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Seattle I The Implications of the Sustainable Development Goals

February 23, 2016
Seattle, WA



The Implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for Companies and their Directors featuring a fireside chat with Connie Collingsworth and Miguel Veiga-Pestana of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation is a thought leader in sustainable development goals for corporations, and is teaming up with partners around the world to take on some tough challenges: extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries and the failures of America's education system.   Corporate directors need to be aware of the evolution of such goals and the impact of the foundation in their formulation.  The foundation limits its focus to only a few issues in order to have great impact.  In this program directors will learn about that focus, which the foundation believes addresses the biggest barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential, and what that focus means to the corporate environment.

The program will also explore some of the foundation's support for innovative ideas that could help remove these large barriers, such as new techniques to help farmers in developing countries grow more food and earn more money, new tools to prevent and treat deadly diseases, and new methods to help students and teachers in the classroom.

All corporate directors in the Northwest will benefit from visiting the foundation's offices and learning more about how it's presence here is impacting business in the region

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Location and Time


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
440 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Registration & Networking

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Program

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Miguel Veiga-Pestana

Miguel Veiga-Pestana, chief communications officer, leads the foundation’s global communications division and is focused on increasing awareness and engagement for priority global poverty, health, and U.S. education issues. Miguel is responsible for overseeing all communications and brand functions, including managing reputation risk and building media partnerships to support independent coverage of priority issues. Prior to joining the foundation, Miguel served as Vice-President, Global Sustainability Strategy and External Advocacy at Unilever, where he was responsible for driving global advocacy on key sustainability and business strategy priorities to affect systemic, transformational change. He led Unilever’s engagement in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development (SDG) goals process and was a member of Unilever’s Steering Committee for the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Connie Collingsworth

Connie Collingsworth, general counsel and secretary, is responsible for managing all of the foundation’s legal needs, providing guidance and developing creative solutions to support the achievement of the foundation’s programmatic objectives. Prior to joining the foundation in 2002, she was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Preston Gates & Ellis, (now known as K&L Gates), where her practice focused on corporate securities law and private equity investments. Connie has nonprofit governance experience including serving on the board of Women’s World Banking, board chair of Social Venture Partners, and board chair of the French American School of Puget Sound. She currently serves on the board of directors of Premera Blue Cross and Banner Corporation.



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