The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, University Of Texas Arlington, United States
"Female leadership matters in today’s world plagued by challenges of climate change, equity, and health, because they lead with Empathy! They see the world through a lens of possibilities, are inclusive, and lead with compassion." - Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Texas Arlington
As UT Arlington’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Meghna works collaboratively to promote sustainability among academic, research, and operational departments in areas of energy efficiency, waste management, transportation, education, outreach, community engagement, and interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused curriculum.
She has expertise in UN SDGs, public policy, CSR, climate change, equitable food systems, transportation, conservation, and social impact. Meghna is the Founder and Director of Regional Center of Expertise for Education in Sustainable Development ( RCE North Texas), a program of the United Nations University, and the North Texas Food Policy Alliance.
Her biggest strength is establishing complex multi-stakeholder engagements and relationships. She is a big idea person, and an excellent storyteller and public speaker. She graduated with an MBA in Sustainable Management, MS in Environmental Science, and MS in Chemistry.
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?
Female leadership matters in today’s world plagued by challenges of climate change, equity, and health, because they lead with empathy! They see the world through a lens of possibilities, are inclusive, and lead with compassion.
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?
Facing the challenges of climate change, business and corporations are evolving and transitioning from a linear to circular economy. Customers and investors are demanding that they play a more active role in social change. Women leaders have emerged as the accelerators of this movement. They have an inherent ability to multitask and are compassionate and empathetic towards their communities which have helped them manage the challenges.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
The pandemic has shown us that change is inevitable. Adapting and being resilient to that change was noticeable in organization where women were leaders or managers. One way to increase women’s participation in corporate and leadership position is to create opportunities for women to champion and lead an organization cause. This allows them to use their voice and natural skills to advance the cause that matters to them and helps foster team building and collaboration which is an essential quality to lead.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
Being recognized as an influential leader in sustainability grounds and humbles me. It gives me the confidence in my ability to bring about change and to be a leader. While I believe that adopting a limitless mindset is fundamental to achieving your goals, pausing to celebrate the accomplishments, and be humbled by it makes you human! Institutions of higher education like UT Arlington play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of individuals and enhancing their communities through collective action, and this award celebrates UT Arlington’s commitment to positive change in the community, and leadership by action.
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.
View the full list: The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
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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