Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Speaker Series
September 12, 2011
Diana Rivenburgh Leads Off Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Speaker Series
(Atlanta, GA) – Begun in 2002, the Georgia Tech IMPACT Speaker Series brings highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and offer cutting-edge insights to students and business leaders. The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The Georgia Tech College of Management’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship hosts the series. Previous speakers have included Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Coca Cola Enterprise CEO John Brock, Author Steven Hill and Admiral James Ellis, Jr.
The lead-off speaker for the 2011-2012 Series was Strategic Imperatives' CEO, Diana Rivenburgh. Ms. Rivenburgh spoke on the topic Creating a Culture of Sustainable Success. The audience of over 300 learned the three principles that successful organizations use to create a culture that both celebrates and benefits from sustainability. She illustrated her three key points of leadership, engagement and alignment with examples and stories from her work with clients such as Novo Nordisk, the Danish pharmaceutical company and mentioned the role of several prominent Georgia Tech graduates in sustainability such as Ray Anderson (Interface), John Brock (Coca-Cola Enterprises) and Mike Duke (Wal-Mart). Following her remarks was a lively question and answer period where students and business leaders discussed issues ranging from compensation in sustainable organizations to Atlanta's goal of being one of America's leading sustainable cities.