Submitted by Covestro LLC
For the fourth year in a row, Covestro will host its THINC30 summit, this time virtually and viewed through the lens of current events – the pandemic, racial justice and economic uncertainty, coupled with the climate crisis.
Titled, The UNSDGs in the New Now: Resilience and Recovery, this year’s summit will continue Covestro’s work bringing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to Pittsburgh and galvanizing leaders from all sectors to use them as a roadmap to create a region that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone.
“Everything we’re going through now have made the Global Goals not only more relevant than ever, but also more urgent,” said Rebecca Lucore, head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Covestro LLC. “Ending poverty, eliminating hunger, reversing climate change, improving health outcomes for everyone – these UN SDGs are the very goals catapulted to the top of the public agenda this year.”
THINC30 will be held over three days – October 15, 20 and 22 – in roughly two-hour sessions, with each day devoted to one of the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental and economic equity.
It will feature national, regional and local experts in a series of panel discussions, fireside chats and spotlight talks that address the central question of each day. Day One titled, Social Resilience, will ask “How do we achieve equity in public health and education, as well as food justice?” Day Two, Environmental Equity, “How can the City of Pittsburgh, its neighborhoods and businesses step up sustainable practices that drive environmental justice?” And, for Economic Empowerment on Day Three, the question is, “As we plan our economic recovery, how do we ensure everyone has a fair shot to participate and prosper?”
October 15, 2020: DAY #1 - “Social Resilience”
Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Director, Center for Health Equity Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Dean University of Pittsburgh
Chris Norwood, Executive Director, Health People: Community Health Initiative, South Bronx, NY
Miriam (Mim) Seidel, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, Chatham University
Rita Resick, Co-Owner, Vice President of Marketing / Treasurer and Food Safety Officer, Laurel Vista Farms, Food21 Board Member
Pastor Cynthia Wallace, Executive Pastor, Bible Center Church and Executive Director, The Oasis Project
Glenn Grayson Jr., Senior Program Manager for Neighborhood Development, Neighborhood Allies
Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Promise
Dr. Gretchen Generett, Director, University Council for Educational Administration Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice, Duquesne University
Nicole Sims, Parent Leader at A+ Schools, Perry High School
Monica Henderson, Mentor
Peggy Outon, Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, RMU
Trisha M. Gadson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Macedonia FACE
Josh Whiteside, Executive Director, The Education Partnership
Gabriela Citrone, Director of Initiatives, Citrone33 Foundation and Co-founder and Lead, EMBRACE Pittsburgh
October 20, 2020: DAY #2 – “Environmental Equity”
Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Zaheen Hussain, former Millvale Sustainability Coordinator and Director of Sustainability at New Sun Rising
Joylette Portlock, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh
David Landis, President, EPIC Metals
Laura Asiala, Senior Director, Business Engagement, The Council of the Great Lakes Region and Senior Fellow, Pyxera Global
Kim Kipin-McDonald, Head of Sustainable Development, Covestro LLC
Jeff Scanlon, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow
October 22, 2020: DAY #3 – “Economic Empowerment”
Sally McCrady, Head of Community Affairs, PNC
James Myers Jr., Director, Community and Business Development, Riverside Center for Innovation
Diamonte Walker, MBA, Deputy Executive Director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Tina Daniels, Founder and CEO, Concrete Rose Construction, LLC
Christopher Spradley, President, CS Supplies
Evan Frazier, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, Highmark Health
Noland Cheung, Chair of the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Intellectual Property National Practice group
Brian Moyer, CEO, Nashville Technology Council
Dina Clark, Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Covestro LLC
Dawnita Wilson, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, JBG Smith
Betty Cruz, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
James Robert Martin II, US Steel Dean of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Jonathan Kersting, Vice President, Communications and Media, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Jen Yosef, CEO, Mighty
THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2019 sales of EUR 12.4 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 17,200 people at the end of 2019.
i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
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Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business. Covestro manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical and sports and leisure industries. i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) is Covestro LLC’s companywide corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that aims to spark curiosity, to envision what could be and to help create it. Built on the three pillars of philanthropy (i3 Give), employee volunteerism (i3 Engage) and STEM education (i3 STEM), i3 seeks to create sustainable and lasting impacts.
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