Bridget Burnell

Global Manager of Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, General Motors


Bridget Burnell is the global manager of environmental sustainability initiatives at General Motors, leading a team of experts in areas such as renewable energy, biodiversity, waste reduction, recycling and environmental outreach. She manages programs that help employees leave a smaller footprint and share best practices to drive greater progress.

Burnell mobilizes a team working to achieve wildlife habitat certification at all GM facilities, expand beyond the 152 facilities that send zero waste to landfill, and make progress on a goal to power all GM facilities’ electricity needs with renewable energy by 2050. She also has led GM’s Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability student program supporting recruitment and professional development.

Burnell joined GM in 1997. Prior to her current role, she was the senior environmental engineer for global environmental programs. She has served as an environmental engineer for GM facilities in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Saginaw, Michigan. Key activities included regulatory reporting, data analysis, and collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, and community groups. Burnell worked with the design team to construct the Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant, which ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification and launched with Wildlife Habitat Council certification as a “Rookie of the Year” site.

Burnell earned a Master of Science in Leadership for leading sustainability from Walden University in Minneapolis and a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy and political science from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Advanced Certified Sustainability Practitioner and Certified Storm Water Operator. Burnell is a member of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment and Michigan Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals.

Christopher D. Gould

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Exelon Corporation


In his role as SVP, Corporate Strategy & Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer Christopher Gould is responsible for overall corporate strategic planning as well as the company’s corporate sustainability and innovation programs. Chris has been with the company since 1999, having previously served as Vice President Corporate Planning where he was responsible for Exelon’s planning and project evaluation functions, as director of pricing and structuring, as director of financial planning and analysis, and as manager of market planning at Exelon Power Team, located in Kennett Square, PA.

Prior to Exelon, Gould was with Dames & Moore (URS Corporation) in Washington, D.C. serving in a variety of engineering and project management roles in the environmental and infrastructure professional services sector. He began his career at EA Engineering as a project engineer working on various federal, state and local government agency and public utility projects to protect and remediate the environment.

Gould earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. He received his MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Margaret O’Gorman

President, Wildlife Habitat Council


Margaret O’Gorman operates at the intersection of business and nature. As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, she helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations. She works with multinational corporations to develop integrated strategies to implement conservation projects to meet business needs and, in so doing, enhance ecosystems, connect communities and engage employees. She helps WHC members build conservation into their sustainability efforts and helps sustain conservation efforts through WHC’s signature Conservation Certification recognition, which serves to define the standard for corporate conservation worldwide.

Prior to joining WHC, she served as the Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey where she transformed the little-known statewide non-profit into a well-respected and effective organization focused on rare and imperiled wildlife protection and recovery in the Garden State. Margaret’s extensive fundraising and development experience comes from almost a decade in lead development roles at New Jersey Future and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. She began her career in education publishing, developing an expertise in secondary and university STEM education.

Margaret is a compelling writer and speaker on the power of natural resource conservation to restore ecosystems, recover species, connect people and make a positive difference to business, people and planet.

She holds a BSc in geology and geophysics from University College Ireland, Galway and a Masters in Micropaleontology from the University of Southampton, UK.

William (Bill) C. Steers

General Manager, Communications and Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal Americas and President, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation


William (Bill) Steers serves as general manager, communications and corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas’ region, which encompasses more than 50 steel production, mining and finishing facilities, and approximately 40,000 employees. He oversees external and internal communications, branding and corporate responsibility (CR) efforts throughout North & South America.

As a member of ArcelorMittal Americas’ senior management team, Steers leverages his expertise to counsel the company’s leadership on a wide variety of stakeholder engagement issues and community investment strategies. He is ArcelorMittal’s chief spokesperson for the Americas and leads corporate responsibility initiatives across the segment, aligning with core business priorities while working to address local stakeholder expectations. He serves as President of the ArcelorMittal USA Foundation.

Steers has spearheaded ArcelorMittal’s role as the sole corporate partner in Sustain Our Great Lakes, a bi-national public-private partnership focused on awarding financial support to programs working to restore, protect and preserve the world’s largest freshwater system, the Great Lakes basin.  Since 2006, Sustain Our Great Lakes has leveraged over $144 million in total conservation investment, and Bill remains on the SOGL Advisory Board.

Promoting collaboration across borders and industries, Steers serves on the advisory boards for the Chi-Cal River Fund and the Calumet Land Conservation Partnership, focused on restoring the health, vitality and accessibility of local waterways. Steers also serves on the Board of the Wildlife Habitat Council and is a trustee at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, serving on its conservation and PR/marketing committee since 2010.

In 2016, Bill Steers was appointed Chair of the Calumet Collaborative Board of Directors. Calumet Collaborative catalyzes innovative partnerships between Illinois and Indiana community, government, business and nonprofit stakeholders to advance a thriving Calumet region.

wbez “every other hour”


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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


Cate Cahan, Senior Editor, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media
Tricia Bobeda, Digital Editor of Every Other Hour, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media

Clearly gun violence in this country is a topic of major concern, and often, Chicago is one of the main targets of that concern. Unfortunately, that concern is warranted. In 2016, 4,331 people were shot in Chicago. That’s about an average of one shooting victim every other hour.  Of that shocking number, 762 individuals were shot to death, including 339 young adults in their 20’s. The number of murders so far in 2017 is only slightly behind the 2016 numbers. That relentless violence, which has ended hundreds of lives, has also damaged thousands more. It’s changing the life of this city.

Our morning will begin with a special welcome by Steve Edwards, Chief Content Officer at Chicago Public Media. We will then enter into an extraordinary conversation with WBEZ’s Cate Cahan, Senior Editor, and Tricia Bobeda, Digital Editor of Every Other Hour, as they discuss WBEZ’s yearlong project, “Every Other Hour.”

This important project is taking a unique approach in an attempt to better understand who picks up a gun and why.  The Every Other Hour team is designing this series to break through entrenched assumptions to build a better understanding of the complex web of causes of gun violence and its effects by combining stories of the people most affected by the problem – from young shooters and victims, to law enforcement, to moms taking to the streets to find solutions – with information and perspectives from experts.



WBEZ Studios at Navy Pier
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Tricia Bobeda

Senior Editor of Digital, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media


Tricia Bobeda is the Senior Editor of Digital at WBEZ – Every Other Hour and the co-host of the Nerdette Podcast. She leads the team of producers, reporters and editors responsible for WBEZ’s website, apps and social media.

Prior to joining WBEZ’s digital team, Tricia reported for its news desk and worked on the Front and Center series. After studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School, she spend several years as a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. She was a finalist in the KCRW 2013 Radio Race.

Cate Cahan

Senior Editor, WBEZ, Chicago Public Media


As a WBEZ editor, Cate Cahan works with reporters and producers to conceive and research stories, edits scripts and digital copy, and organizes long-term projects, including series.

Cate joined WBEZ in 1998 as editor for Eight Forty-Eight, then WBEZ’s weekday morning newsmagazine. She’s played a number of key roles here, including as interim news director and metro editor of beat reporters in community bureaus, and in business, politics, science, criminal and legal affairs, education, urban affairs and arts. Because she works with excellent reporters and producers Cate has received numerous local, regional and national awards. Before coming to WBEZ, she worked as editorial director and later planning editor for the local CBS station, WBBM.

She’s also been a magazine editor and worked as a newspaper reporter, which she still sometimes misses. Cate has a M.A. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English from Mundelein College.

conservation and corporate responsibility: taking corporate impact to the next level!

Special Date for November Breakfast Meeting:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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


Margaret O’Gorman, President of the Wildlife Habitat Council


Chris Gould, SVP Corporate Strategy & Chief Sustainability Officer, Exelon Corporation

Bridget Burnell, Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, GM

Bill Steers, General Manager of Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Americas, ArcelorMittal

Can business and nature thrive together? Can natural resources stewardship take corporate responsibility to the next level? How do companies with diverse land holdings participate in a meaningful conservation strategy?

Please join us for a conversation with three sustainability leaders who have taken corporate land stewardship to the next level. These leaders have mainstreamed nature into their corporate sustainability strategy and understand both the challenges and opportunities of connecting the dots across a variety of land types and initiatives to create a cohesive message and metric for corporate responsibility storytelling.


The Cliff Dwellers Club
200 South Michigan Avenue
22nd Floor
Chicago, IL