Speaker Bios

The 6h Annual Social Enterprise Symposium: “Don't Hold Back” 

Friday, March 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

SPEAKER BIOS

H. Kent Baker, Professor, Kogod School of Business

H. Kent BakerProfessor Baker teaches finance at American University's Kogod School of Business. He served as Chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate for 11 years and headed the Finance Center of Excellence for 8 years. Professor Baker has received many teaching, research, and service awards including University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at American University. He also has extensive industry experience and has provided consulting and training services to more than 100 organizations. Professor Baker is highly prolific researcher and author. The Journal of Finance Literature recognized him as among the top 1% of the most prolific authors in finance during the past 50 years. Some recent books include: International Finance: A Survey (2012) and Socially Responsible Finance and Investing (2012). Outside of the academic realm, he is a professional musician, who has toured and recorded. He is a UMD alum with an M.B.A., finance; M.Ed., educational administration; and D.B.A., finance.

Jenni Baker, Online Content Manager, Goodwill Industries International

Jenni BakerJenni B. Baker is Goodwill Industries International’s online content manager. She has worked with the organization for five years, developing and implementing a digital content strategy across a variety of channels, including blogs, newsletters, websites and other online properties. She is also a lead storyteller, soliciting and sharing weekly first-person success stories from the individuals who benefit from Goodwill's programs and services. She holds a BA in English and French from the University of Kentucky and an MA in professional writing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Nicole Bassett, Director of Sustainability, PrAna

Nicole BassettNicole Bassett is a recognized sustainability expert bringing solutions to companies and organizations that she is involved with.  As Director of Sustainability for prAna her work involves: sustainability planning, corporate and supply chain operations, transparency and environmental analysis. Specifically Nicole has managed prAna’s efforts regarding their sustainability strategy including bringing Fair Trade Certified Apparel to market, reduction in waste and packaging, implementing an environmental health & safety guidelines for the supply chain, as well as training and communications for the company. Prior to this work, Nicole was Social Responsibility Manager at Patagonia, where she championed and integrated social and environmental responsibility into sourcing and production. Additionally she has been involved with various stakeholder initiatives, including the Outdoor Industry’s Sustainability Working Group, Fair Trade USA, and the Fair Labor Association. Nicole received her Master’s in Environmental Studies with a focus on Business Strategy and Sustainability from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Pammi Bhullar, Program Manager, Robert H. Smith School of Business 

Pammi BhullarAs manager of Social Entrepreneurship Programming and Events in the Center for Social Value Creation at the University of Maryland, Pammi Bhullar manages the experiential learning consulting programs for graduate and undergraduates in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In addition, she leads and collaborates with colleagues to execute workshops and events across the campus that relate to the Center for Social Value Creation as well as coordinate a portion of their marketing and communications.

David Bornstein, Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network

David BornsteinDavid Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.

Mrim Boutla, Co-Founder, More Than Money Careers

Mrim BoutlaDr. Mrim Boutla is a cognitive neuroscientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur. Mrim is proud to be a first generation college student who paid her way through college and graduated debt free with her Bsc in Psychology from the Unversité Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), as well as her MA and PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. Both at Brown University and at the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University), Mrim leveraged her brain-based coaching method to help hundreds of liberal arts graduates, MBA students and PhD candidates get hired faster for career opportunities in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), social enterprise, and sustainable business. Blending her life experiences, her 10 years of studying brain plasticity and executive function and her in-depth knowledge of job search strategies and tactics, Mrim has developed a proven brain-based career development methodology that will help you get hired for jobs that maximize impact and income.

Paul Bugala, Senior Sustainability Analyst - Extractive Industries, Calvert Investments

Paul BugalaPaul Bugala is the Senior Sustainability Analyst for Extractive Industries and heads environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and advocacy for the oil, gas and mining industries at Calvert Investments, Inc. He also contributes to Calvert’s integration of traditional securities and ESG analysis. He is also a member of the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group representing investors in the civil society sector. Paul has also done significant advocacy in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (oil, mining industry payment disclosure). Prior to Calvert, Paul served in research and advocacy roles in the Extractive Industries Program at Oxfam America. He also has experience as a networking and telecommunications industry analyst, journalist and public relations executive.

Stefan Byrd-Krueger, Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts

Stefan Byrd-KruegerStefan Byrd-Krueger has been working in nonprofit program development and outreach for the last 7 years. Before working at Pew Charitable Trust, Stefan served as the New Media and Outreach Director for The Concord Coalition where he was responsible for building working relationships and finding opportunities to collaborate with youth organizations from around the country. Stefan also developed and managed the organization's website and social media strategy.

Melissa Carrier, Assistant Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Melisa CarrierMelissa Carrier joined the Smith School after a decade of managing growth strategies for technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups. She brings broad experience across corporate and product-line positions in multiple industries. During her tenure at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Melissa grew the Capital Access Network angel investor program into a leading regional investor group. Melissa also created the Social Venture Consulting Program which has served more than 450 students and 120 organizations since its inception. In 2009, Melissa designed and launched the Center for Social Value Creation. She is responsible for the center's strategic direction across curricula, cocurricular, and research platforms. Melissa teaches social entrepreneurship and sustainable systems to MBA and Undergraduate students. She is the faculty champion for the Social Innovation Fellows program and Assistant Dean of Global Programs.

Dean Chang, Associate Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UMD

Dean ChangDean Chang is the University of Maryland’s (UMD) founding Associate VP of the Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), reporting to the President and to the Provost. Prior to AIE, he oversaw the School of Engineering’s technology startup venture programs. Chang has designed and taught tech entrepreneurship courses; holds over 40 U.S. and international patents; speaks regularly at entrepreneurship and technology startup conferences; and has written freelance articles for BusinessWeek Online, the Startup America Partnership, and Computer magazine. Prior to UMD, Chang spent 15 years in the most fertile technology startup grounds in the world. He served dual roles as the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a company he helped guide over ten years from a four-person, venture-backed, Silicon Valley startup born in a Stanford University robotics lab to a publicly traded (NASDAQ: IMMR), world-leading licensor of haptics technology that has been incorporated into hundreds of millions of products from companies like Sony, Microsoft, Apple, BMW, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Logitech, and Electronic Arts.

Jeff Cherry, Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab

Jeff CherryAs a CEO, hedge fund manager, designer, entrepreneur, educator, mentor and consultant Jeff has a diverse and unique career spanning more than 25 years of executive leadership. During his time as an executive and business consultant he has developed significant expertise in a broad range of operational disciplines and industries including: technology, design and construction, finance, hospitality and professional services. As a thought leader in the areas of stakeholder management and the emerging discipline of Conscious Capitalism, Jeff had the honor of consulting with authors David Wolfe and Raj Sisodia on their book 'Firms of Endearment, How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose', which was published in 2007. Jeff later expanded on the ideas of Conscious Capitalism to form Concinnity Advisors, a hedge fund focused on identifying and investing in companies operating from a more holistic, long-term value mindset.

Tom Decker, Director - Domestic Cooperative Development, National Cooperative Business Association 

Tom DeckerTom Decker is responsible for managing grant and contract programs within the Cooperative Development portfolio at the National Cooperative Business Association. From 2006 to 2010, Tom served as the National Program Director of the Credit Union Center for Social Impact Management at the National Credit Union Foundation. In that role, he led the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program and Social Impact Management Institute, which focused on training credit union staff and volunteers about cooperative principles and values, credit union philosophy and development, social responsibility, and their business application in today’s world. Prior to this, Tom spent over twenty years in higher education performing as administrator and faculty member. He has taught courses in business ethics, management and leadership, social responsibility, and strategic planning among others. 

Jeff Finkelman, Investment Officer, US Small Business Administration

Jeff FinkelmanJeff Finkelman is an Investment Officer with the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program, a multi-billion dollar investment fund housed within the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The program operates as a government-administered fund-of-funds, investing SBA-guaranteed leverage with fund managers focused on financing American small businesses.  Jeff is responsible for performing due diligence on new investment opportunities and preparing investment recommendations for the SBIC Program Investment Committee.  He is also the point person on the program’s $1 billion Impact Investment Initiative, which seeks to capitalize investment funds pursuing both social and financial returns.  Jeff joined the SBIC Program as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2010 after completing his graduate studies.  His interest in the field of social finance first developed while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa from 2005 to 2007.

Tracy Gerstle, Sr. Director, Responsible Care & Value Chain Outreach, American Chemistry Council

Tracy grestleThroughout her career, Tracy Gerstle's passion to identify market-based, scalable solutions for sustainable development is clear. She has worked across over 25 emerging markets and at the global level on social, economic and environmental issues in food, agriculture, biotech and manufacturing supply chains. She earned her MBA from University of Maryland's Smith School of Business in Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

Darius Graham, Co-Founder, DC Social Innovation Project

Darius GrahamDarius Graham is the founder and director of DC Social Innovation Project, an organization providing funding and pro bono services to help community members and organizations launch or grow innovative community programs tackling pressing social issues for Washington, DC’s low-income and vulnerable residents. He is also a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and is an alum and trustee of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Darius previously served as an associate in the corporate restructuring group at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He recently served as a mayor-appointed commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on National & Community Service. Darius is author of the award-winning book, Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World.

Keith Green, Client & Partnership Development, HIP Investors

Keith GreenKeith leads the Client and Partnership Development efforts at HIP Investor. Keith started his finance career with CitiGroup, specializing in off balance sheet finance, structured finance, and project finance for corporates. Keith also served clients as a Financial Adviser at Merrill Lynch. Keith combines knowledge of fundamental finance with sustainable finance. Keith has built several businesses from the ground up, including ASSET4 (now owned by Thomson Reuters) and 10EQS consulting. Keith has extensive experience advising institutional clients to see the correlations among financial returns, future risk and the true sources of value creation. Keith is known for developing and delivering customized sustainable-investment solutions, including ESG (environmental social governance) metrics-based  insights. Keith's stakeholder relationships include the EPA, PRI, GRI, CERES, BSR - as well as asset owners, asset managers and foundations.

Jacob Harold, President & CEO, Guidestar

Jacob haroldJacob Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Before that, he worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. At the beginning of his career he worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works. Harold has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. 

Sara Herald, Assistant Director - Social Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Sara HeraldSara Herald joined the Smith school in July 2013 after several years as a strategy consultant for social enterprises and technology start-ups. Most recently she was Director of the U.S. office for StepOne Ventures in San Francisco, CA, where she oversaw a 300% increase in the company’s client base, diversifying the portfolio to include seed-stage, growth-stage, and institutional clients.  Her work with clients focused on synthesizing value propositions, business model ideation, and successfully navigating cross-cultural issues. At the Center for Social Value Creation, Sara is focused on expanding social entrepreneurship, both on campus and in the broader Maryland community.  She works with students, faculty, administration and other stakeholders to promote the economic potential and social impact of triple-bottom-line businesses. Sara is a Smith School Alum, earning her MBA in 2011.

Jeff Hilnbrand, Director, Startup Shell 

Jeff HilnbrandJeff Hilnbrand is University of Maryland (UMD) student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in technology entrepreneurship. Beyond his coursework, Hilnbrand is deeply involved at UMD. He is a Director of Startup Shell - a student-run nonprofit that incubates entrepreneurship through collaboration at UMD; Design & Branding Lead at Bitcamp - a hackathon at UMD; and 3D designer at Hinman CEOs prototyping lab - A UMD entrepreneurship program combining education with technology and industry mentorship. Hilnbrand is also an entrepreneur, running his own freelance web development, graphics design, video, and print services company called JHIL Media Design.

Paul Hilton, Director of Development, Trillium Asset Management

Paul HiltonPaul is a portfolio manager and director of business development. Prior to joining Trillium, Paul was Vice President, Sustainable Investment Business Strategy at Calvert Investments, leading SRI product and business development, with a particular focus on the institutional and international arenas. He also previously held senior positions within Calvert’s Equities and Marketing Departments. Paul has also served as Portfolio Manager for Socially Responsible Investing at The Dreyfus Corporation, then a division of Mellon Bank, and as Research Analyst in the Social Awareness Investment (SAI) program at Smith Barney Asset Management, then a division of Citigroup. Paul serves as Chair of the Board of US SIF, the U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. Paul is also former Treasurer of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI).

Laura Jordan, Attorney, The Federal Practice Group

Laura JordanLaura Jordan has deep experience in the nation’s capital and worldwide as a counselor and litigator. She is a world leader in the area of cutting edge social entrepreneur/sustainability policy and notably registered the first such entities in Maryland and Virginia.  She has provided legal and policy commentary for numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Business Journal, and numerous other print, broadcast, and online media outlets.  She has spoken and presented widely to U.S. and international thought leaders in the social entrepreneur and sustainability sectors, including at Yale Law School, for the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of State, and other national and international institutions.  She has been invited by legislators to testify on social venture legislation, and is a co-founder of a social venture incubator in the Eastern United States. Ms. Jordan is a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership established in 2002 by Presidents George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai.  She is a Board member of Think Local First DC; a member of the U.S. Institute of Peace Working Group on Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Women’s Programming; and a Board member of the Velvet Foundation, dedicated to executing the strategic plan for the National LGBT Museum.

Robert Jordan, Washington D.C. Commissioner

Robert JordanRobert A. Jordan is an accomplished financial economist and project management professional that has dedicated his career and personal life to establishing public-private partnerships that create a meaningful impact at the international, federal, municipality, nonprofit and community level.  Mr. Jordan has established a track record of excellence at the international level from his work on Booz Allen Hamilton’s Diplomacy and International Economic Development team that managed the loan products and designed the financial system for the multi-billion dollar Millennium Challenge Corporation portfolio. At the state and federal level Mr. Jordan has performed the financial and market analysis for the Rural Development component of the USDA for more efficient use of their $148 billion loan portfolio.  Prior to working with USDA rural development, Mr. Jordan worked with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh as a financial analyst within the Office of Finance that issued municipal bonds, implemented tax increment financing, and financed large scale economic development projects.  Within the non-profit sector Mr. Jordan supported the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Donor Data project, and led a development team based in India through the software development lifecycle for a financial system that aggregated the amount of aid disbursed from six countries.  Mr. Jordan has transferred his doctoral education in finance and management consulting skills into successful public private partnership projects in solar, agriculture, and workforce development programs as an elected Commissioner in the District of Columbia. These experiences have led to recognition via publications, invitations to speak at conferences, corporate awards, 2012 Black Engineer of the Year in Modern Technology Leadership and recognition as a 2013 Mayor’s Sustainability Award winner.

Yogesh Joshi, Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Yogesh JoshiYogesh Joshi is an assistant professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He works in the areas of marketing and innovation. His research focuses on strategic marketing decisions, product differentiation, brand strategy, social influence, the diffusion of innovations, and new product development. He teaches/has taught courses on customer centric innovation in the undergraduate program, new product development in the MBA program, innovation analytics in the MS in Marketing Analytics program, and mathematical models in marketing in the PhD program. His prior industry experience includes work as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, on issues related to marketing, operations and technology. 

Amy Kincaid, Founder & Principal, ChangeMatters, Benefit LLC

Amy KincaidAmy Kincaid has been responsible for securing over $66 million for organizations working on economic development, arts and culture, sustainability, and international development. She has worked on several start-up organizations, turnarounds, and collaborations between local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Amy developed the grantmaking program for the 1st US-Soviet foundation; worked with organizations in Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and Albania; built one of the earliest online employment listing services (specializing in social service and social change jobs); and has presented countless times on planning, strategy, program design, turnarounds, social enterprise, and funding. She teaches Writing for Social Entrepreneurship in the professional writing program at the University of Maryland.

Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab, Babson College

Cheryl KiserAs the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, Cheryl is responsible for leading a critical aspect of the growth strategy for Babson by promoting broad support for Babson's work in integrating social innovation and social entrepreneurship into its curriculum and co-curricular activities. Before coming to Babson, Cheryl was the Managing Director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. She is one of the leading voices in the U.S. on the role of business in society. For more than 12 years she played a central role in creating the largest research center of its kind in the U.S., and spearheaded a national initiative to engage leading businesses to take a collaborative approach to working on education issues. Prior to Boston College, Cheryl was the Director of Marketing for Work Family Directions, the leading provider of work life programs.

Jim Kucher, President – Baltimore Chapter, Social Enterprise Alliance 

Jim Kucher

J. Howard "Jim" Kucher is a serial entrepreneur and a nationally recognized thought leader in Social Entrepreneurship who has secured over $70M in working capital on behalf of mission oriented enterprises. As Founder & Managing Director of Income for Outcomes, A Benefit LLC; Jim works with leading social innovators to develop innovative solutions to systemic problems in several social sectors. Prior to this role, Jim led the Baltimore Social Enterprise Collaborative, where over 60 area nonprofits developed new models for meeting the needs of their constituents while increasing the sustainability of their organizations.

Austin Lee, Former President, Smith Undergraduate Chapter of Net Impact 

Austin LeeAustin Lee is a Senior undergraduate student at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMD, double majoring majoring in Finance and Management. Highlights of Austin's time at UMD include co-founding and leading the Smith Undergraduate Net Impact Chapter, which received Undergrad Chapter of the Year while he was president, and co-founding and leading SmithPeers, an undergraduate mentoring cooperative. Outside of school, he has interned for Deloitte, Net impact, and Mindset Works. Austin plans to graduate this Spring, 2014 and work at Bridgespan Group as an Associate Consultant. 

Jeff Lundy, Director, Business Civic Leadership Council – US Chamber of Commerce

Jeff LundyJeff Lundy is a researcher with work experience in business, consulting and the federal government. As a Sociology PhD, Lundy has experience in social and economic research, analysis and consulting – an effective combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and a solid understanding of how economic principles affect social programs and economic well-being.

Eliot Metzger, Senior Associate - Markets & Enterprise Program, World Resources Institute

Eliot MetzgerEliot is a Senior Associate in WRI’s Markets & Enterprise Program. He manages research on the Next Practice Advantage, which highlights innovative business solutions to global environmental challenges like climate change. He works closely with WRI’s corporate partners to develop, test, and refine practical tools, including a sustainability SWOT tool that can translate big trends into actionable risks or opportunities to create new value. Prior to re-joining WRI in 2007 (Eliot was a WRI intern in 2004), he worked at Eastern Research Group as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There, he helped develop and execute a variety of clean energy and water efficiency initiatives, including EPA’s energy and environmental management systems and WaterSense program.

Mark Newberg, Managing Director - Impact Investment Strategies, 5 Stone Green Capital

Mark NewbergMark Newberg is Managing Director of Impact Investment Strategies.  Mark leads the firm’s “layered impact” strategy, incorporating impact principles into each project, in ways that support bottom-line financial returns while producing tangible external benefits. He is a founding member, and Chair of the Design Committee, of the Global Innovation Summit, a gathering of global thought leaders organized by T2 Venture Capital.  Mark was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Small Business Administration, where he helped lead impact investing policy efforts and the Startup America: Reducing Barriers series as part of his high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation portfolio. Prior to his time at SBA, Mark was a post-Katrina Advisor to the New Orleans City Council, focusing on big picture policy issues in the recovery.  

Nadine Payne, MBA'15, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Nadine PayneNadine Payne is a Masters of Business Administration student at the Smith School passionate about microfinance and other microlending models, especially in developing countries. Prior to Smith, Nadine spent several years practicing as a securities litigation attorney. While practicing as an attorney, she began volunteering with microfinance institutions and realized she had a passion for it. She came to Smith looking to better position herself to work in the microfinance space. 

David Podmayersky, Director of Sustainability, Earth Color

David PodmayerskyDavid Podmayersky has spent the last decade as the Director of Sustainability at Earth Color. He is a life long environmentalist and focuses on engaging industry in system & process re-engineering projects, infusing triple bottom line governance into the DNA of a corporation. David's 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. 

Aaron Price, Co-Founder, LiveCube

Aaron PriceAaron Price is a focused and determined entrepreneur with steady creative energy. Over the last 15 years, he has founded several start-ups in the ecommerce and digital marketing spaces. Price is a University of Maryland, Smith School of Business alumni with a B.S. in Marketing.

Bill Rand, Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Bill RandWilliam (Bill) Rand examines the use of computational modeling techniques, like agent-based modeling, geographic information systems, social network analysis, and machine learning, to help understand and analyze complex systems, like the diffusion of innovation, organizational learning, and economic markets. He is currently co-authoring a textbook on agent-based modeling. Over the course of his research experience, he has used computer models to help understand a large variety of complex systems, such as the evolution of cooperation, suburban sprawl, traffic patterns, financial systems, land-use and land-change in urban systems, and many other phenomena.

Rebecca Ratner, Assistant Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Rebecca RatnerRebecca Ratner is Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs - Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She received a Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University in 1999, was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School in 1996 – 1997 and a visiting scholar at the Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business in 2004. Prior to her position at Maryland, she was assistant professor and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ratner’s research explores factors underlying suboptimal consumer decision making and focuses on variety seeking, motivation, and the influence of social norms. Her research has appeared in marketing, psychology, and decision-making journals, including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Ratner has taught courses on marketing management, marketing research, and consumer behavior to MBA students, undergraduate students, and executives. She currently serves as associate editor for Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Marketing Research.

Rachelle Sampson, Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Rachelle SampsonRachelle Sampson has been a professor at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business for almost 10 years, in the Logistics, Business & Public Policy Department. With a background in law and economics, Rachelle examines how firm ownership structures affect performance, both financially and environmentally, in her research. She teaches graduate level coursework on managerial economics and the economics of sustainable business, PhD classes on organizational economics as well as an upcoming undergraduate course on startups for sustainability solutions. She is an active participant in several activities related to expanding the sustainability curriculum at the University of Maryland, most recently serving as a faculty mentor and facilitator on the Chesapeake Project, an initiative to infuse sustainability throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Prof. Sampson lived in Australia for 10 years. During this time, she received her law degree and was admitted as a barrister in New South Wales. Rachelle also held several legal and consulting positions during this time, including time at Ernst and Young advising firms on optimal expansion strategies for South East Asia.

Erica Lee Schlaikjer, Founder, Benevolent Media; Community Manager, Huge

Erica SchlaikjerErica Schlaikjer is a writer, editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology, design and social change. She is the founder of Benevolent Media, a media and events consultancy dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good. She is also the co-founder & creative strategist of the not-for-profit Media Rise Festival, which brings together creatives, business leaders and educators committed to using media for social change. She currently helps clients integrate social media into their business and marketing plans as a community manager for Huge, a full-service digital agency in Washington, D.C. Formerly, she worked as the media relations and online engagement coordinator for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She was also Managing Editor of EMBARQ’s blog, TheCityFix.com. She is a StartingBloc Fellow from the 2012 New York Institute for Social Innovation.

Jeff Senne, Corporate Responsibility Operations Leader, PwC

Jeff SenneJeff Senne is the Director of Environment and Marketplace for PwC. In this role Senne leads the firm's efforts in terms of environmental conservation and promoting responsible business practices in the marketplace. Prior to joining PwC, he was the Director of Sustainability Performance for Sodexo Inc, a Senior Advisor for the African Development Bank and the Head of Communications on Progress and Participation for the United Nations Global Compact. In these roles, he has worked with company, university, civil society and governmental representatives in creating value by continually improving their organization’s social and environmental impact.

Mairin Srygley, Co-founder, Voices: Arts for Social Change

Mairin SrygleyMairin Srygley is Co-founder and President Emerita of the UMD student group, Voices: Arts for Social Change. Voices uses film events, interactive socio-political performances, and community engagement activities to empower student artists to use the arts for positive change throughout their careers. Mairin finished her studies at UMD, College Park in January 2014 with bachelor's degrees in Music (Voice) and "Education and Social change in Latin America." She is currently interning with Changing Education Through the Arts at The Kennedy Center, and serving as El Salvador Research Associate with Dr. Paula Beckman (Special Education) at UMD. She is also singing with the Shrine Basilica Choir in Washington D.C. and will travel to South Korea with UMD Chamber Singers in August. 

Amanda Stevens, Research Analyst - Markets & Enterprise Program, World Resources Institute

Amanda StevensAmanda Stevens is the Research Assistant for the Sustainability Initiative at World Resources Institute. She works with staff across WRI's five programs to ensure that the Institute is on track to "walk the talk" when it comes to internal sustainability management and strategies. Her daily efforts include calculating WRI's annual and quarterly environmental footprints, measuring the impacts of sustainable policies and guidelines, and communicating WRI's efforts both internally and externally. Amanda comes to the Sustainability Initiative after nearly a year of interning for WRI's new Shale Gas Initiative; providing research and communications support. Prior to joining the WRI team, she honed in on her interests in sustainability management strategies through internships for the Center of Sustainability Education and the Office of Campus Sustainability at Dickinson College, where she provided student outreach and communications, sustainable event planning, and data analysis for the college’s Climate Action Plan.

Mark Stewart, Sustainability Manager, UMD Office of Sustainability 

Mark StewartMark Stewart is dedicated to transforming colleges and universities into model sustainable communities where students learn principles of sustainability through the curriculum, culture, and campus environment. For the last 8 years, he has lead efforts to actualize this vision at the University of Maryland, which is recognized as a national leader in sustainability. Stewart earned his Masters Degree from the University of Maryland in Higher Education Policy and Leadership.

Andy Stoll, Social Entrepreneur & Photographer 

Andy StollAndy Stoll most recently co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good startup working to grow the grassroots entrepreneurial & creative community in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area (a region still recovering from massive floods in 2008). Stoll has also co-founded Startup Iowa (the 8th region to join the White House initiated Startup America Partnership), is in development on a reality-based around-the-world travel show for a major network, and serves in advisory roles with a number of startups.