Executive Education
Supporting ESG Across the Supply Network

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Today's organizations must make ESG (environmental, social, governance) considerations a part of their core operations in order to stay viable in today's ever-evolving landscape.

With increased attention from regulators, investors and the public alike, organizations are not just needing to look at ESG issues as checkbox items, but really focus on fostering a change in thinking.

Supporting ESG Across the Supply Network focuses on one area of sustainability, the environment. In this program, participants build an understanding – a common language – and a commitment to ESG by examining ways organizations can financially benefit by transforming their supply network in line with their ESG goals.

Through case studies, small group discussions, examination of new ways of thinking, and insight from community of practice members, participants will begin to build “sustainability competencies” including knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that inspire real-world action.

At the conclusion of the program you will be able to:

  • Communicate and collaborate with ESG professionals across the supply network.
  • Build and examine a profitable business case for ESG within their organizations.
  • Develop a network for sharing ideas, plans and methods.
  • Value for Individual
    • Gain confidence speaking with stakeholders about what sustainability is and how your organization is exploring ways to meet their ESG goals.
    • Become an influencer by provoking people to stretch their ways of thinking about ESG.
    • Learn ways you can influence your corporate culture and align your values to your work.
    • Develop accounting skills that can be used for environmental/financial benefits.
  • Value for Company
    • Infuse environmental sustainability knowledge and skills into your leadership culture to inspire behavior change.
    • Develop a vocabulary and framework that builds on recent sustainability work by international organizations, national governments, and private companies.
    • Reach beyond regulatory requirements and addressing shareholder demands, by creating a transformative culture with skills to actually foster change within the organization.
    • Familiarize your leaders with the specialized skills in analytics and reporting, manufacturing and material decarbonization.
    • Build a broader sustainability mindset so that workers will rethink not only how particular tasks are accomplished but also new ways to approach and solve problems from the start.
    • Develop a community of practice network to offer support for implementation, monitoring and reporting of sustainability efforts.
    • Build company brand and reputational equity.
    • Stay ahead of regulatory pressure.

Program Details

Delivery Method Two full days, on campus
Program dates

Summer 2023: July 20 - 21, 2023

Program Schedule

Information Sessions TBD

$2,350 per participant 

Promotions and Available Discounts

  • Register by June 20, use promo code EARLYBIRD23ESG for $100 off.
  • Discounts are available for Ohio State University employees, OSUWMC employees, Veterans, employees from non-profit organizations and organizations who send 3 or more employees.  For more information about discounts please contact Meredith Conder at conder.11@osu.edu.
Prospective Participant Profile

This program is valuable for professionals transitioning to specialized sustainability positions as well as those in jobs expanding to encompass sustainability subject matter.

Registration Deadline July 6, 2023


Our Faculty

  • Open/Close Ken Boyer, Professor of Operations Management

    ken boyer headshotDr. Ken Boyer is a professor of operations management. He came to Fisher in 2008 from Michigan State University, where he was a professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. From 2006-11, he was the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the five highest-ranking management journals in the field and the premiere scholarly journal for operations and supply chain management. He has memberships in the Academy of Management, Production and Operations Management Society and the Decision Sciences Institute. 

    Dr. Boyer’s professional activities include serving in several leadership positions within DSI and the Academy of Management. He has published more than 50 journal articles on health-care operations, e-commerce and technology management. 

    Dr. Boyer has given invited presentations in nine different countries and been quoted in several prominent periodicals, including the New York Times, Business 2.0 , the Chicago Tribune and USA Today

    At the Fisher College of Business, he teaches “Projects in Sustainable Supply Chain Management.”  He also coordinates funding for sustainability research provided by Coca Cola and DHL Supply Chain. He is currently doing research on sustainability in the tire industry, and will have a book published on the subject in 2024.

    He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and returned to The Ohio State University to earn an MBA from the Fisher College of Business and a PhD in Operations Management.

  • Open/Close Vince Castillo, Assistant Professor of Logistics

    vince castillo headshotVince Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University. His research interests include last mile delivery, sustainable supply chains, and hybrid simulation modeling. Dr. Castillo’s work has been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, and Journal of Business Ethics and presented at numerous conferences including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) annual conferences. He has also appeared in the media on podcasts such as NPR's MarketplaceThe Indicator from Planet Money, and The World from PRX.

    Dr. Castillo teaches “Building a Sustainable Supply Chain” at OSU’s Fisher College of Business. This program focuses on understanding how to measure and impact the long-term sustainability of a company's supply chain operations; learn practices for reducing carbon footprints and creating a more resilient supply chain, while meeting financial goals.

    Professor Castillo holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee (2018), an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Finance (2014, University of San Diego), and a BS in Civil Engineering (2006, Colorado School of Mines). Dr. Castillo is also a GWOT veteran, having served as an Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard from 2006-2014.

  • Open/Close Josh Knights, Associate Director

    josh knights headshotAs part of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme and the Office of Energy and Environment at The Ohio State University, Josh forges new partnerships that result in mutual benefit to the university and organizations that support its mission. He works with colleagues from across the colleges to identify and leverage opportunities to advance Ohio State’s contributions to the field of sustainability and resilience, especially sustainable energy, healthy land and water, and smart and resilient communities. Prior to joining Ohio State in 2018, Josh held leadership positions at The Nature Conservancy, including Executive Director of its Ohio program and Director of its Corporate Partnerships team at headquarters. In the first act of his career, Josh worked on international trade policy in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the law firm of White & Case.

  • Open/Close David Thompson, Senior Lecturer

    david thompson headshotDavid Thompson is a Senior Lecturer for The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, teaching classes for the undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education programs.  Additionally, he coaches and consults business leaders on change management, leadership, and team effectiveness.

    Over the last 25 plus years, David Thompson has served in talent development roles in corporations such as Microsoft, NetJets and Resource Interactive. Leading change initiatives such as flexible work arrangements at Microsoft, enhanced performance management programs at NetJets and creating a learning university for Resource Interactive.

    David was actively involved in contributing to his profession by serving as the chair of the WorldatWork Work Life board, creating, and delivering certification programs throughout the US and globally, including Hong Kong, South Africa, and the Sultanate of Oman.

    Early in his career, David created and led employee wellness programs which were directly tied to reducing health risks with organizations health care plans.

    David earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Purdue University – with a research emphasis on organizational culture and change, and an MS in Wellness management from Ball State University. His publications include Organizational Culture Change, Introduction to Worklife Effectiveness, The Flexible Workplace (WorldatWork, 2002, 2003), and Seven Levers of Change Effectiveness for Work-Life Effectiveness (WorldatWork Journal. 16(1), 54-61.

    On the personal front, David is an avid fly fisher, fishing water across the US, catching and releasing bass, trout (brook, rainbow, brown, steelhead) salmon, snook and tarpon (no bone fish.... yet). 

  • Open/Close Amy Vernon, Director of Sustainability, ESG & Global Product Compliance

    amy vernon headshotAmy has over 24 years of experience in the furniture industry related to product safety, compliance and stewardship and has recently added sustainability to her primary role. Her background includes a variety of areas including test lab management, continuous improvement, chemical regulation, product safety and sustainability. Amy’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Technical Education and certifications in Strategy and Sustainability and Corporate Sustainability. In 2022, she led the first effort of Scope 3 emissions reporting for La-Z-Boy, Inc., and is very involved in the renewable energy road-mapping process, and net zero commitment by La-Z-Boy, Inc.

    Amy is also an active member of Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), ASTM F15 Subcommittee, Home Furnishings Association (HFA) and American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA). She has served as a presenter at the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Regulatory Summit, and as a member of a SFC panel discussion on wood sustainability along with Breegan Jane (HGTV) at High Point Market in 2021.

  • Open/Close Alissa Yakali, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager

    Alissa Yakali HeadshotAlissa Yakali is the Sustainability Manager Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC (HDMA).  She has been with Honda for 19years.  The last 12 years with the Sustainability and previously as a Senior Buyer.  Alissa’s Honda experience, commodity and supplier knowledge is a strong asset while working with the 700+ suppliers in the areas of ESG.  Alissa holds a BA from Western Michigan University in Supply Chain Management and started her Masters in Supply Chain Management at The Ohio State University. 

  • Open/Close Cancellation/ Transfer Policy

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to Jennie McAndrew at mcandrew.28@osu.edu with the name of the program, followed by “cancellation” or “transfer” in the subject line.

    • Cancellations must be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a full refund.
    • Cancellations must be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a 50% refund.
    • Any cancellations made less than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program will forfeit the registration fee.
    • If you for any reason are unable to attend the program, please consider sending someone in your place. Participants can transfer their registration to someone else within their organization at no charge up to 24 hours before the first day of the program.
Contact Us

Jennie McAndrew
Education Program Senior Specialist, Executive Education