Jeremy Manion

Business Development Manager, Office Depot

JeremyJeremy’s passion is to help design better systems for solving the complex,
interconnected challenges the world faces in the 21st century. This pursuit leads
Jeremy to Office Depot where he helps businesses and strategic partners
responsibly purchase goods and services, reduce waste, and be more conscious of
their total impact.

Jeremy is a Member of Office Depot’s Environmental Sales Specialist Team,
Partner at the Chicago Green Office Challenge, Partner at the US Green Building
Council – Illinois Chapter, and Member of the Environment & Sustainability Forum
and Logistics & Mobility Forum at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Jeremy holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University. In 2013, Jeremy
participated in the Foresight NEXT Program at Foresight Design Initiative.
Foresight Design Initiative is a Chicago based, multidisciplinary innovation studio
working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify
holistic, resilient solutions.

A few of Jeremy’s personal interests are practicing yoga, participating in group
fitness activities, collecting antiques, playing frisbee with his dog Maggie, and
eating at Chicago’s great restaurants. | Twitter @JeremyManion


Jonah Smith

Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors


Jonah Smith drives development of sustainability policies that increase commercial impact, create consumer interest and secure future supply chain inputs and vital natural resources. He works closely with cross-functional sustainability champions across the business at MillerCoors, including the wholesaler network, procurement, the parent companies and other stakeholders throughout the enterprise. He also leads the tracking and reporting of progress on MillerCoors sustainability strategy and goals, including measurement against its Sustainability Assessment Matrix (SAM), and has led development of its annual Sustainability Reports. He additionally focuses on watershed risk assessments and various other water and energy initiatives inside and outside of the company, to help embed sustainability with positive financial and environmental returns. Similarly, Jonah leverages packaging and waste reduction initiatives to drive sustainability, cost savings and generate growth, as well as helps lead training development, competency building and execution of the sustainability strategy throughout the business.

Prior to joining MillerCoors, Jonah served as Sustainable Business Director for the Alliance for Great Lakes. There, he developed and led customized corporate sustainability and fundraising programs. He likewise researched and analyzed operational issues related to water with businesses, managed water quality projects as well as general membership programs, and produced sustainability reports with the USEPA, IEPA, city of Chicago and other partner groups.

Jonah founded a small sustainable asset management firm, Smith Pierce, LLC, where he created a specialized water portfolio that gained traction with some larger institutions. Through this work he was able to sub-advise for a much larger firm on all environmental, social and governance issues for their clients’ assets under management.  Jonah holds a MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a MS in Conservation Biology & Ecosystem Management from University of Michigan, where his Master’s opus researched proper valuation of water resources in Brazil.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Continental Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program:   8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Jeremy Manion
, Business Development Manager, Office Depot

Jonah Smith, Sustainability Manager, MillerCoors

Sustainability is defined as our ability to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  But do we understand how sustainability is changing the way global brands, small businesses and non-profits conduct business?  What measures are in place to help businesses balance the business imperative with their corporate social responsibility priorities?

Join us to learn how two global companies are leading the way toward a more sustainable environment and have a first-hand look at some of their best-practices in sustainability.  Jeremy Manion of OfficeDepot/Staples and Jonah Smith of MillerCoors will share with us their corporate perspectives on issues of sustainability and inspire us to affect change in our own organizations!


WBEZ Studios on Navy Pier

848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, 60611
Public Transportation: CTA Buses #29, #65, #66 and #124 go to Navy Pier.