Karen Weigert is the First Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago. She was appointed to her role in 2011 and focuses on making Chicago a more livable, competitive and sustainable city.
Karen will share more on the City's work, its accomplishments and its near term goals, as well as the multifaceted career she has enjoyed and that a multi-disciplinary approach to the environment and sustainability is actually a requirement for success.
Recent highlights include: the renovation/rebuilding of 225 playgrounds; new outdoor spaces including Maggie Daley Park and the 606, a park and trail system connecting four city neighborhoods; and the removal of all coal fromthe City's electricity, reducing emissions.
Prior to her appointment, Karen served as Senior Vice President of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods. Before her work in community banking Karen was a strategy consultant at McKinsey where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy and land use. Karen began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture.
Karen was a producer and writer for the documentary film Carbon Nation which is focused on solutions to climate change. She is also a former board member of CNT, Foresight Design Initiative and Earth School Educational Foundation.
Karen graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School.
Please join us to learn more about how Chicago aims to become a more sustainable city for generations to come.
Tickets are $55 for non-members and registration is required.