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 is the founder and CEO of Effect Partners. He has been an innovator in sustainability and social change campaigns for the last 26 years, starting with the non-profit, Concerts for the Environment.
His company, Effect Partners, operates at the intersection of culture and impact to create game-changing campaigns around social good. From the Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson to leading organic and natural consumer packaged goods like Stonyfield, and Clif Bar, Effect Partners has developed innovative programs and partnerships with leading environmental non-profits and thought leaders that drive business results and have social impact. Some of their current projects include the LiveNation/U2 Tour, the Grand Strategy, Bon Iver and consulting companies such as Proctor and Gamble, UPS, Toyota and General Mills on their Effect Marketing initiatives.
Michael created the first ever National global warming campaign (Ben & Jerry’s Dave Matthews Band One Sweet Whirled), catalyzing the top 20 environmental organizations to work together for the first time on this critical issue. Called the “Green Guru” by Billboard magazine, Michaelhas created or co-created numerous social change tools including the EnviroRider (the “bible” for green touring), Climate Counts, Native Energy, CO2 offsets for the music industry, and a line of food with Ziggy Marley to address GMO issues. Michael currently sits on the Boards of University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, People’s Organic Café and The Big Know. He is a 23-year member of Social Venture Network.
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 ofRipple: 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, Miyoko Schinner, sparked the rise of the multi-million dollar plant-based cheese revolution by engineering a proprietary technology for making dairy from plants. Earning the title “the Queen of vegan cheese,” the bestselling author, chef, and entrepreneur has dedicated 30+ years to affecting social change and sustainability through veganism and activism. Inspiring the general public through her 5 cookbooks, including the groundbreaking best-seller Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry—the Art of Making Your Own Staples, Schinner recognized that there was a clear demand for delicious dairy products made from plants. In response, she launched Miyoko’s in 2014 and set out to redefine the categories of “cheese” and “butter” with complex flavors that have garnered multiple awards and the attention of The New York Times, Forbes, Food and Wine, and Good Morning America. Miyoko’s is currently available at nationwide retailers including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger, Raley’s, Target, and will soon launch food service.
Schinner’s passion for animal activism also led her to co-found Rancho Compasión, a farmed animal sanctuary in Nicasio, California that is home to over 70 farm animals. Schinner begins each day by feeding her herd of cows, goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens, and ducks; which she considers her daily mediation. She resides with her husband and has 3 grown children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.