Bob Lachenmayer

COO, Positive Energies

Bob Lachenmayer has over thirty years of leadership experience working in the electrical industry. He leverages the interrelationship between energy, water, transportation, security and all other systems existing within a city to optimize the delivery of services to its citizens while also meeting their community’s core values.

 

Dr. Michael Pirson

Director, Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University

Michael is an Associate Professor of Management Systems and Director of the Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University. He is a Research Fellow at Harvard University, focusing on mindfulness as a lever for well-being creation on organizational context. He has also worked as an international management consultant and currently serves on the board of three U.S. social enterprises. He is also a founding partner of the Humanistic Management Network, an organization that brings together scholars, practitioners and policymakers around the common goal of creating a ‘life-conducive’ economic system. In that capacity, he is the co-editor of the Humanism in Business book series, published by Palgrave-McMillan.

Dr. Ida Kubiszewski

Australian National University

Ida Kubiszewski is a renowned author, professor, and international change-maker. She currently serves as Associate Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. She was awarded the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to do ‘An Integrative Assessment of Factors Contributing to Wellbeing in Australia’ and also worked as a climate change negotiator for the Dominican Republic. She is a founding member and current Co-Editor in Chief of Solutions, a magazine/journal hybrid.

Dr. Chris Laszlo

Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, Case Western Reserve University

Chris Laszlo has authored five books in the field of sustainabiliity and business and is the editor of The Business of Sustainability, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2010). He co-founded and helps manage Sustainable Value Partners, LLC, an advisory services firm that specializes in business sustainability. Laszlo teaches at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western.

Daniela Ibarra-Howell

Co-Founder and CEO, Savory Institute

Daniela Ibarra-Howell is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Savory Institute. She has worked extensively with pastoralists & ranching and agricultural communities in the USA, South America, Africa and Oceania, including her family ranch in western U.S. She has served as adviser, trainer and consultant for governments, NGOs and multi-stakeholder ecosystem restoration efforts since 1987, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the Secretary of the Environment and the National Commission for Desertification in Patagonia in Argentina, the Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico, the Instituto Interamericano de Cooperacion para la Agricultura, USDA, UNCCD & the Kellogg Foundation.

Kim Coupounas

Director, B Lab

Kim Coupounas is a visionary leader, strategist, and entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for responsible business, the outdoors, and public lands. Kim currently serves as a Director of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies “B Corporations” and supports a global movement of people using the power of business as a force for good. There are over 2000 B Corps around the world. These companies voluntarily meet the most rigorous global standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

From 2014 to 2016, Kim led a collaborative effort to grow and engage the community of B Corps and other responsible businesses in Colorado and to foster a vibrant ecosystem of responsible business practice with the goal of making Colorado the shining example of the innovation- and impact-based economy.

Vince Siciliano

CEO, New Resource Bank

Vince Siciliano is president and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. The bank is dedicated to advancing sustainability with everything it does-lending, operations, and putting deposits to work for good. Vince has previously been the president or CEO of a number of San Diego financial institutions. He started his banking career in Bank of America’s International Division.

Dr. Robert Costanza

Father of Ecological Economics

Dr. Robert Costanza is currently a Professor and Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center and founding editor in chief of Solutions Journal. Dr. Costanza’s transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. he is also the co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society’s journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. He is a Master at the De Tao Academy in China, and co-founder of the De Tao Institute of Green Investing. He is a co-founder of the Alliance for Sustainability and Prosperity.

Hunter Lovins

President, Natural Capitalism Solutions

L. Hunter Lovins is a world-renowned author, professor and promoter of sustainable development for over 35 years. Hunter believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet. Hunter has co-authored fifteen books and hundreds of articles. Her groundbreaking book,  Natural Capitalism, has been translated into more than three dozen languages. She currently serves as a professor of Sustainable Management at Bard MBA.

Heather Bailey

Executive Director of Energy Strategy, City of Boulder

Heather Bailey is the City of Boulder’s Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development, responsible for managing the potential municipalization of Boulder’s electric distribution system. With nearly 40 years of utility operations, finance, accounting, and auditing experience, Ms. Bailey has worked as a regulator, utility executive and consultant. Her experience includes consulting on transmission, financial, regulatory, and strategic issues for the util­ity industry, and managing various operations at one of the largest public power organizations in the country. Under a USAID contract, she provided water financial strategy advisory services to the Jordanian government. Ms. Bailey is a CPA,  has an MBA from the University of Texas, and a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University.

Over the years, Ms. Bailey has dedicated her time to serving on public education, community green space, animal rescue and utility industry professional boards.  She has spoken extensively on various utility topics to trade groups, investors, education institutions, and community organizations.