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Meet Chief Executive Officer Kate Gaertner: #SUSTXGLOBAL 50 2022 Awardee

The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Kate Gaertner, Founder & CEO, TripleWin Advisory, United States

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"Women are holistic thinkers who fundamentally understand the impacts of COVID, Climate and Conflict on our future: the world’s children. Women are the epitome of resilience in a world that continues to serve up inequities both historical and contemporary." - Kate Gaertner, Founder & CEO, TripleWin Advisory

Kate, a leading sustainability and circularity expert, brings 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to her corporate sustainability work. She is the founder and CEO of the corporate sustainability consultancy, TripleWin Advisory LLC. Her firm specializes in the implementation of circularity within industry while offering a specific set of tools to progress organizations’ sustainability journeys including carbon inventories, materiality assessments, sustainability roadmaps and educational asset development.

Kate serves as a technical advisor to the Loopt Foundation, a global-reach non-profit progressing pre- and post-consumer material zero waste goals within manufacturing. She is a sought-after speaker on corporate and personal sustainability topics, a frequent opinion writer who has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Real Leaders, GreenBiz and other top industry and business publications, and is an award-winning author of the book, "Planting A Seed: 3 Simple Steps To Sustainable Living"*.

Kate holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Kate is married with two great kids and calls Portland, Oregon her home.

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Q: What is the importance of women's leadership in today's society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, Climate, and Conflict, and their deadly consequences?

Women are holistic thinkers who fundamentally understand the impacts of COVID, Climate and Conflict on our future: the world’s children. Women are the epitome of resilience in a world that continues to serve up inequities both historical and contemporary.

Q: What role do you believe women in leadership positions have to play in helping companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity, and why is this important?

Women - and I know this will be controversial - fundamentally, innately and deeply care about the future: their children’s and grandchildren. They see first-hand how excessive heat, air and water pollution, noxious waste and extreme weather events negatively impact their families, communities and humanity, more broadly. They are not seeking to escape calamity but to fix the ailments in our society and environment using their force of conviction, action, and through collective enterprise. Women are the visionaries and roll-up-the-sleeves doers of the world. As Donella Meadows said so eloquently, vision and action must marry to effect systemic change within all types of entities and at all levels of society. This is the realm of women.

Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?

Women make-up 50% of the global population. We must recognize their stake in creating a sustainable future. We allow their voices to be heard; we assign value to their perspective; we give them a stake in the game or assign them a seat at the table without caveats or conditions placed upon them. Diversity of thought, point-of-view, and lived experience breeds robustness in executed strategies. Women making decisions in corporate leadership lead to more successful outcomes; a sustainable future; and a resilient world.

Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?

I am deeply humbled to have been selected. The award does not propel me to commit myself in greater increments to the work of transforming industry to a sustainable enterprise but it feels satisfying to have my efforts be noticed.

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The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022

The SustainabilityX® Magazine proudly announced the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022 on Oct 4th, 2022, an inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world.

The non-profit digital magazine’s Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ high-level, invite-only program graciously sponsored by the award-winning Canadian construction and engineering firm Belnor Engineering Inc., recognizes achievements of the world’s powerful, groundbreaking female sustainability leaders who’re bridging the gender gap by breaking barriers, shattering traditional stereotypes, and taking the world of sustainability by storm. This campaign is in line with the magazine’s third pillar of sustainability upon which SustainabilityX® is based: social inclusion, which involves marginalized populations and vulnerable communities such as women, persons with disabilities, unemployed youth, LGBTQ+, the elderly, and BIPOC minorities.

“As both a female and one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership myself, I know how important this is,” says Supriya Verma, founder of The SustainabilityX® Magazine. “The number of women in positions of leadership – from business to politics – are relatively few. With society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, climate, conflict, and their deadly consequences, how can the world advance and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations, political parties, and academic institutions?”

In The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s quest to ‘redefine power’, this is the first international power-list bringing together women around the world involved in sustainability celebrating the power of their work – not their position. This list brings together a diverse group of accomplished women across business, entertainment, academia, law, politics, and beyond ranging from some of the world's leading companies, to independent unsung heroes with one thing in common: using their power with purpose –the power to create change and influence lives to make the world a better place. After all, that's what sustainability is all about. The meaning, or ‘the power’ of one’s work matters, not one’s position in a corporate hierarchy, particularly during this crucial era.


About The SustainabilityX® Magazine

The SustainabilityX® Magazine is an award-winning, digital, female-founded, and female-led non-profit initiative bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue. Founded on May 8, 2016 and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability Leadership awardee, Supriya Verma, the digital media initiative focuses on approaching the world’s most pressing challenges with a holistic, integrated, systems-based perspective as opposed to the traditional and ineffective siloed approach with a single lens on interdisciplinary topics like climate and energy. This initiative ultimately seeks to explore how to effectively bring the environment and economy together through intellectual, insightful dialogue and thought-provoking discussion amongst individuals across sectors taking an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to untangling the intricate web of sustainability.

The SustainabilityX® Magazine is based upon the four pillars of sustainability: Environmental Stewardship which emphasizes improved environmental health, Economic Prosperity which emphasizes economic growth without the element of capitalism, Social Inclusion which emphasizes EDI for BIPOC and LGBTQ communities and marginalized, vulnerable populations, and Just Governance which emphasizes the equal rule of law via responsible political leadership to create fair systems for all. Identifying the diverse factors involved in sustainability, how they interact and how the disciplines are interconnected will help accelerate local, national, and international sustainability goals – in simpler words, aligning with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s mission of bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue for a sustainable future. Whether you have a background in science, engineering, business, law, politics, media and entertainment, or beyond, your voice matters.

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The SustainabilityX® Magazine is a proud member of the Sustainable Journalism Partnership, serves as a cause-based media partner for various events such as Circular City Week New York, and officially delivers remarks at international conferences such as UNESCO’s annual World Press Freedom Day Conference. SustainabilityX® is a brand of the non-profit social business SPSX Group.



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