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President, Natural Capitalism, Inc.
J.D., Loyola Law School; B.S. (Sociology, Political Science). L. Hunter Lovins is president and founder of
Natural Capitalism Solutions
(NCS). NCS educates senior decision makers in business, government, and civil society to restore and enhance natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. Lovins is also currently a faculty member at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries, governments, and large and small companies worldwide. Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award, and Leadership in Business, she was named
2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009
dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book
, 2006 e-book
Climate Protection Manual for Cities
, and the 2009 book
ransforming Industry in Asia
. She has served on the boards of governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Lovins’s areas of expertise include natural capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, fire rescue, and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She was a founding professor of business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an M.B.A. in sustainable management.
Director and Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability; Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Ph.D. (Economics), University of Michigan; B.A. (Geology), Williams College. Goodstein is the author of a college textbook,
Economics and the Environment
, (John Wiley and Sons, 2017) now in its eighth edition;
Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming
(University Press of New England, 2007); and
The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment
(Island Press, 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in, among other outlets,
The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics
. His research has been featured in
The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today,
The Chronicle of Higher Education
. He serves on the editorial board of
Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Environment, Workplace and Employment
, and is on the steering committee of Economics for Equity and the Environment. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative. In addition Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: Campus to Congress
(C2C) Fellows and The National Climate Seminar. In recent years, he has coordinated climate education events at over 2,500 colleges, universities, high schools, and other institutions across the country.
Andrea Soros Colombel
Founder and President, Trace Foundation; Board Member, Acumen Fund
Andrea Soros Colombel is the founder and president of Trace Foundation, established in 1993 to promote the cultural continuity and sustainable development of Tibetan communities within China. The foundation implements projects in the fields of education, culture, and rural development. In New York, the foundation has also opened the Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library. In 2000, Soros Colombel co-founded Tsadra Foundation with her husband, Eric Colombel, to support the activities of advanced students of Tibetan Buddhism in the West and preserve rare Tibetan Buddhist resources. She participated in The Philanthropy Workshop at Rockefeller Foundation in 1995. She is a director of the Acumen Fund, a network of investors advisors supporting entrepreneurial solutions to the problems of global poverty. Soros Colombel holds a graduate certificate from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Dal LaMagna is a small business responsible capitalist activist. He is currently CEO and CFO of IceStone a company that makes countertops out of recycled glass and cement in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He served as a Trustee to the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) now Pinchot, which is "Changing Business For Good" " He has written, "Failing To Get Ahead, The Story of a Successful Entrepreneur", to inspire people to start and run businesses responsibly. In1980, when he founded Tweezerman Corporation, Dal practiced responsible capitalism by striving to benefit all stakeholders including: shareholders, employees, customers, vendors, and the community. Dal sold the company in 2004 to the Zwilling J.A. Henckels Company. Dal served on the Social Venture Network (SVN) Advisory Board of Directors and with Laury Hammel co-chaired the Best Tools & Practices Committee for Corporate Socially Responsible Businesses. He is Board Emeritus of Yes Magazine, a partner in Domini Social Equity Fund, Margaret O’Leary Stores, and E.O. Naturals. Dal received his MBA in 1971 and MPA in 2001 both from Harvard. His B.A. was earned at Providence College. He spent his Junior Year at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is currently living in Rhinebeck and Manhattan NY.
Dal is the Executive Producer of five films, four or them about the Iraq War: "The War Tapes", "The Ground Truth", "Iraq for Sale" and "Meeting Resistance" and one about Sudan,"War Child, Emmanuel Jal". During the Bush Administration Dal worked as a citizen diplomat. NPR’s This American Life produced a show about Dal’s efforts to negotiate a cease-fire between Iraqi insurgents and the coalition forces: Man vs. History." Dal LaMagna ran for U.S. Congress twice on Long Island, New York. He ran for President of the United States in 2008 as a Democrat in the Democratic Primary. His platform was to stop the violence in Iraq. He got his eight votes by filling potholes.
J. Skyler Fernandes
Founding Managing Director, Simon Venture Group; Founder, One Match Ventures
Harvard University (Foreign Policy and Quantum Physics); B.A. (Economics and International Relations), New York University. J. Skyler Fernandes is a partner at Centripetal Capital Partners, a multi-stage venture capital fund with an innovative fund structure. Fernandes focuses on consumer internet, online services/marketplaces, enterprise SaaS, and commercializable high-tech. He is also the founding partner of One Match Ventures, a seed fund focused on internet/high-tech companies. Fernandes gave the first TED Talk on Venture Capital: Innovating the Financing of Innovation and has developed key entrepreneur resources, such as The “Best” Startup Pitch Deck, Top 10 Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Investors, and Various Rounds of Investment. He has co-founded several companies and is an advisor to a number of startups. He also leads a number of global initiatives, including the Missing Middle Initiative, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, focused on creating funds that invest $100K-$3M, a critical financing gap for early-mid stage businesses globally. He is a venture mentor at ER Accelerator, a New York City incubator, as well as the Stamford Innovation Center. Additionally, Fernandes served as COO and is currently on the Board of Directors of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America (SACCA). Fernandes is a frequent speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship at such venues as FundingPost, CROWDFUNDx, Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, The Stamford Innovation Center, New York Venture Summit, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, and The United Nations.
Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar & Company
B.S. (Crop Science), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. When Elysa Hammond joined the staff of Clif Bar in the summer of 2000, she assumed the title of “corporate ecologist” and took on the task of improving the energy bar company’s environmental impacts.
She started by helping Clif Bar become the first certified organic energy bar, then went on to redesign to the bars’ packaging to save 90,000 pounds of shrink wrap every year. But Hammond wasn’t finished. She turned her attention next to the environmental impacts that are less obvious to customers—the internal workings of Clif Bar's offices.
“Any time an office creates waste, it is not using resources as efficiently as possible,” says Hammond, noting that environmental responsibility also saves money. “It makes good business sense to reduce waste.”
Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Fine Art Photographer
Carolyn Marks Blackwood is a writer, producer, and fine art photographer. She started Magnolia Mae Films with Gaby Tana in 1997. She was a producer on
storytelling evenings, which had one season on Trio Television. Magnolia Mae Films was the lead producer of
and Carolyn Marks Blackwood was an executive producer. She is a writer and producer on the film
, which will be filmed in 2011. The Alan Klotz Gallery in New York City
represents her photography
. Marks Blackwood had a career as a singer-songwriter and backup singer in the 1970s and early 1980s and helped to develop television programs in Paris in the mid to late 1980s when television there became privatized. She holds a B.A. from Livingston College at Rutgers University.
Ph.D. (Economics), The George Washington University, B.S. (Economics), University of Delaware. For the past decade Rick has been involved in solving some of the financial markets’ thornier problems. In the late 1990s Rick and five others from selected financial institutions managed the failing hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management (LTCM), which threatened the stability of numerous financial institutions. In 2007 and 2008 Rick managed and liquidated Citigroup’s portfolio of Subprime mortgage derivatives. In 2009 when Citigroup split itself into “legacy and ongoing banks” Rick managed and liquidated their portfolios of corporate loans, commercial real estate properties, residential mortgage securities and derivatives from around the world. Previously, Rick headed a number of global trading businesses for Salomon Brothers and Citigroup. Rick is currently an advisor to a global credit hedge fund. He also teaches courses on Financial Markets and Corporate Finance to MBA students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and gives lectures on the financial system to universities and other organizations. Rick is on the Board of Millbrook School, a college preparatory school with a mission of environmental stewardship including the country’s only accredited zoo at the secondary school level.
Senior Vice President in Wealth Management at UBS
M.B.A. (Finance & Entrepreneurship), University of Southern California; B.A. (Economics & Italian), Washington University in St. Louis. Lyle is a Senior Vice President in Wealth Management at UBS. Lyle entered the financial services industry in 2006 at Lehman Brothers. Lyle spent the majority of his time at Lehman as co-founder of the Community Investing Group, an innovative cross section of Wealth Management and Asset Management established to help the F.B. Heron Foundation commercialize a proprietary, positively-screened social investing index based upon the S&P 900. The Community Investing Index was launched to allow other like-minded institutions and individuals invest alongside Heron's mission around community engagement. Currently, Lyle continues to engage like-minded clients on the topics of alternative energy, social investing and strategic philanthropy. Lyle also continues to pursue his interest in sustainability as an angel investor in sustainability oriented companies.
Director of Retail Residential Sales
Doug's career started with nearly a decade working in sports marketing in Europe. When world events persuaded him to focus on energy topics, he relocated to Texas and dedicated himself to sustainable development and renewable energy. He joined Green Mountain Energy and built diverse sales channels throughout the state until being asked to establish a foothold in the Northeast. In 2010 Doug opened the company's New York office and launched a grassroots campaign with over 100 staff driving awareness of renewable energy and consumer choice. As director of retail residential sales for the Eastern U.S., his efforts subsequently expanded to encompass new markets in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania while activating relationships with major retailers and five NFL teams. In addition to generating demand for renewable energy, customers acquired by Doug and his teams have helped fund solar donations to a variety of noteworthy nonprofits, with more installations planned in the years ahead. Doug lives in New York City with his wife and twin son and daughter.
Doug is a LEED accredited professional and member of the US Green Building Council.