Cornell University

ILR Alumni Association Event

November 19, New York City

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010 
Time: 7:45am-9:30am 
Location: Goldman Sachs
200 West Street, 12th Floor, Room 203 
New York, NY 10282 
Speaker: David Lipsky, Managing Director at iVibe Global

Cost: Free to ILRAA Members; Non-Members $25
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Topic: Investing in Sustainability

Companies that want to succeed and thrive in the future are increasingly being encouraged to find ways to simultaneously meet both their own strategic needs and those of society. More than ever before, companies are being asked to emphasize a broader and more balanced array of outcomes such as those characterized by the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and profits. In the 21st century, rather than focusing singularly or even primarily on the “financial bottom-line” and the financial assets they possess, the most sustainable companies are looking at themselves and their future through the lens of the “five capitals model” of natural, human, social, manufactured, and financial capital. At the same time, evidence continues to mount that demonstrates that corporate social-environmental performance is strongly associated with financial and marketplace success. And we see more and more evidence on almost a daily basis that the professional investment community, corporate executives, and directors appear to be increasingly focused on the degree to which firms are managed sustainably.

David Lipsky has over 20 years of expertise in building organizational and leadership capabilities that contribute to sustainable business success. He has accomplished this by focusing on the diverse potential and possibilities of the people and businesses he has worked with and by utilizing his broad experience in strategic alignment, leadership development, and organizational transformation and sustainability.

Most recently David has held the positions of Head of Leadership and Management Development at UNICEF and Director of Organizational Development at Sony. Other organizations that he has worked with include; Alpharma, Bank of America, Computer Associates, KPMG, Merrill Lynch, Unilever and United Technologies. David is an author and highly sought after speaker in the areas of building innovation capability, leadership and organization development and sustainability. David bridges theory and practice and teaches as an Associate Professor at Manhattanville College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. His recent book The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook was featured as “Recommended Reading” for the Best of the Year Series in the CEO Refresher (

This book provides best practices; cases and tools from leading organizations that can help improve key sustainability levers including strategy creation and execution, leadership practices and employee and customer engagement. David received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and received a Ph.D. in applied psychology from Hofstra University, focusing on leadership effectiveness and success.

Join David for an interesting discussion exploring how individuals and organizations can take the appropriate actions that will improve their personal and enterprise sustainability in the short and long term.

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The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook provides best practices, cases and tools from leading organizations that can help you improve your key sustainability levers including strategy creation and execution, leadership practices and employee and customer engagement.

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