Speakers & Panelists
We held our event at Wanderlust Hollywood, a place to practice, listen, taste, learn, and gather.
1357 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Wanderlust Hollywood brings together entrepreneurs, artists, writers, foodies, yogis and everyone looking for inspiration together with ease to nourish the spirit. http://wanderlusthollywood.com/
8:30AM - 9:00 / REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
Don't miss the early day hello's, the epic sweet & savory scones generously provided by Sconely and the fair trade, ethically sourced organic java, thanks to Groundwork Coffee - "Coffee that tastes good, and does good."
9:00-9:15 / WELCOME
Welcome by the Conscious Capitalism team along with a short guided meditation by Wanderlust.
9:15-10:00 / PROSPERITY: THE MOVIE. THE MOVEMENT.
The film, Prosperity takes us from NYC to Panama to uncover the power of business to elevate humanity. This conversation with three of the film’s key players, promises to inspire and inform as they discuss the future of commerce and highlight the ways that business is already changing the world. You will learn about the secrets of “symbiotic capitalism,” the power of the “freemion” model, and the rise of the “for benefit” corporation. These three bold leaders will also share their challenges and successes and put the question to the rest of us: What role do we play in this future?
10:00-11:00 / TECH FOR GOOD
James Citron CEO Pledgeling
Dominic Kalms CEO GVNG
Victor Cho CEO Evite
Lucia Brawley Co-Founder Amp.It
Kyle Moss Government Affairs Program Manager & Head of Global Entrepreneurship, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Brent Freeman Co-Founder YogaClub
Charlie Annenberg Weingarten VP of the Annenberg Foundation, Emmy award winning Executive Producer,
and Founder of explore.org
Meet some of the global & most recognized brands in LA that are creating a new philanthropy by using technology for good to align with a purpose & drive meaningful impact. What is driving them to support causes around the world and how do they measure the ROI of Impact? Hear why these brands embrace social impact as core to their business today, and learn how "tech for good" helps them achieve double bottom line goals.
11:00-11:15 / BREAK
11:15-12:00 / WHY ALL BRANDS SHOULD BE FEMINISTS
Moderated by: Sacha Strebe Editorial Director, MyDomaine, Clique Brands
Shabnam Mogharabi CEO, SoulPancake
Michelynn Woodard Co-Founder, The Artemis Agency
Hannah Skvarla Co-Founder, The Little Market
Vanessa Stofenmacher Founder / Creative Director, Vrai & Oro
Annie Lascoe Co-Founder, Conscious Period
70 to 80 percent of consumer purchasing is driven by women. In fact, women, particularly millennial women, have emerged as one of the most important demographics in modern-day business. These highly successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, influencers, and consumers are not only holding the purse strings, but in many cases are disrupting the traditional family model as the breadwinners too.
We’ll discuss how these female business leaders successfully connect, engage and empower other women, and why the story behind a brand can be the most powerful marketing of all.
12:00-12:15 / YES, AND! CONSENSUS THROUGH SHARED STORYTELLING
Shannon Scarselletta Founder ImproVision
“Yes, And” is the core improvisational rule of fearlessly embracing and building upon the diverse ideas of your teammates. Improvisers say “Yes, and” to create stories that are both shared by and greater than the individual team members. When applied to creating our organization’s stories, “Yes, and” enables all voices to be heard and valued, promoting consensus and shared ownership of the final product.
ImproVision Consulting, LLC empowers organizations to adapt, innovate, and influence through training and facilitation inspired by improvisational comedy. As a management consultant and improv comedian, ImproVision founder Shannan Scarselletta discovered that trust and mutual accountability is at the heart of organizational agility and creativity. She founded ImproVision to help leaders and teams achieve transformational change by earning the trust of colleagues and clients alike.
12:15-12:45 / THE NEW NARRATIVE: THE REGENERATIVE NATURE OF BUSINESS
Moderated by: Finian Makespeace Co-Founder / Artist Kiss the Ground, The Compost Story
Ryland Engelhand Co-Owner/CIO, Cafe Gratitude
Josh Tickell Bestselling Author and Film Director, Kiss The Ground
Leslie Booher Farmer, Sunken Seaweed
Generally, humans have been locked into sustainability as our only hopeful option forward. This panel will explore sustainability as a reaction to degenerative expectations. This opens the door for regenerative systems and working in tandem with nature to provide for our needs and restore our planet’s most precious resources: clean, abundant water and healthy, fertile soil.
12:45-1:30 / LUNCH
1:30-2:30 /UNLOCK YOUR INNATE CREATIVITY
Peter Himmelman Grammy & Emmy award-nominated musician, author, and Big Muse CEOnder,
Using rock and roll, vivid storytelling, and hands-on audience involvement, Peter’s Big Muse workshop has helped leaders and teams from organizations like Adobe, Gap Inc. and McDonalds discover novel - yet practical - ways to become more innovative, more expressive, and better able to succeed in their day to day challenges.
2:30-3:15 / BUILDING A CULTURE THAT DRIVES INNOVATION, GROWTH AND IMPACT
Simon Mainwaring CEO & Founder, We First
Perhaps the most important, yet least recognized opportunity for growth among brands today is their ability to build a conscious culture. It’s that culture that allows companies to win the talent wars, to make their employees more productive, and to become an employer of choice. Each of these are critical in terms of driving the innovation, growth and impact that will ensure a brand stays relevant in a highly competitive marketplace. In this highly interactive workshop, Simon will help you to pinpoint the most effective strategies and tactics for building a conscious culture in your company. No matter what industry you are in, no matter how big or small your business is, you will walk away with specific tools for long-term impact.
3:15-3:45 / BREAK
3:45-4:00 / THE POWER OF MEDIA AND STORYTELLING FOR… COMPOST?
CASE STUDY: THE COMPOST STORY
Finian Makepeace Co-Founder/Artist, Kiss The Ground, The Compost Story
Madisen Gittlin Program Assistant, Global Green
Julia Mande Director of Development, L.A. Compost
The Compost Story was produced as a follow up to Kiss The Ground’s Internationally acclaimed short video The Soil Story. The Compost Story stars Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier, Amy Smart, Kendrick Sampson and Paul Blackthorne with campaign support from Jason Mraz.
Kiss The Ground lead a group of compost stakeholders and advocates from the US Composting Council to the Sanitation departments of 4 California municipalities, to composting pioneers throughout the world. We believe good storytelling helps movements spread. The video was designed to spread awareness for the “2.0” of compost, compost as a regenerative substance that can help restore our land and even help reverse climate change. Learn why you will now be committed to composting.
Three speakers will talk about how composting is emerging movement in cities around the world. Linking the storytelling (“inspiration”) of the short video with the actions provided by “boots on the ground” organizations like Global Green. We’re going to inspire them AND give the examples of what they can actually do after the conference.
In our Conscious Marketplace, we’ll have a soil/composting station for people to experience. And a compost pickling station per Nicole Landers.
4:15-4:45 / HOW BRANDS CAN MAKE GIVING FUN AND EASY
Ryan Cummins Co-Founder & Vice Chairman, Omaze
Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder of online giving platform Omaze, will discuss how brands, talent and franchises can leverage storytelling, content and creativity to transform giving into something that authentically engages their followers and elevates their image.
4:45-5:15 / FIRESIDE CHAT:
RADICALLY INFLUENCING GLOBAL CULTURE THROUGH THE POWER OF COMMERCE;
Tom Bilyeu CEO & Founder, Impact Theory
Pedram Shojai President, Well.org
Tom Bilyeu CEO & Founder, of Quest Nutrition and most recently, Impact Theory built on the intention to leverage the self-sustaining power of commerce to radically influence global culture.
5:15-5:00 / WRAP UP AND CHALLENGE TO LA AND CALL TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT
5:30-6:30 / COCKTAIL PARTY
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
CHARLIE ANNENBERG WEINGARTEN // FOUNDER, EXPLORE.ORG
Charlie is a VP of the Annenberg Foundation, an Emmy award winning Executive Producer, and the founder of explore.org, a philanthropic media organization. He partnered with global organizations to create the world’s largest network of live nature cams.
TOM BILYEU // CEO & FOUNDER, IMPACT THEORY
Tom is the CEO of Impact Theory, a company facilitating change through the incubation of mission-based businesses & the cultivation of empowering content. Also a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, Tom is driven to help people develop skills to improve themselves and the world.
LESLIE BOOHER // CO-FOUNDER, SUNKEN SEAWEED
Leslie started Sunken Seaweed with a goal to improve coastal ecosystems by regeneratively farming the sea. Inspired by her journey fighting breast cancer at 25, she’s made a career out of improving ocean ecosystems and growing healthy food.
LUCIA BRAWLEY // CO-FOUNDER, AMP.IT
Lucia co-founded amp.it, a content engagement startup that helps movements build media impressions into communities. She’s a writer, actor, and Executive Producer of two-time Interactive Emmy finalist, Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop.
ANDREI CHERNY // CEO & FOUNDER, ASPIRATION
Andrei is the CEO/Founder of an online platform democratizing access to financial products. He‘s been a Fortune 100 advisor, a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and the Center for American Progress, an author and financial fraud prosecutor.
JAMES CITRON // CEO, PLEDGELING
James is an entrepreneur & the CEO of Pledgeling. He’s led two of the US’s largest B2B mobile messaging & engagement companies to successful exits. James joined Pledgeling to bridge mobile technology & social impact, & has powered over 94,000 fundraising campaigns.
VICTOR CHO // CEO, EVITE
As CEO, Victor redirected Evite’s focus to bring people together face to face, while introducing new ventures – nonprofit donations, video, and sponsored content. Prior to Evite, Victor worked in a range of industries to reinvent online consumer products.
RYAN CUMMINS // CO-FOUNDER & VICE CHAIRMAN, OMAZE
Ryan is the Co-Founder/Vice Chairman of Omaze, an online platform disrupting traditional fundraising models through exclusive experiences and merchandise that support critical causes. Ryan also produces cause-benefitting global concerts.
RYLAND ENGELHART // CO-FOUNDER & MISSION FULFILLMENT OFFICER, CAFE GRATITUDE & GRACIAS MADRE
Ryland is the Co-Founder of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre, and Co-Founder of nonprofit Kiss The Ground. He is an award-winning documentary creator, activist, speaker, and life coach dedicated to building community and sustainable business.
BRENT FREEMAN // CO-FOUNDER, YOGACLUB
Brent is an entrepreneur & online marketing executive who co-founded YogaClub on the belief that great yoga gear shouldn’t cost a fortune. He is now EIR & Venture Advisor at Crosscut Ventures & is a Managing Partner at Stealth, an online marketing firm.
MADISEN GITTLIN // PROGRAM ASSISTANT, GLOBAL GREEN
Madisen Gittlin is a Program Assistant with environmental nonprofit, Global Green where she works with the Coalition for Resource Recovery team in expanding and implementing food waste prevention and diversion programs across California.
DOMINIC KALMS // FOUNDER & CEO, GVNG
Dominic is the Founder & CEO of GVNG, a tech company democratizing philanthropy by reducing 98% of the cost, labor, & time of starting & running a nonprofit. Before GVNG, Dominic ran & advised charitable foundations for individual & corporate philanthropists around the world.
ANNIE LASCOE, CO-FOUNDER, CONSCIOUS PERIOD
Annie is the co-founder of Conscious Period, an organic tampon company on a mission to provide healthy period products. A former social worker, Annie sought to reconcile her feminist values with a desire to create change through social enterprise.
GUNNAR LOVELACE // CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CEO, THRIVE MARKET
Gunnar is a lifelong health advocate and serial entrepreneur. As a child, he experienced first hand how hard it was for families on fixed budgets to make healthy choices. Through Thrive Market, he is a mission to make healthy living accessible to everyone.
SIMON MAINWARING // CEO & FOUNDER, WE FIRST
Simon is the founder & CEO of We First, a brand consultancy providing strategy, content & training that empowers impact-brands to lead business, shape culture, and better our world. He’s a bestselling author and an Advisory Board member of Sustainable Brands.
FINIAN MAKEPEACE // CO-FOUNDER AND MEDIA DIRECTOR, KISS THE GROUND
Finian is the co-founder and media director of the Kiss The Ground, a company working to restore soil worldwide. He is a recording artist, activist and self-taught soil advocate striving to make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place.
MICHAEL MARTINEZ // LA COMPOST
Michael Martinez is a certified Master Gardener, a former elementary school teacher, and the Founder and Executive Director of L.A Compost, which manages 18 community compost hubs throughout Los Angeles and educates individuals about composting.
ALEXANDER MCCOBIN // CEO, CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM INTERNATIONAL
Alexander is CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., an organization dedicated to enhancing the practice & perception of business. Previously, he served as co-founder and president of Students For Liberty, a nonprofit that teaches young people the principles of a free society.
SHABNAM MOGHARABI // CEO, SOULPANCAKE
Shabnam is CEO of SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company. Under her leadership, the company has more than quadrupled its revenue. Shabnam is also a New York Times bestselling author and a 2016 Henry Crown Fellow.
KYLE MOSS // GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM MANAGER & HEAD OF GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, QUALCOMM WIRELESS REACH
Kyle designs and implements social impact programs advancing wireless technologies to underserved communities globally. She works with collaborators to execute projects spanning from entrepreneurship to public safety, healthcare to sustainability.
ERIK OBERHOLTZER // CO-FOUNDER, TENDER GREENS
Erik is the co-founder of Tender Greens, a fine-casual restaurant concept with 24 locations. He also founded the Tender Greens Sustainable Life Project, a program aimed to develop at-risk youth through structured culinary training and farm exposure.
SHANNAN SCARSELLETTA // FOUNDER, IMPROVISION CONSULTING
Shannan is a consultant challenging the traditional approach to stakeholder engagement and problem solving to break through change fatigue. She has developed interactive workshops that develop critical leadership, team building, and collaboration skills through the practice of improv exercises.
PEDRAM SHOJAI, PRESIDENT, WELL.ORG
Dr. Shojai is the founder of Well.Org, the NYT bestselling author of The Urban Monk (2016) and The Art of Stopping Time (2017), as well as the producer and director of the movies “Vitality,” “Origins.” and “Prosperity.”
ROBYN SHAPIRO // CO-FOUNDER, SEEK FOOD
Robyn created the cricket-based food brand Seek in 2016 after many years of frustration with the global food system. Seek has received extensive media coverage, including a NY Magazine feature story, and articles in Forbes, CBS and the Observer.
HANNAH SKVARLA // CO-FOUNDER, THE LITTLE MARKET
Hannah is the co-founder of The Little Market, an online fair trade shop of products handmade by artisans around the world. She is also a Committee member of Human Rights Watch, where she has participated in advocacy campaigns throughout the globe.
VANESSA STOFENMACHER // FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, VRAI & ORO
Vanessa is the Founder & Creative Director of Vrai & Oro, a fine jewelry brand that combines sustainability & attainability in a transparent way. Since being acquired by Diamond Foundry, they are on a mission to change the jewelry industry for the better.
SACHA STREBE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, MYDOMAINE, CLIQUE BRANDS
Sacha oversees MyDomaine’s editorial vision, direction, and tone, while also leading new creative opportunities. Since joining, she expanded the brand from its home décor roots to a digital lifestyle publication and community that inspires and empowers women.
JOSH TICKELL // AUTHOR, KISS THE GROUND
Josh Tickell is a Sundance award winning film director, bestselling author and thought leader. His films focus on critical, “big picture” social issues including conscious capitalism and reversing climate change and have won more than 40 major awards.
MICHELYNN WOODARD // CO-FOUNDER, THE ARTEMIS AGENCY
Michelynn is the Co-Founder of The Artemis Agency, a philanthropic consulting firm. She led CSR for JCPenney, ran philanthropy for talk show host Dr. Phil, and worked with Kanye West to create and launch his charity foundation.