MEDIA ADVISORY: Stanford Graduate School of Business 2nd Annual Climate, Business and Innovation Conference to Convene on February 12

Student-led event will bring executives from food, technology, finance, energy and policy sectors together to discuss business risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stanford Graduate School of Business


The second annual Climate, Business and Innovation conference at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) will inform the Stanford community of the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

More than 200 students and alumni from across Stanford University will join industry leaders in finance, food, energy, technology, policy and sustainable cities to discuss how climate change is shaping the future of business with the goal of inspiring a dialogue on the relevance and importance of these issues to tomorrow’s business leaders.


Wednesday, February 12, 1 – 6 p.m.


Oberndorf Event Center

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Knight Management Center

655 Knight Way

Stanford, CA 94305


Policy Keynote: Kate Gordon, Director of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Planning and Research, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate

Climate Tech Talk: Rachel Payne, MBA ’04, Managing Director and Head of Technology and Innovation, Full Cycle

Fireside Chat: Food and the Climate Challenge:

  • Moderator: Julia Novy-Hildesley, Professor of the Practice, Stanford Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Julia Collins, MBA ’09, Co-Founder and CEO, Planet Forward

Fireside Chat: Clean Energy and Sustainable Development:

  • Moderator: Marilyn Waite, Program Officer in Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Xavier Helgesen, Co-Founder, Zola Electric

Financing the Energy Transition Talk: Scott Jacobs, CEO and Co-Founder, Generate Capital

Panel Discussion: Leading the Change – Climate Careers:

  • Moderator: David Kenney, MBA ’94, CEO and President, VertueLab
  • Hana Kajimura, Director of Sustainability, Allbirds
  • Apoorv Bhargava, MBA ’17, Cofounder, Weave Grid

RSVP: Event details and registration are available on the website.


Sophie Janaskie, MBA ‘20

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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