2023 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chris Dickerson

Jessica Murfree

Marc Tessier-Lavigne


Nik Balachandran

Daniel Chau

Cindy Chin

Kristin Cushman

Roger Elu

Kara Freedman

Scott Gibson


Angela Hersil

Angela joined Zurn Elkay in 2015 from SC Johnson. As Director, Global Public Affairs for SC Johnson, Angela led public relations efforts to enhance corporate reputation among key stakeholders. Angela also served as Interim Director, Sustainability as well as Director, Reputation Management for SC Johnson with responsibility for issues and crisis management, in addition to environmental footprint reduction efforts and reporting.

Prior to joining SC Johnson, Angela served as Director, Investor Relations and Financial Communications for Whirlpool Corporation. During her tenure with Whirlpool, Angela’s work also included corporate branding, crisis communication and financial media relations. Angela has also held communications positions with Omnicare, Inc. (now part of CVS) and Snap-on Incorporated.

Angela earned both her BA in public relations and MBA from Marquette University. She is in the small percentage of all professional PR practitioners to hold accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She serves as treasurer and president-elect for the Wisconsin Southeast chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and recently completed the ESG: Navigating the Board’s Role Executive Education course through Berkeley Law.

An active volunteer in the community, Angela is a member of the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee's executive council, Marquette University's professional mentor program and the Zurn Foundation board. Angela and her husband live in Milwaukee and have three children – two of her children are currently enrolled at two different Pac-12 universities in California!

About Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2023 by Newsweek and Statista, Zurn Elkay Water Solutions is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, and is a growth-oriented, pure-play water business that designs, procures, manufactures, and markets what we believe is the broadest sustainable product portfolio of solutions to improve health, hydration, human safety, and the environment. The Zurn Elkay product portfolio includes professional grade water control and safety, water distribution and drainage, drinking water, finish plumbing, hygienic, environmental and site works products for public and private spaces. Visit www.zurn-elkay.com for additional information about the Company.

Suki Hoagland

Jeff Koseff

Michael Kraus

Randy Livingston

Mohit Mehta

Jed Mettee

Julie Muir

Kristin Parineh

Andrew Pellegrini

Jenny Slepian

Her recent experience includes comprehensive sustainability assessments, GHG inventories, and strategic planning for the NBA, MetLife Stadium, the TSC NYC Marathon, Milwaukee Brewers, and the WM Phoenix Open; material minimization initiatives and diversion operations planning with Climate Pledge Arena and the PGA TOUR; and purpose-driven sponsorship design, sustainability certifications, stakeholder engagement campaigns, and training development for venues and events across the country.

Prior to working for WM, Monica led collegiate sustainability programs focused on procurement, materials management, health and wellness, transportation, and community engagement. She worked closely with Division I athletic programs to implement sustainability initiatives, set short- and long-term goals, and build and sell new sponsorship categories meant to both leverage and drive sustainability program success. In addition, Monica led the development of the Fan Engagement for Sustainable Behavior Change Playbook in partnership with the Green Sports Alliance.

A double Pac-12 alum, Monica received an MBA from the University of Colorado with a focus on social responsibility and supply chain management and a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from UCLA.

Chloe Sewell

Jenny Slepian

Jordan Spradlin

Brianna Treat

Cheryl Wong

Heather Vaughan

Jackie Ventura

Prior to joining the Warriors, Jackie spent 18 years with the Miami HEAT in various facility management roles, including 10 years leading their sustainability initiatives and programs. During her tenure with the HEAT, FTX Arena became the first NBA facility to achieve LEED Certification (2009), the first sports & entertainment facility in the world to reach LEED Recertification (2014) and led multiple community programs educating South Florida on environmental stewardship. She has had the privilege of serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Green Sports Alliance. A native of Miami, Florida, Jackie holds a Master’s degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Miami.