This year, the Walker College of Business Global Opportunities Conference: Global Climate Change and Ideals to Impact will feature an alumna impact investment advisor, a National Geographic explorer, an entrepreneurial reef restorer and an Amazon rainforest sustainability innovator. And it will be (partially) in person for the first time since the pandemic. On Friday, March 25th, from 9:30 am-2 pm, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the morning virtual session and the in-person luncheon. Add to Google Calendar
The fully virtual morning session, Global Climate Change Impact and Action Snapshot: Ocean, Amazon & Mountain, will allow participants to hear from experts presenting from the Bahamas, Brazil and New York City, all from the comfort of their individual laptops. Speakers Anton Seimon, Sam Teicher, and Victor Salviati, will provide a snapshot of global climate change impacts and actions through examples from the ocean environment, the Amazon region and the high mountain region. They will explore current impacts, climate resiliency efforts and innovative approaches to reducing environmental harm around the globe.
The luncheon will feature alumna Christine Mendonça '04 and her talk "Moving from Ideals to Impact." She will share her journey to working in impact investing and serving refugee populations after her years at Appalachian State University. The lunch is in person in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union from 12-1:30 pm, followed by an opportunity to meet Christine from 1:30-2 pm. Those unable to attend the luncheon in person can join via Zoom.
"We are excited to come together in person once again at our annual conference," said Meredith Church Pipes, global and civic engagement specialist for the Walker College of Business and organizer of the event. "Each year, I am inspired by the speakers who share their time with us. I am looking forward to what we will learn this year as well." Past speakers at the conference have included nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Doc Hendley the founder of Wine to Water, and William Kamkwamba, coauthor of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
About the Global Opportunities Conference
Each year, the Global Opportunities Conference highlights innovative and entrepreneurial ways of addressing global challenges with the goal of inspiring students, faculty and the local community to use their knowledge and skills in the business of building a better world. Registration is required to attend the in person luncheon or via Zoom. The conference is a Business for Good event.