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Recently, John is a Founding Partner of One Better Ventures, a social impact firm that advises and invests in mission driven consumer goods companies. He serves on the Boards of Seventh Generation, Dartmouth, Zarbees, Leesa Sleep, Cree, Beautycounter and BEST NC. He is an active environmentalist and champion of social entrepreneurs. He and his wife Kristin are celebrating 25 years of marriage and they are proud to have raised four smart, strong daughters with big hearts.
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. In 2017, GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved the top score for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2016 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.
Mary has served as president and chief executive officer for GMP since 2008. She initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.
Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory.
In 2012, Mary led the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.
In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility anywhere to offer customers the Tesla Powerwall battery.
In 2014, Mary was recognized by Powergen as the Woman of the Year, in 2015 The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year, and in 2016, Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business. This is the second year that Mary has been nominated for the CEO Connection’s Top 25 Most Influential Women CEO.
Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a creative consultancy that builds purpose-driven brands. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, and Huffington Post on purposeful branding and storytelling.
Simon’s book, We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller. It was named an Amazon Top Ten Business Book, 800CEORead Top Five Marketing Book, and strategy+business named it the Best Business Marketing Book of the Year and Sustainable Brands listed We First as one of their Top Sustainability Books. It has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean.
Simon was included in Top 30 Global Brand Guru’s for 2018 and Forbes/LinkedIn’s list of Social Influencers impacting The World’s Most Influential CMOs, Richtopia’s ‘Top 200 Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs 2017,’ the 2016 United Nations Foundation’s ‘Global Influencers to Follow’, Statsocial’s 2015 Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers, YPO’s Real Leaders ‘100 Visionary Leaders’ for 2015, GlobalCEO’s Top CSR Leaders for 2014, #15 on SustMeme’s CSR Top 500 Influencers for 2013, #4 on The Guardian’s, ‘Twitter List: The 30 Most Influential Sustainability Voices in America for 2013’ and Trust Across America’s, ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2012’. In addition, he has been featured in BBC World News, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Inc., AMA, Fast Company, GOOD Magazine and Huffington Post.
Simon is a sought after international speaker with engagements including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Royal Society of Arts, SXSW, TEDxSF, NAB, Promaxbda, Conscious Capitalism, Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, Sustainable Brands, Social Good Summit, National Speakers Association, 1440 Multiversity and National Press Club, as well as brands such as Google, Coca-Cola, General Motors, VF, Samsung, VSP Global, Toyota, SAP, Gucci, VW Group, NHL, and Patagonia. He was voted a Top 5 Marketing Speaker by speaking.com, featured on the cover of the National Speaker’s Magazine, and was a finalist for Global Australian of the Year. Simon received the MAKE CHANGE, ‘Conscious Leadership’ Award for 2016 and he was a finalist for the Conscious Company Leadership Awards in 2017.
Prior to starting We First Simon spent 15 years as an award-winning writer, Creative Director, and Worldwide Creative Director at many of the world’s top creative advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wieden & Kennedy, and Ogilvy working on brands such a Nike, Coca-Cola, Toyota, and Motorola, as well as consulting on dozens of F500 brands for leading advertising, production, and digital companies. He was the writer on the U.S. launch of the first three generations of the Toyota Prius, the largest national service campaign for the Entertainment Industry Foundation that brought together all four major TV networks for the first time in U.S. television history, and award-winning campaigns for Nike. He has received over 60 awards at major advertising festivals including the Cannes Advertising Festival (Europe), the One Show (U.S.), the Clio’s (U.S.), the Kelly Awards (U.S), British Design & Art Direction Awards (U.K.), and AWARD (Australia), among others.
Simon studied Law and Fine Arts (1st Class Honors) at St. Paul’s College, Sydney University, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
As the CEO of Align, Jennifer leads client relationships and strategic direction of the Align team. A frequent speaker, moderator, and guest lecturer, Jennifer is committed to building the impact investing ecosystem while leading Align. Prior to co-founding Align, Jennifer was the Director of Wealth Management and a member of the Board of Directors at Aspiriant, one of the largest family-office-style registered investment advisor firms in the country. Jennifer was named on the “40 under 40” list by Investment News in 2014, selected for Private Asset Management’s “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in 2016, and chosen as Investment News Icon and Innovator in 2017.
Jennifer serves as the Senior Investment Advisor for Impact Asset’s Annual IA 50 Impact Investing Fund Review Committee and sits on the industry advisory board of a joint project on investing in women organized by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and the Tara Health Foundation.
Stuart Landesberg is the Co-Founder & CEO of Grove Collaborative, the leading digital-first brand & ecommerce platform for natural home and personal care.
Stu has long been passionate about sustainability. He founded Grove, which has been a Certified B Corp since its founding, after learning that offline distribution meant that just a small percentage of families were choosing healthy, sustainable home care products. Grove now serves hundreds of thousands of households in the U.S. every month and has raised over $100 million in total capital.
Stu was previously an investor at TPG Growth, where he was involved in over $400 million in consumer and technology investments. Stu and his wife Caitlin live in San Francisco with their daughter and dog, and spend as much time outside as possible.
Michael Martin — a recovering Wall Street Investment Banker — is the Founder and CEO of Effect Partners and r.Cup. He has been a thought-leader in sustainability, social change innovation and marketing for almost 30 years, starting with the non-profit, Concerts for the Environment. EFFECT identifies major sustainability issues and acts as a catalyst to create movements leading to social change using music, arts and culture.
Michael developed the first-ever, national global warming campaign, putting global warming into the public consciousness. Dating back to 1990, he has helped produce the national Earth Day Concerts on the National Mall. He contributed to the growth of green energy in this country, has created national campaigns for the organics industry and created movements around new technologies such as the Prius and Mirai. His companies have worked with clients ranging from Apple, Toyota, UPS, Target, Clif Bar, Live Nation, U2 and Mumford & Sons.
Michael introduced many of the greening practices currently being used in the music industry today. He has consulted and advised several hundred artists, festivals, venues and events over the years in best greening practices and innovations.
His latest venture, r.Cup, aims to disrupt the wasteful single-use plastic cup at live events. r.Cup reduces the environmental impact of live events and concerts with a reusable, recyclable, rental cup program.
Since 2002, hundreds of organizations and executive leaders have trusted Chris Hutchinson and his company, Trebuchet Group, to help them achieve great accomplishments through creating great teams. Chris brings together real-world experience to support leaders who feel the weight of their company on their shoulders, and are frustrated by teams not achieving their potential. As an Air Force officer, Chris learned first-hand how leadership can make or break the effectiveness of teams and individuals. As a “recovering” mechanical engineer, he understands how systems need to serve the people who use them to be successful together. As author of Ripple: A Field Manual for Leadership that Works, Chris brings together field-tested practices for leaders to improve their personal impact and create long lasting results.
Brian Powers grew up in College Park, Maryland, enjoying hobbies such as selling tickets to fellow kindergartners to go to the moon, as well as more healthy hobbies like soccer and basketball. Hoping to coach Brian to finally say the “r” sound correctly, his speech therapist taught him the word “entrepreneur,” and Brian never doubted what’d he’d be thereafter, even if he couldn’t yet pronounce the word. Buoyed by incredibly supportive parents and an overachieving sister, at St. John’s College High School, Brian started a junk removal service called Junk Runners and a rock band called Paper Planes with friend and current TemperPack co-founder James McGoff. Brian went on to study Finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, did completed a year of investment banking at Moelis & Company, and then returned to the real world to take college project TemperPack full time with James and fellow co-founder Charles Vincent. Based in Richmond, Virginia, TemperPack designs and manufactures sustainable insulation that replaces plastic foam for the e-commerce food and biopharma industries. Brian now lives in Richmond, Virginia, which after much practice he now can pronounce correctly.
The principal architect of Caprock’s Impact Investing Platform and the creator of the now-independent impact reporting platform iPAR, Matthew is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the discipline, most recently being honored as an Industry Pioneer. In addition to keynoting conferences and lecturing at leading business schools around the world, he serves as a strategic advisor to several Impact Investing funds, and has appeared in Barron’s, Yahoo Finance TV, International Business Daily, Bloomberg Business Week, Journal of Philanthropy, Forbes, Conscious Company, The New York Times, Financial Times and many more. More recently, he successfully shepherded two pieces of legislation through the Idaho Statehouse, the first authorizing Pay For Success Contracting and the second awarding legal status to businesses structured as Benefit Corporations.
Prior to co-founding Caprock, Matthew was a partner in The Owyhee Group, a boutique advisory team within Smith Barney. During his thirteen years with the company, he was a member of Citigroup’s elite Leadership Development Program and helped craft the firm’s Private Wealth Management platform. Matthew graduated from Dartmouth College, has competed internationally in five different sports and continues to serve as a Director for the Lee Pesky Learning Center, an organization he helped launch 20 years ago. When not working, Matthew can usually be found outside; running, skiing, mountaineering, cycling… and generally encouraging his daughter to enjoy wilderness with the same irrational exuberance as her father.
Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Kitchen, Miyoko Schinner sparked the rise of the multi-million dollar plant-based cheese revolution bypioneering a proprietary technology for making dairy products from plants. Miyoko has redefined the categories of “cheese” and “butter” with complex flavors that have garnered multiple awards and the attention of major media such as The New York Times, Forbes, Food and Wine, Good Morning America, and many more. Miyoko’s products are sold nationwide in thousands of retailers including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Publix, Wegman’s, Target, and many more.
The bestselling author, chef, speaker, and entrepreneur has dedicated 30+ years to changing the culture of food through her five books, television shows, and talks. She is a founding board member of the Plant Based Foods Association, a trade organization helping to level the playing field for plant-based foods. Her dedication to animals led to the co-founding of Rancho Compasióna farmed animal sanctuary in Nicasio, California, that provides a home to over 70 farm animals, where she starts each day caring for cows, goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, and ducks, which she considers her daily mediation.
Traditional Medicinals purpose since its founding in 1974 has been to connect people to the power of plants to change lives through a social business model. Traditional Medicinals social business model has enabled the company to continually be in a leadership position on social and environmental sustainability practices. This philosophy coupled with the Company’s financial sustainability has resulted in four decades of commercial success and created a truly sustainability organization.
Blair encourages people to contact him on Linked-In. His passion is taking time to help people and companies create purpose as their driving force for success.
Greg Shell is a Managing Director at Bain Capital and co-Leads the Double Impact Fund. Before coming to Bain Capital, he was a portfolio manager at GMO, working on the U.S. sleeve of the Global Focused Equity Fund. Before coming to GMO, Greg was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management where he was an equity analyst. Previously, he was a Consultant at Bain & Co. in both the Strategy and Private Equity practice.
Greg is involved with many business and civic organizations, including: Eastern Bank, Mass General Hospital, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts and Compass Working Capital.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a Bert King and Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. He is married, has two children and lives in Milton, Massachusetts.
Gloria S. Nelund
Gloria Nelund co-founded TriLinc after a rewarding career in the international asset management industry. She is responsible for leading the Company’s high-level strategy and directing its growth since its founding in 2008. Gloria brings to TriLinc Global more than 30 years of experience in executive management of multi-billion dollar financial institutions, as well as deep expertise in the creation, sales and distribution of investment products.
Most recently, Gloria was the CEO of the U.S. Private Wealth Management Division at Deutsche Bank, the world’s fifth largest financial institution. In this capacity, she held fiduciary responsibility for more than $50 billion in investment assets, including more than $20 billion in emerging markets and credit instruments. In addition to her role as divisional CEO, Gloria served as the only female member of the Global Private Wealth Management Executive Committee.
Gloria has been a pioneer in the development of social impact products. She was instrumental in making Deutsche Bank a leading institutional supporter of microcredit, creating multiple programs to help Private Wealth Management clients learn about and invest in the sector. Gloria also served on the Board of the Deutsche Bank Americas Community Development Group, with responsibility for providing loans, investments and grants to targeted organizations throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Gloria was also the Managing Director of Scudder Kemper Investments prior to its purchase by Deutsche Bank. While at Scudder, she supported the development and growth of one of the industry’s first socially-responsible investment (SRI) products.
Prior to her tenure at Deutsche Bank, Gloria spent 16 years as an executive at Bank of America/Security Pacific Bank, most notably as President and CEO of BofA Capital Management, Inc., an investment management subsidiary managing $35 billion in assets for both retail and institutional investors. In addition to managing fixed-income and equity mutual funds in the U.S. and internationally, Gloria’s division was responsible for managing assets on behalf of public funds, common trust funds and corporate funds.
In addition to her activities with TriLinc, Gloria is an Independent Trustee of the Victory Funds, a mutual fund complex with more than $32.9 billion in assets under management. She is a life-long supporter of development-oriented philanthropic causes. She has volunteered as a teacher of at-risk youth in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the YMCA of Los Angeles. Gloria currently sits on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations and actively supports entrepreneurship research and education. She is an active speaker and guest lecturer on Impact Investing at conferences and several top business schools, including Columbia, Georgetown, Wheaton, Kellogg, Stanford and MIT.
Chris Donati is a fourth generation cattle rancher that was raised on a commercial cow calf operation in Northern California. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduating with a degree in Agribusiness. While there he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for Associated Students Incorporated at Cal Poly, and was also involved in the Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program. He has been focused on raising cattle for niche markets since college.
Jasper van Brakel
A student of finance for more than 25 years, Jasper van Brakel has seen firsthand the energy that mission-aligned, catalytic capital sparks, and he is inspired to further RSF’s deep social impact as its leader. He believes more innovative approaches are needed to address the significant social, cultural, and economic challenges of our time, and he looks forward to guiding RSF as it builds on its success in transforming the way the world works with money.
Prior to joining RSF, van Brakel was a partner at Newpark Capital, a private equity firm for impact-driven companies. Concurrently, he served in an advisory role with Armonia, an impact investor and regenerative field builder, where he initiated collaborative partnerships and provided strategic leadership support to several portfolio companies, both as an advisor and as a board member.
Born and raised in the Netherlands and fluent in three languages, van Brakel spent 14 years with the Weleda Group, advancing from sales positions to leading the company’s global growth, strategy, branding, and marketing initiatives. He moved to the U.S. in 2008 to lead Weleda North America as president and CEO. Over the next seven-plus years, he more than doubled revenue and established Weleda’s brand in the U.S. and Canada. As chair and interim CEO for Weleda’s Dutch and Belgian subsidiaries from 2013 to 2014, van Brakel restructured the company and positioned it for growth while maintaining the culture of the venerable natural, organic, and biodynamic consumer product company.
Van Brakel attended Harvard Business School, graduating from its general management program in 2011, and received his master’s degree in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. His four children attend Waldorf schools (as he did through high school), and his wife is a Waldorf educator. Currently, van Brakel sits on the board of directors of Teton Water Ranch, a grass-fed beef company based in Denver, and serves as board chair for Gaia Herbs in Brevard, North Carolina.
Alison Czeczuga currently serves as the Sustainability & Social Impact Manager at Gaia Herbs, where she leads the sustainability strategy across the company to ensure a positive environmental and social impact across all operations. As a community developer, Alison has worked with farmers and artisans around the world, from Jamaica to Ethiopia, to advance business strategies that foster positive the economic impact of rural livelihoods while fostering ecological conservation. After working as a full-time organic farmer in rural West Virginia, Alison settled in North Carolina where she has continued her work in utilizing nature’s gifts as a driver for economic and social change. For four years, she worked for the NC State Extension Service in Western North Carolina where she worked to advance organic agriculture systems and alternative crop research & marketing, specifically medicinal herbs and native plants of the Southeast. Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University where she majored in International Affairs with concentrations in International Development & Contemporary Cultures & Society.
Sunny Vanderbeck is the co-founder and managing partner of Satori Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm committed to the principles of conscious capitalism. Satori’s private equity business partners with leadership teams of companies with $5 million to $25 million of EBITDA that operate with a long-term perspective, commit to their mission, and create value for all stakeholders. Satori’s alternatives investment platform, Satori Alpha, creates and manages customized portfolios designed to meet the unique objectives of institutions, family offices, and sophisticated private investors.
Prior to forming Satori, Sunny founded Data Return, a provider of managed services and utility computing. His eleven years as the business’ leader included exceptional revenue growth and a successful IPO that made him one of the youngest CEOs to ever lead a NASDAQ company. He was also named a “Top 25 Technology Executive” and an “Entrepreneur of the Year” finalist by Ernst and Young. Sunny’s previous roles include team leader at Microsoft and Section Leader in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion.
Leveraging his expertise in strategy, operations, and capital allocation, Sunny is actively engaged with multiple companies as an investor, advisor, and board member. Additionally, he is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he co-founded the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network, which helps CEOs accelerate the growth of their businesses. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on strategy and conscious capitalism.
Christina Keller is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Cascade Engineering Family of Companies and a member of the board of directors. She assumed this position on September 1, 2018. Cascade Engineering is a family owned private business founded by her father, Fred Keller in 1973. As President and Chief Executive Officer for the Family of Companies, Christina is responsible for ensuring that Cascade Engineering continues its dedication to the community, accomplishes its purpose of being a Triple Bottom Line company and develops and executes Cascade’s strategic direction.
Most recently Christina served as President for the Cascade Business Team (CBT) from 2016 – 2018, overseeing five of Cascade’s nine businesses. These businesses included; Automotive Americas, Cascade Cart Solutions, Innovative Plastic Technologies, Noble Polymers and Decade Products. Christina also led the strategic integration of all Cascade Engineering’s North American operations, creating an alignment through best practices and standardized work to maximize operational, financial and human resources.
In 2013, Christina was named President of CK Technologies (CKT). CKT is the largest CE business unit headquartered in Montpelier, OH, with additional facilities in Mount Airy, NC, Brownsville and Grand Prairie, Texas. CKT manufactures large plastic exterior body components for large trucks. Parts include bumper systems, grills, chassis and roof fairings used on class 8 tractors. CKT offers over 10,000 colors with parts painted in-line sequence. Christina was also selected to participate as a member of Navistar’s supplier council. During her tenure CKT recorded two consecutive years of record revenue.
Christina has held a number of leadership positions of increasing responsibility since joining Cascade in 2009.From 2010 – 2013 she was the business unit leader for Triple Quest, which produced and distributed the HydraidÒfilter. A simple, low-tech bio-sand water filter that requires no maintenance – as a reliable means to deliver clean water. Over 75,000 HydraidÒfilters were distributed to 46 countries before the business was acquired by Native Energy in 2015. CE still manufactures the filter housing for Native Energy.
Previous to joining Cascade Engineering, Keller lived in New York, NY employed as a manager at Polaris Management Partners. Christina received her MBA from the SC Johnson College of Business in 2007 and also holds a BA from Boston College. She has accreditation in Economics from American University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
Christina is a member of the board of directors for Independent Bank (IBCP). Serves on the board of trustees and is the former chair at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Keller is a member of the Grand Angels investment group as well as being active in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Family Business Alliance (FBA). Christina was recognized in Plastics News as a “Rising Star” and the Grand Rapids Business Journal has twice named her as a “40 under 40” business leader to watch. Christina resides in Ada, Michigan with her husband Andy and their two children Aspen and Jackson.
Lisa began working on Kuli Kuli while in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. As a volunteer in her village’s health center, she gained a first-hand understanding of the common nutritional challenges faced in West African villages and how moringa can play a role in helping to address those challenges. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic, wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House and worked at an impact investment firm in India.
Katie has over a decade of experience in the energy industry, with responsibilities across corporate affairs, communications strategy, brand development, and policy. As Director of Market Development, she helps deliver the Fund’s strategic value to limited partners and entrepreneurs. Katie is responsible for developing business leads for the Fund’s portfolio companies, helping portfolio and pipeline companies navigate and leverage the network, and leading the marketing and communication efforts of the Fund.
A clean energy leader with valuable industry experience and connections, she was previously Vice President of Public Affairs for Invenergy – North America’s largest independent renewable energy generation company. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA from DePauw University.
Katie currently sits on the Board of Directors for DroneDeploy.
Prior to founding Cloud for Good, Tal (@talfrankfurt) was the director of resource development for a nonprofit organization that worked with at-risk immigrant youth. He was looking for tools to better manage his donors, participants, and volunteers. It was through this experience that Tal learned about Salesforce. The adoption of Salesforce into his everyday work was what sparked the inception of Cloud for Good, a Salesforce implementation partner working primarily with nonprofit and educational institutions to create and implement strategic solutions based on cloud technology. Tal was chosen in 2010 to be one of the first Salesforce.com MVP Program members, an exclusive club representing the top 1% of the Salesforce community, and has maintained that status to date. Tal currently serves on the advisory committee of the School of Management of Information Systems at the University of Memphis and Give365, an initiative to create a collaborative philanthropic fund in Memphis. Tal enjoys boxing for fun and spending weekends with his family.
Dave Kirkpatrick is a Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, which focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures. Dave helped lead SJF’s capitalization of four funds totaling $260 million starting in 1999. Dave’s portfolio engagements include Voltaiq, Living Earth, EnTouch Controls, Community Energy, and ED MAP, as well as exited companies TransLoc, NEXTracker, groSolar, CleanScapes, B.B Hobbs, and Foxfire. Dave’s particular industry focus areas include solar energy, energy efficiency, recycling & reuse, and mobility.
Prior to SJF, Dave founded and managed two other successful enterprises – KirkWorks, a cleantech investment research firm; and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. Dave was named the 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996 by the National Recycling Coalition. Dave co-founded the SJF Institute in 2001, which merged with Investors’ Circle, a twenty-year-old impact investment angel network, in 2011.
Dave earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991. He was named KFBS Executive MBA Alumnus of the Year in 2010. He enjoys gardening, kayaking and trying to learn Spanish.
Glen Tripp founded Galileo Learning in 2001 to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Since then, more than 300,000 children have enrolled in Galileo’s programs, which include Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest, and the camps at The Tech Museum of Innovation. Galileo, based in Oakland, California, is proud to be a B-Corporation and has been named one of the top 20 places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight straight years and was recently named to Forbes’ Small Giants list.
Galileo programs use project-based science, arts, technology, and engineering experiences heavily influenced by the Institute of Design at Stanford University and The Tech Museum of Innovation. 2,500 Galileo educators serve over 70,000 kids annually at 70 sites across California and Illinois.
With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter & Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.) Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the structure and management of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. As a strategist, she addressed the business needs of the burgeoning company through the creation of several separate business units within the structure of NEST itself, positioning the brand for equal viability in the mass marketplace as well as the licensing and private label sectors, leading to their acquisition by Tengram Capital Partners in 2012.
Joining MPOWERD as CEO is a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.
John Salzinger is a serial entrepreneur and is always looking for a problem to solve utilizing new technologies and new ways of ideating around them. Currently, as a Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, John devotes himself to overall strategy, maximizing the global distribution of MPOWERD’s innovative clean energy solutions, marketing to various verticals and markets simultaneously as well as developing new product lines. Together with principal inventor and one of MPOWERD’s original co-founders, Jason Snyder, he worked hand-in-hand to develop the Luci inflatable solar lantern after an earthquake in 2010 left thousands without power in Haiti and continues to play a leading role in developing innovative new solar products to positively impact the lives of people everywhere. Having begun his professional career in fashion photography, John worked in the global print market before shifting into television as a News Editor for ABC World Television News. Adapting to changing technologies, John became a Multimedia Producer, writing, editing and producing his own voiceovers for Associated Press Digital. Moving beyond news and into finance, John was instrumental in opening the NYC office for Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) and subsequently founded Platinum Processing, an ISO of EVO Merchant Services where he hired and managed a staff of Sales Representatives, Value Added Resellers and supported hundreds of clients Nationwide, processing millions of dollars annually. Just before co-founding MPOWERD, John was a consultant at Clever Rooster and a Director of Sales and Content at social, local, mobile, tech start-up, gopogo.
Cheryl Newman is a strategy and communications professional with over twenty years of experience in start-ups, the food and beverage industry, and non-profits. She is a founding advisor to No Evil Foods and Executive Chair of the Board. She also currently serves on the Board of Simple Mills, a high-growth food company based in Chicago, and previously served on the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and as a member of the Advisory Boards for Revolution Gelato and Farm to Freezer. Cheryl guided the creation of a vibrant, sustainable local food system in Maryland, as the inaugural chairwoman of the Montgomery (MD) County Food Council.
During her tenure as VP and Deputy Chief of Mission at Honest Tea, she helped develop and communicate its mission, aligning sustainability efforts internally and externally to ensure the fast-growing company maintained its leadership as a model for other mission-driven businesses. Cheryl is recognized for creating strong and productive relationships within Fair Trade, the green economy and social innovation organizations.
Before returning to the U.S., Cheryl and her family spent over twenty years in Asia and Europe, during which, in addition to raising a trio of global citizens, she had roles ranging from guiding the growth of a software start-up as its COO, analyzing business opportunities for a private investor and working in communications in the diplomatic service.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, she has served as an entrepreneur/start-up judge for the William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition, Green America, and Bethesda Green. She is the co-author of “The Working Relationship/ Management Strategies for Contemporary Couples.”
Jeffrey W. Jordan
Social change is Jeffrey’s priority, evident in all his endeavors, from his academic research to his leadership at Rescue. His passion for social change began in high school when he volunteered for an anti-tobacco group. Observing the lack of effective social change marketing services, he started Rescue Agency in 2001 at the age of 17. While growing Rescue, Jeff received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University and a Master’s in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
As the founder of a strategy called Social Branding®, Jeffrey focuses on the relationship between identity and behavior to change behavior through culture. This approach has been published in multiple books and is the subject of multiple peer-reviewed articles. At Rescue, he provides clients with ambitious vision and strategic planning to realize their goals. Jeffrey achieves positive behavior change through branding and supplies clients with unique tools, strategies and expert staff to fuel that change in their communities. His unique mixture of practical experience and empirical knowledge from researching cultures and identity allows him to work with clients on the theory and application of behavior change through branding strategies.
Over 18 years after launching Rescue, Jeff’s passion only continues to strengthen. Jeff has led Rescue to over 180 F/T employees across North America, currently managing active campaigns in over a dozen states and provinces, as well as the federal government to deliver behavior change marketing programs. The Small Business Administrations in Rhode Island and San Diego have named him Young Entrepreneur of the Year, among numerous other awards for his company’s innovative work. Jeffrey believes the empirically measured outcomes of Social Branding® programs and other innovative Rescue strategies will lead to a new era of prevention and behavior change that is focused on culture and its powerful role in each of our lives.
Tom Burton serves as Chair of the Mintz Energy & Sustainability Practice. As the creator of one of the nation’s first clean energy legal practices, his zeal for innovation and passion for energy and sustainability have shaped the clean energy industry. Clients ranging from investors to entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies rely on him for creative and strategic legal solutions, and he has completed hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. In addition, he devotes a portion of his practice to counseling social enterprise companies, impact investors, and nonproﬁt companies. Under Tom’s leadership, the firm’s Energy & Sustainability Practice has completed more than 500 transactions across energy sectors totaling over $8.5 billion since 2006. The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) recognized his pioneering role in the Northeast with a Decade of Inﬂuence award for being one of the eight top clean energy industry leaders.
Tom’s global practice focuses on complex corporate ﬁnance matters for companies in the energy and clean technology, social media, life sciences, and software industries. On the corporate and securities side, Tom has served as counsel in the structuring and completion of over 400 venture capital and private equity ﬁnancings, representing both the funds providing the capital and the emerging growth companies seeking funding. His work in this area has raised billions of dollars. He also organizes venture capital funds and represents them in their portfolio investments. Tom routinely counsels businesses on their growth and development, advises their boards of directors on corporate governance matters, and participates in an array of transactions. He is ranked by Best Lawyers in America in the Corporate Law section, and he has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States as “rising to the fore” in energy technology for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.
Tom earned his JD at Boston College Law School, where he was inducted into The Order of the Coif. He currently serves on the Boston College Law School Alumni Board, and was President in 2016. Tom received his BA from Boston College.
With a lifetime of plant-based experience under her belt, Sadrah Schadel has some serious veg cred. In the lively hub of her family’s kitchen, she got into the culinary game at an early age. Later, her DIY spirit and don’t give a damn punk rock attitude combined with her high-standards for quality ingredients and product performance, driving her to create No Evil Foods, the most boss Plant Meats on the market. Sadrah stands in command of the test kitchen and develops innovative recipes drawing from world flavors inspired by her extensive travels. She passionately spearheads our social justice initiatives and is also a creative magician who shares the vision and communicates the voice of No Evil Foods.
Before relocating to Asheville and co-founding No Evil Foods in 2014, Sadrah Schadel worked in Employment Training & Development and Education for non-profit organizations in the northeast and the San Francisco Bay Area, in restaurant management in top dining destinations in Philadelphia and New York state, and as a freelance photographer. She received a broad range of creative education ranging from photography, graphic design, and video production while studying in New England at Bradford College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She graduated from Goddard College.
Rania Hoteit is a multi award-winning serial entrepreneur, expert judge on global startup competitions, international speaker, advisor, author and social impact leader in gender equality, education, and industry innovation with recognitions from the White House, United Nations, UK Parliament, and other prestigious awards. She is the CEO of ID4A Technologies, a global technology company that was recognized by the White House for fostering the development of advanced manufacturing in the US as in the world; named as one “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” on the 2016 Entrepreneur 360 List, honored on The Elite 2018 Inc. 5000 List of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies”; and recognized as one of the 2019 Real Leaders “100 Top Impact Companies”.
Throughout her executive career, she turned technologies into viable startups, transforming markets, and creating radical changes within her industry. As an innovator and entrepreneur, Rania worked in cross-disciplinary collaborations with leading global companies in design, technology, and business innovation, and she pioneered proprietary R&D and innovative processes in advanced manufacturing, Ai and robotics. With her depth of expertise and success record, Rania is a sought-after adviser who guides innovation transformation and business growth for startup companies around the world, contributing to the development of new products and facilitating investment opportunities for the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Rania received the “Ambassador of The Year” 2016 Award by Blossom Wealth Management for propelling entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2017, she was recognized amongst 55 global leaders at the United Nations’ Global People Summit where she addressed human rights abuses in the global production pipeline, and how automation, Ai and Robotics can reduce the global exploitation of labor. In Silicon Valley survey, she was recognized alongside Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai and other prominent leaders ‘who have successfully built outstanding brands’. Rania is also one of the only 50 global women leaders from around the world who are featured in “50 Inspiring Voices of Migrant Women: From Struggle to Success”, an inspirational book that showcases successful migrant entrepreneurs as role models. The book was launched at the UK Parliament where she was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Her Career and Her Contribution as a Migrant Woman in the USA”. At the end of 2018, she was nominated for the first-ever Lebanon Impact Awards under the patronage of His Excellency the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Rania has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, The Economist, and other notable publications. She was named by Thrive Global as one of the ’50 Most Prominent Influencers’, and was recognized by Inc Magazine amongst “America’s Top Entrepreneurs” who are leading the “Most Inspiring Companies of 2018”. Most recently, she was recognized by Real Leaders magazine among the world’s top 100 leaders who are applying capitalism for greater profit and a greater good.
Adrianne has dedicated her career to the creation and expansion of small businesses. She has a Masters of Business Administration and over a decade of experience training and advising entrepreneurs. Adrianne is particularly skilled in balancing business growth while maintaining a healthy organizational culture that elevates both the business and its employees.
She joined JB Media in 2014, recruited by the Founder to guide the company through its next stages of growth. Since that time Adrianne has helped shape all aspects of the business and currently plays a central role as a member of the leadership team and as the Director of both Finance and Human Resources. Adrianne leads through the lens of the company’s values and has successfully guided JB Media through its most recent stage of growth returning strong financial gains while helping to create an organizational culture that supports each team member in bringing their whole selves to work.
Adrianne led JB Media Group through its B Corp certification process culminating in certification in March 2018. She currently serves as the chair of B Local Asheville + WNC, whose mission is to grow the number of certified B Corps in the region.
David Rosenberg co-founded and leads AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments.
AeroFarms has been recognized as a Circular Economy 100 company, was listed on Fast Company’s 2019 global list of Most Innovative Companies, and Inc. Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Disruptive Companies. AeroFarms also received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and was voted as the Best Growth Company to invest in at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in addition to being a finalist for The Circular Awards at The World Economic Forum. David is also the founder of a nanotechnology company.
David is a member of the World Economic Forum where he co-chairs the Young Global Leaders Circular Economy Taskforce. David is also a member of the B20 Sustainable Food System Taskforce, which advises the G20. In addition, David serves as a Managing Trustee of New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center – a prominent U.S. interactive science museum. David was also privileged to co-chair New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Agriculture Transition Committee. In 2018, David was honored as Ernst & Young’s (NJ) Entrepreneur of the Year (Food and Beverage).
David received his BA from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup and represented the NYAC, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals.
Kevin Maggiacomo serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of SVN International Corp. and is responsible for the company’s mission and vision. Propelling SVN’s expansion across the globe, Maggiacomo has facilitated SVN’s growth from 7 US offices in 2001, to more than 200 offices in 8 countries today.
In 2018 Maggiacomo earned his spot on GlobeSt.com’s list of Best Bosses in Commercial Real Estate as a result of his TEDx Orange Coast Speech ‘Awakening the American Dream’, his ongoing commitment to gender diversity within recruiting and empowering women, millennials and minorities.
In 2016, Maggiacomo was named by his industry peers as Commercial Property Executive’s Executive of the Year. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Vistage, 2 international chief executive think tanks. In YPO, Maggiacomo serves as the Chair of the US East Region Sustainable Business Network. He also serves as a board member and director with Real Leaders, a “B-Corporation,” whose mission is to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, as an Industry Advisor with Chandan Economics, a leading provider of commercial real estate research and data, is on the National Association of Realtors Commercial advisory board and further sits on the board of www.Buildout.com, a commercial real estate technology company. In addition, Maggiacomo serves as an alumni career representative for Providence College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Mark Van Ness
Mark Van Ness is the founder of Real Leaders, a Certified B Corporation with the mission of inspiring farsighted leadership for a better world. He is an active impact investor and serves on the board of Impact Assets.
He also founded the Sustainable Business Network and co-founded several social impact networks within YPO, an international organization of 27,000 CEOs in 130 countries.
At the age of 30 he founded SVN, and grew it to become the youngest of the top 10 commercial real estate services brands in the world, with a mission of creating shared value with clients, colleagues and communities.
Mark is the father of 4, living the American Dream in the Caribbean and Pacific Northwest with his wife and Labrador.
Born and raised, in Eustis, Florida, Ken LaRoe earned a B. S. in management at Florida State University and a J.D. at The University of Florida College of Law. Mr. LaRoe is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Ken is married to Cindy LaRoe, a physician who was also born and raised in Eustis, Florida. In fact, Cindy was born exactly one week before Ken, at the same hospital, and they have been together since 1974. Ken and Cindy are also athletes and artists. Both are especially avid cyclists, having competed for several years and represented Team USA in the 2008 Duathlon World Championship in Italy. Ken also competitively completed the Ironman Florida triathlon in 2007 as well as other triathlons, duathlons, marathons, etc. over the years. The LaRoe’s have two children, Mackenzie and Zach and three grandchildren, Rhapsody, Arcadian and Seneca.
Mr. LaRoe’s professional journey began in the 1980s at Flagship Bank in Tavares, Florida. During his time with Flagship Bank, Mr. LaRoe worked his way to becoming vice president. He then joined SouthTrust Bank in Deland, Florida in 1987 as senior lender. Mr. LaRoe subsequently enrolled at University of Florida College of Law where he graduated then returned to Lake County and practiced law. In 1996, Mr. LaRoe joined Colonial Bank as president of the Lake County branch and was instrumental in the conversion of the bank from a troubled thrift to a viable commercial bank. After his success at Colonial Bank, LaRoe went on to found Florida Choice Bank in 1999 and was the largest shareholder, chairman and CEO. Mr. LaRoe grew the bank to over $400 million in assets by 2006 when the bank was sold to Alabama National Bancorp for what was the highest multiple recorded in the State of Florida.
Mr. LaRoe planned to retire after selling Florida Choice Bank in 2006, and he set out with his wife on a lengthy, soul-searching journey across the U.S. in a mini motor home. Along the way he began reading a book his brother had given him: “Let My People Go Surfing,” by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, the highly successful outdoor clothing and equipment company. Chouinard’s philosophical approach to business greatly influenced Mr. LaRoe. He became convinced that business can be holistic: in addition to making a profit, business can have a positive impact on society. Chouinard developed a business model which integrated his principles and professional acumen, and he was able to experience enduring success without the degree of ethical compromise that often counters the contributions business leadership can make to our environment and culture.
Mr. LaRoe then went on to found First Green Bank, the first bank in the United States with an environmental focus. He began the bank with a clear vision to do banking differently – in a way that was socially and environmentally responsible without sacrificing profit. Under Mr. LaRoe’s leadership as the Chairman, and CEO of both First Green Bank and the holding company, First Green Bancorp, the bank grew to over $825 million in assets with seven locations across Florida. The bank’s financial performance ranked in the top 10% of all banks in Florida while operating with a deep impact philosophy. Mr. LaRoe successfully sold the bank in October 2018.
He is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) North American chapter and served on the GABV board of directors. Fighting a regressive political and environmental industry, LaRoe has a unique identity in the banking industry as he continuously challenges the status quo through his strong commitment to values-based business practices. “A local bank with a global mission” is more than just the First GREEN Bank motto — LaRoe has made it his personal mission to spread those values throughout Florida and beyond.
Elizabeth B. Crook, CEO of Orchard Advisors, works with executives and management teams in both the U.S. and Canada to grow profitability and value through clear strategic thinking and disciplined execution planning.
Elizabeth has been a member, presenter, and advisor for the Social Venture Circle (previously Social Venture Network) and a frequent case study faculty member for the Social Venture Institute (SVI) in British Columbia. She is a sought after speaker, workshop leader and guest on stages and in media (Forbes, Fast Company, Conscious Company, Huff Post, Thrive Global on both personal and company strategic planning. Her critically acclaimed book, Live Large the Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next (Greenleaf, 2017) is one more way she lives her commitment to helping people and organizations thrive.
She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MS from Tennessee State University. A Gazelles Certified Coach (Scaling Up) for fifteen years and now The 3HAG Way, she continues to grow her expertise by incorporating today’s best business thinking and tools.
Currently, she is Board Chair of Village People, a successful residential real estate and development company in Nashville and a board member of Good Works Ventures (impact investing fund) and High Stakes Foundation in Missoula, Montana.
After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Texas at Austin, Daniel moved to Madrid, Spain to work for Iberdrola Renovables, a large renewable energy company. It was a 9 -month international work abroad program he saw as an opportunity to travel and work in one of the sustainability industries of the future.
When his time in Europe was done, he moved back to Austin, Texas in 2008, and It was at this time that he was introduced to a product that would change the trajectory of his life. Daniel discovered NadaMoo!, for himself, in 2008 after an introduction he received to the founder and her CFO business partner. They were looking for investment capital and someone to put some sweat equity into the foundation of the brand. To make a long story short, his family made an investment into the company and became it’s sole financier that would help financially support the growth of the brand from 2008 to 2017.
Since that day of discovery, NadaMoo! has become his sole focus for the past decade. He started as the Controller, and after 3 years of this accounting, operations related work, the founder of the company was ready to step out to pursue other opportunities. In that moment, after much thought and reflection, Daniel decided to step into the role of President & CEO, and he has never looked back.
Since 2011, the company has grown its revenue over 25x, from being distributed in just a few hundred stores to now when it is in over 6000 stores nationwide, and it is beginning to be distributed in Canada. NadaMoo! has been the driving force, for Daniel, to help build awareness around health, wellness, and sustainability. These are the problems he wants to continue to solve.
Andy Fyfe has been with B Lab for 9 years and is a senior manager on the B Corp Growth Team based out of its NYC office. B Lab is a non-profit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation. Fyfe’s role is to grow and activate the U.S. Certified B Corp community in order to accelerate a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and resilient economy. There are currently 2,800 Certified B Corps operating across 65 countries and 150 industries. Fyfe has a background in microfinance, non-profit management and is a volunteer baseball coach for the NY Giants Youth Baseball Club in New York City.
Zoe is an entrepreneur, investor and activist. She is the Managing Director of Techstars Impact, backing for-profit, mission-driven entrepreneurs building technologies to solve our most pressing social and environmental problems. Prior to Techstars, Zoe served as founder and CEO of UnLtd USA, providing seed funding and venture support to entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental problems. Over the last decade, Zoe has worked with founders from idea through acquisition, in both developed and emerging markets, from multiple industries, and across a wide array of backgrounds, ranging from ex-guerrilla fighters and political dissidents to corporate executives and technologists. Zoe is an Aspen Ideas Scholar at the Aspen Institute and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Over the past 10 years, since Buchi’s inception, Sarah has held many roles (as most founders do). Her true passion, however, is for people and all things fermented. Building on her passions and strengths, Sarah serves an intimate and integral role in cultivating a strong company culture that supports Buchi’s mission to craft delicious, high-quality, nutrient-dense living foods, investing in the regeneration of our planet, and using business as a conduit for positive social impact
Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, and is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission of changing the culture of business from the inside out by providing professional women with a supportive community to lean on and learn from. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for business growth and strategy, and works closely with Ellevate’s Chapter Leaders, Business Partners, and Champions to further Ellevate’s impact.
Kristy is host of the Ellevate Podcast: Conversations with Women Changing the Face of Business and is also a regular speaker and thought leader on Leadership, Diversity, Social Entrepreneurship, Networking, and Entrepreneurialism. Most recently, Kristy was recognized as a Woman of Influence by the New York Business Journal.
Kristy strives to support women and girls in achieving their dreams. She is an Angel Investor with Pipeline Angels, an organization creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs; a Member of the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change; an Advisor for the 92Y Women in Power Fellowship for Rising Female Leaders; on the Advisory Council for the Villanova University Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute; Co-Chair of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater NYC; and a Board Member at Workforce Professionals Training Institute. Kristy is an expert on many of the issues facing women in business, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the year.
Prior to joining Ellevate, Kristy was a founding team member of Zeel.com, where she oversaw operations, business modeling, brand development, partnerships, and fundraising. Kristy also served as VP of North America Ad Sales and GM of International Operations at Vault.com.
Kristy obtained her BA in English/Sociology from Villanova University and began her career as a financial analyst at KeyBank. A passionate runner, reader and world traveler, Kristy lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband and three wonderful children.
Ari Medoff, is the CEO of Arosa+LivHOME (DBA LivHOME, Nurse Care of North Carolina and Developmental Therapy Associates). He has worked in the home care industry since 2012.
Ari earned an MBA/MPP at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government with Rubenstein and George Fellowships, and graduated from Duke University as a BN Duke Scholar. He went to Durham Tech to become a CNA in 2013. Ari serves on the boards of Caring House, BJH Foundation, and the Durham Workforce Development Board. Ari was the founding Chairman of the Junior Board of Directors of Seeds of Peace and has been a Big Brother to two for over a decade.
Most importantly, Ari is married to his summer camp sweetheart, Diana, and they are the proud parents of a ridiculously charismatic seven-year old, Shai, adorable five-year old Juliet, and happy two year old Asher. Ari’s hobbies include running, reading historical non-fiction, and inadvertently butchering James Taylor’s classics to get the kiddos to sleep.
Alexandra “Ali” Cooley has been passionate about the natural environment since she can remember. In co-founding Greenworks Lending to expand small business access to funding for clean energy projects, she has channeled her passions to positively affect the environment while supporting the growth of small businesses locally and across the nation.
Ali’s commitment to the clean energy sector was cemented through her prior professional experience, where she traveled extensively through the developing world and analyzed traditional energy infrastructure projects and how policy, as well as market shifts influenced investor returns. The deeper she got into the work, the more she realized she was missing a connection between her day-to-day work and the issues she cared most about solving. She returned to the States and entered Yale University’s joint MBA/Environmental Management program with a focus on the intersection of public energy policy and finance, where she gained perspective on how the government can lay the foundation to create private enterprises that solve environmental and energy issues without overly burdening taxpayers.
After Yale, she joined the Connecticut Green Bank, where she oversaw and managed the development of over $100M in financial products for deploying clean energy in the state using mostly private capital. One of the initiatives she worked on was developing and implementing the underwriting criteria and capital markets strategy for the award-winning CT C-PACE program. There she found common ground with Jessica Bailey, who was leading Green Bank initiatives in the commercial real estate sector. In their time at the Green Bank, Jessica and Ali discovered how C-PACE could be transformative in unlocking clean energy upgrades in the commercial real estate market.
Jessica and Ali founded Greenworks Lending in 2015 to scale C-PACE and bring the benefits C-PACE financing offers to building owners across the country.
Aseem is passionate about social and environmental issues and how our daily consumption decisions impact our world. Aseem is also a strong believer that businesses should function and exist for the greater good of people and planet, versus profit for few. World Centric is an attempt at that achieving that vision of a for-profit organization working towards the greater good. Prior to founding World Centric, Aseem spent over 15 years as a software developer, architect and researcher in the area of enterprise application software, knowledge representation and user interfaces. He has worked for NASA, Boeing, Tibco, Vertical Net and Erasmus University. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon and B.S. in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University.
Tania Carnegie is the Founder and Leader of the Impact Ventures practice at KPMG. A recognized global leader in impact investing, she advises clients on developing strategies that integrate impact as a means to drive long-term value creation. Tania is also a member of the KPMG Enterprise Family Office leadership team, responsible for supporting families and high net worth individuals to develop and execute their own impact strategy.
Tania was a member of the Government of Canada Steering Group tasked with developing a national social innovation and social finance strategy, and Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce. Tania is KPMG’s delegate to FCLT Global, and a founding member of KPMG’s Global Impact Investing Institute.
Active in her community, Tania is the inaugural Chair of Board of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, a Director of The Prince’s Trust Canada, Business for the Arts, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Service Fund. She is a Global Ambassador for WE Charity, and a Member of the Advisory Boards of the Lee-Chin Institute at the Rotman School of Management, and the WE Social Enterprise Centre. In recognition of her community service, Tania has received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Volunteer Award, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
For over a decade, Tania was a Member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, serving as Lady in Waiting to HRH The Countess of Wessex. In The Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours List, Tania was appointed a Member of The Royal Victorian Order (MVO), Her Majesty’s personal Order for distinguished service to the Royal Family.
Tania is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and completed her MBA at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and her BSc at Western University.
Ken Plasse is CEO of Fishpeople, a certified B-Corporation that makes choosing pure, sustainably-sourced seafood both simple and wildly delicious. Fishpeople is committed to being a steward for the oceans and driving economic development in rural communities, helping to change the seafood industry one bite at a time. All Fishpeople products, including soups and bisques, Seafood Kits, Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky and Ready, Set Salmon oven roasted salmon slices, are traceable connecting consumers back to the source of their sustainable fish.
Prior to Fishpeople, Ken transformed a pioneering biotechnology into a disruptive award-winning microalgae food ingredient at Solazyme (now Corbion). Ken’s background lies deep in marketing, innovation and sales, building premium food and beverage brands at Hershey & EJ Gallo. Prior to finding a home in the natural industry, he travelled the world in a number of management consulting and finance roles. Ken earned an undergraduate degree from University of Maryland at College Park and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tripp Baird is co-founder and managing partner of Builders and sits on its investment committee. He was previously the managing partner of Cloud Mountain Capital, an advisory/investment platform focused on purpose-driven consumer businesses. He was founding principal of Partnership Capital Growth (PCG), a boutique merchant bank and family of co-investment and structured equity funds, and brings a combination of investment, operational, and advisory experience with an historic focus in “healthy, active and sustainable living” companies. Tripp helped create top quartile returns across four funds at PCG and North Castle Partners (NCP). His prior experience includes NCP, a leading consumer middlemarket private equity firm focused on the health/wellness markets, Bain & Company, and Goldman Sachs Global Equities Management. He has been honored individually with Middle Market Deal of the Year honors by M&A Advisor twice in 2009 and 2011. He currently serves on the boards of Urban Remedy, The Bar Method, MPOWERD, MIXT, and Traditional Medicinals. He earned dual magna cum laude A.B.s from Harvard University.
Twice a NOLS graduate, a sometimes mountaineer. Tripp enjoys surfing and SUP; is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), an artist, snowboarder, and endurance runner. With his better half, Shana, and sons, Cillian & Ewan, he is based in San Francisco.
Jessica Yinka Thomas has over fifteen years of experience working domestically and internationally in sustainable enterprise, social innovation and business development. She is director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. She focuses on engaging the local and global business community, working with faculty to integrate sustainability in their research and teaching as well as expanding student engagement opportunities. She serves on the faculty in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship where she teaches sustainable business, social innovation and business ethics in the undergraduate and MBA programs.
Jessica manages the B Corp Clinic, an award-winning co-curricular program that connects interdisciplinary students from six North Carolina colleges and universities to aspiring and certified B Corporations to help them improve their environmental and social impact. She serves as president of the Global B Corp Academic Community, which brings together over 300 faculty from around the world to share best practices in B Corp curriculum development and experiential learning and to identify collaborative research opportunities. In 2016, she received the Bill Clark B the Change award recognizing the individual outside of a certified B Corp who has done the most to support the global B Corp community.
Jessica previously worked as managing director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and program director of that center’s Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Additionally, she has held leadership roles at Duke University’s Competition for Underserved and Resource-poor Economies (CUREs) and CFED, an economic development corporation in Durham, N.C., and new product development roles in the educational toy and communications companies.
Jessica has written or co-authored award-winning white papers, case studies and research reports on the topics of corporate sustainability strategy, employee engagement, and microfinancing. She has published two novels, “How Not to Save the World” and “How Not to Make Friends,” via Lulu Press. Jessica received her BS in Engineering from Stanford University and her MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Jessica is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XXII.
Richard Zimmerman is an experienced financial industry professional with a background in wealth management, impact investments, and philanthropy. He has held senior positions at global banks and multi-family offices as well as board positions at philanthropic organizations.
Richard is an Advisor at WE Family Offices, where he works with client families to provide advice and oversight regarding their overall wealth management needs. He also helps lead the firm’s Values-Aligned Investing service, which incorporates a family’s values into their investments and philanthropy through impact investing and grant strategies.
Richard has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He holds a Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) with the John Molson School of Business as well as numerous financial industry designations.
Richard currently serves on the Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management Advisory Board, Capital Institute Board, and most recently served on the Ceres President’s Council. He is a published author of “What Can I Do to Make a Difference,” Penguin Books USA, a guide to environmental and social issues and individual actions to make positive change. He is also a notable speaker in the field of impact investing.
Michael Shaun Conaway
Michael Shaun Conaway is the CEO and Director at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency. His mission is to liberate greatness in people and organizations to redesign our failing systems and create an anti-fragile, anti-rival world, one that works for all. His work is in strategy, storytelling and branding for leading edge companies building solutions for a thriving future. In his most recent film project WeRiseUP, director Michael Shaun explores how we can redesign success at the personal, collective and universal levels to create a thriving future for humanity. Learn more at weriseup.com.
Michael Shaun is an undying champion of business as a force for good. At Storyworks, he help’s companies grow their purpose, profit and impact focusing on their authentic why and their true north story. For 20 years he has been at the vanguard of using media to move and inspire audiences to learn, grow and develop themselves to their highest potential. He has developed major interactive training and leadership development programs for hundreds of thousands of people for companies including Coca Cola, Dollar Shave Club, Owens Corning, Telus and Landmark Education.
Michael Shaun started his career in the mid nineties as an award winning writer/director for interactive video games. By 2000 his creative agency, Storyworks became the go to agency for high tech companies looking to invent the future of tech. At Storyworks Michael Shaun has created and directed commercials for some of the industry’s top companies and organizations including: NBC, The Olympics, Microsoft, Kodak and Hewlett Packard.
Alex Melnyk is the President of Storyworks, a social impact creative agency helping brands grow purpose, profit and impact. Alex has a fierce passion for elevating the work of women entrepreneurs who are solving for a sustainable, equitable and just world.
Alex discovered that she has a gift for connecting people when she became the co-manager of international pop band, The Thompson Twins, at the age of 19. After several years leading the band’s marketing, communications, and tour production Alex found her way to the legendary film production company, Propaganda Films, where she became an Executive Producer working with the biggest directors of her generation. In the early nineties she became fascinated with the future of entertainment and made the jump to digital as the VP of Interactive at MCA/Universal.
Over the years of leading different organizations, Alex has learned to focus on helping to create a net positive for the world by connecting people to their purpose and passion. The drive to connect purpose to our work in life is fulfilled in her current feature length CauseUmentary, WeRiseUP which explores a new definition of success at the personal, collective and universal levels that places living your purpose and making a contribution to the world at the way to have a thriving future for humanity.
Chad Littlefield & Will Wise
Forbes calls our next speakers “global experts on asking questions that build trust and connection.” Chad Littlefield and Will Wise are the co-founders of We and Me, Inc. (www.weand.me)—a pending B Corp whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Leaders call Chad and Will when they want to build a culture of connection, belonging, and trust.
Chad and Will are TEDx speakers and the creators of We! Connect Cards™, a tool now being used in over 80 countries to create conversations that matter in campuses, companies, and communities. Most recently, they launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions, now a #1 Amazon Bestseller!
Chad and Will have brought their workshops, retreats, executive coaching and interactive keynotes to hundreds of organizations, big and small.
Dr. Lisa Dyson is a mission-driven entrepreneur with a passion for creative problem solving. Lisa serves as the founder & CEO of Kiverdi, a technology company on the path to develop innovations going beyond traditional agriculture to help feed and power the world. Through her interest in sustainable solutions, she and her team have created a bio-process that utilizes natural microbes to convert CO2 into proteins and oils. Dyson holds a PhD in physics from MIT and has done research in bioengineering, energy and physics at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University, among others. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, where she received a master of science, and has degrees in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University.
Duane raised the capital to launch and grow SunCommon, a market-solution to climate disruption that’s the largest solar business in Vermont and now New York’s Hudson Valley. SunCommon is organized as a Benefit Corporation, certified as a BCorp and just named to the Real Leaders 100 list. He drove the business’ innovative marketing and dynamic culture. Duane’s a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and emergency services including service as an LAPD cop. He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years — advancing the model of values-led business. Continuing that commitment, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Circle and serves on the Boards of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Duane leads a camp annually at Burning Man. He lives in a fossil-free home in Waterbury Center, Vermont with his wife of 28 years — missing their out-of-the-house young adult sons.
Rob started out in California working on Porsche and BMW race cars. Not far away, Dr. Paul MacCready built the Gossamer Condor, a pedal powered aircraft. Rob became fascinated with the technology and built a 60 mph pedal powered trike. Highway speeds at fractional horsepower became an obsession. Rob became the VP of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association and directed the first solar car race in the US. With support from GE and DuPont to develop composite and thermoforming technologies, Rob built or contributed to numerous innovative vehicles/ He also served as an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, a Creative Director and a documentary producer. He worked with Anita Roddick, CEO of The Body Shop launching environmental and human rights campaigns. After consulting on Bike Sharing technology for NYC, it became apparent there was now a viable market for an ultra-efficient vehicle that was between a bicycle and a car. That was the beginning of the ELF.
Matthew facilitates groups of CEOS on EO and YPO retreat as well as implementing EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) within the leadership teams of companies.
He speaks widely and had delivered keynote talks at events such as Sustainable Brands, The Innovation Exchange, and presented at TEDx conferences.
His writing on innovation, education and business has been published in The Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian of London, The New York Times, GOOD Magazine, and The Matador Network. Matthew is also a contributor to Forbes.
His work has been covered by: US NEWS, USA Today, Matador Network, Fast Company, GOOD Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg Businessweek and others.
He’s currently working on a book about the power of vulnerability in the workplace which
will be published later this year.
When Matthew isn’t traveling with clients, he’s in the mountains of NC hiking with his wife and dog or mountain biking with his brother.