KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz

CEO/Founder
Sustainable Brands

KoAnn is Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media, producers and conveners of the internationally respected Sustainable Brands community.

Through Sustainable Brands, she and her team lead the global conversation about how 21st century brands can, and are delivering new business value through innovation for environmental and social purpose. In addition to overseeing direction and strategy at SB, she writes and speaks around the world on the shift in consumer demand and the opportunity for brands to respond by changing the way they think of and deliver against their role in society. She currently serves as faculty for Harvard's Leadership for Sustainability Exec Ed program, and is on the external sustainability advisory council for P&G. She was recently awarded the Hutchens medal from ASQ, (American Society for Quality) which recognizes exceptional leaders in social responsibility and sustainability.

Prior to launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004, KoAnn founded and lead a boutique management consultancy focusing on helping enable breakthrough financial performance through purpose-driven leadership and improved organizational alignment.

Prior to that, she worked for 18 years in business-to-business media where she served in positions of increasing responsibility, launching and leading media properties including magazines, conferences, trade shows, and more for a wide range of markets, starting with natural resources (timber, paper, and mining) and ending with a variety of emerging technology sectors including digital video, computer game development and the web. During her tenure she garnered extensive experience launching and growing countless product brands, as well as driving a corporate brand effort and integrating it with a global product brand portfolio spanning many market sectors. She completed her media tenure as Senior Vice President of a multinational division of United Business Media, overseeing a $50 million division and a 150-person team.

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Sustainable Brands Welcomes Newest Addition to Leadership Team
Sustainable Brands Welcomes Newest Addition to Leadership Team

Press Release / Sustainable Brands® announced today that Etienne White has joined the company’s leadership team as VP, Brands for Good to help expand the fast-growing collaborative initiative launched last month. - 1 month ago

KoAnn Skrzyniarz: ‘I Choose to Believe …’
KoAnn Skrzyniarz: ‘I Choose to Believe …’

Community Update / This week, as the Sustainable Brands CEO welcomed 2,000+ delegates to SB’19 Detroit, she shared her hopes for the week and for our continued collective pursuit of a flourishing future. - 3 months ago

Sustainable Brands® Convenes Global Brand Leaders to Launch “Brands for Good” Movement
Sustainable Brands® Convenes Global Brand Leaders to Launch “Brands for Good” Movement

Press Release / Today a coalition of leading global brands gathered at SB’19 Detroit to launch Brands for Good, a movement to make sustainable living easier and more rewarding for people around the world. - 3 months ago

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. - 3 months ago

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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. - 4 months 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. - 4 months 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. - 5 months ago

Over 2,000 Delegates Gather to Share Insights at SB'19 Tokyo
Over 2,000 Delegates Gather to Share Insights at SB'19 Tokyo

Leadership / Sustainable Brands 2019 Tokyo was held on March 6-7, at the Hilton Tokyo. 189 leaders from both domestic and foreign companies and NGOs took part. - 6 months ago

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. - 6 months ago

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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. - 9 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. - 2 years 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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