Global Forum on Sustainable Innovation

The Sustainable Innovation MBA Program at the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business, in partnership with the International Academy of Management, will host a CEO Forum on 10 October 2018.  The objective of the Forum is to accelerate the rate of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship aimed at solving world problems, consistent with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Regiser for the October 10th Morning Session Here

The Sustainable Innovation MBA Program has reinvented business education and the MBA degree, to develop the next generation of leaders who will transform, disrupt, innovate, and build the environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive businesses and enterprises needed for a sustainable future. The International Academy of Management is an exclusive, invitation-only forum of world class global thought and business leaders committed to co-creating a leadership agenda to address the critical opportunities created by global challenges.

The CEO Forum will consist of brief presentations and facilitated discussion with CEOs of companies at the leading edge of Sustainable Innovation (see the Agenda below for details).  In addition to the students, faculty and Advisory Board of the Sustainable Innovation MBA Program, leaders from the Vermont sustainable business community, along with selected business leaders from around the world are being invited to engage in the session.  We expect approximately 200 people to participate. 


Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent is Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company. From 2009-2017, he served as the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Read More.

Joey Bergstein

Joey Bergstein joined Seventh Generation in 2011 and, together with the Seventh Generation team, has been transforming its business, while pursuing the company’s quest to transform the world into a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable place for all. Read More.

Mary Powell

Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company.  Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont. Read More.


Brian Griffith

Brian is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. He has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith. Read More.

The registration fee includes the following:

Tuesday: Transportation to and from Burlington hotels to Shelburne Farms for dinner
Wednesday: Meetings, lunch and dinner on the Spirit of Ethan Allen
Thursday: Meetings and lunch. Trip to Stowe is optional with a gondola ride, beer tour and dinner. Spectacular trip so do not miss it!
Friday: Meetings, lunch and dinner at Hotel Vermont.

More details:


Dinner at Shelburne Farms – additional cost for guests only




Dinner on the Spirit of Ethan Allen – additional cost for guests only



Dinner at Hotel Vermont – additional cost for guests only

Trip to Stowe: Additional charge for attendee and guests

This will include:
Transportation from your hotel in Burlington, VT to Stowe
Gondola Skyride up Mt. Mansfield – views are magnificent on the top of Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak)
Time to visit Stowe Mountain Lodge and shops

Transportation from Stowe Mountain Lodge to Von Trapp Brewing for a beer tour and dinner
Transportation from von Trapp Brewing to your hotel in Burlington


Hotel Information