2016 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-managing Member | Sustaining Technologies and GoLocal Coop
Sustainable Enterprise Conference Adviser
Terry Garrett has been the co-managing member of Sonoma County GO LOCAL and Sustaining Technologies since 2009. He also serves as a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and as a board member of Sonoma County Economic Development Board and also on its Cannabis Task Force. Prior to his work in local economic development, he published local newsweekly newspapers and magazines, and developed marketing programs for local retailers and restaurants. Currently he is co-publisher of the local food industry magazine, Made Local. Later this fall he with Sustaining Technologies will be launching CRED Magazine and CREDx, an online community exchange for the cannabis sector.
Marketing Assistant | Veale Outdoor Advertising
Katie is a part time MBA student and full time worker. She has always had an appreciation for local sustainability and is grateful for the opportunity Sustainable North Bay has given her.
Visitor Center Wine Associate | Robert Mondavi Winery
Jingmei Su was born in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China. She holds a B.A. in English Translation from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China. She permanently moved to the U.S. in 2013. Currently she is an MBA student at the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute, graduating in May 2016. She is interested in learning and gaining experience in all aspects of the wine business. She is concomitantly pursuing her Diploma of Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She is planning on obtaining a certificate in viticulture and oenology program from Santa Rosa Junior College. Jingmei is amazed by the wine industry and thrives in combining her language skills with her wine education. Recently, Jingmei was offered a job by Robert Mondavi Winery in May 2015.
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Schools of Sustainability - Project SOS | Schools of Sustainability
Marika has a MA in Sustainable Development from St Andrews University in Scotland. She is the Programs Director for Schools of Sustainability, a project that runs student filmmaking/sustainability workshops and is making a movie about the future of education. She also consults as a Curriculum Developer at Westminster Woods Environmental Conference Center and is the Sustainability Advisor at Taylor Maid Farms.
Youth Summit Director of Event Design and Logistics | Sustainable North Bay
Nicholas Nobrega is a student attending Sonoma State University where he currently studies Environmental Studies in Energy Management and Design.Nicholas is currently an intern and organizer for the Sustainable North Bay Youth Summit where he outreaches, coordinates, and engages in graphic designing for the event.
North Bay International Studies Project | North Bay International Studies Project
Michelle runs the North Bay site for the California International Studies Project, based at Sonoma State University and supports k-12 educators as they bring global education to their students.
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Youth Summit Director | Sustainable North Bay
Victoria Hernandez is majoring in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, at Sonoma State University. She will be graduating in May 2016. As Lead Intern and Director of the 2016 Sustainable North Bay Youth Summit, Victoria is engaged in outreach and communication.Her passions include music, writing, exploring and honoring nature, human rights, and indigenous cultures.
Co-Founder | Transitioning Life Challenges
Larry grew up in a farming family in Arkansas that had a strong commitment to land stewardship and conservation. This deeply ingrained value has guided his work and career. In 1986, with funding from Hands Across America, he engaged the city of Little Rock, Arkansas to create a "Strategic Plan to End Hunger and Homelessness in 10 years." The Hunger Project then asked him to lead their People-to-people Initiative, a project to generate the conversation for "Taking care of our own in the United States." This led to working in England and Kenya to implement environmentally sustainable technologies in the industrial development process.