SPEAKER BIOS

 

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.