Joel is regularly hired to moderate, facilitate and host both online and in-person events. He regularly conducts podcasts and video interview series for clients and has served as emcee at company and industry events.

Here’s what Billboard magazine said about the first-ever Music Sustainability Summit, convened alongside the Grammy Awards in February 2024:

“The summit was hosted by Joel Makower, a business sustainability expert and journalist whose depth of knowledge on the subject was matched by a thoughtful, often funny demeanor that brought levity to an often very existential seeming problem.”

Other examples:

  • Joel served as emcee for Sustainability Day at the De Beers Diamond Conference in Gaborone, Botswana. He conducted on-stage interviews, facilitated panels and provided insightful context throughout.
  • Joel served as the moderator for a global “ESG Call” conducted by Suzano, a Brazilian pulp and paper company in São Paulo, Brazil, including live interviews with its CEO, chief sustainability officer and other key executives.
  • Joel served as host for a video interview series produced by Shell Aviation focusing on “What would it take to make aviation sustainable?”
  • Joel has conducted podcast series for such companies as Infosys, Serverfarm and VMware.

In addition, Joel has moderated conversations and facilitated events for such organizations as Best Buy, Climate Collaborative, Dow, Phillips, Sprint, United Airlines, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum and Xerox, as well as events at various COP climate conferences.

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It makes it so much easier to prepare and feel ready day-of when we are lucky enough to have someone as fabulous as you running the show and directing the content.

It's really true that all our speakers were, without fail, incredibly at ease and forthcoming in your hands, and because of that, I think we had some really strong takeaways. We are so, so thrilled with how the afternoon went--from the dialogue with Katharine and Jostein to Carla and the business case panel, and of course Gina. I think it struck just the right tone of reinvigorating the audience and celebrating what we've done so far while not giving into any complacency.

Erin CallahanExecutive Director, Climate Collaborative, part of the Natural Products Expo, March 2018 (Emcee, Keynote and Interviewer)

Your participation as the De Beers Diamond Conference moderator played a significant role in ensuring the success of the conference towards achieving our primary objective towards encouraging and engaging the diamond industry on building sustainable business models to accelerate the pace of shared value creation in the Diamond Industry in Botswana.

Pat DambeVice President of Corporate Affairs, De Beers Global