Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz

CEO/Founder
Sustainable Brands

Koann is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and eliminating ozone-layer destroying chemicals (CFCs).

Throughout her career she has been engaged in testing the connection between purpose driven leadership and competitive bottom line performance. As a result, her teams have consistently outperformed peers in both growth and profitability. Since 2003, she has devoted her full attention to the emerging field of social and environmental sustainability, launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004. She has helped various media entrepreneurs and NGO's including Sierra Club and Greenbiz.com establish their own paths to effectiveness and economic sustainability. In 2005, she produced the First International Conference on Cradle to Cradle Design in Practice with Bill McDonough, Michael Braungart, Peter Senge and others. In 2006, she launched what has now become Sustainablebrands.com and in 2007, the widely respected Sustainable Brands Conference. The Sustainable Brands community has grown dramatically each year, and has become the premier international community of sustainable business innovators, with engaged community members represented from all continents.

Prior to founding Sustainable Life Media, KoAnn founded Organizations That Work a management consultancy focused on her passion for helping companies deliver breakthrough financial performance through purpose-driven leadership and improved organizational alignment and learning. Prior to that she served as Sr. VP of Miller/CMP Media, a division of United Business Media, where she launched and built a $50 million multinational division focused on serving various emerging technology markets including the Computer Game Development market and others. While there, she launched several product brands, spearheaded a corporate rebranding initiative, and brought systems thinking and organizational learning principles to the executive management team of the company.

KoAnn has attended graduate level programs in business management and sustainability at Cornell and Wharton, and currently sits on the Advisory board at the Center for Sustainability at Pennsylvania State University. She regularly speaks to corporate, academic and professional audiences about sustainability as the basis of a new renaissance of business innovation and value, as well as the role brands must play and the steps they must take to survive and thrive by leading the way to a flourishing future. She lives with her husband Steve on the San Francisco Peninsula and is most proud of her two sons, Josh and Jake, who are pursuing their individual passions for music, physics and philosophy.

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Innovation Expo at SB’19 Detroit sets Stage for Global Collaboration
Innovation Expo at SB’19 Detroit sets Stage for Global Collaboration

Press Release / Sustainable Brands recently revealed the full programming and schedule for the Innovation Expo at SB’19 Detroit, running June 3-6 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. - 12 hours ago

National Geographic Teams Up with Sustainable Brands, Leads Push for Next Sustainable Economy
National Geographic Teams Up with Sustainable Brands,  Leads Push for Next Sustainable Economy

Press Release / Sustainable Brands today announced the addition of National Geographic to the highest level of its Corporate Member Network established in 2008. - 1 week ago

Companies Laying Groundwork for Global Circular Economy
Companies Laying Groundwork for Global Circular Economy

Press Release / Key Updates on the Progress toward Circular Business Models at SB’19 Detroit, June 3-6. - 2 weeks ago

Scientific and Technological Breakthroughs are Transforming Global Brands
Scientific and Technological Breakthroughs are Transforming Global Brands

Press Release / Science and technology are just two of the many driving forces behind the environmental and social innovation needed to protect our planet and improve the lives of individuals. - 1 month ago

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SB Launches Voyager Program to Accelerate Major Business Transformations through Community Support
SB Launches Voyager Program to Accelerate Major Business Transformations through Community Support

Press Release / Sustainable Brands® (SB) today launches SB Voyager, a new program supporting businesses that face significant challenges related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and reputation. - 2 months ago

Sustainable Brands Reveals Initial Conference Details for Annual Flagship Conference
Sustainable Brands Reveals Initial Conference Details for Annual Flagship Conference

Press Release / 3,000+ brand and innovation leaders to convene June 3-6 at SB’19 Detroit SAN FRANCISCO, November 27, 2018 – Sustainable Brands® recently released the event brochure for its annual flagship conference: SB’19 Detroit. More than 3,000 business leaders are expected to gather June 3-6, 2019 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan to learn how brands can stay relevant by delivering the Good Life consumers seek today, marked by balanced simplicity and connections to family, community and the environment. - 5 months ago

Not All of US: Response to Trump Administration's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement
Not All of US: Response to Trump Administration's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement

Business Case / While telegraphed for days and choreographed down to the military band playing soft jazz in the background before the announcement, President Trump’s June 01, 2017 declaration that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement still jarred and dismayed. - 1 year ago

From Talk to Action: #SB15London Opening Night Sets Stage for Moving from 'What If' to 'How Now'
From Talk to Action: #SB15London Opening Night Sets Stage for Moving from 'What If' to 'How Now'

Organizational Change / The opening plenary session at SB ’15 London introduced attendees to this year’s theme, HOW NOW? - 3 years ago

Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14
Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14

New Metrics / In 13 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 25 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)It is tempting to believe objectivity is possible, humans are rational creatures, and decisions should (and could) be based on these. To be a member of such a higher species is reassuring (however much one might question this status on some “Page 1” newspaper days). - 4 years ago

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