JOEL MAKOWER Emcee

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz.com

JOEL MAKOWER

JOEL MAKOWER

Chairman & Executive Editor
GreenBiz.com

The Associated Press has called Joel Makower “The guru of green business practices.” For more than 20 years, he has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. Joel is co-founder and chairman of Greener World Media, which produces GreenBiz.com as well as it sister sites, conferences, and research, including the annual “State of Green Business” report. He is also a senior strategist at GreenOrder, a sustainable business consultancy, and co-founder of Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and publishing firm. Throughout his career, Joel has helped a wide range of companies align environmental strategy with business success, including Clifbar, Clorox, GE, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, and Nike, along with several start-up clean-technology companies. His popular blog, Two Steps Forward, offers daily insights on green business. Joel is author of more than a dozen books; his newest, Strategies for the Green Economy, has just been published by McGraw-Hill.

ADAM WERBACH

ADAM WERBACH

CEO
Saatchi & Saatchi S

Adam Werbach is Founder and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, formerly Act Now. He is highly regarded as one of the world's experts in sustainability. At age 23, Adam was elected as the youngest president ever of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest environmental organization in the United States. Adam left the Sierra Club and founded Act Now in 1998 to engage the corporate and media world in sustainability. By 2004, he became critical of the pace of change of the environmental movement and delivered the controversial speech Is Environmentalism Dead? Act Now has become a driving force behind Walmart's strategy to become a global leader in sustainability and its internal sustainability communications aimed to educate and engage the heart and soul of the organization – its 1.3 million U.S. Associates.

ALEX STEFFEN

Executive Editor
Worldchanging

ALEX STEFFEN

ALEX STEFFEN

Executive Editor
Worldchanging

Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003 as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future. In a very short time, Worldchanging has become the most widely read sustainability related publication on the Internet, with an archive of over 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world. It has played an important role in revealing formerly obscure innovations and ground-breaking ideas, thereby pushing forward the sustainability movement and assisting in the growth of its network. Worldchanging is based on the premise that a sustainable future is not a distant possibility, but a growing reality. It seeks to connect worldchanging people with the tools, models and ideas for building it.

MARC ALT

MARC ALT

Co-Chair
AIGA Center for Sustainable Design

Marc Alt is the principal of Marc Alt + Partners, a New York based design consultancy specializing in research, business analysis, brand strategy, and environmental strategy for corporations, non-profits and philanthropic organizations. He is co-chair of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design (CFSD), a nationwide initiative to elevate sustainable thinking within the design profession at large. In this capacity, they work with designers across the country to identify needs and develop solutions to chart the course of this important dynamic within the design profession.

DAWN MAXEY

DAWN MAXEY

Spoken Word Artist
Stanford Spoken Word Collective

Dawn Maxey is a spoken word artist and teacher. She directs and performs with the Stanford Spoken Word Collective, an 18 poet award-winning performance group. She was part of the 2006 Stanford Slam team that competed at the annual Collegiate Slam Poetry nationals, and won two awards: Best Delivery and All-Around Poet. She has performed at the GreenBuild Exposition in Chicago and Opportunity Green in Los Angeles in addition to leading writing workshops for public schools around the country. Dawn also performs on behalf of YouthSpeaks, a non-profit literary organization dedicated to promoting social consciousness through the power of spoken word.

MARK GALBRAITH

VP of Product Design
Nau Clothing, Inc.

MARK GALBRAITH

MARK GALBRAITH

VP of Product Design
Nau Clothing, Inc.

Nau could not have made the leap from innovative branding and business concept to reality without an expert in the field of design, textiles and material. That expert is Mark Galbraith. Mark is skilled in every element of product creation from conceptualizing initial designs to managing the production process. He has traveled extensively internationally to coordinate and execute manufacturing plans. At Nau, Mark leads the team of designers through all phases of fabrication taking concepts from the intangible to a fully designed, production-ready product.

JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET

JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET

President
DeLoach Vineyards
Boisset Family Estates

Jean-Charles Boisset's family firm, Boisset Family Estates, is France's leading producer of wines from Burgundy, France and a global leader in the production of premium Pinot Noir. With California roots at DeLoach Vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Boisset has led an industry pioneering effort toward sustainability by addressing practices from the vineyard to the vessel. At wineries from DeLoach to Clos Jordanne in Ontario and Domaine de La Vougeraie in Burgundy, he has implemented organic and biodynamic farming techniques. Simultaneously, he has successfully introduced alternative packaging innovations that dramatically reduce a wine's environmental impact.

VALERIE CASEY

VALERIE CASEY

Founder
The Designers Accord

Valerie Casey heads a global practice at IDEO. She creates novel concepts for consumer products, rich experiences for public and home environments, and informational strategies for onscreen interactions, for clients like Sprint, ESPN, MTV, Barnes & Noble, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft. Valerie founded the The Designers Accord, a call to arms for the creative community to reduce the environmental impact caused by design, and to work collaboratively to inspire sustainable change. Valerie has published and lectured on design throughout the international community, and is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. She holds a master's degree in cultural theory and design from Yale University, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

PHIL HAMLETT

PHIL HAMLETT

Co-Chair
AIGA Center for Sustainable Design

Trained as a graphic designer, Phil Hamlett has over twenty two years of experience in a wide variety of design and communications roles, working for studios and clients large and small on both coasts. Over the years, he has developed more and more original content and his latter career has been largely defined by his written output. Currently, he is ensconced as a design educator (hence the use of words like “ensconced”) at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. As the driving force behind the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design, his interest in developing sustainable business practice rounds out his time.

JANE SAVAGE

JANE SAVAGE

Director
Nike Considered

Jane Savage is Director of Nike's Considered Design Platform where her focus is to continually drive the use of more sustainable materials and design practices in the company's product development. Jane believes that with Nike's global reach, sustainability and responsibility should be in the consciousness of every Nike employee getting product to market. In her 10 years with the company, her positions included Design Director of Kids' Footwear and Design Manager of Women's Sport Performance Footwear until her recent appointment to help lead the Nike Considered Design movement. Jane's passion for sustainable design was ignited while earning a degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

JEFF WALKER

JEFF WALKER

Principal
VSA Partners

Jeff Walker is a principal and creative director with VSA Partners. Since joining VSA in 1995, he has led strategic design initiatives including annual reports, advertising, package design, collateral, naming and identity development and dimensional environments in both consumer and business-to-business engagements. Jeff participates in the business development of VSA, assists in resource management, and leads design teams on specific brand communication programs. He leads VSA's collaboration with General Electric, and has worked with IBM, Cingular Wireless, Harley-Davidson, Time Warner, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, SRAM Bicycle Components and Wilson Golf.

SCOTT STOWELL

Proprietor
Open

SCOTT STOWELL

SCOTT STOWELL

Proprietor
Open

Scott Stowell is the proprietor of Open, a design studio that works with clients to create rewarding experiences for people that look, read, and think. Open projects include redesigns of the TV networks Bravo, Nick at Nite and Trio; strategy and identity work for corporate and non-profit clients; and multimedia presentations for Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition, Open provides the design for Good magazine, the publication for people who give a damn. Before starting Open, Scott was the art director of Benetton's Colors magazine in Rome and a senior designer at M&Co. New York.

JACINTA MCCANN

Principal | Architect
EDAW

JACINTA MCCANN

JACINTA MCCANN

Principal | Architect
EDAW

Jacinta McCann is an urban landscape architect with extensive experience directing multidisciplinary teams in master planning and community outreach efforts, on projects ranging from waterfronts to new communities and campuses. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Jacinta ran EDAW's Australian practice for eight years, culminating in major projects associated with the staging of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, including the Olympic Village, which has received more than 30 planning, design and industry awards in recognition of its sustainable design. While practicing in Sydney, Jacinta received the Australian Business Woman of the Year award in 1997, and was appointed to the Board of the National Capital Planning authority for a three-year term.