Speaker Bios

Social Enterprise Symposium: Be Bold. Be Now. Be the Future.

Mohammed Al-Shawaf, Analyst, SustainAbility

Based in Washington DC, Mohammed’s work focuses on the energy sector and includes supporting SustainAbility’s Engaging Stakeholders Program and upcoming Energy Futures dialogue. Prior to working at SustainAbility, Mohammed’s previous experience at the intersection of business value and social impact was as a Program Manager for the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley and as a Kiva (Microfinance) Fellow in Palestine. Mohammed has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and is fluent in English and conversational in Arabic.

Dr. Mrim Boutla, Co-Founder, More Than Money League

Dr. Mrim Boutla is a brain scientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur. Mrim's career transition process blends her extensive knowledge of the brain (PhD and 10 years of experience in cognitive neuroscience with her 6 years of career coaching experience at an Ivy League University and a Top 15 MBA Program. Mrim is the co-Creator of the More Than Money League (with Dr. Mark Albion), a 6-week self-paced online course designed for working management professionals interested in competing for opportunities in corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, or non-profit management. Mrim also blogs on responsible careers for JustMeans.com. Mrim earned her Bsc in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and her MA and PhD In brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester.

Dale Clemiss, Vice President-Beverages Campbell North America

Dale Clemiss was appointed Vice President-Beverages, Campbell North America, in January, 2009. Since joining Campbell as Vice President and General Manager-Canada Foodservice in 1991, Dale has successfully progressed through sales and marketing roles within the U.S. and Canada, and assignments in both Australia and France.

Dale leads Campbell's V8 beverage franchise and oversees the management of beverage brands including V8 100% Vegetable juice, V8 V-Fusion, V8 Splash, and Campbell's Tomato juice. He provides strategic direction and directs the portfolio's innovation work.

Agnes Dasewicz, COO, Grassroots Business Fund

Agnes Dasewicz is the chief operating officer at Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a non-profit organization that builds and supports high-impact businesses that provide sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid. Four years ago, when the Grassroots Business Initiative (GBI) spun-off in July 2008 to become an autonomous non-profit organization, Agnes played a critical role in helping establish the organization. Today, Agnes is responsible for managing the global operations of GBF, including business development, all technical assistance, partnerships, and sector building initiatives. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of investing in businesses, including SMEs and social enterprises in developing and transitioning economies. Prior to helping establish GBF, Agnes managed GBI’s project portfolio at IFC, which consisted of over fifty global and local organizations offering integrated capacity building and appropriate capital to disadvantaged entrepreneurs in ten developing countries.

Matthew Davis, Managing Director, Renew Strategies

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Matthew Davis is a management consultant to government and business executives in the U.S. and Africa. He has helped develop and implement government programs related to economic development, climate change, natural resource management, health management, and emergency management. Mr. Davis has worked with the U.S. Federal CIO, FEMA CHCO, NOAA’s CIO and Assistant Administrator, USAID directors, and many Ministers and Members of Parliament across Africa. He has presented at international conferences, and has spent the past five years studying medium-size business growth in emerging economies. Mr. Davis has started and managed business operations in East Africa, and has worked with businesses in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and many other countries. Mr. Davis serves as the chief executive officer at RENEW LLC, is a founding member of Development Interchange/BiD Network U.S., is a partner at Orange Symphony, and is one of the Touchstone Consulting Group's senior government strategists.

Linda Dunn, VP Supply Chain & Analysis, HMSHost Corporation

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Linda Dunn is Vice President, Supply Chain & Analysis for HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in creating dynamic dining and shopping for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America, and in more than 100 travel plaza locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Company, which is part of the Autogrill Group, has annual sales in excess of $2.5 billion and employs more than 34,000 Associates worldwide.

Linda’s areas of responsibility include Supply Chain, Sustainability, Pricing, and Business Analysis. She started her career at Equitable Bank as a financial analyst and then worked in the telecommunications industry for Bell Atlantic, where she held a variety of marketing and financial positions. She joined HMSHost in 1994 and has held progressively responsible positions in several areas of the company including Business Development, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Supply Chain.

Linda graduated with a BBA from James Madison University with a double major in Finance and English. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is an active member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Linda lives with her husband and three daughters in Olney Maryland.

Jenny Everett, Associate Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Jenny is the Associate Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of innovative organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create significant economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s 110 members have operations in 140 emerging market countries.

Jenny has ten years experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she was the Senior Program Manager, Membership and Individual Donors at Hispanics in Philanthropy. She has also worked with DoubleClick in San Francisco and the Concha y Toro winery in Santiago, Chile. During business school, she worked with Agora Partnerships in Nicaragua, Enterprise Solutions for Poverty in New York, and Investors’ Circle in San Francisco. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund and is a former Board Member of Refugee Transitions in San Francisco. She has an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BA in Latin American Studies from Davidson College. 

Tom Gibson, Director of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF)

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Tom Gibson has been both a pioneer and a leader in the area of non-asset-based investment for SMEs. Tom is former chairman and a current director of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), a Washington, D.C.-based, international development finance organization which manages locally operating SME investment funds in more than a dozen countries. Tom is a frequent speaker at international forums, seminars and business schools on SME development and venture capital for developing countries. During the past year, on behalf of the Institute, he has been active as an advisor in assisting the establishment or operations of SME funds worldwide in diverse venues including India, Oman, Armenia, Central Asia, and Haiti. He has worked in more than 50 countries, on five continents, and has performed interviews and/or analysis on more than 500 SMEs. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of the South and a masters from the University of Virginia.

Janessa Goldbeck, STANDnow and US Marine Corp

Passionate about the intersection between human rights, national security, and technology, Janessa Goldbeck is an officer candidate for the United States Marine Corps with a background in mass atrocity and genocide prevention. An experienced organizer online and offline, she has employed emerging technologies and built organizational structures to respond to and effect political realities.

As the former Field Director for Genocide Intervention Network and the Save Darfur Coalition, Janessa drove the organizations' social media, email, and offline strategies to pass legislation, raise funds, and grow a base of supporters, leading to earned media in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Business Insider, Politico, TechPresident, CBS Evening News, The Huffington Post and others. A recent social media campaign generated tweets from Nicholas Kristof, Paris Hilton, Serena Williams and other influentials, reaching more than five million people on Twitter. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Janessa is a senior fellow with the Alliance for Youth Movements, a board member at New Leaders Council, and a Truman National Security Project Partner.

Julie Lenzer Kirk, Co-Founder and CEO, Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Having experienced the empowerment of entrepreneurship first hand, Ms. Kirk co-founded the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This passion was fueled from six years instructing the internationally-acclaimed ACTiVATE® program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), which the Center has now taken over to expand internationally. Through this program, Julie is expanding her proven “Boot in the ButtTM" facilitation process to accelerate women’s business and leadership growth. She extends her passions into the for-profit realm as CEO and Chief Muse of Path Forward International, LLC, which is dedicated to igniting results-oriented, sustainable innovation cultures and programs within corporations worldwide.

Ms. Kirk founded her first company, Applied Creative Technologies, Inc. (ACT), in 1995 as an IT solutions firm which she grew to multi-millions in revenues, winning several national awards for workplace excellence, and sold in 2005. Ms. Kirk is an award winning entrepreneur receiving the Athena Award in 2004 as recognition for her contributions to other business women and the community and was named to Maryland's Top 100 Women 2005 and 2008 sponsored by The Daily Record. She is a member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology's Entrepreneurial Alliance and on the advisory board of the NeoTech Incubator in Howard County. She also currently chairs the DC Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

She is frequently quoted in the media – from Entrepreneur to Redbook and Family Circle Magazines - and having appeared in numerous broadcast interviews, she also writes a column for Enterprising Women Magazine. Her book, "The ParentPreneur Edge: What Parenting Teaches About Building a Successful Business" (John Wiley & Sons) which shares business tips and advice for starting, growing, and running a business using parenting metaphors, is available online and in bookstores across the globe. 

Jennifer Layke, Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls Inc.

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Jennifer Layke is the Director of Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, a global initiative to provide information and analyses of technologies, policies, and practices in high performance buildings and smart energy systems from a practitioner’s perspective. In this role, Jennifer leads the Institute’s research agenda and collaborations with a network of global experts on topical areas including: commercial building efficiency, smart buildings and the smart grid, green building design, and renewable energy technologies.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Jennifer was the deputy director, Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). There, she founded The Green Power Market Development Group, in 2001, which by 2009 had supported the development of 1000MW of new, cost-competitive renewable energy projects in the United States for corporate use. Her work also included analysis of U.S. climate policy design options as lead WRI staff negotiator in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership and its Call for Action (2007) and subsequent Blueprint for Legislative Action (2009). Jennifer’s international experience also includes consulting for the World Bank and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on technology transfer under the Montreal Protocol.

Jennifer is an accomplished author on energy and climate action as well as founder of Beyond Grey Pinstripes –a sustainability ranking of business schools conducted in partnership with the Aspen Institute. She earned an A.B. in Asian Studies and Political Science from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, a M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Jennifer studied at Nanjing University in 1989. In 1990-91, Jennifer conducted sociology research in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan on a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

Steve Ma, Live Green

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Steve Ma runs Live Green, a social enterprise building a new, thriving green economy. Before his work at Live Green, Steve held senior positions at AARP, the nation’s largest non-profit group, directed campaign offices for the Sierra Club and the state PIRGs, coordinated an environmental petition drive which generated 1.2 million signatures, and helped to bring about the passage of several environmental, good government, and health policies. In 2001, Steve was named the Asian American of the Year for his work to reduce the influence of big money in politics.

Rod MacAlister, Africa Middle Market Fund

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Rodney MacAlister has worked in and around Africa for over 20 years. He is the former President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), where he oversaw an SME portfolio of some 240 investments in 16 countries. He spent 25 years in commercial negotiations and management with the multinational energy company, ConocoPhillips, much of it in Africa. During his years with Conoco in Africa, he was also involved in some 40 “social investment” projects in the Congo and Angola. These included a medical clinic that served over 700 people, and the construction of Africa’s largest ape sanctuary for Dr. Jane Goodall. Upon leaving USADF, he created the Africa Middle Market Fund (www.africammfund.com) to enable private investors to place managed capital into African SMEs for both financial and social returns. AMMF is a $50 million fund in the fund-raising stage.

Rick Martella, Vice President, Corporate Affairs

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Rick Martella serves as Vice President – Corporate Affairs for ARAMARK. Rick is responsible for the strategic development of ARAMARK’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as Supplier Diversity, Community and Government Relations within the Global Food, Hospitality and Facility Services Group.

Prior to his current role, Martella served as Vice President of ARAMARK’s overall growth strategy for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare, Facilities & Education group where his team made tremendous strides in developing and implementing programs and strategies across operating companies serving 1,300 hospitals, 900 colleges & universities, 600 school districts and over 400 business & industry locations where ARAMARK serves 80% of the FORTUNE 500 and all of the Dow 30.

Martella joined ARAMARK in 1991 and has served in key operations and business development roles with increasing responsibility throughout his tenure. These roles spanned several ARAMARK businesses serving markets including Business & Industry, Corrections and Sports & Entertainment where ARAMARK serve more than 200 sports, entertainment and recreational facilities.

Martella was part of the leadership team during the launch of ARAMARK Facility Services and also served on the integration team during the ServiceMaster acquisition. He currently serves on the ARAMARK Political Action Committee board as treasurer.

Martella is a member of the International Advisory Board at the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and serves on the Executive Committee for the Public Affairs Council and the US Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC). He is also a member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Executive Board in center city Philadelphia where he lives and is active in a variety of local development organizations.

Martella received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1987 and concluded advanced studies at the University of Chicago (GSB) and Boston College (Carroll School of Management). 

Amy Millman, President, Springboard Enterprises

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Amy Millman has established a successful career as an advocate working for and with business and government officials to develop and implement national business development and policy initiatives. In 2000, she co-founded non-profit venture Springboard Enterprises whose mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. The organization hosts educational programs and forums to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital.

Previously, Amy served as the Executive Director of a federal government commission focused on developing policy and initiatives concerning women's business ownership. Earlier in her career, she represented the interests of several corporate and industry groups before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Amy has served on the boards of many organizations including her current service on the boards of JumpStartInc and Enterprising Women magazine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a masters degree from The George Washington University. She and her family reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

Josh Nesbit, Executive Director, Medic Mobile

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Josh Nesbit is the Executive Director of Medic Mobile, an organization low-cost, mobile technology to create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives. As an international health and bioethics student at Stanford, his qualitative research focused on access to pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment. Josh has implemented text message networks in Malawi, Uganda, and Cameroon, advising ICT development projects in more than 15 countries. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he helped coordinate the 4636 project, an SMS-based emergency response system. He is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, and Haas Public Service Fellow. Recently, Josh was named by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development and received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development.

Robyn Nietert, Women's Microfinance Initiative

Robyn G. Nietert, President of the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (WMI), is a native of Huntington, New York. She holds a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University. For over 25 years, Ms. Nietert was a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Brown, Nietert and Kaufman, which specialized in telecommunications law. She was also a founder and principal of American Capital Partners Company, which specialized in mergers and acquisitions of high speed broadband facilities. She is a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and a former board member of the Carderock Springs Club. Over the past ten years she has organized a number of non-profit educational foundations and served on their boards, including the Walt Whitman High School Educational Foundation. As WMI President, Ms Nietert oversees loan program operations and is a frequent speaker on microfinance issues.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO at Pipeline Fund

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Natalia is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fund, a social venture fund that invests in women-led for-profit social ventures and trains women to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. She is also the creator of #womaninnovator, a media campaign to increase the visibility of women changemakers and mainstream their stories.

As Chapter Leader of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE), Natalia launched the network in January 2008 and has grown the community from six women to over 1,200. Her background includes work experience in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sectors. Natalia is passionate about women’s empowerment, harnessing her knowledge of social media, co-mentoring practices, talent development, social innovation, and change management to support and promote women innovators. Natalia holds a BA from Yale in Comparative Literature & Economics, and an MSc in International Health Care Management from Bocconi University. She is currently completing an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has had the opportunity to deepen her understanding of adult learning and group dynamics. In addition to English, Natalia is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French (she is proficient in Russian and is determined to learn Mandarin). Natalia serves on the founding board of Fast Forward Fund, a youth-to-youth social venture fund, and you can find her on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

Asheen Phansey, Sustainability Product Manager, Sustainability, SolidWorks Corp.

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Asheen serves as the first Sustainability Product Manager and corporate sustainability leader for SolidWorks Corporation. SolidWorks makes leading CAD and simulation software (more than a million licenses worldwide), and has pioneered an exciting real-time environmental impact design dashboard in partnership with LCA heavyweight PE International. His expertise includes biomimicry (nature-inspired design), product lifecycle stewardship, sustainable business models, and green marketing. His prior consulting work includes ecological product stewardship for Avery Dennison, green marketing strategy for the Conservation Law Foundation, and sustainable business expertise for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).Asheen holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College. He has been certified as a Biologist at the Design Table by the Biomimicry Institute, and has served on the executive leadership team of the Boston professional chapter of Net Impact since 2007.

Lucille Pilling, CSR Strategist

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Dr. Lucille B. Pilling works at the intersection of global public health and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Her involvement in CSR began 14 years ago developing public private partnerships with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates and W.K. Kellogg Foundations. Her firm, Pilling and Associates, collaborates with corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and governments to develop and implement management structures, and CSR business, marketing and communication strategies to create social change while enhancing the bottom line. Recent clients include: National Institute for Health, Henry Schein Inc., Wall Street without Walls, Corporate Council on Africa, Griffin Health Services Corporation, Association for Corporate Contribution Professionals, Africare, LIMRA, Tunnell Consulting Government Services, The Green Standard, Business Council for International Understanding, John Snow Inc. and JHPIEGO at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Pilling teaches graduate courses in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies and taught a course on global health policy and management for four years at NYU Wagner graduate school of Public Service. Pilling’s book, Global Health Alliance: Lessons Learned was published in February 2005; her research on the management of multi-organizational alliances continues. She published an article and conducted a webinar on organizational models for integrating brand and social responsibility in December 2009; a webinar on the integration of CSR and corporate philanthropy was held in June 2009. Pilling developed and moderated panels on the metrics of impact investing for the annual conferences of the Global Health Council and The Conference Board in June, 2010 and will be moderating similar panels in spring 2011.

Pilling’s passion is access to health care, particularly for women and children. She has over 20 years of international public health experience managing complex, multi-organizational initiatives designed to improve public health. She was vice president of International Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and senior program officer at Columbia University where she supervised a $50 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative. Pilling managed primary health care programs in Africa and Latin America for 13 years (Ghana, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Zimbabwe) and provided short-term technical assistance in Liberia, Thailand, the Philippines, Romania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Haiti. Her contracts were with Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), John Snow Inc., Africare, Jhpiego, John Short Assoc, Johns Hopkins University, Aga Khan Foundation, ILO, USAID in Ghana, Kenya, Bolivia and Costa Rica, and US Peace Corps in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Before moving to Africa, Pilling worked in the private sector, in pharmaceutical advertising for Kallir, Philips, Ross and in international marketing for Avon, Inc. She also worked in the field of substance abuse rehabilitation for the City of New York and ran an emergency room while completing her degree at Penn.

Pilling earned both an EdD in Organization and Leadership and a MPH from Columbia University. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BS in nursing.

Oliver Schlake, M&O Faculty. Smith School of Business (Moderator)

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Dr. Oliver Schlake is a Ralph E. Tyser Teaching Fellow and Senior Executive Teaching Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park; a senior business consultant, entrepreneur and researcher. Oliver teaches classes at the Undergraduate and Graduate level as well as for the Executive MBA program in Strategy Implementation, Industry and Competitor Analysis, Corporate Venturing, Entrepreneurship and Creativity for Business Leaders. He is a member of the board at C-TASC, a Baltimore based clinical trials service company. He earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Paderborn’s “Heinz Nixdorf Institute”, Germany. His Master’s Degree is in Mechanical Engineering and in Business Management from the same institution. Oliver has authored and co- authored four books and more than 60 journal publications on long-term strategic planning, technology management and business intelligence. His current research interest is in the field of scenario planning, business foresight, innovation strategy and entrepreneurship. As a futurist and former product developer, he continuously tracks emerging technologies, business and social trends throughout the world to spot new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and gauge the strategic impact of them for established organizations.

Guadalupe (Lupe) Sierra, Sr. Research Manager of Consumer insights and Strategy for Kraft

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Lupe is native of Chicago, with over 20 years experience as a marketing research professional in the consumer packaged goods and media industries. Prior to joining Kraft, Lupe worked for Telemundo (Spanish Language Network) and the Chicago Tribune. She joined Kraft Foods in 2005 as part of the company’s Shopper Insights Group. Since then, she has held various Consumer Insights-based positions, including corporate multi-cultural marketing and New Product development team assignments. Her current role is Sr. Research Manager of Consumer insights and Strategy for Kraft Foods’ Global Health and Wellness Group, headquartered in Northfield Illinois.

Education:
M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
B.S.C., Marketing, De Paul University, Chicago, IL 

Dr. Raj Sisodia

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Founding Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute. Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and the Founding Chairman of the Conscious Capitalism Institute. Dr. Sisodia has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. In 2003, Dr. Sisodia was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketing. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching Award in 2008. Dr. Sisodia’s book The Rule of Three: How Competition Shapes Markets was a finalist for the 2004 Best Marketing Book Award from the American Marketing Association. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Dr. Sisodia has published over 100 academic articles and writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and numerous other publications, radio shows and television networks such as NPR, CNN, CNBC and Fox. He has consulted and taught executive programs for numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, Boston Private Bank, Ericsson, Siemens, Sprint, MCI, Volvo, Nortel, IBM, Price Waterhouse, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Tata, and Southern California Edison.

Mark Stewart, Manager, Office of Sustainability, University of Maryland

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Mark began his work on sustainability at Maryland in 2006 as a graduate student, became the Campus Sustainability Coordinator in early 2008, and is currently the Manager of the Office of Sustainability. Mark focuses on education and outreach initiatives that serve to integrate sustainability in the curriculum and student experience, create a culture of sustainability on campus, and transform the campus into a model sustainable community. Mark earned his Master's in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland where he studied the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society. Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school earth and environmental science in Howard County, MD. Before teaching, he worked in organizational development. He holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Mark is also a LEED Accredited Professional. 

Heather Stouffer, Founder & CEO, Mom Made Foods

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Heather Stouffer created Mom Made® Foods because she believes in convenient meals that do not sacrifice quality or nutrition, and that kids should be able to eat delicious foods without added junk. Inspired by kids and the familiar recipes they love, Mom Made Foods use only the freshest quality ingredients, such as organic products and meats raised without antibiotics, all sourced in the USA. Mom Made® Foods takes great pride in providing nourishing choices for all children, young and old, and offering a break from the kitchen without a shred of guilt.

Prior to starting Mom Made® Foods in 2006, Heather managed sales and marketing teams in the technology industry in the US and abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University. Outside of running Mom Made®, Heather serves as member of the Committee for a Healthy Alexandria and leads preschool cooking classes. In her free time, Heather enjoys outdoor activities with her family, cooking, yoga and sailing. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Craig, and children, Emory and Audrey. Heather was named a Washington Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” Leader in 2010 and received the University of Maryland People’s Choice Award for small, local business in 2009.