Abstract: Nine years ago, Clarke was a successful company in the mosquito control and aquatic habitat management industry. Despite its success, Clarke’s CEO would describe that Clarke as tired and “old-school”. In 2008, prompted by Clarke’s CEO and his desire to lead with greater purpose, the company embarked on a journey to reduce and better manage its environmental impact and create a more sustainable enterprise. Through a commitment to this sense of purpose and engagement of the whole system, Clarke has been transformed. Achieving significant results in reducing its environmental footprint, giving back to the community, unleashing innovation, and fostering a culture that is moving beyond simply Sustainable to a state of Flourishing.
Bio: Julie Reiter is Vice President of Human Resources and Sustainable Development for Clarke, a global environmental products and services company based in St. Charles, Illinois, focused on pioneering, developing and delivering environmental mosquito control and aquatic services.
Julie has more than 30 years of experience in the Human Resources field working primarily in mid-sized, family owned businesses. In her seventeen years with Clarke she has successfully established a broadly functioning Human Resources department, implemented company policies and procedures, introduced new and innovative compensation and benefit programs and guided Clarke’s organizational development.
In 2012, Julie’s role with Clarke expanded to include Sustainable Development, recognizing her work as architect and leader of “Project Greater Purpose” – Clarke’s strategic initiative that established the organizational structure and ongoing processes to establish Sustainability as a lens through which all decisions are made and to guide the evolution of the organization to a more flourishing enterprise.
Julie is a graduate of Lake Erie College in Ohio where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Management. Her well-rounded experience and knowledge was recognized by her peers in 2007 when she was honored as the Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Management Association of Illinois. When she isn’t working, Julie can usually be found cycling on the open road or hiking in the woods with her partner and their pack of canine companions.