Rachel Taber is a gung-ho labor rights activist from Seattle. After much consumer-education and campaigning for trade justice in coffee and cocoa, Rachel has moved on to the garment industry where she now organizes with the first-ever living-wage union-made apparel initiative to hit the college-logo market: Alta Gracia apparel. Rachel Taber has been actively involves in the Fair Trade Seattle movement and helped to plan the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2010.
Amara Tabor-Smith is an Oakland based choreographer/dancer/artivist. She is the former associate artistic director and company member with The Urban Bush Women dance company based in NYC. She is the Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Theater; an Oakland, Ca. based dance company founded in 2006 committed to creating work that addresses issues of race, discrimination, spirituality, cultural identity and the environment. Most recently she created an interactive dance theater work titled, Our Daily Bread that celebrates food, the folklore of our food traditions and addresses issues of sustainability in our eating practices. Our Daily Bread will reopen at CounterPULSE theater in November 2012. Amara is currently a lecturer of dance in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department at UC Berkeley.
Matt Hill and Stephanie Tait cofounded the Run for One Planet Society, an ongoing run endeavour focused on inspiring people to get fit and healthy for themselves, and take action for our planet.
James is the founder and Executive Director of the Movement Strategy Center (MSC), a national intermediary that facilitates progressive movement building through the development of strategic alliances. MSC works to support leaders, organizations and alliances that are committed to building more effective and sustainable movements for justice and equity.
Most recently, Taj was the Director of Youth Policy and Development At Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. Before coming to Coleman, Taj worked as the Western Regional Field Organizer for the Black Student Leadership Network (BSLN) a project of the Children's Defense Fund. Taj was on the steering committee the PAC to defeat Proposition 21, a California ballot initiative that would spend billions to incarcerate thousands of youth with adults Taj has served on the boards of numerous local and national organizations working to build the youth movement and has written extensively on the role of to youth in social change.
Kiyomi Takahashi is a dedicated and passionate student and teacher of Yoga. A daily practice of yoga and meditation is helping Kiyomi live her life with joy and purpose. She is committed to help others improve their wellbeing, and share the joy of life and practical Yogic tools for real life in her classes, workshops and trainings. With many years of trying to prove herself in a non-stop hectic life of corporate world, Kiyomi lost sense of who she was, until she found yoga. When she became a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Kiyomi continued studying Yoga Therapy and Prenatal Yoga. She immersed herself in the study of various yoga styles until her path led her to Kundalini Yoga. She fell in love with the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and became a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Kiyomi shares her passion in light-hearted atmosphere with the clear purpose to uplift and elevate those who practice in her class. Her offering is a dynamic combination of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation pulled from her training of diverse yogic modalities. Kiyomi is also a founder of Pure Vital Living (www.purevitalliving.com), which provides total support for those willing to embark on the journey of health and wellness.
Midori Takata is co-founder of Project Butterfly, an organization founded in 2006, based in Los Angeles, CA. Project Butterfly is dedicated to producing events for consciousness elevation, supporting responsible entrepreneurship and community expansion.
Through Project Butterfly, Midori has produced and managed hundreds of events with the intention to cross-pollinate individuals and organizations involved in positive transformation.
Midori is also a commercial film production coordinator and the administrator for the Yawanawa Project.
Amy Talbot is an active water conservationist in Chicago. A native of Austin, Texas where sometimes water can be hard to come by, she understands the value of fresh water. Amy works in Chicago as a developer of water management plans. She is a leader with the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3). You’ll find Amy attending seminars and social events about water, and she is usually dressed with lots of happy colors.
Taleigh Smith coordinates Weatherization & Green Jobs Outreach at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition where she launched the Bronx Green Jobs Roundtable, and the first Bronx Youth Green Jobs Academy teaching environmental literacy and urban planning at Bronx Community College. In October, 2011, she participated in a research trip to Cuba to study public health and climate change, connecting work retrofitting low-income housing for energy and water efficiency and air quality to policies addressing climate and health around the world. In 2010, she led a delegation of 47 environmental justice activists to Cochabamba, Bolivia to participate in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. She joined thousands in the streets of Cancún that December to challenge the exclusive corporate agenda being pushed at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
As a Green Cohort member of the Applied Research Center, she is strategizing within national and local networks to ensure racial and gender equity in the emerging green economy. Her most recent endeavor is Concrete Green, a worker-owned cooperative to promote urban green infrastructure. An avid biker, gourmet vegetarian chef and lover of sunsets and moon rises, Taleigh seeks sustainability in personal, community and global practice.
US ; Canada Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
GAIA is an international network of communitybased organizations organizing to replace incinerators and landfills with zero waste alternatives. Ananda is also a member of Rising Tide, an international network of climate change activists, and an organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice, a network that is coordinating mass direct action and public events across North America in the lead up to the UN Climate talks in Copenhagen and beyond. Since 1986, Ananda has worked with both grassroots groups and International NGOs on antiwar, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and labor justice campaigns around the world. Today, his focus is on building a popular global movement to assist communities determine their pathways to climate and energy justice.
Gregory Tarver, Jr. is an arborist, urban forester, educator, and doctoral candidate in the Nature & Society Geography Program at University of California, Davis. He received a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana in 1998, and a M.S. in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A & M College in Louisiana in 2005. Most of his research and work focuses on involving youth and young adults in nature based activities and natural science education. He does this by engaging at-risk populations in urban forestry and arboricultural project-based activities utilizing an urban environmental educational approach. Through his activities he aims to build community based capacity for civic-oriented environmental stewardship in underserved communities.
Woody Tasch is Chairman and President of Slow Money, a 501(c)(3) formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility that support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy.
Tasch is chairman emeritus and former CEO of Investors' Circle, a network of angel investors, family offices, social purpose funds and foundations that since 1992 has invested $150 million in 230 early stage sustainability-promoting ventures and venture funds. During much of the 1990s, he was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where, as part of an innovative mission-related venture capital program, a substantial investment was made in Stonyfield Farm, now the world’s largest maker of organic yogurt.
He has worked as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board member and consultant with such organizations as Prince Ventures (a healthcare venture fund), Healthdata International, CERES (the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), National Mentor, Greenway, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, CIMMYT (the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), Chelsea Green Publishing and The Farmers Diner.
Woody's involvement in food dates back to 1979, when he developed a case study program at The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (home of Norman Borlaug's dwarf wheat and the Green Revolution); he co-authored Food Production and Public Policy in Developing Countries (Praeger Special Studies, 1983).
He has been founding Chairman of several NGOs: the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (supporting over 100 small-scale venture funds that target economically disadvantaged regions), Sustainable Nantucket (environmentally responsible growth management on Nantucket Island) and the Nantucket Education Trust (affordable housing for teachers). Articles, interviews or profiles have appeared in Ode, Christian Science Monitor, Hemisphere, Green Money Journal, Amherst Alumni Magazine, Resurgence, Andover Review, Utne Reader, More Than Money, Il Sole-24 Ore (Italian financial press) and Steering Business Towards Sustainability (United Nations University Press). He is a frequent speaker on regional and national public radio programs and at various socially responsible business and sustainable agriculture venues, including Social Venture Network, SRI in the Rockies, Green Festival, Bioneers, BALLE, Slow Food and NYU’s Reynolds Program on Social Entrepreneurship. He is the author of the recently published Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered.
Woody graduated in 1973 Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, where he won the Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize.
Kat Taylor’s life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. One PacificCoast Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, CA, and ShoreBank Pacific, with offices in Oregon and Washington. The bank’s revolutionary ownership design means that its profits be invested in the communities it serves.
Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. TKREF owns the social business LeftCoast GrassFed, which raises cattle in ways good for people and planet. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.
Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals, lives in Seattle, Washington with her partner, son and 3 chickens on their city farm. She is Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth and spends most days growing and eating plants with children. She is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants. Organic, local food never tasted better.
Aaron is a Senior at Chicago High School for Agricultural Science (CHSAS). He loves music. Every song he hears is "his song." He goes on great vacations with his parents and makes his teachers wish they were along.
Tamara TaylorBassin founder and CEO of Planet Promotions and greeneventschicago.com. Tamara is an entrepreneur, a social activist, a zealous fundraiser and a proud mother of 3. Celebrating over 20 years in the special events industry, Tamara TaylorBassin has passionately spent much of her career offering green solutions to her clients while promoting and marketing their brands through grassroots field marketing. With passion and wisdom, she has been educating clients, coworkers and friends about the importance of integrating environmentally responsible choices into every aspect of our lives or what we call Integrated Green.
Planet Promotions is proudly Chicagos industry leader in Green Marketing and Promotions specializing in mobile promotions, new product sampling, and special events. Clients include Pepsi, Polaroid, ABC 7, RemyCointreau, Crest, Remdex and more. Planet Promotions and Greeneventschicago.com will proudly be taking occupancy at Green Exchange in Chicago the first sustainable business complex in the country.
Fusing my passion for cutting edge field marketing and event execution with my dedication to the environment, I am certain that Planet Promotions efforts are truly making a difference!
An environmentalist since she could talk, TaylorStanley attends the University of Washington, where she has led campaigns addressing waste reduction, climate change and sustainable food.
Tazioli has been the Washington State Coordinator for Breast Cancer Fund since the inception of the state office in May 2004.
Originally from North Carolina, James stepped on stage for the first time at the ripe old age of 14 and never looked back. Having spent most of his theatrical career on stage, James transitioned to choreographer before directing his first full-length musical.
James recently appeared in The Shadow Box with Grove Players. In addition to acting, he has directed both in his home state (Godspell, Take Five) and in Chicago, where he adapted and staged Tell Tale Heart and Pandemonium's first and only production of We Interrupt This Program, an original ensemble production focusing on the first 50 years of race relations.
Rounding out a very full and busy schedule, James works in the hospitality industry, volunteers once a week in an after-school cooking program for under-served kids and was 1 of 49 individuals profiled in a new book on volunteerism entitled Changing the World on a Tuesday Night.
Carmen Tedesco, media producer in the Bay Area, has been involved with Slow Food for over ten years. He was the initial leader of Slow Food Santa Cruz and moved to become a leader at the Slow Food San Francisco convivium. He has championed the Vertical Garden project at Sanchez Elementary School and has a strong interest in urban agriculture.
Teens Turning Green is a nationalcoalition of passionate and powerful teens educating about safe and healthychoices in our daily lives, schools and communities, advocating for policychange to protect our right to health and working collaboratively to inspireaction and promate change that will sustain our earth.
In 2002 it was revealed that Marin County breast cancer rates had risenan alarming 60% in eight years. When asked what was being done, theresponse was there wasnt enough funding to do the necessary studies.Shortly thereafter, Judi Shils formed the Marin Cancer Project(currently known as Search for the Cause) to explore potential causes, seek answers and work to eliminate them.Knowing that environmental toxins are one of the leading causes ofdisease, cancer, birth defects, asthma, and reproductive harm, sherealized that education was the key to help inform citizens how toreduce exposure in their own lives. She also had the wisdom to knowthat if we rally together for change, change is possible.
Inspired by a group of teens who wanted to examine the toxic exposuresin their lives that might potentially contribute to cancer and otherhealth related concerns, Teens for Safe Cofmetics branched out as a program of Search for the Cause. The teens beganorganizing; growing in sheer numbers around this issue, they havebecome a powerful force for change. The campaign expanded from coast tocoast and now new chapters are springing up rapidly. Through educatingtheir peers and the greater community they have made a difference inmany peoples lives and have been instrumental in influencing chemicalpolicy change.
Teen campaign members became deeply interested in exploring otheraspects of their life where they were exposed to environmental toxins.They looked at fashion, their homes and their schools and wanted tounderstand what alternatives were available. They held Turning Greenevents that featured panel discussions, lifestyle shows andsustainability programs. Teens for Healthy Schoolswas launched in the Spring of 2008 as another program of Search for theCause, harnessing the inquisitive nature of teens to investigate theirschools and find the greener alternatives available to replace toxicproducts and practices. More and more schools are signing up to jointhis force for change.
The Teens Turning Green Concept is a natural transition for thecampaign, encompassing all aspects of the teen initiatives under oneumbrella. Not only focusing on cosmetics and personal care products, itbroadens the scope to all areas of life that potentially exposes oneto harmful chemicals. To help drive the message of Turning Green, thenew Teen Turning Green Collectionprovides a powerful way to educate the mass market by having a brandthat is easily distinguishable to teens and exemplifies products thatare healthy, safe, and effective (and even recommended by their peers!)
We hope that no matter where your interests lie, you can join our campaign and begin your journey to Turning Green.
Luisah Teish is a writer, speaker, teacher, performer, ritual priestess, event planner, space designer, editor, and personal coach.
She is the author of several books on African and African American Spiritual Culture and Feminist Myth. They include the women's spirituality classic Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, Carnival of the Spirit: Seasonal Celebrations and Rites of Passage, Jump Up: Good Times Throughout the Seasons with Celebrations from Around the World, and What Don't Kill Is Fattening Revisited: Twenty Years of Poetry, Prose, and Myth.
Other writing credits include contributions to thirteen anthologies and published articles in magazines such as Essence, Ms., Shaman's Drum, and Yoga Journal.
Ms. Teish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora, and she holds a chieftaincy title (Yeye'woro) from the Fatunmise Compound in Ile Ife, Nigeria. Presently she is the Chair of the World Orisha Congress Committee on Women's Issues. She is also a devotee of Damballah Hwedo, the Haitian Rainbow Serpent, under the guidance of Moma Lola.
She was awarded a Ph.D. in Spiritual Therapeutics from Open International University's School of Complementary Medicine in Colombo Sri Lanka in 1993.
She holds an InterFaith minister's license from the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences.
In 1969 she received initiation into to the Fahamme Temple of AmunRa in St. Louis, Missouri.
She later went on to study indigenous Native North and South American traditions (including the Caribbean). She has conducted workshops on Black and Native American culture at Medicine Wheels (under the directions of Sun Bear's tribal elders). And La Casa de la Poesia in Caracas Venezuela uses her book Jump Up as a text on the mythology of the Goddess Maria Lionza.
Ms. Teish designs and conducts weddings, naming ceremonies, memorials, and a host of seasonal celebrations. Teish designed a Rites of Passage program for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is the director of the Full Faze Passage Council, a multiracial, multicultural network of artists, consultants, and spiritual advisors experienced in events design and production.
She is the Olori (Director) of Ile Orunmila Oshun (The House of Destiny and Love and the School of Ancient Mysteries/Sacred Arts Center in Oakland, CA). She has taught at the University of Creation SpiritualityNaropa, John F. Kennedy University, The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology and New College of California.
Ms. Teish has conducted tours with the School of Conscious Evolution, to sacred sites in several countries, including Egypt, Nigeria, and Jamaica and is a member of the Fellowship of Isis.
A resident of the Bay Area for thirty years, Luisiah Teish has been actively involved in teaching transformation, working to insure justice and peacekeeping.
Gabriela is Co-anchor of “First Edition” for KMEX-TV, Channel 34, and the number one television station in Spanish in the nation.She joined the program “First Edition” in March of the 2004, after she was a co-anchor of the news program "Telefutura 46" on KFTR-TV, the station’s sister station of Telefutura.
Teissier is better recognized by many as the original Co-host of the noon program Telefutura, “Scandal TV.” She is also known for her coverage of all of the Latin Entertainment industry.
Teissier began her introduction to the media while she served as host for several news programs of Aztec TV, Mexico, and for Telemundo Network in the United States. In 1998, Teissier received the prize of “Latin of the Year” in honor to successful personalities within her race. Tessier is married to Santa Monica Chef/ Restaurateur Raphael Lunetta and they have two young sons.
Roger Telschow is founder and president of Ecoprint, an integrated design, printing, and mailing company now in its 30th year. An environmental organizer turned entrepreneur, Roger has been involved in personal, social, and organizational change his whole life. In addition to his commitment to sustainable business, he facilitates personal growth retreats for individuals.
Fran Teplitz serves as the Director of Social Investing & Policy at Green America. Her work focuses on socially responsible investing, including community investing and banking as well as shareholder action.She also manages Green America’s role in coalitions related to sustainable business and economics, climate change, and other policy issues. Fran worked with Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund before joining Green America. Prior to Peace Action, she worked on U.S. policy toward Central America. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Political Science.
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature.
A former managing director for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 25 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital—valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.
Mark is a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the New York State 2100 Commission. His book, Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature, will be published by Basic Books in April.
Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.
Danielle Tergis is an award winning strategic marketing and communications expert with a passion and focus on the hospitality, health and wellness lifestyle, green initiatives and sustainable food sectors. As Marketing and PR Manager at the The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, and its nationally renowned restaurant Art and Soul, she worked closely with celebrity chef Art Smith to create initiatives to position the restaurant as one of DC’s "must go" destinations. She also developed innovative programs such as the trend setting "Yoga on the Roof" program to incorporate the idea of healthy lifestyles and relaxation for hotel guests.
As Director of Marketing and Communications for Yoga Alliance, Danielle repositioned the world's largest nonprofit yoga organization as the leading registry of yoga professionals through a comprehensive branding campaign. This resulted in 38% growth (18,000 to 25,000 registrants representing 120 countries) in 14 months. She also designed a record breaking national yoga event that garnered media coverage in nearly 60 TV and radio stations, 56 newspapers, and 15 online media outlets.
Danielle is a member of the American Marketing Association and is on the event committees for celebrity chef Art Smith’s World Festival DC and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business ‘Women in Business’. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from West Virginia University and her Masters of Science in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. Based in Northern Virginia, she enjoys the practice of yoga and perusing her local farmers market.
Michael Terpin is the founder of SocialRadius, a full-service social media marketing agency, serving clients in a variety of industries worldwide. SocialRadius did the outreach for recording artist Will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” video for the Obama campaign, which won the 2008 Emmy, Global Media and Webby awards, as well as a 2009 Clio Gold Lion. They also did event marketing for Live8, social mobile marketing at LiveEarth, and the Green Inaugural Ball. SocialRadius publishes the popular CES Party Listand CTIA Party List. Michael previously created one of the nation’s earliest Internet-focused PR firms in the early 1990s, Terpin Communications as well as the world’s largest and most comprehensive international newswire, Marketwire. In 2004 Michael started Social Media World (originally titled “Uncorporate Communications”) as a way of commenting on trends in the social media and marketing spheres.
Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative AfricanAmerican Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009). For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity.
His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food.
Bryant is currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Bryants first book (coauthored with Anna Lappe, foreword by Eric Schlosser), Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), is a winner of a 2007 Nautilus Award for Social Change.
Tezozomoc fue criado en Los Ángeles. Recibio su título universitario en Ingenería Electronica de California State University Northridge (CSUN) y término la mayor parte del Máster en Lingüística en CSUN. En 2003, Tezozomoc fue elegido a representar los Granjeros del Sur Centro de Los Ángeles en su lucha a preservar la finca urbana mas grande de los Estados Unidos. Su padre, uno de los organizadores originales, se enfermo y Tezozomoc se dedico a mantener el espacio en la finca urbana de su padre.
Desde 2003 hasta 2006, Tezozomoc conjunto con los otros granjeros urbanos, lucho a salvar este oasis urbano. En 2006, los granjeros pudieron recorir $16.3 million en unas semanas para comprar la tierra pero el promotor inmobiliario rechazo el negocio y la granja del Sur Centro de Los Ángeles fue destruido. Esta lucha fue documentada por Scott Hamilton-Kennedy en el documental El Jardín, nomiado por un Oscar en 2009.
Desde la destrucción de la Granja del Sur Centro de Los Ángeles en 2006, Tezozomoc y muchos granjeros de la comunidad han continuado su labor para mantener accessible productos organicos sembrados localmente para todas las personas a traves de la formación del Corporativo de los Granjeros del Sur Centro de Los Ángeles y el fondo de Salud y Educación de los Granjeros del Sur Centro de Los Ángeles. Ambas organizaciónes tambien trabjan localmente en problemas globales tal como el hambre, la malnutrición, accesso a comida, bajo empleado y la agricultura no sostenible.
Tezozomoc was raised in Los Angeles, received his degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University Northridge (CSUN) and completed a majority of the Master’s program in Linguistics at CSUN. In 2003, Tezozomoc was elected to represent the South Central Farmers in their three-year struggle to preserve the largest urban farm in the United States. His father, one of the original organizers had grown ill and Tezozomoc committed to taking care of his father’s plot. From 2003 to 2006, Tezozomoc, alongside the community of urban farmers, fought to save this urban oasis. In 2006, the farmers were able to raise $16.3 million in a matter of weeks to buy the land, however the developer backed out of the deal and the South Central Farm was bulldozed. This struggle was documented by Scott Hamilton-Kennedy in his 2009 Academy Award nominated documentary,The Garden. Since the 2006 destruction of the South Central Farm, Tezozomoc and several of the community farmers have continued their work to keep locally grown organic produce accessible to all persons through the formation of the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative and the South Central Farmers’ Health and Education Fund. Both these entities work locally to address the larger global problems of hunger, malnutrition, food access, unemployment and unsustainable agricultural practices.
The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC) is a multicultural group of teens that create original performance art pieces, in collaboration with professional artists, that combine hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater, martial arts, song and rap. The productions are a dynamic, creative forum for the young people to express their fears, hopes and strategies for confronting challenging personal and social issues. The company has performed locally and nationally since 1993 for up to 20,000 audience members annually. The company has been the subject of a documentary film (2000) called "A Place Named Destiny" that was shown nationally at film festivals. In the 2010/2011 school year Studio B Films, an academy award nominated film company under the direction of David Collier, is working on another documentary about the company that will premiere in 2010. A 171-page curriculum guide called Youth on the Move: a teacher's guide to co-creating original movement/theater performances with teens was created in 2002 (funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) to chronicle the process of the group's creation of original productions.
DAYPC comes out of Destiny Arts Center, an Oakland-based nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization that has been serving youth for over 23 years through after-school, weekend and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, performance and youth leadership at our Oakland center and in up to 45 East Bay public schools annually.
DAYPC Artistic Directors: Sarah Crowell & Rashidi Omari
The Dogon Lights, a red hot world fusion group, are a unique and groundbreaking band, combining elements of Hip-Hop, Electronica, Cuban, Brazilian and North African music. A self-described “groove machete of fire,” The Dogon Lights create an undeniably shamanic and energetic dance atmosphere that catapults the listener straight to the stars. The Dogon Lights play traditional skin and wood instruments, weaving the trance grooves of these instruments over hip-hop beats with Hendrix guitar and celestial vocals.
Adia Tamar Whitaker is a professional dancer/choreographer from the BayArea. Her current artistic work focuses on NeoFolklore of the AfricanDiaspora. She is dedicated to preserving the past, present and futureof the African presence in the New World.
Since2000,Adia and her company Ase Dance Theatre Collective (Brooklyn, NY) havepresented work that links contemporary modern dance, originalvernacular movement, and traditional dance theater from the AfricanDiaspora toconceptual ideas in the human experience. Her belief that all forms ofAfrican drum and dance facilitate a process of spiritual awakeninginspire her to create rich and transformative art that uplifts thesoul.
Laura Theodore is a television and radio host, vegan chef, sustainable lifestyle blogger,cookbook author, and award-winning jazz singer and actor. She is the proud creator of the “JazzyVegetarian," and author of Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious.
Laura is presently the on-camera host and co-producer of the Jazzy Vegetarian cookingshow on national Public Television, now in it’s second season. Ninety percent of televisionhouseholds across the nation are now able to view broadcasts of Jazzy Vegetarian. In addition, Ms.Theodore hosts the weekly show, "Jazzy Vegetarian Radio," a talk/music format that focuses ondelicious, easy to prepare, plant-based recipes, eco-entertaining tips, celebrity interviews, and upbeatmusic, served up with a bit of fun on the side!
Ms. Theodore has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, USA, and America’sTalking Networks and was recently featured on Insider, Entertainment Tonight Online, News 4-NBCWashington, D.C. and CBS Radio. Laura has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, NewYork Daily News, New York Post, VegNews, Family Circle, PBS Food, Vegetarian Times, JazzTimes,Variety, and Time Magazine, among others.
Laura began eating vegetarian style over twenty years ago when good plant-based recipeswere hard to find. She began creating healthy recipes, based on the familiar tastes in cherished familydishes handed down for generations. Ms. Theodore began her personal journey into the world ofvegetarian cooking when she started working with Marcy Baskin, author of “Hingham Grain andSpice Cookbook.” In New York City, Laura counseled with nutritionist and life extension specialist,Oz Garcia, Ph.D. She became intrigued with developing accessible recipes based on classic Americandishes, using vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and non-animal proteins.
As an award-winning jazz singer and songwriter, Laura has recorded six solo CDs, includingher award-winning disc, “Tonight's the Night,” which received a Musician Magazine Award. Her 2009CD release with the late, great Joe Beck entitled "Golden Earrings," was selected to appear on the
52nd Grammy Award list in the category of “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Laura has toured throughout thecountry, performing at numerous major events, such as Night of 100 Stars, Fire and Ice Ball, and TheAmerican Film Awards. In addition, Laura Theodore was host of the Manhattan Cable Network TVshow "All That Jazz," which ran for six years.
On the acting side of things, Laura has appeared in over sixty plays and musicals includingOff Broadway for two years in the hit show "Beehive," which earned her a coveted Backstage BistroAward. She was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical,”for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the World Premier Production of “Love, Janis.”
A love for good food, compassion for animals and enthusiasm for great music has created ajoyous life path for Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian.
Theresa is an American tech-professional and the founder of two social enterprises. The first, WORK+SHELTER, is a safe space where women in New Delhi can come to live, work, and make a fair wage. The products the women make are sourced by American companies looking for a fair-trade production unit.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as an environmental educator, permaculture teacher and curriculum developer. She is a credential multiple subjects’ teacher and studied at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, Teachers College, and Tufts University.
Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a greenbuilding manual for youth. She lectures on topics of diversity, social justice, women's leadership, and sustainability. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities including men serving in San Quentin Prison where she supports them in creating inspiring and hands on programs around biomimicry, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education. She has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries. Her other achievements include presenting at Tedx DenverED and SF, and being awarded fellowships to Columbia University, Green For All and the Applied Research Center.
A Chicago transplant from northern Indiana, Cheryl is a graduate of Indiana University (2009, B.A. Journalism, Medieval Studies, & English) and The Second City-Chicago (2011, Comedy Writing for the Stage). She is currently a board member, resident writer, and occasional director for Pandemonium Theatre Group and resident writer for the Chicago-based GEMproductions. She has contributed to the sketch comedy/variety television show "Larry Grochowski Show" and to several online publications as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She is currently adapting her most recent play "Dressing for Our Lives" into a screenplay with co-writer/director Gary Mailnowski and helping oversee the development of original music for the film with local composer/hilarious piano man Anthony Clementz. When she's not working, you can find Cheryl at the beach trying to play volleyball, at low-lit dive bar sipping a thick brew or Bloody Mary, biking along the lake, or on the CTA reading a book about medieval history.
The oft self-described "scatterbrained business lady", Porsha Thomas is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of eco-chic e-mag, Luri & Wilma. Inspired by her love of vintage fashion and the knowledge gained in her college Environmental Science class, the Mayborn School of Journalism graduate sought to create a go-to source for ladies like herself – fashionphiles interested in sustainable living – and from that, Luri & Wilma was born. What started as a blog outlet for a "going green" girl has morphed into full blown life guide for the women of the sort.
ThomasMüller of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he began his work as a community organizer, working with Aboriginal youth.
ThomasMüller went on to achieve many accomplishments as a youth leader in the Aboriginal community. Over the years his work has taken him to five continents. He has been on the front lines of stopping industrial society's assault on indigenous peoples lands to extract resources and to dump toxic wastes.
Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, ThomasMüller is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement for energy and climate justice. He serves as board chair of the Collective Heritage Institute (CHI), which hosts the annual Bioneers Conference in Marin, California. Currently, he is the tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, working with grassroots indigenous communities to defend against the sprawling infrastructure that includes pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the tar sands.
Happily married and a proud father of two sons, ThomasMüller is also a gifted poet and rap artist.
Bay Area sculptor and educator Thompson creates sculpture and interactive and educational site specific installations that address individual and communal survival issues and involve collaboration with other artists on public art projects involving community participation. She teaches ecoart at Laney College and at summer Ecoart Literacy program she founded to inspire the next generation of ecoartists, and serves on the Women Environmental Artists Directory board.
Elizabeth Thompson is the Executive Director of the The Buckminster Fuller Institute. Since 2004 she has developed BFI's leading educational programs including its acclaimed website, high profile public lectures, exhibitions and events, and the Design Science Lab. She has been played an instrumental leadership role in the creation and implementation of BFI's flagship program, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Prior to joining BFI, Elizabeth was the founding director of Planetwork, served as director of John Gibson Gallery, New York, and a founding member of the award winning performance group, Cucaracha Theatre, New York.
Born in the beautiful Puyallup Valley of Washington State, Thompson has taken the lessons from her agricultural heritage and is currently the Director of Food Justice Programs at Community to Community Development a womenled, place based, grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. As director, Thompson coordinates various programs that are committed to social, economic and environmental justice. Working directly with farmworker advocate Rosalinda Guillen and with farmworkers on the ground, Thompson has developed cultural and language appropriate technical assistance to Latino farmworkers and other lowincome laborers as they move towards sustainable livelihoods in mutually beneficial cooperative enterprises.
As a Board Member of the Domestic Fair Trade Association Thompson works to bring farmworker's voices into the creation of a healthy, just, and sustainable food system that is united around Principles of Domestic Fair Trade and that envisions a healthy community where all participants in the system understand the realities, challenges, and effects of food production and distribution.
Bill Thorness is a writer and gardener who has been doing both in Seattle since the mid-1980s. He is the author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Mountaineers Books, 2009), and writes about gardening for many regional publications, including The Seattle Times and the PCC Sound Consumer. He has had many roles at Seattle Tilth, serving as board president, publications editor and instructor. He also wrote the bestselling bicycling guidebook, Biking Puget Sound: 50 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans (Mountaineers Books, 2007). He is a member of the Garden Writers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Author of Biodiesel America, Tickell has appeared on numerous talk shows and is recognized as the most engaging and inspirational public speaker in his field. Joshua Tickell is one of the nation's leading experts on alternative fuels. He grew up in Louisiana where members of his family suffered from diseases linked to pollution from oil refineries. He began to look for alternatives to petroleum in college, when he discovered biodiesel while working on a farm in the former East Germany. Fascinated, Tickell started to conduct his own research. He translated documents written by the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel, and found that the first diesel engine had been designed to run on vegetable oil, not petroleum.
After the publication of his first book, Tickell enrolled in Florida State University 's School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts where he earned his MFA in film. His goal: to direct and produce a major theatrical documentary motion picture that both chronicles and is a catalyst in the biodiesel and green energy movement. He had begun shooting footage for the documentary in 1997 during his first Veggie Van trip. (Soon after graduating, Tickell compiled this original footage into the short film titled The Veggie Van Voyage , now available on DVD).
In 2003, Tickell began working full time on the production of the documentary film tentatively titled 'Fields of Fuel.' The feature length High Definition film is scheduled to be released sometime in early 2008. The film features appearances by Woody Harrelson, Larry Hagman, Neil Young and Willie Nelson among other notable celebrities and cultural icons.
As a precursor to his movie, Tickell release a controversial new book Biodiesel America How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America From MiddleEast Oil Dependence and Make Money Growing Fuel. The book challenges the status quo of the oil industry, the automakers and the government and offers a complete energy roadmap to wean the US from fossil fuels.
Tickell is widely recognized as the most engaging and inspirational public speaker in his field. He has consulted for companies and organizations such as National Biodiesel Board, Arizona State House of Representatives, Solar Energy International, Quicksilver and Clif Bar. He has spoken at numerous colleges and universities including MIT, Ohio University , Bard College , Vassar College and Colorado College and has presented in including Cuba , Argentina , Burma and Australia . His presentations and books have been attributed with starting multiple biodiesel businesses and laying the foundation for the Australian, Polish and South Pacific biodiesel industries.
His first book inspired one man to convert an entire South Sea island to using only biodiesel fuel for its energy and transportation needs.
Tickell founded the Biodiesel America Organization . In 2005, it was selected by President Bill Clinton to be part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. Tickell mounted a biodiesel relief effort to aid victims of the hurricanes in Louisiana and Mississippi . His biodieselfueled relief ships delivered 20,000 meals, clothing and medical supplies to the hardesthit areas of the disaster zone.
Tickell has appeared on The Today Show, Dateline NBC, CNN News, The National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel, NPR , the Jeff Rense and Jim Hightower radio shows and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times , The Independent (UK), The Smithsonian Magazine, Maxim Magazine and Mother Earth News.
Tickell uses his expert knowledge and powerful communication skills to offer solutions to rising gas prices, global climate change, pollutionrelated health issues and national energy security.
The author of two books on alternative energy, Tickell has worked on environmental issues for over twenty years. His career spans a unique mixture of science, political activism, investigative journalism and filmmaking. Having grown up amongst the oil refineries in Louisiana, Tickell experienced the impacts of dirty oil processing at a young age. After watching his mother suffer from pollution related sickness, Tickell began to search for sustainable, clean energy sources. His directorial debut film, ‘FUEL,’ is the 2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary that investigates the possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. For his rescue mission in the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana, Tickell’s nonprofit organization was selected by President Bill Clinton as an inaugural part of his Global Initiative on Climate Change. As a film director he has worked with actors such as Woody Harrelson, Amy Smart, Michelle Rodriguez and Peter Fonda. Tickell and his wife, Rebecca Harrell Tickell (a producer of ‘FUEL’ and co-director/producer of ‘The Big Fix’) live in Venice beach, California.
Rebecca Harrell Tickell dedicates herself to the advancement of women and the environment. She is the Co-Director and Producer of the documentary 'The Big Fix' which is an 'Official Selection' of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has spent the last year documenting the impacts and root cause of the BP oil spill. While investigating the spill she became ill and was left with permanent damage from exposure to the oil and dispersant in the atmosphere. She produced the 2008 Sundance Award winning documentary FUEL, and is currently in production on two other documentaries. She co-directs the nonprofit I’ll Be the One Organization, and is the author of 'Hot, Rich & Green', a book about redefining feminism and the role of women in the environmental movement. As a child, she starred in the Orion (now MGM)’s Christmas Classic movie, Prancer. Tickell and her husband, Josh Tickell (director of ‘FUEL’ and ‘The Big Fix’) live in Venice, California with their pug Mr. Brown, their Veggie Van, and the world’s first algae gasoline powered car.
Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to promoting solutions to global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.
Tidwell is the author of four previous books, including In the Mountains of Heaven and Amazon Stranger. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Reader's Digest, and The Washington Post. He is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and two Lowell Thomas Awards for travel journalism.
Greg Tilford is a well-known expert, author, consultant and teacher in the field of veterinary botanical medicine. He is a charter member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC) and is author of dozens of published articles and five books, including the acclaimed Herbs for Pets – The Natural Way to Enhance your Pet’s Life (Bowtie/Fancy Publications, second ed. 2009).
A much sought-after international speaker, Greg has presented his work at numerous professional conferences and universities, including the Colorado State University Teaching Hospital, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI, and the Japan School of Veterinary Medicine in Tokyo.
Greg remains an active consultant and custom formulator for hundreds of veterinarians worldwide. He is CEO and formulating herbalist for Animals’ Apawthecary Co. and Animal Essentials Inc., two Montana-based companies that produce a full line of natural supplements for companion animals.
Scott is a socially conscious communicator, equal parts publicist, marketer, entrepreneur and writer. He has an insatiable interest in big ideas and the behaviors that drive people,what resonates with them, and how to communicate with them.
He has 15-plus years of experience promoting ideas, products and services in various culture-shaping (and sometimes suffocating) worlds. Some years ago, he started applyinghis corporate skills to progressive social issues.
He foundedAntidote Collectivein 2004 and has since worked with a range of groups, people, films and books covering the environment, religion and spirituality, social justice,health care and education — from the Dalai Lama to healthcare "whistleblower"Wendell Potter,Rainforest Action Networkand theBusiness Alliance for Local Living Economies.
In 2009 Scott foundedBEAHIVE, a new kind of collaborative space for work and community with aLocal Living Economydimension. He now has three hives in the Hudson Valley.
Dorothy J. Tillman is a former Chicago alderman in the 3rd Ward. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented part of the city's South Side in the Chicago City Council. As an Alderman, Tillman was a strong advocate of reparations for slavery. In April 2007, she was defeated in a runoff election by challenger Pat Dowell. Tillman defeated Dowell in 2003. Prior to her career as an alderman, Tillman was active in the civil rights movement, working for Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as an activist.
Tillman has also hosted her own show of WVON.
Tim Jones is coordinator of the Whats the Economy for Anyway? Educational Resource Project.
Kelsey Timmerman is the author of WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and is in the process of writing his next book: WHERE AM I EATING? out in 2013. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR. He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, played PlayStation in Kosovo, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and in another life, worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida. Whether in print or in person he seeks to connect people around the world.
Claire Tinley is a researcher focusing on the food service industry with UNITE HERE Local 1, the labor union that represents about 16,000 hotel, food service, and casino workers throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. UNITE HERE represents the food service workers within Chicago institutions such as Wrigley Field, Chicago Public Schools, O’Hare airport, and United Center. Part of Claire’s work is dedicated to Real Food Real Jobs, a project of UNITE HERE, which supports food service workers as they advocate for justice on the job and within our food system. Based in Chicago and an avid home-cook, she supports the city’s many farmers markets and believes Chicago has great potential to be a leader in instituting justice for workers at all stages of our food system.
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, School of Environmental Design. Her global sustainability experience began while leading the Green Enterprise Initiative at Munich, headquartered Siemens Enterprise Networks. She helped enterprises understand the economic and environmental value of collaboration technologies. The author actively mentors students who need education and career roadmaps, which her book provides. Her thought leadership pieces have published in the U.S. and Europe, including: Environmental Leader, Hispanic MBA, Communications News and many others. She earned a Masters degree in International Management from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. In 2010, she received “Entrepreneur of the Year” honors at the LATINA Style Magazine Gala in Washington D.C. She is a key organizer of the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit and owns her own marketing and communications firm, Gracefully Global Group, LLC.
Tizon works as coordinator of the Helping Hands program for torture survivors for the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International in Washington, DC.
Alberto Tlatoa is a member of the South Central Farmer’s Cooperative. At the age of 18, Alberto entered into social activism at the garden plot his family farmed in South Central Los Angeles was threatened with destruction. Learning of injustice by experiencing it, Alberto made a commitment to his community and family to use his life to work for change and equity among all people. As a high school student, Alberto bridged the gap between primarily Spanish speaking farmers and English speaking volunteers. While a community college student, Alberto also took on a full-time farming/organizing position with the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative, and has grown into the distribution manager of the cooperative. Currently, Alberto, a recent UCLA graduate is spending his days farming and fighting for food justice while creating access to fresh organic produce in low income areas. Along with his Co-op responsibilities, Alberto leads farm tours, coordinates our UCLA student intern program, and visits local schools to give workshops and presentations on agriculture, food access and nutrition.
Trina Tocco, Campaigns Coordinator, began at the International Labor Rights Fund in February 2005 and works on ILRF advocacy campaigns particularly the WalMart campaign. Directly after college, she spent a year organizing with the Service Employees International Union. She has worked for a number of years on sweatshops with various organizations including United Students Against Sweatshops. She also participated in Semester at Sea where she spent a semester touring over 10 countries to complete a trip around the world. She is also active in Musicians Against Sweatshops. Tocco is a 2003 graduate of Western Michigan University, with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Nonprofit Administration.
Micro-farmer turned tech-entrepreneur, Todd is a student of food systems and all things edible. He is the CEO of Every Last Morsel, a social network for Midwest gardeners to share planting tips, excess food and more.
Felicia Marie Tomasko, RN is an Ayurvedic practitioner and editor-in-chief of LA Yoga Magazine She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 1997. It was yoga, and Deepak Chopra’s books that first introduced Felicia to Ayurveda, which she began studying in 1993. Her studies include the practitioner, pancha karma therapist, educator, yoga therapy and Ayurvedic mother and baby care programs at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda as well as at Alandi Ayurvedic Gurukula, both in Boulder, Colorado. She continues her studies with a number of different teachers and credits them for her implementation of the practice.
Felicia has a degree in nursing and one in biology and worked in integrative medicine, neuropsychology research, biochemistry research and journalism, and writing. She is on the board of directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the editorial board of Light on Ayurveda journal, and has a private yoga therapy and Ayurveda practice in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California.
Jenny Ton is the proud daughter of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants and the Co-Founder of Retrofit Republic, a values-driven fashion styling firm and vintage retailer committed to impeccable style, sustainability efforts, and initiatives that benefit low-income populations, communities of color, and the LGBTQ family.
An alumnus of UC Berkeley, Jenny is a dedicated advocate and community leader of women's issues, low income youth of color, and environmental justice. With community organizing roots beginning in her hometown of Baldwin Park, California, Jenny has over 10 years of organizing experience and continues her work as a proud leader of NAPAWF, the nation’s only multi-issue women’s organization advancing the rights and issues of Asian Pacific American women and girls.
Before co-founding Retrofit Republic, Jenny worked at Urban Habitat, an environmental and social justice non-profit and for UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy for their Executive and International Program (EIP) and the Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP).
Tonalehquehis a multilayered metaphorical term. It means Those who accompany thesun along its journey. It refers to those who individually andcollectively strive to meet their full potential on earth, and who takethe characteristics of the sun as their goals for personal growth andexistence. Like the Sun itself, we seek to be resplendent, strong,steady, life giving, balanced, humble, virtuous, and creative.CalpulliTonalehqueh also hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony; Celebration in the nation. Everyone is invited to attend on theweekend of March 1314, 2010 in San Jose, CA @ the National HispanicUniversity. Their goal is to make it educational, sustainable and freeof waste.
Tondre is Cofounder of EcoHouse, a project of Ecology Center 501(c)3, and a model urban ecological home where he conducts public tours and spearheads the first cityapproved, residential constructed wetland graywater system in California. He cofounded workerowned DIG Cooperative, an Oaklandbased design / build firm focused on urban water security issues, conservation education, audits ; retrofits, green job training, rainwater catchment and greywater reuse. Tondre is a certified Permaculture Designer ; Teacher and has over twenty years of experience as a green builder. Most importantly, he is the father of a young warrior princess.
Born inMendocino County, CaliforniaTonyFernandezwasdestined to work inthe Redwood industry.As afreshman inhigh school he won theCalifornia State Woodworking competitionand decided he would pursue his passion in theindustry.Atage 14 he began working asa garden products assembler at California Leisure Products, a Redwood gazebo manufacturer in Ukiah, Ca and by age 17 he was supervising 15 employees and worked his way up to "lead designer "in the model shop.At age 25he started his own company, Wood Products Unlimited, specializing in manufacturing high- end children's furniture using post -consumer mill ends from local lumber mills.As demand increasedhewas solicited and, eventually, hired by AdvancedManufacturing and Development who specialized in manufacturinggames for the Atari Corporation. As the reclaimed industry started to blossom in the mid 90's he began pursuing alternatives for manufacturing products from those materials. In 1998 he left AM&D and went to work for North Cal Wood Productsas International Sales Operations and Development Manager.Workingclosely with Frank VanVranken the CEO ofNorth Cal Wood Productsthey developed theRecycled Products Division and dove in to the deconstruction of the oldest and largest Redwoodsawmill in the world, Mill B at thePacific Lumber Company in Scotia, Ca.This project spurredmany other deconstruction projects all over northern California andcatapulted North Cal to becoming a leader in the reclaimed Redwood industry.During his career at North Cal,Tonyhasteamed up with organizations suchas theUSGBC,The California Redwood Association, andFSC, and donates as much of his time to developingwood productsfrom post consumer recycled wood sources throughHilltop Recovery Services in Lake County California.
Elizabeth Topp is a co-Founder & CEO of shiftalliance, an organizational development and management consulting firm specializing in Meaningful Business Model Design and Sustainability for start-ups, social enterprise, and traditional businesses wanting to move toward social enterprise business models. The company’s business model framework and software facilitates planning, design, & implementation of meaningful & social innovation in relationship to all stakeholders including individuals, communities, and the environment. shiftalliance became a certified B corp in 2009 and was re-certified in 2012.
This year shiftalliance founded An Evening with B Corps - LA a monthly community networking event that is bringing the LA B Corp community together with the goal of turning Southern CA into the largest B Corp community nationwide. Elizabeth has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and is an executive coach & trained psychotherapist. She began her career as a cross-cultural trainer specializing in global executive leadership development & cultural intelligence training.
Town has been teaching science at RHS for the past 25 years. Currently Town teaches Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Environmental Design and Sustainability which has a focus on green job skills. Redmond High School has also achieved notoriety for its energy efficiency program
Tykeya Townsend is a junior at CCA Academy and enjoys participating in a variety of school activities.
AndreaTracanzan works for the communication department of Banca Etica (themost important Italian social bank) and he follows the Zoes project(Zoes is an italian social network specialized on environment,alternative economy, sustainable products...). With many other peoplehe follows the organization of Terra Futura.
Shannon Tracey is Local Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited and worked intimately on the Measure T campaign. Through Democracy Unlimited and other local organizations, she focuses on capacitybuilding and empowerment within the environmental and democracy movements. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Education and previously worked for the Sierra Club and Earth Share of California.
Shannon has coled numerous workshops, university classes, and volunteer trainings for Democracy Unlimited, the Sierra Club, and other organizations. As Development Manager for Earth Share of California, she regularly spoke in front of audiences of up to 500 about environmental topics and workplace giving.
David Tracey is a writer, designer and community ecologist based in Vancouver, Canada. His company, EcoUrbanist, specializes in environmental site design and consultation. A certified arborist, he is executive director of Tree City, a nonprofit group "helping people and trees grow together."His most recent book is "Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution." He is also the author of "Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto" and the comedy "The Miracle Tree."
Tree Frog Treks strives to create critical thinkers who will work to save, preserve and maintain our planet's biodiversity by introducing them to live rescued reptiles and amphibians; offering fun, handson science, literacy and art programming; and exploring nature.
Zen Trenholm is a third year student at UC Berkeley studying Cooperative Business Development. He serves as the Treasurer and Project Director for the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC), a diverse organization of students working to transform their educational institutions and communities into models of sustainability. Concerned with addressing the needs of his local community, he has worked on projects such as his former community college campus's upcoming farmers market and district-wide sustainability plan. Zen was a speaker on the "Building the New Economy through Student Leadership” panel at the Spring 2011 Green Festival and has spoken on corporate personhood and CLEAN contract policies. He is excited to announce that the CSSC will be hosting their 10th Annual Fall Convergence at Chico State University November 4th-6th, 2011.
Marcus Trigueros currently serves on Rainbow Grocery's public relations committee and has worked with Rainbow Grocery for over 5 years. A native to San Francisco, Marcus has been grateful to be involved in multiple efforts over the years to improve the lives of city locals. He is currently pursuing a degree in engineering and hopes to complete his studies in 2012.
Yody Gladys Moran Trillo was born in a rural community in the Huancavelica Province in the Andes Mountains of Peru. This region was heavily affected by the armed conflict that lasted from 1980 to 2000. At a young age, Yody and her family moved to the city of Huancavelica to escape the violence that was afflicting the countryside. She met and married her husband when she was 15 and soon after had her first child. Yody and her husband lived, barely scraping by, on his salary for many years. Yody began to knit sweaters, scarves and other items to sell in the local markets to help bring in a little extra money for her family. She connected with the Bridge of Hope Fair Trade project in 2003 and invited two other mothers to help her with a first order. As the orders began to grow, so did Yody’s group. El Mercurio (named after the colonial mine in her neighborhood in Huancavelica), grew to eight, then 17, and today, has over 30 members. El Mercurio has been growing steadily during the last few years, creating finger puppets, stuffed animals and more. Yody and the other members of El Mercurio have truly been inspirations, rising out of a violent past and becoming successful and respected women in their community.
Heather Trim, Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager for People For Puget Sound, has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work. In Los Angeles, she worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits and pollution assessments of both surface and ground water for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, focusing on various projects leading to the greening of the rivers, including: water quality, stormwater issues, pollution assessments and habitat renewal. She moved to Seattle in 2001 and joined People For Puget Sound in 2002. She works on reducing toxic pollution and protecting shoreline health in Puget Sound, and also focuses on a range of Seattle issues – air quality, waterfront, habitat, stormwater and land use.
Kamren Curiel Tringale is an online editor with six years of experience and is currently a Digital Media Fellow for Voto Latino—a non-partisan civic engagement organization that's focused on bringing new voices into the political process.Prior to working with Voto Latino, Kamren was the Senior Online Editor at Sí TV (now nuvoTV), where she produced multimedia content for 18 to 35-year-old English-speaking Latinos and curated their social media platforms. Kamren also works as a freelance writer for Remezcla, MTV Iggy, and Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, where she covers local events, up-and-coming artists and emerging subcultures.
Joe Trippi – heralded on the cover of The New Republic as the man who “reinvented campaigning” – is widely recognized as one of America’s leading and most influential political strategists.
Born in California, Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean and, most recently, John Edwards.
Trippi has run and consulted on numerous presidential, senate, congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral races. These include the successful campaigns of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston of California, Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, Governor Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Congressman Tim Holden of Pennsylvania.
In 2004, as the National Campaign Manager for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, Trippi pioneered the use of online technology to organize what became the largest grassroots movement in presidential politics. Through his innovative use of the Internet for small-donor fundraising, “Dean for America” raised more money than any Democratic presidential campaign to that point – all with donations averaging less than $100.
According to The Atlantic magazine, Trippi’s influence on Democratic Party politics has been profound and lasting: “The small-dollar Internet donor base attracted by Dean and flogged relentlessly by Trippi has transformed the party’s fundraising. Every single campaign uses Trippi-patented tactics to raise money. The men and women Joe Trippi cultivated on Dean’s staff have stormed the gates and occupy positions of power in major party and campaign offices.”
In 2008, Trippi signed on with Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid as a senior advisor, focusing on messaging, Internet strategy and online engagement. He was also responsible for producing the campaign’s television spots, which were widely applauded as “innovative” and “highly creative” and among the best spots of the 2007-2008 election cycle.
Trippi also has an extensive international resume. In 1993, he worked for then PASOK leader Andrea Papandreou’s successful campaign of Prime Minister of Greece, as well as for his son, George Papandreou, in 2007. Trippi advised former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his successful bid for a third term in 2005. In 2006, he worked for Romano Prodi on his winning race for Prime Minister of Italy. In 2007, Trippi consulted on text messaging strategies to the opposition Action Congress (AC) Party in Nigeria.
In addition to his political work, Trippi has consulted with a number of leading corporations including MasterCard, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, SES Americom, LabCorp, IBM, Lionsgate Films, BestBuy, MSNBC, Wave Systems, and Progeny Linux Systems. Trippi is especially acclaimed within the technology community. In 2004 he won Wired Magazine’s Rave Award for his use of innovative technology in politics. Leading Internet companies, from Yahoo!, to Google, to Bebo invite him to speak to their employees and affiliates.
Joe Trippi has been profiled in The New York Times, The New Republic, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine. He is a CBS News political analyst and former Harvard University Fellow.
Trippi is the author of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything,” the story of how his revolutionary use of the Internet combined with an impassioned, contagious desire to overturn politics-as-usual grew into a national grassroots movement – and changed the face of American politics forever.
Chicago native LeeAnn Trotter is a reporter at NBC 5. Previously, she hosted “Metromix: The TV Show” on CLTV, and has worked at Fox News Chicago, WUSN-FM, WBBM-AM, and WGN Radio.
Chicago native LeeAnn Trotter is a reporter at NBC 5. Previously, she hosted “Metromix: The TV Show” on CLTV, and has worked at Fox News Chicago, WUSN-FM, WBBM-AM, and WGN Radio.
Educating and entertaining with straight talk and spoken word, John Trudell (Santee Sioux) is an internationally acclaimed poet, actor, recording artist, philosopher and orator. He was a spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969-1971 and served as Chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM) from 1973- 1979. In 1982, he began putting his poetry to music and since that time has released 13 albums and toured extensively. He has also acted in major feature films, authored three books of poetry and was the subject of an award-winning 2005 documentary entitled TRUDELL.
In 2012, Trudell and Willie Nelson co-founded Hempstead Project Heart (Hemp Energies Alternative Resource Technologies) to raise awareness of the many economic and environmental benefits and uses of industrial hemp. As Co-Director of Hempstead Project Heart, Trudell works to enliven public action toward creating a sustainable green economy based on hemp.
The music of The Truebudoors is original and beautifully unique - ranging from complex melodic multicultural instrumentals to bilingual vocal tunes with themes of earth-based bliss and love.The instrumentation represents cultures from around the world and includes; cello, sitars, gu zheng, Native American and south American flutes, shruti box, harmonium, 2 string, 6 string and classical guitars.
Tshiteem is the Secretary for the Gross National Happiness Commission.
Tsui is an organic architect, designer and author whose work expresses the built environment as a living organism. He is founding director of Telos Foundation.
What happens when nature is your teacher and you fashion a world according to nature's insight, intelligence and genius for design? You get the extraordinary and strikingly original work of Eugene Tsui. Concerned with the rapid destruction of our planet by the consumerdriven, imagepermeated, affluence and growth driven outlook of societies throughout the world, Dr. Tsui is creating an architecture that addresses ageold topics that have been largely ignored by architects; world population explosion, globalized consumption, designing for natural disasters, social alienation in our cities and the need for the built environment as individual, artful and distinctive expression of people. Take a glimpse into the world of design as if nature were the progenitor. Tsui's work expresses the quality of educating humanity to see the built environment as a living organisman organism that responds to human need and the forces of natureHumanity and nature working together to create a new world full of artistic ingenuity and functional intelligence.
Tsui is creating a new paradigm of living lightly on the planet where structures are able to be lightweight and withstand the tremendous forces of nature, have moving parts for ventilation, heating and cooling, produce renewable energy, are aerodynamic and are works of art in themselves. Dr. Tsui will present some of his work on three continents; the Shenzhen Tower in Shenzhen, China, with its 92 windmills, 700,000 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels and a floating Mangrove tree forest that cleans raw sewage naturallyit's the new symbol of the southern gateway to China. The Strait of Gibraltar Floating Bridge would link the European and African continents together with a floating and partially submerged bridge using waterproof links that are connected by cableslike the spinal column of a living organismand producing 12 billion kilowatts of renewable energy and 1.3 billion gallons of fresh water with a five mile long floating island at its center. In Portugal, the first completely self energy generating house, company and farm building is designed to collect rain water and features an eggshaped computer company and a wetlands system for cleaning raw sewage. Another house, planned for the southern coast of the USA, is shaped like a Shark fin to slice through the crushing forces of Tsunami waves. These and other remarkable structures will accompany Eugene Tsui's presentation.
Tsui holds four degrees in architecture, city and regional planning and an Interdisciplinary doctorate in architecture and education from the University of California, Berkeley. He apprenticed with the renowned American architect, Bruce Goff, and the German architect, Frei Otto, and at 19 years of age, was a member of the design team of the Organizing Committee of the Montreal Olympics. He is the author of four books on architecture voted by the Institute of British Architects and the American Institute of Building design as recommended reading. Winner of research grant awards from such institutions as, the National Endowment For The Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study, Dr. Tsui's work is acknowledged as crucial to our understanding of ecology and biomimicry in design.
Dr. Tsui's work is published in books and magazines throughout the world and continues to be featured on global television programs such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the History Channel, the BBC, PBS, NBC, CNN, India Television, China Television, Euro Television and many others. Dr. Tsui's office, Tsui Design and Research, Inc., located in Emeryville, California, is a laboratory incubator for the development of new and untried ideas and a teaching ground for a new generation of architects, engineers, planners, ecologists and social activists from every continent of the world.
He has been a keynote speaker at many prominent institutions and conferences including; the Union of International Architects Conference in Beijing, China, the Eco Wave Conference in San Francisco, the Chicago Humanities Festival and the SFTArchitecture World Conference (Europe's largest design conference) in Muenster, Germany.
Dr. Tsui is also the founding Director of the Telos Foundation, a nonprofit organization currently planning a 170acre campus in the Alpine desert climate at the base of Mount Shasta, California. The school is a prototype for studying nature as a basis for developing concepts and applications in a variety of fields, from design, to athletics, to the social sciences.
While completing a master's degree in International Peace and Development, Dagny realized that one of the best opportunities to facilitate greater global cooperation and peace was through the growth of sustainable industries and social responsibility. She focused her thesis on Shaping Globalization through Conscious Consumerism and since has worked to help build the conscious consumerism movement. Formerly as Managing Director of Strategic Global Affairs for New Hope Natural Media and currently as Founder of the Obtainable Grapefruit, an organization that helps both businesses and consumers become more sustainable. Additionally, she works with Fair Trade Towns and is on the Fair Trade Futures 2010 Planning Committee. Dagny is devoted to unveiling the relationship between what we buy and global environmental and social practices and helps everyday people understand that they are empowered to change the world for the better!
Keith Tucker is a social activist, journalist and entrepreneur. He is the visionary force behind the documentary film project "Pursuit of a Green Planet, where HipHop Meets the Green Movement." Pursuit of A Green Planet is the first documentary about Hip Hop culture and its relationship to the Green Movement. In the film Keith Tucker will become a living experiment as he makes the radical transition from your average American diet and lifestyle to one that is truly vegan, organic and green. Starting with a full medical profile of his current health condition, he will work with a team of the best medical and health professionals at every stage of the process as he cleanses his body, transitions to a vegan diet and conditions his body to operate at peak performance. The film will document the biological, physical, psychological and emotional transitions of the process. Can he make it? How hard will it be? As a member of the first generation of Hip Hop, Keith will be taking his project on the road as he tours the nation talking to some of Hip Hop’s biggest icons who are vegetarian, vegan and committed activists addressing diverse environmental and health issues. The mission of Pursuit of a Green Planet is to help renew the promise of the Hip Hop generation by highlighting the powerful work its members are doing behind the scenes.
Roger E. Tucker, AIA has been Director of Architecture at Environmental Works since 1997 and was recently names Executive Director. An architect with 30 years of experience, he has extensive expertise on a variety of sustainably designed low-income housing and community facility projects. He was the Project Architect for the West Seattle Community Resource Center and Principal-in-Charge for Kateri Court and Traugott Terrace, the first LEED Certified affordable housing project in the country. Previous green projects include the design of a new childcare center for the Department of Energy and the Neighborhood House Community Center at Rainer Vista. His projects have garnered numerous awards, including: the National award for Multifamily Housing by the American Institute of Architects; the Built Green Award; and the AIA Certificate of Excellence in Affordable Green Multi-Family Housing. The Senior City project, for which he was principal in charge, was named one of the nation’s best by Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Roger was a member of the advisory group that formulated the Washington State Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Housing Developers Consortium, the Association of Community Design Centers and the American Institute of Architects. A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Tucker has a broad range of experience in public, commercial and residential work for firms including Gleason & Associates, Architects in Seattle and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.
Eric Tucker is the founding and current Chef – co owner of Millennium Restaurant, one of the nation’s premier fine dining vegan restaurants. Eric is the principal author of The Millennium Cook Book and The Artful Vegan, both Ten Speed Press. A graduate of The Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC, his culinary passion has been to elevate vegetable based cuisine to the sublime!! Millennium’s cuisine can be described as a convergence of many ethnic styles with northern California sensibilities and contemporary presentation. Eric is an avid supporter of the local, sustainable agriculture movement as well as an instructor and chairing at CHEFS(Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Service) in San Francisco. Eric resides in Oakland and is an avid cyclist, musician and mycologist.
Jessica Tully isis the lead field organizer for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Her current campaign supports Food Revolution groups nationwide to work with their local schools to permanently eliminate sugary, flavored milk from all school meals this academic year. She isan award-winning artist and organizer working primarily in video and participatory civic practices. Previously, she served as national field director and as a consultant for: Rock the Vote, Take Our Daughters To Work Day,Youth Speaks, SEIU-ULTCW,the Sierra Club, Free Range Studios, Music for America, Air Traffic Control, Okayplayer, Clinton/Gore, and Absinthe Films, among others. Her work functions in both fine art and activist terrains. For the Service Employee International Union (SEIU - ULTCW) she collaborated with groups of worker-leaders to create large-scale paper mosaics of worker imagery and other formations comprised of 5,000 small handwritten notes on colored paper at the California State Capital (2009, 2010) and for SEIU's Leadership Conference at in Los Angeles. Her art practice consists of site-specific choreographies and performance videos that take place underwater, on football fields, at State Capitols, at major museums, cultural institutions, the Bay Bridge, and cultural/political hot spots. She is the co-founder and host of the L.A. Cafe.
Educator. Writer. Filmmaker. Advocate. Artist. Parent. Aiesha is a lot of things, but what holds them all together is her passion for stories and histories, particularly those of women from marginalized backgrounds.
The granddaughter of a master storyteller, who wove South Carolina low country folktales with scenes from his real life growing up in the pre-Depression era south, Aiesha’s love of true-life tales has led her to work with and learn from institutions such as: The Museum for African Art, The New-York Historical Society, the Queens Library Gallery, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Achievement First Bushwick Middle School, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Aiesha has combined her practical knowledge with her interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees in order to help create and interpret programming which speaks to creating knowledge and presenting memory to and with youth.
Aiesha is also the owner of Super Hussy Media, a niche production company that uses a variety of media (film, print, internet) as tools for investigation into the lives of one of the most marginalized groups in America. Aiesha uses the tools to engage in frank dialogue surrounding the intersectionality of race, class, gender, spirituality and sexual orientation and the roles they play in the lives of Black communities, particularly, but not limited to Black women and girls and whose stories continue to be pushed to the margins in lieu of narratives considered more mainstream.
Her first film, The Black Girl Project, was completed in August 2010. The educational outreach for the film has spawned a non-profit organization which seeks to help empower girls take to take control of their lives and become the architects of their own destiny.
Jody Turner, founder of CultureofFuture.com is a design and culture consultant for country, community and countries seeking innovative and pragmatic changes. Project work centers on influential and future trend spotting, brand evolutions including consumer insight and innovation strategies.
Turner regularly speaks to creative and corporate professionals in North America, Asia, South America, and the Middle East on the future of design, consumer lifestyles, technology, new media, future paradigms and ecological influences.
CultureofFuture.com is a leading future strategist who cultivates content for companies such as Apple, Starbucks, The Gap, Nike, CEOs For Cities and IDEO in the implementation of new business pathways aligning with dynamic and healthier global futures.
Turner first encountered community organizing at the age of 14. She began her journey by first attending a YUCA (Youth United for Community Action) membership meeting, and from that point on, she has been able to participate in different aspects of the organization. From youth core member to administrative assistant to board member, and now to program coordinator, Anna has become a wellrounded contributor to YUCA and the East Palo Alto community. As FIRE program coordinator, her focus is coordinating membership recruitment and presenting workshops to different community organizations and schools, as well as coordinating the Youth Environmental Justice Network (YEJ). YEJ is a space that brings together youth from different Bay Area environmental justice organizations where they share strategies and work on different projects to address environmental racism from a youth perspective. Anna is a strong believer in the power of voice, and she uses her voice to motivate others to become a part of the journey towards environmental justice.
Sharlana Turner born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley is one of 7 kids and is a self-proclaimed Granny's baby who grew up loving food like cheese-its and 7-up cake... yum! However, she grew up with high blood pressure which ran in the family. After her Granny Maya Turner died in 2008 of heart disease, Sharlana decided to become an advocate and educate the community about our food system by getting involved with the food justice movement. In her work to address health disparities in her community she co-launched Farm Fresh Catering.
Michele TurnureSalleo is Director of Filmmaker Services at San Francisco Film Society.
Since 2006, Dr. Turvill has been practicing a new type of medicine
Tuttle spent seven years working for the City of Seattle as a planner for the Planning Commission and Seattle Parks, before she decided to build community from the community side of the equation. Tuttle is now helping to launch and coordinate many community groups including Transition Seattle, SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound), Sustainable Wallingford, Spokespeople, and 350 Washington State.
Lynne Twist is the founder of two cuttingedge organizations, the Soul of Money Institute and The Pachamama Alliance, both based in San Francisco. She founded the Institute to lead people to find sufficiency and peace in their relationship with money, a message particularly critical in these challenging financial times.
The Soul of Money Institutes work is based on Lynnes awardwinning book The Soul of Money and audio course Unleashing the Soul of Money. These publications offer compelling stories and insights gained from a lifetime of global experience.
Twist has been recognized as a worldrenowned speaker, author, fundraiser, and activist. While in positions of leadership spanning three decades, she has raised hundred of millions of dollars to solve humanitys most pressing problems. She has also spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic arenas.
Awards include . . .
- Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner for The Soul of Money;
- Woman of Distinction at the United Nations;
- Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Katalysis Foundation);
- New Dimensions Broadcaster of the Year Award.
Twist is principal consultant to the Nobel Womens Initiative. Corporate clients include Johnson ; Johnson, Microsoft, Driscoll Farms, and Sauder Industries.
Audiences for Twists popular keynote addresses include wealth management firms such as Threshold Group, Central Texas Estate Planning Council, and WealthStrong. She has spoken at numerous business schools in the U.S. and Canada, including Stanford Business School, MITs Sloan School of Management, the University of Missouri, University of Washington, and the University of Calgary.
Another area of expertise is coaching individuals and families of high net worth in the U.S. and internationally regarding socially responsible giving and strategic philanthropy. Lynne has also trained a number of certified financial planning firms and many coaches in soul of money principles.
Twist has appeared on many radio channels including NPR, Oprah ; Friends radio (Jean Chatzky and Dr. Ozs programs), and Voice America. She has also been featured in various magazines, newspapers and books such as The Soul of Business.
Master Chef Tyrone Barnes has over 20 years of professional cooking experience. He earned his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Dawson Technological Institute. Chef Barnes brings a variety of cooking experience t the "table" and has a range of knowledge gained from work with Palmer, Inc., Sutton Place Hotel, Sutton Place Thomason and Hotel, Days Inn, just to name a few. When asked what does he enjoy doing most, a big grin and smile appeared on his face, then he answered firmly, cooking! Finally, Chef Barnes' passion is preparing delicious meals for family and friends. As a member of the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church, he prepares fellowship dinners for upward to 400 people! When Chef Barnes is cooking, people eat well!