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Andrew Winston      

Sustainability Expert and Author, Green to Gold

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own.

His latest book, The Big Pivot, has been selected among the "Best Business Books of 2014" by Strategy+Business magazine. The book provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.”

As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, Andrew’s views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.

Andrew is also a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands with an entertaining message of practical optimism: the world’s challenges are great, but business has the tools, resources, and creativity to create a sustainable world. He has spoken all over the world – in Europe, Russia, Brazil, the Middle East, and China – bringing his ideas to leadership meetings of the top executives of Fortune 500 companies, large industry conferences, and high-profile events like the World Innovation Forum and TED.

Andrew has written three business strategy books - Green to Gold, Green Recovery, and now The Big Pivot. He is a regular blogger and contributor to Harvard Business Review online, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and his own popular blog at www.andrewwinston.com. Andrew has been quoted or appeared in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC.

Andrew’s work is based on significant business experience and education. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two sons.

Speech Topics


Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert will...

Explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green

Describe the strategies and tools the world's best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world

Illuminate the hurdles companies face when trying to go green

Share stories of how leading companies use environmental thinking to build a strategic competitive advantage

Andrew makes the case that going green, especially during economic slowdowns, drives innovation and represents a new and fundamentally better way of doing business.

Shorter Talk Description for programs/guides: Andrew Winston's engaging talk, Green to Gold, will explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green and describe the strategies and tools the world's best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world.

Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top

This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert demonstrates the importance of environmental strategy in hard times, and show you how leading companies...

Get Lean: Amp up your energy and resource efficiency to survive tough times

Get Smart: Use environmental data about products and supply chains for competitive advantage

Get Creative: Rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as "How might we operate with no fossil fuels?"

Get Going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company's, the customer's, and the world's environmental challenges

Andrew makes the case that going green will help your company survive today's travails, thrive as things get better, and emerge from the downturn as a leader.

Shorter Talk Description for programs/guides: Andrew Winston's engaging talk, Green Recovery, will explore how companies can use environmental thinking to survive the downturn by getting lean, thrive during an upturn by getting creative, keep employees engaged, and dominate their industries for years to come.

The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World.

Based on his newly released book, Andrew Winston, a globally recognized speaker and green business expert, lays out a new vision for business strategy in an unpredictable world of constant change. His talk will...

Explore the three mega-forces coming to bear on companies and society, changing business – and life – as usual
Lay out some of the key hurdles to longer-term profitability and value creation…and provide some core solutions to today’s business challenges
Describe how companies are creating new value through radical efficiency, heretical innovation, and by putting the right value on what’s really important

Andrew makes the case that the way companies operate today cannot keep up with the rate of change in our physical world. Organizations that make the Big Pivot will find the only practical path forward in a volatile environment. The leaders will build resilient, flexible organizations that profit by creating a healthier, more sustainable, more profitable world.

The Big Pivot: Doing Business in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World

Based on his new book, The Big Pivot, Andrew Winston, a globally recognized speaker and business strategy expert, lays out a new vision for business in fundamentally changed world. A weakening of the foundations of our planetary infrastructure is costing business dearly and putting our society at risk. The mega-challenges of climate change and resource constraints, which bring with them rising prices, threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy and profoundly change “business as usual.” But they also offer unprecedented opportunities: multi-trillion-dollar markets are in play and the winners of this new game will profit mightily.

In a unique and entertaining way, Winston describes the simple but profound mindset shift—the Big Pivot—that companies must make to go beyond merely coping and actually contribute to the redesign of our economic system. His talk provides crucial strategies for executives and managers ready to move boldly forward and win in this new reality. With concrete advice and tactics, and stories from companies like BT, Diageo, Dow, Ford, Nike, Unilever and Walmart, The Big Pivot provides a blueprint for creating more resilient, flexible businesses that profit from building a healthier, more sustainable, more prosperous world.

Finding the Gold in Green

This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert will explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green.

Andrew Winston will describe how the world's best companies use environmental pressures to innovate and profit in a crowded, resource-constrained world. Through fun and fascinating examples from a range of industries, Winston demonstrates how leading companies…

Get Lean: Amp up energy and resource efficiency to save millions

Get Smart: Use data about products and supply chains to save money, drive performance and serve customers better with innovative new offerings

Get Going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company’s, the customer’s and the world’s environmental challenges

Get Creative: Rejuvenate innovation efforts by asking heretical questions that challenge everything from operations to products to business models.

News


Andrew Winston: The big pivot

Warning signs of advancing climate change abound. Extreme weather, scarcity, and the rising cost of commodities foreshadow what might be ahead. Can we alter this perilous trajectory? Andrew Winston thinks we can, but to do so we must fundamentally shift the way business functions.

Andrew Winston to Address Members during NAEM’s Member Appreciation Week

Washington, DC, Dec. 22, 2014 - Author and sustainability thought leader Andrew Winston will address NAEM members during the association's annual Member Appreciation Week celebration, February 2-6, 2015.

Andrew Winston named a Top 100 Sustainability Influencer

One of the biggest changes around the sustainability conversation last year was that it became increasingly clear that there are massive opportunities for business in that sector - one that they ignore to their peril.

Green Business Expert Andrew Winston, Co-Author of Bestselling Green to Gold, to Keynote Plastics Industry Sustainability Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 8, 2008) -- Andrew Winston, a globally recognized expert on green business and co-author of the bestselling book Green to Gold, will be the featured keynote speaker at Sustain ’08: Plastics Business Summit, a landmark sustainability conference that will feature two dozen presenters ranging from brand owners and designers to plastics executives and leading environmental consultants.

ANDREW WINSTON: BUSINESS IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

June 26, 2014 — Speaking with noted author and business advisor Andrew Winston leaves one with a strange mix of hope and despair.

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