Heather Loebner leads Sustainability and ESG strategy at CircleIT, a B Corporation in the IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) industry. Sustainability plays a critical role at CircleIT, focused on repurposing IT devices at end-of-life and eliminating e-waste aligned with a circular economy model. Loebner leads an internal and client-facing ESG strategy that increases transparency, establishes a path to carbon neutrality and net zero, and builds social and environmental impact through strong governance aligned with B Corporate values and certification.
Prior to her role at CircleIT, Loebner held a number of leadership roles in nonprofit, consulting, and corporate. As inaugural Executive Director, Palisades Parks Conservancy, she implemented the organization’s first strategic plan and delivered transformational partnerships that increased impact for millions of the park’s visitors and historical and cultural resources. Loebner served as lead advisor and consultant to private philanthropists and government collaboratives focused on strong climate impact agendas related to toxics, the built environment, parks, energy, and the agricultural sector. Loebner’s corporate experience includes leading ESG / Corporate Responsibility, Americas, ArcelorMittal where she also served as Executive Director, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation. Partnering cross-functionally, her role encompassed strategy for more than 50 steel production and mining facilities and 40,000 employees. In her global CR team role, she developed the company’s first global policies for 310,000 employees, creating strategic delivery of energy, water and waste reductions, human rights policies and responsible sourcing protocols. She conceived a stakeholder engagement process, developed the company’s first reporting framework and drove supply chain management strategy. Loebner guided the USA company to five consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year awards and conceived and directed an award-winning bi-national public-private partnership, Sustain Our Great Lakes, that achieved $64 million dollars in on-the-ground conservation impact during her tenure. At HSBC, Loebner led business group philanthropy where she launched employee engagement, educational scholarships and DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) strategies through a comprehensive grants portfolio. Loebner began her career in marketing, achieving millions of dollars of growth at PricewaterhouseCoopers through healthcare and succession planning thought-leadership initiatives, business, marketing and communications strategy.
Loebner has served on the Council on Foundations Advisor Network and Corporate Committee, the Blue Green Alliance’s Corporate Council and WBCSD. She co-founded a sustainability working group accelerating Chicago’s climate action plan. Heather is a frequent conference speaker, to include Ethical Corporation, the Conference Board, and others on topics such as environmental stewardship, governance models, and social impact partnerships. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business from St. Louis University and a Masters in Political Science from University of Illinois. A life-long learner, she