Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Jim Hartzfeld and Bill Strickland
December 12 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Power of People
Uncovering the Human Potential in Achieving True Sustainability
“Some people are so wrapped up in the what, that they forget about the why.” At December’s Inspire Speakers Series lecture, Jim Hartzfeld will help audience members identify their big WHY. Why do we care about sustainability? Why do green spaces matter? Why are human equity, environment, and economy connected?
A pioneer in developing cultures of sustainability, Jim spent nearly 20 years working at Interface with the legendary Ray Anderson. During his time with Interface and since then, he has developed proactive strategies for companies, schools, and communities to integrate cultures of sustainability into their practices. Finding his place at the intersection of head and heart, technology and purpose, Jim has championed sustainable enterprise as the right and smart thing to do.
Taking a humanistic approach to sustainability, Jim has come to learn that no matter how green a building or company is, it’s the people who truly sustain its sustainability.
How does this topic relate to Western Pennsylvania? December’s Inspire Speakers Series will feature the following local speaker who will share details about how the topic is being addressed here.
Local Speaker: Bill Strickland
In a very special edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, our main speaker will be joined by a local speaker who is a national icon in his own right: Pittsburgh native Bill Strickland. Bill is president & CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). The corporation, which is being replicated throughout the country, has become a national example of culture, education, and hope.
While Bill is a sought-after speaker across the nation, he rarely makes local appearances - so this is a special and much-anticipated chance for community members to hear him speak about how they can make their community – and his – healthier and more equitable.
Come grab dinner and enjoy an opportunity for networking in Phipps Cafe starting at 5:00 p.m. Inspire Speakers presentations will follow at 6:00 p.m. Register here to join the speakers for dinner after their talks.
Check out the rest of this year’s Inspire Speakers presenters here! GBA Members save $51 by purchasing the entire series!
Partner organizations for this event are Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Tri-State Area School Study Council, Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, CSI Pittsburgh, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and GTECH Strategies.