Forbes Magazine recently named Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s MostInfluential Celebrities.” USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy.
From creating his seminal, Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men's lifestyle brand, Argyleculture; founding UniRush in 2003 that provides instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships; the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success;founding GlobalGrind.com, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, postracial America; and, his latest New York Times best-seller,SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All, Russell is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy. Giving back is of primary importance to him in all aspects of life and as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he has consistently leveraged his influence in the recording industry, fashion, television, financial services, and jewelry sectors to give back.
A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth through education, the arts, social engagement, and promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations. Russell also serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador For The Permanent Memorial To Honor The Victims Of Slavery and The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Russell is a native New Yorker who attended City College of New York.
Russell has two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee.
Suzanne Simon holds a degree in environmental science/chemistry from Ohio University. After college she worked as a consultant specializing in groundwater/soil remediation. For five years, she edited and wrote for the Remediation Journal. With the launch of Loulies, much of her time is now spent cooking and writing about food. She recognizes the overlap between our environment and what we eat and the importance of sustainability. With a family of five, she is also committed to and has volunteered much of her time to healthy school lunch initiatives and public school gardens. She recently received her certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.
Bettina and Suzanne are regulars at Fresh Farm Markets, cooking healthy, seasonal food right at the markets. www.freshfarmmarkets.org
Dr. Avé C. Sims, lightheartedly referred to as Dr. Avé, is committed to improving the health and lives of all communities by promotion of healthy living and preventive medicine through safe and reliable holistic education and resources.
In 2006 Dr. Avé redirected her expertise from clinical practice to health education serving as CEO and consultant of New Life Health Specialists, PLC offering strategic planning, integrative health care curriculum, and instructional design. She delivers health, wellness, and leadership seminars in addition to lending her voice as a media spokeswoman and medical voiceover talent. Dr. Avé serves on committees in areas of health care disparities, diversity, multicultural health, youth and families, urban education, minority and underserved populations, and prevention. In 2003 she was a founding curriculum contributor for the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiatives Committee’s Barbershop Program for high blood pressure early detection in the African American community and in 2009 became a member of the board of Urban Gateways in Chicago, Illinois. Due to her work as an adjunct professor teaching Culture and Health in both the Nursing and Science departments of Arizona State University and the Maricopa Community Colleges School District, she was awarded the title of “Medicine Woman” by the Gila River Reservation where she continues work to decrease rates of diabetes and obesity among native populations.
She has served as advisor and lecturer to institutions as far as Greece and China regarding merging Eastern and Western medicine and incorporating integrative medicine into didactic and clinical curricula. Dr. Avé was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her exposure to the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory and Carnegie Science Center as a child peaked her interest in science, which led to earning a B.S. in Biology with minors in chemistry and mathematics in 1994 and later becoming a doctor of naturopathic medicine in 2003 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Hayden Sims is the Founder of BoobyLove, a non-profit community breast milk exchange located in the SF Bay Area. Hayden also Co-founded Mothership HackerMoms, the first women’s hacker space dedicated to giving mothers the time and space to explore DIY craft and design, hacker/ maker culture, and all manner of creative expression. She has a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter.
As a mother/hacker/ entrepreneur, Hayden believes the world needs more people ardently pursuing their passions and credits the success of her ventures to the fact that she understands the pressures and demands parents face. She often says, “I’m not trying to be the perfect mother, I’m trying to be the best mom for MY son.”
Born and raised in SF Bay Area, Hayden resides in Oakland with her partner Cale, rambunctious son Breccan, and is expecting their 2nd child later this year.
Diljeet K. Singh, MD, DrPH is a Gynecologic Oncologist at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the Co-Director of the Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program and in 2009 was named Director of Government and International Relations for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
She began her medical career as a student at
Dr. Singh’s research interests are focused on the costs and quality of prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies. Her research evaluates the costs of both high technology and low technology approaches to the prevention of cervical cancer in developing and developed countries. Her work addresses the need to tailor technology and screening techniques to specific settings and populations. She continues to present nationally and internationally on HPV related disease and cervical cancer prevention.
Kait loves to facilitate the relationships between people and the plants growing around them. She consults, designs and builds gardens using edible, medicinal, natives, and only the loveliest plants. Her favorite work is in empowering others to provide healing for themselves, through personal mentorship and workshops in harvesting, processing and crafting with the plants, to create homegrown, hand-made foods and medicines.
Shivani is the CEO and founder of InVenture. InVenture's vision is to provide a standardized global credit score for anyone with a mobile phone thereby revolutionizing the financial services sector by creating greater transparency and access for all individuals. Shivani has a wide array of professional experiences in global health, microfinance, and investment banking. Prior to InVenture she worked health costing at UNFPA and Mergers & Acquisitions at Health Net and Citigroup. She is a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, and on the board the LA Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. InVenture has been recognized by Vodafone, Bloomberg, TechCrunch and NextBillion. Shivani holds a M.P.H in Health Economics and International Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wesleyan University.
Ori J. Sivan holds a master's degree in Environmental Engineering and has over 5 years experience organizing and consulting on sustainable business practices. Greenmaker is founded on Oris vision that engaging the marketplace is the most effective way to provide for environmental improvement and sustainable economic growth.
Janna Six is the Education and Outreach Director for Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. She has been involved with numerous environmental education programs and nonprofit organizations. She served as the Chair of the Sierra Club, the Assistant Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and the Development Assistant of Colorado Environmental Coalition. Janna was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Dominica, West Indies from 1985 to 1987. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education from Colorado State University and a Bachelors degree from University of Colorado at Denver.
Agnes is a Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising student at Long Beach City College. In July of 2011 she visited the Nicaraguan Sewing Cooperative in Nueva Vida. She is currently developing a clothing line that will be manufactured by women in Nicaragua and sold here in U.S. Chicago and NYC through the professional practice program offered at UC.
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JimSlama is the founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org, which encourages the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food and goods. FamilyFarmed.org expands the market for local farmers and food producers by advancing the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, supporting farmers markets and playing an integral role in public policy in the state and region.
FamilyFarmed.org hosts the annual Family Farmed EXPO, a food festival, trade show, financing conference and celebration of local food and goods. Slama played a key role in developing and helping to pass the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act, which created the Illinois Local, Food, Farms and Jobs Council. Slama is a member of this Council charged with developing local food systems in the state.
Slama has received a great deal of recognition. In 2007, FamilyFarmed.org’s work earned the Yahoo! For Good Green Award. Slama was named on Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under Forty” annual list of leading young business and civic leaders. He also received the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award for his contributions to the
Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, which he founded in 1995 and came on full time to lead in 1999. The firm facilitates clean distributed energy projects for commercial, industrial and military applications. -- specializing on blending technologies and financing for projects, as well as assisting companies to scale-up market penetration with a focus on standardized, modular, web-enabled, and interoperable systems.
Previously, Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade associations concurrently, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Prior of running trade associations, Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby for two years, -- a renewable energy advocacy group founded by the big nine US environmental organizations.
Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits NY) on his Washington personal and Committee staff for nine years, and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s where most of the renewable energy legislation first was passed by the US Congress as a result of the first and second oil embargos. He serves on the Boards of Directors of three national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), Renewable Energy Policy Project (energy analysis), and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition, composed of the 20+ national energy efficiency and renewable energy industry organization, advocacy groups, think tanks, and environmental groups.
Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol, published in1985 which is updated and was updated and re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press, and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy” first published in 1998 and is in its third publishing. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University teaching a unique multidisciplinary sustainable energy course. On November 4, 2010 Secretary Locke approved Sklar's appointment to the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC).
Jeff Slye oversees the strategy and implementation of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants' environmental program, EarthCare. Through EarthCare, Mr. Slye has successfully implemented environmental standards across Kimptonʼs more than 80 hotels and restaurants. EarthCare is now recognized as one of the leading green programs within the hospitality industry.
Mr. Slye's approach engages all levels of employees to ʽchampionʼ the program and ensures products and service levels always exceed guest expectations. From EarthCareʼs success, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) requested Kimptonʼs assistance on their environmental initiative and Mr. Slye became the strategic advisor for the NRAʼs project. Mr. Slye is on the Editorial Board for Sustainability of HotelExecutive.com.
As cofounder and president of the Feminist Majority and former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Eleanor Smeal has led efforts for the economic, political, and social equality and empowerment of women worldwide for three decades. She has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win womens rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for womens rights.
Smeal has been on the frontlines fighting for womens equality. She has been at the forefront of almost every major womens rights victory from the integration of Little League, newspaper helpwanted ads, and police departments to the passage of landmark legislation, such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Equal Credit Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. She has pushed to make Social Security and pensions more equitable for women. She has campaigned to close the wage gap and to achieve pay equity. Expanding feminist activism to a global level, Smeal in 1997 launched the international Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan to counter the Talibans abuse of women.
Smeal serves on a number of boards, including the National Council for Research on Women, the National Organization for Women, the Executive Committee of the National Council of Womens Organizations, and the Leadership Circle of the Alliance for Ratification of CEDAW. She is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University and holds an M.A. degree from the University of Florida. She received an honorary Doctor of Law from Duke University and an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Florida.
Born and raised in Seattle. I grew up in the Burien, White Center area. Graduated from Kennedy HS in 1998 I joined the Laborer’s Union in 2001 as a concrete worker. In 2006 I was hired as an organizer for the Laborer’s District Council. I have spent the last couple of years trying to organize in the wx industry and trying to help workers get on a career path with the Laborer’s Union.
Smircichis an active volunteer for Canaan Fair Trade. Smircich is also volunteers with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice that ispromoting Canaan in its commitment to economic, social and environmental justice in Palestine. Smircich has presented the story of the Palestinian Fair Trade producers at the National United Students for Fair Trade Conference, numerous festivals and events, and introduced the product to Fair Trade and organic retail stores throughout Seattle.
J. Phoenix Smith, MSW is an Ecotherapist, Clinical Social Worker, and initiated Orisha Priest in the Indigenous Yoruba Tradition. Ms. Smith has 20 years experience working in community health and public health organizations and presents on Ecotherapy as a wellness intervention at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Phoenix is known as the "Black Green Therapist”, and Founder of EcoSoul www.ecosoulwisdom.org and the new Director with the outdoors company Back to Earth www.backtoearth.org. As one of the Bay Area’s innovative ecotherapists, she has been awarded a grant for a class on the spirit of place and ancestor reverence called Fertile Ground: An EcoSoul Journey with the Ancestors. She is also the spiritual leader of a local Orisha community called Ile Oloosa Okegiga de Marun: The House Belonging to the Bay of the Mountains where she provides mentorship and leads regular ceremonies in nature.
Smithson started Puget Sound Solar LLC in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. What started out as a vague notion has gelled into a firm commitment to establish solar energy as a viable and permanent consumer choice. Along the way, Jeremy has become a NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal and Solar PV Installer, a Washington State certified Electrical Administrator, and a popular lecturer and teacher. What was initially a solo act is now part of a team effort, with Pamela Burton, coowner, and six employees. Since 2001, Puget Sound Solar has installed, in 290 projects, 400 kW of solar electric systems and 256 kW of solar thermal systems. Smithson is a member of the American Solar Energy Society, Solar Washington, and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Brian Smucker is president and co-owner of Baksheesh, a fully fair trade retailer with stores in Sonoma and St. Helena, CA. Previously, he worked for Ten Thousand Villages and a magazine publishing company. He has served on a number of FTF committees and 15 nonprofit boards, including FTF. Brian has been directly involved with 8 fair trade store startups. He and his wife Candi do startup consulting and mentoring with fair trade retailers around the US. Brian also produces an annual best seller report. He has worked in fair trade full-time since 1993 and hopes to retire in a few years. He has contributed thousands of volunteer hours to the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory since 1997.
Reverend Cynthia Snavely serves as the minister of the Goodloe Memorial Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bowie, Maryland, a congregation in process for the Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary designation. She is also the administrator for a regional group, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, which includes 23 congregations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia who have been working separately and together on environmental education and actions. Rev. Snavely has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Warrington, PA, Charleston, WV, and Columbia, MD. Reverend Snavely began her ministerial career in 1984 as a United Methodist minister serving congregations in Stroudsburg, Weatherly, and Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania. She is currently secretary of the congregationbased community organizing group Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM), a volunteer with CourtAppointed Special Advocates (CASA) Prince George's County, and a member of the Visitors' Board at Bowie State University.
Sara Snow has been called first generation organic, and green livings real deal and its easy to see why. Raised in the countryside outside Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by organic gardens, solar panels and compost heaps, Sara enjoyed the benefits of one of the most freshoriented areas in the country and a family with a propensity toward and infectious passion for eco living.
Sara's parents were pioneers as the natural foods movement was just beginning. They studied macrobiotics, started a natural foods deli and made the decision to move their family from the city to live off the land in a cleaner environment. While other youngsters were chasing down their Sugar Smacks with cow's milk, Sara was sipping soymilk, munching on carob bars and dining on brown rice balls with nori (seaweed). Sara played in organic cotton tshirts, washed her hair with natural jojoba shampoos and at first sign of a rash or a sniffle was treated with herbs and natural medicine. From her first years, Sara was schooled in the way of organic foods and natural living and her dad, Tim Redmond, lead by example, cofounding some of the heaviest hitters in the world of organics; Eden Foods, American Soy Products, and Blue Horizon Organic Seafood Co.
Snow continued to study natural living as an adult and was fortunate to see health as a constant companion. She began work in television and quickly gained some success, earning two national Emmy Awards as a producer for national cable documentaries; then going on to become an award winning news reporter and anchor. But after three years of working on an early morning news program, Snows health began to take a swift nosedive. With stress and lack of sleep playing such a prominent role, her natural foods and healthy home environment werent enough. So Snow stepped back, spent some meditative time with her husband, Ryan, and their dog Makana, and went back to her roots, creating the concept for a TV series with practical advice on living green.
Since then Sara has been traveling the country talking to everyday folks and shooting segments for her green living primetime series for the Discovery Networks: Living Fresh, initially for Discovery Home and Get Fresh with Sara Snow, with initial runs on Discovery Health. Nearly 68 million people, mostly women, were able to watch Get Fresh with Sara Snow on Discovery Health. Today the programs are airing six times a week for 50 million viewers on Discovery Home and nearly 43 million on Discoverys FitTV. And Snow is the green lifestyle expert for Discoverys new 24/7 ecolifestyle network, Planet Green. Over the last year Sara has made appearances at events from green festivals to natural product expos to home shows and corporate conferences. A record attendance of 47,000 people were at Natural Products Expo West, the worlds largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show, where Snow spoke at a dinner and performed a healthful cooking and green living demonstration. At the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) conference in Marina Del Rey, CA Sara spoke on the science behind organics, and in San Francisco she lectured on the science behind and messaging of organics and naturals to business leaders at the Green Business Conference. Sara has spoken on national television and radio tours with a message of simple steps toward a greener life. She has served as spokesperson for the Organic Centers Mission Organic program and is engaged to do the same for CoOp Americas Green Festivals. She has been highlighted in publications including The New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, FoxNews.com, TreeHugger.com, Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, Body + Soul, Utne Magazine, and Food and Nutrition.
Today Sara is living proof that green has gone mainstream. In the last four years, sales of natural and organic products increased 56 percent, becoming a $56 billion industry. Today more than half of all U.S. consumers say they buy organic products at least occasionally. The demand for organic products is expected to continue to grow at doubledigit rates.
Snow was and still is its cheerleader, still a wearer of organic cotton tshirts and an avid fan of composting.
Snyder's committment to breath, movement, happiness and prayer make her one of San Francisco's most soughtafter teachers.
Dave Snyder is a poet and gardener living in Chicago. Since 2004, Snyder has helped manage Ginkgo Organic Gardens, an allvolunteer, organic food bank garden in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. He is founder and president of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, which aims to bring orchards specializing in rare and endangered fruit to Chicago. As a poet, Snyder is a recipient of the Iowa Review Award in Poetry and his work has appeared in Sentence, the Denver Quarterly, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.
Founded inSpring 2006 the Social Prophet Choir is a musical convergence of BayArea change makers from NGO's, eco businesses, education and the arts. With appearances at Green Festival, Harmony Festival, JuliaButterfly's Annual Birthday Gatherings and Grace Cathedral, this groupincludes leaders from Green for All, Global Exchange, Communitree, Artin Action, GreenHome, Pachamama Alliance, BayLocalize, Transcendentist, Current.com, Free Range Studios, ClearCenter of Health, Shakti Yoga Shala and more. Founded and Directed byAmira Diamond, CoDirector of Women's Earth Alliance, this dynamicgroup has featured music written by local composers Troy Lush, AmyMacClain, MC Seasunz and more.
Soechtig has produced for 20/20, Primetime Live, Good Morning America, Fox and ABC's Planet Earth hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Namonyah Soipan, Ph.D., trained in western psychology and integrative medicine, is a shamanistic psychologist, who has facilitated workshops in Japan, the United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Belgium, Africa, India, Thailand, Virgin Islands and the United States. Namonyah began her shamanic journey over twenty-five years ago when she was afforded an invaluable opportunity to live with the Maasai for a year in the deep interior of Kenya. Her rite of passage was an exciting, painful, transformative and amazing unfolding. She utilizes sacred ceremony and holistic therapy to assist people healing from the aftermath of trauma, and other imbalances relating to mind, body and soul. Integrating the ancient shamanic traditions of the Maasai, Taslagi people, Ifa, and Peruvian shamanism, Namonyah's eclectic modalities have assisted men and women in their search for deep spiritual union with the Soul of Earth. She is in the process of publishing her second book: Activating Thunder.
Beauty industry veteran and entrepreneurial mom, Kate Solomon, is an expert on kid’s beauty and grooming. A Harvard graduate with an MBA from Northwestern, Solomon was a seasoned beauty executive for industry giants, L’Oréal, Parfums Givenchy and Avon before launching her own organic grooming line for kids, Babo Botanicals. Developed with top botanists, Babo features top quality prestige adult-quality ingredients in family-friendly packaging. An advocate of sustainable agricultural development and avid greenmarket enthusiast, Solomon grew up beekeeping with her father and later taught rural, women farmers while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in South America to make beekeeping an entrepreneurial business.
Atossa Soltani is the founder and executive director of Amazon Watch, a non-profit that supports the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. Amazon Watch’s campaigns include: Stop the Belo Monte Dam (Brazil), Chevron: Clean Up Ecuador (Ecuador), Support the Achuar: Stop Talisman (Peru), Oxy: Clean Up Toxic Legacy in Peru (Peru), and Defend U'wa Life and Territory (Colombia).
Soltani serves on the boards of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs and the Christensen Fund, and on the Steering Council of the Amazon Alliance. She is also an Advisor to the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. Soltani's previous activist work including directing campaigns of the Rainforest Action Network.
Active since the '70's, Seattle Song Circle meets every Sunday night in various homes to swap songs. Participants may sing, request a song or just come to listen. Come join the circle and add your voice at the Green Festival! Chorus songs, sea and work shanties and your favorite singalongs are all encouraged.
Chef Alli Sosna began her culinary career in 2005 after she volunteered in the kitchen on a whim at Chef Geoff’s restaurant by American University, where she was doing her undergrad work. She received culinary training at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md, and from there, spent four years in some of D.C.’s highest-regarded kitchens. She spent time at Hook under award-winning chef Barton Seaverand The Inn at Little Washington, a Relais & Chateauproperty, and finally landed at Dean and Deluca, where she cooked for large-scale catering projects and retail operations.
After leaving Dean and Deluca, she became executive chef of contract foods with Fresh Start Catering and D.C. Central Kitchen.During her tenure with DC Central Kitchen, working with nine schools in the District and seeing the childhood obesity epidemic firsthand, Alli realized that many families don’t have the education to cook healthy food, to buy bulk healthy foods and to cook more at home. With almost 16% of Americans eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly known as the Food Stamps program), she wanted to help those families gain this crucial knowledge. She developed Micro-Greens to help expand these skills and combat obesity in the U.S., city by city, one meal at a time.
Micro-Greens is the first social good project from Chef Alli’s Pine Benefit Corporation. The program is designed to teach children how to cook based on a government-supplemented food budget. This program is designed to showcase how anyone living on a government-issued food budget can shop, prepare, and feed healthy meals to themselves and their families.
Andrés soto is a life long resident of the Greater Richmond Area and has advocated for social justice in a variety of issues from violence prevention and gun control, education, civil and immigration rights, food and environmental justice. Andrés is currently the Richmond Organizer for Communities for a Better Environment, spearheading the community response to the recent Chevron Richmond Refinery Toxic Explosion and Fire.
Source of Light provides positive messages in a delightful blend of jazz fusion, reggae, pop and inspirational music. Musician Dr. Gregory Bledsoe's music can be found many schools and public libraries. It has been played on many radio stations including KGO’s “God Talk,” KKST, KBLX, KEST and KDIA. Additionally, he has been featured on KPFA’s Morning Show and on KPIX’s Channel Seven Evening Magazine. It is his diverse style that takes Bledsoe and “Source of Light” into festivals, fairs, private parties, weddings, schools, churches and any other occasion when people get together to celebrate.
Patti Southard is program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County, Southard is Creative Director for the award winning "EcoCool Remodel Tool," and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED and Built Green initiatives. Southard’s program implementation has been focused on the creation of online interactive tools, most recently creating The Sustainable Cities Toolkit2. Toolkit2 is a resource for the community of local governments dedicated to advancement of deep-green design, construction and sustainable planning. Patti is also a member of King Counties Equity and Social Justice Task Force for green, healthy and affordable housing. Patti is currently on the Advisory Council for the Northwest Natural Resource Group, and on the board for the New Orleans Eco Village Park. In 2006, Southard received Built Green’s Pioneer Award for helping to raise awareness in pioneering residential green building in the Pacific Northwest Bioregion. Professional Memberships Include: USGBC, Congress for New Urbanism, Cascadia Green Building Council, Northwest Eco Building Guild and AIA.
Nancy L. Southern is Chair of the Organizational Systems MA and PhD programs at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. She has years of experience in the field of organizational learning and development, consulting to public and corporate organizations and executive teams in the areas of leadership development, collaboration, and organizational transformation. She is a research member of the Society of Organizational Learning (SoL), a steward of Bay Area SoL, and an adjunct faculty member at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Weyland Southon is a first generation Samoan Chinese American, a San Francisco native, a proud resident of West Oakland, and a stay-at-home Dad. Weyland is also a journalist, DJ, and master of ceremonies who is widely known for his audacious radio programming on KPFA FM. His most popular works were 7 Generations (Native wisdom, food justice, family farm advocacy) and Hard Knock Radio (Hiphop-based news, views, arts). Recently, Weyland co-founded Father Figures, an irreverent parenting show co-hosted with NY Times Bestselling Author Adam Mansbach. Weyland also helps organize a Bay Area iteration of the global family-friendly nightclub party Baby Loves Disco. In 2013 he will be editing a new Voice of Witness (VoW) volume, which will feature young Native and Traditional first-person narratives from across North America. VoW is a non-profit book series that depicts human rights crises through the personal stories of the men and women who experience them. Weyland sits on the Advisory Board of the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Youth Speaks and the Ecology Center.
Omoyele Sowore has spent the last 15 years working to promote human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and to stop the militarization and violence that multinational oil companies have brought to his country.
Since 1883, Chabot Space ; Science Center has been providing inspirational science education to the diverse community we serve. Our rich history is coupled with the latest technology in a funfilled, handson center where questions about our universe, which includes our own planet, are explored and answered.
Enveloped in a redwood laced, parkland environment, our interactive exhibits and largerthanlife shows immerse visitors in the wonders of the cosmos, encouraging participation in its splendor. Chabot's committed staff, instructors, and volunteers ensure each visitor's expectations are exceeded as they discover the interaction of natural wonders around them.
Ruby Blume is an educator, gardener, beekeeper, artist, performer and activist, with 20+ years experience gardening in an urban setting. Ruby's experience as an educator extends back thirty years. She has taught music, art, puppetry, design, theatre, gardening, beekeeping, stiltwalking and more to people ages five to ninetyfive. She currently runs the Institute of Urban Homesteading, an educational project dedicated to localism, sustainability and selfdetermination. She lives in Oakland CA with 3 cats, 6 quail, 13 rabbits, 18 fruit trees and 150,000 bees.
A life-long teacher whose clarity, humor and insight inspire thousands of families facing traumatic events, William Spear draws from four decades of experience including training with the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center and Sogyal Rinpoche and teaching natural approaches to health and sustainable design. In immediate response to disasters in southeast Asia; central Java, Indonesia; Samoa; Japan and the Northeast US, William and his team trained hundreds of mental health professionals, medical students, doctors, clergy, parents, volunteers and caregivers to mitigate the effects of PTSD in orphaned and traumatized children.
He is the best-selling author of Feng Shui Made Easy, a featured contributor to Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World and the upcoming Recovering Original Ability. He is the father of three sons (also actively involved in disaster relief work) and lives in Connecticut where his non-profit, Fortunate Blessings Foundation, sets itself apart as “Second Responders” to address the long-term emotional and psychological well- being of children.
Patrick Spencer, Executive Director of the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance (CFCA), has been involved in the Slow Food movement and sustainable restaurant initiatives throughout his 30-year career in the food and beverage industry. As Sustainability Coordinator for Willamette Valley Vineyards, he founded the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance in 2008, whose mission is to preserve and protect the Mediterranean cork forests. This NGO has established a global cork recycling program and natural cork certification and educational programs. The CFCA is currently developing cork forest conservation programs with all 7 cork producing countries. In 2010, the CFCA and Willamette Valley Vineyards received the Rainforest Alliance “Sustainable Standard-Setter Award” for their cork forest conservation efforts.
The Spiral Dance Chorus & Band is comprised of children, teens and adults supporting the annual Spiral Dance, now in its 3rd year, with Starhawk, the Reclaiming Community and others from diverse spiritual paths. Encompassing many genres, including traditional world, ethnic/indigenous, chant, folk-rock, rock, jazz and Balkan, they bring an awareness for social justice, peace, women's and environmental issues with passion and bliss.
"Spirit Soul And Friends" - A Musical Peace Troupe are the award recipients of the Los Angeles Music Awards for World Music Artists of the Year as well as Showcase Artists of the Year. They are also the Music Ambassadors for Supercuts "Rock The Cut" campaign and the Music Directors for The Art Miles Mural Project. This group bonds together a unique act of international musical flavors and always provides a family friendly show. This ensemble brings forth their common goal of taking music and dance to a higher level. Performances include original compositions, positive peace songs, peaceful mantras and uplifting kirtan, Yoga Dance and Asanas, as well as audience interaction. "Spirit Soul And Friends" offers a gift of peace that everyone can take home with them.
Mr. Sprinkel is board president of the Cornucopia Institute and is a Harvard-educated author and organic farmer. He advises producers in the areas of production, handling, processing, and certification and is an Organic Vegetable Producer/Certification Inspector. He has farmed organically for over 30 years and also operates an organic-based grocery and restaurant, The Farmer and Cook, with his wife, Olivia Chase. He was the longtime author of the monthly organic farming column, Transitions, for one of the preeminent sustainable farming journals in the country, Acres USA.
Alexandra Spunt is the co-author of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. Because most of the products we use every day can expose us to thousands of chemicals readily absorbed through our skin, No More Dirty Looks helps you detox your beauty regimen so you can be beautiful inside and out. The book contains useful information including the most dangerous ingredients in widely-used brands and how they’re still not regulated; the 100 best clean makeup, hair care and skin care products; and cheap and simple do-it-yourself beauty recipes.Alexandra started her career in fashion, managing models for top agency, Next. Later she joined the branding team at American Apparel, where she helped develop their advertising campaign and was a company spokesperson. She is now a natural beauty expert, freelance journalist and marketing consultant.
Elizabeth St John designs couture bridal and evening wear collections that are not only exquisitely tailored, but are also environmentally friendly.
A native of Washington DC, her collections are regularly featured in Martha Stewart, Vogue, Brides Magazines and many other national and international publications.
Her new collection of exquisite lingerie, as well as her current atelier collections are available by special order from select boutiques around the country, as well as via her website, www.ElizabethStJohn.com, and locally from her DC based Studio.
Ranece is a Junior at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Science (CHSAS). She is their busy bee and is very helpful with many tasks in the classroom.
Stahre, president of Hazelwolf Environmental Film Network, is a jill of all media trades, from web design and management to video production and photography. She spent seven years working at Microsoft while performing voluntary tech consulting for several Northwest nonprofits.
Strahre said goodbye to Redmond in early 2005 to focus on documentary production. While she continues to perform tech consulting when not in production phases, she hopes to eventually combine these two loves into an effective nonprofit voice and broaden the horizon for informative media distribution through the web. She now owns her own video production company, Versant Media, focusing on environmental and human rights issues, both domestic and international.
Paul Stamets has written six mushroomrelated books. Several are used as textbooks around the world by the gourmet and medicinal mushroom industries. He started a mushroom wholesale and retail sales business, Fungi Perfecti, LLC, in 1980. He is the author of many scholarly papers in peerreviewed journals (The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms; Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM, Oxford University Press); Herbalgram, and others) He holds 4 patents, with several more soon to be approved. (www.fungi.com.)Paul has received several environmental awards. He received the 1998 Bioneers Award from The Collective Heritage Institute, and the 1999 Founder of a New Northwest Award from the Pacific Rim Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils. In 2008, Paul received the National Geographic Adventure's Magazine's GreenOvator and the Argosy Foundation's Echievement Awards. In November of 2008, Utne Reader ecognized Paul as one of the 50 Visionaries of the Year. In February of 2010 Paul was recognized with the President's Award from the Society of Ecological Restoration.
Priscilla Star has been an anti-nuclear activist and organizer in the United States since 1997. After meeting Dr. Helen Caldicott and serving as a board member on Caldicott’s Standing for Truth About Radiation (STAR) board, she remains vigilant against the decommissioning of all nuclear power plants around the world. She is also the Executive Director of Coalition Against Nukes, an anti-nuclear activist facebook page created after 3/11/11. Star resides in the U.S.
Amanda is Rainforest Action Network (RAN)’s Energy & Finance Program Director, challenging large corporations to shift funding away from the world's most destructive industries and towards clean, renewable energy. She has been actively campaigning on environmental and social justice issues in North America and Europe for 15 years.
In 2000, as a youth organizer, Amanda led thousands of European youth to protest at the International Climate summit in the Netherlands. She then moved to San Francisco and worked to pass the city’s first solar energy bond initiatives.
Amanda returned to her home nation of Wales from 2003-07 and founded a movement that succeeded in halting the country’s nuclear energy program, while also working to plan and promote what was then the world’s largest onshore wind power development.
Amanda is proud to work alongside communities across North America, from Appalachia to Alberta, who are standing up for all of our futures.
Starhawk is the author of twelve books on Goddess religion, earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film with Yerba Buena Films. http://thefifthsacredthing.com/
Her latest book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, which examines power, process and conflict for groups that organize without top-down leadership.
A committed activist for global justice and the environment, she is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes to Occupy, is a highly influential voice in the revival of Goddess religion, and has brought many innovative techniques of spirituality and magic to her political work. She has trained activists in direct action and organizing, taught earth-based ritual, healing, and community building world-wide, and directs Earth Activist Training, http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/ which combines permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing skills.
Alexis Starkey, Farm to Feast’s Chef and Proprietor, has always had a passion for food and entertaining. After years of cooking and catering events for friends, colleagues and family – while working professionally in public relations – Alexis decided to make her passion her profession. She left the public relations business, donned a chef’s toque, and embarked on the path that led her to start Farm to Feast.
Alexis received her formal training at the French Culinary Institute (FCI) in New York and at La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Parma, Italy – a course of study that combined the precision of French technique with the Italian devotion to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Since graduating from FCI, Alexis has also received instruction in Turkish cuisine in Istanbul, regional Mexican cooking in Oaxaca, and Southern German food in Bavaria. She relishes bringing the extraordinary flavors of these and other far-flung culinary traditions to her customers in the Washington area.Before founding Farm to Feast, Alexis cooked in one of the leading kitchens in Northern Italy, Ristorante Zum Lowen in Blozano, a restaurant led by one of the first female chefs in Italy to earn a Michelin star. Alexis’ experiences in Italy, particularly her work at Zum Lowen and her exposure to the Slow Food movement, made a deep impression that informs Farm to Feast’s commitment to organic, biodynamic and locally-sourced ingredients.
ROBERT T. STARKS, columnist and political editor of N’DIGO is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the HAROLD WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND POLICY STUDIES at Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in Chicago.
Professor Starks teaches several courses in Inner City Studies, politics, and economic development. He is nationally regarded as an expert in analyzing African-American and African politics and has appeared on several local and national radio and television programs, including THE TODAY SHOW, NIGHTLINE, C-SPAN, CNN, CROSSFIRE, AND CHICAGO TONIGHT (WTTW TV Chicago). He is often quoted in national and local newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
Professor Starks has also authored several articles which have been published in professional books, journals, and newspapers, including the article entitled “Harold Washington and the Politics of Reform in Chicago: 1983-87” that appeared in RACIAL POLITICS IN AMERICAN CITIES, edited by Rufus Browning, et al.
Mr. Starks, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (1986-87), is in the process of completing the first draft of a manuscript for a forthcoming book on the political life of Harold Washington. He lives in the South Shore community of Chicago with his wife Judith. They have two adult children and one grandson.
Alli ChagiStarr is the senior community engagement strategist with Green For All, a national organization dedicated to lifting people out of poverty through the green economy. Formerly at the Ella Baker Center, Alli helped implement the Solutions Salon series and the Social Equity track at the United Nations World Environment Day. A resident of NorthWest Oakland, Alli is a cofounder of the 10year old Art in Action Youth Leadership Program and its new Green Youth Media Center. Her essays about innovative activism appear in multiple publications. She facilitates seminars on developing creative tools for global/personal transformation and community building. She has a B.A. in Cultural Organizing and Performance from The Art and Social Change Department of New College of California, 1991.
Carolyne works with communities across the United States to develop and implement the Transition Towns Model, a scalable design for creating community resilience. She is adept at aligning community activities towards unified goals, a skill honed from over thirty years of working with nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
She has successfully galvanized communities around various social issues and has particular expertise in program development, participative leadership and learning organizations. Her background includes serving as Director of New Colleges North Bay Campus for Sustainable Living. Carolyne has a BA in Philosophy/English and a Teaching Credential from Notre Dame University in British Columbia, and a MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland. She facilitates workshops on natural building and permaculture as well as publicly speaks about ecosocial design, city repair and the power of placemaking.
Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She presently serves on the board of another Bay Area nonprofit organization devoted to peace, justice and sustainablity, the NorCal Chapter of Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) in Berkeley. She recently became one of a 1,000 Climate Project trainees empowered to present a version of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth slide presentation. Kat lives in Oakland and is devoted to localization, believing it to be a key strategy towards sustainability and thriveability. Steele works with Babak Tondre and many others on the development of the new Green City Gallery in Berkeley.
Tammy Steels, Executive Director and founder of Urban Sustainability Authority. Her passion to help others was ignited very early in life by her mother. She is the recipient of the 2007 Centers for Disease Controls Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Fellowship. As Executive Director she has partnered with After School Matters and South Shore High Schools to implement the Exposure 101, an apprenticeship project, giving at risk youth the knowledge and skills to nontraditional careers, such environmentalist, organizers, public relations, lobbyist and economist to name a few.
The youth group formed Working Environmental Group in June 2006 to perform neighborhood, advocacy, outreach and services. The youth have performed neighborhood forums and plan to complete a Public Service Announcement on the hazards of secondhand smoke, poor indoor air quality and its affect on asthmatics. Other services created under Ms. Steels leadership includes providing free community life skill training every third Thursday in 2006 from March to October, developed an youth workforce preparation manual and provided training for the Illinois Department of Employment Hire the Youth staff and initialized research on the Southside beaches to help determine the frequency of closure.
She has created and delivered numerous environmental health programs, such as Asbestos Abatement, Respiratory Protection, Hazardous Waste Removal and Environmental Sampling for several major US corporations. She has held the position of Senior Safety Professional for commonwealth Edison, Environmental Health Director for Healthy Schools Campaign and Project Coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Advance Distance Education. She is a mother, aunt and great role model living in South Shore.
Tammy Steels received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Illinois State University, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health where she received a Master of Public Health and completed her Master of Business Administration in Marketing and NonProfit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2004. With over 20 years of Environmental Health and Managerial experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, she is dedicated to preserving and improving the urban communities.
Currently she is a Board member for the Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association and South Shore Chambers of Commerce; a member of the American Planning Association, Metropolitan Planning Council, Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center, The South Shore Planning and Preservation Coalition, Association Forum of Chicago, Dixon Elementary Parent Teacher Association and Troupe Leader for Girl Scout of America, troupe 708.
Stefanie Iris Weiss is the author of nine books, including her latest title–Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable (Crown Publishing/Ten Speed Press, 2010). She keeps her carbon footprint small in New York City, where she writes about sustainability, sexuality, reproductive rights, dating and relationships, politics, fashion, beauty, and more. Stefanie has a monthly column in British ELLE, is a Huffington Post blogger, and has written for Above Magazine, nerve.com, The Daily Green, Marie Claire, and Teen Vogue, to name a few. Stefanie is also an on-and-off adjunct professor when not busy writing and teaching about sustainable love.
A vegetarian and eco-activist since her teen years, Stefanie has made her passion into her work, and she wouldn't want it any other way. She believes that life is always better when there's more pleasure, and sustainable satisfaction is the best kind.
Steffen has been the executive editor of Worldchanging since he cofounded the organization in 2003. Worldchanging is rated the second largest sustainabilityrelated publication on the Internet by Nielsen Online and boasts an impressive archive of almost 9,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world.
Steffen was also the editor of Worldchanging's wildly successful first book Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, a 600page compendium of writings from more than 60 noted leaders around the world with a foreword by Al Gore and introduction by Bruce Sterling. Steffen's work has been subject of stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and other leading publications. His essays have been translated into German, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, and widely reprinted and anthologized.
Recently Steffen was the subject of a CNN documentary that envisions possibilities for the future and was featured as one of six leading innovators in the New York Times Sunday Magazine's Ecotecture issue. He has also spoken and keynoted at many of the most renowned design and innovation conferences, including TED, Pop!Tech, and Design Indaba.
We find ourselves facing two futures, one unthinkable and the other currently unimaginable, says Steffen, My beat is looking for ways to create a future which is sustainable, dynamic, prosperous and faira future which is both bright and green. WorldChanging is based on the premise that such a future is not a distant possibility, but a growing reality. We seek to connect worldchanging people with the tools, models and ideas for building it.
Mat Stein is an environmentalist, bestselling author, MIT trained engineer and green builder. He is dedicated to helping people wake up and unite to shift our collective course from collapse to global renaissance. An active mountain climber, Stein also serves as a guide and instructor for blind skiers.
Linda Stein is owner, CEO, and formulator of Zosimos Botanicals. A quest to find cosmetics without irritating and unnecessary toxins led Linda to envision Zosimos. A lawyer by training, Linda embarked on a second career as an activist and educator of the dangers of mass produced personal care products. She has been formulating nontoxic cosmetics and skincare since 2004. She is passionate about Zosimos Botanicals' mission to offer a line of effective, healthful products formulated without known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or mutagenic substances. Linda is a contributing writer to the award winning book “What It's Like Living Green” by Jill Ammon Vanderwood and articles on ingredient safety and greening your home.
Linda has been consulted as an expert on chemicals in cosmetics. She inspires those around her and is dedicated to making Zosimos Botanicals “more than just about the makeup.” Linda is an accomplished writer, speaker, activist and teacher. She is also a Mom, wife, Master Gardener, avid reader, and friend to many.
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. In 1972, she cofounded Ms. magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years. She continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and was instrumental in the magazine's move to join and be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968, she had helped to found New York magazine. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of SelfEsteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her writing also appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of Houghton Mifflin's The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History. Ms. Steinem helped to found the Women's Action Alliance. She was president and cofounder of Voters for Choice, a prochoice political action committee for twentyfive years, then with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She was also cofounder and serves on the board of Choice USA. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Take Our Daughters to Work Day.
Melding art, ecology and grassroots activism, Californian Steinman engages multigroup collaborations to create streetfront ecoart installations that revitalize blighted natural and cultural landscapes. Select awards: National Park Service Art ; Community Landscapes residency; San Francisco Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize.
She is editor/cofounder of WEAD, Women Environmental Artists Directory.
Founded in Bolivia in 1997, KUSIKUY was developed by US Peace Corps volunteer, Tamara Stenn.
Upon finishing her work with the Peace Corps she returned to the United States to earn a Masters in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training. Here, Tamara learned about the fast growing Fair Trade movement. Already a strong supporter of native technologies and organic products, KUSIKUY's structure and philosophy fit in well with the Fair Trade community.
Inspired by fellow Fair Trade counterparts, KUSIKUY has grown from a small home based business to become an international internet retailer and wholesaler.
In 2004 KUSIKUY became a proud member of the Organic Trade Association and expanded its line of hand made natural clothing to include EKO certified organic pima cotton.
Tamara saw a need for more support for the development of organic clothing cooperatives. In 2001, AYLLU, Inc. a 501c3 non profit, was created to help with grass roots development in the Andes and the education of consumers about of benefits of using Fair Trade and organic products. In June 2007 KUSIKUY's headquarters town, Brattleboro, Vermont, became the 2nd Fair Trade Town in the USA. This initiatve was created and backed by KUSIKUY and AYLLU.
Today Tamara is a university lecturer - teaching Fair trade, Management and Women's leadership. She is earning a Doctorate in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University (NH - USA). Her research topic is examining trade from Pre-Inca times to the present to uncover ways that Bolivia's successful trading past can be realized once again.
Sarah Tripp Stephan sets and leads strategy across a wide range of education, health and wellbeing, environmental and social justice projects. She specializes in helping private sector, government, and non-profit organizations develop strategies that attract funders, build coalitions, advance public policy and strengthen reach and impact across audiences that matter. This is often supported by integrated marketing and communications strategies to help organizations move their thinking from the abstract to the practical, changing the way people think, act, behave or vote.
Sarah is currently leading marketing and communications at Crowdfunder, a Los Angeles-based company that exists to put the ‘American Dream’ back within reach for people who historically have been shut out of the investment or funding process. Beginning this fall, Crowdfunder will open multiple pathways to crowdfunding through contribution, debt and securities so that everyone can participate in early stage investing and capital formation.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College, where former political science professor Paul Wellstone served as her advisor prior to his election to the U.S. Senate.
Robin Stephani, a sustainable building and product designer by trade, cohosts the Sonoma County based West End Creative Salon Series. Her work in the community at large aims to build bridges between disciplines and link people to their built environment, in ways that support and inspire healthy economies, beauty and connection. Robin is a current board member of Chop's Teen Club and teaches a teen workshop to design, develop and build a human powered kinetic art car. Her augmented architecture | public art installations include 4Evergreen, Laugh House, and the upcoming Red Balloon.
After a long and successful career in business, including running her own management consulting firm, Stephanie A King arrived at a path-changing conclusion. She realized she didn’t want her greatest accomplishment in life, other than raising her son, to be enriching corporate interests.
A lifelong volunteer for many organizations, she decided to focus her energy and talents on people in great need, especially women. After much research and a year-long course exploring social justice issues run by JustFaith.org, she found the perfect match for her background and new focus: Fair Trade.
Fair Trade is a trade system whose aim is to empower and improve the livelihood of marginalized people around the world. It is centered around the exchange of goods based on principles of economic fairness and human rights. Like most people in the U.S., Stephanie was aware of fair trade chocolate and coffee. But as she continued exploring fair trade, she found it had much more to offer. She was especially interested in high-quality accessories such as jewelry, apparel, purses and home décor. She spent many hours researching where to find them, so many hours, in fact, she decided to share her efforts with other fashion-conscious and ethical shoppers like herself.
The result was Fair Trade Designs, an online retailer of fashion-forward, Fair Trade home and personal accessories. Women make up the majority of the artisans who handcraft the beautiful products on the site. The fair wages, training, and health care they receive from their work have allowed them to escape not only devastating poverty but in many cases to free themselves from human trafficking and other abusive situations.
Stephanie lives in Livermore, California with her husband and teenage son, along with a dog, 4 cats, and a rabbit.
Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. Recently dubbed the Pied Piper of Peas, Stephen has just launched Green Bronx Machine to a national audience and has signed on over 6,000 local followers in several months: www.facebook.com/green.BX.machine. His January 2012 TEDxTALK trended Twitter nationally and received a standing ovation:http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html. Stephen was just announced as a National Green Apple Education Ambassador for the US Green Building Council.
Arran Stephens has been at the leading edge of the sustainability movement for most of his life, and is the founder and CEO of Natures Path North Americas largest organic breakfast foods company with facilities in BC, Ontario, Washington and Wisconsin, with sales to over 40 countries. Natures Path is proudly independent and familyrun. Arran has a background in Fine Arts, married to Ratana Stephens in 1969 (Ratana is Natures Paths COO), father of four children, two of whom are involved in the family business, and grandfather of four.
1967: Started Canadas first natural foods restaurant with $7 starting capital
19711981: Founder/President, Lifestream Natural Foods in Canada
1985: Founded, with wife Natures Path Foods
1995: Purchased Lifestream from Kraft Foods
1999: Author, Journey to the Luminous, Elton Wolf Publishers
2002: The Canadian Health Food Association bestowed its first Organic Award of Excellence for Arrans outstanding commitment to organic and sustainable food production.
2002: Ernst ; Youngs Entrepreneur of The Year, Pacific Region.
20022004: Board Member, Organic Trade Association (OTA)
2005: Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Hall of Fame Award
20045 ; 6: Canadas Best 100 Employers (MacLeans Magazine)
2005present: Chair of the nonprofit S.O.S. Ecology Centre, Richmond, B.C.
2007: Processor of the Year, BC Food Technology Institute
2007: Schumacher Sustainability Award, nominated by the Green Party
2007: Board Member, The NonGMO Project
2008: Natures Path purchased 2,400 acres of fertile Saskatchewan farmland while partnering with local organic farmers on a cooperative cropshare basisan initiative to increase organic cropland and support family farms
2008: July 16: Natures Path opens its 230,000 sq. ft. stateoftheart breakfast foods facility in Sussex, Wisconsin
2008: Advisory Board, Sustain.org
2008: Elected to the Board of Directors, the Rodale Institute headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Natures Path has raised and donated nearly $1,000,000 to nonprofit organizations that protect endangered species and habitats (see: www.envirokidz.com), sponsors organic garden projects in innercity schools and the SOS Ecology Centre, Richmond, BC.
Natures Path was the first cereal company to become certified organic (1990), first to sign on to the Corporate Climate Protection Agreement and is a founderparticipant of the NonGMO Project, along with Whole Foods Markets, UNFI, Lundberg Family Farms, and others.
Jyoti Stephens, who received her MBA in sustainable business, is the companys Sustainability and Stewardship Leader, and is a firm believer that change begins with inspired and empowered people. Jyoti has taken up the green baton to help transition Natures Path into the future, while maintaining the triplebottom line: social responsibility, environmental sustainability and financial viability. The family realizes its commitment to its stakeholders: customers, staff, farmers and our fragile planet.
Maura Stephens spent 19 years in mainstream journalism before switching to independent media and now writes for such publications as Alternet, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Truthout, and Yes! magazine. Associate director of the Park Center for Independent Media in Ithaca, New York, she also teaches community, peace, and environmental journalism. A cofounder of Frackbusters, Coalition to Protect New York, and other activist groups, she has been immersed in fracking issues for five years and recently completed a book, Frack Attack: Fighting Back, which is partly a guide for antifracktivists. Maura has been active with interOccupy and Occupy Sandy. Earlier, she founded and codirected Iraqi Refugees Assistance Connection.
Kay Stepkin, who has been a leader in promoting vegetarianism in Chicago for approximately 35 years, will host Chicagos first vegetarian TV cooking show. The new show, called GoVeggie! with Kay, will air Sundays at 3 p.m., from October 15 through January 7 on COMCAST 25, Comcasts professional station for broadcast quality independent productions. It is a production of Go Veggie!®, a volunteerled nonprofit member organization working for a healthier Chicago. The shows initial eightshow Americana Series features recipes and howto instruction for serving up some of Americas favorite dishes minus the meat and the fat plus interviews with health experts, a visit to a Chicago tofu making facility, and numerous tips for cooking and eating healthier. In each of the 30minute shows, Stepkin demonstrates the steps to prepare a full vegetarian meal. Following broadcast of the entire series, the first five shows will be aired a second time in the same order from December 10 to January 7 to create 13 weeks of programming.
According to Stepkin, Our Americana Series was created to give area residents lowfat vegetarian versions of dishes they already know and love so that theyll have good starting points to use to improve their familys eating habits. Among the dishes cooked during the series are burgers and fries created as veggie burgers with zesty horseradish sauce and oven baked fries; Louisiana red beans and rice with meatless sausage and cornbread; stroganoff made with a creamy, dairyfree sauce; a hearty vegetable and wheat meat stew; and Lentil Loaf and Mashed Unpotatoes, a vegetarian version of meat loaf and mashed potatoes made without meat or potatoes.
Discussing why she started the show, Stepkin said, I started out by teaching vegetarian cooking through GoVeggie! and dreamed of reaching out to people who wouldnt tend to sign up for a cooking class but who need this knowledge the most, those struggling with weight problems and with heart or cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases caused by eating a diet dominated by meat and dairy products.
She added, Now that its a reality, people can learn how to cook vegetarian just by turning on the TV, and as they do, they can add to their knowledge by attending our Dine Outs and other Go Veggie! events.
Wellknown to many Chicago residents, Stepkin owned and ran the Bread Shop bakery, grocery, and restaurant for 25 years, through 1996. Something of an institution on north Halsted Street, the double storefront was the citys first vegetarian food store and the restaurantBread Shop Kitchencross the street, the first vegetarian restaurant. In 1971, when it opened, it was the first store to bring exclusively healthy, wholegrained organic and vegetarian food, produce, and various other ingredients to local consumers. The Bread Shop taught bread making and initially made the bread sold at the shop totally by hand using flour that was freshly ground by Bread Shop employees. In addition, the store never used sugar or white flour in its bakery items and offered many items that people would drive for miles to buy, including its whole wheat crusted pizza with fresh vegetables on top, various cookies, cake, and many different kinds of bread. Stepkin and other Bread Shop employees also developed many new recipes fr bakery and other items, contributing new vegetarian options to whole foods cuisine.
Stepkins influence can still be felt through two wellknown vegetarian eateries, Evanstons Blind Faith and the Chicago Diner, both of which are owned by former Bread Shop employees. Chicago Diner CoOwner and Chef Jo A. Kaucher first began making bread at the Bread Shop, which the Chicago Diner calls, Chicagos original natural food restaurant and Mickey Hornick, the other CoOwner, was a Bread Shop Kitchen employee. In other Bread Shop honors, Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaimed October 6, 1991 Bread Shop Day; a photo of the Bread Shops Produce Section was featured on the box of Kelloggs Product 19 cereal; the Bread Shop was mentioned in a May, 1990 Time magazine article on gourmet bread; and Studs Terkel included an interview with Stepkin in his acclaimed book Working (1973). In her interview in the section The Age of Charlie Blossom, she is quoted as saying: Work is an essential part of being alive. Your work is your identity. It tells you who you are. Its gotten so abstract. People dont work for the sake of working. Theyre working for a car, a new house, or a vacation. Its not the work itself thats important to them. Theres such a joy in doing work well.
A vegetarian for 36 years, Stepkin was active in the Chicago Vegetarian Society (CVS) and served as its President from 1994 through 2000, arranging for appearances for CVS by such nationally known speakers as Diet for a New America author John Robbins. In January of 2001, she founded Go Veggie! and as president, she plans a full schedule of Dine Outs, potluck dinners, and other educational and social events, including an annual TurkeyLess Thanksgiving Banquet with both a traditional and a raw food gourmet vegetarian dinner option; a nationally known speaker, and a silent auction (scheduled this year for Sunday, November 19 with Speaker Michael Greger, M.D., author of Carbophobia). In the five and a half years the organization has been in existence, she has planned and held more than 75 Dine Outs to introduce members to healthy vegetarian cuisine at various ethnic and other restaurants; more than 50 potluck dinners allowing members to enjoy vegetarian food together; and more than 65 educational events with such programs as speakers, cooking instruction, demonstrations of organic gardening practices, or the showing of relevant videos.
Her cooking classes have been held at the Chicago Childrens Museum (Petite Chefs Series), Oakton Community College (Alliance for Lifelong Learning adult education), Whole Foods Market locations, Wild Oats supermarket, and Karyns, a raw food restaurant and deli on Halsted Street near North Avenue. In addition, as a Chicago Public Schools teacher/librarian, she taught cooking to elementary school students and parents at Wolfgang A. Mozart and Graeme Stewart elementary schools.
A seemingly tireless advocate for vegetarianism, Stepkin often arises as early as 3 or 4 a.m. to work on the GoVeggie! with Kay TV show and Go Veggie! organizational work, before going on to her fulltime job at Stewart Elementary. She has been a CPS teacher for approximately nine years, since she closed The Bread Shop in 1996; at about this time, several national natural food chain stores began gaining an increasing share of a market that the Bread Shop previously had had pretty much to itself.
Stepkin wrote her own mission statement to express the raison detre of Go Veggie!: to educate people to the many benefits of vegetarianism for human health, the environment, and the well being of all life on our planet. She also is fond of calling vegetarianism the greatest lifestyle on earth.
Born and raised in Chicago, Stepkin lived in the Austin neighborhood until she was 10 years old and then moved with her family to the Budlong Woods area of the city, near Foster and California avenues. She is a graduate of Amundsen High School and gained her B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at ChapaignUrbana. In May of 2003, she received an M.S. degree in library science from Chicago State University. She has been nominated for a 2006 Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award for her work to promote vegetarianism and vegetarian cooking in Chicago. In addition, she was honored for her years of service by the Chicago Vegetarian Society. Stepkin is a resident of the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
GoVeggie! with Kay was funded through a generous grant from the Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation and through grants from the AHIMSA Foundation and from a third, anonymous foundation. Whole Foods Market contributed demonstration kitchen studio space for the show.
Those interested in learning more about the GoVeggie! with Kay TV cooking show, Go Veggie! events, or membership in Go Veggie! can visit the Go Veggie! website at www.goveggie.org or request a copy of Go Veggie!s bimonthly newsletter by calling the organizations hotline at 773/ 8717000.
Denise Stepto is the Marketing Specialist for Greenprint Denver Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's Office of sustainability. In addition to her marketing responsibilities, she serves as Greenprints community outreach coordinator, leading neighborhood green teams and collaborative partnerships through the process of implementing residential energy efficiency measures and weatherization. These efforts provide a better quality of life for Denver residents and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Denise has worked in the fields of communication, marketing, and public relations for over 25 years. Her professional history includes the University of Chicago, United Airlines, and Denver International Airport. She has served on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Denver and was a United Airlines loaned executive to Mile High United Way.
Bettina Stern is a graduate of Middlebury College. She grew up in Manhattan and has been lucky enough to dine adventurously all her life. Having worked for a number of summers during college as a chef in the Hamptons food shop, the Barefoot Contessa, Bettina was inspired to share her passion for food and cooking with friends and family. After 7 years as a magazine editor (Condé Nast and Hearst Publications) in NY, she moved to DC with her husband and began freelance writing and editing. She also planted her first kitchen garden. Bettina is the mother of three sons (17, 15 and 10) and is also proud to be on the board of the Africa Schoolhouse, a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization committed to building sustainable school communities for children in underserved areas in Africa. Seeds, tools and information can make all the difference in a community with limited resources and ASH is committed to designing sustainable kitchen gardens for both the teacher’s housing and the students.
Bettina and Suzanne are regulars at Fresh Farm Markets, cooking healthy, seasonal food right at the markets. www.freshfarmmarkets.org
Robinson has been the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Public Affairs Director and Policy Analyst
Art Stevens is the Sales Manager for Calvert Social Investment Foundation. He is responsible for sales of the Calvert Community Investment notes and Calvert Giving Fund through the broker dealer channel. Art has been in the financial services business for over 17 years, as a financial advisor and wholesaler.
Catherine Stevens, as a young child, had a deep connection to the earth and also loved to create art. As a young woman she studied chemistry and biological sciences (receiving a Master's and Ph.D. with a major emphasis in photosynthesis) at the University of Texas at Austin. Twelve hours after delivering her dissertation to her committee, she delivered her first child, which changed her path. She became a stayathome mom with 3 children, working in many volunteer positions throughout her children's schooling that often focused on sustainability issues or environmental activism. She also became an artist who used her art to reflect her love and reverence for the natural world. In 1987, she made friends with some Native Americans that reaffirmed her intuition that our world was following an imbalanced/unwise path.
As Catherine moved further onto a spiritual path, she felt a resonance for shamanism, as well as other spiritual practices that have been described as New Age. She is a Reiki Master. As a selfdescribed adult play therapist, shaman, and teacher, she has intuitively begun using games to bring healing for people as they reconnect to the sacred in Mother Earth. She owns her own business, Catherine L. Stevens' Studio, in Denver, CO. She creates relief prints, mosaics, other art media, and teaches. Catherine has illustrated a children's book, Margaret's Surprise, by Ronda Miller.
Rebecca Stevens is a Bay Area native. She earned her culinary degree at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. She loves riding her bike, shopping the farmers market, simple seasonal food and time with her family. She lives and cooks in Oakland.
Tambra Stevenson founded the D.C. Food Justice Coalition, which helped pass the D.C. Healthy Schools Act. She also chairs the Food and Environment Committee for the Metro Washington Public Health Association.
Born Howard Brown in 1967 in Montana; son of Bob and Florence (owners of a hardware store and a clothing store) Brown; married Karen Stewart; children: Hazel. Born Karen Stewart, c. 1969; married Howard Brown; children: Hazel. Education : Brown: Studied economics at the University of Montana after 1985; studied art in Italy; graduated with a degree in design from the University of Arizona, c. 1990.
For the last ten years, Elizabeth Stewart has worked on environmental and social sustainability, with a particular emphasis on water, energy, and social enterprise within an urban context. Prior to founding Hub Los Angeles, she started CAUSEmopolis, a boutique consulting firm to enhance urban places worldwide. She has worked globally in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America on poverty reduction and women’s empowerment issues.
Domestically, she has focused on sustainable economic development, analyzing the impact of green manufacturing and green building trends on jobs, small business, and urban sustainability in Los Angeles and Washington DC. Elizabeth holds an MA in Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles, where she co-founded the Graduate Leaders in Sustainability Certificate program and was one of the first professionals to graduate with the recognition. Her strengths lie in community development, cross-disciplinary thinking, and business strategy. She is proud to serve on the board of Liberty Hill Foundation, loves to travel and cook, and get lost in new places.
stic.man, a noted music producer, book publisher, community activist, entrepreneur, actor, film director, practicing vegan and Afrikan martial artist, father and husband, and onehalf of the politically conscious, internationallyacclaimed rap duo dead prez, has remained a staple in the entertainment business for nearly a decade. Breaking barriers and receiving countless accolades from the music industrys most respected after releasing the debut dead prez album, Lets Get Free (Loud RCA), stic and his partner M1 were honored for Lyrics of the Year and nominated Best New Rap Duo of 2000 by The Source Magazine and shortly afterwards became the first rap group from the US to ever play South Africa selling out shows that featured
the performance of their incredibly infectious hardpulsating rap anthem Hip Hop. The songs popularity spawned a documentary and a movement entitled Bigger Than Hip Hop (Starz Cable Network) produced in association with legendary director Melvin Van Peebles, and was featured as the longtime opening theme song for the politically relevant, yet hysterical Comedy Central program The Dave Chappelle Show starring comedian Dave Chappelle.
After years of successful movie and music projects/collaborations, national appearances and awards, stic continued to make strides in being a positive inspirational voice for todays generation. He assumed the role as the CEO of Boss Up Inc., a dead prez inspired music and entertainment company that offers information, music, and gear that reflects a sense of selfdetermination, creative consciousness, and entrepreneurship. Placing emphasis on maturity, personal achievement, family, selfexpression, health, and self consciousness, it was under Boss Up Inc. that stic released his second book, The Art of Emceeing , an instructional hiphop book providing tips to emcees on vocal health, writing, publishing, and producing that was not only featured as a BET Rap City Book of the Monthtwice, but was also incorporated into music and cultural curriculums in high schools, universities and community programs around the country. His first book, Warrior Names from Afrika came after the birth of his son Itwela while searching for
a meaningful babys name.
This year stics Boss Up Inc will publish three more books. Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within, The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy (written by his wife Afya Ibomu), and lastly RBG Fit Club: A Revolutionary Beginners Guide to Fitness, Nutrition and Getting Goals Accomplished. Stic is also the founder and editorinchief of .Ammo Magazine, a monthly online subscription magazine that is charged with arming subscribers with access to a plethora of holistic street knowledge on revolutionary politics, health, selfdefense, martial arts, edutainment, spirituality, parenting, money, relationships, survival, business and more.
Reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X profoundly transformed stics perspective on himself and the world around him, and he continues to incorporate those reallife warrior aesthetics into his music and lifestyle. In his teens, as an active member of the International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement he worked on a grassroots level in the streets of Florida, Chicago, and New York, building community programs
and fighting for justice around local issues.
The very personal issues of drug addiction and trafficking were tackled in the mixtape, Cant Sell Dope Forever (Boss Up Inc.) a collaboration album with dead prez and the Outlawz, and in 2007 stic released his debut solo album Manhood (Boss up Inc.) that features cameo appearances by Khujo Goodie and Young noble of the Outlawz and stellar production by respected producers JWells, Sol Messiah, HiTek and and stics own signature production delivering a mature and refreshing vibe, vision and very relevant voice.
Stic is currently writing and producing for Nas upcoming album Nigger (Def Jam) and is also a featured actor in a short action drama The Black Panther Blood Ties (R.L. Scott). Stic, is also a reallife student of Afrikan Martial Arts (Egbe Ogun) and is the director and editor of the first ever Afrikan Martial Arts Documentary called The Way of the Black Fist, and is starring in the forthcoming Miramax martial arts flick Slum 13. Stic is determined to stay true to his roots residing in Atlanta with his wife of 15 years and 6 year old son, on a continuing mission to Boss Up!
Between 1993 and 2004, Jerry worked as a brand strategist, creative director and writer for leading brands, including MTV, Banana Republic, DKNY, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Chrysler, Jeep, Sun Microsystems, Puma and Reebok. After a decade in this traditional advertising and branding world, Jerry, convinced that the truth is your best tool, took his talents and skills to the more sustainable and greener side of marketing where he could work with good-for-the-world brands as well as justice-seeking, environmental and world-changing organizations. When he's not writing, he spends his time practicing yoga, biking around town, and speaking at Green festivals and conferences. He also has a past life as a director of TV commercials as one half of the duo, "nomad short subjects."
Named "Yoga Rebel" by the New York Times, Tara Stiles has inspired a wide audience around the world with her healthy and relatable approach to yoga, meditation, exercise, awareness, nutrition, and everyday well-being. Tara has been featured in publications including Elle, Lucky, In Style, Esquire, and Men's Fitness, and has been profiled by several national and international papers including the Times of India, The Times (UK), and Sweden's Dagens Nyheter.
Tara is the founder and owner of Strala, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and healthy living. She is the personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, whom she's collaborated with to create the Authentic Yoga app, as well as the Yoga Transformation DVD series, among other projects. Jane Fonda named Tara "the new face of fitness". They partnered to relaunch Jane's famous Workout brand of fitness DVDs and equipment.
Tara is the author of the best selling Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and the forthcoming Yoga Cures. Her approach leads people to their own intuition and awareness. As Vanity Fair noted, "Tara Stiles has got to be the coolest yoga instructor ever."
Chris Stimpson became Solar Nation's first executive campaigner in July 2007, advocating for legislative and regulatory support for solar power development in the U.S. In this role he reaches out to individuals and organizations to undertake advocacy actions at local, state, and federal levels. Solar Nation became a program of the American Solar Energy Society in May 2009.
For the last seven years Chris has also been a director of Clean Power Now, a grassroots group of over 10,000 members supporting the recently permitted Cape Wind project, America's first offshore wind farm. In this role he wrote frequently in regional media, dispelling myths and untruths about the project and renewable energy in general.
Deborah Stinson is part of the Port Townsend/Jefferson County Community Preparedness Team where a Local 20/20 partnership with the Department of Emergency Management has supported the formation of over 100 self organized, neighborhood based emergency ready groups throughout Jefferson County. Deborah facilitates the work of Local 20/20, a Jefferson County sustainability group based in Port Townsend.
Fred Stitt, architect, is the Founder/Director of the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, the world's first and still largest professional school of sustainable design and green building. Fred is author/editor of The Ecological Design Handbook published by McGrawHill and creator of workshops and conferences that have educated thousands of design and building professionals and their clients across the U.S.
DIANASTOBOis a speaker, culinary artist, raw food advocate and a two time award-winning author of “Get Naked Fast! A guide to stripping away the foods that weigh you down” and her second book “Naked Bliss: Naughty and Nutritious Dairy Free Milkshakes” Once weighing 247 pounds, Diana has dedicated 10 years of studying nutrition to educate and empower others on the advantages of a raw food lifestyle through the lens of food as medicine. Diana regularly conducts instructional sessions as a wellness coach to individuals, at major corporations, local natural markets, wellness festivals, spas, medical and health facilities.
Christina Stockamore is Senior Microfinance Loan Officer at the Latino economic Development Corporation assisting small business owners access credit through microloan program. A graduate of Georgetown University with a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, Christina is thrilled to combine her passion for economic development and entrepreneurship to improve the wealth-building capacity of others. After completing her graduate work, Christina spent a year working for National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. In her spare time, Christina can often be found riding her road bike, practicing yoga, cooking, or planning her next travel adventure.
Leslie is 25 years old and the Co-Founder of GMO Free Idaho, a grassroots organization dedicated to GMO education and passing GMO labeling laws in 2014. For the last 3 years GMO Free Idaho has been working within our entire state with farmers, consumers, and scientists. Leslie has collaborated with leaders in this movement such as Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Don Huber, Zen Honeycutt, and the Coalition of States for GMO Labeling. She is an advocate for food transparency and consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet. After cutting out GMOs and eating whole foods, she successfully treated Ulcerative Colitis without medications. She hope to empower people to take personal responsibility for their health and our environment.
Leslie is 25 years old and the Co-Founder of GMO Free Idaho, a grassroots organization dedicated to GMO education and passing GMO labeling laws in 2014. For the last 3 years she has been working within the entire state with farmers, consumers, and scientists.
She has collaborated with leaders in this movement such as Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Don Huber, Zen Honeycutt, and the Coalition of States for GMO Labeling.
She is an advocate for food transparency and consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet. After cutting out GMOs and eating whole foods, she successfully treated Ulcerative Colitis without medications. she hopes to empower people to take personal responsibility for their health and our environment.
Jerry James Stone is a sustainable food blogger at CookingStoned.TV, where he develops vegetarian and vegan recipes. He also focuses on sustainable wine and his writings can be found at Discovery Channel's TreeHugger.com. He was the first Cool Chef for the eco-friendly Cline Cellars, where one of his recipes is now featured on their Cool Climate Pinot Noir. And last year he won the Twitter Shorty Award winner for #green.
Sasha Stone is a Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga massage therapist, and a lover of movement. Sasha was born in Canada, grew up in Egypt, went to University in Toronto, and now lives in beautiful sunny Los Angeles. Her business, Be Open Yoga – Yoga & Thai Yoga Massage, is located at Mind In Body studio in Burbank. Sasha also teaches weekly classes at Liberation Yoga in Hollywood. Teaching yoga, studying yoga, doing Thai Yoga massage, meditating, praying, running, hiking, writing, reading, dancing, hula hooping, eating delicious vegan food, and traveling keep her very busy and loving life!
Shelley Stonebrook is an assistant editor at Mother Earth News who works mainly on organic gardening articles. She started her own worm bin earlier this year, and loves her hardworking red wrigglers and the compost they produce.
Jonathan Storper, Partner at Hanson Bridgett represents entities and their investors in connection with business and intellectual property transactions, including formation, finance, contracts, licenses, joint development agreements, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licenses, e-commerce, technologyrelated matters and general corporate law. Jonathan also represents non-profits, trade associations and standards-setting organizations. He has a special affinity for, and expertise in social entrepreneurship.
Heather Stouffer is the founder and CEO of Mom Made Foods. In 2005, around the time her son was 6months old and starting solid foods, Heather Stouffer embarked on a journey to raise him eating a variety of healthy, organic foods. When she was in a pinch for a convenient option she found there were no organic food options available that didn't involve a jar. She knew fresh fruits and veggies were best, and frozen a close second. Heather soon realized that there was a need for healthy, convenient, organic foods for older children, as well as for babies. With the help of her brother, a professional chef, and a passion for organic foods and children's nutrition, Heather launched Mom Made
Godo Stoyke, M.Sc., LEED A.P., is an awardwinning environmental researcher and presenter specializing in sustainable design. As president of Carbon Busters (www.carbonbusters.org), he has saved clients over 130 million pounds of C02 and $16 million in utility bills in North America and Europe. His second book, The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook (www.newsociety.com), provides a detailed analysis of residential carbon and dollar savings potential.
Karen cofounded Arcadia Design Studio 17 years ago and for the past 16 years has been an integral part of the remodel at the University of Denver. Hired by former Chancellor Dan Ritchie and lead Architect Cab Childress, Arcadia Design Studio was recently published as part of a book about the architecture and design process in rebuilding DU, Built for Learning: a Unified Architectural Vision for the University of Denver.
About 13 years ago, Karen developed environmental sensitivities to organic solvents and formaldehyde products. This has been a long journey of discovery, healing and awareness into how toxic is our world and what can be done about it. This naturally led to changing how Arcadia Design Studio did business from supplier to client.
Wendy Strgar is the author of Love that Works and founder and CEO of Good Clean Love. Her natural and organic product line is sold and endorsed by physicians nationwide. Wendy is a loveologist who writes and lectures on making love sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of loving relationships and family. A sexual health educator, her work is also featured on Care2.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Elephant Journal.com as well as several other green blogs including Intent, Hitched and Green Girls. Married for over 25 years with four teenagers, her daily life is the lab for her loveology work. She tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative advice. Her website www.goodcleanlove.com and blog www.makinglovesustainable.com has been nominated as one of the 100 best relationship sites on the web.