Breana Johnson

Laura Kohler and Rachel Gutter will speak about moving toward a sustainable and equitable world.

IMPACT 2018 shows us “The New Way Forward,” as USGBC communities in the West North Central region recognize the way to move toward a sustainable and equitable future is by challenging the status quo.

This year’s keynote addresses will be given by two individuals who showcase just what “The New Way Forward” means in their everyday lives and the work they do in their communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two inspirational women speak to their experiences on how we can move diligently toward a sustainable and equitable world. Register for the conference.


When: April 30–May 1
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Opening keynote

Laura E. Kohler, Kohler Co.

Commencing the IMPACT conference with her keynote speech, “Kohler’s Journey to Link Sustainability to Business Success," is Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Stewardship and Sustainability at Kohler Co. Kohler has also served on the company's board of directors since 1999.

Kohler leads Kohler Stewardship, the company’s global corporate social responsibility and sustainability program that strives to strengthen communities and build positive workplaces. It also works to harmonize with nature by reducing the Kohler Co.’s environmental impact through education and action, footprint reduction and product innovation. Kohler also oversees the ongoing collaboration between the arts and industry in Kohler’s renowned Arts/Industry Program.

Closing keynote

Rachel Gutter, IWBI

Giving the final keynote speech will be Rachel Gutter. Rachel has been Chief Product Officer at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) since 2016.

Gutter started at IWBI with broad knowledge and experience in the green building movement. During her nine-year experience with USGBC, she founded the Center for Green Schools, where she collaborated with a diverse group of partners. Reflecting her passion for education, Gutter also launched the professional and executive education platform Education @USGBC in 2014. She received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award in 2012 and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011.

Register for the IMPACT Conference