2012 Fall Conference Speakers
Jason Aramburu | William Foote | Danny Glover | Myra & Drew Goodman | Gary Hirshberg | Meg Cadoux Hirshberg | MaryAnne Howland | Dan MacCombie | Jean Oelwang | Tracy Palandjian | Teju Ravilochan | Maria Rodale | Bunker Roy | Tom Szaky | Noha Waibsnaider | Tolulope Ilesanmi | Stephen DeBerry | Jeffrey Hollender | Shilpa Jain | Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | David Levine | Greg Burdulis | Pamela Chaloult | Meshell Ngegeocello | Adnan Durrani | Raphael Bemporad | Benita Singh | Cheryl Dorsey | Vikram Akula | Jared Levy | Gail Larsen | Mary Jo Viederman | Doug Ulman
Jason Aramburu, is founder and CEO of re:char. Before founding re:char, Jason was a founding member of Innozone, an online expertise network. Jason is a 2011 SVN Innovation Award winner, as well as a 2009 Pop!Tech Social Innovation fellow and a 2010 Echoing Green fellow. He is also a Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur, runner up in the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and was named one of Business Week's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.
William is founder and CEO of Root Capital. Early in his career, he worked as a financial analyst at Lehman Brothers and as a journalist in Latin America. William has been named a Skoll Fellow, an Ashoka Global Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and one of Forbes’ “Impact 30.” He serves on the executive committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs. William holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.
Recognized as one of the most acclaimed actors of our time, with starring roles in such films as Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, the Lethal Weapon series and To Sleep with Anger, Glover has also executive produced numerous projects for film, television and theatre. Among the films he has brought to the screen as co-founder of Louverture Films, are Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar nominated Trouble the Water, the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The House I Live In. The recipient of countless awards for his advocacy efforts on behalf of economic and social justice causes, Glover is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International.
Drew and Myra Goodman founded Earthbound Farm in 1984 on their 2½-acre backyard garden in Carmel Valley, California. The self-taught farmers intuitively eschewed handling agricultural chemicals, believing that growing food organically would yield the safest and healthiest food possible. In 1986, Earthbound Farm became the first company to successfully launch pre-washed packaged salads for retail sale, and is widely credited with popularizing spring mix salads. Today, Earthbound Farm is the nation’s largest grower of organic produce. Working with 200 organic farmers on nearly 40,000 acres, Earthbound Farm will avoid the use of 14 million pounds of conventional agricultural chemicals in 2012 alone.
Gary Hirshberg is Co-Founder and chairman of organic yogurt leader Stonyfield, author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World, and co-author of Label It Now: What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods. During Gary's 28-year tenure as Stonyfield's president and "CE-Yo," the company grew from a seven-cow organic farming school to $360 million in annual sales by consistently producing great-tasting products and using innovative marketing techniques that blended the company's social, environmental and financial missions.
Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is a freelance non-fiction writer, whose work has appeared in Yankee, New Hampshire magazine, and the Boston Globe magazine, among other publications. In 2009, she began writing a column for Inc. magazine called “Balancing Acts” that explores work-life balance and the intersection of family and business in an entrepreneurial setting. Meg’s book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide For Entrepreneurs and Their Families, expands on her column topics.
Owner and president of Ibis Communications, MaryAnne and her award-winning creative team help build bridges between brands and emerging and niche markets with traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies and solutions. Founded in 1993, the Ibis Communications client roster ranges from Fortune 500 companies such as Allstate, Comcast, PepsiCo, and Toyota to successful innovative start-ups such as Sungevity and TV One. MaryAnne currently serves as Chair of Social Venture Network.
Dan MacCombie is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Runa, an Amazonian beverage company and social enterprise based in Brooklyn, NY and Ecuador. Runa works with guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-suh), a caffeinated Amazonian leaf drank like a tea and revered for centuries for its ability to provide focused energy while supporting healthy lives and ecosystems. Runa works directly with Ecuadorian farmers to support guayusa cultivation, reforestation, and the revitalization of cultures and economies in the Amazon. Dan graduated with honors from Brown University in 2008 and he and his business partner Tyler moved to Ecuador shortly thereafter to lay the groundwork for Runa.
After helping to lead successful mobile phone start-ups on five continents, Jean became the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia. Jean has also worked in the not-for profit sector, including for the National Parks & Wildlife Foundation in Australia and with homeless teens at Neon Street in the US. Her passion for changing the way the social and business sectors work together led her to her current role as CEO of Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group.
Prior to co-founding Social Finance, Tracy was a Managing Director for 11 years at The Parthenon Group, a global strategy consulting firm, where she established and led the Nonprofit Practice and consulted to foundations and nonprofits on strategy development, mission definition, growth and innovation. Prior to Parthenon, she worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co. Tracy is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves, a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group.
Teju Ravilochan is Co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute, which accelerates entrepreneurs tackling our greatest social and environmental challenges with mentorship, capital, and a global network. Each year, Unreasonable brings together 25 entrepreneurs from across the globe to live in one house for six weeks in Boulder. These entrepreneurs receive training from 50 mentors, like the CTO of HP and an entrepreneur who's lifted over 19 million out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with 20 investment funds and pitch to scores of potential investors and partners.
Maria Rodale is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., a global healthy lifestyle company with a mission to inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them. She is the author of Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe.
Bunker Roy is Founder-Director of Barefoot College, an organization he started 40 years ago in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, India. He still lives and works there. It is the only fully solar electrified College built, managed, controlled, administered and owned by the rural poor earning less than $ 1/day. It is also one of the few Colleges left in India that believes in the work style and life style of Mahatma Gandhi. Bunker was identified by The Guardian in January 2008 as one of the 50 Environmentalists in the world who could save the planet, and in April 2010, Bunker was recognised by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Tom Szaky is founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, a company which enables consumers to collect traditionally non-recyclable waste which is then reused, upcycled or recycled into thousands of various consumer products and materials. Tom left Princeton University to found TerraCycle, building a company that has become the 288th fastest growing company in America. Tom has won over 50 awards for entrepreneurship, blogs for Treehugger and the New York Times, has published a book called "Revolution in a Bottle" and stars in the TV show, "Garbage Moguls."
Noha Waibsnaider is the Founder and CEO of Peeled Snacks: organic fruit snacks, with no added sugar or preservatives, sold nationwide in Starbucks, Whole Foods, Hudson News, Wegmans and Amazon. Peeled Snacks have been featured on Oprah's O List, received awards from Health Magazine and twice ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies. Previously, Noha worked in brand management at Unilever and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Tolulope is a Nigerian-Canadian based in Montreal, Canada, with an MBA from McGill University. Rather than following a more typical MBA path, Tolu chose to start Zenith Cleaners, which on the face of it, cleans physical spaces. He uses cleaning as a tool for creating transformational experiences and explores in practical ways how business can be a tool not just for the economic, social and environmental change but also for the individual nourishment and transformation.
Stephen is the founder of Bronze Investments, where he invests in companies that advance social impact. He was previously a partner at Kapor Capital, an investment Director at Omidyar Network and managed business development for Interval Research, a research lab established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Stephen is a former Trustee and Member of the Investment Committee at The California Endowment. He serves the boards of The Kauffman Center for Venture Education and the Dalai Lama Foundation. He earned a BA in Anthropology from UCLA as well as a Master's degree in Social Anthropology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm, Adjunct Professor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University and co-founder of Seventh Generation. Jeffrey is also the Co-Chair of the Greenpeace US; co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 140,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy and the author of his seven books, including The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win.
Shilpa Jain is currently rooting herself in Oakland/Berkeley, CA, where she serves as the Executive Director of YES!. YES! works with social change makers at the meeting point of internal, interpersonal and systemic change, and aims to co-create a thriving, just and balanced world for all. Prior to taking on this role, Shilpa spent two years working as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Other Worlds and ten years as a learning activist with Shikshantar: The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, based in Udaipur, India.
Eric Friedenwald-Fishman is widely recognized as one of the nation's most effective experts in developing and implementing strategic communication and resource development campaigns to promote positive social change. His expertise in social marketing, attitudinal and behavioral change campaigns, socially responsible branding, fundraising srategy, public policy and issues management creates sustainable results and social impact. Eric is the co-author of Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business and Change the World and is an invited monthly contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Greg has been practicing meditation over 25 years. He recently returned from Burma where he practiced intensively for 6 years as a monk. Science labs have studied his brain since it has over 15,000 hours of training. Today Greg offers what he learned in the monasteries at Crispen, Porter + Bogusky, eBay, Google and the like. He specializes in teaching meditation, inner peace, and mental/emotional fitness.
David is the co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). ASBC is a growing coalition of business networks and businesses committed to advancing a new vision, framework and policies that support a vibrant, equitable and sustainable economy. The Council brings together the business perspective, experience and political will and strength to stimulate our economy, benefit our communities, and preserve our environment. Today, the organizations that have joined in this partnership represent over 150,000 businesses and social enterprises and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, owners, executives, investors and business professionals.
Pamela Chaloult loves the art of storytelling - a passion that has guided her career for over 25 years. She is currently COO with BALLE, North America's fastest growing network of values aligned entrepreneurs, business networks and local economy funders. Pamela has possessed executive leadership roles with innovative social ventures including Renewal, Tides Canada, Hollyhock, SVN and CBS Television. Pamela's work in the world has been defined by a desire to develop, coach and mentor entrepreneurs, and to connect people who share values.
Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans. Meshell has appeared alongside The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan.
Rha Goddess is the founder and CEO of Move The Crowd an entrepreneurial training company dedicated to helping the next generation stay true, get paid, and do good. With an interdisciplinary curriculum that acknowledges, honors and elevates the whole person, Move The Crowd works with clients to leverage their unique creativity, strengths and passion into viable projects, ventures and initiatives into tangible, profitable results. Entrepreneurs emerge with the vision to move forward, the knowledge to up their game and the power to achieve their own flavor of success. Move The Crowd uniquely focuses on cultural creatives and innovators from a variety of sectors who are re-defining their "work" as a vehicle for creative expression, financial freedom and societal transformation. More at www.movethecrowd.me
Adnan Durrani is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of American Halal/Saffron Road, applauded by PR Week (Best Digital Campaign), CNN, NPR, Forbes, Inc. magazine and Fast Company. His other successes include Vermont Pure/Crystal Rock and Stonyfield Farm. Adnan is Chair of Columbia University's Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. His successful faith based business model has been recognized by the Holy Sees at the Vatican, and in: Marketing to the New Majority (Burgos, ARF), Green Deen (Ibrahim-Matin), and Beating The Globral Odds (Laudicina, Chair of AT Kearney).
Raphael Bemporad is Founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of BBMG. He unites branding, sustainability and innovation to help organizations unleash shared value. An expert in brand strategy, CSR/cause marketing and public affairs, Raphael is a passionate champion for a new approach o branding that's driven by participation, collaboration, shared values and mutual relationships. He has directed recent branding and marketing programs for clients such as Seventh Generation, EILEEN FISHER, Clif Bar, Dr. Hauschka, NBC Universal, Samsung and Fair Trade USA.
Benita Singh is the CEO & Co-Founder of Source4Style - the first online trade show for materials sourcing & design inspiration. Benita launched her first enterprise, Mercado Global, while studying at Yale University. Throughout her career, she has built relationships between global artisan cooperatives and retailers from ABC Carpet & Home to Barnes & Noble. Benita has received a number of accolades for her work, including being named among the "15 People Who make America Great" by Newsweek and the North American Laureate of the Cartier Women's Initiative.
Cheryl Dorsey is President of Echoing Green, a pioneer global social venture fund. She is also the current Vice Chair of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Dorsey serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, the SEED Foundation, and Northeast Bank. In 2009, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report. Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Vikram Akula founded SKS Microfinance in India as a non-profit in 1997. He converted SKS to a for-profit in 2004 and completed an IPO of SKS in 2010, scaling to 7.3 million borrowers and disbursing more than $5 billion in micro-loans. He resigned from SKS in 2011. For his work in financial inclusion, Vikram was named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006. He has worked with McKinsey & Company and authored A Fistful of Rice; My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability (Harvard Business Press). His awards include the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in India, WEF Young Global Leader, Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in India, and Echoing Green Fellow. He studied at Tufts (B.A.), Yale (M.A.), the University of Chicago (Ph.D.), and was a Fulbright Scholar.
Jared Levy is Co-Owner and Chief Digital Officer for Neighbor Agency as well as an adjunct professor of advertising for the University of Colorado. He specializes in utilizing digital marketing and social media to help socially conscious clients of many sizes connect with their consumers. Some of these past and present clients are Social Venture Network, Walmart Foundation, One Economy Corporation, Jamba Juice, Clif Bar, and Obama 08' amongst others. At Neighbor we help brands, think, speak and act more neighborly
Gail Larsen is the founder of Real Speaking® and the award-winning author of Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story (Random House and Brilliance Audio). An SBA award-winning entrepreneur and catalyst for life-affirming ventures, her original approach to communication draws from her own journey as a previously reluctant speaker, her respect for indigenous wisdom, twenty-five years in the world of speaking, and wide experience in business and association management. She is a former EVP of the worldwide National Speakers Association. Gail teaches annually in Vancouver, BC and at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and offers her Transformational Speaking Immersions exclusively in Santa Fe, NM.J
Mary Jo Viederman has been working in branding, marketing and communications with leading brands committed to social and environmental change for the last 20 years. These brands include The Body Shop, Stonyfield Farm, Patagonia, Honest Tea, Odwalla, Lindblad Expeditions, National Geographic, Environmental Defense Fund, Whole Foods, Miraval and many others. Her communications firm, TRU2U U, delivers integrated communications on 21st century challenges through student change-makers -- the future leadership of the 21st century, from the 5 colleges where Viederman lives and works.
Doug Ulman oversees the strategic vision and direction of LIVESTRONG and has helped transform the non-profit into an internationally-known brand and leader in the global movement for people affected by cancer. He is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. Doug also sits on the board for the Ulman Cancer Fund and the Union for International Cancer Control, is an active participant in the President's Cancer Panel and the Young Presidents' Organization, and is a frequent speaker on social innovation and entrepreneurship.