Weaving Sustainability Into Any Industry

 Weaving Sustainability Into Any Industry

This panel will gather a diverse group of professionals who are meeting the difficult but important challenge of weaving “sustainability” into their workplace, industry, and/or career. Join women from a variety of industries (e.g. fashion, entrepreneurship, and/or finance) to understand how they are making an impact related to many aspects of “sustainability”.


Kathryn Ayan Alsegaf, Associate Director of Internal Sustainability for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Summer Rayen Oakes, “The Eco-Model” activist, author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally, and CEO/Co-founder of Source4Style

Lisa Shpritz, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President, Global Environmental Group, Bank of America

Liliana Valle, Entrepreneurial, bicultural, and results oriented with passion for sustainability and triple-bottom-line ventures


Kathryn Alsegaf

Kathryn is Associate Director of Internal Sustainability for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.   Her responsibilities include oversight and advancement of internal environmental sustainability objectives.

In her position she drives adoption of programs, processes and other internal sustainability initiatives across the Deloitte member firm network.  She also coordinates with Deloitte member firms on sustainability reporting and implementation of appropriate approaches to promote greater environmental responsibility. She has been with the Deloitte organization for seven years and previously held positions with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP in the United States serving clients on environmental and construction-related matters.  Her career experience prior to joining the Deloitte organization included project development and strategic planning in the energy industry and engineering analysis and design work.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.  She is a Registered Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.

Summer Oakes

Summer Rayne Oakes is a model-activist, author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally, and CEO/Co-founder of Source4Style, a B2B online marketplace that allows designers to discover and source more sustainable materials from a network of global suppliers. She has developed more environmentally-preferable collections with a variety of brands, including Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line, MODO eco eyewear, Aveeno, and Portico Home.

Summer Rayne is Editor-at-Large for Above Magazine and has recently written-produced her first film – an environmental art short called eXtinction, which will debut in 2012. Vanity Fair has named Oakes a “Global Citizen,” Outside called her one of the “Top Environmental Activists,” and CNBC called her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010.” She is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology and is a Udall Scholar. http://www.summerrayne.net; www.source4style.com

Lisa Shpritz

Lisa Shpritz is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Vice President in the Global Environmental Group for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. As Environmental Operations Executive, she is responsible for addressing and reducing environmental impacts at Bank of America. Lisa works to ensure that operational efficiency and resource conservation are integrated into the Bank and oversees public environmental commitments related to Bank operations. Lisa has served on the Board of Directors of United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in the Finance, Surety and Corporate Real Estate seat since 2006 and will continue on the Board through 2013 as Treasurer.

Prior to joining Bank of America in 2005, Lisa worked in international environmental management, managing risk for telecommunications companies. She was responsible for the development and maintenance of environmental health and safety programs, ISO 14001-registered environmental management systems and electronics recycling programs for facilities throughout the US and Canada.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University in the program of chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with concentrations in real estate and sustainable enterprise and a BA in Biology from Cornell University.

Liliana Valle

Liliana Valle is entrepreneurial, bicultural, and results oriented with passion for sustainability and triple-bottom-line ventures. Her experience is focused on SME development, Supply Chain, and Finance. Valle has demonstrated success in creating and launching new initiatives, leading cross-functional teams, and developing strategic partnerships in diverse business environments (for-profit and non-profit, in the U.S. and abroad).

Currently she works at Lenovo in Retail Supply Chain Management. Prior to joining Lenovo in October of 2011, she co-founded a food-based company which she leveraged to create a positive impact for the Latino community. Prior to the venture and during her MBA, Valle worked for a social venture capital (SVC) fund operating in Nicaragua and researched the value of SVC as a tool for economic development in Peru. Before her MBA, Valle spent seven years at a leading technology company where she focused on Supply Chain Management, supplier and customer relationship, business integration, planning, and distribution. At a young age, Valle also managed and operated a family-owned business.

Valle obtained an MBA with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a Certificate in International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. Valle currently serves on the TROSA Board of Directors, a leading social enterprise based in Durham, NC.