Morris County Economic Development Corporation and Morris County Chamber of Commerce Present the Inaugural Innovation and Sustainability Forum November 15th in Whippany
Forum Includes Expert Panel on Corporate Sustainability across the Health & Wellness, Community Engagement & Philanthropy and Environmental Spectra; Keynote Speech from Becton, Dickinson EVP of Global Health Gary Cohen; Sponsors Include Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation, Rutgers Business School, and Church & Dwight; Exhibitors Include Autmow, Bohler Engineering, Caring Capital, Dancker, Dewberry, Edward Jones, First Environment, Greener by Design, Joyce Honda, New Verdant, Nomad Oil, Pfister Energy, Schumacher Chevrolet, Thomas Edison State University, Thrive Manager Academy and Verizon
Florham Park, N.J. November 5, 2018 — In a first-of-its-kind event, Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce will present an Innovation & Sustainability Forum on November 15th at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, New Jersey. This inaugural event will focus on the ways companies are transforming through corporate social innovation. Discussions explore how leading edge companies are integrating their full range of capabilities and assets within innovative business models to achieve positive societal impact — all while advancing the success and sustainability of the enterprise.
Highlights of the day include a panel discussion moderated by Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Management & Global Business Department at Rutgers Business School and co-director of the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation (RICSI), the platinum sponsor of the event. RICSI was founded by Rutgers alumnus Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Global Health at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global leader in medical technology, who will deliver the day’s keynote speech. Cohen is deeply experienced in collaborating across the public and private sectors and in developing innovative business models for positive societal impact on a global scale. Among the areas where BD is engaged in corporate social innovation are a public private partnership with the United States government to strengthen health systems by improving diagnostic testing capabilities in sub-Sahara Africa and India; engagement with health leaders globally to combat resistance to antibiotics and other drugs, and development of a new product to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.
“We created the Innovation & Sustainability Forum to reflect the robust pace of transformative change Morris County and New Jersey companies are leading across a broad range of industries,” said Meghan Hunscher, Executive Director of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation. “We serve a highly diverse membership of corporate, health/wellness, not-for-profit and environmental enterprises. Morris County is also a preferred location for the corporate headquarters of the Fortune 500 and a global capital of research and development. A program of this kind benefits our own members as well as business leaders around the state and throughout the region.”
“As a professor and author focused on how innovation and sustainability are coming together to address our most intractable problems, I am delighted to have both the support of RICSI and the MCEDC in assembling a dynamic panel that includes senior leaders from BASF, PSE&G and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, as well as entrepreneurs who founded organizations such as Caring Capital, Legacy Philanthropy Group and Fitness Coaching,” said Jeana Wirtenberg. “Sustainability is a vital business mandate that requires large and small companies to work together to resolve challenges that affect the human condition and environmental welfare. When enterprises utilize their core competencies to effect positive change, humanity at large benefits while corporate profitability is sustained, and often, augmented.”
“Companies that focus on fulfilling a greater social purpose are better aligned with their customers, have more engaged workforces and tend to outperform other companies” said Cohen. “Corporate social innovation is not only right for society, it also supports the long-term viability of a business enterprise.”
“Our Chamber has a membership comprised of the most revered companies in the nation, and a County with the infrastructure and intellectual capital to support them. Morris County is also one of the leading regions in the country for entrepreneurial endeavor. It is imperative that we provide future-directed programming that empowers our membership to collaborate and educate on next generation practices in business sustainability,” said Paul Boudreau, president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. “For this reason, we believe interest in, and the programming of our Annual Corporate Innovation & Sustainability Forum will grow year over year, with an ever-broadening audience.”
The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with lunch included, on November 15th at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, New Jersey. Tickets are $65 for members of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce or Morris County Economic Development Corporation; non-member tickets cost $85. Exhibit tables and sponsorships, including tables of ten, are available. In addition to sponsors RICSI and Church & Dwight, exhibitors include Autmow, Bohler Engineering, Caring Capital, Dancker, Dewberry, Edward Jones, First Environment, Greener by Design, Joyce Honda, New Verdant, Nomad Oil, Pfister Energy, Schumacher Chevrolet, Thomas Edison State University, Thrive Manager Academy and Verizon. Registration is available through events.morrischamber.org. or by telephone at (973) 539-3882.
About Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) and
Morris County Economic Development Alliance (MCEDA)
The Morris County Economic Development Corporation, a division of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, is a partnership of business and government dedicated to growing the economy of Morris County, New Jersey through programs and services that result in business attraction, creation, retention and expansion.
About Morris County Chamber of Commerce
The Morris County Chamber of Commerce serves its members and the people of Morris County as a dynamic business organization that provides opportunities for personal growth, business success and community leadership. Our Chamber has nearly 900 members that employ 74,000 people in Morris and the surrounding counties. The Chamber seeks to help each member realize business and community involvement goals. Regardless of the size of our member organizations, we work with key leaders at all levels to develop a strategy that supports the culture and specific objectives of each enterprise. Our robust committee structure allows members to participate in delivering cutting edge events and programs that add real value for all participants. Our staff has a strong focus on meeting the needs of our members and partnering with other business and community organizations to “move the needle” on key issues in the community that inform public policy, employment, investment, education, business growth and the nonprofit community.