"Sharing systemic and economic power tomorrow starts by courageously sharing power in relationships today."
Aniyia Williams is a systempreneur, creator, inventor, tech changemaker, and investor. She is a principal on the Responsible Technology team at Omidyar Network, working to help the tech world live up to its promise of changing lives for the better. Aniyia is also co-founder of Zebras Unite, founder and board chair of Black & Brown Founders, co-convener of the Black Innovation Alliance, co-founder of the Firefly Alliance, and previously founded the fashion tech company Tinsel.
Allie Burns brings nearly two decades of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change to her role as CEO of Village Capital. Prior to joining the organization in 2016, she served as a senior executive at Revolution and the Case Foundation, the venture capital firm and private family foundation created by former AOL executives Jean and Steve Case. In that role, she led the organizations’ communications and marketing teams, and was instrumental in the development of major initiatives including the Rise of the Rest, the Startup America Partnership and the Be Fearless campaign.
Clarence is founder and CEO of St. Paul based, Upsie. Upsie is a venture-backed tech company disrupting the extended warranty industry by creating a win, win solution for consumers. He has raised over $10M from some of the top venture firms in the country including True Ventures, Techstars, Matchstick Ventures, Syndicate Fund (Bread & Butter Ventures) and has a team of 13.
Jay Coen Gilbert is CEO of Imperative 21, a business-led network that believes the imperative of the 21st century is to RESET our economic system so that its purpose is to create shared well being on a healthy planet. Network steward organizations include B Lab, The B Team, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Common Future, Conscious Capitalism, Inc., Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), JUST Capital, and Participant. Imperative 21 builds on Jay’s experience as cofounder of B Lab and the global B Corporation movement. Along with his B Lab cofounders, Jay is recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and McNulty Prize at the Aspen Institute, where he is a Henry Crown Fellow. Since 2016, Jay has been called into antiracism work, prioritizing his own learning and UNlearning while co-convening multiracial and white caucus spaces.
“Meghan is the consummate woman business leader for our time.”
Meghan French Dunbar is the co-founder & CEO of Womxn Led. She is also the founder of World-Changing Women and co-founder and former CEO of Conscious Company Media, the nation’s leading media company dedicated to purpose-driven businesses and social enterprises. The company’s flagship product — Conscious Company Magazine — was the first nationally distributed print publication in the U.S. to focus exclusively on sustainable and conscious business practices. She believes in a world where we redefine success in business to be centered around being in service to all life. She loves running around in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and son, traveling, and eating all the good food the world has to offer.
Veena Harbaugh serves as marketing director for B Lab U.S. & Canada where she works to grow the B Corp movement and increase business leadership on the challenges of our time — racial equity, climate justice, and building an inclusive economy.
As a marketer, Veena is fascinated by the companies that make substantive positive impact, and the leaders driving change in business. This interest led her work on sustainability at Salesforce, overhauling communications at The Natural Grocery Company, and becoming an entrepreneur, running a bike-taxi company with her brother.
Before deciding on business as her lane to make change, Veena was a field organizer in Iowa for President Obama’s 2008 election and worked in local government on policy and communications at the SF Department of the Environment. She conducted original research on the physical impacts of climate change at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and in 2011 was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Veena’s spent equal years in Iowa, Texas, and the California Bay Area where she lives now with her husband and puppy. Crosswords, flowers, and themed parties are three of her favorite things.
"The child of entrepreneurs, Kristine was raised in an environment where structure and rules were always up for debate but morals and values were not. Her parents consistently asked her “what kind of person do you want to be” followed with, “design your life accordingly.” Kristine took the wisdom to heart and has built a career working with values-aligned companies and brands."
Kristine Sloan is the Founder & Principal of soilleir, a strategy consulting firm. A leadership development expert, Kristine is trained in organizational design, small group facilitation, understanding and working within oppositional values, and equity-centered leadership. She regularly speaks and facilitates around the world. Prior to founding soilleir, Kristine was the CEO of StartingBloc, a community-based nonprofit supporting 3200+ entrepreneurs, activists, organizational leaders and organizers in amplifying their impact. In addition to soilleir, Kristine currently serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle. A student of paradox, she feels most at home in vast desert landscapes, hiking through the Rockies, or sitting in front of a really well-designed spreadsheet with an unlimited supply of coffee. She resides in her hometown of Raleigh, NC.
“When do we get to a place when Black, brown and queer creators don’t have to make our stories legible to white funders?” she said. “I think half the time people get no's because white people can’t see themselves in the story, or they can’t see where the audience is.”
Lauren Ruffin is a thinker, designer, and leader interested in building strong, sustainable, anti-racist systems and organizations. She's into exploring how we can leverage new technologies to combat racial and economic injustice. Lauren is a co-founder of Crux, an Albuquerque-based immersive storytelling cooperative that collaborates with Black artists as they create content in virtual reality and augmented reality (XR). She also serves as co-CEO of Fractured Atlas, the largest association of independent artists in the United States. In 2017, she started Artist Campaign School, a new educational program that has trained 74 artists to run for political office to date. She has served on the governing board of Black Girls Code and Main Street Phoenix Cooperative, and on the advisory boards of ArtUp and Black Girl Ventures.She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Science and obtained a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law.
"If [equity] is indeed a core value of ours now, we need to start to redesign everything we’re doing for equity at the forefront. Shifting the way we think about ownership, about governance, about worker engagement… "
Jessica Mason is an entrepreneur, strategist, coach, educator, and angel investor with deep experience leading innovation ventures in the social and public sectors. She lovingly refers to her professional journey as a hummingbird career in which she cross-pollinates between multiple roles and organizations, all with the goal of deepening equity, justice, and shared prosperity for those most marginalized and most underestimated by our current social, economic, and political systems. She is Co-Director at Start.coop, Executive Director of Cooperatives for a Better World, Founder at The Social Impact Studio, Faculty at Foster America, an Instructor of Executive Education at Harvard, and Board Member at Ampled.
Sebastian Velmont has a passion for aligning inclusion within sustainable innovations and digital media. He is the Co-founder of Velmont & Company Inc, the first Black-Owned B Corp in Sustainable Packaging and Certified Minority Business Enterprise with a focus in sustainable consumer products and digital media innovation.
Captivated by the idea that one day investors and enterprises will pursue not only financial but also social return on investment, Sara Olsen started SVT Group, the first impact management firm, in 2001. SVT has gone on to directly train nearly 7,000 individuals in impact management skills, and design and implement systems to assess the social and environmental value of over $9.4B in assets for clients including Techstars, Yo Yo Ma, and CalPERS Environmental Investment Advisor. Olsen is also a founding board member of Social Value US, methodology committee cochair of Social Value International, and cofounder of the Global Social Venture Competition, which for 20 years sparked thousands of social ventures worldwide and equip them with the basics of impact management.
Nicola Brown is a valued strategist, dynamic speaker and creative who is the CEO and founder of KOKORO, a healthcare technology company. Known for her ability to weave complex concepts into accessible narratives, she has a unique ability to build collaborative learning communities that nourish people's innate capacity for healing, connection and being. Most importantly, Nicola cares about your wellbeing and has masses of science-based tools and recipes to help you be.
Jeff Hittner is Lead Facilitator at IVY and founder of Project X, a learning and development company that builds and facilitates leadership development programs across the globe. He has 20 years experience as an entrepreneur, advisor and changemaker. He is the founder of five social ventures, including IBM’s CSR consulting practice globally. In 2011, he developed the curriculum for one of the first MBA’s in Sustainability in the US, at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor.
Today, Jeff is executive coach to CEOs and senior executives on three continents and partner to global organizations focused on youth development, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Jeff received his Masters in Cultures and Development Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from William and Mary in Virginia where he was an elite gymnast. Jeff lives in Valencia, Spain with his wife and their two young children.
Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood.com, a global crowdfunding platform and education provider for social entrepreneurs.
He previously founded Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, worked for Ashoka in Washington DC and for HopeLab in Silicon Valley, and was founding director of the Changemakers Festival with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.
Tom has worked with numerous non-profits, associations and governments to better engage their communities using social technologies and spoken at leading global conferences including SXSW, SOCAP, Purpose, The Social Enterprise World Forum and the Nexus Summit. He is a board member of the Centre for Social Impact, Centre for Civic Innovation and the Social Enterprise Council of NSW and the ACT.
Alexandra is passionate about solving the world’s most complex social and environmental issues by helping organizations reach their full potential. She discovered this passion through a range of work adventures, including: managing international events for a network with members in 73 countries focused on the power of the internet to improve peoples’ lives; fundraising to plant 200k trees and support the climate resiliency of 3000+ smallholder farmers; managing a small grants program for creator of the World Wide Web -- Tim Bernes Lee's organization; co-creating a digital platform to map and connect the global regenerative agriculture movement; and managing customer development at a vertical farming startup. Alex is now operations manager at nRhythm where she fulfills her passion for helping mission-driven organizations grow their impact. Alex is trilingual and has lived in 7 countries in Africa, Europe, and Central and North America.
"We are working to create an interdependent economy to replace the maskless economy of rugged individualism that's killing us. We work with communities of faith to re engage with community economic development."
Kevin Doyle Jones and his wife Rosa Lee Harden are successful serial entrepreneurs, with eight successful media and events startups. They were co-founders of SOCAP, the world's largest social enterprise impact investing conference, and have published business journals, weekly newspapers and trade journals as well as online businesses. After selling SOCAP in 2017, Kevin and Rosa Lee have been working with and in support of marginalized communities, producing Neighborhood Economics conferences, and creating new equitable funding vehicles to solve the racial wealth gap. Rosa Lee is leading their new initiative, Faith + Finance, which is reimagining God’s economy, curating cohorts of practitioners, theologians and faith based investors focused on a new economy of interdependence, replacing the economy of rugged individualism that’s killing us.
"Like all systems, systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity are by design; therefore, they can be redesigned."
Antionette Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this role, Antionette has pioneered an award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist).
Through this capacity, Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, ADCOLOR Innovator, SXSW Community Service Honoree, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, St. Louis Visionary Award Honoree for Community Impact, and Essence Magazine Woke 100.
Antionette is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Google, TED, Capital One, Harvard, Stanford University, Microsoft, NASA, Open Society Institute, and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, Adobe Design, and more.
"When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending."
Hilary Sedovic, LMSW is a transdisciplinary social work professional passionate about supporting the co-creation of approaches that will promote equitable outcomes through systems change. A systems thinker and self-proclaimed evaluation geek, Hilary is forever contemplating interconnectedness, process, leverage points, outcomes, inclusion, access, power, and equity. Dedicated to curiosity and growth mindset, you can often find her pointing at things and asking “Why?” or “Could you say more about that?”
As Learning & Education Director at Creative Reaction Lab, Hilary designs and facilitates multi-session engagements supporting institutions and individuals seeking to better understand and center equity and inclusion in their mindset and practice, develops curricula and other tools for the Equity-Centered Community Design process, and manages evaluation strategy.
Mark’s professional career spans the spectrum from profit to non-profit, from start-up to established, and his academic ‘side-hustle’ has focused on the intersection between theology and our contemporary socio-economic context. Mark has a Doctorate in Theology and Economics from King’s College London, with his thesis focusing on social enterprise as ‘faithful economic practice’.
Mark is the former KLICE award holder for business ethics. Mark has a background in management consultancy and was the director of Cocreate Consulting, a co-operative social purpose consultancy. Prior to RootedGood, Mark was a director of Matryoshka Haus and the Transformational Index Group. Mark was the co-founder of The Paradise Cooperative, an urban farming and education charity in central London. Mark is also a non-executive director of The Curiosity Society. Mark’s dwelling place is outside Detroit, Michigan where he lives with his wife Katie and his three children Ember, Lucas and Elora.
"Mark Elsdon masterfully shares his experience of making faith-focused impact investments from the early stages through the long term. Religious traditions have much to offer the global community about stewardship and the power of money. Elsdon reminds us that there is also great power in the current economic state of religious institutions—the question is, what impact will they seek?"
Mark Elsdon lives and works at the intersection of money and meaning as an entrepreneur, pastor, consultant, and speaker. He is cofounder of RootedGood, which seeks to create more good in the world through social innovation; executive director at Pres House on the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus; and President of the Board of Directors for Working Capital for Community Needs, a Madison-based impact investing fund that provides micro-finance funding to the working poor in Latin America. Mark's book, "We Aren't Broke," about the use of faith-based investments for impact investing, comes out in June 2021. He has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Mark is an avid cyclist and considers it a good year when he rides more miles on his bike than he drives in his car.
Shannon Hopkins is an extreme networker and social entrepreneur living in East London. Her passion for community and individual transformation has launched or influenced the formation of fifteen campaigns, projects, and organizations — and trained over 200 social entrepreneurs. In 2008, Shannon was awarded the Women of the UN and UK’s Annual Woman of Peace Award for The Truth isn’t Sexy, a campaign that addressed the demand side of human trafficking.
As founder and CEO of ImpactableX, Catherine helps social entrepreneurs and their investors leverage data that can drive impact at scale. Her cutting-edge approach to impact modeling democratizes impact data and analytics by delivering a seamless and dynamic UX and generating analytics that uniquely engage investors, driving capital to the innovations with the greatest potential for meaningful impact at scale.
Prior to launching ImpactableX, Catherine served as Managing Director at an award winning impact accelerator, GoodCompany Ventures, where she built multiple global and cross-sector social innovation consortiums designed to catalyze and accelerate the application of new technologies to address the world's most pressing challenges. Her work has been featured in Forbes and the New York Times, among others.
Catherine has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University.
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the GIIN, where he leads the largest global community of impact investors dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Today, Amit dedicates his work to engaging industry leaders, institutional investors, foundations, and leading financial institutions around the world to advocate for greater integration of social and environmental factors in all investment decisions, and to develop the tools and resources needed to effectively mobilize more capital towards impact investments.
Amit has significant experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and previously held positions at Bain & Company, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDs Foundation, and within the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Cheryl Dorsey is the president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that supports emerging social entrepreneurs and invests deeply in their ideas and leadership. A social entrepreneur herself, Cheryl received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. Cheryl has served in two presidential administrations and currently serves on several boards including The Bridgespan Group and Skoll Foundation. She has received numerous awards, including the Pfizer Roerig History of Medicine Award, the Robert Kennedy Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Manual C. Carballo Memorial Prize. Cheryl has been named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50." She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her master's in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Fran Seegull is President of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance which works to increase awareness of impact investing in the U.S., foster deployment of impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem. She also serves as Executive Director of the Tipping Point Fund on Impact Investing—a donor collaborative focused on growing the field and practice of impact investing. Previously, Seegull was the Chief Investment Officer at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—a $1.25B impact investing donor advised fund. Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard and an MBA from Harvard. She serves on the Investment Committee of Align Impact and the Advisory Boards of SOCAP and the CASE i3 Initiative at Duke. She tweets at @franseegull.
Jed Emerson co-authored the first book on impact investing, authored The Purpose of Capital and has written numerous other offerings on the future of capital, ESG and impact. Emerson coined the term "blended value," convened the first working group to formalize an SROI methodology, and led numerous initiatives to advance the field's work.
Aubrey Blanche is The Mathpath (Math Nerd + Empath), Director of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp, and a startup investor, and advisor. She questions, reimagines, and redesigns the systems that surround us to ensure that all people access equitable opportunities. Her expertise covers talent programs and accessible product development to event design and communications. She is the inventor of the balanced teams approach and a culture of belonging, and the Balanced Teams Diversity Assessment in the Atlassian Team Playbook. She open sources these methods and releases thought leadership and tools to create positive change at aubreyblanche.com
Teju is the Founder of GatherFor, which started in response to the pandemic. Believing people closest to the problem are closest to solutions, GatherFor organizes neighbors experiencing joblessness and food & housing insecurity into teams of 5-7 to support each other. Drawing on their resourcefulness and wisdom, these “Neighbor Teams” work together to find and create new livelihoods, care for children, secure stable housing, and more. They receive direct cash assistance, a network of relevant partners, and the training they require as they share stories, resources, and plans to fulfill their needs. Together, they are part of building what we call “The Neighborhood Safety Net.”
Previously, Teju was co-founder and former CEO of [Uncharted](http://uncharted.org/). He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, an Inc Magazine 30 under 30 entrepreneur, and a TEDx speaker. He enjoys reading, meditating, and eating homemade Indian meals made with love by his parents.
Lorenzo Lewis is a social entrepreneur, professional speaker, and founder of The Confess Project, an initiative that centers on mental health and wellness for young men of color. Born in jail to an incarcerated mother, Lorenzo struggled with depression, anxiety, and anger in his youth. At 17, after almost reentering the system of mass incarceration he had come from, he began his journey to wellness. In addition to being a 2020 Rodenberry Fellow, in 2019 Lorenzo received the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multicultural Outreach Award and the American Psychiatric Association Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health, and he was a finalist for the Little Rock Regional Chamber Small Business Owner 30 & Under of the Year Award. Overcoming all of his challenges, Lorenzo earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is now an adjunct professor at Arkansas Baptist College. Lorenzo is a 2020 Echoing Green Fellow.
Danny Wright serves as the Chief Operating Officer of 1863 Ventures. In this role, Danny oversees both internal and external operations, enhancing organizational and programmatic processes. In this role, Danny also supports the execution of 1863 Ventures organizational strategy, fundraising, and external communications. Danny is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and a Summit Fellow. Prior to 1863 Ventures Daniel co-founded GOOD; a collective of social impact organizations working to alleviate poverty on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. At GOOD, Danny served as CFO and Chief Strategy Officer. Daniel’s educational background includes a BA in Government from Georgetown University, an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, a Graduate Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health from Georgetown University, and a Professional Certificate in Budgeting and Finance from Georgetown University.
Rodney is CEO of Common Future. Most recently, he founded Invested Impact, a nonprofit that connected philanthropic and impact investment capital to underrepresented social entrepreneurs. Prior to Invested Impact, Rodney served as Deputy Director of the Warnock Foundation. He previously held leadership positions at BMe, a social entrepreneur network for Black men, and Job Opportunities Task Force, a policy advocacy and workforce development organization. An inaugural Ford Foundation Global Fellow, Rodney serves on the board of directors of Nonprofit Finance Fund and Race Forward, and the steering committee of Justice Funders. He has spoken at Social Finance Forum, Council on Foundations, Global Philanthropy Forum, SOCAP, Open Markets Institute, Skoll World Forum, Brookings Institution, and other stages. His writing has appeared in publications such as Boston Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Quarterly, and he has been featured in Conscious Company, Devex, Forbes, ImpactAlpha, Inside Philanthropy, and The New York Times.
Of Cherokee ancestry, Valerie Red-Horse Mohl is the CFO of East Bay Community Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic ESG outcomes. She is also CEO/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 25 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in ESG. Red-Horse Mohl is the former Executive Director/CEO of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of social impact investing, ESG and sustainable business. She is the Advisory Board Chair of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and teaches two undergraduate courses on Entrepreneurship based in ESG principles and solutions. She serves on the Board of Directors for Intentional Endowments Network & the Crane Institute of Sustainability focused on accelerating ESG into large endowments and managed portfolios.
Brennan leads global fellowship engagement at Echoing Green. In his current role he is responsible for building programming and strategic relationships globally that incorporates organizational social impact, fellow amplification, and racial equity. Previously, he served as Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Portfolio Manager where he invested in, advised, and scaled the impact of social entrepreneurs who started new and innovative organizations dedicated to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys in the United States.
As Director, Special Projects EMEAA, Rachel works on Village Capital’s market building programmes in emerging markets to catalyse the flow of capital to impact enterprises addressing national and regional challenges by working with other leading entrepreneur support organisations (accelerators, incubators and seed funds).
Previously, Rachel worked on the investment team of real estate driven private equity firm, Patron Capital Advisors, and subsequently led strategic projects for their largest portfolio company, Generator, which was sold for €450m in 2017. She then joined the founding team of travel tech startup Tripr App, before joining Village Capital’s Emerging Markets team in Nairobi. She is now based in London.
Alex Pan is an Associate Director at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where he is responsible for designing programs to accompany alumni social enterprises. Alex is an experienced program manager with a background in building the ecosystem that supports social enterprises in emerging markets. Before joining Miller Center, Alex worked for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) where he coordinated ANDE’s global network of regional chapters, facilitated collaboration and knowledge sharing among ANDE’s 240+ members, and led ANDE’s efforts around talent and invention-based businesses. Prior to ANDE, Alex worked for several international development NGOs in China, India, and Uganda. Alex has also worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he assisted in the development of their impact investing policy. He holds an M.A. from George Washington University and earned his B.A. from Colby College.
Sabari is the co-founder of fast growing edtech company, Nepris Inc., a first of its kind cloud-based platform connecting industry and education to inspire students through real world connections and career exposure. She has worked in education technology for 20 years and is passionate about working with educators to translate their needs into scalable technology solutions. She is on the board of Friends of Texas Public Schools(FOTPS), Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and Champions board of Texas Girls Collaborative. She has special interest in engaging girls and minorities in STEM. She also speaks on the topic of entrepreneurship and education technology at such venues as SXSWEdu, Smartbrief, TEDx and TCEA. She was recently announced EY Entrepreneur Of the year for southwest region.
Yancey Strickler is the founder of The Bento Society, the cofounder of Kickstarter, a Distinguished Fellow at the Drucker Institute, and the author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. Yancey began his career as a music critic; he cofounded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects; and he's an angel investor in and advisor to startups including Hopin, Mati, Realtime, System, and Wren. The London Spectator called him "one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever."
Cecilia Wessinger is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and founder of Mass Collaboration. Her work is centered on collaboration, equity and community culture. As a certified Cultural Competency and Unconscious Bias facilitator, she moves conversations beyond diversity and inclusion to connecting, engaging, and belonging. Her entrepreneurship path led to winning start-up competitions, a former lead organizer of the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups and ESHIP Community Activator supporting ecosystem building practitioners nationally and globally, SXSW Pitch Advisory Member and a multiple year US delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. In addition, she currently serves on the board of Startup Champions Network and the Institute for Work and the Economy. She is a former travel industry professional who has lived, worked and traveled throughout the world. Her favorite person is her son, JD who is currently exploring and enjoying his own global adventures; though Bruce Springsteen is high on her list.
Bree Jones is the founder of Parity, an equitable development company that rehabilitates abandoned properties by the block to create affordable homeownership opportunities. At the core of her work is development without displacement – she aims to revitalize distressed neighborhoods while ensuring that legacy residents are able to participate in and benefit from reinvestment. Prior to founding Parity, Bree had a career in finance and investments where she was an analyst at Morgan Stanley, a vice president at Point72 Asset Management, and an investment associate at venture capital firm, Anthemis Group. These roles included deal structuring, capital raises, due diligence, and deal management. Bree has been a lifelong social justice advocate, focused primarily on economic justice, affordable housing, anti-displacement, anti-gentrification, and anti-recidivism. As an advocate, Bree played a pivotal role in the creation of a Community Benefits Agreements in her hometown, and advocated for community protections in local legislation and zoning.
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, teaching, writing and not-for-profit work focuses on creating more environmentally, socially and economically just and resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, project management, and investment firm, to address the challenges of the 21st century. Jonathan has led the firm’s vision, program and growth, developing award winning new projects, investment funds and city plans to model solutions integrating the issues of affordable housing, community development, culture and the environment.The firm is one of the largest acquirers of affordable and mixed income housing in the nation.
Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters’ in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Andre M. Perry is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institute, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. He is the author of the book Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, which is currently available wherever books are sold. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. Perry’s scholarship has been featured on HBO, ABC, CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC and in the Wall Street Journal. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.
Lyneir Richardson is an entrepreneur working to empower urban entrepreneurs and strengthen economic conditions in ethnic and underserved areas across the US. He wears multiple hats, investing in commercial real estate, educating and advising urban entrepreneurs and MBA students, and structuring deals that increase resources for urban entrepreneurs. Lyneir is the Executive Director of the CUEED and an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise funded by prestigious impact investors to stimulate and invest in urban retail development. Chicago TREND has raised over $17M of capital from impact investors. It owns two shopping centers and has invested over $11M in commercial real estate in urban neighborhoods. Lyneir graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School.
Stephanie Swepson Twitty is President and CEO of Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, CED (EMSDC). She is an 18+ year veteran in the Not for Profit Industry. She is an economic development specialist, focusing on small business development asset building and wealth creation. Stephanie manages EMSDC’s day to day operations. EMSDC is located in the "oldest thriving African American Commercial Business District in the country” in downtown Asheville, NC. Stephanie is proficient in fundraising, grant-writing, nonprofit board governance and management. She received her BSM core studies at Montreat School of Adult and Graduate Studies, has a certificate of completion from the National Development Council in Economic Development Finance, is proficient in QuickBooks and nonprofit accounting. Stephanie is regarded as a community thought leader and advocate of small business. She currently serves as Chair of Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Co-Chair of the Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy, and Co-Chair of the Health Equity Coalition.
Aaron Kuecker is Provost at Trinity Christian College, a small liberal arts institution in Chicago’s south suburbs, where he works to help create academic and community structures that are attentive to a deep sense of place and human flourishing. His writing as a New Testament scholar engages the intersection of social identities, economics, and group reconciliation. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.
Kate Byrne is the CEO of KatapultX where dreamers techies and investors meet in service for the betterment of people and planet. Leader in digital media and social impact for 25+ years she's married technology and media to drive change. Recognized as one of 40 Most Influential People in Media. Former executive at Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Inc.,Tides, The George Lucas Education Foundation, and Watermark. Editor of WomenAdvancing.org/ MediaVillage, contributes for Authority Magazine, Marketwatch, Conscious Company, speaker/ moderator (Rotary Club, SOCAP, WCWS, Watermark Innovation, Leadership Summit, Integrate, Shift Summit). Co-Founder of the Stewardship Circle, Advisor to OzoneX, the Epic Fund. Board member of CORO of NorCal, CChange Media, Concord Consortium, and former President of the Board for the UN Women SF Chapter, Coro Women’s Leadership Cohort alum, member International Women’s Forum, Commissioner on the Marin Women's Commission. A Stanford alum, Marin native with hubby and proud mom of two amazing women.
Lindsay is the Head of U.S. Sales at 60 Decibels, a tech-enabled impact measurement company using (mostly) phone-based surveys to listen better to end customers and beneficiaries around the world. Prior to 60 Decibels, she was CEO of SOCAP, convening social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and cross-sector leaders through world-renowned events at the intersection of money and meaning.
Lindsay was previously Strategic Initiatives Officer at ImpactAssets, consulted on corporate social responsibility programs at Entrepreneurs Foundation, and started her career in financial services at Wellington Management and Lord Abbett. Lindsay graduated from Pomona College, where she was a Division III National Champion in water polo, and has an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters.
Leticia Emme is Head of Impact Standards & Engagement at the GIIN where she focuses on the development and adoption of Impact Measurement and Management standards and best practices. Leticia drove the evolution of IRIS, from the catalogue of impact metrics most widely used by impact investors, to IRIS+, the generally accepted system to measure, manage, and optimize impact. Leticia works closely with impact investors to adopt best-in-class IMM practices and manages strategic relationships with other standard-setting bodies to ensure harmonization of impact data. Leticia has over a decade of experience managing and facilitating cross-stakeholder collaboration efforts. Prior to joining the GIIN, Leticia served as Director at the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) where she managed the Social Investor Working Group. Leticia holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina).
Aunnie Patton Power is the founder of Intelligent Impact, an innovative finance advisory firm and a university lecturer on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact. At the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, she holds the title Associate Fellow as well as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business, New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a founding member of the Dazzle Angels, a female angel investing group.
Dr. Astrid J. Scholz is a co-founder of Zebras Unite, a growing global cooperative of founders, investors, and allies who are creating a more ethical, inclusive, collaborative, and sustainable approach to building businesses. She manages Zebras Unite’s capital team. Astrid is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Sphaera, a system design and technology firm dedicated to co-creating global, distributed, democratic infrastructure for mobilizing data, innovations, and capital to solve today’s wicked problems (see https://trillions.global). Astrid was previously President of Ecotrust, a conservation-based development organization with $150M in assets under management. She holds degrees from the Universities of St. Andrews, Bristol, and California at Berkeley
Dama Sathianathan is a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures, Europe's leading early-stage tech for good VC, backing ambitious founders using technology to tackle the world's pressing social and environmental challenges. She's also a member of the YSYS Community Advocates, calling the VC and tech industry for better data and more accountability to provide better access to capital and create equity in outcome.
Vanessa Roanhorse got her management chops working for 7 years at a Chicago-based nonprofit, the Delta Institute, focused throughout the Great Lakes region to build a resilient environment and economy through creative, sustainable, and market-driven solutions. Vanessa oversaw many of Delta’s on-the-ground energy efficiency, green infrastructure, community engagement programs, and workforce development training. Vanessa is a 2020 Conscious Company Media’s World-Changing Women in Sustainable Business awardee and is a 2020 Boston Impact Initiative Fund-Building fellow. She is a retired member of the ABQ Living Cities leadership table, and is a founding member of the Zebras Unite community. She sits on the boards of Native Community Capital, Zebras Unite and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. Vanessa is one of 8 co-founders of Native Women Lead, an organization dedicated to growing Native women into positions of leadership and business. Vanessa is Diné citizen and resides on Tiwa Territory (Albuquerque, NM).
Katya Fels Smyth is Founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative (FFI), a social change organization building an unlikely, national alliance driving structural and community transformation towards a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing—the needs and experiences essential to weather challenges and have health and hope. In 1995 Katya followed the direction of women living on the streets to create On The Rise, a community for women pushed to the margins. Because righting inequities requires structural change—not services—in 2009 she founded FFI, where she’s launched government and community partnerships that shifted narratives, structures and dollars; and the Wellbeing Blueprint, an agenda for structural change in the wake of COVID and this country’s racial reckoning. A former Affiliate of MIT’s CoLab, Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and Echoing Green Fellow, Katya lives in Massachusetts with her spouse, teenagers, and an unwieldy menagerie.
Vanessa Mason is the research director at the Institute for the Future, a 52 year old nonprofit organization that helps individuals, organizations and communities think systematically about the future. Her futures research explores how we can redesign and re-imagine health and well-being across business, social, and civic spheres.
Her newsletter, Future of Belonging, explores how we can redesign tools and remodel approaches to fulfill the basic human need for belonging over the next decade as loneliness, alienation, and exclusion become more pervasive.
Heather Matranga is the Senior Director of Strategic Innovations at Village Capital, where she focuses on capital innovation to catalyze more investment into early-stage, high impact entrepreneurs. She leads the organization's work in identifying new strategies to mitigate bias in investment, including a focus on gender lens investing and innovation financing structures. Prior to joining the team, Heather worked as an attorney advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she provided legal support to help individuals and state and local governments recover from disasters and acted as an advisor to the FEMA’s deputy administrator. Heather holds a J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo Law School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kristy is a multidisciplinary systems thinker with an innate ability to identify leading edge entrepreneurs and align them with untapped opportunities to drive breakthrough change. She was raised in an entrepreneurial family, attained a unique education in both fine arts and political theory, and is a natural facilitator. Her passion and purpose have coalesced around empowering entrepreneurs to affect positive social, environmental and economic change. With more than a decade of impact design under her belt she is a veteran in THIS space and is uniquely positioned to translate how todays ideas become tomorrows impact. decadeimpact.com
Ally Hellenga serves as the Community Manager at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens, Ga. In her role, she helps steward Creature Comforts’ community impact programs: Get Comfortable, Get Artistic, and Brew For One. She also oversees the company's B Corp certification. Prior to joining the Creature Comforts team, Ally worked within the higher education sector at both Wake Forest University and at the University of Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2016.
Stacia Betley believes in using business as a force for positive change and that it is critical to create food not only healthier for people but healthier for the planet. She worked on sustainable strategy in the outdoor gear industry before getting her MBA focused in sustainability and pivoting to the food industry. She is now the Sustainability Integration Manager at Amy's Kitchen where her focus is to embed sustainability into the organization’s ethos and ways of work and get all 2,700 employees aligned around this. She has a specific focus on sustainable sourcing and accountability frameworks and reporting standards.
Michelle Corson launched the various On the Road Companies businesses over the past ten years to bring down costs across the transportation value chain with a goal to replicate the prosperity boom that occurred when the Model T was launched 100 years ago. A car enthusiast and finance geek, she has built her companies as triple-bottom line ESG investment opportunities and is issuing two upcoming sustainability bond deals. She has been actively involved in developing standardization and use cases for the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, as well as the Emerging Technologies group within the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association. She is also the author of "Freedom of Motion: Working Families and the Transportation Revolution."
Michael Cosack is a principal at ImpactWise and brings more than twenty years of business leadership experience, including the qualitative and quantitative analytical skills needed to implement programs and people in a meaningful, measurable and impactful way.
Michael has spent most of his professional career advising the trustees on the investment and fiduciary responsibilities regarding their institutional funds. As an entrepreneur, he has built several organizations, including one of the largest independent investment consulting firms in the Greater Philadelphia region.
His role at ImpactWise is to help institutional money managers, consultants and trustees explore, create and implement innovative impact investment strategies and solutions.
Michael holds an undergraduate degree in business from The College of New Jersey, achieved multiple certifications in both the business and nonprofit industries and is an active member of the CFA Society.
Alex Oh is Founder and Partner at Ohlay, a culture design studio dedicated to building stronger teams in the workplace and more meaningful connections in our communities. Her current work explores the intersection of personal alignment and social healing, asking: how do people connect more deeply with themselves, with others, with their work, and within their communities? Her approach is social journaling, combining personal reflection and community conversation to create new communications for cultural change.
Her work is inspired by her years building accelerator programs for early-stage startup founders and her experiences as a former professional golfer. When she's not advocating for greater equity with Ohlay, you can find her nose deep in her latest book, venturing through LA's many neighborhoods, or cooking up a feast for her friends and family.
Wole C. Coaxum is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobility Capital Finance, Inc. (“MoCaFi”). MoCaFi is a Black-owned fintech, mobile-first banking platform committed to bringing financially underserved communities in the United States into the digital economy.
Wole founded MoCaFi in 2016 as a way to address the wealth gap. Before starting MoCaFi, Wole served as Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where he held a series of leadership positions in Business Banking, Card Services, and Treasury & Securities Services. Earlier, he was a senior executive of Willis Towers Watson. He served as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of Willis North America and Chief Executive Officer of Willis Canada. His career started at Citigroup, where he worked in investment banking, asset management, insurance, and corporate functions. Wole has an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and a B.A. in History from Williams College.
Claudia Díaz Forde has worked at B Lab for 5 years on the Certification & Verification team. Driven by B Lab’s vision of an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system for all people and the planet, and inspired daily by the people behind it, Claudia’s work is centered on developing team members, managing processes to better serve small and medium enterprises pursuing the B Corporation Certification, and supporting the pipeline of Sistema B, B Lab’s partner in Latin America. There are currently 3000+ Certified B Corporations in the world, across 65 countries, and representing 150+ industries.
A midwesterner, Claudia studied at Washington University in St. Louis, but now lives in Philadelphia with her husband. She enjoys reading, dancing, and serving at her local church.
Pava LaPere is an entrepreneur focused on using technology to build stronger & more accessible entrepreneurial ecosystems. A passionate believer in entrepreneur-driven economic development, Pava's work centers around making it easier for people and organizations to build the solutions that are necessary to ensure a prosperous, equitable future for our communities.
Pava is the CEO of EcoMap Technologies, a company that helps communities implement customized platforms & datasets to support their local entrepreneurs and ecosystems. In addition to her work at EcoMap, Pava is the Chairwoman of Innov8MD, a nonprofit that supports student entrepreneurs across the state of Maryland. Pava’s work began at Johns Hopkins University, where she spearheaded the development of the school's entrepreneurial ecosystem and the official university accelerator programs. Pava resides in Baltimore, MD.
Carla Leon is the lead for Innovation at the United Church of Canada. Carla has a background in for-profit having worked at Coca-Cola Canada, McCain Foods, and Canadian Pacific Railway. Ten years ago, she started her own small business consulting business and quickly pivoted it into Small Business Solver, a leading pay-what-you-can small business resource used worldwide including hundreds of communities in Canada. Over the last 7 years, Carla has worked with the United Church of Canada in where she launched Buying United, Embracing the Spirit, the Social Innovation Challenge and most recently a coaching program. She works directly in supporting their 400 new initiatives that have been funded through Embracing the Spirit, the 600 social innovations that have launched through the Social Innovation Challenge, and working directly with communities of faith to help them reimagine church outside of Sunday.
Sachi Shenoy is Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Upaya Social Ventures. Sachi co-founded Upaya with a mission to create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor. Upaya invests in small and growing businesses anchored in the most marginalized communities; to date its 26 investments have created 21,000+ jobs. Sachi oversees due diligence, investment structuring, data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure mission alignment. Sachi has over 15 years of experience in conducting impact evaluations and investment advisory for social enterprises in developing economies. Prior to Upaya, Sachi worked at Unitus, SKS Microfinance, JP Morgan Chase, and Price Waterhouse. She holds a BA (Economics) and MBA (Finance) from the University of Chicago. She serves on the boards of the Global Leadership Forum, Global Washington, and as an advisor for the Chicago Booth Rustandy Center and Pacific Community Ventures.
Laurie Lane-Zucker is the Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, which hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 27,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions.
For 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of an international environmental organization, Orion, and founder of a global sustainability think-tank, Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange. Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, and is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Kim Coupounas is a passionate entrepreneur and change agent who is advancing B Lab’s mission around the world by engaging key leaders to mobilize for collective action on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Prior to B Lab, Kim co-founded and served as CEO of GoLite, an outdoor products brand that was beloved by customers around the world and was one of the earliest Certified B Corps. Kim is past Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), representing the $887 billion+ active outdoor recreation industry. She co-founded and served as founding Chairman of the Outdoor Industry Political Action Committee (OIAPAC) and helped launch and lead the OIA Sustainability Working Group, a collaboration of hundreds of companies that created the groundbreaking Higg Index. She has served on the alumni board of Harvard Business School, Princeton Women in Leadership, Outward Bound, and numerous other boards of directors.
Thomas Cumberbatch is the CEO/Executive Creative Director at Godzspeed Communications, a Growth Strategy and creative firm specializing in unearthing and illuminating the souls of brands with purpose. Godzspeed's vision is "a love affair between brands and communities." The company was founded upon the principle that brands are individuals, NOT institutions. Thomas believes that the anatomy of business needs to change, and that purpose driven brands are leading the way in modeling a more sustainable, impactful contribution to the human experience. He also believes that art is the key to communicating the ethos of a brand and creating a bridge of understanding among communities and that the more meaningful brands are, the more inclusive our communities become. As a growth strategist and creative director, Thomas says his aim is to express the beauty of every brand that he partners with and that he is fueled by his faith and the love of his wife and two lion cubs.
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