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Summit for Sustainable Organizations

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 8:00am to 6:00pm

Lillis Business Complex
955 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR

The Lundquist College of Business is proud to announce its inaugural Summit for Sustainable Organizations. Join leaders from diverse backgrounds to explore and discuss the critical intersection of business and sustainability and generate ideas to improve organizations' environmental and social impacts in the world.

This event aims to instill future organizational leaders with a strong sense of the ethics, values, knowledge, and skills that will contribute to sustainable business practices.

Through a packed agenda of keynote speakers, moderated panels, interactive breakout workshops, networking opportunities, and time for reflections and debriefing, attendees will gain novel insight into how organizations are strategizing to benefit people and the planet.

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Registration is capped at 120 attendees. This event welcomes:

  • Experienced directors of sustainability (and related positions) who can speak to the challenges and opportunities in the field
  • Graduate students from across the Pacific Northwest who are studying and interested in developing their expertise in environmental stewardship

Register for the summit via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.


Friday, April 14

  • Attendee registration
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Keynote speaker
  • Dinner
  • Professional networking social

Saturday, April 15

  • Breakfast and coffee
  • Speaker panel
  • Breakout workshops
  • Lunch
  • Speaker panel
  • Keynote speaker


Scott Coughlan
Director of Sustainability, Alaska Airlines

Scott Coughlan joined Alaska Airlines in 2022 and leads the development and implementation of strategies to monitor and reduce emissions in key business functions. With an international career in directing cross-functional teams and reporting with senior executives, Coughlan is developing innovative competitive advantages for Alaska Airlines.

Guru S. Larson
Director of Sustainability, Columbia Sportswear

Oregon MBA alum Guru S. Larson has been part of the Columbia Sportswear network since 2009 and currently oversees sustainability strategy across product, operations, and supply chain. This includes understanding the business's environmental impacts, identifying and executing continuous improvement, and reporting performance.

Eddie Sherman
Board President, Oregon Native American Chamber

A member of the Navajo and Omaha Nations, Eddie Sherman is a nationally recognized fundraiser, strategist, nonprofit leader, and entrepreneur who has committed his career to furthering social justice, serving underserved communities, and improving the quality of life for Native Americans and communities of color.

Event Type



Lundquist College of Business, Center for Sustainable Business Practices

Target Audience

Graduate Students




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