William McDonough keynotes Duquesne University Business School sustainability symposium…

Here’s an excerpt from the University’s report on the November 1 event:

Sustainability thought-leaders William McDonough and Andrew Winston delivered keynote speeches on the pending challenges and opportunities facing 21st-century business at the sixth-annual Sustainability Symposium at Duquesne University.

Around 150 executives, academics and students gathered on campus Thursday, Nov. 1, for this year’s event, titled “100 Years of Sustainability.” The speakers, which included the seminal authors along with a panel of local business leaders, convened here to reflect on business innovations over the past century, and what the potential future trajectory of industry has in store.

Winston said that an event like the symposium, which brings communities together to tackle broad, complex issues, is an encouraging sight. “The problems we are facing today are big and systematic and the only solutions are going to come by bringing different sectors together.”

Hosted by the Beard Institute, as part of the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne, the symposium attracts local businesses, policy-makers, academic leaders and students from around western Pennsylvania. Each year, they focus on best practices and research surrounding ethics, sustainability and responsible corporate management. The event’s panelists included Urmi Ashar, board member of Excela Health; Greg Babe, CEO of Orbital Engineering, Inc.; Al Neupaver, CEO of Wabtec; and Mohammed Zaidi, the former Vice President of Technology and current member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Read the full report at this link.