiding landfill and finding more sustainable methods for disposal. In her current role, she helps further Encamp's mission to create a world where good for business equals good for the environment.


Raise The Bar Leadership Coach Kimberly Flood found joy in nature from a young age and continues to rely upon our natural world to ground her and bring awe and gratitude. Because our natural resources are rich, yet limited -- we need to be savvy about human development, to ensure we promote prosperity (for all) while protecting our planet. This is the basis of sustainability (social, environmental and economic sustainability): ensuring a viable planet for many generations to come. As a mom, Kimberly is even more passionate about preserving resources as she wants her great-grandchildren to continue to enjoy the prosperity she’s been blessed to experience, so she works diligently to reduce her impacts and promote social equity, and support businesses and organizations that do the same.



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TRANSCRIPT

Bridget: You don't have to become a chief sustainability officer. You don't have to be quarantined to the sustainability department or even in a sustainability oriented company. So if you are interested in marketing, if you're interested in policy, if you're interested in. In sales, whatever it happens to be, think about how you integrate sustainability into that. And that's where the real impact happens.


Aaron: I'm Aaron Levy. And I have this vision of a workplace where your manager doesn't suck; where instead your manager is your coach helping you to reach your full potential at work. I founded Raise The Bar, wrote Open, Honest and Direct, and started this podcast to help companies transform their workplace to a place where both the company and employee succeeds.


In this podcast, I get to interview leaders who built high-performing teams and learn from them on what it takes to unlock a team with potential.