Presentations & Teaching
Rochelle was a speaker at the 11th annual R/Finance conference for applied finance using the open-source software system R for statistical computation and graphics. The two-day conference covered topics including portfolio management, time series analysis, advanced risk tools, high-performance computing, market microstructure, and econometrics - all discussed within the context of using R.
Her presentation focused on the Trucost SDG Evaluation Tool she helped to design and build using R + Python exploratory data analysis (EDA) and computation, along with a Plotly Dash application her team and Plotly built to automatically generate high-quality interactive reports.
United Nations' WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) forum
Rochelle led the research and methodology creation for Huawei's inaugural ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark, which measures country ICT (information and communication technology) and sustainable development. The report was launched at the United Nations' 2017 WSIS forum in Geneva, Switzerland with a panel discussion featuring Huawei's Joy Tang, Rob Hansor, and moderator Walter Jennings, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)'s Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson, and Rochelle from SustainAbility.
ASVIS (Italian Alliance for sustainable development)
Rochelle was invited by Unipol to speak at the first annual ASVIS conference in Bologna, Italy. She presented on the current sustainability agenda and on measuring corporate performance on the Sustainable Development Goals, based off of a methodology she designed for clients while at SustainAbility.
GREEN AND SUSTAINABILITY BONDS: HOW GREEN ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Green bonds use debt to fund environmental and climate change projects and can be issued by cities, NGOs and corporations. Sustainability bonds may fund both environmental and social projects – a hybrid of a green bond and a social bond. This exciting market is growing exponentially — a record $41.8 billion worth of green bonds were issued in 2015, and with significant growth continuing in 2016.
Rochelle co-chaired a discussion with expert panelists from Starbucks, HSBC, TIAA and Sustainalytics to unpack the complexities and opportunities related to green and sustainability bonds.
SUSTAINABLE BRANDS BUENOS AIRES 2015
Keynote presentation at Sustainable Brands Buenos Aires on business model innovation for sustainability, based off the report Model Behavior II: Strategies for Rewiring Business.
Guest LEctures & WOrkshops
Rochelle has been a guest lecturer at a number of business schools, including Simmons School of Management in Boston, Ivey Business School in Ontario, Canada, Bard College and NYU Stern School of Business in New York City.
She most recently gave lectures in the Bard MBA Managerial Economics class on natural capital valuation, in the Data & Analytics class on ESG data management, and in the Impact Investing elective on ESG investing, and presented a workshop at NYU Stern School of Business on water valuation and carbon pricing.
film screening Panel discussion
TRANSPARENCY is a performance art video that aims to represent the struggle experienced by marine life due to the abundance of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. This work features original movement and music by pianist, Monika Haar, and was produced along with her visual artist parents, Yoko & Tom Haar.
Rochelle and portrait artist Julia Pearl Robbins joined Monika for a panel discussion at One Planet One Future after the film screening to discuss the ecological, emotional and social issues around plastic, as well as the importance of supporting creative ways to express environmental issues during this time when our global landscape is at risk.
As part of her role on the Advisory Board of the Human Impacts Institute (HII) from 2017-18, Rochelle had the opportunity to speak to 8th and 9th grade girls attending the Intrepid's summer program GOALS for Girls about science, sustainability and the importance of social action. It was a great experience where the young ladies asked important and tough questions such as:
If climate change is such a big deal, why are we doing more about it?
If eco-products are so much better, why are they more expensive?
How can we work with people who don't feel like the environment is as important as we do?