Sustainable Business Leadership Forum

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Social Venture Network has partnered with Hanson Bridgett, a leading provider of legal services to organizations engaged in sustainable business, to offer a speaker series on sustainable business leadership. All events will be held at Hanson Bridgett's San Francisco offices. 

Hanson Bridgett, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, California.

Lessons and Insights from Innovative, Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs

Thursday, November 6th, 5:30 - 8:00pm

Join us to explore what's most powerful, disruptive and innovative in cutting-edge companies today. Gain new insights on what to pursue and what to avoid as you grow your enterprise. Teresa Pahl of Hanson Bridgett will lead an interactive session with two rising stars of mission-driven business: Cheryl Contee, CEO of Fission Strategy and co-founder of, and Justin Guilbert and Douglas Riboud, founders of Harmless Harvest

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Teresa PahlTeresa Pahl
Hanson Bridgett


Cheryl WebsiteCheryl Contee
CEO of Fission Strategy
Co-Founder of

Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of, specializes in helping nonprofit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She was also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011 as did Black Enterprise. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. 

Justin And DouglasJustin Guilbert and Douglas Riboud
Harmless Harvest

Douglas and Justin, both 35 years old, met in New York in their college years and together began thinking about progressive business models during their MBA at INSEAD in France. In 2008, they both quit their jobs; at that time Douglas was a Vice President of M&A with Lazard Freres in NY, and Justin was the Director of Marketing of Garnier and Maybelline for ten western European countries. They set off to put their education and corporate experiences to work in a positive consumerism and natural capitalism setting. In 2009, Harmless Harvest was born. Two and a half years later, their first product, 100% raw and organic coconut water, was launched to major success—an encouraging proof that sustainable and ethical sourcing combined with a pioneering technology and no marketing budget, could actually work.

When You Take A Stand, You Drive Customer Loyalty

Thursday,  December 4th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Conventional wisdom says CEOs shouldn't talk about political issues or stand up for controversial causes. Is this true, or can CEOs drive customer loyalty and positive change by taking a stand on issues they care about? Join Teresa Pahl of Hanson Bridgett for a lively discussion with two pioneers of mission-driven enterprise: Madeleine Buckingham, president and CEO of Mother Jones, and Michael Kieschnick, president of Working Assets/CREDO Mobile.

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Teresa PahlTeresa Pahl
Hanson Bridgett


Madeleine Buckingham 125x150Madeleine Buckingham
President and CEO
Mother Jones

Madeleine Buckingham has been the President and CEO of Mother Jones since February 2010. Prior to Madeleine’s current role, she held the position of COO/CFO at Mother Jones and joined the company in 2002. Before joining Mother Jones, Madeleine spent more than 15 years in senior finance and management positions in commercial print/digital publishing, the high-tech industry, and a range of Internet startups including Sony Corp.’s Internet Incubator as Vice President of Operations and International Data Group (IDG); As COO/Senior VP of IDG, she helped marshal the company’s expansion from one single publication to a major Internet publishing network. In 2014, Madeleine was named one of the San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in the Bay Area. She also speaks frequently at publishing industry conferences, currently sits on the national advisory board of B-Word Publishing and the Lifeworks Learning Center. 

Michael Kieschnick 150x180Michael Kieschnick
CREDO Mobile

Michael Kieschnick is the CEO of CREDO Mobile, a progressive mobile phone company, built from an activism community of three million members. He also serves on the board of the League of Conservation Voters, the Beatitudes Society, and Beneficial State Foundation. Michael is also a co-founder of the CREDO SuperPac, which defeated five Tea Party House members in 2012. He is also a long time teacher of development finance and social innovation at Stanford University. Born and raised in Dallas, he earned a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard and undergraduate degrees in biology and economics from Stanford.

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