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Opening & Closing Sessions

PSX opening and closing sessions are the perfect bookends to three days of intense learning. These sessions provide insight, inspiration, and motivation to achieve your professional goals.

Opening Session: What's Good for the Environment is Good for Business

Tuesday, October 18
8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET

Fabien Cousteau
Deep ocean explorer and environmentally-conscious business strategist; grandson of the legendary explorer, Jacques Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau challenges you to develop innovative solutions to environmental problems by cultivating your own spirit of curiosity and adventure.

We are all connected by water, and Cousteau believes it’s something that should dictate the bottom line. In this illuminating presentation, Cousteau makes the connection between business and the environment—illustrating how corporate America’s contribution to the sustainability of the planet impacts the overall economy. He also shares how businesses can take a leadership role in the stewardship of our oceans while incorporating it into their mission statement.

Closing Session: Joel Makower

Thursday, October 20
10:30 a.m.-Noon ET

Joel Makower

For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.

Joel is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of and other popular websites, research, and events on the greening of mainstream business. He hosts’s annual State of Green Business Forums, the annual GreenBiz Innovation Forum, and other events, and is author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.

Joel also is co-founder of Clean Edge Inc., a research and consulting firm focusing on clean technologies, and is senior strategist at GreenOrder, which consults with leading companies on strategic sustainability issues. From 1991 to 2005 he was editor of "The Green Business Letter," an award-winning monthly newsletter on corporate environmental strategy and practices.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), which Lorraine Bolsinger, vice president of Ecomagination at GE, says “combines big-picture perspective with ground-level practicalities in ways that will challenge and inspire even the most skeptical executive." 

The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices."

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