BERGES LECTURE SERIES BIOGRAPHIES
Erin Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
Erin Fitzgerald (@fitzisit) is senior vice president, global sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy®, a forum for the dairy community to work together pre-competitively to foster research, measurement and innovation for sustainability from farm to table. Under Erin’s leadership, the Innovation Center conducted an environmental impact assessment that led to an industry-wide voluntary carbon reduction goal of 25% by 2020. She established strategic
partnerships with World Wildlife Fund and USDA. She leads efforts to enhance dairy’s contributions to a more sustainable food system by examining the intersection between nutrition, health, hunger, food waste and environmental impact.
Fitzgerald previously served as senior manager, business development at Lowendal group, a European operational cost reduction firm. She also led multiple projects at Cardinal Health in Chicago, and Maurepas, France, where she received the Chairman’s award for integrating a pan- European business plan for sales and marketing measurement.
Fitzgerald is recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, and a Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 recipient. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Erin participates in many agriculture initiatives including: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, Field to Market, Global Dairy Agenda for Action, North America Climate Smart Alliance, Solutions from the Land, the White House Climate Data Initiative, she serves on the boards of Sustainable America and Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship Program, a board advisor to Food Waste Reduction Alliance, and an expert in residence at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
John Heiser, President and Chief Operating Officer, Magnetrol International, Inc.
John Heiser is President and Chief Operating Officer of Magnetrol International, Incorporated. Magnetrol is a global leader in the development and manufacture of level and flow process control instrumentation. John began his career as an attorney in private practice before transitioning into business where he has held numerous leadership positions in legal, government affairs, sales, and marketing.
John earned his BA degree in political science/sociology from the University of Iowa, a J.D. from Tulane University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a PhD from Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership. His primary areas of focus include ethical leadership and its impact on driving corporate social responsibility and organizational change, leadership ethics, and leadership development.