Keynote Thought Leadership at Greenbuild

Innovators.  Game Changers.  Climate Advocates.  Global Leaders.  Every year an unmatched line-up of keynote speakers takes the main stage each day of the event to motivate, inspire, and challenge our industry. This year was a bit different. Now you have access to ALL Greenbuild keynotes On-Demand! With a new event schedule, you now have access to all summit keynotes as well as the daily mainstage keynotes. Triple the value for a fraction of the cost.

Greenbuild Tuesday Keynote Christiana Figueres

Facilitating Cooperation for Climate Progress: As the Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a key facilitator of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, Christiana Figueres knows a thing or two about fostering international cooperation. Now co-founder of Global Optimism Ltd, hear how she is continuing her work to accelerate the global response to climate change with a people-centric approach and learn how she forged a new brand of collaborative diplomacy that brings groups together to deliver critical outcomes.

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 11am – 12pm, CST

 

Greenbuild Keynote Mahesh Ramanujam

Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, GBCI and Arc, will examine the compounding effects of a global pandemic, an evolving geopolitical landscape, and the increased frequency of climate related risks. A veteran leader in tackling concurrent environmental and economic crises, Ramanujam will explore the growing challenges posed by fragmented building practices and the unprecedented opportunity for impact investing. Ramanujam will also make a prescient argument for how deepening the green building community’s adherence to ESG in the coming decade can lead to mainstream adoption of healthier, more equitable, and more resilient living standards for all.   

Date: Tuesday, November 10 
Time: 11am – 12pm, CST


Greenbuild International Conference + Expo Wednesday Keynotes: Catherine Huang, Julia Watson & Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Innovation from Nature – Ancient Solutions for Building a Climate Resilient Future: Decades of rapid urbanization across the globe that works against natural systems has caused challenges such as flooding, heat island effect, pollution, and more. Many advancements in technology and development has ignored millenia-old wisdom of how to live in symbiosis with nature. Solutions to these modern challenges may lie within indigenous and nature based design strategies that create productive landscapes, increase urban resilience, strengthen communities, and buffer against climate-related emergencies.

Date: Wednesday, November 11 
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm CST


Greenbuild Featured Speaker Dr. Paula Stone Williams

Dr. Paula Stone Williams is an internationally known speaker on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy and human understanding. As a transgender woman, Paula brings a unique perspective to her work on gender equity. 

Paula has been the CEO of a large religious non-profit, the editor-at-large of a national magazine, host of a national television show and a corporate consultant. With her doctoral thesis on the DiSC Personality Profile, Paula has led hundreds of corporate boards and work teams to become more efficient and productive. Paula has served as an adjunct university professor in the United States and Europe, and is the author of eight books, including She's My Dad, co-authored with her son, Jonathan.

Paula has been featured in The New York Times and her TEDxMileHigh talk on gender equity has almost two million views.  

Date: Thursday, November 12 


Green Business Summit Keynote Corporate Sustainability Panel Discussion

Where is Corporate Sustainability Going?


Hear from leaders across the spectrum of social enterprise discuss corporate responsibility. This keynote panel will explore topics including how to finance sustainability initiatives, communicating ROI and value to investors and customers, incorporating technology, supply chain optimization, and adjusting sustainability priorities and programs in a changing business environment.


Date: Thursday, September 10
Time: 10:00am-11:00am CST


Green Business Summit Closing Keynote
The interconnectivity of the environment, human health, and the economy is increasingly apparent after witnessing the domino effect of consequences that the global pandemic has imparted on the global population. Melissa Baker, Senior Vice President for Technical Core at the U.S. Green Building Council, will deliver remarks on USGBC’s strategy to support recovery, centered around the organization’s belief that healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy. Baker will also share results and tangible steps on how LEED can evolve to prepare for a healthier post-pandemic future, derived from USGBC’s Healthy Economy forum this past August.  

Date: Thursday, September 10 
Time: 4:30pm-5:00pm CST


Resilience Summit Keynotes

Opening Keynotes
Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Resilience: Two leaders from the state and local levels, Kate Gordon (Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California) and Jeff Benavides (Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, Orange County, Florida), will share their experiences proactively planning for equitable resilience that address underlying environmental factors, consider unique vulnerabilities of communities, and prevent major economic damage, all while reacting to ongoing events and active threats.

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am CST

Closing Keynote
Kimberly Lewis, USGBC’s Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, North America, will give an overview of USGBC’s Equity Initiatives and will lead a conversation with distinguished guest, Cornelius Griggs, President of GMA Construction Group. Griggs is a leader in the construction industry and an expert in supporting and empowering disadvantaged communities and developing future leaders.

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 4:30pm-5:00pm CST


Global Health & Wellness Summit Keynote

Opening Keynote
Building Community Wellbeing: Buildings fulfill a basic human need for shelter, but innovative design can improve mental and physical wellbeing and improve quality of life while reducing its environmental footprint. Our keynote speaker, Michael Murphy, Founder of MASS Design Group, answers what more architecture can do to advance sustainable development, economic empowerment, and community healing.  

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am CST

Closing Keynote
Scot Horst, founding CEO of Arc Skoru Inc, is an expert in the transformative power of green buildings and will deliver his closing thoughts on the Global Health and Wellness Summit.

Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST