Iva Kaufman applies an interdisciplinary approach to business and philanthropy, social finance, funding, and not-for-profit management. She advises socially responsible businesses and entrepreneurs on the design and development of their programs in the public interest. She has contributed far-reaching expertise to advancing the importance of women; the environment; and community arts, economic, and cultural development. She understands the power of collaboration, and promotes the importance of our human connection and potential for social innovation and impact.
She also works with the American Sustainable Business Council and participates in the UN High Level Panel and Global Business Alliance affinities.
In association with the Strategy XXI Group, Kaufman is consulting to Sultan Co, Action for India, Arts for India, and Green World Campaign's African initiatives on their programs and social ventures. In 2018 she will relaunch production through Art Culture & Technology (ACT) in NYC and Newburgh in the Hudson River Valley.
For over 20 years, Lina has been engaged in innovation in the public, private, and NGO sectors. In 2007, Lina led a research project for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, evaluating the rate of commercialization of patented technologies developed in the lab and identifying relevant market failures related to technology commercialization. In the domain of sustainable architecture and built environment innovation, Lina is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for her future of retail design.
Over the past 12 years, Lina has built solutions for and supported high impact early-stage ventures. She is a frequent speaker and university lecturer on entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, biomimetic innovation, the future of philanthropy, the evolution of global financial systems, and applied economics. Lina has spoken at over 250 conferences over the last 10 years on these subjects, including at the Nobel Prize Summit, the United Nations, and NASA Centennial Challenge Launch.
Lenore Goldman is known for helping clients find creative solutions to complex challenges. Bringing extensive experience in multi-sector and multicultural contexts, she specializes in groups and initiatives that seek to integrate their strategic, organizational and social/environmental goals. Her wide-ranging expertise and toolkit enable clients to link their vision with impact, strategy with sustainability.
Leslie Hoffman -- the President and Executive Director of Earth Pledge -- has a background in green design. When she decided that her little house in Shelter Island, New York needed a renovation, she -- along with her talented team led by architect Steve Hoffman -- decided to go all out with the green features. In an effort to educate the community at large about green building she's turned her personal renovation into the very public Gimme Shelter Project.
As Founder & CEO of Global Diversity Leadership Exchange, MaryAnne is the visionary and executive producer of the forum designed to advance the mission and purpose of inclusive and global sustainability. As the CEO of Ibis Communications, MaryAnne leads a team of creative professionals who work together to provide comprehensive marketing solutions including branding, advertising, public relations, direct and digital marketing for external and internal audiences. The company specializes in bridging to new markets with innovative and inclusive communications that have multicultural and social impact.
Susan Imholz is a scholar, educator, and clinician with an enduring interest in integrating deep knowledge of human development with technical design principles. This is a bidirectional pursuit, applicable to both the field of design and clinical practice. The current new wave of entrepreneurial activity in 'inner engineering', or design of tools for mental health and personal growth (based upon individualized needs and parameters) is an exciting development, as well as enriching our culture. Along with her colleagues, Susan is author/editor of Psychology's New Design Science: Theory & Research, and Psychology's New Design Science and the Reflective Practitioner. She holds a Masters in Expressive Therapy, and a PhD In Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, and has held academic posts at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Pepperdine University.
A New Yorker with a Latin background, Shari is a bilingual and bicultural expert in business strategy, innovation, branding, design, and communications. Her experience includes leadership roles at top Omnicom-owned branding agencies, including Siegel + Gale and Wolff Olins, where she launched the New York office and US operations, and led teams in the development of research, branding, visual identity, marketing, communications and PR programs for governments, established and emerging companies, and destinations in the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
In addition to leading Planet Sur, she is a Senior Advisor to IO Sustainability, an international research and management consulting firm specializing in corporate social responsibility and sustainability that helps clients connect the dots between people, institutions and the environment. Companies and brands she has partnered with include Allstate, E*Trade, Hewlett-Packard, JPMorgan Chase, Lowe's, LVMH, MasterCard, Microsoft, Museum of Modern Art, NASA, Nissan, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, Scotiabank, The Clorox Company, Whirlpool, and US Steel.
Emerging enterprises she’s advised include ventures in the smart cities, sustainability, eco-travel, fashion and lifestyle, e-commerce, sport, food retailing, and others in the social impact space. Her most recent destination related work included partnering with leaders at the highest levels of government, the public and private sectors, as well as with civil society, to create a country brand for Trinidad & Tobago to attract foreign direct investment, trade and tourism, and to drive innovation and sustainable economic development across priority sectors of the economy.
Executive Director, Hunter Family Foundation; Principal Consultant, Focused Philanthropy. Foundation, CSR, Community Relations/Corporate Contributions executive possessing strong leadership and operational management expertise with deep knowledge of the key drivers and issues in the field.
Led corporate and family foundations, consulted with/served on board of directors of independent and public foundations - with extensive experience in strategy and program development; reputation enhancement; improved communication, operations, planning, budgeting and compliance.
Earl Tulley, a lifelong activist for the Navajo Nation, is co-founder and Vice President of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Envir Earl Tulley, a lifelong activist for the Navajo Nation, is co-founder and Vice President of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment.
Craig was a founder of Grade Results, an online education SaaS startup with operations in the US, India and Costa Rica. He was responsible for the development of the platform and content development for the K-16 market. He was also the former Chief Creative Officer of ACTV, Inc, where he was responsible for all software research and development initiatives for the internet. He is an inventor of HyperTV®, the first product to converge television with the Internet, which enabled a wide array of television networks to extend their content to the enhanced and interactive television space. Mr. Ullman was also instrumental in conceptualizing and creating eSchool™ Online, one of the first online educational platforms for instruction and professional development. Craig is also a named inventor on numerous foundational patents, including two of the first fifty patents ever issued for the Web.
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