04 Oct October 3, 2020 – B-Corp Christopher Marquis, IBM 5 in 5 Solomon Assefa and New Amazon Products
Dr. Christopher Marquis – SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University
By going through the B-corp process, they told me they are better businesses. The process is a playbook for being a better company.
Christopher Marquis is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University and is a leading expert on how businesses can achieve the elusive triple bottom line of environmental, social and financial performance. His latest book, Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism will be published in the fall of 2020 by Yale. Prior to joining Cornell, he taught at Harvard Business School for 10 years, where he developed an award-winning course on Social Entrepreneurship. Chris has authored over 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and over 50 Harvard business cases on topics related to sustainable business. This research has earned awards for scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association. Chris received a Ph.D. in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan and a BA in History from Notre Dame. Before his academic career, he worked for six years in the financial services industry, most recently as vice president and technology manager for a business unit of J.P. Morgan Chase.
Solomon Assefa – VP of IBM Research, Africa & Emerging Market Solutions
IBM’s annual 5 in 5 reflects the latest challenges that leading scientists are paying attention to; and emphasizes the essential role of science and technology to find more sustainable solutions to everyday problems. Dr. Solomon Assefa is the VP of IBM Research – Africa & Emerging Market Solutions. He is responsible for developing strategy for innovative and scalable industry research solutions for emerging markets in sectors such as financial services, healthcare, and public sector. He is also directing the worldwide effort at IBM Research focused on developing technologies, platforms, and partnerships for climate change mitigation and adaptation; under his leadership, researchers from the IBM’s global labs are innovating in areas such as accelerated material discovery, AI-driven climate modelling, carbon footprint optimization, and decision support for business and societal resiliency towards extreme climate events.
Stuart Ramsey – Devices Tech Expert, Amazon
Stuart Ramsey is a devices tech expert for Amazon. Part of the Amazon Devices team, which has launched Amazon’s iconic products including Kindle and Echo, Stuart specializes in how to utilize devices to make your home smarter and your day even easier. She introduces all of Amazon’s latest and greatest device innovations, and shares how Amazon Devices enable customers to have greater peace of mind, and make everyday life simpler.