NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 6, 2017—The wealth management business of BNY Mellon, a global investment management and investment services company, held the first of its 2017 “Game Changers” speaker series on April 5 at the Newport Beach Country Club. The interactive session featured two pioneering women in the sustainability space: Earth Friendly Products President & CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, and BNY Mellon Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Social Investing Heidi DuBois. The speakers discussed their career paths and the importance of fostering socially responsible corporate practices.

The discussion was moderated by BNY Mellon Wealth Management President of US Markets Southwest Shannon Kennedy. Now in its second year, the “Game Changers” series explores women’s entrepreneurial and leadership successes through conversations with exceptional women who have forged their own paths and have insights to share.

“Our Game Changers panelists offered a peek into the fascinating work they’re leading in the growing fields of corporate social responsibility and social investing,” said Kennedy. “We were glad to recognize these outstanding female leaders and to bring their interesting perspectives to BNY Mellon Wealth Management clients, prospects and their advisers.”

During the hour-long moderated conversation, the pair discussed sustainability and its importance from both an individual and corporate perspective. They shared insights gleaned from their experience developing socially responsible manufacturing and investment strategies for global corporations. The leaders also discussed the impact social investment and sustainability can have on gender inequalities in the workplace and on a global scale. 

“One of the key places to improve focus on sustainability issues is to show the facts.” shared DuBois, “We need to continue to demonstrate to companies, investors and individuals the value that these business practices have added, not just socially but economically.”

As president and CEO, Vlahakis-Hanks oversees four U.S. manufacturing facilities and the global sales team for Earth Friendly Products’ line of ECOS cleaning products. DuBois is responsible for sustaining and expanding BNY Mellon’s leading reputation in CSR by advancing a deep understanding of the quickly evolving field and strengthening firm performance.

“It was great to talk with BNY’s guests about how sustainability means making choices that will sustain you for the long term - for us, that means making products with plant-powered ingredients using renewable energy that are safer for people and the planet. It also means supporting our employees with a living wage and family-friendly benefits and ensuring gender equality. Sustainability has been the key to our success for 50 years, and we want to show that you can do the right thing for the environment and your employees and also be profitable,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President & CEO, Earth Friendly Products.

About BNY Mellon Wealth Management

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager. In 2016 it was named by Family Wealth Report as the top U.S. Private Bank and rated the Top Private Bank for Family Offices by Professional Wealth Management magazine. Barron’s ranked it the 8th largest U.S. wealth manager in 2016. The firm has more than two centuries of experience in providing services to clients who today include financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has nearly $205 billion in total private client assets, as of December 31, 2016, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which provides investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning and private banking services, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.  For more information go to bnymellonwealth.com or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellonWealth.

About BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of December 31, 2016, BNY Mellon had $29.9 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.

About Earth Friendly Products

Family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products is the maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent and over 200 other environmentally friendly products that are safer for people, pets and the planet. Made with plant-powered ingredients, ECOS™ cleaners are thoughtfully sourced, pH balanced, readily biodegradable, easily recyclable and never tested on animals. Earth Friendly Products is a primary manufacturer that makes its own products in sustainable manufacturing facilities located across the U.S. All Earth Friendly Products facilities are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills. Over 100 ECOS™ products have received the coveted U.S. EPA Safer Choice certification, which means that every ingredient is the safest in its class and that the product has proven superior performance. ECOS™, Disney Baby ECOS™, ECOS for Pets! and ECOS™ Pro cleaners are available at selected major retailers throughout the U.S., in over 60 countries and online at ecos.com and babyecos.com.