2012 Conference Speaker
Eric Leenson is President of Sol Economics, a firm that builds strong links among socially responsible enterprises throughout the Americas. He has been involved in the fields of socially responsible investing and business for more than 25 years, serving as the CEO of Progressive Asset Management, the first full service brokerage to specialize in SRI. Eric has had a life-long interest in Latin America and co-founded La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California, in 1974.
Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Before joining the Alliance, she served as the interim Chief Operations Officer for the Healthy Building Network. She serves on the executive committee of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish and is an advisor to the Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and Global Environment.
Katharine Millonzi has a breadth of experience in the sustainability and social change sectors worldwide. As an eco-gastronome and food systems thinker, she brings an integrative, multidisciplinary perspective to the relationship between culture and nature. Her vision is to foster in future generations a passion for responsible environmental stewardship and the rediscovery of vital, place-based food.
Soledad Teixicó founded (in 1997) and is Executive President of PROhumana Foundation, a nonprofit Chilean Think-and-Do Tank that promotes good practice in fostering sustainable and integral human development as well as corporate and citizen social responsibility through knowledge, research, and creative action. Among the areas of research and its application in which she has worked are philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, marketing with a social emphasis, social investment, participation in networks, and education for democracy.
Vicki Robin has helped launch many sustainability initiatives, including The New Road Map Foundation, The Simplicity Forum, The Turning Tide Coalition, Sustainable Seattle, The Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey, Conversation Cafes. She served for three years on the Transition US Board and is now a Senior Adviser.
Stephanie Mills gave a galvanic valedictorian commencement address at Mills College in 1969, announcing that in response to the population explosion her contribution to society would be to abstain from bringing children into the world, a promise she adhered to. Ever since, she has been speaking, editing, writing, and organizing for ecology and social change.
Lew Daly is Director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative and Senior Fellow at Demos. He is leading a multi-year project on implementation of “Beyond GDP” metrics in federal- and state-level governance in the United States and also manages a research program on economic alternatives to mass consumerism. Lew is co-author of a recent Demos report, Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy, and was previously Director of Demos’s Fellows Program, having come to Demos as a Senior Fellow in 2007.
Kirsty Schneeberger is the Stakeholder Forum Coordinator, jointly with the new economics foundation (nef), of the Global Transition 2012 initiative. Her policy and advocacy work focusses on both themes of the Rio +20 Conference: green economy in the context of poverty eradication and the institutional frameworks for sustainable development governance. Before joining Stakeholder Forum in 2011, Kirsty was the founding Coordinating Chair of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Youth Advisory Panel.
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding Chair of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers), which have been translated into 15 languages. Scharmer has co-designed and delivered award-winning leadership programs for global companies, governments, and NGOs.
Jenny Kassan is an attorney specializing in social ventures. Her legal-practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives. She is the managing director of Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a firm that serves social enterprise. She recently launched a business with John Katovich and Michael Shuman called Cutting Edge Capital, which helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive economy, sustainable communities, and healthy ecosystems.