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Michael P. Owens
michael p. owens - managing partner - influence group

Over the past fifteen years, Michael P. Owens has created and produced over 50 executive-level business forums in numerous market sectors. Among these events were the Sustainable Operations Summit, which brought together leaders in both the public and private sectors to explore profitable solutions to climate change, and the Sustainable Facilities Summit, which examined innovations in building efficiency and performance. Currently, Michael is focused on healthcare and higher education, two industries that will undergo significant transformations in the coming decades.

Entries by Michael P. Owens

What Do J.Crew and KFC Have in Common?

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 4:08 PM


"You wouldn't think J.Crew and KFC would have anything in common, but evidently, they do." This quote from Mick McConnell, global director of Chipotle's retail design team, was made at the conclusion of the inaugural RetailSpaces retreat last month in Key West, FL.

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Don't Expect Politicians to Push for Stricter Gun Laws

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 9:41 PM

Words cannot even begin to express how deeply disturbed and saddened I am by the unimaginable horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School today. The images of young children running for cover and parents panicking behind police tape wondering whether their kids were safe will stay with us...

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The Top 10 Green Dining & Drinking Destinations In New York City

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Each year the local publications in New York print their "Where To" eat and drink lists for the greenest celebration in the world, the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade. As a native New Yorker (and Irish-American), I tend to scoff at these lists and articles because they mostly cover the...

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An Interview With Empire State Building's Anthony Malkin: Bike Racks and Showers Won't Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 11:15 AM

It's not surprising that the Empire State Building has become an inspiration and model for energy efficiency retrofits around the world. With the iconic skyscraper achieving an energy reduction of 40 percent, which amounts to savings of $4.4 million a year, it's easy to understand why.

I recently chatted with...

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The State of Sustainability in America -- Experts Weigh In...

(17) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 7:29 AM

Where are we when it comes to the state of the sustainability movement in the United States? I asked top green business executives, experts and political leaders, who are speaking at the 2012 Sustainable Operations Summit in NYC, what they think is most encouraging as well as what they think...

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How Newt Gingrich Can Win the Nomination by Coming Clean About Climate Change

(31) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:53 PM

And just like that... Newt Gingrich is suddenly the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

It is not surprising Gingrich's win of Saturday's primary in South Carolina was due to his strong backing by conservative voters in the state. While Gingrich is no pauper, voters already alienated by...

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