Davis Smith – Cotopaxi


Davis is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. He was Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s CEO of the Year in 2016 and is a member of the eight-person United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Davis is a serial entrepreneur who previously started Baby.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012. Davis holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from BYU. Davis is an adventurer who has visited 70 countries. He has floated down the Amazon on a self-made raft, camped in the Sahara Desert, kayaked from Cuba to Florida, and explored North Korea.


Founder & CEO, Benefit Corporation, Serial Entrepreneur

Panel 3: Transparency as a Competitive Advantage

Transparency and authenticity are currency for high-impact companies. How can a company create transparency as a core pillar? How should a CEO think about transparency within his or her company and how should it influence communication with customers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders?