Laura Sutphen is the Managing Director for Social Impact + Inclusion at Golin, where she leads a diverse team that creates strategies and solutions for brands to be equitable, sustainable and act with purpose. Laura works at the intersection of strategy, innovation, communications and social good to help companies break through with social impact storytelling. As an award-winning expert and thought leader in social purpose and sustainability, she’s worked with global brands and organizations to architect some of the biggest moments in culture. Highlights include naming the emergency contraceptive drug Plan B and bringing it to women around the globe; launching We Can Be Heroes, the largest cause marketing campaign in the history of Warner Bros./DC Entertainment that provided aid to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa; the launch of Just Label It!, a national campaign that petitioned the FDA to label GMOs; and leading sustainability and social impact strategy for brands including Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Neutrogena, Lego, and Clif Bar. In addition to her agency background, Laura led communications at Amazon where she focused on small business empowerment and customer trust.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University, holding a BS in critical theory and a double minor in speech communication and public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. She is on the Board of The People’s Music School, which provides completely free music education to Chicago’s children, and she has been a Jivamukti yoga and meditation teacher for more than 20 years.
Track: Transformative Governance & Metrics
Much has been said and written about applying intersectionality when tackling environmental and social issues - a topic not without its share of difficulties and even controversy. This session is for anyone... see more