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  • Green is Good! OD and Environmental Sustainability | ODN Chicago

    Green is Good! OD and Environmental Sustainability

    Organization development values social responsibility and systems thinking, and environmental sustainability is one important aspect of both these values. Come celebrate “Earth Month” and explore the connections among leadership, business viability and environmentalism with help from the insights of business leaders who successfully walk the sustainability talk as well as those of your OD colleagues.

    Our Panel:

    About Interface — a 40+ year old manufacturer and marketer of carpet tile sold into and used by 110 countries, globally.  www.interfaceglobal.com Interface’s network of 4,000+ employees are highly engaged throughout a Gallup Strengths Based Culture and Sustainability Goals to become a Restorative Enterprise.

    Interface’s Values are Guiding Principles


    To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits — by 2020 — and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.


    Interface® will become the first name in commercial and institutional interiors worldwide through its commitment to people, process, product, place and profits. We will strive to create an organization wherein all people are accorded unconditional respect and dignity; one that allows each person to continuously learn and develop. We will focus on product (which includes service) through constant emphasis on process quality and engineering, which we will combine with careful attention to our customers’ needs so as always to deliver superior value to our customers, thereby maximizing all stakeholders’ satisfaction. We will honor the places where we do business by endeavoring to become the first name in industrial ecology, a corporation that cherishes nature and restores the environment. Interface will lead by example and validate by results, including profits, leaving the world a better place than when we began, and we will be restorative through the power of our influence in the world.

    Lindsay James       Vice President of Restorative Enterprise Interface

    Lindsay James is the Vice President of Restorative Enterprise for Interface. She is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and serves as the biomimicry expert for Interface, where she expands Interface’s thought leadership and sustainability vision, aligns the company’s initiatives with this vision, and creates opportunities to engage Interface associates in the sustainability journey. She works to integrate biomimicry into Interface’s sustainability vision and actions and discover a path for business to become restorative.

    Lindsay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Recently, she completed the Biomimicry Professional Certificate Program, a master’s level educational program facilitated by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She also attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree, where she completed a BA in both Economics and Biology. Lindsay’s professional experience includes economic consulting with Analysis Group and environmental economics research with RTI International.

    Steve Arbaugh      Vice President Creative Strategy & Planning   Interface Americas

    A veteran of brand strategy, planning & Marketing, Steve currently serves as Vice President Creative Strategy & Planning which includes the oversee of Research & Data, Business Mapping and Creative Team Infrastructure plus Concepting.

    During the past ten years Steve also served as Vice President Brand Marketing, Alignment & Experience for Interface, Bentley Prince Street [Commercial] & FLOR [Consumer] and as Vice President Marketing & Strategic Alliances for FLOR.

    Prior to joining Interface Steve spent five years co-directing Interface’s investor relations, marketing and communications initiatives via an outside agency of record.

    In addition, Steve has approximately 17 years of b2b, b2c and Corporate Social Equity experience leading brand strategy, marketing, communications and licensing as well as sales and business development for Fortune 100-500 Companies. Steve attended the University of Louisville with continued business & marketing studies at CSU.

    Cary Nathenson is the Associate Dean of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Summer Session at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. He manages a wide range of non-credit courses and programs, including the Leadership in Sustainability Management (LSM) certificate. Nathenson created the LSM program in 2010 in response to student demand for an accessible and affordable curriculum for prospective sustainability officers. Additionally, Nathenson and his staff oversee the university’s Summer Session, providing college-level courses for students from high school on up.

    Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Nathenson was Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies. There, he created and managed a diverse portfolio of master’s level programs, ranging from creative writing to medical informatics. Before he launched his career in higher education administration, Nathenson co-founded The Public Square, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting intersections between intellectual work and the general public. The Public Square is now part of the Illinois Humanities Council.

    Nathenson earned his Ph.D. in German literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His master’s (German) and undergraduate (political science) degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana. A strong believer in global education, Nathenson has also studied and researched in Vienna and Berlin. Nathenson has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Northwestern, Duke, and Grinnell College. In addition to his administrative work, he continues to research, publish, and teach in his field of German Studies.

    Susan Camberis is a Talent Management and HR Leader who is passionate about learning and sustainability.  From 1999 to 2013, Susan held various HR roles with Baxter Healthcare, a global, diversified healthcare company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. Baxter’s commitment to sustainability spans more than three decades.  In her most recent role as Director, Talent Management, Susan served on Baxter’s cross-functional sustainability working group.

    Susan is particularly interested in helping HR and talent leaders build sustainable cultures.  Earlier this year she co-facilitated a leadership development series grounded in Andrew Savitz’s Talent, Transformation, and the Triple Bottom Line (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and recently wrote a related blog post for CSRwire entitled Organizational Design:  How HR Professionals Can Become Effective Sustainability Leaders.  In 2010 Susan led the planning for a HRMAC Interest Group meeting entitled, Sustainability and Going Green: Impacts and Opportunities for HR.  Susan is also very involved with Net Impact, a non-profit whose mission is to empower a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.  She is a member of the Chicago Professional Chapter of Net Impact, serves on Net Impact’s Corporate Advisory Council, and is a Lifetime member.


    Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Evansville and a Masters in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago.  She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Career and Education Advisor (CEA) certification from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

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