Thank you to all who attended.

Silicon Valley Green Team Network
2018 Spring Forum
"Changing Mindsets—Investing in our Future"

Date: April 4, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Flex, 6201 America Center Drive, San Jose, CA 95002
Lunch and refreshments will be provided


R. Paul Herman
CEO + Founder, HIP Investor Ratings + Portfolios


R. Paul Herman is a globally recognized leader in ESG ratings and impact-themed portfolios.  Herman founded HIP Investor 12 years ago to show that investments across all asset classes can solve human, social and environmental problems and can be more profitable and less risky than being extractive of people, natural resources and trust. HIP Investor rates more than 75,000 stocks, bonds and funds for fiduciaries, investors, advisers, fund managers, and 401(k) plans. Herman is an alumni of Wharton, McKinsey, Ashoka and Omidyar Network. Herman is an advisor to SASB, Net Impact and Sustainable Brands. Herman authored The HIP Investor book (Wiley, 2010), included in the curricula of 26 global MBA, MPA and university programs in finance, capital markets and impact investing.

Peggy Brannigan
Global Program Manager, Sustainability, LinkedIn


Peggy is the Global Program Manager for Sustainability at LinkedIn. She is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive program to measure, manage and continuously improve LinkedIn's environmental impacts- energy, carbon, water, waste, supply chain, and employee engagement. Additionally she aims to leverage the LinkedIn platform to accelerate growth in the green clean economy. Formerly, she led sustainability programs for International School of Amsterdam and US Department of State Mission to the Netherlands. Peggy holds a Stanford MBA, Public Management Program certificate as well as certifications in Waterfootprinting, Zerowaste, and Fitwel. 


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Christine Liu
Sustainable Packing Program Manager, Cisco Systems

Christine currently works at Cisco Systems as a Sustainable Packaging Program Manager, where she leads the Make it Green program.  She is also the global lead for the Cisco Green Team Network, an employee resource organization which drives environmental awareness and encourages teams to start green initiatives in their office buildings. Since 2015, Christine has committed to living a zero waste lifestyle — her noncompostable and nonrecycable waste from the past 1.5 years can fit into a 12 oz. mason jar. Apart from her job at Cisco, she continues to create content for her blog, Snapshots of Simplicity, inspiring her followers to live more simply and sustainably, and also organizes a Zero Waste Silicon Valley meetup group to help mobilize community members to drive change in the way we waste.


Julie Cornfield
Palo Alto High School

Julie Cornfield is a senior at Palo Alto High School who enjoys engaging with her local community. She is a co-Editor-in-Chief of Paly's Verde Magazine, a volunteer tutor at tutoring nonprofit DreamCatchers, and a member of her school's Social Justice Pathway. As a part of SJP, Julie is currently conducting research about how to change students' behavior regarding litter. Since the start of the school year, she has worked with her mentor Rebecca Navarro to discover which incentives, if any might encourage students to actively combat litter in their communities. Julie plans on attending a four year college next year and studying Linguistics and Environmental Sociology.  

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Lani Lee Ho
Environmental Planner, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Lani Lee Ho is an Environmental Planner at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. She works on a wide range of projects from public transit and highway improvements to sustainability initiatives and habitat conservation. Lani approaches project management holistically and collaboratively with a focus on building and maintaining strong professional relationships with public agencies to get the job done. She is a member of the California Bar and holds degrees from Santa Clara University and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Neeharika Gupta
UX Designer and Green Team Lead, Veritas Technologies

Neeharika is a Senior Principal User Experience Designer at Veritas Technologies. She is also an environment sustainability champion, which led her to lead the Veritas Green Team, Sustainability at Veritas Empowered (SAVE), for the Mountain View and San Francisco campus. SAVE is an employee resource group whose mission is to support Veritas’ goal to become an environmental sustainability leader and inspire employees to take action. Neeharika, along with her co-lead and SAVE members, organizes events, volunteering activities, talks and knowledge sessions to engage employees and company stakeholders to minimize their environmental footprint and raising environmental awareness.


Serena Zhao
Senior Program Manager, Engineering Security, Adobe Systems

Serena is a Senior Program Manager in cyber security at Adobe Systems.  She is also the Sustainability Champion for the Adobe San Jose Headquarters site.  This all-volunteer employee sustainability team is focused on helping Adobe employees live more sustainable. Additionally, the team runs various awareness campaigns through the year including a speaker series on topics related to sustainability as well as employee-led initiatives.  Some of the team's recent initiatives have to do with encouraging employees to move away from single-use disposables, as well as around engaging employees around impact investing.


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