Paul White

Vice President, Alfalfa’s Market

Paul has been in the food and hospitality business for over 30 years. Paul is deeply committed to sustainable food practices and believes we can and must achieve a healthy balance of value for growers, food workers, producers, consumers, and our environment.

Michael Slaby

Head of Mission, Timshel

Passionate and committed to helping humanity save the world, Michael Slaby is a world leader in digital and social media strategy, technology, and how together they can elevate mission-driven organizations.  Currently, he is Head of Mission of Timshel — a social-impact technology.  Previously he was Fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Michael helped lead Obama for America as Chief Integration and Innovation Officer in 2012 where he oversaw the CTO, CIO, CAO, and ensured effective implementation and integration of technology across the entire campaign and as Deputy Digital Director and Chief Technology Officer in 2008.

In addition, Michael has served as a technology and digital strategy advisor as well as board member to initiatives including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, Fuck Cancer, Bright Pink, I Am That Girl, and LiveStrong and was named to Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40 List for 2011 and their Tech 50 List in 2013.  He is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Chicago with his much more awesome wife, Lydia.

Kritee, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

Kritee, Ph.D. works as a senior scientist in the Global Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund where she is helping implement environment and climate-friendly methods of farming at large scales in India with a three-fold goal of poverty alleviation, food security and climate mitigation and adaptation among small scale farms. Scientifically, she was trained as an environmental microbiologist and biogeochemist at Rutgers and Princeton Universities, and has done over ten years of research on mercury pollution. As a Zen teacher and priest in the Rinzai-Obaku Buddhist lineage of Cold Mountain, she directs Boundless in motion sangha in Boulder. She is also a founding steering group teacher/facilitator at EarthLoveGo and Eco-Dharma Sangha where meditation practitioners and environmental advocates from different backgrounds seek ways to deepen synergy between their spiritual practices and their activism.  She places deep importance on the need of satyagraha, diversity and alignment of climate advocacy with social justice movements.

Halisi Vinson

Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center

Halisi Vinson, as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong skill set developed through her work in business development, marketing, consulting and over half of a decade in the venture capital industry.  Halisi spent the last seven years as a strategic consultant and has worked extensively in and with large and small companies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations.  Her pioneering ideas have led to the creation of innovative strategic plans, effective crisis communications messaging, and dynamic process optimization plans.  Halisi earned her Bachelors degree from Loyola Marymount University and her MBA from FW Olin School of Business at Babson College.

Dagny Scott

Founding Partner, Fearless Unlimited

Dagny Scott is founding partner of Fearless Unlimited, a positive brand impact agency that helps organizations align brand and business, strategy and story. Prior to starting Fearless, Scott headed agency-of-the-decade CP+B’s strategic planning department and co-founded Washington, D.C.-based Glover Park Group’s strategic transformations. She has received multiple awards and recognition for her work including an Emmy nomination, Effie’s and Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence.

Rob Schuham

Co-founder of COMMON & 17

Rob Schuham is a social-impact focused entrepreneur, co-founder, investor, mentor and advisor in the tech, organic food, sustainable fashion, transportation and other sectors. Rob is also a seasoned communications entrepreneur having started and sold multiple marketing agencies and consultancies. He is also a co-founder of COMMON, a creative community for social business and non-profits, as well as 17Global, a business accelerator leveraging innovation and design to help solve the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals.

David Berry

Manager & Facilitator, Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable

David runs the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a Federal Advisory group.  At the White House Council on Environmental Quality, he chaired interagency committees on sustainable development Indicators and industrial ecology. He is on the steering committee of the Balaton Group, a forum for sustainability and systems thinking. 
David leads workshops in the US, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Russia and elsewhere. He is a Past Chair of the Dharma Centre of Canada, one of the oldest meditation centres in North America. He performed on television and radio including on National Public Radio’s “Prairie Home Companion.”  He authored the novel “Gate in the Fence of Time: A Journey to the Birth of America,” and edited “Tales of Awakening” gathered recollections of interactions with a meditation master.

Woody Tasch

Founder & Chairman, Slow Money Institute

Woody Tasch is the Founder and Chairman of the Slow Money Institute and author of “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered” (Chelsea Green). Since 2010, dozens of local Slow Money networks and investment clubs have catalyzed the flow of more than $56 million into more than 625 local and/or organic food enterprises in the U.S., Canada and France. Tasch is Chairman Emeritus of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $200 million in sustainability minded, early stage companies and venture funds. For most of the 1990’s Woody was Treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, he has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions. In 2010, Utne Reader named Woody one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Mark Eckhardt

CEO, COMMON

Prior to joining Alex Bogusky, Rob Schuham and John Bielenberg at COMMON, Mark was a principal at UFUSE Visionary Strategy Management, a global consulting firm devoted to unleashing creativity and helping entrepreneurs produce outstanding results through innovative business strategies, organizational design and alignment of partnerships.

From 2004 to 2008, Mark served as part of the founding management team and Vice President Client Services for Globefish Media BV, where he oversaw the implementation of mobile and digital content management, distribution and billing, and reporting technologies for clients in the entertainment sector in the U.S. and North America. Additional duties included high level business development with major record labels, recording artists, film studios and media companies.

Prior to Globefish, Mark spent fifteen years as a producer, composer and performer who oversaw and contributed to projects for Fox Studios, MGM, Disney Animation, PBS, Mitsubishi, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Activision, Life/FX, Kids Save, Boston Market Restaurants, Power Athletic Footwear and various record labels. He has also worked with numerous recording artists such as Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt and Ben Harper.

John-Paul Maxfield

Founder & CEO

John-Paul Maxfield is the Founder of Waste Farmers. He is responsible for the overall strategy, management and growth of the Company. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today WF has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. The knowledge and experience behind Waste Farmers has been many years in the making as John-Paul comes from a family of agricultural leaders who have been pioneers in farming and ranching since the 19th century.