Impacts of Environmental Social Governance – What You Need to Know

Impacts of Environmental Social Governance – What You Need to Know

VIRTUAL EVENT - October 19 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CST

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies and practices have become an important topic of consideration for companies, shareholders and investors.  Having a clear understanding of ESG policies and best practices, its potential impact on your company and investment options will inform your policy approach and ensure your ESG roadmap is set for success.

In this webinar, our panelists will:

  • Provide a clear definition of ESG
  • Outline ESG’s potential impact on companies and your investment options
  • Share real-world examples to guide your ESG roadmap


Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 | 8:00 AM -9:00 AM CST

Your Speakers:

Elizabeth Bland Glynn, CEO – Travois
Tracy Platt, Chief Human Resources Officer – Cerner
Julia Rix, Shareholder – Polsinelli
Moderated by: Elizabeth Newman, Chief of Staff, CBIZ

Speaker Profiles:

Elizabeth Bland Glynn, CEO – Travois

Elizabeth Glynn, CEO, leads Travois, a Certified B Corporation focused exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. The Travois family of companies also offers architectural design, master planning, and construction monitoring services, environmental assessments, consulting on green energy improvements, asset management and compliance services, impact investment models, and comprehensive training to clients in 22 states.

Elizabeth graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Business Administration. In Kansas City, where Travois is headquartered, Elizabeth has volunteered since 2008 with Amethyst Place, which provides recovery housing for women and their children. She has served on the Amethyst board of directors since 2015 and as board chair beginning in 2017. Elizabeth was named to the 2014 class of NextGen Leaders, made up of 25 individuals who are leading their companies and their communities into the future, and she was honored as part of the 2015 class of Women Who Mean Business, both awards from the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, Affordable Housing Finance magazine named her a 2017 Young Leader, one of six professionals under the age of 40 who are playing vital roles in creating affordable housing.

Elizabeth and her husband, Phil, have three children, two cats, a golden doodle and 10 chickens. They (except for the chickens) are currently living in Paris, France but call Kansas City home.

Tracy Platt, Chief Human Resources Officer – Cerner

As executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Tracy Platt leads the global human resources (HR) function, including organization development, integrated talent management, leadership development, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) responsibility, and culture.
Platt joined Cerner in 2019 with more than 20 years of experience. Previously, she spent nearly 10 years in executive HR roles at Medtronic, a global health care giant that develops and distributes medical devices.
As a mission-driven change agent with deep business expertise, Platt brings invaluable health care experience from Medtronic and other key organizations, including Cardinal Health and GE Healthcare. She has spent much of her career in a variety of business transformation-related roles, and she served in a primary leadership capacity during Medtronic’s 2015 acquisition of Covidien. Tracy’s most recent role at Medtronic included HR leadership for its global operations organization and driving an operating model transformation throughout the enterprise.
As CHRO, Tracy has worked to expand Cerner’s commitments to DEI responsibility, advocating for a more intentional approach to culture and community and advancing programs, processes and policies that promote a more diverse, inclusive and engaging work environment. Under Tracy’s leadership, the Cerner Charitable Foundation has also broadened its focus, using Cerner’s community outreach and insights from the Social Determinants of Health to address gaps in care and create a healthier world for future generations.
Tracy has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Kansas State University and holds professional certifications in Lean/Six Sigma, change management and organization development.

Julia Rix, Shareholder – Polsinelli

Julia advises multinational clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions in international and cross-cultural settings. She focuses on identifying international corporate development goals in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, cross-border restructuring, international joint ventures, foreign investment, corporate governance, compliance, licensing and commercial agreements. Julia also advises clients in developing and implementing post-acquisition corporate and commercial integration strategies, corporate governance and compliance programs.
Julia also serves as outside counsel to companies by providing practical advice on cross-border and US commercial transactions, corporate matters and other legal issues that arise during a company’s day-to-day operations.

Julia’s experience includes working in-house for the Latin America and Caribbean Law Department at a large security systems company where she advised the business on international commercial and transactional legal issues in Latin America and the US, assisted in developing and implementing good corporate governance and compliance for the company's Latin American entities. She also contributed to global corporate restructuring projects, various spin-offs and mergers and acquisitions for the Latin America region and Europe, including coordinating legal aspects of financial transactions with treasury, tax and finance departments. In addition to Julia’s in-house experience she has also been seconded to various multinational clients in various industries, e.g. healthcare, technology, manufacturing and automobile sectors.

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