Opportunity Green Business Conference 2010 Speakers

  • Michela O'Connor Abrams

    Michela O'Connor Abrams @dwell

    President and Publisher
    Michela O'Connor Abrams is the President and Publisher of Dwell, the award-winning design and lifestyle media company. In 2006, Dwell hit the coveted Adweek HotList as well as the Advertising Age A-List, and was a Cappell's Circulation Top Ten Performer for the second consecutive year. In 2005, Ms. O'Connor Abrams helped see Dwell to its first major award when the magazine won General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards.

  • William Acevedo

    William Acevedo

    Wendel Rosen Black and Dean
    William leads WRBD’s Green Business Practice Group - an experienced group of attorneys who advise and support companies that value health, the environment, and a sustainable economy. He advises clients on various business issues related to green building and participates in organizations committed to promoting the development of sustainable business practices. Bill's green business clients tend to be media-based companies that focus on sustainability issues. They typically require legal services pertaining to entity formation, general business advice, contract negotiation/drafting, trademark and licensing issues, and employment counseling. Bill has been quoted on green business and sustainability matters in various periodicals, including the San Francisco Business Times, the East Bay Business Times and GreenBiz.com.

  • Gerald Allan

    Gerald Allan @MCAD

    Professor and Chair, Bachelor of Science
    Minneapolis College of Art and Design
    Gerald Allan M.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Minnesota, is a nationally recognized expert on creativity who believes that people can greatly enhance their lives if they understand how to effectively use the inherent creativity that all humans possess. A practicing architect for over 35 years, he is founder and president of Criteria, Inc., an interdisciplinary design firm that coordinates architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, biochemists, physicists, sculptors, painters, and photographers. He has taught in the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture and has been a faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design since 1978, and chairman of Visual Studies from 1979-91. Currently, he’s Chair of Bachelor of Science/Visualization/Advertising. He teaches, trains, and facilitates in the areas of creativity, futures, new product development, and staff development for both the public and private sectors. Selected clients include 3M, General Mills, New York University, and Mayo Clinic. His past projects include: “Five Great Ideas the World Needs” and is the author of an illustrated children’s book: The Horse and the Iron Ball: A Journey Through Time, Space and Technology (Lerner Publishing). Jerry lives with his family in a home on a hilltop overlooking the St. Croix River in Afton, Minnesota.

  • Marc Alt

    Marc Alt @marcalt

    Marc Alt + Partners

    Marc Alt is president of Marc Alt + Partners, a design, research and brand strategy agency dedicated to sustainable innovation. Current clients include MINI USA, Bloomberg LP, The Green Electronics Council, The Consumer Electronics Association, and Lippincott Mercer. As an advocate of business transformation, Marc develops conferences that attract the leading minds in the fields of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and social innovation.

    Marc Alt + Partners - Marc Alt

  • Stuart Anderson

    Stuart Anderson @UrbanTrans

    Stuart Anderson has 24 years of experience developing successful urban and transportation planning strategies. He has conducted regional corridor planning studies and managed traffic mitigation efforts for highway and light rail construction projects. Mr. Anderson has extensive national and international experience in forming public-private partnership to address transportation and air quality issues including the establishment of over 30 transportation management organizations (TMOs). Most recently, Mr. Anderson has advised on the design of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) and developed creative parking management strategies for mixed use developments. Additionally, he was a member of the creative team that developed the concept plan for the Boulder Transit Village. He is a published expert in the field of parking demand management and in assessing and implementing parking management strategies in metropolitan and rural communities as well as high density college and medical campuses.

  • Scott Ballantyne

    Scott Ballantyne @Tendril

    Senior VP of Marketing
    Scott has more than 22 years experience leading international high-technology branding, marketing and business teams with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations. As Senior Vice President Marketing for Tendril, he is responsible for Tendril’s overall brand development and the marketing of the company’s energy management platform to key utility customers and partners. Scott also oversees the company’s product management and segmentation work. He has executive experience developing and implementing global marketing programs with Hewlett Packard, InFocus, T-Mobile, Asia Global Crossing, Dell and Motorola. Scott holds a degree in Physics from the School of Technology at The University of Paisley and an MBA from The University of Glasgow. He serves on the National Advisory Board of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

  • Fridolin Beisert

    Fridolin Beisert @ACCD

    Associate Professor
    Art Center College of Design
    Fridolin Beisert is a practicing design professional who also conducts workshops and lectures for global corporations and executive education institutions. He received his Master’s of Science in Industrial Design on the topic of “Creative Strategies”, which consists of a set of learning techniques that stimulate and liberate the creative potential of individuals to help them apply new conceptual thinking into their work. Currently, Fridolin is an associate professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a focus on teaching creative problem solving, design thinking methodologies, cross-disciplinary team projects and sustainable design strategies. Prior to this role he worked in Tokyo developing futuristic game titles for Sony, formed an international concept design consultancy, played as an underground DJ in clubs on 3 continents, wrote a book on learning design using 3D software and also studied traditional papermaking from a national living treasure in Japan.

  • Raphael Bemporad

    Raphael Bemporad @rbemporad

    Principal and Co-founder
    Raphael Bemporad is principal and co-founder of BBMG, a marketing agency based in New York and San Francisco dedicated to creating innovative brands that reach, engage and inspire today's increasingly conscious consumers. From mission-driven businesses to global nonprofits, BBMG's clients include ShoreBank, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, UNICEF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CERES, SVN, Breast Cancer Fund, Case Foundation, Ocean Conservancy and Harvard Kennedy School, among others. Prior to co-founding BBMG, Raphael served as Communications Director for Do Something and as a press aide to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards. He received his BA in Philosophy with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Paulina and daughter Paloma.

  • Leonardo Bonanni

    Leonardo Bonanni @amerigo

    PhD Candidate
    MIT Media Lab
    Leonardo Bonanni is a doctoral candidate at the MIT Media Lab where he researches and teaches sustainable design. He is the founder and director of the open source project Sourcemap.org, a social network and tool for life cycle assessment and supply chain transparency. Sourcemap emerged from a curriculum he developed and currently teaches at MIT on radical sustainability in product design. Prior to this Bonanni worked as an inventor and a designer in the MIT Kitchen of the Future and the MIT House of the Future. Independently, he also practices architecture, industrial and interaction design.

  • Wayne M. Bos

    Wayne M. Bos

    Minergy Corporation
    Wayne Bos has over 25 years experience in technology related markets and was involved in the development of internet and software projects for the telecommunications and banking and finance industries. Through his commercial interests, Mr. Bos has been involved in a wide variety of development projects and is a diversified investor with interests in public listed companies, commercial property and technology related businesses. Mr. Bos' key roles are that of CEO and Director with key skills in business growth and Mergers and Acquisitions. Many of the projects have included turnaround situations. He has experience in RTW Road Shows, Investment Banking retainers and projects, all facets of marketing and Public Relations with significant media experience as well as numerous speaking engagements.

  • Michael Caslin

    Michael Caslin

    Urgent Venture Capital
    Michael Caslin III is primarily responsible for sourcing, strategic due diligence of Fund investments. Post-investment, Mr. Caslin is responsible for the review of the strategic and executive management performance of the Fund's portfolio companies.In 2008, Mr. Caslin founded URGENT VC to support the development of Sustainable Ventures for Sustainable Cities. Prior to launching URGENT VC, he partnered with UK based NorfolkCharitable Trust to assess why cities thrive or die. He is currently an Advisor to SJF CleanTech Fund of NYC and a Professor at CUNY-Baruch College- Zicklin School of Business and a lecturer at Babson College for Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the graduate and undergraduate level.

  • Michael Crooke

    Michael Crooke @GraziadioSchool

    Distinguished Visiting Professor
    Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management
    Dr. Michael Crooke is a distinguished visiting professor of business practice at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Dr. Crooke is coordinating the launch of the school's new Certificate in Social, Environmental and Ethical Responsible (SEER) Business Practice Program, and will teach the capstone course on responsible business practice. He also teaches graduate-level classes on strategy and leadership for organizational success. Crooke is concurrently an independent consultant counseling various high-growth businesses on strategic issues. Most recently, Crooke led the successful turnaround and repositioning of prAna LLC, an outdoor industry clothing company. Previously, Crooke was CEO of Revolution Living, a group of companies working to change the way consumers and brands interact. and President and CEO of Patagonia, Inc., and Patagonia's parent company, Lost Arrow Corporation. He succeeded Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder, in taking the Lost Arrow post. Crooke currently serves as a director on the board of Earth Day Network, founded by Denis Hayes, the co-originator of Earth Day. Crooke holds a Ph.D. in management from Claremont Graduate University.

  • Mark Dwight

    Mark Dwight @markdwight

    Founder and CEO
    Rickshaw Bagworks

    Mark Dwight is the founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of messenger bags, computer carrying cases, bicycle packs and urban lifestyle luggage. He is also the founder of SFMade.org, an organization supporting San Francisco-based manufacturers. Prior to founding Rickshaw in 2007, Mark was the CEO of Timbuk2 Designs (2002-2006). Before he started designing and making bags, Mark worked at several technology companies, including Cisco Systems (1997-2001). Mark has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University. Mark currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and SFMade, and the Board of Trustees of the Fort Mason Center of San Francisco.

    Richshaw Bags - Mark Dwight

  • Seth Farbman

    Seth Farbman @sethfarbman

    Seth Farbman serves as Senior Partner and Worldwide Managing Director at Ogilvy & Mather, as well as President of OgilvyEarth, its global sustainability marketing group. Based in New York, Seth manages a global portfolio of some of the company's fastest-growing businesses and client accounts. He came to Ogilvy & Mather more than five years ago after a career as a television journalist and a marketing director. Later, he founded OgilvyEarth to advise corporations on 21st Century marketing strategies, which have increasingly included sustainability as a key growth driver and product and brand differentiator. Seth also led Ogilvy's development of “Hopenhagen,” a global campaign which captured popular support for climate change issues and the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen last year.

  • Katie Fehrenbacher

    Katie Fehrenbacher @katiefehren

    Katie has been covering cutting-edge technology, startups and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley for over 7 years. She founded Earth2Tech for the GigaOM network in July 2007 to cover the emerging greentech ecosystem and is also a Staff Writer for GigaOM. She has been a reporter at Red Herring, an editor at Engadget and began her career as a reporter in the Silicon Valley bureau of the largest Japanese daily newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun.

  • Russell Ford

    Russell Ford @ClearEdgePower

    President and CEO
    Clear Edge Power
    Russell Ford joined ClearEdge Power as President and CEO in May 2009. Mr. Ford has more than 25 years of executive management experience in engineering, product development, manufacturing and operations. Prior to joining ClearEdge Power, Mr. Ford served as CEO of Prestolite Electric, a global tier-one supplier to commercial and military vehicle OEMs; COO of Holley Performance Products; SVP of Operations for Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics Division; General Manager of Allied Signal's Gas Turbine Division; and other engineering and manufacturing assignments. Mr. Ford is a Summa Cum Laude MBA graduate of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds Six Sigma Blackbelt and Shingijutzu Lean Expert certifications. 

  • Rana Foroohar

    Rana Foroohar @Newsweek

    Deputy Editor, U.S. & International Editions
    Rana Foroohar is the deputy editor in charge of international business and economics coverage for Newsweek. She conceives and edits a weekly section of breaking news stories, features and guest articles. She also writes economic cover stories and opinion pieces, and pens a bi-weekly column on the global economy. Foroohar oversees Newsweek's team of global correspondents and stringers, directing their reporting on the week's business news. She edits regular columnists such as hedge fund manager Barton Biggs, Morgan Stanley emerging markets head Ruchir Sharma, Yale professor Jeffrey Garten and PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian. She is in charge of economic coverage for Newsweek's annual Davos special issue, which features pieces by world leaders and economic thinkers, and also chairs panel discussions while at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Prior to taking this New York based position in 2007, Foroohar spent six years as Newsweek's European Economic Correspondent based in London, covering Europe and the Middle East. During this time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund's Peter R. Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also worked as a general editor at Newsweek, a reporter for Forbes magazine, and as a writer and editor at various other national and international publications. Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in English literature. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Jason Foster

    Jason Foster @myReplenish

    Founder, CEO
    Jason Foster is the Founder and CEO of Replenish, the creator of a patented, reusable bottle system designed to transform the way household liquid products are packaged and consumed. The company's flagship product is an eco-friendly, Multi-Surface Household Cleaner that saves money for consumers and retailers, making cleaning easier and better for the environment. Prior to Replenish, Jason caravanned in Equity Research for Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Morgan Stanley in NYC and SF, working with some wickedly smart people.

  • Rajit Gadh

    Rajit Gadh @WINMEC

    Professor, Director of UCLA-WINMEC and Director of UCLA-Smart Grid Center
    Rajit Gadh has over 25 years of experience in research and development, creating technology and leading technology teams in the convergence of Mobile, Wireless, and, RF-Sensor Interfaces/RFID for the domains of Smart Grid, Green Energy, Healthcare, Entertainment Media, Retail and Manufacturing.

  • Eric Garcetti

    Eric Garcetti @ericgarcetti

    Los Angeles City Council
    Eric Garcetti is the Los Angeles City Council President and serves as councilmember to the 13th Council District. Prior to his election, Garcetti taught public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California. In 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation selected him as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow. Garcetti studied urban planning and political science at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. He is an avid photographer, jazz pianist and composer. He lives in Echo Park with his partner of 14 years, Amy Elaine Wakeland.

  • Shawn Gehle

    Shawn Gehle @GenslerLfstyle

    Design Director | Associate
    Since joining Gensler in 2006, Shawn has become an integral member of our multi- disciplinary studio, bringing design and technical expertise to some of Gensler’s most significant new projects. His recent work ranges from a 13,000-square-foot private home to the newly completed 2,000,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences at LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. Shawn’s previous experience as lead designer with BNIM, a highly respected sustainable design firm, fueled his passion for and exploration of emerging materials and technologies, and reinforced his commitment to designing for a fragile environment.

  • Kristin Glass

    Kristin Glass @LeadingHotels

    Marketing Manager
    The Leading Hotels of the World
    Kristin Glass is the marketing manager for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and spearheaded the first sustainability efforts for the company in 2007. Kristin was the driving force behind The Leading Green Initiative, a program developed in partnership with Sustainable Travel International (STI) whereby Leading Hotels provides consumers the option of having a carbon-neutral travel experience, in addition to making the financial contribution on their behalf to offset their energy consumption. Today Kristin works to deepen the company’s commitment to sustainable tourism and played a key role in the development of the Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS), the only global environmental certification program specifically designed for luxury hotels. Prior to joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Kristin owned and operated her own tourism marketing company, Destination Marketing Services, based in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Nat Goldhaber

    Nat Goldhaber @ClaremontCreek

    Managing Director
    Claremont Creek Ventures
    Nat is the resident expert on energy conservation and management systems.  His focus in these investment areas is built on twenty years of experience in IT as: CEO of Cybergold, founder of Centram Systems West, founding CEO of Kaleida Labs and Vice President of Sun Microsystems. Prior to his business career, Nat served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor, William Scranton, III. He ran the state's Energy Agency as its Interim Director. Some past investments include: Ask Jeeves, Shiva and Macromedia. Nat holds a Master's degree in Education and is an emeritus member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, as a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce and is a Board Member of the Federation of American Scientists. Nat lives in Berkeley, California with Marilyn, his wife of 31 years.  

  • Betsy Henning

    Betsy Henning @AHAwriters

    Betsy Henning, Principal at AHA!, a marketing communications firm in Vancouver, Wash., helps clients develop compelling corporate responsibility stories and deepen engagement with their brands. She is an expert communications strategist, specializing in business development and consumer marketing. Betsy consults with clients -- from Fortune 100 high-tech giants to startups -- on strategic communication, integrated messaging, and brand voice, tone and manner. For more than a dozen years, Betsy has been a consultant to Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, the annual Pop!Tech conference, Columbia Land Trust and other organizations.

  • Lex Heslin

    Lex Heslin

    President, CEO
    Beautiful Earth Group
    Lex Heslin is a sustainable energy developer whose goal is to improve the environment by creating reliable sources of clean, green power. Lex worked in power generation finance at Sanwa Bank in Tokyo, then at Goldman, Sachs & Co., before becoming president of a real estate investment firm in New York. He founded Beautiful Earth Group in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 to develop utility-scale solar and wind power generating facilities. Beautiful Earth (BE) develops and invests exclusively in non-carbon emitting electricity generation. BE is committed to helping the world change its dependence on fuels that pollute our planet to the utilization of power sources that lead to sustainable, life enhancing relationships between humans and the earth.

  • Tony Huffman

    Tony Huffman @BP_America

    Director, Strategic Cooperation
    Tony is a dynamic, self-motivated leader with a passion for developing B2B and B2C opportunities including: corporate strategy; design led innovation, marketing, branding, and sustainable business models for leading energy and retail brands including BP, Arco, Amoco, Castrol and AMPM. In 2001, he utilized his expertise to create BP's Bluesky Innovation program, a grassroots movement that led to the development of a formal global innovation team that focused on ideation, concept development and rapid prototyping of new ideas to accelerate the offer development process. In his current role as Director of Strategic Cooperations, Tony is responsible for evaluating and developing low carbon business models by working closely with strategic customers, partners and nascent industry experts, to help accelerate the transition and “jump the gap” to a low carbon economy.

  • Holly Heline Jarrell

    Holly Heline Jarrell @GfKAmerica

    Group Managing Director
    Holly Heline Jarrell is Group Managing Director of the GfK Roper Consulting and Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications practices of GfK Custom Research North America. In this dual role, she directs GfK's syndicated consumer trends and consulting services, including GfK Roper Reports®, GfK Roper Reports® Worldwide and GfK Roper Green Gauge®,™ the nation's longest running environmental survey and consumer segmentation. Jarrell also leads the firm's advocacy, public opinion, corporate reputation and communications research activities. Whether conducting primary research or trend-spotting, exploring consumers' relationship with green issues has consistently been a part of Jarrell's career. An expert in generational marketing, she was Editor of Public Pulse®, the firm's newsletter on what people are thinking, doing and buying today and in the future. Prior to GfK, she was Global Director, Insights and Research for MS&L, a top-10 global public relations firm. In this capacity, she was instrumental in developing insights-based thought leadership for the firm's marketing to women, consumer health, and word of mouth marketing functions, as well as MS&L's Eco Network, the firm's environmental practice. Jarrell is currently an elected member of the Institute for Public Relations Commission on Measurement and Evaluation and the Market Research Council.

  • Anya-Kamenetz

    Anya Kamenetz @fastcompany

    Staff Writer
    Fast Company
    Anya Kamenetz is a staff writer for Fast Company and the author of the new book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. The Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize for contributions to the feature series which became the book Generation Debt in 2006. She has written for The New York Times, appeared on CNN and National Public Radio, and been featured as a “Yahoo! Finance Expert.” A frequent speaker nationwide, Kamenetz blogs at FastCompany.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and DIYUBook.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

  • Terry Kelogg

    Terry Kellogg @1percentFTP

    1% for the Planet
    Terry has worked and studied at the intersection of business and the environment for two decades. His focus areas have included mining issues at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, renewable energy and marketing at Green Mountain Energy and sustainable business practices at the Timberland Company. Through work with both for profit and non profit organizations, Terry has gained a deep appreciation for the role that each can play in affecting positive change. In 2000, Terry became the first staff person at Timberland dedicated to minimizing the company's environmental footprint and supporting new markets for sustainable products. As Director of Environmental Stewardship, Terry reduced the company's carbon footprint by more than 15%. In 2005, Terry joined 1% for the Planet, and has since grown membership from 92 to nearly 1400 companies in 38 countries around the world. Terry has a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and a MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University.

  •  Bill Kelly

    Bill Kelly @SunPower

    Managing Director
    Bill Kelly serves as managing director, California, for SunPower Corporation's System's Division, focused on designing and building large scale solar electric systems. He is a professional engineer, with more 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, building systems and energy efficiency. Kelly's work includes establishing successful partnerships with the leaders in public education in California, while developing and delivering high performing SunPower solar systems for schools. He is known for his innovation, energy technology expertise and an unwavering commitment to exemplary customer service. Prior to joining SunPower, Kelly worked in energy engineering, project management and operations at a leading energy services company. His work there included integrating solar systems with energy efficiency and demand side management solutions. Kelly is a CA licensed engineer, and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • Tim Kenyon

    Tim Kenyon @GfKAmerica

    Manager, Consulting
    Tim Kenyon is a Manager for GfK Roper Consulting, a unit of GfK Custom Research North America. In his current role, Tim supports a variety of clients who subscribe to GfK Roper Consulting's premier consumer trends services -- Roper Reports® and Roper Reports® Worldwide. Tim is also Director for Roper's Green Gauge Study, the longest running study of consumer environmental Attitudes and Behaviors. Prior to joining GfK, Tim was a Research Analyst for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA). At the NJDA, he spearheaded many research initiatives concerning agribusiness and the environment. Tim has also worked as an analyst for the New Jersey Solid Waste Policy Group at Rutgers University. Within this role, Tim helped to influence recycling policy within the state of New Jersey. Tim studied Environmental Economics at Rutgers. During his graduate studies, Tim was an instructor for the undergraduate class "Economics, People, and the Environment." Tim was also a fellow at The Eagleton Institute of Politics where he studied issues surrounding the environment and agriculture in New Jersey.

  • Doug Kim

    Doug Kim @socaledison

    Director of Advanced Technology
    Southern California Edison
    Doug Kim is director of Advanced Technology in the Transmission & Distribution Business Unit of Southern California Edison. Advanced Technology is SCE’s research and development organization responsible for Smart Grid development, which includes advanced grid technologies, electric transportation, smart metering, and integration of energy smart consumer products. Before assuming his current job, Doug Kim was responsible for the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Program for Southern California Edison. The PEV Readiness Program was created to ensure SCE would be prepared to support customer adoption of plug-in electric vehicles to be introduced in the market by late 2010 by many of the major automakers. Kim joined Edison International, the parent company of SCE, in 1996, working on corporate strategic planning and new business development. Kim received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and a master of business administration degree from UCLA.

  • Andreas Klugescheid

    Andreas Klugescheid @BMWGroupView

    Vice President Governmental Affairs
    BMW Group
    Andreas Klugescheid is Vice President Governmental Affairs heading the newly established BMW Group Representative Office in Sacramento, California. In this function, he manages the companies’ activities in the fields of environmental, mobility and sustainability policies. The geographical area of his responsibilities include the Western Region, but also Latin and South America. Prior to the current assignment, Andreas hold numerous positions within BMW Group, including Spokesman for Governmental Affairs at the companies Munich based headquarters and Western Region Corporate Communications Manager for BMW of North America. He started his career with BMW Group as Head of Clean Energy Communication. Among other activities, Andreas was responsible for BMW Group’s participation in UN conferences like the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development, COP 14 and COP 15.

  • Gopal Krishnan

    Gopal Krishnan @CocaCola

    Senior Director, Global Marketing Innovation and New Categories
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Gopal Krishnan leads product, brand, packaging and business innovation as well as new beverage categories for the global marketing leadership organization of The Coca-Cola Company. With launches of more than two dozen new products across a dozen countries every year, Gopal and his highly talented team are charged to create the next big idea in brands, consumer trends, categories, technologies and routes to market. Recently, his team working with cross-functional and cross-geographic partners, have nurtured the development of the innovate PlantBottle TM package, the Company's entry into dairy-based beverages, and the Company's advancement of naturally-sweetened lower- calorie beverages with stevia. Gopal and his team aspire to create value for the portfolio, for the planet and the people that they serve, hydrating one thirsty person at a time. With two decades of marketing and business leadership with several companies big and small across continents, Gopal is a great believer in the saying, "if it is good for the consumer and good for the planet it will also be good for the business.

  • Jo Kumery

    Jo Kumery

    Director of Culinary Development
    Guckenheimer is an industry-leading environmentally conscious organization dedicated to the promotion of the quality of food, ingredients and operational practices that support and protect the environment nationwide. Jo Kumery is a leader in developing and branding our initiative, “Health, Nutrition and the Environment®” nationwide. She has developed programs on sustainable food practices that promote major benefits for our customers from the standards and guidelines we follow in our kitchens, through our waste management programs and our choice of sustainable serviceware. Jo plays a very large role in the vision, development and growth for Guckenheimer, and for the continued support of new culinary trends, creative endeavors, execution of venues, research, development and training.

  • Hal LaFlash

    Hal LaFlash @PGE4Me

    Director of Emerging Clean Technologies
    PG&E Corporation
    His duties include assessing the state of technologies that will affect how PG&E fills its future resource needs, which includes understanding, evaluating, and supporting emerging renewable energy and other clean energy technologies. Hal has been at PG&E for 30 years, where he has held various positions in energy efficiency, non-utility generation, gas transportation, resource planning, and renewable energy policy. He also held positions at PG&E Corporation in corporate development and business planning. Hal was a member of the Solar Task Force of the Western Governors Association's Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative; he co-authored "Hedging Carbon Risk: Protecting Customers and Shareholders from the Financial Risk Associated with Carbon Dioxide Emissions," which was published by the Electricity Journal; and he is currently an advisor to several non-profit clean tech organizations. Hal was the project director for a successful grant application to the Department of Energy for PG&E's 300-MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage demonstration project. Hal has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College of California.

  • Micah Kotch

    Micah Kotch @cleantechNYC

    NYC Acre
    Micah Kotch serves as Director of Operations for NYC ACRE at NYU-Poly (the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy). NYC ACRE is seeded by a four year, $1.6M grant from NYSERDA to create a business incubator for clean tech and renewable energy companies. Partners in the NYC ACRE initiative include the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City Investment Fund, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and NYU. NYC ACRE resides within 16,500 sq. ft. at 160 Varick Street in downtown Manhattan. Micah is helping to build a supportive environment of entrepreneurs who will make NYC more resilient, while facilitating the growth of an ecosystem of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and international companies that view the energy/climate issue as insoluble problems disguised as incredible opportunities.

  • Sujeesh Krishnan

    Sujeesh Krishnan @thecarbontrust

    Head of Carbon Footprinting
    Carbon Trust LLC
    Sujeesh is responsible for the Carbon Trust’s product carbon footprinting and labeling initiatives in the Americas. He is coordinating work with leading manufacturers and retailers and is working with key government bodies, NGOs, and think tanks around the development of standards. Sujeesh has worked at Ernst Young, GetConnected Inc. a digital services aggregator, and i2 Technologies Inc., a supply chain solutions provider. Sujeesh holds a B.E. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, a M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a MBA from the MIT-Sloan.

  • Oliver Kuttner

    Oliver Kuttner

    Founder and CEO
    Oliver is a commercial real estate developer who was pivotal in turning Charlottesville, Virginia’s blighted downtown into one of the best places to live in the USA.  Today, his enlightened and environmentally responsible methods are revitalizing Lynchburg, Virginia.  Practicing what he preaches, Oliver placed Edison2’s offices and assembly facility in a formerly abandoned 360,000 square foot textile factory.  He has transformed this example of urban decay into a renovated facility that now houses over 24 businesses and many residences. This important work demonstrates Oliver’s ability to lead complex projects, build business relationships, and deliver results.  His broad experience also includes award-winning building design, sports car racing prototype construction, and fathering the recent ALMS Ford GTR.  Oliver is a former BMW, Porsche, and Audi franchisee, and a collector of Italian cars.

  • Ashish Malik

    Ashish Malik

    Senior Vice President of Global Marketing
    Ashish Malik is Senior Vice President of Marketing for AgraQuest, Inc., a global leader in the discovery , production and distribution of highly effective biopesticide technologies which are accelerating the next green revolution in agriculture through ‘low chem solutions'. Ashish came to AgraQuest in April, 2008 from Syngenta, where he served as Head of Commercial Operations for the Home Care Division. During that time he was responsible for the overall leadership of the newly developed division, where he defined growth strategies, developed go-to-market approaches and identified opportunities for brand value building. Prior to his five years with Syngenta, he worked for Imerys, where he was Business Unit Director, and for BF Goodrich, where he served as Market Manager. Mr. Malik holds an MBA with concentration in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper school of Business, and a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College.

  • Marvin Martinez

    Marvin Martinez @laccd

    President - Los Angeles Harbor College
    Marvin Martinez began his tenure as President of Los Angeles Harbor College in August 2010. He was named as the first Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development (“E&WD”) for the Los Angeles Community College District (“LACCD”) in January 2008. In his role as Vice Chancellor, he is responsible for providing leadership in the development and support of workforce development programs with all nine colleges in the district. His role is also to serve as a liaison with the City and County of Los Angeles, as well as state and federal agencies to support LACCD’s workforce development agenda. During his tenure, LACCD has raised more than $20 million in economic and workforce developments grants. LACCD has emerged as the top job training agency in Los Angeles.

  • Stephen Meade

    Stephen Meade @StephenMeadeLA

    President and Co-Founder
    BigBamboo, LLC
    Serving as Chairman and “Resident Rainmaker” of BigBamboo, LLC,  Mr. Meade is the visionary, creator, recruiter and team builder for the companies that make up the BigBamboo family. The current “PET” project, www.MyWetRock.com is an exciting product based around the conservation of water, plastic, and power. MyWetRock is a simple, yet possibly revolutionary new consumer item for conservation and education. The ability to save water in today’s global environment is a paramount and pressing concern. “If you could change the world in under a minute….would you?” Mr. Meade is a proven entrepreneur leader, and speaker having presented at organizations including USC, UCLA, Northwestern University, Harvard, SAG (Screen Actors Guild), AMA (American Marketing Association), and more. Mr. Meade is a Founding Member of KnockNOW- a non-profit created to accelerate the opportunity for entrepreneurs, is on the advisory board of the International House of Blues Foundation- Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum (www.mitefchicago.org ), Eventric, AgileCo.net, and several others, as well as being an avid soccer and volleyball player.

  • Jeff Mendelsohn

    Jeff Mendelsohn

    President and Co-Founder
    New Leaf Paper
    Jeff Mendelsohn founded New Leaf Paper with the mission of driving a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. Jeff envisions a complete redesign of the industry to incorporate the principles of sustainability. His product innovation and vision are making an impact. Since it was founded in 1998, New Leaf Paper has driven real change in the marketplace, and inspired some of the largest paper companies to pay attention to environmental concerns. Jeff's interest in socially responsible business transcends the goals of New Leaf Paper, and he actively works to support the growth of the socially responsible business community.

  • Eyrique Miller

    Eyrique Miller

    Vice President in Investment Banking
    J.P. Morgan
    Eyrique Miller is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan, where he works in Clean Tech and Natural Resources Investment Banking (IB).  Mr. Miller divides his time between covering traditional chemical companies and helping lead an effort to expand the firm's alternative energy and cleantech IB coverage.  Prior to assuming this role, he held an appointment as a White House Fellow spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations.   As a Fellow at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he worked with the private sector and multiple government agencies to identify opportunities to create green jobs from the Recovery Act and energy & climate change policy. Before becoming a Fellow, Mr. Miller worked as an investment banker at Citi in technology and chemicals. In addition to his work on domestic challenges, he has spent time working on issues in emerging markets with Endeavor, a global non-profit focused on high-impact entrepreneurs, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency focused on reducing poverty through economic growth.

  • Irwin Miller

    Irwin Miller @GenslerLfstyle

    Irwin Miller is an architectural designer in the Mixed Use/Entertainment practice in Gensler Los Angeles office. He serves on the firm's Retail taskforce and the Southwest Regional Learning Council. Noteworthy projects include The Sales Office for MGM Mirage CityCenter in Las Vegas, The Nomadic Museum in Santa Monica and Majestic Cruises flagship vessel based in Curacao. Miller holds bachelor of arts and bachelor of architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and a masters of architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

  • Irwin Miller

    Maria Moyer

    WINK Communication
    Maria has been at the confluence of design, communication and sustainability since the eco-congnescenti were still arguing about whether the word “sustainability” was the right one.  Just out of college, she formed UCLA’s first professional recycling and environmental procurement program.  In San Francisco, she worked with an environmental consulting firm before being hired by Gap Inc. founders to develop and lead Gap's first environmental program. For eight years, her responsibilities included not only communication, but working with teams in product design, sourcing, purchasing and store construction. Today, she runs WINK Communication--a consultancy specializing in values-based communication and presentation coaching. Much to her amusement, her clients are well-respected designers and executives who run companies and lead inspired lives in New York and San Francisco. Maria loves living in Manhattan but readily admits this might be because she can frequently visit her home and garden in the Bay Area.

  • Heidrun Mumper-Drumm

    Heidrun Mumper-Drumm @ACCD

    Director of Sustainability Initiatives
    Art Center College of Design
    A graphic designer and letterpress printer, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm is an associate professor and the Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Art Center College of Design. Since 2003, her focus has been on the incorporation of sustainability principles into design education and the design process. As a former environmental engineer for Bechtel and Parsons Engineering, her background includes nuclear, geothermal, solar and wind energy projects, as well as environmental management for NASA and the US Air Force. She has been applying this experience, as well as current thinking about sustainability, to reframing the design process to enable designers to create more sustainable products and services. This 'lifecycle design' approach expands the definition of design beyond form and function and to the goal of form, function and sustainability.

  • John Murphy

    John Murphy @SeventhGen

    Vice President of Sales and Distribution
    Seventh Generation
    As the Senior Vice President of Sales & Distribution at Seventh Generation, John Murphy has been with the company for the past 7 years stewarding annual double digit brand growth and development across a variety of retail channels. John started his career over 20 years ago on the West Coast with a start up specialty frozen dessert Company called Honey Hill Farms. After 10 years at Honey Hill Farms, he was hired by North Castle Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in healthy living and aging brands to lead the growth and development of a newly acquired business, Mountain Sun Organic Juice. During his tenure at Mountain Sun, John and his team created the leading brand of Organic Juice nationally in both the Natural Food and Conventional Food Channels. He is passionate about building organizations committed to brilliant product, design, brand and people, where at every level imagination, innovation and strategic thinking is fostered and developed.

  • Jennifer Orgolini

    Jennifer Orgolini @newbelgium

    Sustainability Director
    New Belgium
    Jenn started on the bottling line at New Belgium over 17 years ago. Subsequently, she became NBB's first CFO and, later, COO. As Sustainability Director, her initiatives include creating a Sustainability Management System, writing the company's first corporate sustainability report, completing a life cycle assessment of the carbon footprint of a six pack of Fat Tire Amber Ale, and securing over $1 million in funding from the Department of Energy for peak electrical load reduction. Jenn received a B.A. in Humanities from Washington College in Maryland. She has an MBA in Finance from Regis University and completed the course work for a Masters in Applied Ethics from Colorado State University.

  • Chris Paine

    Chris Paine @chrispaine

    Writer / Director
    Who Killed the Electric Car?
    Chris Paine is the writer/director of Who Killed the Electric Car?. This first feature film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its release by Sony Pictures Classics to become one of the most successful documentaries of the last five years. His latest film is Revenge of the Electric Car. Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now and Science Friday on NPR. He's toured nationally at venues including Princeton, Brown, Stanford, the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, the James Baker III Institute in Houston, and Google. Chris has served as executive producer on the motorcycle racing film Faster! with Ewan McGregor and No Maps For These Territories with cyberpunk author William Gibson. His forthcoming film is Mark Neale's Charge! featuring the world's first electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man. On the entrepreneurial front, Chris co-founded Internet Outfitters, an early player on the web and Mondo-tronics, a materials provider for the Mars Pathfinder mission. His 21st century demonstration home "Marrakesh House" in Los Angeles hosts green events and charges its electric cars (and bikes) exclusively using solar power. Chris graduated from Colgate University in New York and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He supports the work of the Rainforest Action Network and serves on the board for Impro Theater and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

  • John Picard

    John Picard

    John Picard and Associates
    John Picard is a renowned environmental builder and technologist. He began his career in sustainability in the late 1980's, as one of the first to apply green construction standards to the residential home market. Almost overnight, John became recognized nationally for the design and construction of his own self-sufficient solar houses, his natural systems approach to engineering, and revolutionary concepts for energy-efficiency and business strategy.

  • Dr. Corinne Reich-Weiser

    Dr. Corinne Reich-Weiser

    Vice President of Research
    Climate Earth
    Dr. Reich-Weiser is an expert in supply chain decision making to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, as well as business appropriate life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies. She is Vice President of Research for Climate Earth, the environmental accounting company based in San Francisco, where she oversees corporate engagements. Corinne has authored numerous papers and reports including "Greenhouse Gas Return on Investment: A New Metric for Energy Technology," and "Metrics for Sustainable Manufacturing". She holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley's Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability.

  • Courtney Reum

    Courtney Reum @VEEV

    Courtney Reum is the founder of VeeV, the World’s First Açaí Spirit and the first green alcohol brand. One of a handful of high-profile young entrepreneurs focused on increasing eco-awareness and social responsibility among 20- and 30-something consumers, Courtney conceived the idea to develop “a better way to drink” after noticing what he perceived to be a lack of differentiated products in the marketplace and the desire to create something that would better one’s life, conscience and ultimately their cocktail. Courtney launched VeeV after a successful career at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banker in New York and Sydney, Australia working with clients such as Vitamin Water, Under Armour, Fortune Brands (maker of Jim Beam) and Vin & Sprit (Absolut). Courtney is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City and holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy with distinction and is a member of YPO in Los Angeles.

  • Rick-Ridgeway

    Rick Ridgeway @patagonia

    VP of Environmental Programs and Communication
    Rick Ridgeway is currently Patagonia's Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects. Rick and his team develop, implement and promote the second two of the company's three-part mission statement to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. In this capacity, his department oversees the company's environmental grant-making, internal and external environmental education, and special multi-year environmental projects including Freedom to Roam, a coalition founded by Patagonia to seek protection for wildlife corridors. Rick is also recognized as one of the world's foremost mountaineers and adventurers, and is known to many through his writing, photography and Emmy award-winning filmmaking. He is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. Rolling Stone magazine called Ridgeway “the real Indiana Jones”, and recently National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

  • Roger Riedener

    Roger Riedener

    Roger Riedener is the chief executive of E-Tracer, the company that once raced in Formula Three. The 53 year old was born in Zurich and lives in Winterthur. He has been Peravas's CEO since 2009. He drove the Tracer in the X-Prize competition. In 1989, he bought the first version of the petrol Tracer and transformed it into an electric vehicle.

  • Liba Rubenstein

    Liba Rubenstein @NWScorp

    Director, Global Energy Initiative
    News Corporation
    Liba Wenig Rubenstein runs News Corporation's Global Energy Initiative (GEI), the company-wide commitment to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations – including over 100 companies on 5 continents – and to engage with its one billion customers, fifty-thousand employees, and hundreds of business partners on the issues of energy and climate change. Ms. Rubenstein joined the News Corp. family in 2006 when she founded the IMPACT Channel for causes and politics on MySpace and managed its Public Affairs team, launching groundbreaking initiatives around climate change, Darfur, ‘viral' fundraising, and the US Presidential election. Most recently she spent a year in London spearheading the energy, environment, and corporate social responsibility program for News Corp's UK newspaper subsidiary. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Rubenstein graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in American Studies.

  • Stuart Rudick

    Stuart Rudick @mindful01

    Mindful Investors LLC
    Stuart Rudick has been a practitioner, leader and investor in the health and sustainability-focused community for over 30 years. He is the Founding and Managing Partner at Mindful Investors, LLC, a leading U.S. Private Equity fund focused on investments in healthy and sustainable consumer products companies. Mr. Rudick's sustainable industry Board involvement includes: founding Board member and past Chairman of Waterkeepers (Baykeeper) of Northern California and current Board Member for BluePlanetRun Foundation. Affiliations he is actively involved with include: B Corporation, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Investor's Circle, NRDC, Rainforest Action Network and Friends of the Earth. Mr. Rudick earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Lancaster, UK and MBA program at Golden Gate University.

  • Sandra Sanchez

    Sandra Sanchez @orGLAMic

    TV Host and Producer
    Recently featured on The Huffington Post, this seasoned reality TV host and producer combines her television expertise with her lifelong passion for the environment. In 2008, Sandra launched www.orGLAMic.com - the online resource for “sustainable luxury living.” Her involvement in the green community has led to her work as a traveling correspondent on “G Word” and as a producer on “Hollywood Green” both airing on Discovery Channel's Planet Green. Most recently, Sandra hosted “ABC Stars Go Green.” Sandra began her performance training at Washington School of Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and the Chautauqua School of Dance. At the age of 17, Sandra moved to Los Angeles to attend The University of Southern California. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the Keck School of Medicine in 2002.

  • Laurenz Schaffer

    Laurenz Schaffer

    BMW Group DesignworksUSA
    Laurenz first worked as a product designer with renowned design studios in Stuttgart, Munich, and San Francisco, before joining the Munich Studio of BMW Group DesignworksUSA in 1998. In the year 2000 he took over management of the Munich Studio.  From the start, Laurenz was fascinated by the concept of this unique subsidiary which with studios in California, Munich and Singapore, has acquired international renown in the world of design.

    In his role as President, Laurenz focuses in particular on the ongoing development of DesignworksUSA as an international consultancy for strategic design, product, automotive and transportation design, and as a specialist in innovation and brand strategy.

  • Andreas Schierenbeck

    Andreas Schierenbeck @SiemensII

    President, Building Technologies
    Siemens Industry Inc.
    As President of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry and an expert in sustainable technologies, Andreas will discuss the role technology plays in sustainable urban development—now and into the future. He will address key aspects of sustainable city infrastructure, focusing on buildings—the structures that define our daily lives—and the energy and resources they consume. Energy efficiency is the key to our cities' sustainable future and Andreas will reveal how smarter buildings, combined with smarter power transmission grids can deliver a cascading array of economic, social and environmental benefits. Siemens is a true leader in sustainability, and through its people, products and solutions it offers answers to some of the world's toughest questions.

  • Seth Seaberg

    Seth Seaberg @trexa

    Founder and CEO
    Trexa LLC
    Seth Seaberg is the founder and CEO of TREXA LLC, the first modular electric drive vehicle (EDV) platform. TREXA partners with major OEMs and low-volume manufacturers of specialty vehicles to build and commercialize applications on the platform, and then provides warranty and technology support to end users. Prior to founding TREXA in 2005, Seaberg co-founded EDrive™, developer of the first publicly-demonstrated lithium-ion plug-in hybrid (PHEV) retrofit system for the Toyota Prius. Well before EDrive, he identified the imminent demand for clean technology and started his first advanced vehicle venture in 2002 when he launched EVO®, the world’s first alternative fuel limousine service in Los Angeles. In 2010, Seaberg was awarded a Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. He was personally honored for his work by President Bill Clinton at the US Conference of Mayors in 2007. Seaberg lives in Venice, California with his wife, Clare Carey, and two children.

  • Yalmaz Siddiqui

    Yalmaz Siddiqui @officedepot

    Director, Environmental Strategy
    Office Depot
    Yalmaz Siddiqui, is Office Depot's Director of Environmental Strategy. He is responsible for setting strategic direction and integrating a wide range of environmental programs into the global organization. Yalmaz's internal role is to initiate, facilitate and communicate environmental programs that are then implemented through Office Depot's core functions such as merchandising, purchasing, construction and marketing. He also helps educate suppliers and customers on environmental issues and opportunities. His goal is to help improve the environmental performance of Office Depot and its range of stakeholders. Yalmaz came to Office Depot from IBM Business Consulting Services where he was a Senior Consultant in Customer Relationship Management, and author of the first global study on environmental purchasing of wood and paper products. He is on the Board of Advisors of EPEA, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool); Chairs the Green Board of Delray Beach; is on the Steering Committee of the Green Products Roundtable and was the only Private Sector recipient of the Responsible Purchasing Network's 2009 Responsible Purchaser of the Year Award.

  • Steve Sprinkel

    Steve Sprinkel

    The Farmer and the Cook
    Steve Sprinkel has been farming organically since 1975. A former associate editor at ACRES, USA and a career organic certification and regulatory expert, Steve is active regionally as the president of the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture and nationally as the board president of the Cornucopia Institute. He has a 12 acre organic farm in Ojai and co-owns with his wife, Olivia Chase, The Farmer and The Cook, an all-organic vegetarian bakery/restaurant and grocery in Ojai.  

  • Rich Steinberg

    Rich Steinberg

    BMW Group
    Richard Steinberg is responsible for leadership of the BMW Group Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) programs in the US market including the MINI E and BMW ActiveE programs. Most recently Steinberg held the position of Manager, Product and Aftersales Strategy for MINI USA. In this role, Steinberg was responsible for strategic planning to determine future product concepts, features and technologies and develop pricing and volume strategies for the brand's model lineup Before joining BMW Financial Services, Steinberg held various positions at Nissan Motor Corporation where he began his automotive career in 1984. Steinberg received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  

  • Jimmie Stone

    Jimmie Stone

    Partner and Chief Creative Strategist
    Green Team USA
    Originally from Venezuela, Jimmie began his career at McCann-Erickson Uruguay as an Art Director, leading the charge on brands such as Nestlé, Coca-Cola and Conrad Hotels. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the United Nations Integrity in Advertising Award, and the prestigious International Design Review from ID Magazine. For over a decade, Jimmie has helped shape Green Team's mission of awakening brands – such as Johnson & Johnson, WWF, Lindblad Expeditions, Royal Caribbean Cruises International and KIND Healthy Snacks – and positioning them to succeed in a new world that demands authenticity and responsibility. His most recent projects include a global oceans awareness campaign for National Geographic and a groundbreaking academic partnership with the Minneapolis School of Art and Design that fuses education and sustainability. As a Planetarian, Jimmie understands the urgency of waking up to the interconnectedness of our economy, our environment and our well-being. At his core, he is an insightful conceptual thinker and devout student of Sun Tzu, drawing inspiration from Marcel Duchamp, Marshall McLuhan and Tibor Kalman.

  • Brian Suckow

    Brian Suckow @CiscoSystems

    Director, Innovations Practice Internet Business Solutions Group
    Cisco Systems
    Brian Suckow is a director in the innovations practice for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). In this capacity, he focuses on helping Cisco's top customers adopt innovative solutions to improve collaboration and to address operational and strategic opportunities in the emerging Green space.
    Prior to Cisco, Suckow served as a management consultant in the strategy and eCommerce practices at McKinsey and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Suckow has also held marketing, business development, and strategy development positions at Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, and several Silicon Valley start-ups. He began his career as an R&D engineer at ARCO, developing new products and manufacturing processes.
    Outside of the corporate sector, Suckow had conducted pro bono management consulting engagements for nonprofit social services and education organizations through the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team. He has also served as an intern in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the federal government.
    Suckow has bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford, where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

  • Boise Thomas

    Boise Thomas @PlanetGreen

    Alter Eco/Planet Green/Discovery Channel
    Boise Thomas is the fresh face of Adrian Grenier's Alter Eco, an environmentally-focused lifestyle show on Discovery Communications' eco-focused channel Planet Green. Boise formerly served as the face of G Living, a modern green lifestyle network, where he wrote, produced and hosted over 100 environmentally-focused shows. He stared in G Living's hip, eco-chic online series The Real G, where he interviewed and worked with numerous green personalities and chefs including sustainability expert John Picard and the founders of Method. Boise has interviewed many celebrities and has covered numerous environmental events including the premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour and the 2007 Environmental Media Awards presented by E! Boise is no stranger to the green space. Raised in Upstate NY, he learned the importance of sustainability at an early age through parents who encouraged an environmentally-minded lifestyle. In his early years, Boise worked as a leader for AmeriCan Adventures, driving foreigners across the US while camping, visiting and teaching about the country's national parks and resources. Following his adventures, Boise spent 7 years in commercial work, booking a total of 71 television spots for many major brands and advertisers. Boise currently lives in Venice, California where he and his wife practice a sustainable lifestyle and are currently developing an eco-oasis in Kansas that they hope to use as a tool to teach others about the importance of sustainability.

  • Gary Toebben

    Gary Toebben @LAAreaChamber

    President & CEO
    LA Chamber of Commerce

  • Adrienne Uy

    Adrienne Uy

    Vice President, US Operations & IT
    Adrienne Uy is the Vice President, US Operations & IT for Spud.com, your local food movement. Spud.com specializes in delivering local and organic produce, and quality grocery essentials to your door in a sustainable manner. Prior to Spud.com, Adrienne served as the Controller for 3TIER, a global, renewable energy information-to-decision company encompassing wind, solar and hydro driven renewable energy resources. Adrienne is a CPA licensed in WA state and holds a MBA from Seattle University.

  • Steve Westly

    Steve Westly

    Managing Partner
    The Westly Group
    Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California - the world's sixth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Mr. Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. In the 2008 election cycle Mr. Westly served as a state co-chair and a National Finance Committee member of the Obama for America campaign.

  • Gaylon White

    Gaylon White @EastmanChemCo

    Director of Design Industry Programs
    Eastman Chemical Company
    Gaylon White is director of design industry programs and global promotions for Eastman Chemical Company. White is responsible for outreach and working with designers and brand owners to help advance design through the innovative use of Eastman plastics, chemicals and fibers. Previously, White was director of business promotion for Eastman Specialty Plastics. He assumed that position in January 1999 after serving two years in Singapore as Eastman's manager of communications for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Eastman in 1992 as manager of executive communications and speechwriter, he held a variety of communications-related positions for Hallmark Cards, Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Control Data Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.

  • Julius Wiedemann

    Julius Wiedemann

    Technology, culture, and communication have always been Julius Weidemann's passions. In 2001, he joined TASCHEN in Cologne, Germany where, as editor-in-charge, he has created titles in a wide range of subjects, from design to pop culture, including Digital Beauties and the popular Web Design and Advertising Now! Series. Julius has lectured on digital culture, publishing, design, advertising, communication, and technology. He was a speaker at TED 2007 (Monterey), Art Directors Club (Madrid), Benetton Fabrica (Italy), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), EFX (Germany), UOL (São Paulo, Brazil), BNDES (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), CMYK Conference (Barcelona), e-DIT (Germany), Plus Design Conference (Birmingham, UK), and Belgrade Design Week (Serbia).

  • John Woolard

    John Woolard

    President & CEO
    BrightSource Energy
    John Woolard is President and CEO of BrightSource Energy. In this role, John brings more than two decades of experience in the energy technology sector as an executive, entrepreneur and investor. Prior to joining BrightSource Energy, John co-founded Silicon Energy, one of the first successful clean tech companies, and was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2003. John is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. John is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club.