Future of the Sustainable Development Goals

April 29, 2020 | Online Panel
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How are the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shaping the impact of governments, businesses, and nonprofits?

Five years into the ambitious goals and in the midst of a global pandemic, organizations across all sectors are grappling with how to motivate their workers and supporters around the objectives.

In this interactive online panel, learn from experts sharing insights, trends, and best-practices on what SDG initiatives have been the most successful and where the globe stands in meeting this vision for the future.

What are the SDGs?

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

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Sustainable Development Goals

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Claire Kells
Claire Kells

Senior Manager for Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact


Claire Kells is the Senior Manager for Participant Engagement at the UN Global Compact, the United Nations’ corporate sustainability initiative. Claire is responsible for helping companies achieve their sustainability objectives by guiding them in their engagement with the Global Compact, with a particular focus on North America. Throughout her years at the UN Global Compact, Claire has led elements of business operations and worked to bring the voice of responsible business to major international conferences including the Paris Climate Agreement and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Throughout her career, Claire has worked with mission-driven organizations to fund and deliver impact.

She holds a Masters of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA from UC Berkeley.

Christopher Alan Nickelson
Christopher Alan Nickelson

NYC-based Social Impact Strategist, B Lab


Originally from Houston, Christopher began his career in 2014 as a grassroots organizer, carrying out expansive voter registration outreach initiatives across central Texas. In 2015, he had the honor of working on First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications team.

In a continued blend of private, nonprofit, and public sectors, Christopher has collaborated with organizations such as Lambda Legal, Natural Resources Defense Council, YouTube, Twitter, Cisco, Procter & Gamble, and many others through partnership & consulting roles at BerlinRosen Public Affairs and Global Citizen. And in 2018, Christopher was invited to join a delegation with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization.

Currently, Christopher is harnessing the power of the private sector to use business as a force for good with the global nonprofit B Lab. He supports companies like Seventh Generation, Laureate Education, and others.

Lilian Liu
Lilian Liu

Sustainability Strategist, Futerra


Lilian is a Sustainability Strategist at Futerra, a change agency with a mission to make sustainability so desirable it becomes normal. In this role, she helps companies set bold sustainability visions for the change they want to lead and develop the roadmap to deliver.

Prior to this, Lilian managed Partnerships & UN Relations at the UN Global Compact. At the UN, she worked with companies to advance sustainability and built connections and opportunities between the UN and business to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on the fashion sector.

Lilian co-founded the sustainable fashion e-commerce Fauna, based in Brazil. In China, she helped launch the sustainable fashion movement together with environmental NGO Redress that works to minimize textile waste in the fashion industry.

Marcos Salazar - Moderator
Marcos Salazar - Moderator

CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.

Nancy De Vore
Nancy De Vore

Senior Director of Strategic Relations, Salesforce.org


Nancy De Vore engages with impact organizations to amplify their work with the support of the Salesforce platform and ecosystem. She’s responsible for a portfolio of high-profile projects, including supporting and expanding Salesforce.org’s relationship with the United Nations.

In previous roles with Salesforce, Nancy has supported enterprise nonprofits in the selection, implementation, and adoption of the Salesforce platform while expanding their partnership with Salesforce in support of the 1/1/1 model of philanthropy.

She’s managed large nonprofit accounts like the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, JDRF, and the ASPCA and has helped them to streamline operations while engaging the Salesforce ecosystem to highlight them in Salesforce events, fundraising activities, and thought leadership collaborations.

These experiences continue to feed a passion for education, nonprofit work, music, and her adopted hometown of NYC.

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