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“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” Stephen Spielberg.
Granted, we are not all destined to be multi-Oscar winning film directors, but Spielberg’s words are as applicable to us within the Business and the Environmental sector as to emerging talent in Hollywood. What unites us all, regardless of chosen professions, is our ability to inspire and be inspired by others, to feel empowered, learn from each other and apply that knowledge to help us grow as individuals personally and professionally. For this reason, mentoring differs to other forms of professional development such as training. It comes as no surprise that countless successful individuals attribute their success, in part, to their mentor – Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and even Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.
So how do you find the right mentors? How to you get them to say yes? What are the tricks to
ensuring you have a successful mentoring relationship, and what is the key to making it valuable for both the mentor and mentee? In this interactive session, Alexis Haass – Chief Sustainability Officer at Arcadis, and previous lead of Brand Sustainability at adidas – has had a great deal of practice as both mentor and mentee, and will both share her insights and answer your questions on how to make it work for you.
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Alexis Olans HaassLeague Global Fellow
Alexis is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Arcadis – the leading design and engineering consultancy
for the built environment – and drives the company’s global strategy from their office in Munich.
Alexis previously led adidas brand’s sustainability program from its global headquarters in
Herzogenaurach, Germany. Her responsibilities included the creation of adidas brand’s sustainability
strategy, the development of new sustainable innovations & business models, the commitment to
mass materials transformation & sustainable product, and the brand’s sustainability messaging &
consumer engagement. During her 13 years at adidas, Alexis helped bring to market such
sustainable innovations as the 1st high-performance, closed-loop running shoe, the launch of the 1st
ocean plastic runner at the UN, and the commitment to End Plastic Waste by using 100% recycled
polyester by 2024. Alexis’ previous work revolved around sustainable product development and
clean technology with companies such as IDEO, P&G, and Fair Trade (Transfair) USA.
Alexis began her career with five years in international development, both in Washington DC and in-
country. Her perspective on – and passion for – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals sprang from
her early on-the-ground experience living and working in countries such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica,
and Colombia. Alexis is fluent in Spanish, German, French, and English, and is accustomed to working
in fast-paced, multinational, matrix organizations. She has an MBA in Marketing and MS in
Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan, as well as a BS in Foreign Service (International
Relations) from Georgetown University.