Ibrahim AlHusseini is a venture capitalist dedicated to financing companies that implement market ready solutions to our greatest social and environmental challenges. He is the founder and managing partner of FullCycle Energy, the fund designed to revolutionize our relationship with waste by converting a costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel. This groundbreaking technology will be the first to broadly power communities around the world and transform one of our greatest environmental issues into a life changing advancement for billions of people. Ibrahim concurrently manages The HusseiniGroup LLC in Los Angeles, CA, an investment firm founded by hisfamily that has over a decade of success funding ventures that embrace social enhancement and ecological sustainability. Ibrahim is a frequent speaker at global wealth conferences about the many merits of the Solution Economy.
Ibrahim is passionate about gender equality, education and the arts and serves on the boards of several national and international non-profits working to address these issues.
The Executive Council of Dubai Government
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Clean Tech San Diego
As President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, Jason manages the overall organization and leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including the Biofuels Initiative, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs. In addition, Jason is Executive Director of the Cleantech Education Foundation, designed to develop education and workforce development programs aligned with the mission of Cleantech San Diego.
Before joining Cleantech San Diego, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. In that role, Jason oversaw the delivery of business development services in support of EDC’s mission to attract and retain high-growth, high-wage industries in the region.
Prior to joining EDC in 2006, Jason lived in Austin, Texas where he worked in the State Capitol as Legislative Director for Texas State Senator Frank Madla. In this role, he was responsible for managing legislative staff, creating and organizing legislative initiatives, and drafting and analyzing legislation.
Jason graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications and is a 2008 graduate of LEAD San Diego. In September of 2014, Jason was named one of SD METRO’s “40 Under 40.” He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase Advisory Board. Jason is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Cristina Amorim Vice President, Facilities & EHS and Chief Sustainability Officer Life Sciences Solutions Group, ThermoFisher Scientific
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cristina first put her chemical and environmental engineering degrees to work at pharmaceutical companies, managing the regulatory aspects of environmental health and safety.
Since August 2014, she is the Vice President for Facilities & EHS and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Life Sciences Solutions Group at ThermoFisher Scientific, a company that enables its customers to make the work healthier, cleaner and safer.
Cristina was formerly Chief Sustainability Officer of Life Technologies, a biotechnology company on the leading edge of environmental, social, and corporate governance performance. Acquired in January 2014, Life Technologies is now a ThermoFisher Scientific brand.
Since 2004, Cristina spearheaded a Life Technologies team to successfully execute sustainability- inspired growth strategies based on design-for-environment and green chemistry principles. Cristina and her team exceeded compliance standards, taking a holistic approach by considering the full life cycle of Life Technologies’ products, packaging, services and processes, to create tangible, long-term value for the company and its stakeholders.
Noteworthy initiatives include fostering new partnerships in the value chain; transitioning the company from a linear (take-make-waste) to a closed-loop business model; and introducing innovative concepts such as zero waste, low-carbon delivery, reverse logistics, and product take- back for reuse, recycling, and refurbishment. These measures have increased revenue and improved profitability, created goodwill in the marketplace and garnered recognition for the company.
Cristina was named Sustainability Executive of the Year at the Ethical Corporation's annual Responsible Business Forum awards ceremony in 2012, in recognition of her strategic role in Life Technologies' emergence as a Corporate Sustainability leader.
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Generation Investment Management
Tammie Arnold joined Generation in March 2014 as a Partner and Head of the Client Team. Prior to joining, Tammie worked at PIMCO from 1993 to 2013 and served in a variety of capacities over the years. She was responsible for PIMCO’s global sustainability initiatives, led the global advisory business from London, was head of global wealth management, was co-head of the product management group, and served as a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1993, she was a global equities portfolio manager with Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors.
Tammie holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Shannon Arvizu is a sociologist who loves helping organizations create social change and positive shifts in behavior. Raised watching 1960s documentaries and listening to the Beatles, she has always been fascinated by those epic moments in history when humanity remembers its higher calling to serve one another. She began her professional career as a history teacher and later became a sociology researcher at Columbia University, investigating key social movements of the past decade - including the Arab Spring and the Electric Car Movement.
Shannon now works to help nonprofits and startups create movements of their own. She currently leads marketing efforts for Volta Charging, a startup delivering free electric car charging to communities with a game-changing sponsorship model.
Shirdi Sai Temple & Healing Center
Paul Aryeh is a transformational seminar leader, personal life coach, executive strategy consultant and public speaker. In 1982 he graduated with a BA degree in Economics from UCLA. He successfully ran several apparel industry companies until 1998. After meeting Dr. Sri Kaleshwar in 1998, he moved to India to further his spiritual and consulting development.
Over the next 14 years (1998-2012) he studied with the late Dr. Sri Kaleshwar where he was personally trained as a healer, meditation teacher and seminar leader. During his stay he was on the board of a large Non-profit charitable organization and on staff at their offices.
As a business and personal consultant he integrates powerful eastern principles plus a vibrant style of communication with all his clients. Paul helps people to obtain balance and efficiency to create sustainable long term growth.
Areas which are covered and integrated with his clients are:
* Interpersonal communication & effective leadership
* How to empower individuals within a team setting
* How to create a thriving work environment
* Tools to deal with daily stress
* Identifying and understanding true communication
* Woman & Male empowerment in the workplace
Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com
TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.
Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.
Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Lindsay Baker leads business development and client relationships for Building Robotics, an emerging venture-backed software startup in the building industry. Prior to BR, she worked at Google’s headquarters with Mary Davidge Associates, catalyzing sustainable operations of Google’s portfolio. She is a PhD candidate in Building Science at UC Berkeley, where she also received her Masters. Prior to that, she worked at the USGBC developing LEED rating systems. She has served as a writer, convener and consultant in the sustainable buildings industry for over 10 years.
Keel Asset Management
Gary-John Bartell Director of Business Development Keel Asset Management LLC where he develops and supports impact investing opportunities that focus on 501c-3 non-profits or social enterprises that have an emphasis on at least one of the following key areas; education, economic development, conservation and health/wellness. Mr. Bartell is working to direct more private capital towards the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors through creative impact investment vehicles including ‘Social Impact Bonds’ (SIB’s). Mr. Bartell is a proven entrepreneur with more than 25 years of successful marketing and business operations management both within the United States and the Asian Pacific.
Green Festivals Inc
Dr. Corinna Basler is the president of Green Festivals Inc., based in Asheville, North Carolina. Green Festivals, Inc. organizes Green Festival®Expo, America’s largest and longest running sustainability and green living event. As president, Dr. Basler brings over ten years of experience in international corporate business strategy, marketing, branding, communications and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to joining Green Festival, Dr. Basler was a strategic consultant to global sustainable economy businesses and organizations in Germany, Asia and the United States, including Emerald Capital Asia (projects with International Finance Corporation and World Bank Group), Michael Poliza Experiences, Mercedes Benz and Merrill Lynch. Dr. Basler worked closely with the Maybach Family and Daimler AG in the development of the Wilhelm & Karl Maybach Family Foundation, including its philanthropic cooperation with Daimler AG and United Nations. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Science from the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz (Germany’s Best-Practice University 2002) focusing on consumer behaviors and the impact of personality traits and cultural backgrounds in all four continents. She received her B.S. and MBA in Business Management at Hochschule Harz, University of Applied Studies and Research, Germany.
Corinna is deeply passionate about animals and nature has traveled to over ninety countries where she gained an appreciation and respect for the differing cultures around the world. Her commitment to sustainability is both professional and personal as she has been vegetarian for twenty-one years and a vegan for the last eleven years.
Bill Baue is Co-Founder and Chief Engagement Architect of Convetit, a virtual dialogue platform that Allstate, GE, GRI, HP, Merck, Oxfam, Pfizer, and TD (among others) are using to successfully to engage their stakeholders online and “move beyond monologue.” An internationally recognized expert on Sustainability Context and Sustainability Communications, Baue designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. As a serial entrepreneur, he's co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives:
ThriveAbility Foundation, a global public good framework for achieving a regenerative inclusive economy;
Sustainability Context Group, a global community of thought leaders and practitioners who advocate for Context-Based Sustainability;
Sea Change Radio, a globally syndicated podcast on sustainability.
Baue curated and edited the e-book Next Generation Sustainability Targets: Toward Big, Context-Based Goals. He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Cabot, Ceres, Climate Counts, GE, Harvard, ICCR, UNCTAD, UNEP, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute.
Creative entrepreneur with broad international experience in design, sustainability, technology and media.CEO and Creative Director of Environment Furniture, responsible for providing strategic direction to the company and for delivering on the company’s mission of bringing together innovation and sustainability.Prior to joining Environment co-founded and managed an early stage venture fund.
G. Benjamin Bingham CFP™ is the author of: Making Money Matter…Impact Investing to Change the World published in April 2015 by Prospecta Press. Bingham draws on broad experience from hands-on management experience first as a farmer, teacher and development director and later at two technology start-ups, one in biological healthcare, and the other a global workflow solution provider.
Mr. Bingham has spoken at conferences on sustainable investing since 2004 both here and in Europe. He writes for the Impact Section of the Huffington Post. After twelve years of work advising socially responsible investors, beginning at Legg Mason and Citigroup/Smith Barney, Mr. Bingham founded 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) along with its research arm: www.wikipositive.org and its proprietary fund family: Scarab Funds.
Mr. Bingham is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). In the seventies and early eighties he was a founder of an intentional community with special needs students and agricultural apprentices. He is on the Advisory Board of Persistent Energy Partners and OLSET an organizational learning platform. He is on the Board of CSRHub, Panel Group/ Bulgaria, and the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation. He attended Groton School, Yale University and Emerson College in England and has done a number of certifications including Bio-dynamic Agriculture and Soil Science, The Natural Step, Grantsmanship, Spacial Dynamics and Gestalt psychology.
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Russell Bjorkman is a social impact investor and attorney. He has advised and invested in businesses across Asia, Africa, South America and the US and is currently focused on developing a profitable model to bring significant business investment into the low-income communities of LA.
Russell serves as an advisor to Sovereign's Capital, the largest Christian-faith focused venture capital fund, as well as Amiri Capital, a London-based real estate advisory firm. He was an international corporate attorney in London and Hong Kong for 10 years, where he worked for Skadden Arps and the UK firm Freshfields. He earned two degrees from USC, where he also played football, and a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton School of Business.
California High Speed Rail
As Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Michelle Boehm oversees all aspects of project development in the region. Appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2012, in her role with the Authority, she chairs a regional transportation CEO group focused on high-speed Rail issues and participates in the Regional Rail Partner’s Working Group which focuses on passenger rail planning in California.
Boehm brings nearly 20 years of experience in transportation planning and policy analysis. Before joining the Authority, she was a Vice President with one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms in the Country. In that role, Boehm was the regional manager responsible for overseeing business development, strategic planning, and public agency and community outreach for projects throughout Southern California.
Over the course of her career Boehm has proven her ability as a business manager and strategic planner, having developed strategy for transportation, water, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering and planning practice development and projects.
Michelle is a founding member and former advisory board member for Mobility 21, a coalition of elected officials and transportation providers and also serves as a Director-at-Large on the Board of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and as an Ex-Officio Board Member on the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency Board of Directors.
Transformative Technology Lab
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Mission Impact Philanthropy
Kristine Breese is the founder of Mission Impact Philanthropy, a donor and nonprofit consultancy that helps mission-driven organizations increase their impact through:
• Identifying the shared goals of private and public sector partners to tackle
• Nurturing a culture of philanthropy within groups, individuals and institutions
• Adopting a mindset of strategic philanthropy initiatives to leverage dollars and attract co-investors
• Finding a voice in policy discussions that align with their funding priorities and areas of service
Prior to launching MIP, Breese served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Jacobs Family Foundation and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. In this role, she worked at the crossroads of the foundation’s grant-making and grant-seeking, forging philanthropic partnerships that leveraged and extended the Foundation's work. Breese worked nationally with funders, experts, and policy makers in the fields of social enterprise, economic development, smart-growth, and civic engagement. Previously, she held senior staff positions at several nonprofit and philanthropic agencies, raising and leveraging millions of dollars for important causes.
Breese is a published author and accomplished public speaker. She earned a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from UCLA.
Melinda has more than 20 years of experience elevating brands for social entrepreneurs, mature social enterprises and innovation initiatives for Fortune 500 companies and NGOs. As Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda leads a high-impact innovation firm that empowers great leaders in social and environmental change. She is particularly passionate about empowering women leaders of change – through events, workshops, and a new online accelerator and investment platform for early stage female social entrepreneurs.
Melinda is also a writer, speaker and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her film and television work includes projects that exposed the AIDS crisis in South Africa, explored women’s rights in Turkey, and prepared communities for the effects of climate change. She has also worked on several television shows, including NBC’s The West Wing.
Total Impact Partners
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Francisco Buendia (CEO & Co-Founder)
Driven by fun and action, Francisco Buendia is a fearless Entrepreneur and passionate Pianist with an extensive network of connections to the most influential Music Producers and Executives worldwide. Francisco Buendia graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Instituto de Empresa. Prior to co-founding Melboss, Francisco Buendia held Management and Business Development positions at prominent firms Oracle and Sun Microsystems.
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Ginny has led sustainability reporting for Medtronic since 2008 and was instrumental in the company’s transition to integrated reporting with the release of its 2014 Integrated Performance Report. Since 2013, she also has worked closely with key internal stakeholders to advance strategy and reporting related to the company’s priority sustainability issues, including Access, Product Quality, Ethics in Sales and Marketing, Responsible Sourcing, and Product Stewardship.
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City of San Diego
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AWE Global, Inc
Mark Chasan is a whole-systems integrator and futurist with deep experience in business, finance, technology, law, operations, business development, media, wellness and healing arts.
Mark is currently the CEO of AWE Global, Inc. (“AWE”) and Transformative, Inc. (“Transformative”). AWE’s mission is to create an abundant, well & enlightened world by fostering social and economic change through regenerative community development, corporate social responsibility, organizational transformation, optimal wellness, and ongoing innovation. Transformative helps socially & ecologically conscious entrepreneurs and businesses get the resources (e.g., capital, human, technological, market and property) needed to succeed. Transformative’s focus is on
Mark has a track record as 1) an Internet entrepreneur & innovator with a public exit (Founder & CEO of Emusic); 2) a Fortune 25 executive (Leader of IBM’s Digital Media Consulting Practice); 3) a lawyer (Special Counsel to Hobson, Bernardino + Davis); 4) renewable energy structured finance executive (VP of Business Development and General Counsel for Clean Fund); and a merchant banker, strategic consultant & finance advisor who has participated in over $300 million of financial transactions.
As the founder and president of NewGen Surgical, Rob Chase is dedicated to bringing sustainable design principles and practices to the medical device market.
Rob has been in the medical device field for over 25 years and has extensive O.R. and clinical experience with surgical procedures and equipment. During his career, Rob has worked with industry-leading companies and start-ups and has built sales organizations that are driven to introduce groundbreaking surgical instruments and procedures to the healthcare industry.
City of San Diego
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Elena Christopoulos is the Principal of ECMC and has 20 years of expertise as an Energy and Political Consultant who “walks the talk of sustainability.” In early 2000, she implemented the first urban wind turbine in North America. Located in downtown Toronto, it took more than 250 homes off the power grid. In 2013, Elena was named Toronto’s Woman of the Year for her work designing wind turbines and solar arrays in Canada, Greece, Germany, England, and the US. She travels between the US, Canada, and Europe working on and speaking about diverse alternative energy and clean tech projects.
Elena is a strong advocate for women as a mentor, peer, colleague and friend. It is her goal to increase the number of female environmental scientists from 28% to 50% over her lifetime and to continue to develop #STEM and #STEAM programs. She is also the Brand Ambassador for Dove Canada and for Skydrop (a smart watering sprinkler controller and a great solution to the drought in California).
Calum founded SAFCell, Inc. in November, 2009 to develop and commercialize solid acid fuel cells (SAFCs). SAFCell develops scalable SAFC stacks for applications requiring tens of watts to tens of kilowatts. Based on technology developed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and operating at mid-range temperatures around 250°C, SAFCell stacks tolerate impurities that pose obstacles for other fuel cell technologies, while still using durable and inexpensive metal and polymer components. This combination results in rugged stacks that operate easily on commercially available fuels, greatly reducing overall fuel cell system complexity and cost. SAFCell is partnering with targeted system integrators to enter first portable, and then stationary power markets. SAFCell has earned, raised, and been awarded a total of $12 million dollars since 2010.
Working with many exceptional collaborators, Dr. Chisholm has published 21 scientific papers and holds 22 issued patents. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Clean Energy Renewable Fuels
Harrison Clay, President of Clean Energy Renewables, is responsible for leading Clean Energy’s efforts to produce and sell renewable natural gas (or biomethane) that is derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic waste. Prior to joining Clean Energy in 2008, Mr. Clay worked at the San Francisco investment bank WR Hambrecht + Co. Mr. Clay has extensive experience in structuring and trading environmental commodities, venture capital, corporate and project finance and the clean tech and energy industries. Mr. Clay has a JD from the University of Virginia and a dual AB in Anthropology and English from the University of Georgia.
Clean Energy’s Biomethane Operations
Aware of the potential of biomethane as a renewable, low-emission fuel for fleet vehicles, Clean Energy entered the biomethane production business with the acquisition of a landfill gas processing facility in Dallas, TX, at the McCommas Bluff landfill in 2008. During Clean Energy’s ownership, the McCommas Bluff biomethane production plant grew to one of the largest of its type in the world. Clean Energy has developed additional biomethane production plants located outside of Detroit and Memphis. Clean Energy has the ability to transport biomethane from its own operations or other biomethane production sites to its national network of CNG and LNG fueling stations for use as a vehicle fuel, which is branded Redeem. Clean Energy sold over 14 million gasoline gallon equivalents of Redeem in 2013 and over 21 million gasoline gallon equivalents in 2014. Redeem is the only commercially available alternative fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%, meet 100% of the fueling requirements of an 18-wheeler, and is sold at a substantial discount to diesel fuel prices. Clean Energy is actively pursuing additional opportunities to develop biomethane production sites and acquire biomethane for sale as Redeem, including biomethane projects located at waste water treatment plants or that incorporate agricultural and industrial waste digesters.
Melanie is a corporate social responsibility and sustainability professional with seven years experience in the field. She supports companies in developing and implementing strategies that embed social and environmental sustainability into core business activities. Within the various positions, she has advised Fortune 500 companies in Consumer Goods & Retail, Information and Communication Technology, Energy & Transportation, and Healthcare.
Previously, she served as public relations director for a San Francisco-based agency and contributed to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s ‘Vision 2050’ project. Melanie holds an MBA with honors in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University and graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley.
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Leila Conners, the head of Tree Media, has long been involved with topics of international concern. As one of the youngest people to be admitted into the Council on Foreign Relations, Leila has been an editor for an international policy journal, NPQ and the Global Viewpoint service of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and now is a filmmaker. Known for her in-depth interviews, Tree Media now consistently works on projects that examine consciousness, global transformation, conflict resolution, care & sustainability, the environment, cultural catalysts and progressive movements.
Justin Conway is Vice President of Investment Partnerships at Calvert Foundation, a nonprofit financial services firm that has helped thousands of investors channel over $1 billion in impact investments to social enterprises throughout the U.S. and around the world. He is also President of Calvert Foundation’s wholly-owned subsidiary and registered investment advisor, Community Investment Partners. Justin manages the firm’s financial services and distribution relationships, leads the investor relations and marketing team, and works closely with the investors and financial advisors at the forefront of using investment capital for social impact.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Justin managed the Community Investment Program of the Social Investment Forum and Green America. Before that he worked on human and economic rights in both Asia and Central America. He received a Master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Statistics from James Madison University. Justin serves on the board of US SIF, the association of financial professionals engaged in sustainable and responsible investing, as well as numerous other advisory boards and committees in the impact investment field.
Barnaby Cook- Co-owner and MD of Casual Films in the UK and US. Casual Films is a production company that puts caring about people and the planet at the centre of what they do. Since 2006 they've made over 3,500 films and won 50 international awards. Last year they opened a New York office and set up the Casual Films Academy and Gear-to-There appeal.
The Academy provides film training to underprivileged young people from diverse backgrounds, widening access to the industry. They work on a real brief for a charity that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. Gear-to-There sends the production industry’s unused second hand kit to train street children in Africa up to broadcast standard.
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Closed Loop Fund
Bridget Croke leads investor and industry partnerships and communications at the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact fund that that provides municipalities access to the affordable capital required to build comprehensive recycling programs. Bridget has spent 15 years designing and building campaigns, often in partnership with brands and companies, to motivate consumers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Prior to Closed Loop Fund she held leadership roles with myActions behavior change platform, social movement consultancy and incubator Purpose.com; recycling rewards program Recyclebank.com and the Fair Food Project. When not taking on environmental behavior and systems change, Bridget spends as much time as possible rock and ice climbing, skiing and playing Star Wars with her 6-year-old son.
The Giving Keys
"Singer/songwriter, actress, Founder & CEO of The Giving Keys, Caitlin Crosby started writing songs with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds in high school, where she was signed to his label under Arista Records. She later signed with Interscope Records & went on to release her debut album "Flawz" in 2009 through Blackledge/Atlantic Records & then released a EP 'Save That Pillow' w/ Glee's Adam Anders last year.
She started The Giving Keys on her music tour, which now exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys. Each key is engraved with a message like FEARLESS, HOPE, STRENGTH, COURAGE etc. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key more than them, they must pass it on. They "pay it forward."
They have since grown to now be carried at Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Fred Segal, Kitson as well as almost 2000 retail stores around the world. Caitlin and The Giving Keys have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, O-Oprah Magazine People Magazine, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, E! News, MTV News, KTLA, The Steve Harvey Show, Ellen, Teen Vogue, and more.
To date, The Giving Keys has employed 28 people transitioning out of homelessness and currently have over 45 employees total.
Caitlin is also working on finishing her next album. She has appeared in dozens of TV shows, commercials, and films, including a worldwide Levi's Jeans campaign.
From the effects of growing up in Hollywood, Caitlin created www.LoveYourFlawz.com, to support those dealing with body image issues. She was chosen as a spokesperson for Oprah’s top 10 favorite charities for O Magazine’s 10-year anniversary & Oprah's “Live Your Best Life” events.
She has spoken at TEDx, Stanford University, Saddleback Business Summit with Arianna Huffington, Create + Cultivate, Q Ideas, Catalyst, Donald Miller's Storyline Conference, IF Gathering, Invisible Children Fourth Estate Summit, and many other conferences. "
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Thomas Day was named Chief Sustainability Officer in June 2011. He leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Prior to serving in this role, he was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011) and Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007). From 2001-2005, he was Vice President, Engineering.
Day is a third generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.
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Jeff Denby is the co-Founder of PACT, an award-winning organic apparel basics brand with retail partners such as Whole Foods and Nordstrom, as well as a successful e-commerce site. PACT differentiates itself from other apparel brands by manufacturing its garments in a transparent supply chain, improving the lives of cotton farmers and garment workers around the world. Denby's passion is to transform apparel production by pioneering new models for social impact within global supply chains. Follow Jeff Denby on Twitter. Learn more about PACT: www.wearpact.com
Academies for Social Entrepreneu
Betsy Densmore, Founder/Managing Director, Academies for Social Entrepreneurship
ASE is an educational organization which provides training, mentoring and seed capital funding guidance for social entrepreneurs. Densmore is an entrepreneur herself, having founded three hospitality businesses, an insurance agency and two nonprofit organizations. Prior to launching ASE, she lead programs for a global training and development organization. Her experience also includes a decade as the Executive Director of a community foundation, running an energy services social enterprise, and serving as the Community Affairs Manager for a Fortune 500 retailer.
Shamini brings over 20 years of international strategy, global operations, venture capital and executive leadership experience in Corporate America. Before launching her own company Dhana Inc. in 2008, Shamini travelled the globe, managing and marketing Silicon Valley Bank’s global financial services group including managing the bank’s technology clients and investing in cross-border venture funds for seven years.
Prior to banking, Shamini managed the State of California’s Foreign Direct Investment for Asia Pacific, travelling extensively, speaking, promoting trade and leading global business missions. As an entrepreneur, Shamini Dhana brings her passion and purpose in uniting the globe by redefining our connection to the people and planet with her brand Dhana — an earth conscious brand for kids – offering a collection of ethical and sustainable products. Shamini continues to give back to the community through educating kids on the impact of their choices every day and raises awareness on sustainability as a Climate Ride Ambassador. Shamini lives in Mill Valley, CA with her husband and kids, President of San Francisco’s Global Professional Women’s Network ‘Ellevate’, Board Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum(EFF) based in London, UK and is Associate Producer of the True Cost Movie.
Mark Dixon is a member of the IBM Safer Planet architecture team in North America. Mark is the creator of the “Smarter Local Government” and “Cognitive Ditigal Democracy” concepts, for which he received one of his three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards.
Mark is also the recipient of an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. Mark has more than thirty-two years of experience in the information technology industry, over 28 years with IBM as a Systems Engineer, Technical Systems Engineering Manager and Client Technical Architect.
Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of infrastructure architecture including platform selection methodology, servers, storage and data center networking. Mark also is knowledgeable in aspects of Enterprise Architecture, Software Architecture and key elements of IBM's extensive software product portfolio. Mark's involvement in IBM’s current initiatives include working on various opportunities in the public and private sectors for various Safer Planet/Smarter City solutions as well as the Internet of Things and BigData analytics. Mark is also working on governance models and reference architectures for multi-tenant shared-service private clouds for local governments.
Mark is on the Board of Directors of a local community cooperative working to bring open access fiber optic connectivity to homes and businesses in semi-rural and rural areas that are currently underserved by traditional vendors. Mark also designed and built his family's energy-efficient house in the California foothills.
He is now working on solar hot water and solar PV installations for the house as well as a garden. Mark enjoys driving a Toyota Prius, a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.
Think Beyond Plastic™
Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the CEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™, a social impact venture that addresses plastic pollution by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good.
Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur. Her prior experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO and general management within Fortune-500 companies such as desktop publishing leader Frame Technology, internet pioneer Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC.
Daniella Russo is a mentor and member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses, and teaches at Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management.
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Robert Egger's entire career has been dedicated to insuring that neither food or people are wasted. Robert is the Founder of L.A. Kitchen, as well as the DC Central Kitchen and the Campus Kitchens Project. Since founding DCCK in 1989, the programs he has led or launched have prepared over 31 million meals, and helped over 1200 men and women gain full-time employment. He is an award winning author, a proven social entrepreneur and he has been recognized nationally for his leadership in the nonprofit sector. He is also a 15 gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.
Originally from Chicago Daniel moved to California in the early 90′s right when the Bulls were scorching the NBA. He worked in a few different industries before finding his niche in the technology sector. Before joining Microsoft, Daniel held a variety of positions in the information technology and engineering fields. At his company, Odyssey Consulting Group, he served as Chief Architect and CEO. OCG did custom application development for Mid-Range companies in Southern California.
He was fortunate enough to be a Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft MVP – ASP/ASP.Net , a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and an Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, as well as a .Net Insider for the Southern California Region.
He has always been active in the developer community and was the Co-Founder of the SoCalDotNet Developers Group. In addition, he also had the unique opportunity to serve as President of INETA, the international .Net association and enjoyed my time there immensely.
When not working on technical stuff, you can find Daniel running around SoCal trying to bring down my marathon times (don’t ask) or shooting away with my Cannon trying to get that “perfect” shot.
Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, a sofware company that makes it possible for any company to collect, report and act upon sustainability data, powering the global market in non-financial information.
Before Measurabl Matt spent five years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, where he began his career as a real estate broker. Matt went on to lead CBRE’s Sustainability Practice Group in the Western US, implement its industry-first global carbon neutrality program, and serve as the company’s first Director of Sustainability Solutions and youngest member of its Global Sustainability Steering Committee.
Matt has expertise in sustainability reporting, corporate sustainability strategy, institutional and corporate real estate, carbon accounting, and green building. He is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and New Leaders Council Fellow.
ALTHEA Center for Engaged Spirit
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From the start of her career in 1980, Lily Engelhardt has had the foresight to understand that social responsibility and capitalism are not mutually exclusive. She acknowledged the need and acted on the impact movement before the words “socially responsible” were a commonly used term. Lily’s mission began with her passion and lobbying for the anti-apartheid movement During a time when portfolio value was predominantly measured in dollars and cents, Lily made a conscious effort to invest in progressive companies whose missions went beyond the bottom line. She not only excluded companies who were harmful to social or environmental agendas, but actively sought after those making progress. Overtime, Lily helped to craft what we now know as “social responsible investing”. Her efforts were not only limited to her capacity as a wealth manager; Lily took an active stance in lobbying for advanced causes. One of her most admirable accomplishments was her role in securing domestic partnership benefits in the workplace, during a time when the stigma of AIDS ran deep through society. A natural leader, many of her colleagues in the business gravitated towards her sustainable agenda and joined her in the movement of investing with impact and using wealth as a tool to help create positive change.
From a small boutique wire-house and a degree in engineering, Lily has developed one of the only all-female groups at Morgan Stanley, The Lily Group.
Natalie Engelhardt is a New Yorker with a passion for innovation and sustainability. In 2009, Natalie participated in L’Oreal’s Brandstorm for product conception and marketing ideas, where she received a prestigious award from McCann Erickson for Best Communications Campaign against pitches considered from around the world. Natalie then went on to work on L’Oreal’s Global Marketing team. There, she worked on the largest segment portfolio, helped re-launch a pillar brand, and created a new product from insight to conception, which launched globally. Following her accomplishments in brand development, she created a new concept in the home décor and interior design sector with her brand, Table Swoon. Table Swoon was highlighted as one of the most innovative ideas to launch in 2013 within the trade. Natalie went on to a boutique investment advisor firm where she learned to love the business. She came to join Morgan Stanley and The Lily Group in 2014. Natalie’s mission is to show her peers that sustainable investing is a viable and great option to make progress in communities with tangible financial and social impact.
Natalie attended New York University Stern School of Business. There she received the award for Marketing Excellence and developed her honors thesis on disruptive innovation.
Designworks, A BMW Group Company
Peter Falt is currently Director of Creative Consulting for Designworks, A BMW Group Company.
Designworks is BMW’s global advanced design center where 3rd party clients benefit from access to future contextual knowledge, success oriented goals, and deep global resources. Peter is passionate about aligning stringent business objectives with design, development, and communication services to reach tough goals.
Holding a BFA in Industrial Design, Peter has a history of sustainable design and triple bottom line understanding demonstrated through water and energy interplay, low-cost / high impact solutions achieved through integrated material intelligence, and social innovation programs. Published work in Victor Papanek’s The Green Imperative, and good design award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum.
“the ability to speed holistically designed solutions with well communicated end-user benefits to market has both immediate and long-lasting returns for all stakeholders.”
Moe has Master Degree in Public Administration specializing in Urban Planning. Early in his sustainability career, Mr. Fakih certified a LEED Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance gold level hotel in San Francisco, the first hotel in the world to achieve the title. He later designed and built the first LEED Commercial Interior remodel in Anaheim Hills, implementing sustainable improvement strategies that reduced electricity costs by over 50% and water consumption costs by 43%.
Mr. Fakih has established sustainability polices for new construction and existing building owners that have strong return on investment (under two years), favorable internal rate of return (up to 355%), sizeable net present value, met code compliance, and delivered differentiation by intelligent branding.
In 2008, Mr. Fakih flew to Washington D.C. to help establish weights to the LEED Buildings Operations & Maintenance National Accreditation test. In 2009, he chaired the first LEED Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance U.S. Green Building Council Sub-Committee. He continues to publish articles on sustainability measures tied to code requirements and the goal of such articles is to help educate developers and design professionals. Active in the community, Mr. Fakih serves as the “Sustainability Judge” for restaurants the annual Sustainable Business Council's People's Choice Awards.
Moe currently leads a team of project managers and engineers who help developers comply with State code and improve operating costs.
Howie Fendley is Director of Projects & Sr. Chemist at MBDC in Charlottesville, VA. He has been with the firm since 2001 and specialized in human/ecological health assessments of materials and Cradle to Cradle Product Certification assessments. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Virginia and is focused on applying good science to sustainable product and process design.
Cliff Fietzek, Manager of connected eMobility is responsible for all development related topics on BMW's electric cars within BMW of North America. In his role he is responsible for BMW’s test and validation of PHEV’s, BMW’s Fast charging Projects in the US and research projects for controlled charging and Battery storage.
Prior to this assignment, he was responsible for the electric / electronic integration of the hybrid power train into the BMW X6 Active Hybrid. The hybrid components were jointly developed at the Hybrid Development Center in Troy, MI, in a cooperation between General Motors, Chrysler, Daimler and BMW.Cliff Fietzek has been with BMW since 2003 and holds a Master of Engineering.
Centro Community Partners
Megan is a consultant specializing in philanthropic and social impact investing. She works with clients on projects ranging from organizational assessment to investment fund creation and distribution to fundraising and investor relations.
Previously, Megan was Head of Investments and Business Development at MicroPlace, Inc., which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Ebay until its closure in 2014. In that role, Megan focused on the identification of underserved markets and the organizations seeking to address societal issues within those populations, with the aim of facilitating the flow of investment capital into impactful solutions.
Prior to joining MicroPlace, Megan held senior-level roles focusing on business development, product development, investor relations, and consulting services at banking institutions and asset management companies located in San Francisco and New York City.
She received her M.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco and her B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College (MA). Megan currently serves as an advisor to Centro Community Partners, an organization located in Oakland, CA that fosters socioeconomic change in communities through the provision of business advisory services and leadership development programs to underserved entrepreneurs.
High Quality Organics
Jay Fishman is an entrepreneur with a career-long dedication to making organic food choices more accessible to consumers. His impressive 40-years in the industry have seen him leading some of the top organic spice and organic food companies in the country. Jay has built several successful fresh herb and spices businesses, which continue today. His expertise has led him to become the Chairman of the Board for High Quality Organics.
Ground 2 Table
Paul Fishman brings years of sales and marketing expertise to Ground 2 Table. He has worked with top retailers and fitness brands including Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Revolve Fitness and SparkCycle. Paul leads the company in its charge to make it easier for consumers to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Victoria Fiore is head of Mission and a Senior Marketing Manager at Plum Organics®, the leading premium organic baby and kids food company. Victoria works cross-functionally to implement responsible business practices and to develop meaningful ways to engage consumers and the industry with Plum's mission and brand.
Always intrigued by the power of business for social good, Victoria has focused her career at the intersection of for-profit and for-impact, starting her career in global microfinance with Unitus. Victoria got her MBA at the Haas School of Business where she studied business model innovation for social change. She currently lives in San Francisco, but hits the road as often as possible to see the rest of the world.
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Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Based in Los Angeles, he is the Founder / Artistic Director & CEO of EARTH'S CALL, the global broadcast-event intended to uplift humanity taking place at the historic 1400-acre Chateau Millemont estate outside of Paris in JUNE 2016. www.earthscall.org Fitzpatrick has collaborated musically with His Holiness the Dalai Lama the past two decades as part of TUNING THE PLANET - the unprecedented East-West musical collaboration recorded and filmed inside the largest cave-system in the world, Mammoth Cave - conceived, directed and produced by Fitzpatrick. The Dalai Lama stated, “The emotion induced by Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful it sounds almost verbalized, and brings feelings of peace to all who listen. His sound is Clear Light.”
Hailed by The New York Times as possessing "a sense of humor, virtuosity, and an ear for musical dialogue" and by NPR / National Public Radio as "an Interpreter of the Muse”, Fitzpatrick was instrumental in bringing together His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali, performing his signature composition Invocation for World Peace for their historic occasion. Sir George Martin, Producer of The Beatles, stated: “He is a marvelous talent, and I could not agree with him more: music is the only thing that can truly change the world.” Fitzpatrick is Music Director of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Gala.
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Jack Ford is a Farmer, Advocate and Educator in the local sustainable food community in San Diego.
Currently farming 140 acres and partnered in another 400 acres in pasture based farm to table poultry and livestock operation in Valley Center California.
Our farming philosophy is simple, no intervention and all living things must have a quality of life and death. We work to feed noncommercial crops and create symbiotic relationships with organic crop farmers. Our production animals are all estate and are harvested on the farms.
In the last 10 years of farming Jack has created biodiverse flocks and herds raising only estate poultry and livestock. His reputation for the quality of his animals have gathered national attention in the culinary world. You will often see Jack and Chefs working together to bring greater awareness to the local and biodynamic food system in San Diego.
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Terrapin Bright Green
Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community with over twenty years experience. His work spans across building type and scales and includes developing innovative products and building systems integration to large-scale planning issues and building code development. He is currently Managing Partner of Terrapin Bright Green, the sustainability consulting and strategic planning firm. He serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin’s consulting engagements while also actively involved at COOKFOX Architects, where he is a Senior Associate. His interests include high-performance design at both the building and community scale, zero energy communities, biomimicry, biophilia, and data analytics.
Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the US Green Building Council, and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Chris received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University.
Fair Trade USA
Jennifer leads the coffee category, described as “the 2nd most valuable commodity exported by the developing world” at one of the most recognized Fair Trade certifiers in North America. In her role, She is working on initiatives to help companies like Keurig Green Mountain, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, Target, Whole Foods, and Sam’s Club increase the value and generate mutual benefit out of being socially responsible and sourcing sustainably. In addition, she leads a team that helps companies bring new Fair Trade products to market, communicate their sustainability story with consumers, add transparency to their supply chain, plus measure/assess/report impact.
Jennifer is also an active and recognized leader in the specialty coffee industry focusing on gender equity issues. She currently serves as the Vice President of the IWCA [International Women’s Coffee Alliance] with 19 chapters throughout the globe bringing resources to the millions of women working in coffee and living in poverty around the world. Jennifer is convinced coffee will be the first AG commodity to be 100% sustainably and responsibly sourced and that it will be programs focused on women with training, education, market linkage, financing, and skill development that will make it possible.
Jennifer has 25 years of partnership management, business/brand/channel development, and strategic planning with roles on the prestigious joint ventures at PepciCo forged with Lipton® and Starbucks®. She is a huge animal and youth advocate, has a B.S. from Colorado State University and lives in Southern Colorado with her husband and a house full of animals.
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Chief Strategy & Investment Officer, Ian brings a unique set of skills to LACI with entrepreneurial, management consulting, project development and investment banking experience.
As an investment banker with Oracle Capital, LLC, Ian specialized in financing solutions for cleantech companies (seed/early stage, development, growth, RTO, M&A, tech transfer to China/ India/ Africa). Client sectors included: solar (panel/ services/ development), small wind, energy storage, residential/commercial/municipal clean technology financing products, electric vehicle, battery management systems, EV charging networks, water treatment, LED, shale gas, smart grid, smart building, biomass, waste to energy, small hydro, and biofuels.
As a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group he focused on the energy and utilities sectors worldwide including engagements for Steag Energy Services, GmbH and Pacific Gas & Electric. Mr. Gardner’s project development experience at Duke Energy includes independent private power (IPP) deals internationally in Asia, Latin America, Australia and Northern Europe.
As an entrepreneur he successfully took two cleantech companies from inception to financial exit, including public company experience as CEO. Two years of business planning and development work with The Esalen Institute in Big Sur complement his strong business background with broad exposure to the human development sector.
Starfish Impact, Inc.
Marta Gazzera Ferro is the President of Starfish Impact, Inc., a philanthropic consulting company founded in 2005. After spending years involved in the non-profit and philanthropic community as a volunteer, Marta sought to bring to her non-profit clients the same entrepreneurial spirit, business management skills, and deep relationships she brought to her work at Goldman Sachs and in international business. The Starfish Impact team was created with this in mind, to connect talent and strategic thinking to organizations doing purposeful and meaningful work. The approach is simple – tackle client issues with the best resources, strategies, and initiatives. With Starfish Impact, clients get a team of experienced strategists that work with passion to achieve practical results. Marta is also an SVP Los Angeles Partner and the Co-Founder and CEO of Pink51, a shopping website and movement that promotes women in business leadership and supports women's and girls' economic development.
Marta earned her MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1999. She was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship as well as a Kauffman Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Leadership. While at the Anderson School, Marta was the Finance Director of the Women’s Business Connection and the Co-Director of Finance for Challenge For Charity, the largest corporate donor to Special Olympics in the State of California. She also worked as a Teaching Associate for the Management Development for Child Care Providers, a Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies program led by Dr. Alfred E. Osborne. Marta graduated Cum Laude from Vassar College with a BA in Psychology and Education. She was awarded the John Iyoya Prize in Education for Creative Skills in Teaching, The Edith Neisser Prize for Excellence in Child Development and Education, and Distinction in her Honors Thesis. Marta achieved an Elementary Education Certification, New York State. She also published five psychophysiology research articles with Dr. Barry Smith and researched and edited his psychology textbook. Marta was the Co-Captain of the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team and was the starting striker forward all four years. She holds Vassar College women’s soccer records for goals scored, assists and total points.
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Rick Gibson has had a 40-year career building businesses. He has founded and co-founded several successful technology companies and advised over (75) others. Since 1999, Rick has served as Managing Director of HOTventures, which invests in and advises fast-growth companies, in a wide range of innovation domains including Energy, Information Technology, Healthcare, Sustainability and Media. Rick’s played a key role in several liquidity events.
Rick serves as board member for several technology incubators and accelerators, as judge or screener for several conferences, competitions and investor groups. He was Adjunct Instructor and Practitioner Faculty for UA’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, a top ranked program. Rick is a Venture Partner for GSV Sustainability Partners, which funds large infrastructure commercial projects, in which they share the savings on energy, water and fuel.
Alexander Gershenson, Ph.D.Cofounder & CEO, SupplyShift combines over 10 years of experience in academia in areas of climate change science and policy with almost a decade of experience in the private sector helping companies achieve their sustainability goals. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on climate change and global sustainability.As CEO of SupplyShift, Alex leads the development of the SupplyShift platform, a next generation supply chain management tool. SupplyShift breaks down information barriers, and enables buyers and suppliers to create shared value and improve social and environmental responsibility of complex supply chains. SupplyShift enables effortless data collection and analysis by buyers, and provides suppliers with information on where they are leading, where they may be a bit behind, and how they can improve. In addition to his position in SupplyShift, Alex holds an Assistant Professor position at San Jose State University in the department of Environmental Studies
JET Recycling America
Prior to cofounding JET Recycling America, Andy Glass founded and managed companies in the fields of environmental charity, Internet e-commerce, and sports medicine, rehabilitation and fitness, including high-tech manufacturing. Andy was cofounder of the original CYBEX company and served as its guiding force in product development, marketing and sales for 21 years. From a two-man division of a small medical equipment manufacturer, CYBEX grew to become the world’s most respected brand in its field, with sales in more than 100 countries.
During the early Internet boom of the late ‘90s, Andy started a cause-related marketing company based on patents he co-developed to allow e-commerce transactions to be data mined for charity and brand association preferences. This technology and associated marketing plan won the rights to be the exclusive e-commerce provider for the American Red Cross, Make-a-Wish®, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, MADD®, National Childhood Cancer Society, National Wildlife Federation, and six other major charities. This experience with world-leading charitable organizations made Andy a firm believer in the potential for doing well by doing good.
As a long-time fisherman, scuba diver and environmentalist shocked by the environmental problems caused by plastic waste, Andy founded Plastic Free Ocean in 2009. Years of research and investigation led Andy to the realization that the only way to reduce plastic pollution is to bring value to all plastic waste – not just the small portion that is typically recovered and recycled. Valuable commodities are not wasted, buried, burned or allowed to escape into the environment.
When a colleague told Andy about JET, a technology that could directly manufacture high-value products from virtually all plastic waste, he determined to bring JET to America.
Peter Glatzer is an independent film producer with six ﬁlms to his credit, including the Sundance hit THE GRAVE and the Tim Roth/Renee Zellweger thriller DECEIVER. He’s made films and created television shows for HBO, Miramax, Fox, MGM and Discovery. Prior to producing, he was the executive director of The Hamptons Film Festival and the creator of the IFP Gotham Awards.
In 2009 he created and produced the TV show ALTER ECO with Adrian Grenier to help launch Discovery’s Planet Green. In 2010 he and Grenier co-founded SHFT.COM, a lifestyle brand for conscious consumers. SHFT looks at environmentalism through a different lens, and strives to find creative, inspiring, market-driven solutions to climate change. SHFT has partnered with companies such as: Ford Motor Company, AOL/Huffington Post, Virgin America, Stonyfield Farm, LG, and The Weather Channel. In its second year, SHFT won two Webby Awards for best Green Website.
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating. Thirteen LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold, making the company one of the most experienced designers of homes at the highest level of LEED certification. LivingHomes are available in standard or customized configurations to builders, developers and individuals.
In addition to design, LivingHomes is developing communities of LivingHomes for Make It Right, at the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, and for its own project in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa. Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others. Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio. Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist.
He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow. Glenn is a co-founder and chair of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org, co-founder of the Kaia Parker Dance Endowement, www.kaiaparker.org, and a co-founder and former board member of Hope Street Group, www.hopestreetgroup.org and the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org. He was a a Judge for the US Energy Department's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition, www.solardecathlon.gov .
Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post. Glenn holds two patents.
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Earth Rights Institute
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Closed Loop Fund
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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor
Heather Grady is a Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, based in the San Francisco office. She leads the organization's strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, publications, presentations and other initiatives, as well as expanding efforts on impact investing and supporting an impact economy. Heather tackled community-level and policy challenges firsthand in East Asia, Africa and the Middle East during two decades of development and human rights work, living in settings as diverse as Thailand, Vietnam, China, the Gaza Strip and Sudan.
More recently she served as Vice President, Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. She helped ensure significant impact from strategic initiatives in cities climate change resilience, impact investing, transforming Health Systems, and agriculture. Her portfolio also included Program Related Investments (PRIs) and philanthropic sector support.
Prior to that Heather was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. There she helped catalyze leadership across the government, UN, business and civil society sectors, and expand public understanding of rights and development issues and solutions.
She directed the programs on employment, climate change, and the MDGs, and contributed to programs on corporate responsibility, women’s leadership, and health. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where she co-created and taught a graduate course on climate change, development and human rights. Heather has degrees from the Kennedy School at Harvard and Smith College. She is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including The B Team, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, and SXSW Eco.
Pegine is a Vice President in Whittier Trust’s Philanthropic Services department,providing philanthropic advisement to our high net worth clients and management services for their foundations and donor-advised funds. Pegine advises clients on issues such as formalizing their philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and involving the next generation in charitable giving. She also provides turn-key, comprehensive foundation and DAF management services, shouldering all of the administrative responsibilities so clients can simply experience the joy of giving and the positive impact it has on their families.
Pegine brings a wealth of experience to Whittier Trust as an attorney in both private practice and nonprofit legal services. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a well-respected, state-wide poverty advocacy organization, and as a management and Board consultant to nonprofit organizations throughout California. Pegine has extensive experience with private foundations, grants management, board development, nonprofit governance and administration, nonprofit financial management, organizational development, strategic planning, retreat facilitation and program evaluation.
Pegine received her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from The American College, and her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College. She is also trained as a mediator through the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Casa de las Amigas, a Pasadena-based residential and outpatient treatment center for women in recovery.
The Difference Group
The need for leadership within the impact space is clear and rising. Impact entrepreneurs are facing increasing pressure from investors to attract and retain top level talent, and potential candidates are being asked to bring a blend of business acumen and passion for making a difference like never before. With over fourteen years of successfully placing talented people with career opportunities that have forever changed their lives, Alison knows what it takes to find the right fit for both a candidate and a company. Most recently, as part of the Toniic global investment network, Alison was the primary face for social impact entrepreneurs seeking startup funding. Combining her skill for recruiting with her passion for world changing companies, Alison founded the Difference Group in 2014.
The Difference Group, a boutique talent acquisition agency, fuels social and environmental startups with the human capital they need to successfully scale their companies. Each search results in the curation of a select talent pool - this pool representing the best in class of qualified and accomplished executives that are seeking to add purpose to their professional lives. The Difference Group becomes a partner in their client's strategic growth by being the primary acquirer of their most valuable resource — people.
Climate Ventures 2.0
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Jennifer Gurecki specializes in designing creative approaches to building community through place-based, human centered design. She is the visionary and Chief Innovation Officer of Zawadisha, a non-profit social enterprise, whose mission is to empower, entrust, and expand opportunities for women through an innovative model of micro-lending that melds resilience thinking, leadership development, and entrepreneurship.
Jennifer completed her Masters in Non-formal Education at Prescott College in 2006 an is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability Education from the same university. When she’s not researching network theory or traveling at high speeds on matatus in Kenya, she enjoys skiing deep powder in the mountains with friends and loved ones.
Fred Haberman is the co-founder and CEO of Haberman, a creative connection and engagement agency with a clearly defined mission: to tell the stories of pioneers making a difference in the world. In the last 20 years, Fred and his team have helped bring organic and natural products into the mainstream, working with brands such as Earthbound Farm, Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley and Traditional Medicinals.
In 2014, Fred co-founded Urban Organics, one of the first USDA-certified organic aquaponics facilities in the country. Using just two percent of the water required for conventional farming, Urban Organics relies on fish and plants helping each other grow in a fully sustainable, closed loop method of farming. It’s been profiled everywhere from Fast Company to Newsweek, and named one of 10 innovative projects from around the world by London’s The Guardian.
Clean Tech Group
As CEO of Cleantech Group, Sheeraz Haji is one of the world’s most influential cleantech thought-leaders and trusted advisors to global companies and executives.
He engages directly with select clients, leads the firm’s management team, and works with team heads to direct strategy in the firm’s three key businesses: events, i3 and advisory. A seasoned tech entrepreneur, Sheeraz served for eight years as co-founder and CEO of GetActive, a venture-backed software-as-a-service, CRM company. He led GetActive’s merger with Convio, then served as Convio’s president and built a combined company with 1,200 clients and 300 employees.
Previously, Sheeraz worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company; an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for El Dorado Ventures; an operations executive for GMO, a global management investment firm; and a product manager for Digital Impact (acquired by Acxiom). Sheeraz launched his career as an environmental engineer with Environ International. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in environmental engineering from Brown University and Stanford University, respectively. Sheeraz also holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.
Earth Block International
With more than 45 years of experience in the construction industry, James Hallock has dedicated the last 21 years to promoting earthen construction as a solution to environmental and global housing concerns. Beginning with the 1995 founding of Earth Block, Inc., based in Colorado and operating over the course of 17 years in the southwestern United States, he served as general contractor on dozens of homes, many of which have been featured in national magazines. Since 1999, Jim has expanded his efforts on an international scale, consulting both on high-end developments and affordable housing and construction projects around the world. Upon relocating to Texas four years ago, he founded both Earth Block Texas, LLC, a regional construction company, and Earth Block International, a consulting company dedicated to increasing awareness of the many advantages of earthen walls. In an effort to bring healthy, high-quality housing to economically disadvantaged populations, to train local crews in this building system, and to disseminate information regarding the benefits of earthen construction, he first co-founded a Mexican-based non-profit (NGO), Instituto Tierra y Cal, A.C., based outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and now Earth Build, a non-profit 501c3 based in Texas. Workshops are conducted in the U.S. and Mexico on such topics as earth block construction, vaults and domes, and natural plasters.
Jim has presented at three international and two regional conferences of Engineers Without Borders since 2010 and was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award from Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, in 2010. He was one of eight people to write the nation's first compressed earth block code for the state of New Mexico in 2002 and is currently engaged in revising this code with The Earthbuilders Guild. He has participated in sustainable building projects in various parts of the world including Honduras, Zambia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Chiapas, Baja California Sur and other areas of Mexico, as well as consulting for the Navajo Reservation, the University of Colorado at Boulder on a project for the Crow Nation in Montana, and the University of Oklahoma Department of Architecture on a Habitat for Humanity house. Jim has traveled to Haiti 15 times since 2009, where he has provided, design, training, and technical support services as part of a CEB school construction project developed and coordinated by Partners in Progress, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization, and Ecole Gamaliel Deslandes, a community-based school in Deslandes. Jim is presently consulting on a community-led home building project developed by PIP and EGD.
As executive brand creative director Dale provides strategic and creative direction on engagements ranging from redefining the brand of a global company to crafting sustainability communications for a Fortune 100 business, and everything in between. He is adept at storytelling and has a unique ability to produce design solutions that are simultaneously differentiating, highly effective and truly beautiful.
He is an inspired leader, he guides and mentors the design staff and plays a critical role in building teams that have the kind of right-brain/left-brain skill sets required by our client base. He has a special focus in brand design, having led the Boeing One brand effort, and in corporate social responsibility communications for clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, Qualcomm and Gap Inc. Dale is a frequent speaker and presenter on brand and CSR communications and has judged many major award competitions.
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You Are Loved Foods
Jonathan Heine is the Founder/CEO and main food designer for You Are Loved Foods. You Are Loved Foods one of the only truly pure paleo baked goods and sweets company in the world. All our foods are free of glutens, grains, starches, added sugars, dairy, soy, protein isolates, artificial sweeteners or starch based sugar alcohols (no erythritol, sorbitol, maltitol, xlylitol (“no ‘tols at all”). Our patent pending chocolate is 1/3 the fat and ½ the calories of regular chocolate. All our foods are 1 gram or less sugar per serving, and all are made from ingredients with a glycemic index of 5 or less. After spending 4 years as a chef and master baker way back in the early ‘80’s, and after over 25 years’ experience in investments, finance, investment banking, and real estate, Jonathan founded You Are Loved Foods because he was unable to find foods that supported a healthy, low carb, starch free, paleo lifestyle. Having developed and patented a unique low carb/low fat chocolate and proprietary processes and formulations which create satisfying grain, gluten and sugar free versions of some of our favorite foods--fudge, cupcakes, granola—You Are Loved Foods is receiving glowing reviews and Jonathan is in demand to speak at conferences and about healthy food in various media. You Are Loved Foods seeks to open its first retail location in Los Angeles this year, and grows its wholesale distribution daily. Jonathan has an MBA with Distinction from the Wharton School of Business, a Bachelors of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
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As United Nations' Account Director, Travis Heneveld manages customer relationships with the entire family of UN organisations. Motorola Solutions is a major supplier of business critical communication solutions to peacekeeping, emergency response and development agencies worldwide. Travis joined Motorola's Europe, Middle East and Africa Strategy team in 2003, after several years as a Strategy Consultant driving global product and marketing initiatives for Fortune 100 consumer goods companies such as Levi's, United Airlines, IKEA and Ericsson.
A global citizen with living experiences in Europe and Asia, Travis is currently based in Germany and is a Guest Lecturer in Cross-cultural Management at The Berlin School of Economics and Law. He is currently finishing his contribution to "Digital Kenya, the New Generation of Entrepreneurs", a management textbook that will be published later this year. Travis is a BA graduate of Pomona College and holds an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.
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An internationally recognized expert in impact investing, Herman invented the “HIP = Human Impact + Profit” ratings system in 2004. HIP Ratings show that portfolios and companies can realize lower risk, enhanced returns and profit potential, and build a better world — by focusing on the root-cause drivers of value creation, and their associated impact on profit.
The HIP Investor team rates and ranks more than 8500+ investments and funds globally, including 4500+ companies worldwide, and 4,000+ issuances of bonds (municipals, sovereigns and agencies). In addition to licensing the HIP Ratings, Herman and the HIP team also manage the HIP Portfolios – the HIP 100, the HIP Sustainable Real Estate, the HIP Global Dividends folio, the HIP Best Companies to Work For folio — as separately-managed accounts, and can be licensed by fund managers, advisors, and institutional investors.
Herman’s landmark book, The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World is published by John Wiley & Sons, and is now integrated into 21 university curricula for MBAs, MPAs and undergraduate students. Paul is an Investment Committee member of the Patient Capital fund, and an advisor to (and lifetime member of) Net Impact, a network of 20,000 professionals, MBAs and students worldwide. Paul is also an advisor to SASB.org: the Sustainability Advisory Standards Board.
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Co-Founder of Credibles, a new community-funding service and app for local food businesses. (If you eat, you’re an investor.) As a co-leader and investor with Slow Money Northern California, Arno has led multiple investments in food ventures. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at Union Bank. Now based in San Francisco, Arno grew up in Europe and is easily distracted by new ice cream flavors and typefaces. For updates: @ahesse.
Compass Natural Marketing
Steven Hoffman is Managing Director of Compass Natural, a full-service brand marketing, public relations and business development agency dedicated to natural, organic and sustainable businesses. He is Co-founder of LOHAS Journal and the LOHAS Forum sustainable business conference. Hoffman is former Program Director of Natural Products Expo East and West, the world’s leading natural and organic products trade shows, and he served as Editorial Director of New Hope Natural Media’s highly respected trade publishing division focused on the natural, organic and nutritional products industry. Hoffman also served as National Marketing Director and Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager for Arrowhead Mills, now a leading organic division of the Hain-Celestial Group. Hoffman is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in agriculture and education in Central America. As an agricultural extension agent in the mid-1980s, he served as a director of Philadelphia’s Urban Gardening Program, where he helped establish more than 125 vegetable gardens in low-income Hispanic neighborhoods in the city. He received a M.S. in Agriculture from Pennsylvania State University. Visit www.compassnatural.com.
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Jud Ireland, founding sponsor and longtime supporter of Sustainatopia, is the founder and chairman of two socially responsible companies: Wisdom Trust Capital, a social impact investment fund, and Naked Int'l, Inc., a company that hopes to change people's attitudes and habits surrounding condom usage. Using the nonprofit Naked Foundation, Jud has also supported Global Poverty Project, The Global Citizen Festival and numerous other non profit groups.
Decades ahead of his time, Jud recognized the global environmental and health issue that uncomfortable condoms pose to the world, and he set out to solve it through years of research and development to make a better product. Now, as philanthropists like Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg search desperately for a more comfortable condom, Naked stands poised to offer one to the world at large.
Green Alpha Advisors
Garvin Jabusch is cofounder and chief investment officer of Green Alpha®Advisors, LLC. He is co- manager of the Shelton Green Alpha Fund (NEXTX), of the Green Alpha Next Economy Index, and of the Sierra Club Green Alpha Portfolio. He also authors the Sierra Club's economics blog, "Green Alpha's Next Prior to co-founding Green Alpha Advisors, Garvin was at Forward Funds, the finance division of the Getty Family Office, heading up Forward’s Sustainable Investments, which ran several stock investing strategies. Prior to Forward, Garvin worked at Morgan Stanley in various capacities including Strategic Services, Trading, and Investment Research. Garvin is a reformed archaeologist, and brings this scientific background and long-term perspective to Green Alpha’s investment philosophy.
Red Media Africa
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SeePolitical founder, Nate Kaplan, has been an active player on the political scene from coast to coast. Nate is dedicated to promoting political inclusion and civic participation. He served as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State Senate before working in Boston’s Trial Court system as a juvenile probation officer. At the age of 24, Nate ran for the office of state representative in his hometown in Central Massachusetts. With a landslide victory, he became the youngest candidate in that district’s history to receive a major party nomination.
Upon his arrival in Los Angeles,Nate’s passion for politics continued to thrive. Nate received his Masters Degree in Public Policy at the University of Southern California while working as a communications, legislative, and district director for Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Mike Bonin. After working in California politics for several years, he realized that direct democracy in this state had a fatal flaw, a majority of voters admittedly have little reliable knowledge about what they are asked to vote on. Nate founded SeePolitical as a solution to educate the electorate and to make voting fun and easy throughout the nation.
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Hollywood Food Guild
Kaiulani Kimbrell was born into the worlds of entertainment and food advocacy. Daughter of renowned actress Kaiulani Lee and concert-pianist-turned-environmental lawyer Andrew Kimbrell, her upbringing has made her a vibrant member of the entertainment community, as well as powerful voice in helping change the consciousness of how we grow, buy and eat our food.
With a studio album, acting credits, and music supervision on studio films under her belt, Kaiulani earned a degree in visual journalism and founded A New Awareness Media, a documentary-based media production company. Under the auspices of A New Awareness, Kaiulani shot and produced a number of short films, commercial PSAs, and feature-length food related documentaries.
Together in partnership with her father’s nonprofit organization The Center for Food Safety, Kaiulani has created the Hollywood Food Guild (HFG). HFG has been created to organize and empower the entertainment community to be a more powerful megaphone for the food movement and to serve as a vehicle to tell stories that communicate the interdependency between human health and safe, humane, regenerative food practices.
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Rachel Kinley has worked in the fashion industry since 1999. She received a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked in design for Hanna Andersson and Sweet Potatoes, and as a print designer for Foliage Inc. After working as a product developer for SEED (a fair trade non-profit) for 3 years, she launched a for-profit online retail and wholesale company in 2014 called Meridian Lee which works directly with marginalized artisans in Nepal, Cambodia, India, Kenya, China, and Peru to create fashion accessories such as bags, scarves and jewelry. She specializes in cross cultural design collaboration and views design as a tool for helping people lift themselves out of poverty. She loves collaborating with artisans to use materials and skills which are unique to their individual cultures. Rachel lives in Portland Oregon.
UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz is working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments and further the goals and initiatives of sustainability at UCLA. As Executive Officer for UCLA Facilities Management, Nurit provides strategy support to make the university more operationally efficient and coordinates with Emergency Management on resilience planning. Facilities Management provides energy to the campus through a highly efficient cogeneration plant, as well as managing landscaping, renovations, operations, and maintenance. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Global Sustainability Certificate Program. Before starting in this position she founded the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center to provide resources for the community on sustainability. She then served as President of the Graduate Students Association and assisted Dr. Charles Corbett in developing a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate program – Leaders in Sustainability. After graduation she helped launch the UCLA Center for Corporate Environmental Performance. She has worked on a variety of sustainability projects including a project for the City of Los Angeles that focused on transit-oriented development along the Expo Light Rail Line. Her essay on the topic was published in the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s “Solutions for Our City”. Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University. Nurit was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson. Her course Principles of Sustainability I was recently included in LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2012 as one of the 10 Best Classes in LA. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Luskin Center for Innovation and on the Advisory Boards of the LA Sustainable Business Council and the Southern CA Green Business Council. Nurit is also working on developing national metrics and ratings for sustainability through the AASHE STARS Steering Committee and building statewide collaboration and best practice sharing through the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee. In 2010 Nurit completed a full Ironman distance triathlon with Team in Training in support of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
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Aaron Keller is a founding partner and the Managing Principal of Capsule. He leads brand development, strategy, research and naming for the firm’s clients. Aaron has over fifteen years of consulting experience in marketing, branding and retail strategy. He has worked with brands as large as Jack Daniel’s, Target and 3M, and as small as one-person start-ups. He has authored two books on the subjects of logo and packaging design, Design Matters//Logos and Design Matters//Packaging.
He has collaborated with many clients across all industries, including 3M, Cargill, Caribou Coffee, Craftsman, Double Cross Vodka, Fisher-Price, Honeywell, Jack Daniel’s, Marks & Spencer, Panda Express, Patagonia, Red Wing Shoes, Sanford Health, Schroeder Milk, SmartWool, The Honest Company, Victory Motorcycles, Wells Fargo and Whirlpool.
Combining her desire for change across the globe and her passion for financial management, Jennifer is the Managing Director of Align, a joint venture by two of the leading independent wealth management firms in the US, Abacus Wealth Partners and Aspiriant. Align offers philanthropic strategy and impact investment portfolios to clients and their financial advisors. Align’s portfolios aim to deliver the same risk/return profiles as the globally diversified approaches that both Aspiriant and Abacus currently take, investing in companies that are more aligned with a client’s values while avoiding those companies that are potentially harmful to the environment or society.
Jennifer joined Aspiriant in 2002 as an associate in Wealth Management to eventually lead families as a Director in Wealth Management in the family office division till late 2014. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for Aspiriant. Jennifer earned a BBA degree in Finance and BA in Economics from the Southern Methodist University and graduated Cum Laude. She finished her accounting certificate at the University of Los Angeles and holds her series 65 license. She serves as a Director on various private foundations, the Board of Directors for Advisors in Philanthropy for the Los Angeles chapter, Advisory Board for Thrdplc (a social enterprise), and on the advisor board of Investment News. She was name to 40 under 40 for Investment News in 2014, a finalist for Rising Star for Family Wealth Report, and attended Fortune Most Powerful Women of the Next Generation Summit in 2014.
Mary Kearns’ mission in life is to make the world a happier, healthier, better-smelling place. As the owner of Herban Lifestyle, LLC, she fulfills this mission through the creation of high-quality bath and body products handcrafted with only the purest organic, Fair Trade and ethically wild harvested ingredients, in attractive earth-friendly packaging. Herban Lifestyle is a certified sustainable business through Green America and cruelty-free through Leaping Bunny.
Mary holds a BA in Fine Arts/Communications from Fairfield University and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, with a focus on Health Psychology. She has worked a consultant coordinating the scientific review of cancer prevention programs. In addition to running Herban Lifestyle, she is a reader/mentor for the Mentor Capital Network, and has served on the Board of Directors of Green America and the American Sustainable Business Council.
Pacific Coast Ventures
Allison Kelly is a member of the senior leadership team at PCV and is the Managing Director of its Business Advising and Lending Program. Allison also oversees marketing at PCV. Allison joined PCV in 2008 to launch and run the organizations’ VidaCard product, a social enterprise providing access to health care to uninsured workers. In 2010, Allison took over the Business Advising practice at PCV and grew the practice from serving fewer than 50 companies a year to serving over 250 companies a year and then launched www.businessadvising.org which is on track to match more than 400 small business owners across the country with volunteer mentors, in 2015. Under Allison’s leadership, the network of volunteer business professionals has grown from 75 to more than 400 and Allison has achieved this growth while making the program more efficient and cost-effectively run.
Prior to joining PCV, Allison worked in the private sector in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries directing strategy and product management. Allison also worked in the public sector doing social marketing of public health products in developing countries and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer in Mauritania, West Africa. Allison is a contributing author to Dr. Steven Stralser’s book MBA in a Day. Allison’s most recent published blog posts include: Are you suffering from small business success? Four paint points in your small business loan application. Small Business Health: Conducting Your Own Entrepreneur Checkup. Allison holds a BA with honors in Psychology and English from the University of Oregon and an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management.
Abacus Wealth Advisors
Brent Kessel is the Founder and CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners, which provides fee-only, comprehensive financial advice to help individuals, families and foundations expand what’s possible with money. Abacus clients provided seed funding for the first environmentally screened and globally diversified index funds in the industry, and have been investing in social private equity funds for over a decade.
Brent is a specialized impact advisor. As such, he first helps his clients define their most important values and desired social outcomes, and then maps those values to available investments across all cause areas, geographies, and asset classes, thereby increasing the effectiveness and alignment of their philanthropic grants and impact investments. Brent's book, It's Not About The Money (Harper Collins), was named one of Kiplinger’s Top Five Business Books of the Year, and FastCompany named Brent one of the five most generous people on Wall Street.
Abacus is a founding B Corp., is carbon-neutral, and donates over 5% of profits to charity each year.
Yahoo for GOOD
Olivia Khalili works with companies to design, implement, and evaluate social benefit initiatives. She leads Yahoo for Good, the company's social impact program, which leverages core assets of product and human capital for community benefit.
Previously, Olivia worked with Ashoka to create employee engagement and brand building programs that connected social entrepreneurs with companies including American Express and Ben & Jerry’s.
In 2008, she founded CauseCapitalism.com, an online resource that helps businesses grow by incorporating a social mission. Her approach stems from cross-sector experience working with tech startups and nonprofits, and in international development in Micronesia.
Olivia speaks nationally on identifying and implementing social mission. She has been published in Forbes and The Guardian, and featured in articles in USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, and LAWeekly. Connect with her on twitter at @OKL.
Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. In 2013 he joined Flextronics, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's social and environmental responsibility initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on sustainability and EH&S matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and facilitation of the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Flextronics was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) and Bruce currently serves as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization.
Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials' worldwide operations. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce has been active with numerous organizations in leadership roles, e.g. Sustainable Silicon Valley (Advisor); Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Executive Advisor); Acterra (Board Member); Association of Climate Change Officers (Advisor); State Bar Environmental Law Section (former Chair and Advisor); Presidio Graduate School (Expert in Residence).
Pirelli Tire/Inc. Magazine
Maureen Kline is Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, responsible for the US, Canada and Mexico. She writes a weekly column on sustainability for www.Inc.com. She is based in New York.
Maureen sits on the boards of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporate Responsibility Association, where she co-chairs a Thought Leadership Council on Brand and Reputation Management. Maureen lived in Italy for 23 years and was a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Business Week, among others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Blue Forest Conservation
Zach Knight is co-founder of Blue Forest Conservation, which won the 2015 Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. A conservation finance investment firm, Blue Forest seeks to integrate investor-friendly financial structures and pay-for-success contracts to mobilize investor capital and address environmental issues such as forest management in the Western U.S. Previously, Knight was a high-yield bond trader. He began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in structured finance and credit derivative structuring. Knight holds a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and is a second-year M.B.A. student at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Mr. Kopp is a serial entrepreneur who created the first fully wireless RF sensor based system for automating hotel heating and air conditioning systems by detecting occupants to save energy in 2000. He has since patented, developed and sold several products and companies with social ends related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable tourism and financial inclusion. He has contributed to efforts in San Diego to developing a strong local Cleantech economy and aggressive CA building energy code improvements. Most recently he has been working on cross border renewable energy in Baja California and developing his latest start-up, Conectric, which aims to cross AI, IoT devices, software and advanced networks to turn hotel building clusters into the world’s lowest cost demand reduction and energy efficiency resource.
Malte Kramer is a passionate social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Givvr, a platform that lets people raise money for charitable causes by watching and sharing branded videos. Having grown up in Germany, Malte played Basketball professionally and worked as a fulltime volunteer coaching children, before coming to the U.S. on a basketball scholarship to attend Pepperdine University. While competing at the highest athletic level, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated as the Valedictorian of his class. Following graduation, Malte founded Givvr, his second tech venture, to realize his vision of providing young people with a better way of supporting non-profit organizations. Malte is the author of Play For Something a book aimed at giving student athletes the inspiration and advice to succeed beyond their sport and he frequently teaches the book to student athletes around the country. Malte currently lives and works in Santa Monica. In his spare time enjoys hiking and a good Schnitzel.
Michael Kramer is Managing Partner and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments, a Founding B Corp investment adviser with offices nationwide exclusively dedicated to sustainable, responsible, and impact investments for 30 years. Michael is co-author of the firm's third book, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money. He serves on the national policy committee of USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Michael writes the Sustainable Shareholder column at GreenBiz.com and is the founder of HI Impact, the Kuleana Green Business Program, and the Hawaii Alliance for a Local Economy.
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Pamm Larry is a grandmother, former midwife, business owner and farmer. She is the Director for Labelgmos.org, the grassroots organization that started California's Prop. 37 to label genetically engineered foods.
Cynthia is a cross-disciplinary creative professional, media alchemist, online publisher, and award-winning producer. She is Founder at Imersiv Media, Co-founder at Millennia Music & Media – a leader in recording, post, and live-sound technology with over 35 industry awards, and Executive Director at Compathos Foundation – a media production, research, and education organization harnessing the transformative power of the arts and media to inspire social action.
Cynthia produces RELEVATE Film Forum, works with leading artists, media makers and organizations who are affecting positive world change, and acts as an “Impact Producer” specializing in cause related campaign development, content strategy, immersive media, and stakeholder engagement. Her aim is to harness story, empathy and collaboration as a way of learning, creating and doing, a way of imagining new possibilities using creative problem solving, design thinking and transmedia storytelling. Cynthia is producer and author of award winning publishing projects, loves to travel (having been to over 16 countries), conduct media expeditions, and write about media communications and the work of cultural creatives.
Inventor Roger Lehet, founder and owner of Unforgettable Fire, LLC, is a pyromaniac. After “accidentally” starting a string of fires that culminated with burning a good chunk of the community park down when he was 12 years old, he realized his life's calling was to play with fire.
Roger went on to own a stove business for 25 years – until the recent recession forced him out of business. He and his family were forced to live on a 30-foot boat on Washington state's Puget Sound, where he invented a wood stove out of necessity. That wood stove, Kimberly™, became the first wood stove of its kind in the world. It also marked the unintentional start of Unforgettable Fire.
Fast-forward six years, to 2015: Kimberly™ has gained international traction in the tiny house community and among sustainable energy leaders. Roger's second wood stove, Katydid™, was just EPA-certified as one of the cleanest-burning wood stoves in the world. It's also highly efficient and powerful: Capable of making electricity with optional accessories in development by another company, Katydid™ empowers families to make and use sustainable energy on their own terms.
Roger views the Unforgettable Fire team as a testament to the will of the American People, and his vision is to collaborate with other companies to develop sustainable energy solutions that the average American can be part of. “Even in the worst of economic times, our wood stove project has prospered,” Roger said. “I believe this is due to an ability to feel what people need and find simple ways to solve problems. Sometimes I think that we are accustomed to believe that if something is not complicated and/or expensive that it must not have much value. I am here to argue the opposite.”
Read more about Roger here: http://www.unforgettablefirellc.com/roger-lehet/.
I am an angel investor with my recent investments being in the following companies: mogl, events.com, Thrive Market and Rain. I came to be an angel investor after having been a name partner at Donahue, Mesereau & Leids, LLP specializing in venture capital, securities and M & A law; however my career was ended when I was coming home late one night after a closing and my vehicle was rear-ended by a drunk driver at over 70 MPH. I have had 10 spinal surgeries and have severe spinal and nerve damage. One of the driving forces of my angel investing is to also be looking for companies on the leading edge of pain relief and spinal and nerve research.
Holistic Chamber of Commerce
Camille Leon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Holistic Chamber
of Commerce, an international organization representing reference-checked
holistic professionals and practitioners from many industries. She is also
the Author of False Starts: the misadventures of transformation (available
at Amazon) and Co-creator of THE EXHILARATION EFFECT: Building the Courage
to take Your Leap of Faith.
She believes in a healthier and happier world through our choices. Finding solutions to today’s challenges and making it easier to choose the best ones is her passion and her business. She has consulted with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Community College District, Friends Peace Teams. Camille is available as a speaker, coach and consultant and can be reached at 310-490-6862 or at
Michelle Lerach is a lawyer, entrepreneur and activist. Formerly a Partner with the world's largest law firm specializing in protecting investor, consumer and human rights, she left in 2008 to commit herself fully to social activism. A self-proclaimed "Agvocate" for sustainable food, she is the Founder and Chairman of the Berry Good Food Foundation, connecting, supporting and promoting local, sustainable farmers and food makers.
David Leventhal, Principal, Playa Viva and Regenerative Resorts.
I'm primarily an entrepreneur, mostly on the sales and marketing side with experience in emerging media and technology companies. Most recently, my endeavors have focused on real estate and hospitality and follow my values for environmental and social impact. The new, new thing is not necessarily technology or media but impacting people's lives and their environment in a positive way making this a better place for us all for generations to come.
Through Playa Viva (and Regenerative Resorts) we have endeavored to leverage hospitality (and real estate investments) to bring capital (social, market, intellectual, natural and financial) to work in improving the ecosystem, both people and planet, to create vibrant, resilient, healthy and profitable systems for all participants. It takes a "slow money" committed investment and it's working - come visit us at Playa Viva to see for yourself and participate in the community which is delivering that impact.
Asia Pulp & Paper
Ian Lifshitz is the Sustainability Director for the Americas, for Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). He is responsible for leading the company's sustainability and related stakeholder engagement programs across Canada, the United States and South America. Ian is also charged with leading the company's North American CSR activities, translating many of APP's successful conservation, biodiversity and social community programs to American audiences.
Prior to joining APP, Ian was Public Relations Manager for Amdocs Canada, a market leader in software and services for service providers in the communications, media and entertainment industry. He also later joined global public relations firms, Cohne & Wolfe and Strategic Objectives.
Ian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from McGill University.
The Launchpad Agency
James Little has over 20 years experience launching companies (and products), whether established or in startup mode, in the tech, mobile apps, interactive entertainment and consumer products industries. He is the driving force behind his firm’s (The LaunchPad Agency) strategies, out-of-the-box ideas and tactics, messaging development and positioning for its clients. The agency has also excelled in crowdfunding, helping its clients raise over $3 million at an average of 410% of the campaign goal. In his spare time, James travels around the world, plays (and coaches) beach volleyball, spends some time in the gym and loves playing golf.
Melissa Lake is the founding Executive Director of the ONEHOPE Foundation where she founded and oversees the Foundation’s Social Impact As a Service (SIAS) platform. SIAS is an end-to-end solution to seamlessly integrate giving back into any business by helping you choose the nonprofit, track your impact, and share the story of impact with the world. Her mission is for every business to give back by 2020.
Melissa’s experience has spanned the public, private and nonprofit sectors. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, Melissa spent three years at Google, where she was the assistant to the President of the Americas Operations and the first associate at Google Ventures. In 2010, Melissa took time off to volunteer in rural Tanzania, where she taught English to 40 kindergarten students. Inspired by this trip, Melissa knew that her true passion in life lies in helping people and contributing to the greater good. This passion led her to graduate with a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from New York University. She is an advocate for women’s empowerment and believes we can solve some of the world’s greatest problems by educating, investing in, and supporting women and girls.
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Molly Lavik, Executive Director, Sustainable Business Council
Founder, Mentor InSight
As the executive director of the Sustainable Business Council of Southern California, Molly Lavik is responsible for securing financial support for the SBC’s educational programs and running the day-to-day operations of the organization under the leadership of the SBC board of directors. Molly’s mantra: “empowering entrepreneur’s access to success” began over a decade ago with the formation of her own company, Mentor InSight. As CEO of this corporation, Molly has assisted hundreds of socially-responsible entrepreneurs find their true potential and authentic purpose by transforming their new venture visions into reality.
Molly’s previous credits also include providing marketing and strategic development services for Microsoft, DreamWorks SKG, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Westin Hotels & Resorts and serving as executive director for the Los Angeles New Media Roundtable. Additionally, Molly possesses an academic teaching background and previously was a practitioner faculty of Marketing at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. She has a MS in Technology Management from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and a BA degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University.
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With over 35 years experience in the herbal products industry, Caroline MacDougall has worked as a product developer for top tea and natural products companies to develop numerous award winning herbal beverages including Celestial Seasonings, Republic of Tea, Yogi Tea Company, Uncle Lee’s Tea, and Organic India. MacDougall is the founder, creator and CEO of Teeccino® Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee, America’s #1 coffee alternative.
Teeccino’s best selling line of coffee alternatives has won awards from both consumer and trade organizations. Teeccino dominates the coffee alternative category with over 50% of the market in the US. It is nationally distributed and can be found in markets like Whole Foods, Sprouts and independent natural food stores. Most recently, MacDougall has developed a new cereal line, TeeChia Sustained Energy Cereal, made from six organic super seeds, certified gluten- free rolled oats and sweetened purely with fruit.
Along with her duties as CEO of Teeccino, MacDougall writes an e-newsletter for 50,000 readers and is currently working on a book to educate readers about herbal beverages. She lectures to trade audiences, women’s groups, and entrepreneurs on a variety of topics based on her experience in the herbal products industry as an herbal beverage expert and a female entrepreneur.
For more information about Caroline MacDougall, please contact Teeccino Caffé: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-3434.
An experienced entrepreneur in the Clean Economy, Joe co-founded & established EOS Climate as a recognized leader in the North American GHG marketplace — securing best-in-class partnerships and building an award winning, world-class team of experts. As CEO at EOS, Joe is tasked with innovating new, market based approaches at the intersection of refrigerants and climate to drive economic and environmental benefits on a global scale.
Joe has been featured in Environmental Finance, ClimateWire, and Triple Pundit, and regularly speaks on whole system approaches to science, policy and business model innovation in a carbon constrained world. Before joining EOS, Joe was a partner in Transgroup Worldwide Logistics San Francisco Division, as well as an integral part of the launch of ATDynamics. He holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
An elder healing woman whose roots are African American and Cherokee Nation, from Oklahoma and the SF Bay Area, Diana’s three core values are joy, mutual reciprocity/interdependence and diversity. Emerging from a healing journey after burnout in the nonprofit sector, Diana founded Sweet Livity LLC (www.sweetlivity.com) as a minority and woman owned business in 2011. Operating nationally with a base in California and Florida, Sweet Livity focuses on improving the effectiveness and sustainability of individuals and organizations that serve the community by blending holistic health and wellness practices into organizational development, community development, employee and community wellness, and leadership development programs.
Sweet Livity is about a different kind of climate change -- helping people transform the spaces where they live, work and play into healthy, life affirming environments. In 2013 and 2014, Sweet Livity was identified as a 'Best for the World' business earning a score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for small businesses for community impact, an honor signifying leadership in a community of businesses creating the most overall positive impact.
Len May attended Temple University in Philadelphia during which he co-founded a web development company. Between Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Len’s coaching methodology helped to maximize revenue growth and market penetration for his clients. His leadership roles included Cognizant Technology Solutions, PriceWaterhouseCooper as well as digital marketing oversight at National Position and currently at UpTrending Digital Agency. Len has considerable experience in content marketing, SEM, enterprise level web design and development, social media as well as sales. On the personal side, Mr. May’s passion of art has resulted in his paintings being displayed across the U.S. and featured on artpreferred.com.
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Hope Mago is an investment professional at Huntington Capital where he participates in the origination and analysis of new investment opportunities, investment due diligence, deal structuring and underwriting and investment monitoring. Prior to joining Huntington Capital Hope worked as an Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe where he was involved in monetary and economic policy formulation and lending due diligence for export ventures receiving funding through the Exchange Control Division.
He earned an MBA from the University of San Diego and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from the University of Zimbabwe.
Hope is currently a board observer or actively involved in RJE International, Geary LSF, Primetrica, CNC Data, Michael’s Cookies, and Cubex.
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Andrew is an internationally recognized director focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow. His experience includes a broad range of work that spans narrative and documentary storytelling for both commercial and film projects. After studying cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School he went on to co-found Untold Creative, a hybrid filmmaking studio where he currently serves as the creative director. He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and speaks regularly on the power of storytelling as a tool in the ongoing fight for human rights around the world. Andrew lives in LA with his wife Emily and their four children.
Jimmy Lee, President and CEO, Goodcity Chicago
Jimmy serves as the President and CEO of Goodcity. Jimmy comes to Goodcity with vast experience in the government and nonprofit industries both locally and globally. In 2009, he was named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 following his time as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and his bid for the United States Congress in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. He has been the founder of a number of numerous organizations and enterprises affecting the local and global community including: GoodWorkChicago, INVEST Chicago, National Center for Community Development, Global Executive Leadership Forum, US Asian Business Council, Asian American Alliance, Create Possible, and re:source global.
Chris Librie Senior Director – Living Progress Strategy & Communications HP Corporate Affairs
Chris Librie is responsible for driving the strategy and communications for HP Living Progress, our vision of creating a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations. Chris leads a global team focused on demonstrating how HP’s people and technology come together to solve society’s toughest challenges, helping HP build a stronger, more resilient company and a sustainable world.
Chris' background includes branding, marketing, general management, and environmental experience. Most recently, Chris directed HP’s worldwide environmental and health initiatives. Prior to joining HP, Chris worked at S.C. Johnson & Son, where he served as Director, Global Sustainability. Previous roles also include senior positions at Diageo and Unilever.
Gunnar Lovelace is a serial entrepreneur in nonprofits, technology, fashion and real estate. Most recently he is the co-founder and CEO of ecommerce community THRIVE Market, which is making healthy living accessible to Americans by providing the top 4,000 most popular health-food products at 25-50% off normal retail prices. Previously he co-founded Love Heals - a jewelry business located in more than 500 high-end retail stores and with over 150 employees. To date, Love Heals has funded the planting of over 1,500,000 trees and sponsored of over 50,000 malnourished children. Prior to Love Heals, Gunnar started two technology companies in Los Angeles in software education and natural language processing (both of which were sold). In addition to his for-profit companies he has started two non-profits in education and environmental training.
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Brian Mac Mahon is the Chief Community Officer of Expert DOJO, which is the premier start up educational marketplace in California. Brian has lived the entrepreneur life in over 35 countries and brings a unique perspective to entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level. His training Academy is now active in 5 states and will expand to Europe in 2016.
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Ben Mand is an experienced executive who has worked across agency, consulting, and CPG businesses with an unfailing passion for building responsible brands. At Plum Organics, Ben is responsible for the company’s marketing programs, brand development, mission, product innovation and creative strategy. He has been instrumental in strengthening Plum’s core mission, developing the brand campaign and activation, as well as the launch of more than 30 new products, helping to accelerate the brand from the #3 to #1 organic baby food company in the U.S.
Prior to joining Plum, Ben worked in various brand marketing and innovation roles at leading companies including General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, and Interbrand. He made an impact as a change agent, driving improvements in health, sustainability, and social impact while delivering consistent sales and profit growth for well-known brands such as Progresso, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Topamax, LexisNexis, Canal+, & Symantec. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, food & wine, traveling the world, and the Green Bay Packers.
Colin Mangham develops and markets new and important ideas, initiatives, and organizations. He has supported the success of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other Big Brands as well as 100+ early-stage ventures, NGOs including the UN and World Wildlife Fund, and a diverse number of non-profits, several of which he’s served as a Director.
His marketing and innovation consultancy, BioLogical Group, develops and commercializes innovations from concept, to business model, to consumer, frequently in the role of an accelerator or as an entrepreneurial sandbox for his own projects. His affinities include clean water and power, conservation, education, the promise of additive manufacturing, and the unmet potential for humanitarian aid and development.
Colin’s career-long fascination with how things work and why people do what they do led him to discover the topic he most enjoys speaking about: biomimicry, innovation inspired by natural forms, processes, and systems. He is a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Biomimicry 3.8 and its Institute, and is the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry LA. Mainly, he’s eager for you to join him on his bio-inspired learning journey.
Jessica Margolin has pioneered the use of novel ways to evaluate impact investment in traditional, philanthropic, and hybrid environments for portfolios of different size and emphases. She helps small companies, community groups and other institutions understand how to use impact metrics (intangible assets) to manage risk, and began writing about the importance of risk management and resilience in the Institute for the Future's 2007 Ten Year Forecast. Her work also includes understanding how to scale mission-driven organizations by examining what non-financial assets are instrumental for success.
Prior to her 15 year tenure in socially entrepreneurial ventures and impact investment, she was the Director of Programs at Deephaven Capital Management, with $6 Billion under management, where she founded and grew to maturity both the back office and the trading technology functions. Preceding the hedge fund, she managed the emergence of the interactive marketing function at Gage Marketing Group, the largest agency in North America. Jessica Margolin earned her BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, and her MS in Materials Science and MBA from the University of Minnesota.
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Marty McDonald is the founder and Creative Director of egg brand development, a creative and strategic agency that works exclusively with sustainable brands like The Honest Company, Stonyfield Farm, Nature’s Path Organic Foods, and Energy Star.In 2011, egg launched a food product development practice to help their clients identify white space “conscious foodie” opportunities, and subsequently, have created products ranging from coconut oil-based fair trade organic dark chocolate truffles, to healthy fat, high-protein, plant-based burgers and energy bars.In 2014, Marty co-founded Barefoot Provisions, the first online primal/paleo/ancestral foods store. His next grand project incorporates the convergence of three critical mismatch themes: sustainability, evolutionary health and lifestyle, and permaculture.
Robin Gentry McGee is the founder and CEO of Nutritional Medicinals LLC. Her company created the world's first and only organic whole foods enteral formula, Functional Formularies Liquid Hope. This product has shifted the traditional clinical nutrition market and now offers patients worldwide a choice in functional medicinal foods where none previously existed.
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Syama Meagher is the co-founder of Curist, the members only site to shop curated socially responsible fashion. Founded in 2014, Curist is the only online shopping destination that combines over 50 ethical brands in womens, mens and kids with style and social influencers. Follow Curist on Instagram @ShopCurist.
Syama is currently on the regional board of Indego Africa, an active member of the HUB LA and manages a consulting firm, Scaling Retail where is scales small to medium sized brands in fashion and retail. Her vision is to 'make shopping socially responsible products accessible to everyone, not just those who can pay a premium'. Keep up with Syama on Instagram and Twitter @ScalingRetail
Good Company Ventures
Garrett Melby is co-founder and Executive Director of GoodCompany Ventures, an accelerator for social entrepreneurs. GCV’s graduates have mobilized over $50mm in private capital and its proprietary curriculum provides the operating system for FastFWD, an acclerator addressing public safety issues funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Climate Ventures 2.0, an accelerator addressing climate threats developed in collaboration with the White House Climate Data Initiative.
Garrett is also a Director of Generocity.org. and a founding member of Investors’ Circle’s first regional chapter. He has served on the investment/selection committees for Investors’ Circle, the Wharton Social Venture Fund, Wells Fargo Fellowship, William James Foundation and Defy Ventures and as a speaker at national social enterprise and impact investing events, including the SOCAP, Sustainatopia, the World Innovation Summit, Goldman Sachs 10KSB, Social Venture Institute, NPR, Investors' Circle, Business 2.0 Summit, Wharton Private Equity Conference and MIT Climate Colab. Previously, Garrett was a VC with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a $12 billion NYSE listed technology incubator. He began his impact investment career as an emerging market finance attorney in the New York, London and Washington offices of Skadden Arps. Garrett holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston University.
Andrew Mellen, Inc.
Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, international speaker, trainer, and the author of Unstuff Your Life! He’s often referred to as “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes about simplifying your life everywhere from Real Simple to O, The Oprah Magazine and his clients include American Express, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc. and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security as well as overwhelmed individuals everywhere.
He’s addressed audiences from Sustainable Silicon Valley and BlogHer to Dad 2.0 and The Great British Business Show on sustainability, productivity and efficiency. Since 1996, Andrew has helped over 200,000 people and businesses to simplify their work and lives, freeing up valuable time for the things that actually matter—which often aren’t even things at all. Find him on the web at www.andrewmellen.com.
Nancy Metzger is currently Executive Director of Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN), a not-for-profit social impact investment fund located in Madison, Wisconsin. WCCN is a $13M fund investing in microfinance, fair trade agriculture and women’s empowerment initiatives in Latin America and recently marked its 30 year anniversary in 2014. Over the past 22 years, WCCN has invested more than $100M in 6 countries of Latin America. WCCN has investors committing $1,000 and up, from more than 35 US states and Canada.
Prior to joining WCCN, Nancy was the Financial Service Practice Leader for the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), Deputy Regional Director for Latin America of SNV, the Netherlands Development Organization, and Senior Project Officer in the Capital Markets and Corporate Governance Department at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group in charge of Latin American program-related investments on behalf of a donor trust fund.
Nura Health, SPC
Miller began his career as a research assistant in neuropharmacology at Smith, Kline & French Laboratories in Philadelphia. When he was 19, Miller was elected as a student member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Miller completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, receiving a B.S. in Natural Sciences. Post graduation Miller left research and began his career in finance. He held various licenses to sell securities and became an Investment Advisor with the SEC focused on pension finance.
After the corporate scandals of the early 2000’s Miller authored the first ever ERISA Fiduciary Governance training program, which was endorsed by Financial Executives International (FEI), the largest association of finance officers in North America. That training highlighted honoring the duty of serving in a fiduciary capacity and was operationally focused on creating greater efficiency and effectiveness in the complex multi-variant environment of fiduciary management. Miller consulted on the fiduciary management of $100+ billion in retirement assets globally including assignments for Fortune 100 companies as well as the governments of Chile, Dubai and Jordan. While engaged in his fiduciary governance work Miller also served in an advisory capacity to the management of various biomedical device companies.
With credentials and experience in multiple disciplines, after the economic collapse of 2008 Miller focused on the task of rationalizing healthcare finance – unraveling America’s healthcare conundrum. In Jan 2012, Miller was one of 1000 people chosen to attend the inaugural Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Summit. Having spent 18,000+ hours examining the healthcare ecosystem, he saw the opportunity to build a technology Platform that could identify and institutionalize the principle of cost- effectiveness into clinical medicine. His vision of rationalizing America’s healthcare function received its first validation when Nura Health, SPC secured its first customer, the United States Air Force Medical Service where it currently serves as a technical advisor and subject matter expert in Integrative Medicine.
Miller, and his wife of 31 years live near Seattle. He can be found most weekends tending to his organic garden.
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Started his career in 1998 and promoted after internship to team leader, Nektar has a lengthy experience in Project Management and Business Consulting in the area of IT and web. He has already managed and successfully delivered to various institutes and organizations, several projects and products in many European countries and the US, for public and private sector partners and clients. Previously, he has been director, team leader and project manager in international companies as well as for European Commission’s governmental agencies. He has always been a strong communicator and dealt successfully with challenges.
The Lohas Group
Ted Ning is the former Executive Director of the LOHAS Conference and continues to promote the expansion and awareness of this marketplace as the Principal of the LOHAS Group. From his vantage point he is able to see emerging trends and provide perspective on the intricacies of responsible business practice and how best to present them in ways that resonate with company employees and consumers. He specializes in helping brands connecting with the LOHAS consumer. More details can be found at www.tedning.com.
As a relentless optimist and courageous catalyst for change, Bonnie has held many high profile positions at the global forefront of a new low carbon, resource protected and just economy. As a corporate executive, owner of an environmental communications consultancy and university educator, Ms. Nixon has always been driven to the better end. She is currently Senior Sustainability Strategist for the Sustainability Roundtable; has served as Executive Director of The Sustainability Consortium, Director of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing for Hewlett-Packard for more than a decade, Driver for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and most recently led Corporate Social Responsibility at Mattel. She graduated from Penn State and is currently affiliated with Pepperdine University in Social Entrepreneurship and Change.
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Janabai Owens had a background in marketing and entertainment but a strong passion for healthy eating and green business when she emerged on the LA raw food scene in 2005. She is the co-creator of two best-selling raw food cookbooks as well as the world renowned and locally beloved Rawvolution Café. She has since become a pioneer in the local and sustainable business community. Janabai was a key part of the team that effectively lobbied Santa Monica city government to create both the foodservice Styrofoam ban and the retail plastic bag ban. She is active with both the local community as well as global non-profits and she currently sits on The Main Street Business Association Board of Directors. She is currently working on a healthy recipe book for kids.
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Named by NOWNESS as "at the forefront of contemporary photography", selected by Pepsi as one of "The most dynamic directors" for its Beats of the Beautiful Game short film series alongside luminaries like Spike Lee, described by Jezebel as a "Rad feminist director," "Award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is renowned for her iconic imagery and visionary storytelling" according to The Statesman.
Known for creating the image of some of the world's brightest stars, Indrani's multifaceted and collaborative approach moves millions to action and creates cultural icons. She states: "I work intensely with my subjects to understand them, and to highlight the quality that makes each individual unique and inspiring."
Indrani is known for her ability to bring people together across the fashion, music, film, television, NGOs and corporate industries, and for consistently developing projects that empower women, children and the underprivileged. The Daily Beast describes "Her creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities:.. powerful and provocative."
"CEO & Founder of Posibl.com, a media company dedicated to inspire social good and promote change makers around the world. CEO of Idea.Me, the leading crowdfunding platform in Latin America".
Smita Paul is the founder of Indigo Handloom, a social enterprise devoted to elevating the craft of handweave or handloom. In her 13 years of experience, she has overseen the production of hundreds of thousands of yards of handwoven scarves and fabrics - all made in rural villages without the use of energy. Her company recently partnered with one of their private label customers - Eileen Fisher - on a social project devoted to uplifting the life of the weavers who work for Indigo Handloom.
She started her company after being inspired by a handloom village while working as a journalist and researching an article about the silk industry. Her goal was to create as many jobs as possible. Currently the company supports about 500 weavers and their families. Indigo Handloom is launching - at Sustaintopia! - on kickstarter campaign as their next step toward creating more jobs in handloom.
Care2/Olomomo Nut Company
Justin Perkins, MBA, is Senior Director of Brand Engagement with Care2.com - a progressive social action network of nearly 30 million of cause conscious activists and donors. With Care2, Justin has worked on over 500 brand engagement campaigns and high impact partnerships focused on animal rights, human rights, environmental sustainability, and healthy living products for nonprofits and responsible brands. Justin helps nonprofits and impact oriented brands build large and passionate communities of advocates, donors, fans, and customers online. Justin is also the Founder of Olomomo Nut Company - a fast-growing, mission-based nut snack brand.
EcoMadera Forest Conservation
Peter Pinchot is a founder and CEO of EcoMadera Forest Conservation, a social venture that manages tropical forests and manufactures wood products in Ecuador. EcoMadera’s mission is to create a scalable alternative to the continuing loss of tropical forests, which causes 15% of the carbon emissions leading to global climate change. EcoMadera partners with forest communities threatened by deforestation, and helps them establish a sustainable local economy based on conservation and restoration of their forests and local manufacturing of valuable wood products.
EcoMadera manages balsa tree plantations and manufactures balsa wood laminates that are used to construct wind turbine blades, with markets in China, Europe, and the US. The company also manages diverse tropical forests and manufactures hardwood flooring and furniture made from the rich diversity of colors found in tropical hardwood species. Hardwood products are marketed to green construction projects in the US. Peter Pinchot received his Masters Degree in Forestry at Yale, and practiced sustainable forestry and watershed conservation in the US northeast for two decades, before founding EcoMadera in 2008.
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Founder and Editor, 4 national, best-selling magazines. CBS news calls her a hyper overachiever who needs more sleep.
Passionate about the Oceans, humanitarian causes, women's equality and environmental issues, she created a platform where all of these worlds come together to create change.
She uses media and art for social good. ORIGIN Magazine, Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, THRIVE, and Real Teen Magazine.
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Tree Home Media
A revolutionary since childhood and for over 18 years a pioneer in the online media space, Alexis Posternak has been working with top brands such as DreamWorks, SKG., Universal Studios, Nissan, Bank of America, and Carl's Jr., and launching several technology platforms..
One of Alexis’ first jobs was at his family’s beverage business which produced, imported and distributed fine wines and spirits. As the Operations Manager for the company's Import and Export Department, he was responsible for the importation, distribution and marketing of several new products which have become successful brands in the US market, including Belvedere Vodka (France), Quilmes Beer (Argentina), Sobieski Vodka (Poland), and the family’s own Pasternak Vodka brand among others.
Always looking for a new challenge, he entered the online world and transformed WideGroup, a 3 person interactive agency start up, into a multimillion dollar business with offices in the US and Argentina.
In the past 7 years, Alexis has rediscovered himself, mutated the agency, and launched 5 new companies. After working on many high level video productions and with the launch of TreeHomeMedia, Alexis has been deeply involved in producing a breath of next generation content, branded entertainment products, and webisodic series with a conscious message intertwined. The Green Giants documentary, one of his latest projects as a filmmaker, encapsulates Alexis’ belief that business and media, if done right, can help bring balance back to our world.
A passionate disruptor, today Alexis is known as a visionary, innovator, and strategist, who specializes in communications with a creative edge, and which seek to change consciousness, as well as affect purposeful change.
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Educated at MIT, Stephen Powers is a creative entrepreneur and producer of music, film, TV, books and digital media.
Currently CEO of LA’s famed Bodhi Tree, Powers has previously held positions as Co-Founder & CEO of Agape Media Intl; President of Miller & Kreisel Sound; Co- Founder & CEO of Drive Entertainment (Universal Music); Founder & President of Chameleon Music Group (Capitol-EMI); President of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum; Director of A&R at Capitol Records; Director of Entertainment for 1984 LA Olympics; Co-CEO of WholeLife; Founder & President of Mountain Railroad Records; and Founder of Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts. He’s a former NPR radio host and currently co-hosts 2 spirituality and wellness TV shows, Soul Search and Page Turner.
A GrammyTM winning music producer and 35-year member of The Recording Academy (NARAS), Powers has helmed more than 150 albums and soundtracks with top artists including Will.I.Am, Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, John Lee Hooker, Brian Setzer, Duran Duran, Joe Cocker, Devo, Bryan Ferry, and Holly Near, earning numerous gold and platinum records and scoring 4 #1 pop hits. As a publisher, his books with Michael Bernard Beckwith have won both Gold and Silver Nautilus Book Awards. As a TV producer, his 2006 PBS Special “Swing Alive” starring Bob Hope received an Emmy® nomination.
Other recognition includes Producer of the Year, Independent Music Executive of the Year, Indy Label of the Year (Chameleon), and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Powers’ passion is creating transformative content that uplifts the human spirit. He lives in Topanga, CA, with his wife, Tigris, and their 3 children and tends his organic garden.
Simon founded sustainability strategy and communications agency Context with Peter Knight in 1997. After graduating in chemical engineering he spent ten years in consumer protection roles at the UK Advertising Standards Authority and its equivalent in television regulation.
In 2011, Simon relocated to Los Angeles to provide strategic services to our west coast clients and continue the growth of Context in America. Recently he has worked closely with HP, Lowes, Motorola, FedEx and Brown-Forman. Simon has been instrumental in developing Context's services in strategy, marketing communication, reporting, stakeholder engagement and employee communications. He speaks regularly at conferences and client seminars and is an experienced facilitator of conference panels and management meetings.
B Lab’s Colorado
Kara leads community development for B Lab’s Colorado office, working to grow the community of companies using business as a force for good. Kara has more than 12 years of experience in sustainability, business development and strategic management. Prior to joining B Lab in 2014, Kara led business development for several leading sustainability consulting firms, including Natural Capitalism Solutions, an internationally renowned non-profit.
Kara holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an International MBA from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. Kara has served in a volunteer leadership capacity for many non-profit organizations and business associations and currently serves on the City of Denver’s Sustainability Advisory Council and on the CU Denver Business School Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. Kara is also a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of responsible business. In her free time, Kara is a ballroom dance competitor and performer. A Denver native, she now lives in Arvada, Colorado with her family.
Lauren Pfanmiller is Managing Director of Ignite OPM - a leading performance marketing company based in Denver, CO. Lauren has worked with large established brands such as Discover Financial, GoDaddy and Lyft to grow their existing user bases, as well as helping emerging start-ups such as Citrus Lane and ScoreBig develop marketing plans to support acquisition goals and grow their online communities. Lauren has vast experience in marketing across online channels including blogs and content sites, affiliate, email, search, display and mobile.
Sasha Rabsey is the founder and director of the HOW Fund, which supportsinternational programs for girls. HOW Fund grantees range from an anti sex trafficking program in Vietnam, to a mentorship program for adolescent girls in Nairobi, to a training program committed to ending Female Genital Cutting in Burkina Faso. In addition to providing program grants, Sasha established the HOW Fellowship in 2011. The Fellowship recognizes grassroots leaders working with young women on issues of education, social justice and reproductive health. Sasha is also the co-founder of Present Purpose Network a collective action fund comprised of women who pool their resources and invest in meaningful solutions that impact young women and girls. The women learn about best practices in women’s philanthropy and how to be informed donors.
Sasha speaks, writes and consults on effective and meaningful philanthropic engagement with grassroots organizations as well as on girls’ and women’s issues internationally. She is on the boards of IDEX, Africans in the Diaspora, Bantwana Initiative and previously served on the board of GRACE USA.
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The Rhythm of Business
Keynote Speaker, Performer and Founder of The Rhythm of Business™Freddie Ravel is the internationally sought after Keynote Maestro who blends business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world.
Backed by number one hits and successes with Earth, Wind and Fire, Madonna, Prince, Indie Arie, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, the Boston Pops and rock legend, Carlos Santana, his peak performance programs reveal a simple music-based process to enhance leadership, innovation and collaboration for entrepreneurs and major corporations alike.
Recent accolades hail from the Mayor of Los Angeles who awarded Mr. Ravel the city’s Certificate of Recognition for creating a music-based system to “renew the national and international economy” while his media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rock Stars, Clear Channel and Deepak Chopra’s XM Sirius radio show.
With rave reviews from Starbucks, Coca Cola, Toyota, Red Bull, NASA, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Google and Citi, Freddie serves as a captivating access point through which to transform organizations, education and the human condition.
Learn more at: www.freddieravel.com
Aimee Rawlins is the startup and innovation editor at CNNMoney, overseeing coverage of entrepreneurs, venture capital, women in tech and urban renewal. She also previously served as CNNMoney’s breaking news editor. Before joining the business news site, Rawlins worked as an editor for CFR.org, the web arm of the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a news editor for Forbes.com. A Pacific Northwesterner at heart, she has a soft spot for craft beer, strong coffee and the Seattle Seahawks. Rawlins graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s in politics and communications, and received her master’s in journalism from New York University.
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Antera Global Health Advisors
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Stone Brewing Co.
Director of Hospitality, Stone Brewing
Expertise: Food and Beverage Operations, Distribution & Project Management
Experience: An established leader in the Food and Beverage field who has forged a path of success across the globe. Steve is currently sharing his authentic operations and strategic alignment vision with craft beer powerhouse, Stone Brewing Co. Steve’s previous experience include working with Caesars Entertainment and Marriott with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.
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Magda Freedom Rod is a certified yoga instructor and health and lifestyle guide. Her mission is to help people activate their highest potential through yoga, conscious eating and sustainable living.She created Visionary Lifestyle and Conscious Eating 101 to empower people to lead a healthy, balanced and sustainable life.
The Green Front
Award-winning national broadcast journalist Betsy Rosenberg is a trail blazer in the area of Environmental Broadcast Media. As a CBS radio journalist and anchor for over two decades, Rosenberg recognized a void in mass media coverage of pressing ecological issues - the "Green Gap " - and began creating, producing and hosting innovative programs in 1997 with the launch of “TrashTalk,” on KCBS Radio. She has continued covering the Green Beat for 18 groundbreaking years, communicating the urgency and complexities of growing challenges stemming from human-caused changes to nature, our life support system. Through her informative and inspiring shows, “EcoTalk,” on Air America Radio (the nation’s first daily environment themed program) and later “The Green Front” on voiceamerica.com and Progressive Radio Network (PRN), Betsy interviewed hundreds of leaders in the environmental world, including Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Anita Roddick, Robert Kennedy Jr. and scores of leading scientists, politicians, experts and activists. She is a frequent television commentator and regular guest on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show. She speaks at environmental conferences around the country on "all things Green" and is working on her first book. www.thegreenfront.com
Think Beyond Plastic
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Johanna Salazar has been producing content, media and production events for over 15 years. She is currently Vice President of Production Planning and Operations at Viacom Media Networks under the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. In 2014, Ms Salazar launched a new media company called Media Disrupters and in 2013 she worked with Cirque Du Soleil on their first ever Competition Reality Show. In 2012, Ms Salazar helped launch a new premium Youtube channel (123UnoDosTres) under the "Youtube Original Content Initiative" at Google.As the General Manager, she was in charge of the development, production and programming of the channel. In 2006, Johanna helped launch MTV Tr3s, the new bi-cultural, bilingual channel under MTV Networks. Ms. Salazar first joined the MTV Family in 2001 where she remained for most of her career.
Johanna founded the Miami Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (www.ywse.org) in 2009 and continues to run the chapter with passion, purpose and the desire to empower as many women as possible to launch and lead their own double and triple bottom line businesses. Besides disrupting media, during her free time, you can find Johanna trying to keep up with her cross-fit class or desperately trying to achieve her yoga head stand.
Manuel Sattig is the Manager BMW Brand Strategy and Communication for BMW of North America, LLC. In this role, Manuel Sattig is responsible for National Marketing, Media Strategy, CRM content management, Digital marketing, Social media and emerging technologies. Before this transition, Manuel Sattig was the Global Communication Manager for Project i and BMW i, a position he assumed in May 2010. In this position, he has been responsible for the strategy, planning and coordination of project i communication and activities. Prior to BMW i, Manuel Sattig held a number of positions within the MINI brand, including marketing specialist, launch manager for the John Cooper Works GP, Clubman and MINI E. He began his automotive career at the German region of the BMW AG in 2002 as specialist for marketing accessories and aftersales launch management, overseeing the BMW X3 and BMW 1 series as well as marketing and sales concepts for MINI accessories. Manuel Sattig studied business administration at the University of Hamburg in Germany and received a MBA in 2001 from the University of Hamburg.
Community Carbon Trees
Jennifer Leigh Smith grew up on a sustainable farm in Louisiana playing in the woods and bayous, marveling at the Nature all around her. Jenny, who is also a lawyer, created Community Carbon Trees about 10 years ago. Jenny and her teams have planted more than half a million trees for 145 different projects. Jenny is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore and currently works with the United Nations and the Global Environment Fund to educate and build community reforestation programs in the emerging world.
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Teague is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Whittier Trust. In addition to being co-manager of our Small Cap and investment strategies, he is a member of our Investment Committee and is responsible for analyzing technology companies for the core equity strategies. Teague manages portfolios for both taxable and tax exempt entities and is based in our South Pasadena office.
Prior to joining Whittier Trust, Teague was a Senior Associate at Citi in New York covering multiple equity sectors including Property and Casualty Insurance, Asset Managers and other financial industries, as well as Automotive Manufacturer and Parts & Equipment Suppliers. Prior to that, Teague worked for Bessemer Trust in the Client Account Management group in Los Angeles supporting the management of client relationships throughout the western United States. Teague began his career as a Pricing Analyst at First Magnus Financial Corporation in Tucson.
Teague received his MBA from Columbia Business School with an emphasis in Finance. He earned his Bachelor's degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Arizona. Teague is a CFA® charterholder, a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute's Trust School and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA™) designation. Teague has obtained his Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 securities licenses. He is currently a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Los Angeles. He is a past member of the Advisory Committee for Cristo Rey New York High School and the New York Society of Security Analysts.
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Fran Seegull is Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at ImpactAssets—a non-profit investment firm seeking to increase the flow of capital to impact investing. She oversees firm product development and heads investment management for The Giving Fund—a $200 million impact investing donor advised fund. Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard/Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard University. Seegull is Adjunct Professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, both at USC’s Marshall School of Business. She serves on the Investment Committee of the Goldhirsh Foundation and on the G7 Social Impact Investment Task Force Working Group on Asset Allocation.
Mathew Schmid, principal producer/writer/director at Tree Media, is presently directing “Total Freedom” a film about Unconditional Basic Income for all and “Alchemy” a film about healing the planet through farming. He is producing and co writing "Green World Rising with Leonardo DiCaprio", and "We The People 2.0" with Leila Conners. Mathew most recently produced and executive produced "Urban Roots", a film about urban farming in Detroit; and wrote, produced and directed "Giving Birth" a film about making the right choices around pregnancy and birth. He also produced the series on sustainable fashion called "Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta".
Born in Haiti, Albert Semerville was exposed, at an early age, to fashion due to his parents’ dressmaking and tailoring abilities. His love for exquisite garments was as intense as his passion for performing arts. Indeed, not only he spent his teenage years enjoying the intricacies of couture, but he also managed to learn theater improvisation, writing and directing as well. Then, later, he worked as a magazine reporter, radio broadcaster, and French teacher before moving permanently to the US.
Although Albert spent years working in the IT industry, he has always dreamed of using fashion as a vehicle to showcase the hidden treasures of the Haitian and the Caribbean culture. After the devastating 2010 Haiti’s earthquake, he put his dream in motion and three years later, VèVèlle (/vɛ.vɛl/ )was born.Also, Albert remains active in Haiti's Rebuilding Process through his organization: Haiti Fresh Start and his forum: Rebuild Haiti Better.
With VèVèlle (vevelle.com), his new fashion line, he continues to promote the beauty and the warmth of the Haitian culture.
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Jonathan Storper is a partner at Hanson Bridgett and leads the firm’s corporate department at Hanson Bridgett. He previously founded and led Hanson Bridgett’s sustainable law practice which focuses on developing a more sustainable economy by assisting mission driven companies and high impact investors in a variety of industries. He represents entities and their investors in connection with business and intellectual property transactions, including formation, finance, contracts, licenses, joint venture and development, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, e-commerce, technology-related matters and general corporate law. Jonathan also represents many non-profit charities, foundations, and business associations.
Jonathan chaired the legal working group which drafted and advocated for benefit corporation legislation in California. A benefit corporation is a new class of for profit corporation and the first that is required to create a material positive impact on society and the environment and to meet higher standards of accountability and transparency in addition to creating shareholder value. He was selected as the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his work on this legislation which is now the law in 27 states and has been introduced in 13 other states. He is proud that Hanson Bridgett is the first law firm to become a certified B corporation. See http://www.bcorporation.net
Good Earth Natural Foods
Mark Squire is a Natural Foods grocer from Northern California who lead Marin county’s 2004 voter initiative, which banned the cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops. He is also a founding member and on the Board of the Non GMO Project which currently verifies 27,000 products for GMO avoidance.
Climate Management Limited
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New York Times best-selling author Sophie Uliano is a leading expert in the field of natural health and beauty, who takes a down-to-earth approach to beauty focusing on what’s truly healthy. Her popular website—sophieuliano.com—brings together a community of like-minded women and provides in-depth articles, reviews, beauty picks, recipes, and more covering the latest beauty trends. She has written three books, Gorgeously Green, Do It Gorgeously, and The Gorgeously Green Diet. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gorgeouslygreen or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sophieuliano.
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Joe Tarantino manages business and product development for Ecovative Design, a biomaterials company using fungi as a natural resin to grow materials that are high performance, VOC free, and compostable. With a focus on the biocompatibility of new process development, Joe integrates the delicate needs of living organisms with the demands of scaled manufacturing systems.
Joe holds a degree from UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology, and he spent a number of years making wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today, he focuses on scaling up Ecovative’s technology in order to grow regionally required materials from local, agricultural waste.
Ralph Thurm, Founder & Managing Director, A|HEAD|ahead, Co-Founder ThriveAbility Foundation Ralph Thurm is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management, sustainability reporting, and ThriveAbility. With more than 20 years experience working for major corporates, industry federations, governments, NGOs and advisory services globally, Ralph adds value as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, moderator and writer on a huge variety of sustainability topics. He is the Founder & Managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead, a management consultancy focused on sustainable transformation and strategic advisory. Ralph is a frequent blogger at www.aheadahead.wordpress.com, a very personal logbook on sustainable change. Ralph has accepted roles as Director Engagement at GISR and as senior advisor at BSD and Sustainalize, Verso and CrowdImpact. He is the Lead Trainer of GRI-certified training at BSD Germany, Technical Expert Council member of the UN Green Industry Platform, Board Member of the Turntoo Foundation, and a member of the Behavioral Change Expert Panel of the Katerva Awards. Furthermore, Ralph is a co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation, set up to build the future agenda for the nexus around sustainability, innovation, behavior and design, host of the 'ThriveAbility Journey' and 'ThriveAbility Index'.
Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which funds environmental stewardship projects worldwide. She co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. She serves on the Board for The Turner Foundation, Environmental Working Group, League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance, Carter Center Board of Councilors, Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta and Advisory Board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Laura lives with her husband and her three children in the first LEED certified Gold residence in the southeastern US.
Prof. Sharma is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His work experience of about 33 years includes academic positions of Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Senior Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. He has also worked as Head of Department, Dean of the Institute, Dean of Student Affairs and as a Member of Board of Management.
Prof. Sharma’s international exposure includes his work at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA and at a National Institute of the Environment Ministry of Japan, Tsukuba, Japan. In addition, he has completed several research projects and consultancy assignments for various international organizations such as the UNEP, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-ESCAP, CREED, IIED, the World Bank, ICEF, SICI, JBIC, ADB, APO, AIST, JETRO, ERIA, IDE, and Japan Environment Agency.
He has organized, invited as a Chair, Panel Member, Keynote Speaker or Participant in several academic events in India and abroad. Prof. Sharma’s has more than 145 publications, which include research articles in peer reviewed International and Indian journals, articles in newspapers and magazines, books, project reports and policy reports. He is on the editorial boards and also a peer reviewer of international journals published from Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Japan. His research and publications have contributed to policy making at the state, national and international levels.
Prof. Sharma’s work follows an inter-disciplinary approach involving technological, socio-economic, and policy aspects and his broad area of research is “Sustainable Development with focus on Energy and Environmental issues.” Some of his initiatives on these issues are: International Journal for Sustainable Innovations (IJSI) - A peer reviewed inter-disciplinary journal; Savitarka - A mass awareness magazine on development issues; and, International Symposium on a Sustainable Future (ISSF) - A regular event on sustainable development. Prof. Sharma is the Editor and Managing Editor of the IJSI, Chief Editor of Savitarka and Chairman of the ISSF event series. He is also the founding President of the Indian Society for Life Cycle Assessment (ISLCA), Member of UNEP’s International Life Cycle Board (ILCB), and an International Expert Work Group Member of the ERIA/AIST.
New Resource Bank
President and CEO Vincent Siciliano leads New Resource Bank in serving values-driven companies and organizations working to achieve well being for our community and the planet. The bank seeks to transform the banking industry into an agent of positive social, environmental and financial change. Headquartered in San Francisco, the bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability through every aspect of its operations from the loans it makes to its commitment to using deposits for good. As a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, New Resource Bank champions a community of values to transform banking and create a better world.
Siciliano currently serves on the advisory boards of the American Sustainable Business Council based in Washington D.C., the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership, the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board, and the Regeneration Project. He began his banking career in Bank of America’s International Division and has previously served as president or CEO to a number of San Diego financial institutions. Siciliano is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
The GROW Principle
Robert Silverstone is a Conscious Business and Leadership Coach, Seminar Leader, Speaker, Author and Consultant with over 30 years of international apparel business experience with his own import, sales, marketing and distribution companies, prior to establishing himself in the coaching arena. He is Founder and CEO of Silverstone Consulting, Inc., and graduated from Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2002. He provides coaching, consulting and facilitations to CEOs, Senior Executives, Business Owners and Business Partners as well as Senior Management Teams.
He was named among the "Top 50 Minds on Personal Development" by Leadership Excellence magazine, along with significant notables such as Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Tom Peters and Oprah Winfrey. His articles on personal growth have been widely published internationally.
He is also the founder of The GROW Principle® and his book titles include “In The Moment” as well as the books and seminars "GROW Your Relationship With Money – Tuning into the Flow of Abundance and Financial Freedom," GROW Your Relationship with Time – Making Time into a Powerful Ally, Partner and Friend” and “GROW Your Relationship With Your Self – Knowing, Liking and Loving Who You Really Are” from the evolving “GROW Your Relationship Series.”
To learn more about Robert Silverstone, his business, activities and products please visit www.robertsilverstone.com
Alex Silvester leads environmental sustainability at Mattel, developing programs to ensure Mattel makes progress towards achieving their sustainability goals. He works closely with cross-functional groups throughout the company to support the creation of green teams and implement environmental guidelines in product design and material sourcing.
Alex holds a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania and served in the United States Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa.
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Brad Sparks is a Director with KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship. Brad focuses on integrating corporate responsibility across the KPMG global network – developing KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship strategies, managing Citizenship initiatives, representing KPMG at global sustainability events and reporting progress to KPMG leadership. He also works closely with KPMG teams assisting clients with sustainability and development initiatives, as well as supporting KPMG research on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting.
Seth Streeter is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Wealth, a leading wealth management company that specializes in comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services for high-net-worth clients across the country. Mr. Streeter has contributed to many national industry and local publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC online, Financial Planning magazine, Money Magazine, Investment News, Montecito Journal, and Ventura Star. Mr. Streeter has over 24 years of experience in the financial industry. Mr. Streeter’s credentials include: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, Masters in Science in Financial Planning, Certified Estate Advisor, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CA insurance and several Securities licenses. Mr. Streeter is the thought-leader behind the Inspired Wealth Management movement, helping people to reframe their perspective of wealth beyond just the financial to lead more balanced, impactful, and fulfilling lives. He was recognized by Real Leaders magazine in 2015 as one of the Top 100 visionary leaders who strive to create a better world. Mr. Streeter serves as Global Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization’s (YPO) Financial Services Network with 1,950 members. He is an active member of Social Venture Partners (SVP) and was the leader in bringing Fast Pitch SB to Santa Barbara. He is on the Advisory Council for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and is an Advisory Member for the Music Academy of the West. In addition, Mr. Streeter is the founder of the Inspire Santa Barbara community group. Seth resides in Santa Barbara, California, and has two young children. He remains active with yoga, swimming, and triathlon events. He enjoys travel, connecting with fascinating people, writing, and being an active father.
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John Suh is the Executive Director of Hyundai Ventures, which focuses on making strategic investments and business partnerships in the United States for the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai Ventures’ currently has four areas of interest: 1) intersection of mobile devices, the Internet, and the car, 2) automotive cleantech and eco-friendly technologies, 3) intelligent systems and manufacturing technology, and 4) new business models for personal mobility, enterprise collaboration, and the automotive supply chain.
Prior to joining Hyundai, he worked at General Motors, Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), and several Silicon Valley startups where he has had roles in corporate investing, product management, and R&D. John has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MS and PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
LA Cleantech Incubator
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Paul Tasner, Co-founder and CEO of PulpWorks, Inc., is a senior-level executive with 35 years of experience in all facets of supply chain management - with a particular focus on supply chain sustainability.
Appalled by the amount of plastic pollution on our planet and no longer content to accept the limitations of toxic packaging materials, Paul founded PulpWorks in 2011 in order to create safe, eco-friendly packaging from paper and agricultural waste.
Paul has authored numerous papers and presentations on supply chain sustainability and currently lectures on this timely topic in the MBA Programs at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University.
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Suzanne is Shelton Capital Management’s Vice President of Sales. Shelton Capital Management, a San Francisco based investment company founded in 1985, is advisor to the Shelton Funds, a family of no-load mutual funds. Suzanne is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with individual mutual fund shareholders as well as promoting Shelton’s environmentally focused investment programs. She joined Shelton in April of 2008 and has 15 years of experience in financial services, including experience as a personal financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise). Ms. Taylor received a B.A. in Film Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
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Matt Theis has worked extensively in rural areas to support community health projects. Ranging from full patient record data entry via touchscreen computer to installing the solar panels to power them, Matt has worked on numerous levels of 'mhealth', with experience both in sub-Saharan Africa and India. Matt is currently the VP of Global Services for Dimagi, for which he manages the implementation of Dimagi technologies and services across the globe. He oversees teams of 50+ Field Managers, Project Managers and Country Directors in India, South Africa, Mozambique and Senegal, creating strategies to scale Dimagi's work with community extension workers across the globe.
Matt brings an unique perspective to Dimagi, having previous engineering and program management experience in the aerospace industry. Matt previously focused on the development of a full-sized, unmanned helicopter for Boeing, for which he developed a general appreciation for fixing whatever breaks, be it software, mechanical or electrical. Matt holds a Bachelors degree in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Devin Thorpe, founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, calls himself a champion of social good. He writes about and advocates for those who are doing good. He travels extensively as a volunteer doing service, as a journalist finding heroes and as a speaker sharing what he’s learned.
As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing. His books on personal finance and crowdfunding draw on his entrepreneurial finance experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer, and mortgage broker, helping people use financial resources to do good. Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell.
Brian is a national business development manager for Waste Management Sustainability Services. His background is in business development and consulting in the field of sustainability, and currently focuses on the development of customized and scalable business strategies for Waste Management customers. Within his role, Brian works with different stakeholder groups to incorporate and leverage all internal and external Waste Management assets, emphasizing innovation and efficiency in solutions that span the entire value chain of materials management.
Prior to joining Waste Management, Brian worked with the consulting firm Brand Neutral and Live Earth on corporate sustainability strategy and consumer engagement, and as a program director for CBS EcoMedia developing and managing public/private partnerships and education campaigns around sustainability projects for cities.
Brian holds a MS from The Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Southern California.
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Brad Tomm is the senior manager of sustainability and campus operations for Zappos.com, Inc., and its first full-time sustainability professional. He is responsible for the implementation of strategic environmental projects in the areas of energy, water, recycling, logistics, green building and education. Notably, under Tomm’s guidance Zappos earned LEED Gold certification at its Las Vegas headquarters and completed its first renewable energy project.
Prior to joining Zappos, Tomm was the director of sustainable operations for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, NV. Tomm spent five years with MGM Resorts’ Corporate Sustainability Division helping the company to become a recognized leader in environmental responsibility. Notably, he developed the company’s waste management and recycling programs and helped MGM Resorts increase its recycling rate from 9.8% in 2007 to more than 38% in 2011.
Tomm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is a LEED accredited professional. He has an MBA from Thunderbird Global Business School and bachelor’s degrees in economics and geology from Vanderbilt University.
Environmental Education Group/Green2Gold
Alan Arthur Tratner, is the International Director of Green2Gold and has served as the President of the Inventors Workshop International and the Entrepreneur’s Workshop, Director of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Center in California, a SCORE (US SBA) consultant, and was publisher of the Lightbulb Journal and INVENT! magazines. He is an inventor and serial entrepreneur, with 13 inventions/patents. He has been dubbed the “Minister of Ideas” by the media and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, Business Week, TIME, USA Today, America Online Forum, NPR, and has appeared on OPRAH, CNN, Good Morning America, and CNBC. Alan has mentored and assisted thousands of green technology, sustainable ecology and energy companies and inventors. He was a former Professor of Environment and Energy, participated in the First International United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm Sweden, was staff member of Environmental Quality Magazine and helped establish Earth Day.
Alan founded the Environmental Education Group Foundation with many supporters, including Nobel prize winner Dennis Gabor. Alan traveled the USA conducting the Ultimate Crisis and Solutions for Survival seminars, led an environmental and alternative energy delegation to the former Soviet Union for the Citizen’s Ambassador Program. He was editor of Energies Journal for the Solar Energy Society of America, published the Geothermal Energy magazine and Geothermal World Directory. In the 1990’s he became Director of the Green Business Conference of the ECO EXPO, created the Eco Inventors and Eco Entrepreneurs Workshops, and the New Environmental Technologies Exhibits. In 2012, Alan was inducted into the International Green Industries Hall of Fame and honored with Lifetime Achievement. Click here for more about Alan. Alan is the Chairman for the California Space Enterprise Center, a major development for Private Space Enterprise.
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As CEO of Soles4Souls, Buddy brings a potent combination of entrepreneurship, executive education, C-level leadership skills, as well as extensive non-profit experience. His passion for philanthropy and global change led him to take on the role of leading the largest provider of free shoes to children in need around the world as well as a thriving social enterprise fighting poverty through job creation.
Buddy was previously the President/COO of StarKart and the National Association of Local Advertisers (NALA). Before that, Buddy was the Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. YPO is the largest CEO network in the world with more than 20,000 CEOs in 100+ countries.
His energy and enthusiasm for work spills over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long distance running and has since finished numerous ultra marathons (50K +) including more than a dozen 100-mile runs.
Buddy earned his BA in Religious Studies and French from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and holds an MBA/MA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He’s an active YPO WPO member. He and his wife Becca have been married for more than 20 years and have two delightful daughters.
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Shazeen is a senior manager in The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office. She joined Bridgespan from PwC where she ran a practice that focused on governance and economic development for Aboriginal populations in British Columbia.
Shazeen’s consulting engagements with nonprofits include strategy development, facilitation, operational planning and development of implementation roadmaps, sourcing and due diligence, and the creation of performance measurement strategies. While at Bridgespan, Shazeen’s work has primarily been with large-scale domestic and global networks such as Feeding America, the YMCA of the USA, America’s Promise Alliance, World Vision, the International Salvation Army and most recently the Alzheimer’s association. Shazeen is also currently involved in the research identified above focused on large-scale networks.
Shazeen has also worked for various international development organizations such as the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Bank and the UN and has lived in East Africa, Syria, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. Her international development work has focused primarily on creating strategies for health, education and rural development programs as well as supporting organizations in their measurement journeys—moving beyond measuring inputs and outputs to truly thinking about impact.
Shazeen earned her BSc in Health Information Systems from the University of Victoria and her MS in Health Administration from the University of Toronto where she focused on international health systems.
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Andre Walker is head of Interactive Media & Influencers at prAna, a fast-rising apparel company steeped in sustainability. Andre works relentlessly to educate both stakeholders and consumers about the impact of the clothing they wear while developing meaningful relationships with key Influencers. Working for a company with deep roots in both active wear and lifestyle apparel gives him the opportunity to reach a wide array of communities extolling the benefits of organics, Fair Trade, bluesign© , hemp and recycled materials.
Fascinated by the opportunity progressive organizations offer, Andre has focused his career in both the profit and non-profit sectors. From working with the country’s largest youth service organization to the worlds search leader in Silicon Valley. Personal interests include organizations whose values are clearly based in improving the quality of life of their clients, sustainability, green building, environmental conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility and organic agriculture. A sports addict (GGMU), lover of food, travel, and his family.
Raleigh Waller, Founder of Impact Farms, Inc. DE is now pursuing incorporation as a California “Benefit" Corporation to organize and fund "Resilient Commons Companies” owned and governed by members and community. He is currently exploring funding opportunities offered by Reg A+, alternative currencies, community organization and co-operative partnerships. Waller has a BS in Accounting and MBA from USC, is an “Inactive” California CPA and has previously held Series 7, 4 and 66 FINRA securities licenses. Raised in a family of industry and agriculture Waller was educated to engineer, account for, operate and lead recovery of failing manufacturing enterprises. 20 years ago seeing that starting companies required similar skills he became an Serial Entrepreneur and 10 years ago a Social Entrepreneur. Wanting a better return on family property in South Los Angeles and seeing an opportunity to utilize sunlight to grow wealth, improve health and fund local resilient communities, Impact Farms was formed to operate as a systems integrator and distributor for the urban farming community.
Keel Asset Management
Mark Watson is CEO and Founder of Keel Asset Management LLC where he develops and supports impact investing opportunities that focus on 501c-3 non-profits or social enterprises that have an emphasis on at least one of the following key areas; education, economic development, conservation and health/wellness. Mr. Watson is working to direct more private capital towards the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors through creative impact investment vehicles including ‘Social Impact Bonds’ (SIB’s). Mr. Watson is currently a Board Member of the Social Venture Network, a leader membership organization of more than 600 mission oriented social enterprises where he often serves as a financial advisor to member organizations. He has served as a Board Member and Chair of the micro finance committee of the Cape Development Partnership; a Cape Cod based economic development community lending and affordable housing nonprofit. Mr. Watson has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry ranging from positions in investment banking, M&A’s and asset management
SustainVest Asset Management
Dale Wannen is CEO of Sustainvest Asset Management in Petaluma, CA. Prior to Sustainvest, Dale was a portfolio manager at Harrington Investments and specializes in ESG investment strategies, securities analysis, and shareholder advocacy. He is often a guest speaker on the topic of ESG investing and shareholder advocacy.
Dale has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Rowan University and currently is a volunteer with Mentor Me Petaluma, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, and the founder of Green Drinks Petaluma. He also currently sits as a Board of Director of San Francisco human rights organization Global Exchange, and is a committee member for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco.
As Senior Brand Strategist at MetaDesign, Susan conducts market research and analysis, and develops brand-positioning and brand-architecture recommendations to ensure the success of the brand for B2B and B2C clients.
Susan brings two decades of multi-disciplinary experience including print, interactive, environmental design and architecture. She has successful navigated global clients’ strategic initiatives working across an array of industries from technology and retail to higher education and cultural institutions.
Her clients include Borders Books, Cartier, Chase Bank, Silhouette OpticalColumbia University, PCH International, Jupiter and Fuze among others.
Kevin is a green business entrepreneur and scientist. Kevin co-founded Sustainable Surf in 2011 to help catalyze the surfing industry and culture to become a global model of sustainability in action. Sustainable Surf now recognized as a leader in social change to protect the ocean and surfing environment from major threats like climate change, ocean acidification, and sea level rise.
Prior to that, he led fundraising and operations for Imagine Surf, an early leader in sustainable surfboard and SUP manufacturing. Kevin has also worked for several leading NGOs and private companies engaged in Clean Tech, CO2 mitigation and energy efficiency development, such as the Energy Trust of Oregon and Climos. Kevin has a Masters in Geology from the University of Washington and a BS in Physics from UC San Diego.
Clint White is Co-Founder and President of an innovative network of creative companies including WiTMedia, Culturadar, and the CASE Study Ad Network, all dedicated to strategically reframing social impact and cultural content as lifestyle choices for audiences.
Recognized by the UN Social Impact Summit for leadership and driving social change through media, and by Crain’s New York Business as a Top Entrepreneur, Clint has over 20 years of experience helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals through award-winning media campaigns. Clients include: Rainforest Alliance, GrowNYC/Greenmarket, Sustainable Travel International, American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, Mount Sinai/Continuum Health, Opportunity International, Johnson & Johnson’s Care To Recycle, and more.
A proud father of two and a family travel columnist, he lives in Manhattan.
Environmental Working Group
Heather White, Executive Director of EWG, is a nationally-recognized expert on environmental health and environmental law and policy. As Executive Director, Heather guides EWG’s policy, advocacy, and online engagement of EWG’s more than 2 million supporters. EWG is the nation’s most effective environmental nonprofit advocacy organization and uses game-changing research to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.
White has testified before Congress, briefed top Congressional staff and met with senior White House officials on a wide range of issues, including toxic chemical pollution, water quality, energy policy, food safety and farm bill reform. White has been interviewed by numerous news organizations, among them The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Dr. Oz Show, MSNBC, NBC and PBS: To the Contrary.
Blue Forest Conservation
Nick Wobbrock is a co-founder of Blue Forest Conservation and recent graduate from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. He is interested in environmental sustainability, business models for conservation, and energy and water technology to improve public health and increase infrastructure resilience. Prior to business school he worked as a logistics officer with Doctors without Borders in Malawi, as a water and sanitation Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and as a civil engineer with Brown and Caldwell. Nick is a licensed professional civil engineer in California and looks to leverage his engineering background with business to solve social and environmental problems.
Joining Future 500 in 2001, Erik is responsible for organizational management, financial planning, strategic marketing and development, and serves as a strategic advisor on various projects. He is adept at seeing and cultivating opportunities to connect elite opinion leaders across sectors and ideologies to find common ground and advance workable solutions to complex sustainability challenges. Future 500 is a global nonprofit organization specializing in stakeholder engagement, building bridges between parties at odds — corporations and non-governmental organizations, the political right and left, and others — to advance systemic solutions to social and environmental problems.
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Earth Friendly Products/ECOS
As Chief Executive Officer of Earth Friendly Products/ECOS, the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of eco-friendly cleaning products, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks has been internationally recognized for her influential voice in leading the way for sustainable business practices. Vlahakis-Hanks oversees five geographically diverse manufacturing facilities across the United States as well as European offices.She has been featured on ABC News, Walls Street Journal, LA Times, FOX, CNN, NBC, and has received numerous prestigious awards including Orange County’s 20 Women to Watch and Global Woman of the Year. Under her leadership, in 2013 Earth Friendly Products became the first carbon neutral manufacturer in the United States and as of 2014 pays the highest minimum wage in the nation.
Albe is the Global Vice President of Marketing & Communications for TerraCycle, a fast-growing, innovative recycling company headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey and operating in 25 countries on four continents.
Albe was integral in the transformation of TerraCycle from a small start-up selling worm- poop fertilizer into a successful and highly visible recycling innovator that runs pre- and post-consumer packaging reclamation programs for major manufacturers such as Kraft Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, Frito-Lay, L’Oreal, 3M, Kimberly-Clark, Proctor & Gamble and Newell Rubbermaid.
Albe manages, stars in and produces TerraCycle’s TV Show, “Human Resources,” season 2 of which will air August 2015 on Pivot TV. He is co-author of “Make Garbage Great,” a 244-page hardback coffee table book about the history and future of waste and recycling which will be published by HarperCollins in June 2015. Albe also writes and edits the company’s blogs and columns for major publications including the New York Times, Treehugger, Sustainable Brands and Huffington Post.
His speaking platforms have included the United Nations, Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, Stern School of Business, the Environmental Protection Agency and ANA’s Masters of Marketing.
Anthony Zolezzi is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, and expert on helping businesses to become more profitable by promoting the well-being of both the planet and its inhabitants. He is currently an operating partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors and member of the board of directors of Recommunity and Wild Oats Organic Marketplace, where he initiated the partnership with Walmart to make organic products both affordable and accessible.
Zolezzi's entrepreneurial experience includes having co-founded such environmentally friendly ventures as Greenopolis, a subsidiary of Waste Management that rewards consumers for recycling, and Pet Promise Natural pet food, and having conceived, created and co-founded the highly successful Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain.
Zolezzi is also the author of Uncharted Waters and co-author of five other books, including Chemical-Free Kids and Chemical-Free Kids: The Organic Sequel.
He is also a former board chairman of the Organic Center for Education and Promotion and former board member of Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing child mortality worldwide by providing essential nutrients to infants and children under five.
Actress/LA River Revitalization
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