Joel Makower

Award-Winning Writer, Speaker, and Strategist on Corporate Sustainability Practices and Clean Technology

  • Joel Makower`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Joel Makower`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Joel Makower`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Joel Makower`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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The Climate Change Opportunity

The specter of climate change is already upon us, roiling markets, supply chains and business continuity, and the world’s largest investors are demanding accountability and transparency. All of which represents an opportunity for companies to become more resilient and ...

The specter of climate change is already upon us, roiling markets, supply chains and business continuity, and the world’s largest investors are demanding accountability and transparency. All of which represents an opportunity for companies to become more resilient and adaptive amid an uncertain future. Joel Makower, a veteran of 30 years in the worlds of business, sustainability and clean technology, lays out the strategies and technologies that will help companies navigate this dynamic environment — and how to be ready to survive and thrive in a climate-constrained world.

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Prosperity, Security, Sustainability: America’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can America’s private sector realign its interests in a way that builds resilience and well-being while strengthening its economy and ...

In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can America’s private sector realign its interests in a way that builds resilience and well-being while strengthening its economy and environment? It’s a trillion-dollar business opportunity that affects every sector, and the inspiring subject of my latest book, “The New Grand Strategy” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), about an economic plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative — led by business, for profit, with or without Washington’s leadership.

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The Convergence Opportunity

A convergence is taking place among energy, information, building and vehicle technologies, representing one of the next great waves of business innovation — and a boon to the environment. This mash-up of clean technology, sustainable business, and smart everything is ...

A convergence is taking place among energy, information, building and vehicle technologies, representing one of the next great waves of business innovation — and a boon to the environment. This mash-up of clean technology, sustainable business, and smart everything is creating vast opportunities for companies to develop ultra-efficient and innovative products, services, and business models for companies, cities, and consumers. It’s one of the most significant drivers of business innovation and strategy. What You’ll Learn:

• Why the VERGE economy is happening now, what it means, and who’s involved
• The new business opportunities for both technology and non-technology companies
• How VERGE will increasingly impact business operations and career paths
• The new value chains and knowledge networks that will increasingly shake up markets
• Where the VERGE economy is headed and how to prepare for it

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From Here to Sustainability

Nearly every company is assessing itself through the lens of sustainability. For a handful of leadership companies it involves asking the question: “How do we compete in a world in which energy, water, materials, and toxicity are constraints to growth?” Today, being green ...

Nearly every company is assessing itself through the lens of sustainability. For a handful of leadership companies it involves asking the question: “How do we compete in a world in which energy, water, materials, and toxicity are constraints to growth?” Today, being green is not just about “doing less bad” or “greening the bottom line.” It’s about reducing risk — supply chain, reputation, financial and more. It’s about growing the top line through innovation, new markets, increased productivity, and increased ability to attract and retain talent. I tell how leaders align sustainability with business value. What You’ll Learn:

• What’s driving environmental issues to rise to the top inside the world’s biggest companies
• Strategies leading companies use to harness green thinking to create business value
• “How good is good enough?” when it comes to company environmental performance
• The challenges of communicating for environmental leaders
• How a new breed of green innovators is transforming markets

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The New Grand Strategy: Creating Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century

In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can America’s private sector realign its interests in a way that builds resilience and well-being while strengthening its economy and ...

In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can America’s private sector realign its interests in a way that builds resilience and well-being while strengthening its economy and environment? It’s a trillion-dollar business opportunity that affects every sector, and the inspiring subject of Joel’s latest book (published in 2016), about a new economic opportunity for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative — and represents a massive opportunity for business.

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About Keynote Speaker Joel Makower

Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts GreenBiz.com’s annual GreenBiz forums as well as the VERGE and Circularity conferences produced by his company, and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.

For 30 years, Joel has been a well-respected voice on business, sustainability and clean technology. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.

Previous books include Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), Beyond the Bottom Line (1994) and The E-Factor (1992), two of the earliest framing books on corporate environmental responsibility and corporate social responsibility, respectively.

The Associated Press has called Joel “The guru of green business practices.” In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals.

Joel frequently keynotes corporate events, business associations, and regional business and economic development events, is a sought-after moderator and host of sustainability events, and is frequently quoted in major news media, including Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Time, and public radio’s “Marketplace.”

Joel advises several startups and chairs the board of the nonprofit youth entrepreneurship organization United Roots.

Testimonials

“If you’re looking for an seasoned expert with a solid grasp of the sustainability movement and the ability to tell its compelling story in a way that will truly inspire your audience, you can’t do better than Joel. We’re living in extraordinary times and Joel captures that excitement and identifies the tremendous opportunities which lie ahead.”

John F. Nawn, VP

Professional Convention Management Association

“Our audience left your presentation with a much greater ability to identify and tell their green story. Few people are better able to put sustainable business, green technology, and environmental topics into a context that people can understand.”

David Swain, Clean Technology Group Lead

Text 100 Public Relations

“Joel was rated the top speaker by SRI in the Rockies Conference participants. No one has better, more practical, more useful insights into the state of the state of sustainability in corporate America than Joel Makower. His presentations are spot-on.”

Steven J. Schueth, Host and Producer

SRI in the Rockies Conference

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