Summit Speakers

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Summit Speakers

Summit speakers are experts and influencers with the insights we need on reforming capitalism, fostering economic justice and economic equality, translating triple-bottom-line business values into sustainable business practices, and much more. Don’t miss this chance to hear all their powerful, innovative, energizing ideas on one day, in one place!

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Eric Schultz
Obama Administration Principle Deputy Press Secretary

Eric Schultz, now a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, brings 15 years of Washington-based communications experience to clients in the political, financial, technology, and entertainment sectors. As principal deputy press secretary and special assistant to President Obama, Schultz spoke on behalf of the Administration and helped manage its Aproactive messaging and news-of-the-day responses.

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Alex Bozmoski
Managing Director, republicEn.org

Alex started the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University with former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) in 2012. The project grew into republicEn.org, a community of EcoRight libertarians and conservatives advancing climate action rooted in free enterprise. 

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Trisha Comsti
Program Officer, Panorama Global

Trisha Comsti is a Program Officer at Panorama Global, an action tank based in Seattle, WA, working to solve global problems through audacious thinking and bold action. In this role she leads multiple initiatives, including Panorama’s research on paid family and medical leave which produced the recent joint report with ASBC, The Business Impacts of Paid Leave. She also manages Panorama’s philanthropic funds.

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Vincent F. DiBianca
Founder, DiBianca Associates

Vince DiBianca is a strategic advisor and executive coach who has worked with CEOs and executive teams at the United Nations, Allstate, Deloitte-Touche, Johnson & Johnson, Joseph A. Bank, McCain Foods, Novartis, Reebok, Men’s Wearhouse, Whole Foods and more. He has worked with seminal thinkers in transformational leadership including Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, Richard Pascal, Jim Selman, Peter Drucker, John Wooden and Buckminster Fuller.

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Ellen Dorsey
Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund

Ellen Dorsey is Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on progressive social change. She has held a range of academic, philanthropic and non-profit leadership positions in the human rights and environmental fields, including directing the Rachel Carson Institute, launching the Human Rights and Environment program at Amnesty International, and serving as a senior environment officer at the Heinz Endowments.

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Richard Eidlin
Summit Director, American Sustainable Business Council

Richard has played a key role in building the responsible business movement. He has worked at the intersection of business, policy and advocacy for thirty years. This includes the UN Environment Programme, several renewable energy firms, NYC government, and with advocacy organizations on sustainability, energy and CSR issues. He is co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council and served eight years as the Vice President of Policy.

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Jen Fela
Global Engagement Lead, Plastic Free Future, Greenpeace USA

Jen Fela is the global engagement lead for the Greenpeace plastics campaign, which is focused on stopping plastic pollution at the source. Currently more than 20 Greenpeace national and regional offices around the world are participating in the campaign, and more than 5 million people worldwide have signed petitions asking corporations to reduce the amount of plastic they are producing.

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Linda Fowler
Founder, Regionerate LLC

Linda Fowler is founder of  Regionerate LLC, a woman-owned consulting firm that works with civic leadership groups; government units,; workforce and economic development organizations; colleges; and industry to activate transformative regional partnerships.  Focusing on manufacturing competitiveness, entrepreneurship support, innovation strategy, talent development, smart growth and sustainable communities, Fowler has guided regional prosperity and revitalization efforts in cities including North Chicago, IL; Flint, MI; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Toledo, OH.

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Rodney Foxworth
Executive Director, Common Future (formerly known as Balle)

A nonprofit leader and social entrepreneur, Rodney Foxworth is CEO of Common Future, formerly known as BALLE, a network of entrepreneurial leaders working to advance equitable economic opportunities through entrepreneurship and local business ownership in marginalized communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Jay Coen Gilbert
Cofounder, B Lab

Prior to B Lab, despite having no game, Jay cofounded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth and decline. Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Board member of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, a growing cluster of high performing public charter schools, and a former Board member of Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network.

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Christopher Gray
Director, The Raben Group

A director in The Raben Group’s media & communications practice, Christopher Gray leverages his extensive experience in communications, progressive politics, corporate social responsibility, and grassroots public advocacy campaigns to help clients secure impactful media coverage and elevate the public conversation around social and environmental justice issues.

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Amy Hall
Vice President, Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER

Amy serves as Vice President, Social Consciousness for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER.  In this capacity, she guides the company toward greater alignment with its Benefit / B Corporation status and Quadruple Bottom Line framework.   Amy collaborates internally and externally to position the company at the leading edge of human, environmental and economic sustainability.  A frequent public speaker, Amy chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and represents the company on the Development Council of Future Fit.  An avid cyclist with a

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Darrick Hamilton
Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University; and Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Hamilton has earned international recognition as a pioneering scholar in stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, etc. inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. He innovates approaches and policies that break down hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and participation.

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Jeffrey Hollender
Co-founder, COB and CEO, American Sustainable Business Council

Innovator and role model Jeffrey Hollender exemplifies leadership of successful firms conducted with regard for people and planet as well as profits. A key co-founder of ASBC in 2009, Hollender chairs the ASBC board of directors. Currently, he also serves as CEO, overseeing this organization that represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries through its national member network.