5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Networking Reception
and Clean Technology Showcase
Don’t miss the solar panels near the entrance, wind turbines throughout the ballroom, and electric cars and bikes in the reception area. We hope you enjoy the Lake Michigan views as you rub elbows with business, environmental, political and civic leaders from Chicago and the Midwest.
6:30 – 8:15 p.m. — Dinner and Program
Bruce W. Boyd & Harry W. Drucker, Emcees
Nancy C. Loeb, ELPC Board Chair
ELPC — From Vision to Reality, and What Comes Next
Howard A. Learner, ELPC Executive Director
Expert Panel — Achieving A Sustainable Future Through Business, Innovation & Policy:
Moderator: Eddie Arruza, Correspondent & Segment Host, Chicago Tonight
Julie Blunden, Solar Business Executive
Art Gibson, VP of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Baxter
David Wilhelm, Founder and President, Woodland Venture Management
Honoring ELPC’s Founding Board Leaders:
Ellen C. Craig served as ELPC’s Board Chair. She was Chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission, Deputy Chief of Staff to Illinois Governor James Thompson, and Vice Chair of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission.
Robert L. Graham served as ELPC’s Board Chair. He is the founder of Jenner & Block’s Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law Practice Group and served as Managing Partner of the law firm. He is a past President of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.
8:15 – 9:00 p.m. — Dessert Reception
Speakers & Event Co-Chairs
Eddie Arruza is a Correspondent and Segment Host for Chicago Tonight on WTTW. Eddie previously worked as a general assignment reporter for Chicago’s Univision affiliate WCUI-TV before making the jump to the English-language market, working at WABC-TV in New York City and WGN-TV in Chicago. In addition to reporting for the WGN News at Nine, he was also a substitute anchor and host of a Latino-oriented public affairs program for which he won an Emmy Award.
Julie Blunden is a clean energy business executive and solar energy expert who served as CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation and as Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Communications at SunPower Corporation. Julie previously led KEMA-XENERGY’s consulting practice on renewable energy and energy markets and policy, and she was a co-founder of Green Mountain Energy Company.
Bruce W. Boyd is a Principal and Managing Director of Arabella Advisors in Chicago, working with the firm’s foundation, individual and corporate clients. Bruce served as the Illinois State Director of The Nature Conservancy following his private law firm and business experience. He serves on the Boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Morrison Family Foundation and Donors Forum.
Ronald E. Daly is a former Vice Chair of ELPC’s Board and Co-Chair of this dinner event with his wife Dolores. Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Cellular. He previously served as President and CEO of Océ-USA and as President of RR Donnelley Print Solutions, the company’s largest business unit. He serves on the Boards of AARP, Loyola University of Chicago and Metropolis Strategies.
Richard Day is a former Chair of ELPC’s Board and Co-Chair of this dinner event with his wife Henrietta Saunders. Richard is Executive Vice President of Market Probe and President of Richard Day Research, a full-service opinion, market and public policy research firm. He provides voting research and election night commentary for Channel 7 ABC-TV. He is the past Chair of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations and now Co-Chair of its Government and Public Affairs Committee.
Harry Drucker is the Chair of the ELPC Action Fund and Co-Chair of this dinner event with his wife Beth. Harry is President of Revere Corp., a real estate advisory, investment and property management firm. He serves on the Illinois Board of The Nature Conservancy, is past Chair of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, and founded Friends of the Depot, dedicated to environmental preservation and economic redevelopment of the Savanna Army Depot site.
Art Gibson is Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Baxter. Art leads the strategy, planning processes and day-to-day functional operations of the EHS organization globally. He also leads deployment of Baxter’s Global Sustainability programs and its Threat Management process. He previously worked in senior EHS roles with The Home Depot, RR Donnelley and Northrop Grumman.
Howard A. Learner is founder and the Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Howard is responsible for ELPC’s overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial well-being. He served as General Counsel for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, specializing in environmental/energy, economic development and civil rights litigation and policy advocacy. He teaches energy and sustainable development law courses at Northwestern University Law School and University of Michigan Law School.
Daniel Levin is the Vice Chair of ELPC’s Board and Co-Chair of this dinner event with his wife Fay Hartog Levin. Dan is the founder and Chairman of the Habitat Company, a real estate development and management firm based in Chicago, and he is Managing General Partner of the East Bank Club, the finest physical fitness and social facility of its kind in the country. He serves on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and on the Boards of WWCI and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Nancy C. Loeb is the Chair of ELPC’s Board and Co-Chair of this dinner event with her husband Jeff Colman. Nancy directs the Northwestern University Law School’s Environmental Advocacy Center. She previously served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Takeda Pharmaceuticals N.A. and as Vice President and General Counsel for Honeywell International’s Automation and Control Solutions division. She serves on the Boards of the Chicago Bar Association and National Women’s Law Center.
David Wilhelm is an ELPC Board member and the founder and President of Woodland Venture Management, which raises and invests private equity in areas that are underserved by large financial institutions. David is well recognized for his political campaign strategy and management work, including managing campaigns for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 1993, he became the youngest ever Chair of the Democratic National Committee.