Emelissa Baluyot, Principal Sustainability Science & Innovation - WW Sustainability at Amazon
Emelissa leads the product strategy for Sustainability Science and Innovation at Amazon worldwide. Utilizing Amazon’s scale, speed and innovation, the team’s focus is defining key environmental opportunities across all Amazon’s businesses globally. Her primary area of focus includes The Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2040. She has led the engagement strategy for several Amazon businesses including AWS, Physical Stores, and Whole Foods Market by working backwards from carbon and circular economy goals and designs, inventing and implementing solutions to optimize operations and solving for current and future business challenges. Prior to joining the worldwide Sustainability team, Emelissa led international and device expansion for Prime Video on Echo devices and launched Amazon Prime Video’s first live sports event – Thursday Night Football.
Prior to Amazon, Emelissa was the senior manager leading global technical accounting policy at Aon where she managed the adoption of revenue recognition, lease accounting, and foreign currency reporting standards. She was responsible for training CFOs across the company on new accounting policies, operationalizing international reporting regulatory requirements, and consulting on new business development opportunities.
Prior to Aon, Emelissa held various roles at Motorola in financial planning and analysis and internal audit. She started her career in public accounting with Deloitte in Seattle serving marquee tech and retail clients. Emelissa holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, a Masters in Accounting from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Seattle University. She remains active at all three universities as a mentor and guest speaker.
Setting goals beyond your first job: Principles for Mapping Your Career Plan
Public accounting and industry are familiar options for every accounting, finance, and information systems major. Fast forward to earning your CPA or CFA, and getting a few years of work experience under your belt… now what? As students enter the professional world and navigate the changing landscape of technology and regulation, determining what’s possible and what career options exist outside the traditional accounting ‘path’ can be challenging. In this session, we’ll explore several principles to guide your career planning beyond your first year off campus. These principles can help students make intentional and effective use of individual goal setting and also career planning discussions with mentors and managers.