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AMY CORTESE is an award-winning journalist & author who writes about topics spanning business, tech, finance and food. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former editor at Business Week. Her book, Locavesting: The Revolution In Local Investing And How To Profit From It, was one of the pioneering books about the emerging local investing and community capital movement. Written in the wake of the financial crisis, it explores how a small shift in investment towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.
Building on the momentum of the book and the movement it helped to catalyze, she recently launched locavesting.com, a media site that covers the intersection of financial innovation + community.
Amy has been name a “Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leader,” and was present at the historic April 2012 Rose Garden signing of the JOBS Act by President Obama. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she is a frequent guest speaker, panelist and moderator.
Flip Brown is the founder and owner of Business Culture Consultants, a Burlington, Vermont-based Certified B Corp that assists individuals and organizations experience more meaning, fulfillment, and results. He has a background as a furniture maker, ski industry executive, psychology, nonprofit program director, and musician. He is the author of "Balanced Effectiveness at Work: How to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor Without Driving Yourself Nuts". He loves his job.
Fran Seegull is chief investment officer at ImpactAssets, a nonprofit investment firm seeking to increase the flow of capital to impact investing. She oversees impact product development for the firm and heads investment management for The Giving Fund an impact investing donor-advised fund. Seegull is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship Studies at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Gerry Valentine is founder of Vision Executive Coaching. He works with socially responsible leaders to build companies that can change the world - focusing on business strategy, innovation, and leadership. Gerry has 30 years of leadership experience with multiple Fortune 100 companies, an MBA from NYU, and a BS from Cornell University.
Jeff Cherry is the Founder and Executive Director of the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator and venture capital fund for conscious entrepreneurship. He is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism, attempting to bring whole-brain thinking into the realm of business creation and a more human-centered form of investing.
Julie Urlaub is founder and managing partner of Taiga Company. Leveraging 15 years of business development, marketing, and communications expertise in the energy, medical, and information technology industries, Julie now consults and advises clients on purpose-driven stakeholder communications in the social space. Julie leverages a BA in Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and IT studies from Southern Methodist University to meet the social, technological, environmental business objectives of Taiga’s clients.
Lori supports shifts of consciousness, individually and collectively. She does this as the founder of Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL), where she works with people and teams to build the personal and shared leadership capacities necessary to open to their innate brilliance and become the change their own visions and missions call them to be. Lori fosters group vitality through her advising, facilitation and co-creative practices, including GRTL’s Shared Leadership Framework. She is dedicated to guiding groups and individuals on their journeys to new heights of empowerment and accountability. This guidance leads to grasping the common core of our essential humanity, which naturally elevates a team’s performance and capacity to deliver more tangible impact.
Lori launched GRTL in 2002 after leaving her executive position in the manufacturing sector to pursue her commitment to support the flourishing of people and organizations.
Lori is a faculty partner and community builder within Marlboro College’s Graduate and Professional Studies management programs. She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Social Venture Network, and on the Board of Advisors for The Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at New York University. Lori is a founding member of the Nature Based Leadership Institute (NBLI), at Antioch University New England, and also a founding consultant of the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. She is a contributing writer on leadership for Conscious Company Magazine. In 2002 Lori co-founded the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH, where she also resides with her better half, her Corgi, Miss Pippin.
Nathan Havey founded Thrive Consulting Group in 2012 to help make conscious business the new business as usual. In the past two years, more than 30 organizations across 15 states have hired the Thrive team to help refine their purpose and create a program to achieve it. Nathan believes that conscious companies will create the world we all want to live in. Nathan is an active member of the American Sustainable Business Council and has participated in building several chapters of Conscious Capitalism. He is a regular speaker and trainer on organizing companies around a purpose beyond profit.
Ryan Shaening Pokrasso is a San Francisco Bay Area attorney who founded SPZ Legal on the idea that business should be a powerful tool for social change and environmental stewardship. Ryan’s approach to practicing law is centered on the concept that the best way to help the people he serves is to take the time to understand their goals in order to customize creative solutions.
Ryan advises startups and non-profits as outside general counsel on a variety of matters, including: entity choice and formation, employment and labor law, startup financing and securities laws, intellectual property (including trademark, trade secrets, and copyright), regulatory compliance and land use, and custom contracts.
Claire Wheeler is principal of Rework, based in Montpelier VT, where she provides custom business support for sole practitioners, community-based businesses and non-profits. Her passion is to translate the creative genius of people and organizations into systems and structures that return meaning, efficiency and sustainability. Claire is also faculty at Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies where she teaches about social enterprise.
Before starting Rework, Claire worked for ten years in the environmental non-profit sector. She has also earned her keep by knocking on doors, harvesting vegetables, and selling kites. Claire earned an MBA in Sustainability from Marlboro College in 2014 and is a certified trainer in Results Based Accountability. She finds power in prose & splendor in spreadsheets.
Catherine Bell is the author of the revolutionary new business book “The Awakened Company.” She founded BluEra, an executive search and team transformation company that was recently on the Profit 500 list and is a best workplace. She has worked around the globe from the UK to Cuba. She has an MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, a Sociology degree from Western University, is certified in the Enneagram, is a yoga instructor, and is currently on the board of the Distress Centre.
Gracy Obuchowicz is a self-care mentor, workshop facilitator, and retreat leader in ever-stressed Washington, DC. She is a recovering perfectionist who has learned to live a life of real self-care and self-love. Through her self-care coaching programs, she helps overwhelmed professional women transform their lives. Get more of her essential self-care tips at selfcarewithgracy.com.
Moe Carrick is the founder of Moementum, Inc., a leadership consulting business and certified B Corp. She grounds her approach in a unifying and undeniable truth: successful work is dependent upon human relationships. Moe feels privileged to work with clients such as Prudential Financial, REI, Nike, Tech Soft 3D, and many others.
Michael Whelchel is co-founder and managing partner of Big Path Capital, an impact investment bank assisting purpose-driven companies in their most important financial transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, and capital raises. Learn more at bigpathcapital.com. Securities are offered through Intellivest Securities Inc., Member FINRA, and SIPC.