Joseph Priestley Society Welcomes K’Lynne Johnson

K'Lynne Johnson

K’Lynne Johnson

Date: May 8, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
RSVP Online: Registration Required

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

This month’s keynote address will be presented by K’Lynne Johnson, CEO and president, Elevance Renewable Sciences. Johnson will present “Renewicals: Chemicals through the Power of ‘And.

  About the Event

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For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert, awards program manager, at 215.873.8263 or

Boyle Society members receive complimentary admission!

Robert Boyle Society members: To register yourself and up to three guests free of charge, please contact Nancy Vonada, manager of events and donor relations, at 215.873.8226 or

  Event Schedule

Thursday, May 08, 2014

11:30 a.m.

Networking reception

12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Keynote address

  About the Keynote

Elevance is transforming petroleum-based manufacturing through strategic collaboration, using processes that draw on renewable resources. Elevance uses renewable ingredients and converts them into specialty chemicals using a patented, Nobel Prize-winning metathesis technology developed by Materia, Inc., and Nobel laureate Robert H. Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology. In 2011 Elevance further expanded its technology by completing a licensing agreement with XiMo AG, a company founded by renowned chemists Amir H. Hoveyda and Nobel laureate Richard R. Schrock, to use its proprietary molybdenum and tungsten metathesis catalysts.

 Speaker Biographies

K’Lynne Johnson has over 20 years’ experience working within the oil and petrochemicals industry for Amoco, BP, and Innovene. During this time she has worked in a variety of roles, including general business management, e-commerce, supply-chain optimization, human resources management, strategy development, leadership development, and organizational design and effectiveness. Before assuming her current role as CEO of Elevance, Johnson was the senior vice president of the Global Derivatives operating company within BP Innovene, one of the world’s largest global petrochemical and refining companies. In this role Johnson’s responsibilities included profit-and-loss accountability for multiple global commodity and specialty chemicals businesses with revenues of $3 billion.

Johnson was formerly a director of TPC Group Inc. and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morton Arboretum, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization Institute, and the Board of Directors for Women in Biotech. She received a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology.

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