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KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz

Founder & CEO
Sustainable Brands

KoAnn is Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands Worldwide

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 served 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 Brands Worldwide and parent company, 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 Joins #StopHateForProfit Campaign
Sustainable Brands Joins #StopHateForProfit Campaign

Community Update / As part of the “StopHateForProfit” campaign, Sustainable Brands is stopping all organic and paid content submissions to Facebook, Inc. for the month of July. - 3 years ago

Sustainable Brands Announces Program Highlights for SB’20 Long Beach, June 1-4
Sustainable Brands Announces Program Highlights for SB’20 Long Beach, June 1-4

Press Release / Brand and sustainability leaders on the path to accelerate good growth through positive impact. - 4 years ago

Sustainable Brands Elevates the Stage for a Regenerative Economy
Sustainable Brands Elevates the Stage for a Regenerative Economy

Press Release / Global brand leaders will convene at SB’20 Long Beach, June 1-4 to co-create the future - 4 years ago

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. - 4 years ago

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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, our 13th annual global gathering in the US, she shared her hopes for the week and for our continued collective pursuit of a flourishing future. - 4 years 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 / Dentsu Aegis Network, National Geographic, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, SAP SuccessFactors, SC Johnson, Target and Visa unite to make sustainable living the Good Life of tomorrow - 4 years 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 / Immersive learning experiences with National Geographic, Danone, Procter & Gamble, EY and others - 4 years 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 / 131-Year-Old Joins SB Corporate Member Network as a Platinum Member - 4 years 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 years ago

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

Press Release / Mastercard, BanQu, Planet Labs sharing insights at SB’19 Detroit, June 3-6 - 5 years 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 (SB'19 Tokyo) was held on March 6-7, at the Hilton Tokyo. 189 leaders from both domestic and foreign companies and NGOs, and more than 2,240 participants took part. - 5 years 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 / SAN FRANCISCO – 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. - 5 years 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 years 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. - 6 years ago

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Presidio Graduate School Commencement Address
Presidio Graduate School Commencement Address

Blog / What an honor to be here in this beautiful place with such a great group of passionate leaders — and even more so, to offer you some thoughts as you begin important next steps in your lives — steps that I know will be particularly important to our collective future. - 6 years ago

The Challenge of Authentic Purpose
The Challenge of Authentic Purpose

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / I was absolutely delighted to read the recent announcement from Sustainable Brands CEO KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz revealing that the theme of SB ‘16 San Diego will be ‘activating purpose.’ This year’s event is dedicated to helping businesses and brands move from understanding why purpose-driven brand leadership is the path to success in the 21st century to actually learning how to bring that purpose to life. - 8 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? - 8 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). - 8 years ago

8th Sustainable Brands Conference Set to Go - Why Should You Be There?
8th Sustainable Brands Conference Set to Go - Why Should You Be There?

Blog / On Monday, I attended the inaugural Business Sustainability Summit hosted by Stanford University's Wood's Institute for the Environment. The Summit kicked off with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who shared wide-ranging thoughts on her journey from Petroleum Engineer at Mobil (as far as she knows, "the only Secretary of State to have actually fracked a well") to COO and later CEO of REI, one of the most progressive outdoor industry brands and a leader in the Sustainable Brands community, to her current role overseeing millions of acres of public lands and more. - 9 years ago

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2014 Starts Off with a Bang: New Sustainability Commitments and Innovation Abound
2014 Starts Off with a Bang: New Sustainability Commitments and Innovation Abound

Blog / As 2014 gets underway, I have been privileged to participate in a wide range of forward-looking discussions taking place within the global Sustainable Brands community, and especially within our membership group. My takeaway going into the year is that there is a good deal of reimagining and redesign for a regenerative future going on in the world today, much of which may yet be unseen by those not fully focused on keeping a whole systems’ eye on things as we are at SB, and we are quite excited to be sharing with you what we’re seeing as the year unfolds. - 10 years ago