2015 Conference Organizer

Principal | 108 Technologies
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Steering Committee
Oren is a consultant in the natural products industry for organizations looking to improve their economic, environmental, and social sustainability impact. He implements solutions that improve organizational communication and support brand messaging. With his work Oren promotes ideas, policies, companies and products that prosper from sustainable development and foster social equity. Recent clients include organizations focused on food safety, organic agriculture, herbal supplements, fair trade, biodiversity and healthy lifestyles.
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Director of Strategic Development | Sustainable North Bay
Michael joined Sustainable North Bay as the Director of Strategic Development after writing SNBay’s not-for-profit business plan as the culminating project in his MBA. After an executive career in international business, Michael now facilitates strategies for values-defined organizations wanting to preserve their mission as they scale, pivot, or plan for succession. He writes on topics including systems thinking, the ethics of innovation, and the growth of sustainable practices in the North Bay.
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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | SOMO Living LLC
Brad Baker is the visionary behind Sonoma Mountain Village, an internationally recognized, deeply sustainable, mixed-use community planned to feature 800,000 square feet of commercial space, provide 4,400 jobs along with convenient daily services to the community of 5,000 residents and surrounding neighborhoods.
Founder | The Sustainable Leadership Institute
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Mary O’Connor is the founder of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and The Ecstatic Entrepreneur. She is an expert in helping mission-driven businesses achieve revenue goals in a short period of time. A national public speaker, Mary speaks on Client Attraction, Marketing, and Social Entrepreneurship. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the at Sonoma State and holds a masters in Organization Development.
School of Business and Economics | Sonoma State University
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Steering Committee
Robert Girling is a Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 different countries. He has also taught at the Federal University of Bahia, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the University of the West Indies and American University in Washington D.C. He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women.
Executive Director | SoCo Nexus
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Amee is the Executive Director of SoCo Nexus, a broad reaching and fast-growing innovation community focused on empowering growth oriented businesses and startups throughout the North Bay. Amee is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in Real Estate, Investments and start-up companies.
President | VenturePad
Chris Yalonis is a local, seasoned entrepreneur, market strategy consultant, author and lecturer with 25 years of experience running technology and consulting groups. He is founder and owner of VenturePad, Marin’s newest premier coworking community and entrepreneurship center. VenturePad hosts and supports over 100 mission- driven entrepreneurs, freelancers and non profits. Chris regularly writes, develops educational materials and speaks locally on green management issues as former Chair of the San Rafael Chamber’s Green Committee, co-chair of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference Marin (first SEC to be held in Marin on October 26) and former board member of the Marin Conservation League, Marin’s oldest and most influential environmental advocacy/research group.
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Sustainability Senator | Sonoma State - Associated Students
Allison Jenks is the Sustainability Senator for Associated Students of Sonoma State University. As Sustainability Senator she promotes awareness of sustainability to students, while also advocating for students' perspective on sustainability issues. She has received a $1,000 Greenovation Fund grant toward bike safety, co-authored a Water Bottle Resolution and worked on furthering the composting efforts at Sonoma State.
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Student | Munich University of Applied Sciences
Vera is studying Management of Social Innovations at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. She is fascinated by Social Entrepreneurship and futurology. Vera is bringing job experience in marketing and communications and has worked on different student projects to improve sustainability in various areas. During her studies she gained skills in strategic development, social research and sustainable management.
CEO and Value Creation Coach | Agile Accounting and Management
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Jahn Ballard has worked with performance management software, leadership development, and facilitating collaborative culture for 30+ years. Jahn supports CEOs, Finance Professionals and staff to co-create work environments in which everyone can give their gifts. He has re-imagined and re-designed what is possible for accounting and human resources by creating rapid means for all staff to be unanimous about their business model and direction. He has implemented in over 40 enterprises with 7 published case studies. 3rd Party independent validation shows over a million dollars average implementation impacts.
Student | Sonoma State University
Holly is studying business management at Sonoma State University. She has joined Sustainable North Bay as an intern for the Sustainable Enterprise Conference working on event coordination, marketing, outreach and communications. From this opportunity she has gained more knowledge and understanding about sustainability which has fostered a growing interest for green building and design. She has co-organized Sustainable North Bay’s Future Makers Youth Summit Event. Having a passion for people and working with youth and youth programs in Marin county for 8 years, she is inspired to bring youth together to build relationships and promote a better future. Words to live by: “Push yourself in new directions because you’ll never know what you might be interested in”
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