Speaker Bios

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The 5th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium: “Here and Now” 

Friday, March 1, 2013, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

Speaker Bios

Scott Allshouse, President for the Mid Atlantic Region, Whole Foods

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Scott Allshouse’s career in the grocery industry has spanned three decades, beginning at age 15. An alumnus of Penn State University, Allshouse began his career with Whole Foods Market as the store team leader at the Marlton, NJ store. From there, he moved up to director of operations for the Mid Atlantic region. In 2002, he moved to the South region as Regional Vice President. Allshouse was selected as regional president of the South Region in 2005. In the spring of 2012, he was named President of the Mid Atlantic Region. His tremendous energy has allowed the region to flourish under his leadership.

Jonathon Atwood, Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, Unilever North America

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Jonathan is Unilever's Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America. He joined the company in May 2012 and is responsible for Communications, Unilever Brand, and the shape and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America. In 2007, Jonathan founded Common Way Communications, a public affairs and communications consultancy based in Vermont. There he worked as a consultant to the Global Issues Group, a coalition of global chocolate and cocoa processing companies and trade associations working on responsible labor practices in the cocoa sectors of West Africa. Prior to forming his consulting business, Jonathan was the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Kraft Foods based in Illinois. He joined Kraft in 2002 and served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific based in Australia and Singapore. Before taking on the global issues management assignment, he was the Senior Director of Commodity Sustainability programs for Kraft and was responsible for the strategic design and implementation of programs to promote the long-term sustainability of Kraft's sources of key commodities.

Dr. David Backer, Assistant Director, 
Center for International Development and Conflict Management

Dr. David Backer joined the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland in March 2012. In his capacity as Assistant Director of CIDCM, he serves as an expert on projects in the area of conflict management policy research, as well as coordinates the development of the biennial publication Peace and Conflict. Previously, Dr. Backer was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). His responsibilities included overseeing lessons learned initiatives on Gender, Conflict & Peacebuilding and Peace Education, designing and supervising the Strategic Focus Project Fund, contributing to the administration of the Annual Grant Competition, and managing a portfolio of grantees engaged in conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects around the world. In addition, Dr. Backer is a founding Co-Director of the Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA), an original member (since 2006) of the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, a Research Associate of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, and a consultant to the Innovations for Successful Societies research program at Princeton University. Dr. Backer received an MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of Michigan, supported by a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He also received a BA summa cum laude, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Change & the Political Economy) and Economics, from Amherst College.

Shawn Basak, Senior Manager, Mission Measurement

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As a Senior Engagement Manager with Mission Measurement, Shawn works with clients to determine the kind of impact they are uniquely positioned to create, and then develops socially meaningful business strategies to maximize this impact. His client work includes McDonald's, Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Starbucks Coffee Company and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to joining Mission Measurement, Shawn worked at The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting firm. He served numerous Fortune 500 companies across the retail, consumer products and financial services industries, providing his clients with a deep understanding of unmet consumer demand. Now, he's able to apply an expertise in consumer behavior, brand positioning and analytical consulting to help his clients create real business value and lasting social impact. Shawn serves as the Director of Impact Measurement for Fields of Growth, a sport-based community development organization. He has also guest lectured at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Shawn graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Social Policy and Political Science.

Dr. Elizabeth Boris, Center Director, The Urban Institute

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Elizabeth T. Boris is the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She was the first director of the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund at the Aspen Institute from 1991 to 1996, and vice president for research at the Council on Foundations from 1979 to 1991. She is the author of numerous publications, including Philanthropic Foundations in the United States: An Introduction, and she edited, with C. Eugene Steuerle, Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict. Dr. Boris serves on many boards, is past president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and is an advisor to Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Dr. Boris is an author of Working in Foundations: Career Patterns of Women and Men, with Teresa Odendahl and Arlene Kaplan Daniels and edited Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict, with C. Eugene Steuerle. In 2006 she received the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action. She was named a member of NPT Power & Influence Top 50 nonprofit leaders nine times. Dr. Boris received her doctorate in political science from Rutgers University and her bachelor's degree, with honors, from Douglass College at Rutgers.

Dr. Mrim Boutla, Partner and Co-Founder, More than Money Careers

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Dr. Mrim Boutla is a brain scientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur. Her 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. She 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. She also blogs on responsible careers for JustMeans.com. She 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.

Larry A. Bram, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Program Development, Easter Seals Serving DC |MD | VA

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Larry Bram has more than 30 years experience working in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors for mission-based organizations. His experience spans a broad array of skills, including marketing, business development, negotiations, publishing and digital solutions. In his current position Larry is responsible for developing sustainable new programs and social enterprise businesses that meet vital community needs. Prior to joining Easter Seals, Larry spent 15 years in educational publishing. He was at the forefront of the use of digital technologies in early childhood education, and was instrumental in the creation of industry leading cloud-based assessment, reporting, and e-learning systems for Teaching Strategies, LLC. Previously, Larry spent 10 years producing large-scale jazz festivals and events in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio and four years working with international biodiversity conservation organizations. He has a degree in British Literature from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a Certificate in Public Management. He has one daughter with cerebral palsy, who just completed her first semester as a college freshman.

Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon

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Kathryn C. Brown has been with the company since June 2002 and is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility. In this position she leads Verizon's global corporate responsibility initiatives, global and domestic policy development, and policy initiatives with the executive branch. She is Chair of the Verizon Shared Success Council and has responsibility for the Verizon Foundation. Before joining Verizon, Ms. Brown was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brown was the Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman William E. Kennard, managing the agenda on all telecommunications, broadcast, and spectrum matters. Additionally, Ms. Brown was the Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration. Ms. Brown worked for eight years at the New York State Public Service Commission as the Director of the Consumer Services Division and as Litigation Attorney and Managing Attorney for Telecommunications with the Office of General Counsel. Ms. Brown has also served on numerous boards and advisory committees. She is currently a member of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Board of directors, the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab Advisory Board, and the .ORG Advisory Council. Ms. Brown received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College in 1974. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Kathy and her husband Steve reside in Oakton, Virginia. They have two adult daughters.

Wellford Dillard, Chief Financial Officer, GetWell Network

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Wellford is Chief Financial Officer of GetWellNetwork, Inc. Before joining the organization in 2011, Wellford served for two years as the vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Opower, Inc. where his leadership and strategic management was instrumental in raising $50 million in funds as well as developing the metrics, analytics, processes and systems needed to drive and support the company's exponential revenue and employee growth. Prior to Opower, Dillard held a number of senior leadership positions, including serving as the chief financial officer at Acumen Solutions, chief financial officer at TMA Resources, Inc., vice president at WWC Capital Group and manager, Center for Strategic Transactions at Ernst & Young, and as an equity analyst at Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company. Wellford received his BA in Finance from the University of Memphis and his MBA in Finance and Investments from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Richard Eidlin, Policy Director, American Sustainable Business Council

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Richard has worked for twenty-five years on sustainable business and policy issues in the public and private sector. Sustainable economic development, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility have been his focus. Since 2009, he has directed ASBC’s diverse federal and state-based policy agenda. He has consulted to the UN Environment Programme and worked in the U.S. solar energy industry for a dozen years. Richard was Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance. During 2008, he co-directed the Colorado Clean Tech for Obama campaign. He was an adjunct faculty member with Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and a board member of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. He currently teaches environmental policy at the University of Denver and serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center. Richard earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin.

Emily Arnold-Fernández, Founder and Executive Director, Asylum Access

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Emily Arnold-Fernández, the founder and executive director of Asylum Access, is a social entrepreneur and human rights pioneer. A lawyer who has advocated nationally and internationally for the human rights of women, children, and other vulnerable individuals, Emily first became involved in refugee rights in 2002, when she represented refugees in United Nations proceedings in Cairo, Egypt. Prior to founding Asylum Access, Emily was an accomplished human rights advocate. She previously litigated civil rights claims in private practice and with Equal Rights Advocates, where she was part of the legal team in the landmark gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart. She has also been involved in a range of international work, including collaborating with a Nigerian women’s rights organization to draft a gender-egalitarian model Shar’ia marriage and divorce code. For her innovative approach to the global refugee crisis, Emily was honored by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” from around the world (2009) and Waldzell Institute’s Architects of the Future Award (2012). She has also been recognized as Pomona College’s Inspirational Young Alumna (2006), awarded the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship (2007), and recognized as the New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 (2010), among others. Emily holds a B.A. cum laude from Pomona College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and was one of three Social Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEERs) at Stanford University’s Center for Development, Democracy and Rule of Law this past fall.

Conor B. French, Chief Executive Officer, Indego Africa

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A corporate attorney turned social entrepreneur, Conor is the CEO of Indego Africa and committed business partner to more than 500 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. Indego Africa integrates a market-based approach to income generation with philanthropic investments in women’s education to break the cycle of systemic poverty in Africa. Conor is a founding member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, a private-public partnership between the Aspen Institute and the U.S. Department of State, and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He has been recognized by Diplomatic Courier as one of the most influential foreign policy leaders under 33, by Yoxi as a Social Innovation Rockstar and by 85 Broads as a Guy Who Rocks and he frequently speaks on issues related to social innovation and impact, economic development, micro-enterprise in Africa, business and philanthropy and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining Indego Africa, Conor practiced law at the global firm of Latham & Watkins, where he was a member of the corporate department and served as pro bono counsel to Ashoka. Conor holds degrees from Georgetown and NYU Law and is qualified to practice before the CA, DC, MA, and NY bars.

Darius Graham, Co-Founder, DC Social Innovation Project

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Darius is co-founder of DC Social Innovation Project, a non-profit providing funding and resources for creative, new initiatives that address pressing social issues in Washington, D.C. He was previously an associate in the corporate restructuring practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He has served on the board of directors of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C., and the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court in Oakland, CA. He was selected to serve as a judge for Tom’s of Maine’s inaugural 50 States for Good initiative where he helped select innovative local non-profits to share a $100,000 prize. In 2010, he was appointed by the mayor to serve on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service. He is author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World. He received a BA summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.

Amy Hall, Social Consciousness Director, Eileen Fisher

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As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer Eileen Fisher, Amy Hall supports the company’s efforts to practice business responsibly. In her role, Ms. Hall guides the company’s human rights work in its supply chain, supports women and girls through strategic partnerships, and ensures a growing commitment to environmental sustainability in product and practice. Ms. Hall also co-leads the company’s people and culture area, together with leaders of the Human Resources, Leadership Learning & Development, and Internal Communications teams. Ms. Hall came to Eileen Fisher Inc. 19 years ago following a fundraising career with various Asian-American cultural, educational, and social service organizations in New York City. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a sustainable M.B.A. from Green Mountain College. She currently serves on the advisory board of Social Accountability International and the board of the Greyston Foundation. In 2011, Ms. Hall rode from New York City to Washington, D.C., on her newly built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride.

Lisa Hall, President & CEO , Calvert Foundation

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Lisa Hall is the newly appointed President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, appointed by the Board in January 2011. Lisa, who joined Calvert Foundation in 2005, brings nearly 25 years of industry experience and has held multiple policy and financial posts. Lisa has held positions in real estate and community development finance with the Enterprise Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and Travelers Insurance. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2003, Lisa participated in the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a travel program for emerging leaders from the US and Europe. Lisa serves on the Boards of Mentor’s Inc., The Funders’ Network, and ROC USA. She is also a member of the CARS (CDFI Assessment and Rating Systems) Advisory Council and a non-board member of the Policy and Communications Committee of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national non-profit that aims to expand economic opportunity. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Social Value Creation. Lisa lives in Northeast Washington, DC with her husband and young daughter.

Elysa Hammond Director of Environmental Stewardship, CLIF Bar

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Elysa J. Hammond is the staff ecologist and Director of Environmental Stewardship of Clif Bar Inc., a maker of all-natural energy and nutrition foods. This decade old company has achieved double-digit annual revenue growth, won a long list of employment, diversity, and sustainability awards, and has ultimately raised the bar for fellow entrepreneurs on what it means to be a sustainable business. She started by helping Clif Bar become the first certified organic energy bar, then went on to redesign to the bars’ packaging to save 90,000 pounds of shrink wrap every year. Hammond also helps Clif Bar address the impacts from the internal workings of its offices. In addition to her work at Clif Bar, Hammond is an honorary research associate at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, N.Y., and a member of the Greenhouse Network, a grassroots movement working to stop global warming. She holds a Master of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a specialty in the ecology of food production systems.

Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., Author, Attorney, Social Entrepreneur

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Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman is an attorney, legal academic, political scientist, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He is currently a Fellow at Yale Law School, Yale School of Management’s Program on Social Enterprise, and Yale’s Genocide Studies Program as well as a Visiting Faculty Member at New York University. Previously, Dr. Kaufman practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP—where he served as pro bono counsel to Ashoka—while teaching as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Kaufman is the co-editor of After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond and the editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World. He is the founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library and an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga. Together, these organizations built the Kigali Public Library, Rwanda’s first-ever public library. Dr. Kaufman also serves on the Advisory Board of Indego Africa, the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action, and the Washington Lawyers Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

David Lemus, Design Strategist (UMD Alumnus), Peer Insight

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David focuses on the integration of Design Thinking and Business Strategy, merging the visual, creative, fun of design with the strategic with the results-oriented business mindset. David has been with Peer Insight since March 2012 and brings previous experience as a Mechanical Engineer at both TRX Systems and Arnold Engineering. David is a UMD alumn and proud participant and facilitator of the first ever College Park SUstainability Jam, held at the Smith School of Business in November 2012.

Divya Mankikar, Vice President, Business Development, TruCost

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Divya joined Trucost in 2012 from Patagonia Sur, where she worked as General Manager of Carbon Offsets. Prior to this Divya evaluated renewable energy projects for the InterAmerican Development Bank, and conducted clean tech equity analysis at KLD Research and Analytics and Walden Asset Management. Divya also has Master's degrees in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University, international human rights law from Tufts University's Fletcher School, and an International MBA from IE Business School in Spain.

Nick Martin, Co-founder and President, TechChange

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Nick is the Co-founder and President of TechChange. As President, he oversees all strategy and programming for the organization. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work.

Louise Muth, Global Communications Coach

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Louise has seventeen years of experience in leadership roles including sustainable development, corporate communications, marketing, organizational development, training and operations in Global and Fortune 500 corporations across diverse industries. She focuses on educating and developing key leaders to ensure the company’s values, sustainability ambitions and strategic priorities are clearly understood and aligned with how the company conducts its business. In her recent role as Group Vice President, Communications: Image, Sustainable Development and the Americas at Lafarge Group, Louise had worldwide responsibility to lead the efforts of enhancing the image of Lafarge – which employed 75,000 people in 75 countries with headquarters based in Paris –as a responsible leader on environmental, economic and social issues. Prior to joining Lafarge, Louise worked in Marketing, Communications and Training at MCI WorldCom and served as the Regional Director of Marketing and Training and the District Operations Property manager at AIMCO. In these international companies Louise managed employees and key projects in France, China and Italy. She is fluent in French, understands Spanish, lived in Europe & South America for 13 years and is a dual citizen of the UK and US.

Ginna Newton, Chief Financial Officer, Carbon War Room

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Ginna Newton has more than 15 years of leadership experience organizing and streamlining companies. Her significant quality systems training, ISO and TQM training and HAACP training offer additional layers to her knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the corporate entity. Her achievements have been featured in Smart Money magazine, as well as other industry and business media.

Her strategic approach to growing a business is reflected in her work as President of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc. and as Quality Systems Manager of the Louis Dreyfus Corporation, where her system development and process improvement delivered impressive bottom-line results. She also successfully completed the merger and acquisition of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc. with a large public entity at the end of 2006. Her turnaround capabilities are also highlighted by her accomplishments as CFO of Old Dominion Enterprises, Inc., where she led a company to record profitability through complete corporate restructuring that included major shifts in financial strategy, financial planning, operations, marketing communications, and training.

Ginna received her BA from Saint Louis University. She resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and daughters.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, Funder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

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Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists. The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Dowser, Forbes CSR Blog, ForbesWoman, Mashable, New Prosperity, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, and The New York Times. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” and was selected as a Readers’ Pick for HuffPost Tech’s “27 Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter." Women's eNews recognized her as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012. You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

Joshua Notes, Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, greeNEWit

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Josh has ten years of team leading entrepreneurial experience. Devoted to achieving sustainability with regard energy production and use, Josh helps businesses and homeowners move toward a more sustainable smart grid system. Josh has co-founded greeNEWit and also the gREATESST software platform. As a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Efficiency First, Josh is a national contributor to the home performance workforce best practices committee. Featured in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Josh is also the visionary behind several social programs. Some of his endeavors include co-creating the first solar powered rock concert in 2008, starting the OUR Schools Program and Agents of Change division within greeNEWit, and establishing the Baltimore franchise of AArrow Advertising in 2009. Beyond his entrepreneurial vision, Josh acts as an adviser, team leader and as a business strategist. He has mentored 100 young entrepreneurs through AArrow Advertising and has delivered keynote presentations to more than one thousand school children between the ages of 5 to 18 about the importance of living a sustainable life.

Dave Podmayersky, Director of Sustainability, EarthColor, LLC.

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We need to restore balance and harmony with the natural world. We have lost our way, it is time to correct our path and create a sustainable society where the human race and all of natures bio-diversity thrive. A life long environmentalist I have also spent the last decade engaging industry in system & process re-engineering projects, infusing triple bottom line governance into the DNA of a corporation. My philosophy is that corporations can be more efficient, more profitable, return greater shareholder value and build a brand, all while being socially and environmental responsible. A leadership approach and inventing ahead of the curve is what I know will create sustainable competitive advantage, via combining the concepts of process engineering with sustainable business systems.

Devin Schain, Chief Executive Officer, Campus Direct, Inc.

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Devin Schain is Founder & CEO of Campus Direct, Inc., a global enterprise that creates, invests in, acquires and advises both established and start-up businesses that offer innovative, technology-driven products and services with meaningful impact and rapid growth potential. In 2011, he co-founded ShalomLearning, which aims to positively disrupt Jewish education for children by using innovative technology and a unique, values-based curriculum to make Hebrew school more engaging for students, more accessible for families, and more effective for synagogues. Mr. Schain launched his first education business, On Campus Marketing (OCM), as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. OCM became a leading provider of consumer products and services marketed exclusively through affiliated relationships with over 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities. Mr. Schain managed OCM through 11 consecutive years of increasing revenue and profits before selling the firm to Student Advantage. He then co-founded Educational Direct (ED), which provided student loan consolidation services to graduates. ED quickly became the 3rd largest online provider in the market, growing from start-up to a valuation of $375 million in just three years. Mr. Schain is a co-founder of the Leadership Matters Group, a philanthropic arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington DC, and is actively engaged with a number of local and national Jewish organizations, including The Hebrew Home. He is member of the Washington DC chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a University of Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic Trustee, and serves as an active advisor, investor or Board member to several rapidly growing companies including SenecaOne, PaySimple and ClearOne. Devin resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three children.

Jigar Shah, CEO and Social Entrepreneur (UMD Alumnus), Jigar Shah Consulting

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Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy,” also the subject of his upcoming book. Shah has noted that a global "Impact Economy" is one in which mainstream investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs, and governments at scale to solve the big environmental and social problems of our time while generating compelling financial returns – not just average returns. Today, he is a partner at Inerjys, a $1 billion fund that invests in clean energy via growth capital and project finance, CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, and a board member of the Carbon War Room. He works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement solutions for global warming and sustainability that will unlock that next trillion dollar impact economy.

Anas “Andy” Shallal, Founder, Busboys and Poets

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Andy Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. A space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide, Busboys and Poets is a place to feed your body, mind and soul. Named after the great poet Langston Hughes, who was known as the “busboy-poet”, the restaurant has been a magnet for book talks, community gatherings, panel discussion, and networking since its inception. Shallal has also founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association. He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations and continues to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.

Dave Stangis, Vice President - Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup

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Dave designs Campbell's overarching CSR, sustainability and community affairs strategy, including its efforts to drive environmental sustainability and make a measureable impact on the health of young people in Campbell communities. Dave has helped the company achieve its place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List and recognition as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. Since 2009, the company has implemented projects to save more than 3 billion gallons of water, lead the sector in leveraging renewable options and deliver more than $30 million in energy and water savings. In 2011 and 2012, Trust Across America named Dave one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. He is on the advisory boards of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, Net Impact, The University of Detroit College of Business, and the board of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Marisa Stubbs, Founder, Food for Life

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For more than 10 years, Marisa Stubbs worked in non-profit administration, development, and program management, primarily in small, community-based organizations.In recent years, she graduated with honors from L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD with the intent of combining great food with job training, life skills development, and community building. After having worked in some of the Washington area’s best restaurants and leading culinary technique classes for Williams-Sonoma, Marisa served as Deputy Director at Through the Kitchen Door, where she taught low-income women and teens about healthy, delicious cooking and managed a full-service catering operation.In addition to directing Food For Life, her secret mission is helping people like ingredients that they think they hate….like the lovely little okra.Marisa graduated from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN with a BA in French.

Drew Tulchin, Managing Partner, Social Enterprise Associates

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Andrew ‘Drew’ Tulchin is Managing Partner of Social Enterprise Associates, New Mexico’s first registered ‘B Corporation’, recently recognized as one of the ‘Best for the World’ Small Companies in America and a Sustainable Business of the Year Award Honoree. Tulchin enables leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, and their organizations to reach their financial needs and achieve their goals. His engagements for businesses, NGOs, foundations and government have raised more than $100 million and for the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ - market driven efforts that generate returns for environment, social and economic benefit. Consulting has taken him across the U.S. and to more than 40 countries worldwide. Previously, he directed an international finance company and worked in telecommunications. In Washington, DC, he was a Program Officer for Grameen Foundation, advancing nobel laureate Dr. Mohammad Yunus’s work in microfinance. Tulchin presents widely and writes frequently including his recent independent TEDx talk “Local Investing for All”. He grew up in North Carolina, Argentina and Spain and currently lives in Santa Fe with his wife and cat. His ultimate frisbee team recently finished 5th in a national tournament.

Nick Vilelle, Founder, CAUSE Philanthropub

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Nick is an Organizational Psychologist that spent his early career working with nonprofit organizations in Africa and the United States. Through Nick’s Peace Corps and AmeriCorps service and his work at TechnoServe, Nick has aided and advised with the founding and operation of hundreds of small businesses. Nick witnessed the impact small amounts of money could have when in the hands of the right organizations. But too often those organizations had to spend their time asking for money rather than providing services. Nick wanted to help bring exposure and funds to these grassroots organizations, and do it in a sustainable manner. He found his answer at the bottom of a pint glass. Nick is now the Founder of CAUSE, a bar and restaurant that donates 100% of profits to vetted organizations, allowing them to scale their impact. CAUSE lowers the barrier for people to participate in “charity” by including it into their everyday lives, thus motivating and educating younger donors. CAUSE opened in Washington DC in 2012 and has expansion plans to bring the concept to cities where people like a good beer or cocktail.

Anthea Zervos, Social Entrepreneur & Founding Member, National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL)

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Anthea Zervos is a founding member and the longest-serving director of the National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL). Ms. Zervos has worked on rule of law and access to justice initiatives in post-conflict West Africa since 2003. These include the NVSL project with the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Outreach Section of the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the labor law reform initiative with the Liberia Ministry of Labor, and the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls project with the World Bank and the Liberia Ministry of Gender and Development. Ms. Zervos also worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Liberia managing a program to reduce prolonged pre-trial detention and improve access to justice for detainees in Monrovia Central Prison. Ms. Zervos is originally from Athens, Greece. Prior to her work in West Africa, Ms. Zervos worked in the performing arts, with a focus on classical Greek theater, ballet and modern dance. She completed her B.S. degree in Theater at Skidmore College in 2002, and her M.Sc. degree in Violence, Conflict, and Development at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 2007.