Panel, Session #3: Sustainability and Social Responsibility Teams Driving Corporate Strategy
(4:00 - 4:50 PM, Room 914)

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Molly ernst alper

Moderator

Social Accountability Manager, Unilever

Molly Ernst-Alper is the Unilever Social Accountability Manager for North America. Molly spent nearly a decade in the apparel industry focusing on human rights and responsible sourcing before moving the FMCG industry. In her role at Unilever, she leads human rights and responsible sourcing work both locally and globally supporting the implementation of the Unilever Responsible Sourcing Policy and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Enhanced Livelihoods pillar.

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Sophia Mendelsohn

Panelist

Head of Sustainability, Jet Blue Airways

Sophia Mendelsohn has 10 years’ experience leading corporate citizenship, including program design, branding, and organizational change management, in the US and China. She is passionate about balancing immediate financial imperatives with social and environmental considerations for long-term financial viability. Sophia drives business growth through innovative program creation and execution, stakeholder engagement, and market intelligence. Ultimately, Sophia delivers business models for a resource-constrained world.

Sophia is currently the head of sustainability at JetBlue Airways, where she is shaping policies and practices that enhance JetBlue’s competitive advantage and reduce environmental impact. Prior to JetBlue, Sophia was head of sustainability, emerging markets, for Haworth, a multinational manufacturer in the corporate real estate industry. Previously, she worked for the Jane Goodall Institute in Shanghai, establishing environment programs in offices and schools in China. Sophia has a master of science in sustainable management from Columbia University. Over the course of her career, Sophia has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to corporate citizenship. In 2016, she won the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award and was named Climate Leader of the Year by Ethical Corporation. Sophia currently serves on boards and advisory councils for NOAA, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

She continues to rock climb, travel, and salsa with her husband and their baby, while letting a clean kitchen fall to the wayside.

 

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Tyler Spalding

Panelist

Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, PayPal

Tyler works passionately at the intersection of business and social change. In his role on the Corporate Affairs team, he drives integration and collaboration across PayPal’s Global Communications, Government Relations and Social Innovation efforts. He also helps lead the company’s financial health agenda, global partnerships strategy and thought leadership activities, and helps build PayPal’s reputation as purpose-driven company.

Tyler joined PayPal from eBay Inc., where he drove strategic communications and stakeholder engagement efforts as part of the company’s first global, enterprise-level Social Innovation function. Prior to joining eBay Inc., Tyler worked in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice, during which time he consulted with various multinational companies, multilateral institutions and nonprofit organizations to design and launch initiatives aimed at creating positive social and environmental impact. Tyler began his career at Ashoka, an international citizen sector organization dedicated to finding the most innovative social change projects in the world, and supporting and bringing together the entrepreneurs behind those initiatives.

Tyler studied at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He’s a 2015 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow, and an Advisory Board member of several financial empowerment organizations and initiatives.

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Linnea Texin

Panelist

Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship

Linnea Texin is an Associate Director at Corporate Citizenship, where she specializes in working with companies to develop and advance their responsibility strategies. She has spent over nine years helping organizations to develop strategic plans that position them for long-term success.

At Corporate Citizenship, Linnea partners with clients to understand their unique operating landscape, develop strategies and goals, and engage stakeholders to advance their responsibility objectives. Her recent clients include Molson Coors Brewing Company, S&P Global, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in strategy.