Tom Drucker is President of Consultants in Corporate Innovation and Vice President of Transitioning to Green. His work is unique because he integrated the principles of positive psychology, advances in neuroscience and mindfulness with the methods of process improvement, change management and environmental sustainability. He serves as a trusted advisor and mediator on governance and leadership to family businesses, boards of directors, business owners, professional partnerships, global enterprises and leaders of every type and size of business.
He received his MA in Clinical Psychology from UCLA while working with and being mentored by Viktor Frankl and Abraham Maslow. He went on to pursue his PhD at UCLA’s business school where he studied change management, operations research, anthropology, linguistics and behavioral science. His dissertation focused on how leadership styles affected the success of long-term organizational change.
After graduating from UCLA, Tom was recruited to work for the Xerox Corporation directly under the chairman, C. Peter McColough. In his 15-year career at Xerox, he helped integrate a billion dollar acquisition of a computer company, and ran a global division focused on developing strategies and new business models for the digital future. This division earned the reputation for creating practical and cost-effective methods for designing and implementing future focused strategies that yielded sustainable organizational changes. The division was also responsible for the improvement in customer service and product quality. tHis division initiated csr programs for work life balance that are still utilized today.
He is proud to be partnering with Jeana Wirtenberg and others as Vice President of Transitioning to Green. Their mission is to bring global sustainability metrics and strategic guidance to companies of every size. They offer a triple bottom line business simulation to broaden the mindset of leaders and other stakeholders. This leads to new leadership behaviors and employee engagement programs, which create evergreen futures for their companies and their customers. Transitioning to Green’s work guides leaders to creating an evergreen future for their companies.
Tom is an amateur fine art photographer and lives in Marina Del Ray with his wife of over thirty years, Marcia Seligson. Marcia is co-producing a show titled “Not That Jewish” (jewishwomenstheater.org) opening off-Broadway in New York City in the fall of 2016. They live with their Papillion rescue, Roxie and are active supporters of the visual and performing arts.
Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. - President & CEO, Transitioning to Green, and Co-Founder, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. helps companies and organizations make sustainability a mainstream, routine business practice. She is an expert on the leadership, organizational dynamics, and psychology required to make that happen. Jeana is president and CEO of Transitioning to Green (www.transitioningtogreen.com). Her company develops individual and organizational capacity to make sustainability take root. She is co-founder and senior advisor of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (www.fdu.edu/ise) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers University.
Her book Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet and Profits in a New Green Economy (Praeger, 2014) shows how to holistically integrate sustainability throughout the culture of organizations. Jeana is lead editor for The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together, first and second edition (Greenleaf Publishing, 2008, 2016).
Wirtenberg was HR Director for Development, Quality and Organization Effectiveness at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) where she led a variety of initiatives to transform the firm and build organizational capacity. Formerly, she held several leadership positions in AT&T Human Resources and Marketing. Jeana started her career in the Federal government where she was a Social Science Analyst in the Office of Research at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and led the Women’s Research/Social Processes team at the National Institute of Education.
She teaches Organizational Behavior in Rutgers MBA program, Women Leading in Business and Management Skills in Rutgers Department of Management and Global Business. She received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. with honors in Psychology from U.C.L.A.
Joe Stevens - Founder, Bridge Safety Consultants
The first time Joe heard about workers’ compensation was when an operations manager slammed his fist on the table in a monthly management meeting and said “I give up.”
What he explained to Joe was that everything he tried to do to reduce the cost of workers’ compensation failed. Claims went up and the insurance premium went up. The problem was that everything he tried revolved around greater OSHA compliance and better safety protocols.
Having had the good fortune to work for some excellent companies, including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and CR Bard, all of whom had successful safety programs, Joe knew that leaders cannot just impose their ideas or force desirable behaviors. They have to find a way to motivate people by convincing them that what they want is of great benefit to everyone.
So when the opportunity arose, Joe used this as the basis of his idea to form Bridge Consultants. He knew that injuries and claims did not have to happen, as 90% of all injuries are avoidable, so if he could find a way to motivate workers to change their behavior, to take fewer risks, to take pride in their work and their safety record, he could dramatically reduce the number of injuries that occur. Tied in with a sense of humor, he had the grounds for his new company, and over 13 years later he’s still proud to see the effect it has on the safety culture: fewer workers are getting injured on the job. They’re happier, more motivated, more productive, and the program has fostered a better working environment, while simultaneously saving the company potentially millions of dollars.