Girls & Enterprise Profile: Joylette Portlock, Ph.D.

Girls & Enterprise Profile: Joylette Portlock, Ph.D.

Girls & Enterprise Profile: Joylette Portlock, Ph.D.Joylette Portlock, Ph.D.
Govt Director
Sustainable Pittsburgh

It’s not typically that Joylette Portlock describes herself as a enterprise girl. Her present function as the chief director of Sustainable Pittsburgh follows an intensive profession in science; she earned a doctorate in genetics from Stanford College. Nonetheless, Portlock’s strengths as an issue solver and bridge builder have helped her in lots of contexts, the enterprise world included.

Sustainable Pittsburgh goals to make southwestern Pennsylvania a more healthy and extra equitable place to reside by offering native firms and communities with assets and thought management on environmental stewardship, social fairness and financial growth. Sustainable Pittsburgh helps leaders take actions that profit each their companies and the folks dwelling right here.

“The enterprise case for sustainability has by no means been stronger when it comes to value financial savings, buyer and worker engagement and approval, and aggressive benefit—so it’s true {that a} sustainable enterprise technique is a priceless, vital product,” Portlock says.

Celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary this yr, Sustainable Pittsburgh has partnered with practically a thousand companies, communities and organizations throughout the state. Since becoming a member of in 2018, Portlock has helped the nonprofit group lean into its function as a assist system for the native financial system and for companies and organizations navigating complicated points equivalent to carbon discount, social fairness and creating a clear power workforce. Her success at assembly these targets has not gone unnoticed—she’s been named one among Pittsburgh’s Energy 100 by each Metropolis and State and the Pittsburgh Enterprise Instances for a number of years in a row and was acknowledged as one among New Pittsburgh Courier’s Girls of Excellence in 2019.

Portlock encourages different ladies in enterprise to “be daring,” and says, “Don’t let anybody else outline you in your personal thoughts. Give your self the grace you’d give a beloved one,” she says.

“I’ve been grateful to work with dozens of enterprise leaders by means of the CEOs for Sustainability government community, which Sustainable Pittsburgh hosts, and to develop our work with eating places, small companies, and workplaces of every kind by means of the sustainability designation applications that now we have designed and handle,” Portlock says. “A sustainable future is feasible if we work collectively to construct it.”

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