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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Lucas Tanner
Chief Operating Officer, Greyston Bakery

Lucas Tanner is Chief Operating Officer of Greyston. A trusted, accomplished, entrepreneurial executive, he is deeply committed to the company’s humanitarian mission of open hiring and addressing poverty, income equality and recidivism. He believes in every human being’s potential to thrive and in using business as a force for good.

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Jeff Tkach
Chief Impact Officer, Rodale Institute

Jeff Tkach, Chief Impact Officer (CIO) for the 70-year-old Rodale Institute, works to expand the Institute’s global influence in healing people and the planet by unlocking the transformational power of regenerative organic agriculture. He leads development and execution of the Institute’s core strategies, overseeing partnership and co-investment opportunities that drive positive outcomes for Rodale’s philanthropic and programmatic initiatives.

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Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
President & CEO, Earth Friendly Products

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, maker of ECOS® plant-powered laundry detergents and household cleaners. Vlahakis-Hanks uses green science innovation and sustainable business practices to create cleaning products that are both affordable and safer while create green jobs in the U.S.

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Benjamin Waterhouse
History Professor and Author, U. North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Benjamin Waterhouse studies American politics, political culture, and capitalism in the 20th century. A very pertinent focus is contests between economic groups, including business, labor, and the political class; and how the relationships among them shaped the broader contours of the American political tradition and American economic development. Waterhouse teaches courses on the history of business and economics, politics and political thought, and capitalism.

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Liz Watson
Executive Director, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center

Liz became Executive Director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center after having served as the Labor Policy Director and Chief Labor Counsel on the House Education and Labor Committee, the Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Director of the Workplace Justice Program at the National Women’s Law Center. In 2018, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in her home district of IN-09 and ran a bold, progressive, grassroots-led campaign.

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Hugh Welsh
President, DSM North America

Welsh serves as president, general counsel and secretary of global leader DSM North America. DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy.

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Martin H. Wolf
Sustainability & Authenticity Seventh Generation, Inc

Martin H. Wolf creates the frameworks for design of sustainable products at Seventh Generation, Inc., a manufacturer/distributor of ecological household and personal care products. He also creates frameworks for more sustainable systems of commerce, and for working with other businesses, industry associations, legislators and regulators to implement those frameworks.