Fisk Johnson tells Chicago audience he is an environmentalist AND a businessman

(1/31/11)

The distinguished Johnson alum and multi-degreed Cornellian shares his thoughts on the perils of the American consumer society at alumni club Predictions Dinner

On the evening of January 18, at the Mid-America Club in downtown Chicago, CEO and Chairman of SC Johnson, H. Fisk Johnson, '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86,spoke to 140 Cornell alumni about our planet’s growing crisis of consumption, calling for “disruptive” changes in the priorities and actions of governmental agencies, manufacturers, and the American consumers who use a disproportionate share of the world’s goods.

Johnson’s presentation was the centerpiece of the Johnson Alumni Association of Chicago’s 4th Annual Predictions Dinner, an event at which attendees predict the upcoming year’s Oscar winners, the trajectory of the stock market, the most successful Cornell athletic programs, and more. After being introduced by Cornell University President David Skorton as “a valuable advisor” and “one of the university’s most distinguished alums,” Johnson began by recalling a prediction (in keeping with the evening’s theme) attributed to Albert Einstein: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth,” Einstein said, “man would have no more than four years left to live.”

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