​​Keynote Sessions

Opening Keynote Speaker: Sandra E. Taylor

​Sunday, August 14th •​ 3:00 p.m. 


Sandra E. Taylor is CEO of SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL, a consulting business she launched in 2008 that assists organizations at various stages of environmental sustainability and social responsibility practice. Taylor’s expertise provides innovative approaches to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk analysis and strategy, including supply chain sustainability, strategic philanthropy, stakeholder engagement, and Diversity, Equity and inclusion (DEI).​ ​

Previously Taylor was senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington, where she led the strategic development and day-to-day direction of all global corporate responsibility programs, including development of responsible, ethical and sustainable standards for coffee, tea, cocoa supply chains, reduction of the environmental impact of business operations and the Starbucks Foundation. Taylor led the creation of C.A.F.E. Practices, a code of conduct for coffee farmers worldwide; and also developed cause-marketing programs for Ethos Water sales in Starbucks stores, to fund clean drinking water programs in Africa, Central America and India.

Earlier Taylor served as vice president of global public affairs for Eastman Kodak Company and held senior leadership positions at top-tier organizations including CI Americas Inc. (U.S. subsidiary of London-based Imperial Chemical Industries Plc.); the United States Senate, focusing on international trade policy, and the US Department of State.

Ms. Taylor volunteers on two nonprofit boards: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation of Annapolis, MD and Island Press of Washington, DC and sits on the corporate board of directors of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (Nasdaq).

Taylor has a BA in French from Colorado Women’s College, a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law and MBA from the Bordeaux School of Management in France.

Her first book, The Business of Sustainable Wine: How to Build Brand Equity in a 21st Century Wine Industry was published in 2017.​​


Closing Panel Discussion: Diverse Perspectives on Sustainability - How Do We Build a Better Future? 

Tuesday, August 16th •​ 4:00 p.m. ​

This panel discussion will feature perspectives from individuals working to improve sustainability in multiple sectors of the brewing industry. Panelists will answer the question of "What are we doing now, and where do we see ourselves in 5-7 years?" Topics to be addressed include:

  • Scalability
  • Carbon Neutral Beverages
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Barley Breeding
  • Climate-Resistant Crops
  • Packaging
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

No matter where you and your brewery or organization are in your sustainability journey, you will walk away from this session with a fresh perspective on next steps to advance your efforts. Don't miss this session that will provide the building blocks for all of us to work together to build a better future.