2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference Speakers

The Impact Equation: Stronger Business, Greater Results, Better World


JENNY ABRAMSON
CEO & President, LiveSafe, Inc

Jenny is a proven leader and executive with roles in the technology, education and media sectors.  She is currently the CEO & President of LiveSafe, Inc., a technology company in Arlington, VA that is making the world a safer place through a comprehensive safety solution that connects safety officials and the community through a two-way communication channel via a smartphone app and online command dashboard. Her past business successes have ranged from large companies like The Washington Post to start-ups like Personal.  In education, Jenny ran the Transformation Management Office for DC Public Schools’ Chancellor Rhee, was the Director of Program Strategy & Development at Teach for America and currently serves on boards of four education institutions. Jenny received a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Fulbright at The London School of Economics.  Jenny is committed to ensuring that LiveSafe empowers everyone to keep themselves and their communities safe.


LAUREN ALEXANDER AUGUSTINE, PH.D
Director, Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, and Associate Executive Director, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Research Council

Dr. Lauren Alexander Augustine is the Director of the Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events in the Office of Special Projects in the Division of Policy and Global Affairs, and she also serves as the Associate Executive Director of the Division of Earth and Life Studies.  She was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks, and she serves as an advisor for the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange program.  Lauren joined the Academy in 2002.  In her tenure at the Academies, Lauren was a study director for water science policy issues on the Water Science and Technology Board; and since 2007, she has served the Country Director for Nigeria in the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI), a cross-academies program that builds scientific capacity in national academies of science in eight African countries.  From 2008-2013, she directed the Disasters Roundtable in DELS.  Her most recent positions at the Academy entail her developing a portfolio on natural disasters and ways that science can inform policy to reduce the risk and elevate society’s resilience to them.  Lauren earned her B.S. in applied mathematics and systems engineering and her Master’s degree in environmental planning and policy from the University of Virginia; she completed her Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program that combined hydrology, geomorphology, and landscape ecology from Harvard University.

 


DIANA AVIV
President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Sector
@diaviv @IndSector

Diana Aviv is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. Through its members and their tens of thousands of affiliated organizations across the US and around the globe, Independent Sector advances the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community.

Diana is a frequent speaker on trends in and key issues for the charitable and philanthropic sector. She has testified before Congress and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.com.

Diana also served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector at the encouragement of the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee. This independent panel recommended actions to strengthen the governance, transparency, and accountability of public charities and private foundations, many of which were enacted into law.

Diana came to Independent Sector in 2003 after spending nine years with Jewish Federations of North America as their vice president for public policy and director of its Washington Action Office. Diana focused on federal legislation and regulations, particularly policies affecting health and human service organizations.

Diana was formerly associate executive vice chair at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, director of programs for the National Council of Jewish Women, and executive director of a comprehensive program to serve battered women and their families. She had a private psychotherapy practice in New York and New Jersey and has served as an expert witness in capital cases in New Jersey.

In December 2010, President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions. She serves on the board of directors for the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation and is a member of the advisory boards of the Comptroller General’s at the Government Accountability Office, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the Centers on the Public Service of George Mason University, and Urban Institute’s Outcomes and Effective Practices Portal among others.

Diana previously has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents’ Committee on Governance, GuideStar, the National Council on Aging, and the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law. A native of South Africa, Diana graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and received a master’s degree at Columbia University.


DARREN BECK
Director of Environmental Initiatives & CR Innovation, Sprint
@DarrenBeck, @SprintGreenNews

Darren serves as Director of Environmental Initiatives & CR Innovation for Sprint. He is responsible for driving initiatives at Sprint that help reduce environmental impact while enhancing the company’s reputation and its bottom line. Darren achieves this by advising a range of working teams focused on areas like device recycling, waste reduction, water conservation, responsible procurement, and ‘winning with corporate responsibility’ in business sales. Darren also is responsible for developing an innovation pipeline for Corporate Responsibility (CR). He works with partners inside and outside the company to identify "shared value" opportunities that generate new streams of revenue for Sprint while helping to create a better world. Darren has an MBA from the University of Kansas and brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development, strategy and corporate responsibility to his current role.


CHARLES BEST
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DonorsChoose.org
@DonorsChoose

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World." For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”


CAROLYN BERKOWITZ
Managing Vice President, Community Affairs, Capital One Financial Corporation: President, Capital One Foundation
@cberkow  @CapitalOne

Carolyn Berkowitz is responsible for Capital One’s award-winning community investment strategy that fosters economic opportunity and community development outcomes nationally and locally.

Under Ms. Berkowitz’s leadership, Capital One and the Capital One Foundation invest in community initiatives that build the human, financial and social capital of residents in markets where the company operates and in national organizations that help scale successful strategies. She also partners with Capital One’s business leaders to advance civic leadership across the footprint. 

Ms. Berkowitz champions corporate-community engagement that goes beyond “checkbook philanthropy” and as such, led the development of cutting-edge programs that direct the expertise of Capital One’s talented associates to address pressing community needs. 

Ms. Berkowitz serves as Chair of the Board of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and is a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center.  In 2013, she was appointed to Virginia’s Library Board by Governor Bob McDonnell for a 5-year term.

Ms. Berkowitz was named to Washington Business Journal’s Power 100  list in 2013, recognizing the 100 most influential business leaders in Greater Washington.  In 2011, Ms. Berkowitz was named one of NOVA Executive’s Top 10 Women in Business, and in 2009, she was named one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.

Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Berkowitz served as Senior Vice President for Community Mobilization for the America’s Promise Alliance, and as Vice President of the Points of Light Institute. 

Ms. Berkowitz and her husband Alan reside in Burke, VA.  Her daughter Leslie lives in Manhattan, and son Josh is a student at the University of MD.


ARTHUR BROOKS
President, American Enterprise Institute
@arthurbrooks

Arthur Brooks has been the president of the American Enterprise Institute since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI. Previously, he was Louis Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University. His main areas of scholarship are free enterprise and human flourishing—money and happiness. And, like his areas of study, his path is not a conventional one.

At 19, Brooks dropped out of college to work professionally as a classical musician. He toured with the Annapolis Brass Quintet, recorded albums with jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd and others, and spent several years as associate principal French horn with the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late twenties, he returned to college and studied economics, mathematics, and languages, eventually earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and a PhD in public policy. After a stint at the RAND Corporation working on theater-level combat models for the U.S. Air Force, he spent 10 years as a professor of economics and entrepreneurship, most of them at Syracuse University.

Brooks has published over 100 articles and 10 books on topics from philanthropy, to military operations research, to the economics of happiness. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise, released May 2012. His other books include Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books, 2006), Gross National Happiness (Basic Books, 2008) and Social Entrepreneurship (Prentice-Hall, 2008). His book, The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future, was described by former Vice President Dick Cheney as “the playbook for the resurgence of the conservative movement in America.”

Brooks is a native of Seattle, has been married for 20 years to his wife, Ester, and has three children: Joaquim, Carlos, and Marina. They live in Bethesda, Maryland.


MICHAEL J. BZDAK
Executive Director of Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson
@JNJCares

As an Executive Director of Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson, Michael Bzdak manages the Corporation’s strengthening the health care workforce strategy as well as leading efforts around program evaluation. He also manages a volunteer support program as well as philanthropic support of K-12 education, including a signature school-to-career program.    Michael has been an employee of Johnson & Johnson since 1990.

He serves on the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee, the Conference Board’s Business/Education Council, the New Jersey Business Coalition for Educational Excellence as well as New Jersey’s Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and the New Jersey AIDS Partnership Advisory Committee.  Additionally, he has served on the board of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as well as the New Jersey Council for the Humanities where he completed a term as chairman of the board of directors.

Dr. Bzdak, with three other Rutgers faculty members, designed a new course on community engagement for undergraduate students and supported by an Academic Excellence Fund grant.

He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA and Ph.D.from Rutgers University.  He is a visiting part-time lecturer in the in the School of Communications and Information Studies at Rutgers University and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.


KATHY CALVIN
President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.

Kathy was named CEO by the UN Foundation Board in 2009 and President in 2013. In those roles, she leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships.  Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners.  The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN relations.

In 2011, Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” and in 2012, she was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.”  Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011.  She has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership.

Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner's philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.  

Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report, overseeing budget, personnel, innovation and strategy.  From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and his 1984 Presidential campaign.  She was one of the first women to hold that title in American Presidential campaigns.

Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center.  She is a frequent public speaker and commenter.

Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University.


VALERIE CAMILLO
Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, Washington Nationals Baseball Club
@VCamilloNats

Valerie Camillo is the Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. In this role she is responsible for all ticket sales, corporate partnerships, retail, food and beverage, marketing and non-baseball events in the Park. Prior to joining the Nationals in February of this year, she was a Senior Vice President at the NBA. Before entering the sports industry, Valerie was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia where she was responsible for selling and delivering strategy and operational improvement consulting services to a wide base of clients. She also worked as a Consultant for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Valerie grew up in Oakton, Virginia and attended James Madison High School in Vienna. She received her B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia (Finance and Marketing) and her MBA from the Darden School of Business. She currently resides in Arlington with her husband, Lawrence.


ANN CANELA
Vice President, Advisory Services, Global Impact
@charitydotorg

Ann Canela is the Vice President, Advisory Services, where she leads business development and client solution contracts for both nonprofit and corporate clients. Previously, she was a Director, Marketing & Communications at Global Impact. With more than 15 years of management and marketing experience, she holds responsibility for account management in Global Impact’s consulting services and strategic alliances. Additionally, she leads all partner marketing activities, bringing her deep fundraising and marketing experience to the Global Impact partnerships and strategic alliance team. While Director, Marketing & Communications at Global Impact, Canela led the marketing of the managed campaign business lines generating two award-winning, record-breaking years with more than $80 million raised each year in the D.C. area and in the five overseas combatant commands.


ANTHONY CARNEVALE
Professor and Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
@CntrEdWrkfrce

Dr. Carnevale currently serves as research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, a position he has held since the Center was created in 2008. He has served as Vice President of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), senior staff in both the U. S. Senate and House, and has received appointments in multiple presidential administrations. In 1993 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to chair the National Commission on Employment Policy. He was subsequently appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education.  Dr. Carnevale co-authored the principal affidavit in Rodriguez v. San Antonio, a U.S. Supreme Court action to remedy unequal education benefits. This landmark case resulted in significant fiscal reforms to equalize K-12 education spending in a majority of states.


DEBRA A. CEFFALIO
Senior Director, External Affairs
@dacsps @grainger

Debra Ceffalio is currently Senior Director, External Affairs at Grainger. In this role she leads the company’s media relations, corporate social responsibility, community affairs and government relations efforts. Debra’s team oversees the company’s philanthropic signature programs which include the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program and  the American Red Cross partnership.

Prior to this, Debra led internal and external communications for Grainger’s Global Supply Chain organization. Debra joined Grainger in 2004 and spent five years in regional communications roles of increasing responsibility.

Earlier in her career, Debra served as communications staff for Alaska Governor Tony Knowles and worked on his successful re-election campaign.  Later Debra was an account executive for Northwest Strategies, an Anchorage-based public relations agency. While in Alaska, Debra was involved in a variety of local and statewide political campaigns.
Debra graduated from Trinity University of Texas and in 2003 earned her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2013 sales of $9.4 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America. For more information about the company, visit www.grainger.com/investor.


LINDA CHILDEARS
President & CEO, Daniels Fund

Linda Childears has served as President and CEO of the Daniels Fund since 2005. Bill Daniels appointed her as a trustee of his estate and named her to the Daniels Fund’s original Board of Directors. Linda’s leadership reflects her strong dedication to preserving and honoring the philanthropic intent of Bill Daniels.

Daniels Fund carries forward Bill Daniels’ legacy by providing grants to nonprofit organizations and college scholarships to deserving students in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. With approximately $1.3 billion in assets, Daniels Fund is one of the Rocky Mountain Region’s largest foundations. The Fund was named Outstanding Foundation in 2008 during National Philanthropy Day in Colorado.

Banking

Linda originally met Bill Daniels when he hired her company, The Financial Consortium, to help overcome the unprecedented operational, legal, and regulatory challenges of launching Young Americans Bank, his bank for kids. By the time of the bank’s grand opening in August 1987, Linda had accepted Bill’s offer to become its President and CEO. Since the organization began in 1987, Young Americans has reached over half a million young people.

Prior to Young Americans, Linda spent several years in “adult” banking. She served as President of Equitable Bank of Littleton, and Vice President of First National Bancorporation. She also served the industry as a board member of Colorado Bankers Association, Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Colorado Student Loan Program, and as Chairman of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation.

Community

Linda is active in the Denver community. She currently serves on the boards of Cheyenne Capital Fund, Mile High Banks of Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mountain States Employers Council, and American Red Cross Mile High Chapter. She serves on the Public Policy Committees of the Council on Foundations and the Philanthropy Roundtable, and is a member of Mayor Hancock’s Denver Education Compact. Linda is past Chairman of National Assembly, National Camp Fire, and Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Past board positions include Alliance for Choice in Education, Cherry Creek Business Improvement District, CollegeInvest, Colorado Association of Funders, Colorado Meth Project, Daniels College of Business, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, DU Bridge Project, Foundation for Teaching Economics, Johnson & Wales University – President’s Advisory Board, Junior Achievement, Mile High United Way, Dental Lifeline Network, OpenWorld Learning, and Young Americans Bank and Center for Financial Education.


CRAIG M. COOKSON
Director, Sustainability and Recycling, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council

Craig Cookson is the Director of Sustainability and Recycling for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, a trade association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. Craig is responsible for leading the Plastics Division’s strategic national initiatives to increase the recycling of plastics, advance opportunities for energy recovery, and promote awareness of plastics’ role in providing sustainable solutions to society’s greatest challenges.  

Before coming to ACC, Craig was the Vice President of Integrated Business Strategies at 720 Strategies, where he designed and implemented strategic grassroots programs for corporate, association, and non-profit clients. Craig was also the Deputy Director of State-Federal Relations for Governor Mitt Romney. Craig advocated on behalf of Massachusetts’ interests on the issues of energy, transportation, education, and local commerce.

Craig holds a B.A. in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and an MBA from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Craig is a long-time New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan and currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Elizabeth and their twin boys.


JIM CORCORAN
President & CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
@fairfaxchamber

Since April, 2010, Jim Corcoran has served as President & CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber offers business development opportunities to organizations interested in growth through knowledge, access, and influence in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth.  The Chamber leads the business community by engaging thought leadership, strengthening industry knowledge, and supporting key community partnerships.  The Chamber connects businesses to businesses and businesses to government.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber of commerce in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, representing more than 500,000 jobs across the region.  As the "Voice of Business in Northern Virginia," the Fairfax County Chamber offers valuable networking opportunities, unsurpassed legislative advocacy at all levels of government, top-notch professional development programs and exclusive members-only benefits.

In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, Jim serves on the following Boards and Committees:

  • Cactus Sands, Inc. - Corporate Board
  • Fairfax County Education Foundation
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, DC
  • Leadership Fairfax
  • Lorton Workhouse Art Foundation
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
  • Visit Fairfax (A tourism promotion organization for Northern Virginia)
  • The Valor Scholarship Foundation
  • Golf Magazine’s Golf Course Rating Panel

Prior to joining the Fairfax Chamber, Jim served fourteen years at the National Confectioners Association and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association; a 700 member Washington, DC based national trade association. 

Earlier in his career, Jim was a minority owner and Director of Sales & Marketing for Richardson Brands, a $25 Million confectionery company and spent time with Fortune 500 companies Borden and Del Monte in various sales and marketing management positions.

Jim earned his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and his BS in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.


RICHARD CRESPIN
Senior Fellow, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@rjcrespin @USCCFBiz4Good

As a Senior Fellow for the Foundation, Richard helps lead the Corporate Citizenship Center's efforts to engage the business community in managing sustainable supply chains, building non-profit capacity, and responding to disasters. In addition to his role at the Foundation, Richard also founded Crespin Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm advising companies and nonprofits on how to work and play better together in tackling big social problems. He also heads business outreach for the US Global Leadership Coalition which works to engage Americans on the importance of America's role in international development and diplomacy as key tools in growing exports and jobs at home.

Prior his appointment as a Senior Fellow, Richard served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. As the professional society for corporate responsibility executives, the CROA represents the voice of corporate citizenship practitioners at some of the world's largest companies. For over 14 years, Corporate Responsibility Magazine and its COMMIT!Forum have called on companies to make commitments that will transform their operations and change the world. With a circulation of over 20,000 senior executives, the Magazine provides the most trusted and widely read coverage on corporate responsibility.

During his career, Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors, including with some of the world's largest financial institutions, the American Red Cross, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Department of Defense. He founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm, worked for American Management Systems, and before that for KPMG. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started several small businesses and non-profits.

Richard is an alumnus of both the George Washington University and the Harvard Business School.  He also currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for the CROA, on the Editorial Board of the Sustainable Business Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development. He is also a Past President of the George Washington Alumni Association.  He is a sought after speaker on corporate responsibility, public/private partnerships, business ethics, and non-profit capacity building. He and his wife Emily live in Falls Church, VA where they practice "extreme parenting" with their three young children.


SARAH CURRID 
Regional Vice President, Enactus
@Enactus_USA #SeeOpportunity

Sarah Currid is a Regional Vice President with Enactus, a global nonprofit bringing together a community of business, student, and academic leaders focused on enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.  Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Sarah spent 7 years in design taking on client facing roles including business development, client  relations, project  management and associate designer. While employed by David Netto Design, she had the opportunity to work on The Domino Design Project which provided design services to Woodycrest, a low income housing complex in the South Bronx for women living with HIV and AIDS. 

Sarah’s philanthropic interests include education, social entrepreneurship and the arts.   She is also a board member of Gifted Hands which is focused on bringing art programs to less fortunate populations in NYC and TAPIN, an organization that explores the collective experience of art and emotion.  


LUELLA CHAVEZ D'ANGELO
Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company

Luella Chavez D’Angelo is the Chief Communications Officer for The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), the premiere financial services provider for under-served consumers and small and medium businesses. Reporting directly to the CEO, Chavez D’Angelo is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic, aligned and highly effective global communication and corporate social responsibility strategy for the company’s growing array of products and delivery channels.  Responsibilities include crisis and reputation management, employee communications, meetings and events, media relations, social media communications, investor relation communications, regional communications, thought leadership and executive positioning.  In addition, she oversees the Western Union Social Ventures department, as well as the Western Union Foundation, together with its Board of Directors.

Chavez D’Angelo has been with Western Union since 2000, when she was appointed the inaugural director of what was then the First Data Western Union Foundation. During her tenure as Western Union Foundation President, through 2012, Chavez D’Angelo built a widely respected, high-impact organization, distributing nearly $90 million in support to more than 2500 non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 130 countries.

In her former role as Senior Vice President of Social Ventures, Chavez D’Angelo transformed Western Union’s thought leadership and communications strategies.  She has been a driving force in positioning Western Union as a purpose-driven brand, advancing its shared value strategies for greater social and business impact.  Responsible for aligning Western Union with the global economic opportunity cause, Chavez D’Angelo championed the creation of the five-year, $50 million Our World, Our Family program. Honored with a 2009 Excellence Award from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), Our World, Our Family successfully concluded having touched more than six million lives.  It also set the stage for Western Union’s Education for Better cause marketing platform, which was announced at the United Nations in September 2012.

As Chief Communications Officer, media outlets such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Financial Times and Corporate Responsibility Magazine frequently quote Chavez D’Angelo.  She has spoken on a variety of business, communications and social issues in high-profile venues, including the United Nations, The Conference Board, The Corporate Sponsorship Sustainability Conference, The Colorado Innovation Network and the Business Civic Leadership Center.

Prior to joining Western Union, Chavez D’Angelo served as Chief Marketing Director for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Director of Marketing for the New Mexico Museum


MARC DECOURCEY
Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@USCCFBiz4Good

Marc DeCourcey is Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center.  Marc has more than 20 years of experience in public policy leadership and a distinct talent building strategic partnerships and forming cross-sector advocacy coalitions. His career has spanned the executive and congressional branches of the US government, as well as the nonprofit sector. He has been instrumental in the unified response to a variety of national challenges, from supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, to creating a framework for the private sector for building disaster resiliency.

Previous to joining the Foundation, Marc served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the American Red Cross (ARC), one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations. In this role he was tasked to acquire, grow, & leverage existing business relationships across the entire ARC enterprise. He was also chief of staff in the President and CEO’s Office. His key responsibilities included managing the implementation of strategic initiatives, directing day-to-day operations, and representing the organization to key external stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.

Before joining the president’s office, Marc served as the ARC’s Senior Director of Federal Government Relations & Partnerships. Marc came to the Red Cross in the days following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005, assisting the organization in developing public policy relationships with strategic partners along all ARC lines of service. He served also as the ARC’s liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Marc represented the Red Cross on the board of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Council of Federal Executive Secretariats, and National Human Services Assembly.

Prior to the Red Cross, Marc was the chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the US Department of Education under Secretaries Paige and Spellings in the Bush Administration. There he managed a staff of 24 Administration appointees and career employees and supervised an office with a $2+ million budget.

A native of Massachusetts, Marc ran for state representative soon after his graduation from Providence College. He was the youngest legislative candidate in the state. After narrowly losing the race, he was soon hired to work in Governor Weld’s administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now Governor of Ohio. He has also served as a public policy consultant, advising private-sector clients in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to law enforcement.

With a long history of community service, Marc has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards in the Washington, DC area and in Massachusetts. He is married and the father of three children.


JEFF DYKSTRA
Chief Executive Officer, Partners in Food Solutions
@PFSCommunity 


Jeff currently serves as the CEO of Partners in Food Solutions, a consortium of leading global food companies - General Mills, Cargill, DSM and Buhler- who are committed to improving food security and nutrition in the developing world by sharing the knowledge and expertise of their employees with small and growing food processors. 

Before accepting this role, Jeff and his company worked for three years with General Mills to develop and launch the idea for what became Partners in Food Solutions while consulting with a number of other Africa focused companies and organizations working at the intersection of business and development.

Jeff’s career has included numerous business development, marketing and communication roles at both large, global organizations like Cargill and World Vision as well as at several smaller start-up ventures.  

Jeff’s current work is shaped and informed by having spent half his career in business and the other half in relief and development (including two years living and working in Lusaka, Zambia) leading to a unique and practical understanding of how both of these sectors can benefit from the other and accomplish more together than apart.

A Colorado native, Jeff is a graduate of Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA and currently resides in Edina, Minnesota, USA with his wife, Molly and three children – Mackenzie, Clara & Bennett.


ELLEN EAST
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable Inc.
@TWC

Ellen East is Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Time Warner Cable, Inc., where she provides strategic counsel on companywide public relations, corporate communications and industry affairs. Ms. East oversees a nationwide staff responsible for media relations, issues management, product communication, financial and public policy communication, employee and leadership communication, community relations and corporate social responsibility.

Ms. East joined Time Warner Cable in October 2007 from Cox Communications, Inc., where she served as Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Prior, Ms. East was Assistant City Editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a reporter and editor at a number of daily newspapers.

Ms. East is a member of the boards of the T. Howard Foundation, the Families and Work Institute, and the Arthur Page Society.  She also serves on the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Public Affairs committee. Previously, she served as chair of the national board of directors for Women in Cable Telecommunications and as President of the Cable Television Public Affairs Association (now the Association of Cable Communicators). She was a fellow in the 2001 class of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, and subsequently served as chair of that program.

In 2013, Ms. East was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame. She has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the 2002 Vanguard Award for Young Leadership and the 2013 Vanguard Award for Community and Government Relations, bestowed by the National Cable Telecommunications Association. She has been honored as a “Woman to Watch” and a “Wonder Woman” by Women in Cable Telecommunications and received a “Rainmaker” award from CTAM. She has received two Silver Anvil Awards for issues management and integrated communications from the Public Relations Society of America. Each year, Ms. East is listed among the most powerful women in cable by CableFAX: The Magazine.

Ms. East graduated from the University of Alabama in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism. In 2012, she was named the University’s Distinguished Alumna in Public Relations, and in 2013, she was honored with the Betsy Plank Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Relations.


MARK FELDMAN
Founder and Managing Director, Cause Consulting
@causeconsulting

Mark Feldman is the founder and Managing Director of Cause Consulting, a strategy and communications firm helping clients simultaneously strengthen business and impact society.  For over twenty years, Mark has advised public and private companies on corporate citizenship, purpose & values, marketing communications, strategic philanthropy, employee engagement, community involvement, signature programs, and other related disciplines.

Mark is passionate about inspiring and enabling others to cause change.  His firm is ranked among the top two by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.  And, he and his team are proud to have developed a wide range of business and social impact initiatives for leading global brands including Samuel Adams, New Balance, eBay, Redbox, Adobe, and Aramark, among others. 

Mark loves to teach and write about corporate citizenship.  He lives and works in greater Boston, and serves on the nonprofit boards of Boston Cares and Youth Design.

mfeldman@causeconsulting.com


BRAD FIEBIG
Program Development Manager, Power Management Solutions Group, Lockheed Martin

Brad Fiebig is currently a Program Development Manager for Lockheed Martin’s Power Management Solutions Group. In addition to supporting product development, Mr. Fiebig leads the sales and marketing activities of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Energy Storage subsidiary.

He has extensive professional experience in product development, project management, systems integration, and testing of a broad range of energy solutions. Prior to his current role, Mr. Fiebig was the Certified Principal Engineer on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program responsible for the spacecraft’s solar array system development.

Previous to his work at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Fiebig served as Chief Technology Officer of HyEnergy Systems, a venture capital funded fuel cell company, where he was responsible for all aspects of design and production. Mr. Fiebig also led electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems development for government customers including DOD, DOE, NIH and NASA.

Mr. Fiebig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an Masters of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. He has 4 US patents issued.



BRIAN K. FITZGERALD
Chief Executive Officer, Business-Higher Education Forum


Brian K. Fitzgerald serves as the Business-Higher Education Forum’s (BHEF) chief executive officer, developing long-term strategy for the membership organization. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, BHEF’s National Higher Education Workforce Initiative (HEWI) has emerged as the organization’s signature enterprise. Through the collaboration of its business and academic members—Fortune 500 CEOs, presidents of prominent colleges and universities, and other leaders—BHEF has launched HEWI, a six-year effort that includes regional projects focused on business-higher education partnerships, as well as a national effort to disseminate the learning from the projects and scale effective practices. The initiative deploys a model of strategic business engagement in higher education to address our members’ high-skill, high-priority workforce needs.

BHEF has launched highly innovative regional partnerships in data science and analytics, financial services, cybersecurity, water and materials sciences, energy, and engineering. Backed by some of the nation’s most committed business and academic leaders, these partnerships demonstrate how BHEF meets America’s higher education and workforce challenges.

Based on system dynamics modeling projects, extensive regional experience, and rapid project start-up, BHEF possesses the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to deepen and broaden these efforts with a variety of partners. BHEF is sought after for its expertise to address national audiences on our work to improve student success and create undergraduate pathways that lead to meaningful careers in emerging fields.

While CEO, Dr. Fitzgerald has served in many roles that advance understanding of and policies and programs to address higher education and workforce challenges, including the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council’s study group on “Improving Higher Education’s Responsiveness to STEM Workforce Needs: Identifying Analytical Tools and Regional Best Practices,” President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology working group that drafted a report to President Obama entitled, Engage to Excel: Graduating 1 Million More Students with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Prior to joining BHEF, Dr. Fitzgerald served as staff director for the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, which advises Congress on higher education and student aid policy. During his tenure, the Advisory Committee released several influential reports, including: Access Denied, Empty Promises, and The Student Aid Gauntlet; and also commissioned The Condition of Access (edited by Donald Heller). Dr. Fitzgerald has written extensively on policies to improve college access and success. He also served as an adjunct associate professor of government at American University, teaching advanced studies courses on the politics of education. In the private sector, Dr. Fitzgerald held senior project management positions for large-scale education research projects for federal agencies. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant dean and as a lecturer in education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Dr. Fitzgerald earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also served on the alumni council for four years and as chairman during the 2006-2007 academic year. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which named him Distinguished Alumnus in 2000 and awarded him an honorary doctorate in public service in 2009.


ROSE JACKSON FLENORL
Manager, Global Citizenship, FedEx Corporation

At a company known for delivering the world to our doorsteps, Rose Jackson Flenorl represents the heart of FedEx Corporation. Propelled by her philanthropic expertise and strong business acumen, she manages the company’s award winning Global Citizenship operation where she focuses on strategic programs and relationships with national and international community outreach organizations. In this role, she directs corporate resources toward initiatives in the areas of pedestrian and road safety, environmental sustainability, education, and diversity.  She also oversees the corporation’s multi-million dollar United Way campaign, and global volunteer strategy.  A key component of the volunteer strategy is FedEx Cares Week, involving thousands of FedEx volunteers around the world.

She manages relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and communicates the company’s philanthropic and citizenship philosophy, objectives and programs to audiences worldwide.

Her outstanding leadership qualities and humanitarian spirit have cultivated opportunities to improve lives throughout the world. She represents FedEx on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center Board and the Conference Board Contributions Council.

An active participant in the community, Rose serves on the boards of the National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Mississippi Alumni Association.  She is a former board member of the United Way of the Mid-South where she served for four years as Allocations Chair. She is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi, Leadership Memphis and Tennessee Leadership. 

Rose’s achievements have earned her numerous honors including the Girl’s Inc. “She Knows Where She’s Going Award,” the Silver Star News Lifetime Achievement Award, the Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award, the Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South Character Award, and the Mertie Buckman Mentor Award from the Women’s Foundation.  She is a recipient of the Memphis Woman Magazine “50 Women Who Make A Difference Award,” the National Society of Fund Raising Executives’ Crystal Award for Philanthropy, the Black Business Association Benny Award for Outstanding Community Involvement, the Urban League J.A. McDaniel Award, the AKA Sorority South Eastern Region Vanessa Long Humanitarian Award, the Dress for Success Woman of Courage Award and the Trumpet Awards’ High Heels in High Places recognition.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, she was the first black female named to the student Hall of Fame and was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of the top 10 college women in the United States. Rose continues to make an impact as a leader at her alma mater; she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998 and in 2008 served as president of the national Alumni Association. She also serves on the Ole Miss Journalism Advisory Board and is a charter member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council.

Rose is a member of the Greenwood C.M.E. Church.  She is married to Richard Lee Flenorl.  They have one daughter, Lillie Clarissa.


JENNIFER GERHOLDT
Director, Issue Networks, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@JGerholdt @USCCFBiz4Good

Jennifer Gerholdt serves as U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center Director of the Environment Issue Networks. In this role, she works with businesses to maximize their positive impact addressing environmental issues including Energy and Water Use.

Prior to CCC, Jennifer was Senior Manager of Conservation International’s Business & Sustainability Council (BSC), a forum for influential companies including Chevron, Coca-Cola, Disney, ExxonMobil, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Shell, Starbucks, and Walmart that are committed to business and environmental leadership. In her role Jennifer managed corporate partnerships, planned and executed BSC’s annual event and oversaw delivery of additional membership benefits, directed BSC marketing and communications efforts, and represented CI at meetings and events to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners.

Prior to Conservation International, Jennifer was the Program Officer with WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network-North America program, working with global companies including Avon, Capital One, Domtar, Johnson & Johnson and Tetra Pak on responsible wood and paper sourcing issues. In her role, Jennifer assisted these companies in understanding the sources of their forest products, developing and implementing responsible purchasing policies, and increasing the proportion of credibly certified material in their supply chains. Jennifer also managed special projects and events, communications products, research and reporting.

Prior to WWF, Jennifer served as the Outreach Coordinator for Green America’s Better Paper Project, providing technical assistance and expertise to U.S. magazine industry leaders to help them incorporate credibly certified and post-consumer recycled content sources into their magazines to drive responsible paper industry best practices.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from New Mexico State University.


NIEL GOLIGHTLY
Vice President, External Affairs, Royal Dutch Shell
@nielgolightly @Shell

Niel Golightly is Vice President for Communications in the Americas for Shell.  His responsibilities include oversight of Shell’s reputation, brand, stakeholder engagement and issues management in North and South America.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Technology Center.  Previously he served as Shell’s Vice President for Downstream Sustainable Development and Communications, based in London. 

Niel joined Shell in July 2006, after a 12-year career at Ford Motor Company, where his positions included Director, Sustainable Business Strategies; Vice President, Public Affairs for Ford of Europe; and Director of the Chairman’s Office.

Before Ford, Niel served 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, first as a fighter pilot and later as a senior Pentagon speechwriter.

Niel received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cornell University in the U.S. and later studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany.  He is married with two children.


GINA HARMAN
Chief Executive Officer, Accion U.S. Network
@Accion_US 

Gina Harman is the CEO of Accion’s U.S. Network, the only nationwide nonprofit microfinance and small-business lending network in the United States. A longtime proponent of social justice, she believes passionately in helping hard-working, determined people take control of their economic future so they can provide for themselves and their families while contributing to their communities.

Gina began her career in the nonprofit sector, serving in leadership roles including Executive Director of the Central Astoria Community Development Organization and Executive Director of the Washington Square Day Care Cooperative. After 12 years working for nonprofits, Gina honed her business leadership skills at Harman International, eventually serving as President of their $600 million consumer division.

In 2002, she joined the board of directors of Accion New York while working at Harman. She joined Accion full time in 2008, bringing her commitment to the nonprofit sector full circle after more than 20 years.

Gina holds a B.A. from the State University of New York, Empire State College, and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Management Institute at Columbia University. She has served as an advisor to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Working Groups at CGI American since 2010 and was named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women 2012.


SUSAN HUNT STEVENS 
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WeSpire
@huntstevens @goWeSpire

Susan Hunt Stevens is the Founder/CEO of WeSpire, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change. Previously, Stevens spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president/GM of Boston.com, one of the largest news and information sites on the web.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Tuck School of Business.  She serves on the board of Xconomy, the New England Clean Energy Council, the emeritus board of the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board.


NATHAN HURST
Global Director, Living Progress, Hewlett-Packard Company

Nate Hurst is currently the Global Director of Environmental Progress and Chief of Staff for HP’s Living Progress team. He helps drive environmental sustainability and social innovation programs aligned with HP’s business strategy. Nate directs the strategy of a global team of experts focused on solving environmental and social issues in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners. His goal is to create sustainable solutions that address societal challenges in the areas of education, global health, and the environment that showcase HP’s technology.

Nate leads the environmental progress team. In this role, Hurst supports and drives the development of the company’s environmental goals and advances HP’s environmental and energy initiatives around the world.

He has nearly 20 years of professional experience in environmental sustainability working in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Previously, Hurst served as director of sustainability, public affairs and government relations for Walmart where he executed a proactive internal and external business sustainability strategy on environmental issues.

This is Hurst’s second time working for HP; in 2003, he helped develop a strategic plan to better align HP’s external partnerships to the company’s global citizenship goals and business objectives.

As a national spokesperson for The Ocean Conservancy, he spearheaded big ideas, communications strategies, and goals for advocacy and advanced policy agendas through government relations.

Prior, he served on The White House Council on Environmental Quality for President Clinton. He helped develop the Administration’s environmental agenda and implemented an extensive outreach plan in support of the agenda.

His international experience includes representing the United States government as a member of several official delegations.

Hurst received his master’s degree from the University of California – Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University.


MICHAEL JACOBSON
Director, Corporate Responsibility Office, Intel Corporation

Michael Jacobson is director of Intel’s Corporate Responsibility Office.  In this role, he is responsible for leading Intel’s corporate responsibility strategy with stakeholders across the company.  He has an experienced team of experts in corporate social responsibility, strategic alliances, communications, stakeholder management and reporting who are committed to building upon Intel’s performance as a leading corporate citizen. 

Prior to this position Michael managed Intel’s Corporate Affairs team in California and Texas where he was responsible for leading corporate responsibility programs, philanthropic investments and public policy.

Michael also worked in Intel’s Corporate Real Estate and Site Development Group as a site selection manager. In this capacity, Michael was responsible for evaluating locations across the globe for potential Intel investment. 

Jacobson came to Intel from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce where he was a director of business development.   During his four-year tenure with the Chamber, Fort Worth ranked in the top ten in the United States for business recruitment.  Intel was one of the companies that he helped recruit to Fort Worth.

Jacobson joined the Chamber after serving eight years in Washington D.C. He held positions as assistant to the deputy secretary for management planning and operations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, special assistant to the Commissioner for the Social Security Administration and special assistant to the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.

He is actively engaged in national and local community based organizations. He currently chairs the advisory board of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, is vice chair of Valley Vision (Sacramento) and serves on the board of the Folsom Tourism and Economic Development Corporation. He has served on numerous boards and held leaderships positions including being the Chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Board in 2008.  He also has served on the boards of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, KVIE Public Television, the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Capitol Region to name a few.

Jacobson received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baylor University in 1984.  He resides in Folsom; CA with Kristen, his wife, and Jonathan, their 22 year old son is pursuing his Masters in Technology Policy at Arizona State University.


SCOTT JACKSON
President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Impact
@jacksonscott3 @charitydotorg

Scott Jackson is the President and CEO of Global Impact. A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Jackson provides leadership, direction and oversight for all aspects of the organization, which last year raised more than $106 million to help over 400 million people in need around the world. Previously, Mr. Jackson served as Vice President for External Relations at PATH, as Senior Vice President of World Vision US, and as President of APCO Seattle. He sits on boards and advisory councils of several nonprofits. Mr. Jackson received an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. 



ETHAN KAY
Managing Director of Emerging Markets, BioLite

Dr. Ethan Kay is Managing Director of Emerging Markets of BioLite.  BioLite develops and manufactures clean, affordable energy systems for off-grid communities around the world.  Ethan leads commercialization of the BioLite HomeStove, an ultra-clean, wood-burning cookstove, in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2005, Ethan has designed and launched ‘Base of the Pyramid’ ventures, with a particular focus on retailing clean, biomass cookstoves to villagers. Ethan’s Ph.D dissertation at the University of Oxford examined how to structure and scale cookstove business models in India. He is Lead Technical Advisor on the World Bank’s ‘Global State of the Cookstove Sector’ report (forthcoming).  He holds a Ph.D in Management Studies from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Sauvé Scholar, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford, and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.



GARY E. KNELL
President and CEO, National Geographic Society

Gary E. Knell is president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations with a monthly worldwide reach of more than 500 million people through its media platforms, products and events.

Before joining National Geographic in January 2014, Knell was president and CEO of National Public Radio from 2011 to 2013. Under his leadership, the organization solidified its position in a rapidly changing media environment as Knell leveraged NPR’s network of member stations, drove cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, and grew philanthropic and corporate underwriting support.

Knell’s media career spans nearly three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he was appointed CEO in 2000. Prior to Sesame Workshop, he was managing director of the multimedia publishing company Manager Media International. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York.

Knell has a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles and a B.A. in political science from UCLA.


DIANA LIND
Executive Director & Editor in Chief, Next City

Diana Lind is Executive Director & Editor in Chief of Next City, an urban affairs nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through media and events. She was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). She graduated from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing). Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record and many other publications and her work with Next City has been profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Monocle and many other media outlets.


STAN LITOW
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM
President, IBM International Foundation
@IBM 

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping more than 100 cities worldwide become more effective; and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH also has been profiled as a Harvard Business School Case Study, as a TIME Magazine cover story and in a PBS special.

Mr. Litow is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at major conferences on philanthropy and corporate leadership in the U.S. and around the world. He has served as Chair of the Governor’s Panel on Common Core Education Standards, on the President’s Welfare-to-Work Commission, on the boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute. Currently, Stan also serves as a Governor’s appointee on the board of the State University of New York.

A prolific author, Mr. Litow has published articles and commentary in such outlets as: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, the Bush Center Blog, Corporate Responsibility, CRAIN’s New York Business, Education Week, HBS Working Papers, The Huffington Post, the MIT Innovations Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, U.S. News & World Report, The Yale Law Journal and publications of the American Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Litow is the recipient of the Council on Foundations’ prestigious Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. He also has been recognized by the Anne Frank Center, the Coro Foundation and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and has received the Urban Visionary Award from the Center for an Urban Future. Mr. Litow has twice been voted “CEO of the Year” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, and IBM’s efforts to improve American education have won the company two Ron Brown Presidential Awards for Corporate Leadership.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow’s career in public and nonprofit leadership included service as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank, and as both a City and State Official appointed by the Mayor and Governor of New York.


KATIE LOOVIS
Director of U.S. Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
@GSKUS  @KatieLoovis

Katie Loovis is director of U.S. community partnerships and stakeholder engagement for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a global health care company helping millions of people around the world do more, feel better, and live longer. In this role, Katie is responsible for providing leadership and shaping strategy for GSK’s philanthropy in the US at the national, state, and local levels, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

Prior to GSK, Katie served as chief operating officer for Achieving the Dream - a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive nongovernmental reform network for community college student success. At Achieving the Dream, Katie was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, coordinating long-term planning, directing all strategic communications and marketing, and serving as secretary to the Board of Directors.

Previously, Katie worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce heading up business & society relations out of the Business Civic Leadership Center. Before that, she was director of the Office of External Affairs at the U. S. Department of the Interior, where she advanced the agency’s mission, initiatives, and policies with the private and nonprofit sectors. In that role, she also served as executive director of Take Pride in America®, a national initiative promoting volunteer service on America’s public lands.

Katie served at the White House for five-plus years on President George W. Bush's compassion agenda, first in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and then at USA Freedom Corps, an office established to help Americans answer the President's Call to Service. While at the White House, Katie served as the liaison to national service programs and initiatives; shaped national policies on disaster response, immigration, financial literacy, and global diplomacy; and authored executive orders and initiatives strengthening and expanding a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility throughout the country and abroad. Additionally, Katie worked at Lipman Hearne, a strategic communications and marketing firm for nonprofits.

Katie is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, a volunteer with the Junior League of Washington, and former Captain of the Under-19 USA Women’s Lacrosse Team. In May 2012, Katie participated as a delegate for the U.S. Department of State-sponsored program to Israel and the West Bank coordinated by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She is personally committed to health and wellness, regularly practices Bikram Yoga, and strives to maintain a mostly plant-based diet. She holds an MPA and BA with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she captained the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Team.


JEFF LUNDY, PH.D.
Manager, Research, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@CSRJeff @USCCFBiz4Good

Jeff Lundy joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center in February 2012 to oversee and advance its research agenda. In this role, Jeff works with our network of companies to create their Business for Good Map presence. He also manages the Foundation's thematic maps (e.g. disaster aid, environmental innovation, etc.). As a key member of the content team, Jeff also provides analysis and reporting on a broad range of issues in corporate citizenship.

Jeff previously served as a consultant for Empower Partners LLC, a social enterprise developing marketing models to help underserved inner-city businesses tailor their product lines to local consumers. Prior to that, he was an intern at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), where he selected several new technologies for a test run, in order to improve the Bureau’s capture of respondent data.

Jeff earned his PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and completed a research assistantship at the University of Michigan. He also holds an MA in sociology from U. Cal - San Diego and a BA in sociology from New College of Florida.


LISA LYNN
Director, Corporate Relations, The UPS Foundation
@UPS

Lisa Lynn currently holds the position of Director of Corporate Relations manager for The UPS Foundation, which governs corporate citizenship for UPS.  She is responsible for managing the Foundation’s Diversity investment strategy, communications, a global scholarship program for children of UPS employees, a portfolio of nearly 200 annual events supported by the Foundation, and the North American execution of the company’s $60m annual United Way campaign which involves over 300,000 employees.

With 14 years of tenure at UPS, Lisa’s career has consisted of various positions in the Marketing Department. In 2000, she joined the company as Vice President of Market Development for UPS eVentures, a corporate incubator positioned to expand UPS’ portfolio of offerings into non-traditional web based businesses. In 2002, she accepted the position of Retail Marketing Director, where she led the market testing, and subsequent re-branding of nearly 4,000 locations of Mail Boxes, Etc. to The UPS StoreTM.

Following the brand conversion, Lisa became the Director of Marketing for UPS’s retail channel operations. In 2009, she joined UPS’s product development team, creating and testing UPS Direct to Door, a UPS delivered media product that garnered significant attention in the direct mail world.

In 2010, Lisa joined The UPS Foundation as the Director of Corporate Relations.

Prior to UPS, Lisa was the South East Regional Director of Business Development for MARCH/First, a consultancy working in the realm of e-commerce, during which she secured UPS as a client. She also held senior positions with other several companies in the women’s apparel industry.

Lisa is the board chair of United Way’s Global Corporate Leaders Advisory Council and holds a position on the Southeast Regional Board of the American Jewish committee.

A native of Chicago, IL, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia. She resides in Atlanta, and is a certified kickboxing instructor who enjoys travel and managing the “career” of her Klee Kai puppy, Mojo, who frequently appears on Animal Planet.


DIANA MAGUIRE
Vice President, Institutional Relations, AmeriCares
@AmeriCares

As Vice President of Institutional Relations, Diana oversees a six-person development team that is responsible for originating and stewarding strategic partnerships with corporations and foundations in order to secure financial resources to support AmeriCares ongoing humanitarian assistance work around the globe.  In this capacity, Diana works across all disciplines at AmeriCares on behalf of donor/partners to identify strategic alignment in program priorities, ensure open and ongoing dialogue, and maintain regular access to field updates and program evaluations.

Prior to shifting to the nonprofit sector, Diana spent 18 years in the finance industry with a primary focus on new business development and relationship management in the United States and Europe.  

She has a BA in Political Science from Towson State University in Maryland and a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and five children.


ERIK MAKINSON
Director, Waste Solutions Group, Ecova 
@Ecova

Erik Makinson leads Ecova’s Waste Solutions group. Since 2009, he has built and enhanced Ecova’s waste consulting capabilities. Erik has directly assisted Ecova clients through the design and implementation of multi-site recycling projects, assessment of environmental impacts of packaging changes, and identification of significant waste hauling savings. He has built a team of waste industry subject matter experts that stands ready to assist clients in all of their waste management needs.

Prior to Ecova, Erik spent six years with The Coca-Cola Company, where he supported the company’s Wal-Mart account team through development of a global customer sustainability strategy and participation in Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network and Packaging Scorecard Steering Committee. Additionally, Erik supported Coca-Cola’s North America Foodservice division through the instigation of a customer sustainability engagement platform and by leading the development of the Ecotainer® compostable cold cup.

Erik holds a B.A. business administration/marketing from Seattle, a Sustainable Business Certificate from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Resource Recovery Manager Certification through the California Resource Recovery Association.


LISA MANLEY
Executive Vice President & Director, Business + Social Purpose, Chicago, Edelman

Lisa Manley is a seasoned communications, marketing and sustainability strategist.   She leads Edelman Chicago’s Business + Social Purpose group, provides counsel to the firm’s clients and supports the expansion of the global Business + Social Purpose practice.

Lisa joined Edelman from The Coca-Cola Company where she was the company’s global group director of sustainability communications.  Lisa was responsible for creating and overseeing world-wide strategy, stakeholder engagement, communication and marketing initiatives focused on water, packaging, climate protection, sustainable agriculture, and women’s economic empowerment. She was instrumental in the development of the company’s leadership position on water and she launched the Company’s innovative PlantBottle™ packaging, the world’s first fully-recyclable, PET plastic beverage bottle made partially from plants.  She also led communications for brand initiatives such as Hopenhagen and Arctic Home. Lisa was a frequent Company spokesperson with media and the manager of global relationships with organizations such as WWF, Greenpeace, UNGC and WBCSD.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Lisa worked in Washington, DC as a senior vice president with Widmeyer Communications.  After completing her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Virginia, Lisa held positions as the Director of Law Alumni Affairs at Georgetown University and the Assistant Dean of Students at The University of the South.


JAMES S. MARKS
Senior Vice President & Director, Portfolio Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Portfolio Group, which includes work to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices, building bridges between health and healthcare, vulnerable populations and health-related disparity reduction.

Prior to joining RWJF in 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade.  Throughout his tenure at CDC, Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce tobacco use and address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity.

A national leader in public health who has been an advocate of strengthening public health systems and services for more than 35 years, Marks has received numerous federal, state, and private awards, including the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Award, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Pump Handle Award, the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Directors’ Award for Excellence, the American Cancer Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and the National Arthritis Foundation’s Special Award of Appreciation. In 2004, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. He is an emeritus member of the board of directors of C-Change, whose members are the nation’s key cancer leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors.  He has published extensively in the areas of maternal and child health, health promotion and chronic disease prevention, and has served on many government and nonprofit committees devoted to improving the public’s health.

Marks received an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He trained as a pediatrician at the University of California at San Francisco, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he received his M.P.H.  He and his wife, Judi, a retired high school guidance counselor, live in Princeton and have two children, both pursuing careers in medicine.


P.J. MARSHALL
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc.

P.J. Marshall is co-founder and executive director of Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. (REF). Deeply committed to large-scale forest restoration, she spent more than a decade entrenched in the environmental sector before launching REF to address the rapid decline of vanishing forest ecosystems.

With more than 40 years as an entrepreneur, P.J. has been a pioneer in strategic marketing for law, engineering and architectural firms in the United States and Canada. As one of the first consultants to professional firms, she has worked with many prominent companies, including Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Gensler and Bechtel Corporation.

P.J. has chaired major fundraising programs that have garnered more than $50 million in total. Her initiatives have brought together federal and state agencies, large corporations, foundations, not-for-profits and financial institutions. She is a natural collaborator, focused on bringing together a wide range of stakeholders for the common good.


LIZ MAW
Chief Executive Officer, Net Impact
@netimpact 

Liz Maw joined Net Impact as CEO in 2004. During her tenure, Net Impact has tripled its chapter network to more than 300, formed partnerships with over 50 global corporations, and developed multiple new programs that engage students and professionals in sustainability.

Liz is a frequent speaker and writer, with blogs appearing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post, GreenBiz, and World Economic Forum, which recognized Liz as a Young Global Leader in 2010. In 2011, Liz was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere. Liz is also a Board Member of the World Environment Center.

Prior to leading Net Impact, Liz' professional experience included strategic consulting to nonprofits with the Bridgespan Group, as well as fundraising and direct marketing for nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington, D.C. She holds a BA with honors from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. 


SALLY MCCRADY
Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
Deputy Executive Director, Grow Up Great
@PNCGrowUpGreat 

Sally McCrady is senior vice president of PNC Bank and deputy executive director for Grow Up Great, The PNC Financial Service Group's $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to support quality early childhood education. In this role, she manages the four main components of the program: advocacy, grants, awareness and volunteerism.

McCrady joined PNC in 1997 as an analyst in Marketing Research. In 1999, she moved to the Compliance department where she managed the corporation’s Fair Lending Program. She assumed her current role in 2004 and was named senior vice president in March 2013.

She serves on the board of the Carriage House Children’s Center and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation. McCrady is a past board member of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children.

McCrady received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


JOHN MCKERNAN
President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@USCCFoundation

Former Maine Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a senior adviser to U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. McKernan provides both strategic and ongoing leadership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. As senior adviser, he counsels Donohue on a broad range of issues impacting the business community.

McKernan also serves as chairman and CEO of consulting and investment firms McKernan Enterprises, Inc. and Nottingham Equity, Inc. in Portland, Maine

Until August 2012, he was chairman of the board of directors of Education Management Corporation where he served as CEO from 2003 to 2007 and still serves as a director. Education Management has more than 130,000 students as of October 2012, 20,000 employees, and $2.8 billion in revenue. It is among the largest providers of postsecondary education in North America based on student enrollment and revenue.

McKernan serves on the boards of directors of BorgWarner, Inc., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the American Action Forum, a Washington, D.C., policy institute. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges.

He served his native state of Maine for two terms in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1987 and then as governor for two, four-year terms from 1987 to 1995. During his two terms as governor, McKernan was chairman of the Education Commission of the States and the National Education Goals Panel and was recognized as an Outstanding Governor by the American Society for Training and Development. He is the author of Making the Grade, a book on youth apprenticeship.

McKernan has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He and his wife, former U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), reside in Falmouth, Maine, and in Washington, D.C. 


BRUCE MCNAMER
Head of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
@ChaseGiving

Bruce McNamer is the Head of Global Philanthropy and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  Bruce came to the role with broad experience from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Prior to JP Morgan, he served as the President and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. Bruce grew the organization’s annual revenues from $15 million to $75 million and drove its expansion to operations in 30 countries in Africa, Latin America and India.  Before joining TechnoServe in 2004, Bruce was a senior executive/founder in technology start-ups, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.  Bruce was also a White House Fellow at the National Economic Council and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.  He has an AB from Harvard and a JD/MBA from Stanford.  He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Montana native.


GERALD MCSWIGGAN
Director, Issue Networks, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@USCCFBiz4Good

Gerald McSwiggan oversees the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center Issue Network  capabilities. The Center's Issue Networks are business-led coalitions of leading companies that work together to harness their collective power to advance progress against specific issues they care deeply about.

He also manages the Center's disaster assistance and recovery capabilities. The disaster portfolio provides best-practice recovery information for businesses and communities, as well as critical on-the-ground support during times of disasters. He organizes the Disaster Corporate Aid Tracker and the popular cross-sector disaster events, leads on-the-ground recovery delegations, and creates information exchanges so lessons learned from previous disasters are remembered.

Gerald has managed the Center's response to disasters including the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, multiple hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean coastal regions, flooding in Pakistan and parts of the United States, tornadoes and wildfires in the United States, and more. He also directs the activities of the National Disaster Help Desk for Business, made possible by the Office Depot Foundation and staffed by disaster expert Ines Pearce.

Gerald previously served as Federal Programs Coordinator in the Washington, D.C. Federal Affairs Office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and helped lead the transition to current Governor Charlie Crist. Prior to working for the State of Florida, he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma.Gerald holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

Gerald and the Center's business preparedness and recovery expertise has been featured in USA Today, CNBC, Fox Business, and more.

 


JOE METTIMANO
Vice President, Marketing & Campaign Engagement, Global Impact
@charitydotorg

Joseph Mettimano is the Vice President, Marketing and Campaign Engagement, where he leads Global Impact’s fundraising, marketing and communications efforts.  Mr. Mettimano has nearly 25 years of experience serving in leadership roles with some of the world’s most respected nonprofit organizations.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Prison Fellowship, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at World Vision and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  Joseph has committed his career to international relief and development causes and is widely known for his work on child protection issues and addressing malaria.  He has served as an advisor at The Pew Charitable Trusts and for a number of international campaigns, such as Nobel Prize-winner, International Campaign to Ban Landmines.  Mr. Mettimano is an expert at leveraging the synergies of fundraising, public relations, advocacy and partnerships.


ROBERT (BO) MILLER
Global Director, Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company
President and Executive Director, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
@DowChemical

Bo Miller is the Global Director for Corporate Citizenship for The Dow Chemical Company.  He is responsible for identifying corporate citizenship issues and trends important to the company, and in turn, developing and implementing the company’s global corporate citizenship strategy.  Miller also serves as the president and executive director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and director of Corporate/Community Affairs for Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR), Michigan. He joined Dow in 1978 and has held a variety of sales, marketing and business management roles before assuming his current responsibilities in July of 2004.

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial marketing from Western Michigan University and has completed executive management curriculums at Indiana University and the University of Virginia. He is a member of Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee, serves on the Contributions Council of the Conference Board, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board of Directors, the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce; Business Civic Leadership Center, and the Senior Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business University of California, Berkeley.  


JEFFERY W. MILLER
Partner/Principal, Power & Utilities, Advisory Services, EY

Jeff Miller is a Partner/Principal in EY’s Power & Utilities practice.  During his nineteen years consulting for energy and utility companies, Jeff has advised clients on a variety of strategic and operational issues, including corporate and business unit strategy and planning, assessment of new business opportunities, performance management, organizational design, merger integration, asset management, grid modernization, and process redesign.  He has spent the majority of his career providing advice to Utility Operations leadership – i.e., working with utility Energy Delivery and Customer Care organizations.

Over the course of his career, Jeff has worked with numerous energy services companies and utilities – both within the regulated and non-regulated parts of their businesses – interested in exploring behind-the-meter opportunities.  He has helped his clients develop and evaluate business cases/plans to either build or expand upon energy management, solar PV, storage, microgrid, and other distributed energy capabilities.  He has evaluated profit opportunities, both within utility service territories (considering regulatory requirements and limitations) and across North America.  He has also worked with traditional Energy Delivery utilities to understand the business model implications of market pressures, changing regulatory/policy dynamics, and technology advancements.

Jeff holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.


DAVE MOHRE
Executive Director, Energy & Power Division, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

David L. Mohre is the Executive Director, Energy & Power Division of  National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Dave has held management and executive management positions with both cooperative and investor-owned electric utilities for over twenty years, and has five years of electric policy, research and regulatory experience with the federal government. He has done private consulting for both utilities and government, including projects related to restructuring electric utilities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Columbia and Australia.

Dave’s utility management background includes nine years as Chief Executive Officer of a $3.2 billion generation and transmission cooperative with 1900 MW of coal, gas and nuclear generation; five years as Vice President, Power Supply and Engineering for a $600 million generation and transmission cooperative; and ten years in various supervisory and management capacities with a large Mid-Atlantic investor owned electric and gas utility. He also has extensive experience developing and managing multi-state, multi-region power marketing activities.

His federal experience includes managing Department of Energy policy, research and regulatory activities, as Deputy Director, Power Supply and Reliability; Administrator, Emergency Electric Power Administration; Chief, Power Distribution and Demand Side Management research and development; and, Director, Utility Policy Implementation.

Dave’s industry experience also includes serving five years on the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), where he was elected to the Executive Committee and served as Secretary/Treasurer. He has also served on the Boards of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and the Mid-Atlantic Area Council (MAAC).

His national experience includes serving as a member of the NARUC/EPRI National Rate Design Study Committee, the EPRI Energy Utilization and Conservation Task Force, Chairman of the EPRI Industrial Program, the FERC Advisory Committee on Power Pooling and the federal task force on EMP. He has also served on the Board of a $98 Billion international bank.

Dave is a graduate of John Hopkins University with degrees in both Electrical and Industrial Engineering. He also has a MBA in Finance from Loyola University. He is married and has four children.


ANDREW MORLET
Chief Executive Officer, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Andrew Morlet is the Chief Executive and leads the business programmes of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which promotes economic development that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which enables the shift to renewable energy.

As part of the Foundation’s business programme, Andrew leads the CE100, a global innovation platform that brings together large corporates, emerging innovators, government bodies and academic partners to define and launch initiatives to accelerating transition to a circular economy.

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in strategic management consulting working with CEOs, Board level and Senior Executives of many of the largest global companies in the automotive, consumer, financial services, healthcare, industrials, pharmaceuticals, resources, hospitality, travel and transport sectors across the USA, UK/Europe, Asia and Asia-Pacific.


JANE NELSON
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
@HKS_CSRI

Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a senior associate of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She was a Director at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2009. In 2001, she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has co-authored five books and over 70 publications on the role of business in society, as well as five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, FSG, the ImagineNations Group, and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and on advisory councils for Abbott, the Abraaj Group, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, ExxonMobil, GE, Initiative for Global Development, and the International Finance Corporation. She earned a BSc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MA from Oxford University, and is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.


SOLEDAD O’BRIEN
CEO, Starfish Media Group
@soledadobrien  @StarfishMediaG

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day. In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.

O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series for CNN, “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which will continue to be produced under Starfish Media Group (“SMG”). Through SMG, O’Brien will contribute additional programming
to CNN, as well as short-form segments for Al Jazeera America. In 2013, O’Brien entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, joining the “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” team, giving her the opportunity to further delve into the compelling storytelling for which she is known, except now through the vast prism of sports.

Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored for “Weekend Today” and contributed to segments on The “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News”.  In 2003, O’Brien transitioned to CNN where she was the face of CNN’s morning news shows for many years, and in 2011 won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. In 2013 she won 2 Emmy awards for reporting on "Kids and Race" and for the networks reporting of the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody Award. She also received another Peabody Award for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont Award. O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and its follow-up "Latino in America," are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013, "Latino in America 2," the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary "Gay in America: Gary and Tony have a baby", and "Unwelcome, The Muslims Next Door" also won numerous journalism awards.

O'Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek Magazines "10 People who Make America Great."

In 2013, O’Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband, Brad, created the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. They provide funding, resources and mentoring to 25 deserving young women.

O’Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.


ERIC ORTNER
Partner, Vector OMG at Vector Management, Live Nation Entertainment

Eric Ortner is a Producer, Manager, and strategist.  

Clients who work with Ortner include journalist and anchor Soledad O'Brien, who's production company Starfish Media Group has business with HBO, CNN, National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Proctor and Gamble & Covergirl, AARP, PBS, and Google.  NBC News Anchor Ann Curry.  Inventor and marketing pioneer Ron Popeil, who invented the television infomercial and who's product sales have grossed in the billions of dollars domestically. Daymond John, Entrepreneur, and TV personality on ABC’s Shark Tank.  In comedy, Eric manages Angelo Tsarouchas who has a show in development with Vince Vaughn's Wild West Productions.  Brand clients & partners include The Recording Academy, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Ogilvy & Mather, and investment groups who control some of the most influential franchises in entertainment and sports.

In broadcast television, Eric was a a journalist, producer, and show runner in news and non-scripted programming.  Former Senior Producer "Good Morning America", 20/20, CBS "The Early Show", and Producer of NBC News "Today" show, supervising Producer for the Afghanistan / Iraq War coverage, and produced major event & primetime network specials.  His non-scripted franchises & credits have included ABC's "6 Degrees", SHOWTIME's "LAFF MOBB Presents", "Flavor Flav", "The Razzies", and "The Space Dive".  

Eric served as an advisor to the senior leadership of President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and became co-chair of the campaign's Entertainment Council.  There he was one of the architects of the innovative social media, digital, and entertainment surrogate strategy that led to record levels voter turn out, fundraising, and engagement.   He also served as co-chair of entertainment for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  In 2013 returned to service for The White House as an advisor and Chairman of The Entertainment Advisory Council.  There he continues to service and organize public/private partnerships at the intersection of domestic policy.  He was responsible for organizing many of the key relationships and entertainment marketing strategies that led to the historic turn-around of the affordable care act (Obamacare).  He was also Senior Strategist for the millennial marketing strategy for Covered California, America's most successful state health insurance marketplace.

Eric was an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and a disaster manager in New York for many years, and was a first responder during the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001.  

He currently serves on a the Board of Advisors for The Global Poverty Project (Producer of the Global Citizens Festival), is a Partner in the Truman National Security Project, a DC based national security policy group, and advises some of the most notable names in politics and global affairs.  

Raised in Scarsdale, New York and is a graduate of The University of Rochester.


DAVID K. OWENS
Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)


David K. Owens is Executive Vice President, Business Operations, of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI).  EEI is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. EEI provides public policy leadership, critical industry data, strategic business intelligence, one-of-a-kind conferences and forums, and top-notch products and services.

In his capacity as the first African American to hold an officer title at EEI, Mr. Owens has significant responsibility over a broad range of issues that affect the future structure of the electric industry and new rules in evolving competitive markets.  He has responsibility over the strategic areas of energy supply and the environment, energy delivery, energy services, and international affairs.  He also spearheads efforts to enhance the public policy climate for investments in America’s electric infrastructure with emphasis on the role of new technologies to address climate change, and enhance energy efficiency through smart buildings, smart appliances, smart meters and smart electric grids.  

Mr. Owens has frequently appeared before the U.S. Congressional Committees, testified in over 50 proceedings on energy issues before state bodies, lectured at universities across the nation, made hundreds of presentations in business forums, and frequently appears on television and radio.  He is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on electric utility issues and industry restructuring.  He has been at EEI for over 29 years, starting his EEI career as Director, Rates and Regulation, and later served as EEI's Senior Vice President of Finance, Regulation, and Power Supply Policy, focusing on enhancement of industry representation on such issues as the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), the Federal Power Act, cogeneration and independent power production, transmission access, and bulk power and transmission pricing, which affect the national interest. He also represented the industry in the areas of finance, ratemaking, regulation, accounting, and taxes.

He served as Chief Engineer of the Division of Corporate Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This division was responsible for regulating public utility holding companies. Mr. Owens also was an engineer in the Division of Rates and Corporate Regulation at the former Federal Power Commission and worked as a design and test engineer for General Electric and Philadelphia Electric Companies, respectively.

He is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering degrees.  He also has a Masters in Engineering Administration from George Washington University, and has attended executive courses at Howard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Michigan State University.

Mr. Owens has distinction in Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Who’s Who In The Government, and has been honored as Outstanding Leader in the Utility Industry.  He is the recipient of the James E. Stewart Award, the highest distinction for an American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) member, and he was awarded the President’s Cup by AABE for his leadership on public policy matters.

Mr. Owens sits on the Boards of the National Academy of Sciences, AABE, serves as Chair of IDEA Public Charter School Board of Trustees, Vice Chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Advisory Committee, and is an active member of a number of professional and community-based organizations.


ESRA OZER
President, Alcoa Foundation

Esra Ozer is President of Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S.  Alcoa Foundation plays a significant role in strengthening education and sustainability in Alcoa communities worldwide, investing more than $590 million since 1952.
 
Over the span of her career, Esra has held numerous communications and foundation positions.  Most recently, she was Assistant Secretary and Director, Ethics and Compliance Communications and Training.  As Assistant Secretary, she was responsible for managing support to the Alcoa Board of Directors and the activities of the board and its committees.  Previously, Esra was Director of Executive Communications, responsible for driving the communications activities of Alcoa’s Chairman and CEO, including speechwriting, thought leadership, stakeholder relationships and briefings, and executive communications.

Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Esra was Senior Director of External Relations at Siemens Corporation, where she led U.S. media relations and issues management.  She was instrumental in developing and leading programs that enabled the $20 billion U.S. subsidiary to build a stronger brand and reputation in the U.S. During her decade-long tenure at Siemens, Esra had diverse communications responsibilities, including managing programs to develop high potential Siemens U.S. employees; and internal and executive communications.  She served as project manager in the design and launch of an $11 million Disney sponsorship that became Siemens' largest integrated marketing initiative, which showcased the Company's technologies.  Esra began her Siemens career as Director of Communications for its non-profit Foundation, and launched its renowned national scholarship program - the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology – which is a pillar of Siemens' reputation in the U.S.

Esra is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was named to the 2013-2014 class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a civic engagement program of the Partnership for New York City. She is the senior advisor to the Citymeals-on-Wheels Young Professionals Committee (New York City), and is the former Chair of the Associate Board of City Year New York. She was a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany (2007) and is Young Leader of the American Turkish Society. Esra also serves on the Global Steering Committee of the Alcoa Women's Network.
 


DAVID PADILLA
Package Dispatch Supervisor, UPS 43rd Street Division, UPS

David N. Padilla currently holds the position of Package Dispatch Supervisor for UPS in 43rd Street Division, which is responsible for optimizing the delivery schedules for 108 drivers, by reducing miles and cost for the Midtown in New York City.

David was fortunate enough to be hired by UPS through the PAVE program sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America. Just making his two-year mark at UPS, David’s career started as a part-time supervisor at the 43rd Street Division. He was quickly promoted to a full-time Package Dispatch Supervisor six months later.  In April 2013, he had the honor to represent UPS, veterans, and The Navy, in being the guess speaker for the First Family in their Hiring Heroes Initiative.  

Prior to UPS, David served five years honorably in the United States Navy as an Operations Specialist. He managed division of forty through several military exercises, engagements and deployments. His primary job was a tactical air controller, which he was responsible for two helicopters and a crew of 16 with over 300 safety hours.

A native of Bronx, NY, David holds a Bachelor of Science from Mercy College while pursuing his MBA. He resides in Middletown, NY with his wife and 21-month-old daughter.  David enjoys spending time with his family by watching old-time movies, fishing, boating, and bowling.


MARK PARIS
Managing Director and Head of the Urban Innovation Initiative, Citi

Mark Paris is a Managing Director within Citi’s Municipal Markets Division and leads Citi’s Urban Innovation Initiative.  The Initiative is focused on strategic investments and partnerships with emerging growth companies and organizations that address urban pain points.  Just as importantly, the Initiative looks to invest or partner with companies that have measurable contributions to the economic development of income-challenged communities.  One such example is Revolution Foods, a healthy, affordable, food provider for school children.  Kristin Richmond, CEO of Revolution Foods has said that the Citi strategic partnership has been an extraordinary contribution to their ability to grow throughout the United States.    Streetline, a smart-parking company, has worked with Mark and the Citi team for several years to help city governments reduce parking gridlocks and assist drivers in instantly find available on-street parking.   Other companies within the portfolio demonstrate the breadth of focus, including WaterSmart Software, a water conservation and customer engagement interface, Lunera Lighting, an LED lighting solutions company, and myhealthteams, a social network for individuals with chronic illnesses.

Mark began has led several other businesses within municipal markets, including the higher education practice and the derivative products origination business.   During his career, he has worked with over 300 cities, hospitals and universities throughout the US and abroad.   He has been published and spoken at multiple conferences, including, most recently, the US Conference of Mayors and New Cities Summit in Dallas.  Mark has served on several not-for-profit boards, including Peabody Institute, Muhlenberg College, Gill St. Bernard's School, Solaris Health System and the United Methodist Church in New Jersey. Currently, Mark is Chair of the Peabody Institute National Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins University.     Mark received his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and has undergraduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Muhlenberg College.


EDWIN PINERO
Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Public Affairs, Veolia North America

Mr. Pinero is Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America (VNA), and liaison to Veolia’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs departments.  Mr. Pinero oversees all efforts related to sustainability, in regard to outreach, client issues, and internal practices, including the water, energy, and waste business lines.  VNA provides leading edge water, energy and environmental service and technology activities, and has approximately 10,000 employees and generates approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.  

Over his more than 34 year career, Mr. Pinero has worked in the private sector, including as a consultant to many clients on sustainability, environment, and energy.  He has also served in the public sector at the state and Federal level addressing sustainability issues; including serving as the White House Federal Environmental Executive, where he focused on developing and implementing sustainability policy and practices within the US Federal government.  Mr. Pinero served in state government in Pennsylvania as both the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; as well as holding the office of Pennsylvania State Energy Director. 

Mr. Pinero is heavily involved in water management and stewardship initiatives around the world, including the UN CEO Water Mandate, the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Standards Development Committee; and ISO’s Integrated Water Task Force, among others.  

He has Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York and Masters of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona.


SYDNEY PRICE
Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kate Spade & Company

Sydney Price is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Kate Spade & Company. She oversees all implementation for the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility trade initiative, on purpose. on purpose, teaches a group of 150 local women in Masoro, Rwanda to become a profitable supplier to Kate Spade & Company’s brands: kate spade new york, Jack Spade and Kate Spade Saturday.

Sydney’s undeniable intrapreneurial spirit led her to building the new on purpose model, which seeks to integrate a group of artisans into the company’s supply chain as a true manufacturing partner. The on purpose model centers on: finding a group of artisans in a marginalized community; empowering them to become a for-profit social enterprise; and integrating them into the company’s supply chain.

Sydney oversees product design processes for Rwanda-made products at Kate Spade & Company, as well as managing training programs that will allow the artisans’ business to participate in the global marketplace. Additionally, Sydney oversees the local management team in Rwanda to ensure the supplier’s path to financial sustainability.

Price formerly served as the Senior Vice President of Direct to Consumer for kate spade new york, overseeing all functions for buying, visual merchandising, store operations and e-commerce within the United States, UK and Canada. Previously, Sydney lead the kate spade new york partnership with Women for Women International in creating a replicable business model around private-public partnerships in Bosnia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.


DARA RICHARDSON-HERON, M.D. 
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA
@YWCAUSA

Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. is the CEO of the YWCA USA, leading one of the nation’s oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and their families. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has dedicated its efforts to eliminating racism and empowering women focusing on women’s economic empowerment, racial justice and women’s health and safety.

Richardson-Heron has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the healthcare, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards. In May 2013, she was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews and in August 2013, she was included on The Nonprofit Times “Power & Influence Top 50” list.

Richardson-Heron received a Doctorate in Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Barnard College. She also completed a Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan.


JOE RUIZ
Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief Program, The UPS Foundation
@UPS

Joe Ruiz is the director of The UPS Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief Program. He oversees the company’s efforts to support the humanitarian community through key partnerships in the public and private sector that can benefit from UPS’s logistical, financial and in-kind support to enhance overall disaster preparedness, response, and post-crisis recovery.

 Joe oversees a team of skilled volunteers who provide capacity building and transportation services to non-profit organizations, including the UPS Logistics Emergency Team loaned executive program with the United Nations Global Logistics Cluster, and UPS Logistics Action Team program that provides logistics expertise to the American Red Cross in times of disaster.

Over a 25-year UPS career, Joe has served in many capacities within the organization before joining The UPS Foundation in 2007.  In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe also co-chairs the Business Civic Leadership Center’s Disaster Assistance and Recovery Committee. He also serves on the board of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), and is a member of the Hope Coalition America Advisory Board.


SHANA RUFFUS
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – Environment, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Shana Ruffus is the director of the environment pillar of Anheuser-Busch’s Better World corporate social responsibility program. Ruffus leads strategy, development and activation of key environmental sustainability and volunteer initiatives geared toward water and energy conservation and preservation, recycling, and watershed health.

Overseeing Anheuser-Busch’s ‘seed to sip’ environmental platform, Ruffus drives initiatives that demonstrate the beer company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. These efforts include improving watersheds in all brewery cities through 30 watershed improvement projects. Additionally, she is stewarding a task force addressing watershed risk in select watersheds in the U.S. She manages cross-brand initiatives such as Budweiser’s America Made Better program that encourages consumer and employee river cleanup in partnership with the River Network, Great Lakes Forever, and Living Lands & Waters; beach cleanup programs with Landshark Lager and partner Ocean Conservancy; Bud Light and the NFL’s America Recycles Day; and Budweiser’s “Grow One. Save a Million” personal water use conservation initiative, which was awarded the “Hero of the Planet” award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2011.

A 15-year Anheuser-Busch veteran, Ruffus previously worked in the Bud Light and sports marketing divisions of the company, driving the creative direction and experiential execution of brand promotion and partner integration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Saint Louis University.


BETH RUSERT
Senior Vice President, Standing Partnership
@standingteam @bethrusert

With extensive experience helping companies manage reputational risk, Beth Rusert provides expertise in developing strategic plans that leverage organizational strengths while managing potential issues. Her unique experience in managing public relations, internal communications, government affairs and philanthropy for both public and privately held companies gives her first-hand knowledge of how key stakeholders can influence organizational reputation.

As a member of the Standing Partnership leadership team, Beth plays a key role in contributing to the company’s business strategy and leads its marketing. She serves as senior counsel to clients, such as Belden, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, FreseniusRx, Graybar, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Midland States Bank.

Beth is highly experienced at working with the C-suite to ensure there is alignment between the business strategies and the reputational goals of an organization. Her extensive background in strategic planning, public affairs, crisis management and corporate social responsibility helps clients achieve their goals through effective messaging, stakeholder relations, thought leadership, coalition building, change communications, and issues and crisis planning. 

Beth's experience in corporate social responsibility ranges from community outreach to sustainability to philanthropy. She has developed highly effective community outreach and engagement strategies for global, national and local purposes. Her expertise in sustainability includes reporting and environmental, safety and health initiatives. Beth also has led strategic philanthropic programs for publicly and privately held companies, including serving as president of a foundation. While leading these efforts at Maritz, she designed the company's new philanthropic vision and set the path toward being recognized as a socially responsible company.

She has managed major organizational issues, including serving as the corporate media spokesperson on highly contentious topics involving litigation and regulatory actions. Beth has deep experience in crisis communications ranging from environmental issues, to bankruptcy to disasters to high profile litigation.

Prior to joining Standing Partnership, Beth worked in a variety of communications, government affairs, and community affairs positions at Maritz, Solutia, Monsanto, Webster University and Purdue University.

Beth has a Master of Arts degree in marketing from Webster University and Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Valparaiso University. She serves on the board of directors for Community Health Charities (CHC) of Kansas and Missouri, and recently served as communications task force chair for a special project at CHC’s national office.


JEFF SENNE
Corporate Responsibility Strategy and Implementation Leader, Corporate Responsibility, PwC US


Through a leadership approach that’s inclusive, collaborative and mission driven, Jeff leverages more than 20 years of Corporate Responsibility and management experience to guide the strategic operation of PwC’s Corporate Responsibility team and program initiatives.  Jeff believes Corporate Responsibility is about holistic value creation. In his cross-functional role, he collaborates with all areas of the firm to understand CR’s different drivers and ensure the firm’s numerous CR initiatives deliver financial, social, and environmental value to its stakeholders.

Beyond strategy and operations management, Jeff has played a key role in the successful launch of several individual PwC CR programs. He’s part of the leadership team behind Earn Your Future, PwC’s signature youth education commitment, through which the firm will invest $60 million in cash and 1 million PwC volunteer hours in financial literacy for young people and financial training for educators. He created and launched a series of dashboards that helps PwC assess employee engagement in CR initiatives and is driving the vision behind PwC new Corporate Responsibility employee engagement platform – CR Space. As one of the firm’s “resident environmentalists,” Jeff also leads PwC’s environmental stewardship efforts.

Jeff credits a graduate thesis on Corporate Responsibility at the United Nations University for Peace for his interest in win-win solutions that leverage private sector assets for the public good and business sustainability. After obtaining his Masters, Jeff worked in several roles at the United Nations Global Compact, Director of Sustainability Performance for Sodexo Inc. and as Senior Advisor for the African Development Bank. He also spent nearly 10 years as in the hospitality business where he was responsible for turning around underperforming business operations and redefining their business models to create sustainable and competitive company cultures.

Jeff frequently speaks at conferences about key issues in Corporate Responsibility, including employee engagement, driving organizational change and the means and importance of measurement.


JAY SHERMAN
Lead Specialist in the Freshwater Program, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Jay Sherman serves as the Lead Specialist in the Freshwater Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). He has worked as the Water Stewardship Work Stream Manager for WWF during the first phase of the Coca-Cola/WWF Partnership. He has been engaged in the implementation of that partnership around the world. In collaboration with his counterparts at Coca-Cola, he has helped designed toolkits for water stewardship and water efficiency. He also works on the development of water stewardship approaches within the WWF partnership with P&G and is engaged in building new water stewardship partnerships with other private sector players.  He has conducted water stewardship and advocacy training sessions all over the world. He previously served as the Director of Outreach and Training at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), where he worked for 14 years.  Jay taught for a number of years at the Washington Public Affairs Center of the University of Southern California. He received his BS from Drexel University and his MLA from Iowa State University.


JENNIFER SMITH
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Vital Voices
@VitalVoices

Jennifer has worked as a consultant to global companies, helping to develop and expand corporate social responsibility programs and build multi-sector stakeholder engagement platforms that address issues related to global supply chains, economic development, capacity building, labor relations, and international trade.

As Director of Strategic Partnerships for Vital Voices, Jennifer manages a diverse portfolio of corporate and government supporters, cultivates new relationships and opportunities for partnership and engagement with business and government leaders.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in English Non-Fiction Writing & Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.A. in International Relations and International Communication from Boston University.


MEGHAN STASZ
Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association
@GroceryMakers

Meghan Stasz is the Senior Director, Sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C.  In this role, she works on issues such as waste, water, sourcing, energy, and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage, and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, Meghan is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance initiative- a three-year, collaborative, cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the U.S. She also is working extensively on packaging and recycling efforts.

Meghan has over ten years of experience in the environmental sustainability field. Prior to GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the Project Manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign. Meghan received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.B.A. from Boston College.


ALEC STERN
Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Constant Contact
@AlecStern

Alec Stern is Vice President of Strategic Innovation and Executive in Residence for the SMB InnoLoft program at Constant Contact (Nasdaq: CTCT) and a member of Constant Contact's founding team. His wide range of responsibilities included senior roles in strategic partnerships, channels, business development and sales. Today he continues to spearhead strategic innovation, community-based entrepreneurism and vertical industry thought leadership for the company.

Alec advises a variety of early stage companies and serves as a judge, mentor and advisor for startup accelerators and programs including TechStars, MassChallenge, Lean Startup Challenge, the Stevie Awards and the United Way Youth Venture.  As an angel investor and limited partner in the G20 Venture Fund, Alec is an investor in a number of rising startups. He has been a featured speaker for national and regional small business, nonprofit and industry conferences, startup accelerators, colleges and universities. Alec is active on the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors or Executive Committees for organizations including The Better Business Bureau, MarketMeSuite and The ALLY Foundation. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS from Syracuse University.


DOROTHY STUEHMKE
Program Officer, Citi Foundation
@CitiFoundation

Dorothy Stuehmke is the Program Officer for International Programs, responsible for managing the Foundation's giving program in 17 markets across the Asia Pacific region. She also manages the Foundation's relations with key partners in microfinance and enterprise development, and works to structure long-term post-disaster economic recovery efforts.

Prior to joining the Citi Foundation, Dorothy held positions in the public and private sectors, including with the U.S. government, United Nations and nonprofits, where she focused on foreign policy, international development, public affairs and communications in the Asia Pacific region. Notable positions include her role as Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where she represented the U.S. government in official negotiations on finance, free trade, humanitarian aid, and nuclear disarmament. Dorothy was also the Senior Advisor to the 2008-2009 U.S.-North Korea Food Aid Program for the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she oversaw implementation of the largest U.S. government food aid initiative in history in North Korea in coordination with a consortium of U.S. NGOs and the UN World Food Programme. Dorothy's background also includes work with the Asia and Pacific Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, the Open Society Institute, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Dorothy was a Boren National Security Education Program Fellow and a Korean Language Flagship Fellow. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member (2008-2013) and speaks Korean and German.


EMILIO R. TENUTA
Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab.  He is responsible for linking Ecolab’s market strategy with the company’s sustainable solutions delivered through partnerships with more than 1.3 million customers in more than 170 countries. 

Tenuta’s 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes  25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. In the past five years Tenuta has led Ecolab’s strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably.

Tenuta is actively involved in advancing sustainability practices. He sits on the National Restaurant Association CONSERVE sustainability advisory council.  He is also an active member of several industry organizations, including Practice Greenhealth, Net Impact and the sustainability work group for the World Travel and Tourism Council.  Over the past four years, Tenuta has forged strong partnerships with a number of NGO’s to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum (WEF). 

Tenuta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s Degree in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.


JEFF TERRY
Global Head, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Amway

 

Jeff Terry is the global head of corporate social responsibility at Amway Corporation. Jeff’s primary responsibility is to develop and guide the implementation of the company’s enterprise-wide Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, aligning the organization's capacity to effectively implement its social investment and innovation efforts around nutrition, entrepreneurialism and overall stakeholder and community engagement. Jeff joined Amway in May 2011.

His career in corporate social responsibility spans more than 18 years. Prior to joining Amway, Terry served as Director, Associate and Community Engagement for Sears Holdings Corporation. He developed the company wide community engagement strategy including redevelopment of the company Foundation, virtual giving initiatives and policies, volunteerism for 300,000 employees, and nonprofit partnership planning and negotiations.

Prior to Sears Holdings, he served as Population Services International’s (PSI) Director of Corporate Marketing where he developed and directed the global re-branding efforts of PSI. He also managed the development of campaigns focused on child survival, maternal and child health, and the prevention of AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Terry also worked at Cone Communications and Whirlpool Corporation. At Cone, he was Vice President, providing strategic counsel and direction to Fortune 500 clients on business strategy related to social and philanthropic investments, corporate responsibility, brand marketing and corporate reputation.

At Whirlpool, he was the Director of Corporate Commitments and Strategic Relationships, developing relationships with global nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, creating the global CSR department and developing the corporate responsibility and integrated communications strategies.

Terry has spoken at conferences on topics including corporate citizenship, corporate-community relations and involvement, cause branding, environmental sustainability and marketing. He has authored numerous publications and lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, Clemson University, Boston University and Georgetown University.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Master of Science in applied economics from Clemson University.


JASON TYSZKO
Senior Director, Policy, Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@USCCFeducation

Jason A. Tyszko is senior director of education and workforce policy at the U.S.Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Through events, publications, and policy initiatives, the Center for Education and Workforce—in partnership with Chamber members and business leadership seeks to cultivate and develop innovate thinking that spurs action to preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners.

Tyszko’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration and as a member of the Executive Committee that directed more than $10 billion in investments to aid in the state’s recovery. While in the Office of the Governor, Tyszko chaired the interagency Job Training Working Group and developed Illinois Pathways, the signature public private STEM education strategy included in the state’s Race to the Top proposal.

In addition, Tyszko was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. There he oversaw the design and launch of the STEM Learning Exchanges, an innovative network of statewide public-private partnerships tasked with coordinating planning and investing to support regional STEM education and workforce programs. He further provided lead staff and policy support to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.

Tyszko also managed innovative technology projects. This included the build-out of integrated education and workforce statewide longitudinal data systems and the implementation of the Illinois Shared Learning Environment, a transformative learning management system that enables personalized learning through integrated data in a cloud environment.

Tyszko received his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. He is a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. Tyszko resides in Washington, D.C.


KARA VALIKAI
Director, Issue Networks, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
@KaraValikai @USCCFBiz4Good

Kara Valikai is the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center's Health and Wellness and Women’s Economic Empowerment Issue Networks. In this role, she supports global companies to modify, grow, and improve in their wellness and women’s economic opportunity through their corporate citizenship initiatives. She brings together a diverse set of leaders to discuss the most pressing health and wellness and women’s economic empowerment challenges through research, reporting, and forums. These resources empower companies to identify the best solutions, strategies, and partners and make real change.

Kara recently earned an MBA and MPA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. In these programs, she specialized in sustainability, corporate citizenship, and international affairs. In addition to her studies, she worked for the Harvard Kennedy School Corporate Social Responsbility (CSR) Initiative. She co-authored a report which illuminated ExxonMobil’s complex network of partners necessary to establish a $19B liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. In addition she co-authored a report, which assessed the business case for The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative.

She previously worked for TechnoServe in Romania, Colombia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Kara also spent two years working for a microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, in Peru where she led and executed financial risk and social ratings for microfinance institutions across Latin America. Prior to Planet Rating, she was a senior financial analyst for an asset management company, American Capital. She has also worked in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kara speaks Spanish fluently and holds a B.A. in Business-Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.


ELIZABETH A. VAZQUEZ
President, CEO, and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
@WEConnection

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.  She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.”  The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for the vision, mission delivery, organizational growth for impact, and partner development in every region of the world.  The WEConnect International network includes local representatives in 16 countries, and the corporate network represents over US $700 billion in annual purchasing power. 

WEConnect International Members are true pioneers in global supplier development and inclusion, with a clear interest in buying more from women's business enterprises: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, AT&T, Boeing Company, Cargill, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola Company, Cummins, D.W. Morgan, Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, EY, ExxonMobil, Full Circle Exchange, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Hospira, HP, IBM, Interpublic, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, Manpower, Marriott International, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, PG&E, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sodexo, Verizon, Walmart, WellPoint, Wyndham, etc.

Ms. Vazquez sits on several Boards of Directors, including the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the Cornerstone Capital Group, is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a Member of the U.S. Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership Subcommittee on Access to Markets.  She has been a speaker and provided training in all regions of the world on a range of issues-- globalization, value chains, international trade, diversity and inclusion, women's entrepreneurship, technology, sustainability, and corporate and government sourcing policies and practices.

As CEO and Co-Founder of TradeBuilders, Ms. Vazquez works with corporate and government leaders on Internet-based “Virtual Trade Missions” and other trade events in countries such as Canada, Chile, Cyprus, India, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the U.S.

As the former Executive Director of Quantum Leaps, a global non-profit dedicated to the growth of women-owned businesses, Ms. Vazquez received the 2009 WBENC Applause Award for exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for women's business enterprises.

Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and in 2013 the Barrett Honors College honored her as an Inspiring Alumni for making significant contributions in her career and community.  She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea. 


MAURICIO VIVERO
Chief Executive Officer, Seattle International Foundation
@MauricioVivero @SeaIF

Mauricio Vivero is the founding CEO of the Seattle International Foundation, a private institution working to alleviate global poverty through grantmaking and special initiatives. Under his leadership, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants to 126 organizations working in 36 countries, with a strategic focus on Latin America.

He has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, grantmaking, policy advocacy and project management. His professional experience includes serving as Executive Director of Ayuda, Director of Government Relations for Independent Sector, Vice President of the Legal Services Corporation, and Director of Grassroots Lobbying for the American Bar Association. Mauricio is a board member of Global Impact and the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI).

Mauricio was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1970. Mauricio holds a law degree from Creighton University and a bachelor's degree in international relations from Florida International University.


CHARITY WALLACE
Vice President, Global Women’s Initiatives, George W. Bush Institute
Senior Advisor, Mrs. Laura Bush
@CharityNWallace @TheBushCenter

Charity Wallace serves as the Vice President of Global Women’s Initiatives at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. Ms. Wallace is responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the Institute’s women’s initiatives, including the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health program, empowering of women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The initiatives aim to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, an organization that helps Afghan women rug weavers break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education and healthcare, and the Advisory Board of 4word Women. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011.


ALEXANDROS WASHBURN
Industry Professor of Design, Stevens Institute of Technology

Alexandros Washburn is the Industry Professor of Design at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Director of CRU(x), the center for Coastal Resilience and Urban eXcellence.

He is the author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience, a New York Times Book Review Short List book, and the winner of the 2013 New York Public Architect Award.  Prior to joining Stevens in 2014, he was the Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York, at the Department of City Planning, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He sees urban resilience as imperative: professionally, publicly, personally.  His own house was flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and his center at Stevens combines hydrodynamics to understand the force of the water, urban design to understand the force of the city, and complex systems engineering to make computational models develop ways for cities around the globe to become resilient in the face of rising sea levels and increasing climate shocks.

As one of the world’s leading urban designers he seeks to widen the circle of those who can change cities for the better, showing people through his writing, teaching and practice how to simultaneously meet the technical challenges facing their communities while improving their quality of civic life.

He is unique among architects to have worked at every level of government from (city) Chief Urban Designer for New York City, (state) founding President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, and (federal) Environment and Public Works Advisor to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  In private practice, he has won national design awards in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and currently practices as Urban Strategies Director at NBBJ, a global full service design firm whose clients include Google, Amazon, Boeing and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Alex lives with his family in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


PAUL WASHINGTON
Executive Director, Denver Office of Economic Development

Paul Washington is the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development.  Prior to that, Paul was the president of LJS Holdings LLC, a leading finance advisory firm that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions and investment banking.  LJS Holdings represents a select group of clients, including companies in Kuwait, India and Germany.  Paul is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he teaches a graduate course in Business Planning. 

Paul began his professional career as an attorney at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, specializing in large merger and acquisition transactions.  Paul holds a Series 7, 24 and 28 securities license and is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations.  He was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the State Securities Board in 2009 and by Governor John Hickenlooper to the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees in 2012. 

In 1991 Paul earned his B.S. in business (finance) from the University of California at Berkeley and in 1996 received his JD from that institution’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was president of the graduate student body.  He also earned his Master’s in Taxation from the University of Denver in 2012. Paul currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Nadia.


HUGH WELSH
President & General Counsel, DSM North America

Hugh Welsh (“Hugh”) is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America. DSM is the global life sciences and material sciences leader with more than 23,000 employees worldwide and 2010 revenue of more than $12B. Hugh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and is responsible for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, financial and HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability initiatives in the region North America. During the course of his 20 year career Hugh has played a leading role in addressing legal, regulatory, political, and general industry issues in the nutrition, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, polymer and resins markets.

Hugh’s industry knowledge and innovative approach to corporate engagement with external stakeholders has made him a valuable contributor to several trade associations and a sought after speaker in the fields of public/private partnership, sustainability and government affairs. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council, Partners in Food Solutions and the Corporate Citizenship Center of the US Chamber of Commerce.


TIM WELSH
Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy Group, Apollo Education Group

Tim Welsh brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional services executive to his role as Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy at Apollo Education Group (AEG). Since joining the organization in 2009, Tim has led a team to convert research-based industry insights into opportunities for educational innovation at AEG institutions.

Tim guides the Industry Strategy Group at AEG to build collaborative partnerships with national and U.S.-based international industry associations focused on talent development in multiple economic sectors. Under Tim’s leadership, the Industry Strategy Group builds effective coalitions to support and enhance a wide range of AEG functions, including curriculum development, career services, diversity outreach, and corporate engagement.

Executing a service-based model, Tim combines the operating objectives of industry partner organizations and AEG to develop jointly sponsored research projects and roundtables related to career priorities in specific industries. From these collaborations, Tim and his team develop recommendations for integrating industry specific credentials into career-based educational programs.

Prior to joining AEG, Tim was a Vice President with SRI International, where he served on the leadership team that launched SRI Consulting. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Managing Partner at AT&T Solutions, where he had major assignments in Europe, Asia, and Canada. Throughout his career, Tim has been a trusted advisor to executives in industries including financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail, film, and government. He serves as a Board Trustee and educational advisor to U.S. industry associations.

Tim earned a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, and completed his doctoral dissertation on strategic marketing management. He earned a Master of Education degree at the University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Dickinson College. He also completed post-graduate studies in international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.


NAOMI WHITTEL
Founder and CEO, Reserveage Nutrition

Naomi Whittel, founder and CEO of Reserveage Nutrition and innovator in the health and wellness field, launched her company in 2009 with a goal to produce best-in-class supplements backed by real-science and inspired by the world’s healthiest cultures.

Naomi and her companies have received more than 30 industry awards, including Nutrition Business Journal’s 2012 Business Achievement Award in the Mid-Size Company Growth Category. In 2013 her company was named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies list.

Whittel, whose products have appeared on Dr. Oz, PBS specials, Good Morning America, and more, has been featured in the pages of the nation's most read magazines. In 2012 she was awarded the Enterprising Women in Business award, and in 2013 won the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Florida’s Emerging Category. In her acceptance she shared that creating jobs and helping consumers make smart, healthy, effective choices for their families is what drives her every day.

In addition to her achievements in business, Whittel is also dedicated to her work as a leader in corporate sustainability, fair trade and advancing female involvement at an executive level. In 2011 she signed a landmark partnership agreement with the Kuna Amerinds, an indigenous nation living off the coast of Panama whose sacred practice of drinking cacao daily inspired her CocoaWell line. With the aim of reviving this cacao-based culture, while providing an organic and Fair Trade supplement source, Naomi is working with Kuna farmers to plant new trees, further develop their farmlands and create the first sustainable industry on their homeland.

Also in 2011, Whittel founded DAWN—Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals—a national initiative working to expand female leadership in the natural products industry. DAWN aims to prepare and support the female leaders of tomorrow, develop ambitions and increase the number of female voices at the executive level.

She is a trusted voice on natural health solutions who media, industry peers and customers turn to time and again for best in class products, superior innovation, gold standard manufacturing practices and smart, savvy advice for health-conscious consumers.


KATHRIN WINKLER
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation

Transforming corporate mindsets about Sustainability has been both a personal and professional journey for Kathrin Winkler, who is Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer for EMC Corporation. As CSO for the world’s leader in cloud computing, Winkler provides the vision, strategy and leadership for EMC’s global sustainability initiatives. She chairs and collaborates with a virtual cross-functional team comprising EMC's Sustainability Leadership Council to integrate sustainability principles into the corporate culture, the business strategy, and day-to-day operations.

Winkler’s passion in such topics as Sustainability in the Cloud, Sustainability Governance Models, and Sustainability as a Cultural Norm, has made her a frequent guest speaker in many forums. In 2010, she appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet to provide insight into how information technology is contributing to energy efficiency.

Winkler founded EMC’s Engineering Green Team and its Design for Environment program while Senior Director with the Hardware Engineering Group. Prior to joining EMC in 2003, Winkler held senior positions at Renaissance Worldwide and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Winkler is a Director of EcoLogic Development Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community-based conservation in Central America; a Director of the Green Grid, a non-profit consortium dedicated to resource efficiency in business computing; and member of the Advisory Council of the Product Stewardship Institute. In 2014, she was honored with the Anita Borg Institute 2014 Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in recognition of her contributions to innovation, leadership, and sustainability in the field of information technology.


JEFF WISHNIE
Senior Director, Program Technology, Mercy Corps

Jeff is Mercy Corps’ Senior Director of Program Technology. He is responsible for the design and implementation use of Information and Communication Technologies to improve the effectiveness, reach, scale, and efficiency of Mercy Corps’ programming globally. Jeff has played a key role in the development of Mercy Corps’ global e-transfer programming to help improve the effectiveness, safety and speed of emergency aid delivery via electronic channels. Jeff provides technology strategy advising to Mercy Corps-incubated social enterprises including a Colombia-based land tenure business and an Indonesia-based business working to increase small business employment by getting businesses online and accessing new clients.

Before joining Mercy Corps, Jeff co-founded and co-lead the Social Impact Program at ThoughtWorks, a global software design and development consultancy. The Social Impact Program provides custom software implementation services to NGOs, governments, and other mission-driven organizations. Jeff’s Social impact clients included: Grameen Foundation, UNICEF, World Vision International, GSMA Mobile for Development, Wikimedia Foundation, VillageReach, Democracy Now!, and a number of start-up non-profits and social businesses.

ThoughtWorks’ Social Impact Program also provides pro-bono services to innovation groups including UNICEF Innovation and the Mercy Corps Social Innovation team and contributes to wide-range of free and open source (FOSS) projects including OpenMRS, RapidFTR, FrontlineSMS, and DataWinners.

Prior to ThoughtWorks, Jeff spent nearly 20 years as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur working in both large organizations and small —as engineer, user-interface designer, product designer, architect, and founder. In 2006, he turned his focus to the use of technology for social good—taking on the role of CTO for Inveneo, a San Francisco based non-profit which designs and implements information technology for developing countries.

While at Inveneo, Jeff gained first-hand field experience implementing projects in education, health care, relief, and economic development in Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone. Jeff gained additional experience as a consulting field-engineer for UNICEF in Senegal.

Jeff serves on the board of directors for Social Impact Labs (SIMLabs), the developers of FrontlineSMS, and Human Network International, developers of the DataWinners data-collection and 3-2-1 information services.

Away from his professional life, Jeff flies paragliders competitively as often as work allows.


MARY WONG
President, Office Depot Foundation


Mary was named President of the Foundation in 2006 after serving as Director of Community Relations for Office Depot since 2000. She serves on the boards of Feed The Children, the United Nations Women’s Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, where she co-chairs the Business Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program. She is a former member of the White House Disaster Assistance Recovery and Volunteerism Committee and served on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Mary was the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 2012 Champion for Drug-Free Kids honoree and was included on the 2013 list of “America's Top 20 Women in Philanthropy, Social Innovation & Civic Engagement” by Michael Chatman, host of #whyigive on Twitter. Mary has been with Office Depot more than 21 years, serving first as a store manager in Minnesota and then as a district manager in Chicago.


PERRY YEATMAN
Principal and CMO, Mission Measurement; CEO, Perry Yeatman Global Partners LLC; Award-winning author of Get Ahead by Going Abroad
@perryyeatman

Perry Yeatman is a Principal and CMO of Mission Measurement, the world leader in measuring social outcomes.  She is also CEO of Perry Yeatman Global Partners LLC and the award winning author of Get Ahead by Going Abroad

Prior to launching her own firm and joining Mission Measurement, Perry was an SVP in Corporate & Government Affairs at Kraft Foods and President of the Kraft Foods Foundation.  During her 7 years with Kraft, Perry was a key advisor to the Chairman and CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, on everything from multi-billion dollar deals to ending hunger.

Perry started her career on the agency side, spending nearly 15 years with leading communications firms.  In 2000, Perry moved “in-house” as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Unilever in North America.

Perry has broad experience in international business.  For most of the 1990s, Perry lived and worked overseas – based first in Singapore, then Russia and finally the UK.  In her various roles, she has served not only as a senior counselor but also as a General Manager.

In 2012 alone, Perry received both the Sabre Award for “Outstanding Individual Lifetime Achievement” and was voted one of the most important in-house communicators in the world. 

In addition to her “day jobs”, Perry is also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, a member of the Advisory Board for the Clinton Global Initiative and sits on the Corporate Partnership Council for Save the Children.  Perry is also an active advocate for women and girls around the world. Follow her on Twitter @perryyeatman.