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Speaker Nomination

Submission deadline: July 19, 2024

GreenBiz 24

About GreenBiz 25

At GreenBiz 25 — the premier annual event for sustainability professionals — you’ll connect with peers and trailblazers and master the skills essential to face your company’s unique challenges. Join your community, including the most influential voices in sustainability, and learn what’s next in decarbonization, disclosure, nature, supply chains, strategic communications, change management and more.

Where and When

February 10-12, 2025, Scottsdale, AZ, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Audience

A community of more than 3,000 professionals, primarily executives from large companies along with nonprofit leaders, policy makers, academics and entrepreneurs. The GreenBiz audience is sophisticated and experienced, so we set a high bar for speaker proposals.

What We Value

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitments. GreenBiz is committed to ensuring our sessions reflect the world we live in. Our goals are to:

  • Include the perspective of a BIPOC speaker in every session with three or more people (including the moderator)
  • Increase the total number of BIPOC speakers across the entire program
  • Include gender diversity in every session with two or more people (including the moderator)

Please keep these commitments in mind and consider your proposed speaker’s background when submitting your nomination.

Thoughtful Proposals. We set a high bar for our speakers. GreenBiz seeks to include topics and speakers that level-up the conversations on climate action through practical and inclusive action.

  • Insightful Speakers: 
    • Background that aligns with our commitment to foster dialogue among, and elevate the leadership of, speakers with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. 
    • Sustainability leaders in their fields, specifically senior executives from large, leading companies and visionary rising stars.
    • Practitioners with a compelling point of view, backed by experience, in an area important to our audience. 
    • Ability to engage an audience, through a combination of candor, depth of knowledge and stage presence. Our best speakers come with prior speaking experience, value authentic conversation over corporate talking points and foster meaningful conversations with co-panelists and session attendees. 
  • Compelling Topics: 
    • Elevate trends, research and tools that sustainability professionals need to do their jobs and advance their careers now – and fresh thinking about what’s around the corner.
    • Address climate issues through a systemic, interconnected, equitable lens. 
    • Provides an inclusive worldview, and creates a culture of inclusion.
    • Incorporate metrics and case studies that grounds aspiration in reality.
    • Feature elements broadly applicable to sustainability practitioners across industries and geographies. 
    • Fit within the areas of focus for this year’s program, exemplified by the Tracks.

The Tracks

7 tracks form the structure and content of the program, with a focus on solutions that prioritize equity, practicality, ingenuity and urgency.

Transforming Value Chains: Map, measure and decarbonize the complex systems surrounding the creation, delivery and use of products and services. Includes: Supply Chain, Scope 3, Circularity. 

Comms with Integrity: Communicate with internal and external stakeholders to build trust, increase engagement and proceed with speed. Includes: C-suite Support, Political Headwinds, Employee Engagement, Pre-competitive Collaboration  

Finance for the Transition: Capitalize on opportunities that align sustainability progress with revenue generation and the latest in finance. Includes: Federal and State Funding, Transition Planning, Capital Markets

Confident Disclosure: Master required disclosure and other policies and regulations and turn them into a competitive advantage for achieving business objectives and climate goals while managing  risk. Includes: Reporting, Global and Local Regulations and Policies, Ratings Agencies, COP 29

Drawdown Now: Drive deep decarbonization across the economy with proven strategies and promising innovations that get us over the tipping point. Includes: Energy, Nature-based Solutions, Carbon Markets

Regenerating Nature: Advance strategies that support biodiversity, restore natural ecosystems and improve water stewardship. Areas of focus: Natural Capital, Corporate Nature Targets, COP 16

Progress & Thrive: Break new ground through courageous leadership, change management and social justice. Includes: Innovation, Career Growth, Organizational Leadership

FAQ

Are you looking for a perfect proposal? Should I spend hours on it?

We often ask speakers to adjust their proposal a bit vs. bring it in verbatim as submitted, so aim for understanding and insightful vs. perfect. One reason we updated the process to request speakers + topics vs. entire sessions is to make it more straightforward for submitters.

What if I have more than one speaker to submit?

Great! Submit a separate form for each speaker.

What format will this proposal take when you select it?
  • The majority of our program is 1 hour breakout sessions that follow a panel, lighting talk or other interactive format. As such, we are evaluating proposals with those parameters in mind.
  • We also evaluate speaker proposals for inclusion in our tutorial and workshop formats. Tutorials and workshops run 2 - 3 hours with the panel portion for the speakers running 20-40 minutes.
  • We rarely accept proposals for our keynote talks on the mainstage. Seriously, we have accepted 1 in the last 3 years of proposals.