Keynote Speakers

Richard Gerstein | Global Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Unifi, Inc.  

Richard Gerstein

Dr. John H. McClendon III | Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University

John H. McClendon

Roger McClendon | Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance  

Roger McClendon

Bill Walton | Former UCLA student-athlete, NBA player, and ESPN and Pac-12 Networks on-air talent  

Bill Walton

Plenary Speakers


Megan Eisenhard | Vice President of Campus, Learfield IMG College  

Megan Eisenhard

Eric Moncrief | Founder, The Talk with Green Guy Show and Green Guy Media  

Eric Moncrief

Eric has worked over 20 years in the IT industry with extensive experience in computer hardware, software, network security and recycling. Eric Moncrief began as CEO in 2009 of Nvirotech Recycling, LLC, a Computer and Electronics recycling company that helps companies and schools with IT Asset Recovery services in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast recycle and dispose of their electronic equipment the environmentally responsible way. Eric's passion has always been to promote change and serve as a resource to educate individuals, communities and corporations and advance the mission of achieving Sustainability.

Kirk Myers | Director of Sustainability, Alaska Airlines  

Kirk Myers

Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder  

Dave Newport

Erin O'Connell | Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Washington  

Erin O'Connell

Sophia Thomas | Student-Athlete, Women's Tennis; University of Arizona School of Geography and Development  

Sophia Thomas

Pete Waldron | President, L2 Brands

Pete Waldron

Cheryl Wong | Assistant Commissioner, Sport Management and Championships, Pac-12 Conference  

Cheryl Wong

Mike Yam | Host, Pac-12 Networks  

Mike Yam

2019 Speakers


Alexis Alexander | Digital Engagement Program Manager, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University  

Alexis Alexander

Karen Baebler | Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Operations University of Washington   

Karen Baebler

She initiated the Athletic Department's sustainability program in 2010, and continues to the chair of the University of Washington Intercollegiate Sustainability Committee and is a member of the University of Washington's Environmental Stewardship Committee. Additionally, she has forged a relationship with the University of Washington's Office of Sustainability, student groups, and the Program for the Environment which has resulted in course offerings and internship opportunities. She was also the keynote speaker for the SustainableUW Festival in 2014. Baebler was integral in the planning of the 2.5 million renovation of Husky Stadium that achieved Silver LEED certification, as well as the Athletic Department's successful waste diversion program. This spring, she was the tournament director for the Pac12 Women's Golf Championships which featured sustainable practice at the course, the University and the surrounding community. She is committed to environmental and social sustainability and is thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.

Matthew Bone | Student Lead, Ralphie's Green Stampede, University of Colorado, Boulder  

Matthew Bone

Bryce Carnehl | Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Hunter Industries  

Naomi Carrillo | Green Certification Coordinator, University of California, Santa Barbara  

Nicole Chernick | External Relations Coordinator, Ralphie's Green Stampede, University of Colorado, Boulder  

Nicole Chernick

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt | Sustainability Engagement, University of Utah

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

Kelsey Gaude | Program Manager, Zero Waste, Arizona State University  

Kelsey Gaude

Taylor Graham | Vice President of Business Operation & Marketing, Seattle Sounders FC  

Taylor Graham

Moira Hafer | Building Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University  

Moira Hafer

Jason Hodin | Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories  

Jason Hodin

Mark Horvath | Founder, Invisible People  

Mark Horvath

Lin King | Cal Zero Waste Manager, University of California  

Lin King

Michelle La | Zero Waste Specialist, Cal Zero Waste, UC Berkeley Facilities Services

Michelle La

Eli Maesner | Student & Men's Rowing Team, University of Washington  

Eli Maesner

Brian McCullough | Associate Professor of Management and Sport Business Leadership, Seattle University  

Brian McCullough

Izzy Parnell-Wolfe | Zero Waste Specialist, Cal Zero Waste

Izzy Parnell-Wolfe

CJ Pennington | President, Proud Source Water

CJ Pennington

Alexa Schreier | Predoctoral Instructor, Program on the Environment, University of Washington

Alexa Schreier

Dr. Galen Trail | Professor of Marketing & Sport Business Leadership, Seattle University  

Galen Trail

Julia Wetstein | Zero Waste Director, Vegware Packaging Inc.  

Julia Wetstein

Claire Williams | Oregon State University Women's Rowing

Claire Williams

Steve Wiseman | Western Regional Manager, Greenworks Commercial Tools  

Steve Wiseman

Jamie Zaninovich | Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, Pac-12  

Jamie Zaninovich

During Zaninovich's time at the Pac-12, the Pac-12 Global initiative has also expanded exponentially. In 2015, the conference hosted the first-ever U.S. regular season basketball game, collegiate or professional, to be played in China as the University of Washington defeated the University of Texas in Shanghai. He also orchestrated the advent of a first of its kind coaching education program in which coaches from China visit Pac-12 universities to be trained on coaching techniques. Additionally, Zaninovich has helped increase global distribution of Pac-12 sports around the world and across multiple platforms, including LeSports in China and YouTube. Prior to the Pac-12, Zaninovich spent six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. He led the WCC through a period of extraordinary membership growth, transformed the conference basketball championships into successful events, and brought forward television and digital media advances that showcased the WCC's brand regionally, nationally and internationally. Zaninovich also served on several national college sports committees. Notably, he was as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 2011-2014 and a Chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision from 2010 to 2011. He is also a founding member of the Board of Managers and Competition Committee of the Men's Basketball Officiating LLC, and a past member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. In 2010, Zaninovich was named to Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in recognition of his visionary leadership at the WCC. Prior to becoming commissioner of the WCC, he was a sports administrator in two prominent Division I athletics departments, serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Princeton and a Senior Assistant Athletic Director at Stanford. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Zaninovich is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jamie and his wife, Karen, live in Millbrae, Calif. and have two children, Max and Luke.

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