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Shirley-Ann Behravesh    

Leader on Sustainability, Diversity & Innovation

Shirley-Ann Behravesh is an assistant professor in Global Sustainable Enterprise with the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Behravesh is also a Senior Global Futures Scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. Behravesh holds degrees in management, finance, manufacturing engineering and sustainability.

Behravesh's research focuses on strategies to encourage adoption of sustainability and innovation practices within organizations and communities. Behravesh has significant project management experience with sustainability projects. She has worked with European partners on several multi-million dollar sustainability projects, including sustainable technologies, transportation, construction, food and businesses.

She plays an active role with non-profits such as the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and serves on the advisory board for the MSI Research & Development Consortium and the Climate Action Advisory Council for the City of Tucson. Behravesh has held prestigious speaking engagements in the US and internationally on topics of sustainability, innovation, and diversity. Some include the Green Biz Conference (Several including Biodiversity Reporting; Leadership; Culture etc.), Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Climate Change & Women in Business), Gilbert Chamber of Commerce (Building Tomorrow's Business); GRI Reporters Summit (Welcome); UN Global Compact (Leading Successful Sustainability Projects);EDF (Climate change & Business)

Speech Topics

Innovating Towards a Sustainable Future

As the world faces pressing environmental challenges, the need for innovative solutions has never been greater. This session delves into the dynamic relationship between sustainability and innovation, showcasing how creative thinking can drive positive change for our planet. Through real-world examples and inspiring case studies, this presentation explores how groundbreaking innovations in various sectors, from energy and transportation to agriculture and design, are paving the way for a more sustainable future. Attendees will gain insights into the power of collaboration, emerging technologies, and forward-thinking strategies that not only mitigate environmental impacts but also lay the foundation for a resilient and harmonious coexistence with our ecosystem.

Empowering Sustainability through Diversity and Inclusion

This session explores the intersection of sustainability and diversity and inclusion, uncovering the profound impact that diverse perspectives and inclusive practices can have on creating a more sustainable and equitable future. By bringing together two essential pillars of progress, we'll delve into how embracing diversity across cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives can lead to innovative solutions for environmental challenges. Attendees will discover how inclusive leadership, representation, and collaboration can drive sustainable practices across industries, promoting social justice while preserving our planet. Through enlightening case studies and thought-provoking insights, this presentation inspires individuals and organizations to forge a united path towards a world that not only sustains itself but also nurtures the inherent diversity that enriches it.

Cultivating Change: Harnessing Grassroots Innovations for Transformative Sustainability

In a world grappling with complex environmental challenges, grassroots innovations have emerged as a potent force for driving profound sustainability outcomes. This session delves into the remarkable potential of bottom-up initiatives, highlighting how ordinary individuals and local communities are creating extraordinary solutions to global problems. Through inspiring stories and tangible examples, we'll explore how small-scale innovations can yield transformative impacts in areas like renewable energy, waste reduction, conservation, and community resilience. Discover the power of collective action, resourcefulness, and passion as we showcase how individuals from all walks of life are becoming catalysts for change.

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