Business Women Come Together to Promote Sustainability

Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) Holds First West Coast Summit on May 21
Do women have a unique perspective on sustainability? The Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) believes they do. The non-profit organization fosters businesswomen’s advocacy in social responsibility and sustainable development, and will hold its first West Coast Summit on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Intel Headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.
Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, will be the keynote speaker at the forum, which is designed to increase understanding of clean technology and the potential contributions that the technology industry can make to advancing sustainability.

Corporations sponsoring the event include: Adobe Systems, Applied Materials, HP, Intel and Symantec. Others scheduled to speak are: Lorie Wigle of Intel, Nancy Parmer of UPS, Bonnie Nixon of HP and Mary Dent of SVB Financial Group.
Ann Goodman, WNSF Executive Director, believes:

Women are playing a key leadership role in helping companies understand how sustainability measures give businesses a competitive edge in a difficult marketplace.

WNSF West Coast Summit participants will learn about the sustainability challenges facing technology companies and how they are addressing them, not just in their own operations, but through product offerings. Also, participants will hear how a non-technology company employs clean technology strategies to reduce its carbon footprint, improve operations, engage employees and address customer concerns.
The WNSF provides a forum for businesswomen to congregate, reflect and act on the convergent issues of social responsibility and sustainable development. Through meetings, training and online support tools, WNSF facilitates the exchange of experiences and best practices, building a community of businesswomen who can serve as powerful change agents for these increasingly essential business goals in the US and internationally. High on the list is preparing the next generation of women business leaders to achieve these ends.
Through its activities, WNSF aims to strengthen business’s ability to attract and retain women as employees, consumers, stockholders and stakeholders by offering tools to help women put their values to work.
For more information and to register for the forum, visit the WNSF website. Triple Pundit is planning to attend to cover the event and we hope to see you there!

Jim Witkin is a writer and researcher based in Silicon Valley focused on business, technology and the environment. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Guardian newspapers on topics that include: sustainable business practices, clean tech, the environment and next generation transportation technologies. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. Contact him at

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