New York City Pilot 2015

The Regenerative Entrepreneur Program pilot we launched the fall of 2015 in New York City blended personal development, exploration of our social, economic and natural systems, and business training. With the goal of preparing entrepreneurs to build businesses that regenerate themselves, their communities, and the planet. Each participant spent time in nature, partook in group and individual reflective workshopping, received mentorship, and learned from presentations and exercises guided by experts. 

Session 1: Self and Systems

● Friday 10/2/15 & Saturday 10/3/15 at Judson Memorial Church
● Guides: Rasanath Das and Jen Van Der Meer
● Purpose: To build a new, regenerative business cohort and, together, explore our relationships with social, financial, and environmental systems. Through deepening our understanding of systems and self, we will explore our fears and generate solutions using business as a tool to create the world we want to see thrive.

Session 2: Knowing and Honoring People and Place

● Wednesday 10/7/15 at Etsy HQ
● Guides: Judy Wicks and Alex Wright
● Purpose: To demonstrate a living example of regenerative entrepreneurship and share tools and ideas for connecting more deeply to the business ecosystem to build a local, living economy.

Session 3: Designing Companies from Within

● Wednesday 10/14/15 at The School of Visual Arts
● Allan Chochinov
● Purpose: To discover and test design theory to create new business ideas, vision, and possibilities.

Session 4: Building the Interdependent Business

● Friday 10/16/15 at Greyston Bakery, Saturday 10/17/15 at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Brooklyn Community Foundation
● Guides: Day One: Bernie Glassman and Mike Brady; Day Two: Michelle Long
● Purpose: (Day One): Gain firsthand skills and wisdom for true social inclusion through conversations with Founders, leaders, and employees at Greyston Bakery, an established social enterprise in Yonkers, NY. (Day Two) Deepen our knowledge and wisdom of well­ being in business and in our personal lives.

Session 5: Regenerative Entrepreneurship – The Future of Business

● Wednesday 10/21/15 at Impact Hub
● Guide: Jeffrey Hollender
● Learn about the the future of sustainable business and through a “case study” exercise exploring regenerative solutions to today’s business challenges.

Session 6: Principles of ‘Good’ Design

● Saturday 10/24/15 at The School of Visual Arts Interaction Design Studio
● Guides: Liz Danzico and Matt Stinchcomb
● Purpose: Learn about the principles of “Good Design” and the art of “essentializing” to achieve clarity.

Session 7: Crafting a "Core Story" and Presenting Authenticity

● Saturday 11/7/2015 at the Brooklyn Community Foundation in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
● Guides: Jennifer Bailey and Miriam Bader
● Purpose: Learn more about the art of presenting authentically, and craft and refine your compelling “core story”.

Session 8: Marketing in Beautiful and Unusual Ways

● Wednesday 11/18/2015 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92
● Guides: Shira Wheeler and Matt Stinchcomb
● Purpose: To develop and communicate your “core story” to take authentic shape in your businesses brand – and learn to market it in beautiful, unusual, and effective ways.

Session 9: Empathy and Adaptive Leadership

● Saturday 12/5/2015 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92
● Guides: Tania Luna, Andy Fyfe, Jasmine Vasandani and Corinna Zuckerman
● Purpose: Through a hands-on and participatory workshop learn about the benefits and pathway to cooperate ownership and B Corp certification. And learn essential and hands-on management structure and skills for effective leadership in business.

Session 10: The Nature and Spirit of Money

● Saturday 12/12/15 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92
● Guides: Katherine Collins and Marlena Sonn
● Purpose: Learn about what it looks like to see nature as your mentor, thinking in a more dynamically about growth. Reclaim your relationship to money and chart a path to net-positive.

Session 11: Ethics and The Crucible of Leadership

● Saturday 1/9/16 at the NYU Stern School of Business
● Guides: Jerry Colonna, Azish Filabi and Jeremy Willinger
● Purpose: Two part session that explores the role of ethics in small business with “Ethical Systems” out of NYU. Next, CEO Spiritual coach Jerry Colonna will guide the group and new tools will emerge that enable fearless leadership.

Session 12: Regenerative Economics

● Wednesday 1/13/16 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92
● Guides: Don Shaffer and Ethan Roland
● Purpose: Don Shaffer will share the RSF social finance holistic approach to funding small business. Ethan Roland will share a permaculturalist approach to honoring the many forms that capital that businesses create.

Session 13: Exploring Uncertainty and Making Meaning

● Saturday 1/16/16 at Judson Memorial Church
● Guides: Judy Wicks and Donna Schaper
● Purpose: Don Shaffer will share the RSF social finance holistic approach to funding small business. Ethan Roland will share a permaculturalist approach to honoring the many forms that capital that businesses create.

Session 14: Deep Entrepreneurship (Celebration)

● Friday 1/22/2016 at Berg'n in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Ariel Barbouth

Nuchas
Ariel Barbouth founded Nuchas in 2008 after falling in love with Argentinian fast-casual restaurants that only sold amazing empanadas. He set up his first commissary in Union City, New Jersey and in just 2 years, Nuchas went from complete anonymity to being awarded a much-coveted spot in the middle of Times Square. In 2013 the Nuchas Truck won the Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year, in 2014 they were awarded a People’s Choice Award, and in 2015 Nuchas expanded operations, opening a dedicated own 8000 sq ft USDA commissary. In 2012, Ariel was named Minority Entrepreneur of the Year by the Small Business Development Center of New York and in 2014, the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named him Entrepreneur of the Year.

Niambi Cacchioli

Bloomsbury Sq. Skincare
Niambi Cacchioli is the founder and head artisan of Bloomsbury Sq. Skincare. Originally from Kentucky, Niambi moved to London in the nineties for grad school. While pursuing a doctorate, she worked on cultural outreach initiatives in Europe, Turkey, India and Morocco. Her belief in “blooming where you’re planted” was galvanized by interactions with grassroots activists, often ordinary citizens, whose work changed lives despite their shoestring budgets. In 2013 she launched Bloomsbury Sq, a company dedicated to helping women find beauty in balance. In 2014, she co-founded 942 Summit, a shared creative space in Jersey City Heights, NJ where Niambi makes and sells her goods on site, hosts wellness events, and welcomes the local community to shop, learn and connect.

Andrew Chepaitis

Elia Life Technology
Andrew started ELIA Life Technology with the belief that modern technology could be integrated in novel, intuitive ways to benefit people who are blind or have a visual impairment. Through ELIA Life Technology, Andrew invited the ELIA Frames, a new font based on the standard Roman alphabet and designed for maximum tactile discrimination by people who have a visual impairment. Since ELIA launched, Andrew has led the company’s operations, including product development, grant writing, product support, fundraising and stakeholder outreach efforts. Under his leadership, the company has attracted and leveraged roughly $495,000 in investors financing to win $2.5 million in SBIR product development grants, and to prepare for the upcoming launch the company’s suite of products.

Henry Cross

Hosh Yoga
As Executive Director of Hosh Kids, Henry has developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and health and wellness services to children, adults, and seniors in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. His work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Blog Talk Radio, and The NYC Social Innovation Festival. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and strives to make the Hosh Foundation one of the premier nonprofit studio and yoga service brands of the United States.

Eric Ho

miLES (made in LES)
Eric is the founder of miLES, a civic startup that opens storefronts to possibilities by activating urban neighborhoods for pop-up entrepreneurship. Started as an online collaboration, Eric has been leading the development of miLES into an innovative practice operating between real estate, design, and social entrepreneurship. Eric has been invited to speak at Harvard Innovation Lab, Municipal Art Society Summit, Awesome Summit, Columbia University Studio X, Be Social Change, and TEDxDumbo. His work has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Good Magazine and PSFK. Eric is an architect-turned-entrepreneur passionate about cities and neighborhoods. miLES lowers the entry barrier for entrepreneurs, creatives and community to use commercial storefronts to prototype ideas, gain exposure, and create experiences. Observing and prototyping are key ethos at miLES.

Barella Kirkland

Pelzer's Pretzels
Barella Kirkland is Dough Maker in Chief of Pelzer’s Pretzels, and prior to that a beauty industry insider. She has a decade plus of experience in consumer product development, merchandising, packaging and marketing, having worked in various corporate capacities at Essie, NARS and Walmart. Barella is responsible full-time for general management of the company’s day-to-day operations, product development, and strategic planning and partnerships. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of The College of William and Mary. She juggles running the business with raising her pride and joy, her two year old son Grant Ellis. She loves to travel, read, watch low-brow television and eat fabulous food.

Agatha Kulaga

Ovenly
Agatha Kulaga is a co-founder of Ovenly, a creative bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Founded in 2010, Ovenly is known for its unique twists on traditional recipes and its innovative flavor combinations that incorporate sweet and savory with a touch of spice. Prior to Ovenly, Kulaga worked in psychiatry research at NYU School of Medicine for nearly a decade. As a self taught baker, she has learned the intricacies of building a thriving wholesale and retail food business from the ground up. Ovenly is a wholesale and retail bakery that offers fresh baked goods on a daily basis to customers in NYC and beyond. Our goal is to provide our customers joy through flavor. At Ovenly, we are committed to creating a progressive workplace and employing good people from all backgrounds.

David Lee

KD New York
KD New York is a designer and manufacturer of premium quality knitwear for dance, yoga, and active lifestyles. David Lee is the co-founder of KD New York. After dancing in the Oakland Ballet, David and his partner moved to New York, the dance and fashion capital of the world, to start the company. KD New York has 30 years of experience in knits and manufacture all of its collections in the South Bronx. The brand has an international reputation for making the finest quality knits in the dance markets. KD New York makes beautiful clothing that helps to inspire their customers to move beyond their boundaries.

Zoe Logan

Handled
Zoe grew up an artist and crafter with a love of functionality. She spent almost a decade working as a model maker and presentation designer for some of NYC’s best architecture firms, before pursuing her interest in emerging technology and rapid prototyping. From there, she transitioned into interactive design and most recently graduated from a master’s program at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication program where engineer/artists are always busy thinking up creative ways to push the boundaries of technology. In addition to her design and tech career Zoe was also a skater for Gotham Girls Roller Derby, a pastry chef, and co-founded the jewelry company Lock&Spoon. ‘Handled’ is a line of assistive kitchen tools to empower differently-​abled users to have better access to the pleasure of cooking.

Dominic Maloney

Sol Cacao
Dominic Maloney is the co-founder of Harlem’s first single origin Bean to Bar chocolate company, Sol Cacao. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominic’s passion for agriculture and longing to share his experience in New York City led him to create Sol Cacao with his two brothers. They make chocolate from the highest quality cacao beans sourced from countries such as Madagascar, Peru, Ecuador, and Tanzania. The cacao is sourced directly from small family farmers and farmer co-ops. Not only do these sourcing practices improve the wellbeing of cacao farmers, but it also creates a high quality product for Sol Cacao’s customers. Sol Cacao is playing a part in creating a more sustainable world, one chocolate bar at a time.

Jeffrey Monteiro

J.M. GENERALS
Jeffrey Monteiro is the principal behind the design, content and philosophy of J. M. GENERALS. Monteiro trained as a fashion designer and has worked for many leading design houses around the world. Monteiro launched J. M. GENERALS in early 2014 in order to integrate design, craft and sustainable values in a new creative enterprise. Monteiro now designs, develops and collaborates on a range of responsibly made lifestyle products, produced exclusively made in the U.S.A. The minimal aesthetic extends to the ingredients in designed products, which are thoughtfully developed, domestically sourced and responsibly produced. J. M. GENERALS believes that the products we choose to enrich our immediate environment should be a reflection of our tastes and values, while having the least possible impact on the greater one around us.

Danielle Moore

Annie Mae's Bakery
Chef Danielle is a native Brooklynite with Southern roots. Danielle Moore grew up in a culturally rich world riddled with adversity. The eldest of six, she has become the matriarch of the family, living and leading by example. Mother of 2 and grandmother of 4, Danielle’s desire is to leave a legacy for her family and to positively impact her community. Annie Mae’s Bakery has been in business for more than 10 years, starting out making cheesecakes and cakes for family gatherings and friends’ events and eventually progressing to selling to a greater market, turning Danielle’s countertop desserts into profit. Annie Mae’s is a family based business that encourages the bonding of families.

Shanti Nagel

Design Wild NY
Shanti Nagel is inspired by the magic of plants and the power of effective design. She owns Design Wild, a collaborative landscape design firm based in New York City. Shanti believes strongly in the positive change green space brings to people, places and culture. Shanti founded her own organic vegetable farm at the age of 20, selling at local farmers’ markets, as well as starting a CSA. After years in operation, she moved from rural agriculture to urban agriculture, managing one of the largest urban farms in NYC. Shanti is a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the NY Botanical Garden, a trained horticulturist and skilled garden designer. She acts as technical, design and agricultural advisor on many projects including rooftop farms, school gardens, public space and community parks.

Anne-Laure Py

Craftspring
Anne-Laure Py is French-American and spent much of her early career working in Asia. Based on her experience in Central Asia she started Craftspring, which partners with exceptional artisans in Kyrgyzstan to design and sell their handmade felt products around the world. Anne is now based in Park Slope Brooklyn, where she continues to build Craftspring, and lives with her partner Tim and their daughter Juliette. She loves to walk in the woods, dance and travel to unexpected places. Craftspring supports exceptional women entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan by helping them tap into the power of global markets to preserve their traditions. They make beautiful products whose production process is anchored in community, local production inputs and empowering wages. The mission is to make products that are deeply beautiful.

Reuben Reuel

Demestiks NY
Reuben Reuel was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Growing up in a Christian family had a major impact on his life, Sunday became his favorite day of the week, as this was the day when he would witness women and men wear their most stylish clothes. In 2012, Reuben created his own clothing line, Demestiks New York, sold on Etsy.com. Demestiks New York is a New York based womenswear label dedicated to making clothing with a vintage flair while creating new classics. The fabric used for the line clothing is sourced from and manufactured in New York City’s Garment District in efforts to support local commerce and domestic manufacturers. Reuben’s business is helps women feel beautiful in how they dress, which makes the world a bit brighter.

Tylea Simone Richard

Thundress
Tylea Richard is the founder of Thundress, a company that makes non-toxic underwear for women. The chemicals that are used to manufacture fabric have been linked to cancer and a long list of reproductive problems. Thundress wants to keep these toxins out of our most precious places with US-made organic fabrics, low-impact dyes, and woman-driven design. She has a decade of experience in social compliance, logistics, sourcing, and product development. Thundress combines two of Tylea’s biggest passions: women’s health and ethical fashion. She believes that what is good for our rivers and oceans is also what’s good for our chachas, and visa-versa. Tylea currently lives in Los Angeles, she loves bachata, long train rides, and gluten free lemon bars, and is most happy on the beach with a good novel.

Barclay Saul

Bespokery
In 2014 Barclay co­founded Bespokery, a fashion brand powered by peer production. Barclay’s family are schmatta dealers going back five generations, he has been drawn to fashion since he was a child visiting the Middishade Factory his family owned, watching men and women cut, sew, and alter the famous Middishade suits. Bespokery’s ethos mirrors that which made Middishade great: good fabrics sustainably grown, fair wages for workers, and transparent conditions and methods in every step of the supply chain. Women of all shapes and sizes can use Bespokery’s marketplace to source high fashion made just for them. Bespokery is a fashion brand that leverages peer production to make bespoke clothing that is both beautiful and sustainable, launched in January, 2016.

Marlena Sonn

Treebeard Financial LLC
Marlena Sonn considers herself an activist working at the seat of power. She’s worked in finance since 2008, and launched my own firm, Treebeard Financial Planning, LLC, one year ago. Treebeard’s mission is to help create a more beautiful, humane and sustainable world through investments. A portfolio is not only a way to build wealth, but is also a reflection of an individual’s worldview, and ideally a tool for activism. To that end, Marlena offers a number of services including wealth management, cash flow planning, and philanthropy planning. She practices the principles that she seeks in worthy investments and pledges impeccable honesty, transparency, and loyalty to my clients. Treebeard is the first Socially Responsible Wealth Management practice to offer carbon offsets on individual investors’ portfolios.

Shira Wheeler

Oddo
Shira currently lives in New York City’s Lower East Side with her feminist husband, Sam, and their two cats, Monkey and Meatball. Throughout her career, Shira Wheeler has explored the theme of art and commerce, distilling ideas into results-driven creative strategy, helping numerous brands craft and communicate distinctive stories on and offline. Now she is using her experience and expertise to help shift the understanding and perception of women’s health and sexuality with the launch of Oddo, a collection of organic, 100% cotton underwear. Oddo seeks to be a part of the ongoing conversation, but also to guide and lead discussion around what it looks like to be a woman in the 21st century.

Edward Wisniewski

Radish Lab
Edward is the CTO and co-founder of Radish Lab, an interactive creative agency focused on people and projects changing the world. Combining a deep understanding of creative design and standards-based development, Edward’s passion is creating rich, immersive, and memorable interactive digital stories. Ed built his first website when he was 14. The father of three young girls, Ed spends his free time training them to be Radish Lab interns. Based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and founded in 2012, Radish Lab focuses exclusively on social impact projects. They think that by bringing smart design and innovative storytelling to projects and organizations working to change the world, will not only make the world more beautiful, but it will also be a nice place to live.

Wen-Jay Ying

Local Roots NYC
Wen-Jay Ying is addicted to the local food movement. After her time working with Americorps, Just Food, and Red Jacket, she decided to create her own dream job; with a rental car and no business training she started Local Roots NYC. Local Roots NYC connects New Yorkers with freshly picked organic produce and small batch provision from local farms. We support local farmers, small batch producers, and artisanal makers through our CSA food program and brick-and-mortar market. More than just a food hub, we are a vibrant movement that promotes a transparent and sustainable food chain and fosters empowerment by providing New Yorkers with an alternate way to eat food in a way that is more aligned with their own passion and beliefs.

Chris Zumtobel

Think Olio
Chris Zumtobel has a history of successful crowdfunding campaigns on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He founded and runs a wallet company called BankNote NYC which has now expanded into backpacks and flasks. He currently spends his time creating local learning hubs in Brooklyn communities through organization he founded with David Kurfirst, Think Olio. In its first year, Think Olio has held almost 100 learning salons in the Brooklyn area and they plan to mindfully grow to replicate this model in other cities.Chris has a passion for powerful storytelling in business. Think Olio is an organization that rewards teachers for their work and makes in-person learning more accessible. Think Olio brings accessible classes to the local community, rewarding teachers for their work and making lifelong learning more accessible.

Azish Filabi

Ethical Systems
Azish Filabi is the CEO of Ethical Systems, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the world’s best research available and accessible, for free, to anyone interested in improving the ethical culture and behavior of an organization. Azish joined Ethical Systems after having worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for 8 years, where she gained extraordinary experience during the financial crisis as part of the team of lawyers and central bankers implementing the NY Fed’s financial interventions and liquidity facilities. Since 2012 she served as an Assistant Vice President for ethics and compliance. Previous to her tenure at the Fed, Azish worked as a corporate attorney, and for several non-profits

Andy Fyfe

B Lab
Andy Fyfe is from B Lab’s Community Development team focused on growing and serving the community of Certified B Corps across both the East & West Coasts of the U.S. He has been with B Lab for 5 years and currently works out of the New York City office. Currently there are 1500+ Certified B Corps, operating in 40+ countries, representing 120+ industries, sharing one goal: use business as a force for good.

Bernie Glassman

Greyston Bakery / Zen Peacemaker Order
Bernie became a social entrepreneur in 1982, articulating a vision that socially responsible businesses can have a double bottom line: generating profits and serving the community. Bernie also developed the Greyston Mandala, a network of for-profits and not-for-profits working together to improve the lives of individuals and the larger inner city community of southwest Yonkers. Greyston provides permanent housing, jobs, job training, child care, after-school programs and a host of other supportive services to a large community of formerly homeless families, advancing the principles of empowerment, empathy, and responsible action. On his 55th birthday, Bernie decided to create the Zen Peacemaker Order, for Zen practitioners dedicated to the cause of peace and social justice. The concept was broadened to become an international, interfaith network called the Peacemaker Community.

Marlena Sonn

Treebeard Financial LLC
Marlena Sonn considers herself an activist working at the seat of power. She’s worked in finance since 2008, and launched my own firm, Treebeard Financial Planning, LLC, one year ago. Treebeard’s mission is to help create a more beautiful, humane and sustainable world through investments. A portfolio is not only a way to build wealth, but is also a reflection of an individual’s worldview, and ideally a tool for activism. To that end, Marlena offers a number of services including wealth management, cash flow planning, and philanthropy planning. She practices the principles that she seeks in worthy investments and pledges impeccable honesty, transparency, and loyalty to my clients. Treebeard is the first Socially Responsible Wealth Management practice to offer carbon offsets on individual investors’ portfolios.

Shira Wheeler

Oddo
Shira currently lives in New York City’s Lower East Side with her feminist husband, Sam, and their two cats, Monkey and Meatball. Throughout her career, Shira Wheeler has explored the theme of art and commerce, distilling ideas into results-driven creative strategy, helping numerous brands craft and communicate distinctive stories on and offline. Now she is using her experience and expertise to help shift the understanding and perception of women’s health and sexuality with the launch of Oddo, a collection of organic, 100% cotton underwear. Oddo seeks to be a part of the ongoing conversation, but also to guide and lead discussion around what it looks like to be a woman in the 21st century.

Alex Wright

SVA / NYT
Alex Wright is a professor of interaction design at the School of Visual Arts and a contributor to The New York Times. His first book, Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, was hailed by The Los Angeles Times as a “penetrating and highly insightful meditation on our information age and its historical roots.” His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, The Believer, Harvard Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. He has also worked over the years as an interaction designer and researcher for Etsy, The New York Times, Adobe/Macromedia, Yahoo!, the Internet Archive, the Long Now Foundation, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Corinna Zuckerman

Center for Family Life
Corinna Zuckerman is a cooperative developer at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She leads the development of three cooperatives – in the sectors eldercare, handiwork and tutoring – and supports a network of six Sunset Park cooperatives. Corinna is convinced by the potential of worker cooperatives to empower communities economically and socially. Prior to her current position, she initiated worker cooperatives with marginalized communities in New York, Geneva and Wellington and farmers cooperatives in Nepal. After completing a MSc of Economics at the London School of Economics, she was awarded the Mercator fellowship for international affairs to research the potential of social entrepreneurship to stimulate green innovation whilst working for Ashoka Foundation in Germany and Enspiral in New Zealand.

Donna Schaper

Judson Memorial Church
The Rev. Dr. Donna is Senior Minister for Judson Memorial Church on the corner of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City. As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well-prepared for all they have to face. Schaper’s purpose in life is to provide spiritual nurture for public capacity. She likes to “kick hope into high gear” and show people what is possible through the magnificence of human community strategically focused and spiritually filled. Her plan at Judson is to steward an extraordinary legacy that will carry the church into the 21s century in terms of organization, vision, resources and courage. Her 31 published books tell the tale of her interfaith marriage, her pioneer as an ordained woman, her quiet spirituality and noisy activism.

Miriam Bader

Tenement Museum
Miriam Bader is the Education Director at the Tenement Museum, where she oversees the administration of tours, school programs, and accessibility. She is amazed by the power of personal stories to engage visitors in hard topics and is interested in the nexus of museums, technology, and where the past meets the present. Miriam also serves as an educational consultant for the National Park Service, Singapore Tourism Board, and other organizations providing customized training on story creation, staff recruitment and hiring, and teacher professional development. Her educational approach is based in constructivism and imaginative education, and includes inquiry, hands-on learning, and place-based experiences. Prior to joining the Tenement Museum, Miriam gained experience in institutions of all sizes including The Museum at Eldridge Street, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Jewish Museum.

Jennifer Bailey

A.M.E Church / Faith Matters Network
Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015 by the Centers for American Progress, Reverend Jennifer Bailey is an ordained A.M.E. minister, social movement strategist, and emerging leader in the multifaith movement for justice. She is a Founder of the Faith Matters Network a new interfaith community equipping faith leaders in the American South with tools to amplify their impact on structural inequality through storytelling, capacity building, and collective action. Jennifer has designed curriculum on the power of storytelling and facilitated trainings nationwide training close to 500 participants in the power of storytelling for social change. Jennifer is currently a national storytelling trainer with Auburn Seminary where she equips high-level religious leaders to embrace the power of narrative in their work.

Mike Brady

Greyston Bakery
Mike Brady, President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty-year heritage as a model for social enterprise. Mike’s passion for social entrepreneurialism and the use of business to solve social issues are fundamental to his work. Prior to joining Greyston, Mike launched the first incubator in the country dedicated to organic food production and distribution. He spent over 20 years in strategy and executive management positions identifying and exploiting new business opportunities in high-growth and transitional industries. Mike is a business advisor to the American Sustainable Business Council and is on an Advisory Council with the Urban Institute, promoting policies for a more sustainable economy. Michael received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and lives in NYC with his wife and sons.

Jerry Colonna

ReBoot
As a certified professional coach, Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. He established his coaching practice, ReBoot in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on early stage technology-related startups. Colonna also serves as director, trustee, or advisor to a number of for-profit and nonprofit organizations including Naropa University, the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in North America. The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna was named on the Forbes list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans. A graduate of Queens College, Colonna lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Liz Danzico

NPR / MFA in Interactive Design at SVA
Liz is Creative Director of Digital Media for NPR, guiding both the visual and user experience across NPR-branded digital platforms and content. Liz is Chair and Co-founder of the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA. Its alumni have not only founded their own companies, but have become some of the brightest minds at today’s best-known entities. Liz advises initiatives that bolster new ideas in design, including the Bridge Guild, Austin Center for Design, NEA Studio, and Thiel Fellowship. She has written for design publications, including Eye Magazine, Interactions Magazine, and at bobulate.com. Previously, Liz was an independent consultant, working with businesses on design, planning, and execution of digital programs. She cultivated user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, digital design, and technology to foster positive change.

Rasanath Das

UpBuild
Rasanath is a certified professional coach, speaker, and consultant with a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) and an MBA from Cornell. He is invested in using his knowledge of corporate systems to transform the way the work world operates. Rasanath started his career in strategy consulting at Deloitte, then worked as an investment banker for Bank of America before spending four years in a monastery. During that time, he co-founded an educational social enterprise, Upbuild, focused on cultivating mindfulness and personal development. Rasanath is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, was a speaker for TEDx and SXSW, and has been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, PBS, and The Third Metric.

Katherine Collins

Honeybee Capital
Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, dedicated to pollinating ideas across varied fields in pursuit of optimal investment decision making. After a long and successful career in traditional equity management, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying the natural world as guide for investing in a valuable and integrated way, beneficial to our communities and our planet.

Jeffrey Hollender

Sustain Condoms / Seventh Generation
Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. Over twenty years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the fledgling company into a leading natural product brand known for authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. As a social entrepreneur, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey’s mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Jeffrey is an Adjunct Professor for sustainability and social entrepreneurship at NYU; co-chair of Greenpeace US; a board member of Practice Green Health; Healthcare Without Harm; and Verité, a leading international workers’ rights organization, and co-founded the American Sustainable Business Council. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and NYC.

Michelle Long

BALLE
Michelle Long is the Founding Executive Director of BALLE, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Founded in 2001, BALLE’s purpose is to nurture and curate the emergence of a new economy that supports the health, prosperity, and happiness for all people and regenerates the vital ecosystems upon which our economy depends. BALLE works to identify and connect pioneering leaders, spread solutions, and attract investment toward local economies. Previously Michelle was the founding executive director of Sustainable Connections. A regular keynote speaker, she co-authored Local First: A How-to Guide. Michelle is a respected thought leader in the local economy movement, she is also co-founder of the Well-Being in Business Lab and speaks regularly about aligning business and our economy in service to what makes us deeply well.

Jan van der Meer

Reason Street
Jen van der Meer is the founder and CEO of Reason Street, where she helps companies find the right business models for impact. A former Wall Street analyst and economist, Jen is a business modeler and data doyen who masters the emerging edge of technological change. Throughout her career, Jen’s approach has been equal parts data-driven and creative to understand and apply the opportunities for technology to transform the economy, society, and culture. Jen is actively engaged in the local startup community in New York City, and is a vocal supporter of the open data movement. She is an Adjunct Professor at NYU and teaches at SVA’s Products of Design. She writes and speaks on the topic of strategy in a data-driven age, entrepreneurship, fundraising, design thinking, and social capital.

Ethan Roland Soloviev

Terra Genesis International
Ethan Roland Soloviev is a business designer and CFO at Terra Genesis International. With experience in 31 countries, he develops regenerative businesses and supply chains for start-ups, multi-nationals, and investors around the world. He is the co-author of Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance, the founder of Regenerative Real Estate, and the President of the Apios Institute. You can see Ethan’s presentations and find his book at www.regenterprise.com.

Jasmine Vasandani

Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI) at the NYC Department for Small Business Services (SBS)
Jasmine Vasandani is Program Manager of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI) at the NYC Department for Small Business Services (SBS). Jasmine is in charge of overseeing and strengthening the WCBDI and integrating cooperative business education services into SBS’s robust network of business education providers. While working at SBS, Jasmine is also pursuing a full-time Masters program in Theories of Urban Practice at The New School. For her thesis, she is conducting extensive research and fieldwork on immigrant-run worker cooperatives in New York City and will ultimately produce a set of tools that can be used by this city’s cooperative ecosystem. Jasmine holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Irvine, and will complete her MA in 2016.

Judy Wicks

BALLE / White Dog Cafe
Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Judy’s speaking engagements focus on the topics of local living economies, responsible business, and the importance of feminine energy in building a new more compassionate economy. Judy is best known for Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, which she founded in 1983 and managed for 26 years. Under Judy’s leadership, White Dog became a leader in the local food movement, purchasing sustainably grown produce from local family farmers and humanely and naturally raised meat. Other business practices she implemented include paying a living wage, mentoring inner-city high school students, recycling, composting, and purchasing 100% renewable electricity, the first business in Pennsylvania to do so.

Jeremy Willinger

Ethical Systems
Jeremy Willinger is a communications and marketing professional who has spent 10+ years building brands within the non-profit space. An accomplished writer, Jeremy currently serves as the Communications Director for Ethical Systems and consults with educational and youth-focused organizations to refine their narratives in print, online and via social media. For the past 8 years, he has served as a Judge for The Webby Awards and, since 2011, has presented an ongoing seminar at the Center for Non-Profit Success on social media strategy. Jeremy is a 2009 graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and enjoys traveling, biking, and volunteer work in his free time. Jeremy lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where he also grew up.

Erica Dorn

Managing Director
Erica Dorn is Managing Director at the Good Work Institute, where she choreographs experiential and participatory business leadership programs. Erica champions 'deep scale' in business - she believes we can all contribute to building inclusive, compassionate economies that improve our collective future by uplifting diverse and locally-owned businesses. Erica's led a mission-driven career working in U.S. microfinance, community economic development, and small business education. Erica ran business development and lending for Accion NY, the leading micro-lender in the US. As a new economy consultant, she built programs advocating for inclusive ownership and heart-led decision making for the Queens Public Library, Department of Small Business Services, Fare Resources, and Bernoulli Finance. Erica is an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College in Community Economic Development, Slow Money NY board member, and Coro alumni.
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Matt Stinchcomb

Executive Director
Before heading up the Good Work Institute, Matt was the VP, Values, and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company's mission, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine 'Figure of Progress'. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics, the Center for a New American Dream, and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.

Into the Demon's Mouth by Aura Glaser article

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here by Eric Holthaus article

America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part II by Gus Speth article

The Purpose-Driven Marketer: How Patagonia Uses Storytelling to Turn Consumers into Activisits by Jeff Beer article

Net Positive: The Future of Sustainable Business by Jeffrey Hollender article

Harvard Business Review: When to Sell with Facts and Figures, and When to Appeal to Emotions by Michael D. Harris article

Words as Material by Nicole Fenton article

Fearlessness by Thich Nhat Hanh article

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows article

8 Forms of Capital by Ethan Roland article

Harvard Business Review: Your Digital Strategy Shouldn't Be About Attention by Umair Haque article

Misfit Economy by Alexa Clay book

Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters by Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields book

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben book

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham book

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown book

The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game-Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders, and Impact Investors by Carol Sanford book

The More Beautiful World We Know in Our Hearts is Possible by Charles Eisenstein book

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein book

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles book

17 Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey book

Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance by Ethan Roland book

The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra book

Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life by George Monbiot book

Rework by Jason Fried book

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin book

Companies We Keep by John Abrams book

Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer by Judy Wicks book

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution by Marjorie Kelly book

True to Yourself: Leading a Values-Based Business by Mark Albion book

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford book

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of the Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge book

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön book

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön book

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön book

The Places That Scare You by Pema Chödrön book

Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life by Richard Florida book

Earth Pilgrim by Satish Kumar book

You Are Therefore I Am: A Conversation with Satish Kumar by Satish Kumar book

What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth by Wendell Berry book

The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry book

Conversations with Wendell Berry by Wendell Berry book

Approaching the End of Life: A Practical and Spiritual Guide by Donna Schaper book

Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters by Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields book

The Life Required: Notes for a New Economy by David Orr pdf

Buddhist Economics by E.F. Schumacher pdf

Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy by John Fullerton pdf

Why Stories Matter by Marshall Ganz pdf

It All Turns on Affection by Wendell Berry pdf

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are TED Talk by Amy Cuddy video

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by B Lab video

The Nature of Investing TEDx Talk by Katherine Collins video

Building An Economy That Works For All by Marjorie Kelly with David Korten video

Bounded Ethicality by McCombs School of Business video

Ethical Fading by McCombs School of Business video

Fundamental Attribution Error by McCombs School of Business video

Moral Imagination by McCombs School of Business video

This Changes Everything TED Talk by Naomi Klein video

How Great Leaders Inspire Action TED Talk by Simon Sinek video