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Joel Makower

Joel Makower

Keynote Speaker: Expert in Sustainable Business, Clean Technology, and the Green Marketplace; Founder of GreenBiz.com

Joel Makower Biography

Joel Makower is co-founder, chairman, and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., a media and events company that created GreenBiz[.]com along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. Makower is known for his work on how companies integrate environmental thinking into their operations and communicate their environmental efforts to consumers. He hosts GreenBiz’s annual GreenBiz forums, as well as the VERGE and Circularity conferences produced by his company, and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.

For 30 years, Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, sustainability and clean technology. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy. He also writes a blog called "Two Steps Forward.

Prior to founding GreenBiz, Makower co-founded Clean Edge Inc., a research firm devoted to clean energy technology acting as a senior consultant to GreenOrder, a sustainability strategy firm. In addition, he has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies such as Gap, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Procter and Gamble. In recognition of his influential work, Makower was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality for 'his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action', and he was formally admitted into the Hall of Fame of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Makower is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including "The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century," about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative. His other books cover topics such as the green economy, the green consumer, and environmentally responsible business.

Makower frequently keynotes corporate events, business associations, and regional business and economic development events, is a sought-after moderator and host of sustainability events, and is frequently quoted in major news media, including Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Time, and public radio’s "Marketplace". He advises several startups and chairs the board of the nonprofit youth entrepreneurship organization United Roots.

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Joel Makower Speaking Topics

When Technology Meets Sustainability

A convergence is taking place among energy, information, building and vehicle technologies, representing one of the next great waves of business innovation — and a boon to solving the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. This mash-up of clean technology, sustainable business and smart everything is creating vast opportunities for companies to develop ultra-efficient and innovative products, services and business models for companies, cities and customers. What You’ll Learn: • How technology is enabling radical efficiencies in nearly every sector • The new business opportunities for both technology and non-technology companies • How the convergence of technologies will affect business strategy and career paths • The new value chains and transparency that will increasingly transform markets • The role of blockchain, AI and other next-gen technologies will accelerate sustainability solutions

Prosperity, Security, Sustainability: America’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can business help build resilience and well-being while addressing social, environmental and economic challenges? It’s a trillion-dollar business opportunity that affects every sector, and the inspiring subject of Joel’s latest book, about a new economic opportunity for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative — an unprecedented opportunity for business. What You’ll Learn: • How a new “grand strategy” can align America’s economy, foreign policy, and environmental goals • The three huge pools of demand waiting to be tapped by the private sector for profit • Why Washington, D.C. isn’t the key ingredient in our recovery (but local government and CEOs are) • How this revolution is already taking shape across America • What this transition means for key sectors

Joel Makower Videos

Joel Makower, Sustainability in Business Expert, the Closing ...
Joel Makower: The State of Green Business - YouTube
Joel Makower on sustainability developments in 2010 - YouTube

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What topics does Joel Makower speak about?

Joel Makower is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Energy, Environment, Sustainability, Business Leadership, Technology, Business, Finance, Business Growth, Conservation, Science and Climate Change.

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Joel Makower generally travels from Oakland, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Joel Makower is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Energy, Environment and Sustainability. The estimated speaking fee range to book Joel Makower for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Joel Makower generally travels from Oakland, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tensie Whelan, Chris Turner and Bill Nussey. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joel Makower for an upcoming event.

Joel Makower Speaking Topics

  • When Technology Meets Sustainability

    A convergence is taking place among energy, information, building and vehicle technologies, representing one of the next great waves of business innovation — and a boon to solving the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. This mash-up of clean technology, sustainable business and smart everything is creating vast opportunities for companies to develop ultra-efficient and innovative products, services and business models for companies, cities and customers. What You’ll Learn: • How technology is enabling radical efficiencies in nearly every sector • The new business opportunities for both technology and non-technology companies • How the convergence of technologies will affect business strategy and career paths • The new value chains and transparency that will increasingly transform markets • The role of blockchain, AI and other next-gen technologies will accelerate sustainability solutions

  • Prosperity, Security, Sustainability: America’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

    In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can business help build resilience and well-being while addressing social, environmental and economic challenges? It’s a trillion-dollar business opportunity that affects every sector, and the inspiring subject of Joel’s latest book, about a new economic opportunity for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative — an unprecedented opportunity for business. What You’ll Learn: • How a new “grand strategy” can align America’s economy, foreign policy, and environmental goals • The three huge pools of demand waiting to be tapped by the private sector for profit • Why Washington, D.C. isn’t the key ingredient in our recovery (but local government and CEOs are) • How this revolution is already taking shape across America • What this transition means for key sectors

Joel Makower Videos

Joel Makower, Sustainability in Business Expert, the Closing ...
Joel Makower: The State of Green Business - YouTube
Joel Makower on sustainability developments in 2010 - YouTube

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