Speaker

Andrea Gardner

Project Manager, CH2M Hill

Andrea Gardner is a project manager and the Southwest Region Sustainable Solutions Manager for CH2M HILL, a global planning, design, and construction firm. She guides regional efforts to implement sustainable engineering and design solutions for a range of infrastructure projects. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional.

Alex Szabo

Founder, TheGreenOffice.com

Alex Szabo founded TheGreenOffice.com in 2005 after work as a sustainability consultant and educator. The company works to leverage the purchasing power of values-based consumers in order to speed the transition to sustainability in the office products industry. By offering a full selection of socially and environmentally responsible office products at competitive prices, TheGreenOffice.com empowers individuals and organizations to align their values with action.

Reem Rahim

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Numi Organic Tea

After earning her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Reem switched gears and went on to pursue a Diploma d’Arte in Drawing & Painting from Lorenzo di Medici Art Institute in Florence, Italy and then a Masters in Fine Arts from John F. Kennedy University in their department of Arts & Consciousness Studies. Reem’s hand painted original paintings inspired by her brother & co-founder’s photography grace Numi’s packaging. As Chief Marketing Officer at Numi, she heads all marketing efforts including all package design. In addition, Reem is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, and Arabic.

Heather Kernahan

Senior Marketing Manager, Sustainability, Autodesk

As a leader in design software, Autodesk provides design innovation technology to millions of architects, engineers and designers who are creating the built world around us – from buildings to cars to bridges and shoes. Before joining Autodesk, she has worked in public relations and marketing communications roles for global technology companies and has also spent time in the non-profit sector with the United Way, Amnesty International and the Canadian International Peacekeeping Center.

Aaron Lamstein

CEO, Worldwise, Inc

Aaron Lamstein co-founded Worldwise, immediately after graduating from UCLA, at the age of 22. Eighteen years later, Lamstein has succeeded in developing Worldwise into a leading brand of environmentally responsible consumer products. Worldwise is known as a pioneer in the field and enjoys distribution of its natural, recycled, and organic pet products in over 30,000 retail stores across North America. Lamstein frequently speaks and is interviewed as an expert about issues surrounding the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of environmentally responsible consumer products.

Craig Nelson

Executive Vice-President of Staffing, Nelson Staffing

Prior to joining Nelson, Craig worked for the California State Attorney General's Office as a Public Defender for seven years and worked for the Law Offices of Bowles and Verna as a litigator for three years prior to that. Craig has a Masters of Law from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law. Craig was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990. Craig Nelson joined the Nelson Family of Companies in 2001 as General Counsel and immediately assumed responsibility for the following corporate functions: Legal, Administration, Safety & Risk, and Human Resources. In 2006, Craig became Executive Vice President of Staffing Services, responsible for the management of the Nelson staffing divisions as well as NelsonJobs.

Samuel Tamayo

Vice-President of Operations, La Tortilla Factory

With over 12 years of experience, Samuel Tamayo has worked in food manufacturing, with an emphasis in specialty baking, including research and development, quality control, and operations management. His success in the field reflects his commitment to innovation at all levels, and a commitment to quality. Sam holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, is certified in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America and is an American Institute of Baking Certified Baker. He is currently the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for La Tortilla Factory, located in Santa Rosa, California. Vice-President of Operations, La Tortilla Factory

Stephen Gale

Principal Consultant, Stephen Gale & Associates

Stephen Gale is the Principal Consultant for Stephen Gale & Associates, a business development partnership located in Northern California. Stephen works with socially responsible early stage companies, many of whom have already grown to the point that they are preparing for a funding event – including second or third round venture financing, mezzanine financing, attracting a strategic investor and traditional bank financing, including asset based lending. Sustainable business practices produce cost savings and profit enhancements that can mean significantly better performance over the long run vis-à-vis competitors. For over 20 years, Stephen has incorporated sustainability principles in his work with businesses located in the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.

Cynthia Riggs

Consultant,Women Building Business

Cynthia Riggs, the Business Diva, has successfully started and exited three profitable businesses, including Making It Big, her multi-million dollar mail order/catalog company, which she sold in 2004. A small company with 25 full time employees, Making It Big’s policy manual included the obligation to environmentally healthy and sustainable business practices and the company’s responsibility to uncover and maintain them. Cynthia’s core commitment to green business, sustainability and the triple bottom line has influenced her business ventures since day one.

Miriam Karell

Founder, Three Point Vision

Miriam Karell is founder of Three Point Vision, a consulting firm that inspires business leaders to integrate creativity, community and consciousness into their daily practices. She assists organizations in setting up green teams, developing sustainability programs (assessments, trainings and strategic planning), and getting green certified by the Bay Area Green Business Program. She is former sustainability champion at a medium-sized consulting firm and has a Masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from Blenkinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Kathia & Alexander Laszlo

Co-Founders, Syntony Quest

Kathia and Alexander Laszlo are co-founders of Syntony Quest, an organization that offers consulting, research and workshops in the areas of leadership and organizational transformation for sustainability. They are recipients of the Swiss Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award for their work in social innovation and sustainable development. They impart MBA and Ph.D. courses on strategy, leadership, and systems thinking at six universities in the US and internationally. Kathia completed her Ph.D. in Human Science with a focus on Social and Institutional Change from Saybrook as a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico. Alexander holds a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Reynolds

President & Co-Founder, Indigenous Designs

Matt has over 14 years Experience in organic and fair trade cottage industry production and has been responsible for Spearheading a new production financing model for fair trade knitting cooperatives throughout South America. In addition to their memberships with Co-op America, Social Venture Network, BALLE, Organic Trade Association, and the Organic Fiber Council, Indigenous Designs is a Founding B Corporation.

Dave Shufro

Senior Facilities Manager, Agilent

Dave Shufo has been involved in industrial Energy and Utility management for more than 30 years with experience in the design, operations, and implementation of industrial electrical, HVAC, control programming, water conservation and recently, solar projects. He is currently involved in the 1 MegaWatt Solar implementation at Agilent.

Thomas Jacobson, JD, MCP, FAICP

Director, Center for Sustainable Communities

Dr. Tim Wandling

Faculty Fellow, Center for Community Engagement

Carolyn Pistone

President and Managing Director

Susan Price

Development and Events Manager

Ted M. Tiffany

Associate Principal, Director of Sustainability

Amy Rider

Principal Consultant

Paul Draper

Director of Sustainability

Claudia Sisomphou

Activist in Residence/Senator of Sustainability
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