THANK YOU, friends
for joining us at the 2019 ReGenFriends™ Customer-Centric Summit
Co-Founder & CTO
Shaun Frankson is the co-founder of Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to STOP Ocean plastic while reducing global poverty. Plastic Bank provides a universal income for the world’s poor that is earned through Social Plastic recycling programs.
Shaun is a digital strategist and proudly empowers others to create a life of purpose. He is the project lead on a game changing Blockchain recycling platform and created the brand strategies to introduce Social Plastic® to the world, resulting in over 300 media features and a multi-million person movement. Plastic Bank is now enrolling the word to contribute while working with some of the largest organizations on the planet (IBM, SC Johnson...) to help stop Ocean plastic.
Shaun was named an Ashoka Emerging Innovator, an IBM Champion and, along with David Katz, received the Sustainia Community Award at COP21 and the United Nations Momentum for Change Award at COP23.
Founder & President
John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher. Building on and integrating the work of many, he is the architect of Regenerative Economics, first conceived in his 2015 booklet, “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy.”
After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions. A few months later he experienced 9-11 first hand. The questions crystalized into his life’s work with the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010 where his work reflects the rising evolutionary shift in consciousness from Modern Age thinking to Integral Age thinking. Capital Institute is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in service to life.
During his Wall Street career, John managed numerous capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and was JPMorgan’s Oversight Committee Representative that managed the rescue of Long Term Capital Management in 2008, and finally was Chief Investment Officer for Lab Morgan before retiring from the firm. A committed impact investor, John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, the co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, and a board member of the Savory Institute, and Stone Acres Farm, and is an advisor to numerous sustainability initiatives. John speaks internationally to public audiences and universities, and writes a monthly blog, The Future of Finance.
Founder & CEO
Holly Ruxin has a passion for transforming people’s lives by healing their relationship with money. She is Founder of Montcalm TCR, a private wealth management firm that creates deep engagement and authentic relationship with clients, resulting in holistic individualized financial solutions.
Holly brings an expert understanding of securities, complex derivatives, fixed income, risk management, and private wealth developed over 20 years at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Montgomery Securities, and Bank of America.
At Montcalm TCR, while working to fulfill her vision of truly diversified, transparent, and customized client portfolios, Holly discovered a need for more private investments with a broader range of terms. She founded Montcalm Capital to support Montcalm TCR’s mission to provide beneficial investment opportunities for clients by blending new economy sustainability, deep financial expertise, and independent vision.
Chris is an award-winning serial-entrepreneur, engineer, futurist, & an optimist. He is the founder/ CEO at UCOT Inc. a company that has created a unique model to support and fund early-stage startups creating solutions to unintended & willfully ignored consequences of Technology.
Previously, Chris founded Hourglass ventures a fund that supports visionary entrepreneurs from the African continent who come from the underprivileged background- and need a Friends and Family round of financing to get their ideas off the ground. He also founded Health Access Corps, a social enterprise that works to establish sustainable health care systems on the African continent.
Chris has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious platforms such as TED,Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations. He has won many international awards for his work, TEDFellow; Forbes Magazine 30Under30, Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow and most recently he has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (YGL). This honor is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished and inspiring Global leaders.
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Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
Susanne joined the Novo Group in 2000 to ingrain the TBL concept in the business as the lens for decision-making. Since then she has been the driver behind the integration of the company’s financial and sustainability reporting.
She is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at the Institute for Business & Social Impact (IBSI) at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business. Susanne is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), and member of the Board of Access to Nutrition Foundation.
Jeffrey is known as a thought leader in the field of Sustainable, Impact, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing. He is the creator of his firm’s SMART (Sustainability Metrics Applied to Risk Tolerance)® Investing Services, which offer investment opportunities for individual clients, as well as research and investing services for other financial professionals in the Sustainable, ESG, and Impact arenas.
Noted as an “ESG expert” by Financial Advisor magazine, Jeff has also been featured in Money Magazine, Barron’s, Morningstar Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Affluent Magazine, among many others.
Jeff is author of Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, and an Associate Producer of the feature documentary film, Planetary.
Head of Sustainability
Natural & Organic, General Mills
Shauna Sadowski is the Head of Sustainability for the Natural & Organic Operating Unit at General Mills. She is responsible for leading sustainability strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into the product design and supply chain, with an emphasis on food and farming programs, leading external partnership engagements, and ensuring sustainability is implemented across the brands.
In prior years, Shauna has been a management consultant and a farm girl; she is a graduate of the Friedman School at Tufts University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, two children, and boisterous Boston Terrier.
Partner, Fenox Venture Capital
Bills is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, author, speaker, board member,advisor, educator, partner, spouse, parent, and general enthusiast.
Garage Technology Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Garage started as an accelerator and seed fund, launching in 1998. Garage was the first investor inPandora, and has funded many successful startups since.
Fenox Venture Capital is a global venture capital with headquarters in Silicon Valley. Fenox has invested more than 125 startups worldwide, mainly in AI, Robotics, Big Data, Healthtech, and deep technologies. Fenox is actively involved in supporting portfolio companies by connecting them with its network of global strategic partners.
Director of Brand Management
Director, CDP West
(Carbon Disclosure Project)
Betty Cremmins has been helping CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) transition the world to a low-carbon economy since 2010.
Betty established CDP’s first West Coast office in 2016. She also serves as Senior Account Manager on CDP’s Supply Chain program, working with leading organizations including Dell, Microsoft, Walmart, and the U.S. and California governments to support the integration of climate change disclosure and action into standard purchasing practice.
Director of Philosophy,
Vincent Stanley, co-author of "The Responsible Company" has been with Patagonia since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles.
Vincent currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy, and is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management.
West Coast Director,
Center for Food Safety
Rebecca has been working in the environmental and agricultural sector for more than 20 years. She she champions policy initiatives at the state and federal level and coordinates public outreach campaigns to promote healthy and sustainable food systems.
Ms. Spector has led numerous successful legislative campaigns in California and nationally. She is
regularly featured in National news outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Evening News, Good Housekeeping...
CEO, Liquid Token
Liquid Token is a unique asset tokenisation technology for impactful ventures, real estate assets, commodities, funds and digital assets. Token is committed to donating 1% to regenerative land management and ocean conservation & regeneration
Tom's prior experience includes BlockIndex, Fund Manager Family Office (10 years), ACIL Allen Consulting, Nintendo, and HPLiquid.
Valent U.S.A. LLC is a leading crop protection firm serving the agricultural and non-crop products markets in North America. Valent products help growers produce safe and abundant food and fiber crops, and horticultural professionals improve the quality of life for their customers.
The corporate motto, Products That Work, From People Who Care®, describes the company's business philosophy. Valent seeks out and provides customers with innovative and effective solutions to their production challenges.
While supporting its growth from 19 stores to the current 140+, Alan has been involved in all of Natural Grocers's internal transformation from Mom and Pop to national chain.
His current focus is on advocacy. This entails monitoring legislation and regulatory actions for dozens of issues that concern us. Alan works at the local and federal level with policymakers, advocacy and trade groups to stay ahead of key issues.
Corporate Responsibility Manager,
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in the world with assets under management at $13.5 billion. Last year it awarded $1.3 billion to nonprofits.
Renee's team consults with companies on international partnerships with nonprofits, social responsibility strategies, programs, and industry trends. Clients include: Cisco, Autodesk, eBay, Hewlett Packard, LinkedIn, Microsoft, PayPal, Texas Instruments, NBCUniversal, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Unilever.
Regen Network is a community of actors engaging with ecological regeneration, ecological monitoring, verification, distributed computing and technology development, centered around Regen Ledger.
"As one of the founders and CEO for the project, I work to keep our team thriving and on target as we blend our passion with the science to build a platform for the regeneration of this planet. If we can do this right, we will galvanize a global shift!" said Christian.
Best Selling Author;
Navi Radjou is a French-American scholar, an innovation and leadership advisor, and a bestselling author based in Silicon Valley.
Navi’s most recent book is Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less (with a foreword by Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever). Navi has also coauthored the global bestseller Jugaad Innovation and From Smart To Wise. His TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered over 1.7 million video views. And, he has received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award.
Senior Vice President,
Edelman is the largest PR company in the world. Emily Oversees $2.3M in global communications strategy development and programs for clients focused on sustainability, clean energy, retail and food. Work closely with C-suite clients and executive teams.
Clients include The North Face, Kashi, Recurrent Energy and others. Manage and mentor teams of creative, high-performing consultants and communications professionals enabling their development and growth
VP, Mission & Innovation,
Gina started her career in food more than 25 Years ago as a restauranteur and caterer an early adopter of the Farm-to-Table movement.
During her tenure at Applegate, Gina has worked closely with NGOs to raise awareness about the misuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food. She also led the production and marketing of the documentary film, RESISTANCE, garnering global distribution for the film on Netflix.
Gina is on the advisory boards of The Savory Institute, the Sustainable Food Lab and the National Young Farmers Coalition.
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Encore Consumer Capital
Robert co-founded Encore Consumer Capital in 2005. He is Chairman of Encore portfolio companies Ancient Harvest and Tender Belly and a director of butter LONDON, Navitas Organics, and Supergoop!.
Robert was the Chairman of former Encore portfolio companies Aidells Sausage Company, Atlantic Aqua Farms, California Splendor, Caterina Foods, Isopure, PhillySwirl and tarte and was a director at Thanasi Foods.
Radhika Iyengar-Emens is Founding Partner of StarChain Ventures a firm focused on foundational blockchain technologies and enterprise blockchain solutions in healthcare, supply
chain, fintech and power. She is a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a serial entrepreneur, and an expert in blockchain and healthcare.
Multilingual in 9 languages, Radhika is an advisor to governments, top blockchain startups and digital health companies globally. She has raised over $100 million
for advised startups.
Radhika is a passionate advocate for women in technology and diversity, She is an active speaker on women in blockchain panels, global women's conferences, and is an Advisory Board
Member at Women in Technology International (WITI).
President, Carbon Lighthouse
As Co-Founder and President of Carbon Lighthouse Raphael is committed to delivering market-based solutions to today's and tomorrow's energy and environmental challenges.
Carbon Lighthouse provides an actively managed energy service that reduces energy consumption and leverages renewable power to deliver a guaranteed revenue stream for commercial, industrial and educational real estate owners. Using our proprietary energy optimization technology, CLUES™, our engineers analyze new sources of building data to uncover hidden inefficiencies and pin point the most profitable solution for each unique building.
Meg Adelman RN, BSN, MPH
Wellness Program Director,
Longtime health food enthusiasts Meg and Zach Adelman founded Navitas Organics in 2003. After six years working as a nurse in the realm of surgery, Meg was eager for more innovation and prioritization around preventative health medicine and felt compelled to find a pathway to lasting impact and positive change within the realm of healthcare. As an MPH with a primary focus on nutrition, Meg has expanded her role to include nutrition education, advocacy and corporate wellness strategies. Her efforts towards improving population health come from the lens of the lifestyle-health connection and environmental determinants of health, specifically as it relates to the need for expanded organic and regenerative practices in agriculture.
Dan is the Co-Founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained, a mission-driven ingredient platform that leverages technology and culinary science to transform beer waste into food. Through ReGrained, he has become a thought-leader about food waste business models, "edible upcycling" and the circular economy for food.
ReGrained was named Forbes 30 under 30: Food and Beverage (2018) and has won numerous awards and competitions.
Managing General Partner,
Union Grove Venture Partners
Greg Bohlen co-founded Union Grove Venture Partners in 2014. Prior to that, he joined Morgan Creek in 2011 to extend Morgan Creek’s venture exposure. Greg’s experience and relationships in the venture capital and investment banking communities have been developed over the past 30 years, and he has invested in over 50 venture-backed companies, including names as diverse as Sourcefire (FIRE) and Neurogesx (NGSX).
Prior to Wasatch, Greg was the Chief Financial Officer and an investment professional at The Aurora Funds in North Carolina. His previous work experience also includes a significant tenure in investment banking, most recently with UBS AG as the Director for the Private Equity Coverage Group from 2001 to 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Co-Founder & President,
Matt Reynolds has 20 + years of operations and business development management experience in the retail/wholesale industry. He is primarily responsible for overseeing INDIGENOUS sales strategy, as well as maintaining industry leader margins.
Matt was responsible for spearheading and actualizing a revolutionary production financing model for INDIGENOUS fair trade knitting cooperatives through Root Capital, Finance for Communities and Conservation,
Markegard Family Grass-Fed
Author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild and regenerative rancher Doniga brings a perspective rooted in nature. She has a background in wildlife tracking and permaculture.
Along with her husband and four children, Doniga owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork, chicken and dairy supplying the Bay Area with local, nutrient dense foods. The family ranch leases coastal ranches throughout the Bay Area spanning over 10,000 acres.
She is dedicated to finding ways to regenerate lands and community through ranching practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water and enhance habitat.
Clean Label Project
Clean Label Project's mission is to empower consumers to see past the flashy marketing and evaluate products based on true ingredient quality. To us at Clean Label Project, sometimes what's NOT on the label is ultimately what's most important.
Claims like 'natural', 'sustainable' and 'holistic' sound health but marketing departments can do an effective job at selling comfort and security. At Clean Label Project, we trust NOTHING on the label and use analytical chemistry, microbiology, and genetic testing to evaluate true product quality. In data and science we trust. We post the results of our category testing on our website at CleanLabelProject.org using a 5-star rating system to benchmark the top selling products in America
Founder & President,
Tam founded She's It (Social Health Empowerment thru IT) to help women think more about 360° Well-Being and how it impacts their lives both personally & professionally. Through a digital eco-system, we shape the conversation through information and guidance about Aging, Eating, Health, Kindness, Happiness, Education, Paying It Forward, Inspiration and more. Her mission is to democratize holistic healthcare for all with Social Health Empowerment.
Tam was also selected by Vision 2020 as a Pennsylvania State Delegate to help achieve economic, political and social equality for women. Vision 2020 is a nonpartisan convener, catalyst and rallying point for both women and men who are committed to gender equality.
US Country Manager,
Michelle’s career spans 15 years in business strategy, sales, and various other operational functions in the CPG space. While living in Amsterdam for many years she discovered the leading Dutch chocolate brand with everything going for it – a social mission to feel good about, a company culture that most people only dream of, and irresistibly delicious chocolate!
Tony's is a household name in the Netherlands but just getting started in the US, so Michelle is excited to kick-start an entrepreneurial trail and ensure Americans get on board with this fabulous product and mission.
Co-Founder & CEO, Nori
Paul Gambill is the CEO and cofounder of Nori, a marketplace for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In 2015, Paul established the first community dedicated to carbon removal called Carbon Removal Seattle.
He has 6 years of experience in managing mobile and web application projects for clients including Nike, Showtime, Target, and Starbucks, and has shipped well over a dozen different apps to the public.
Director, Brand Growth Solutions,
Michelle is a market research professional with experience in account management, market measurement and consumer panel. Present responsibilities include synthesizing Point-of-Sale (POS) and consumer panel data into actionable insights for multiple natural and organic CPG manufacturers. Genuine interest in health-conscious brands and trends within retail and food service channels.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Propagate Ventures
Ethan is a startup growth expert who is focused on turning ideas into reality. He is a Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Propagate, an agroforestry analytics & project development company focused on bridging the capital and operational needs for the integration of tree crops to farmland. Propagate is on a mission to make agriculture work for 100% of humanity, one farm at a time.
Ethan has helped scale ventures both domestically and internationally in industries such as the sharing economy, consumer packaged goods, and B Corp businesses. He holds a B.A. in Social Justice & Sustainability from Miami University and is an Advisory Board member at Purpose + Sport.
Senior Manager, CSR Partnerships, Vitamin Angels
Chris spearheaded Vitamin Angels’ CSR partnership program after managing the organization’s retail marketing division from 2012 to 2017. As Vitamin Angel’s current Senior Manager of CSR Partnerships, he oversees all relevant initiatives tied to the organization’s corporate relationships and their respective CSR platforms.
Prior to his work with Vitamin Angels, Chris worked for the United Nations out of Geneva. 8 years later, that connection to the UN came full circle: as part of his current role, Chris also ensures that Vitamin Angels’ partners align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and yield measurable results for investors, employees, and other stakeholders.
Corporate Sustainability & Sustainable Finance,
South Pole Group
Carbon Neutrality, GHG accounting, Renewable Energy Strategy & Procurement, Science Based Targets, Sustainable Supply Chains
Climate change related physical & transition risk screening for investment portfolios as a part of TCFD readiness and 2 degree scenario analysis.
Founder & Partner,
My career has taken me from deep in the Amazon rainforest to help indigenous tribes implement business strategies to protect their land and culture, to the board rooms of Fortune 100 companies, and startups, universities and non-profits in between. President Obama asked me to join the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to help think through and implement open data initiatives throughout the federal government.
Senior Vice President,
As You Sow
Conrad MacKerron is Senior Vice President at As You Sow, an Oakland non-profit that promotes corporate social responsibility through shareholder advocacy. His work has led McDonald’s to phase out polystyrene foam packaging, and Starbucks to strengthen efforts to recycle cups and commit to phase out plastic straws. He was formerly director of social research at Piper Jaffray Philanthropic & Social Investment Consulting, He received the SRI Service Award for outstanding contribution to the social investor community. He is author of Business in the Rainforests: Corporations, Deforestation and Sustainability; and As You Sow reports including Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging; and Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods Packaging.
President & CEO,
Whole Health Marketing
Nils-Michael is the Co-Founder of ReGenFriends™ as well as President CEO of Whole Health Marketing. Nils-Michael has over 30 years of marketing and brand-building experience with some of the best companies in America, with the last 20 years focusing exclusively on the natural and organic products industry. Faculty positions include Dominican University of California where he taught entrepreneurial finance in the Green MBA program, and at the University of California at Berkeley Extension
He is a Keiretsu member and regularly serves as a judge, mentor and advisor to Stanford's BASES Challenge, UC Berkeley's BIG IDEAs competition, Duke Start-Up Challenge, CleanTech Open and regularly mentors students and entrepreneurs.
Emily M. Olson
Emily M. Olson is the Founder of ReGenFriends™ and also holds the position of Chief Creative & Strategy Officer at Whole Health Marketing.
With over 20 years advancing organizational initiatives that address social, environmental and economic challenges, Emily has worked in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, with local and global brands and organizations like Stanford University, Heinz, Nutiva, the Pablo Picasso Estate, and Girl Ventures. She has an unwavering passion for building and growing brands and organizations that prosper while making the world a better place.
March 21, 2019
WELCOME | KEYSTONE SURVEY
MORNING PLENARY | KEYNOTE
Farm to Fork
AFTERNOON PLENARY | KEYNOTE
CLOSING REMARKS & RECEPTION
Wine, Beer & Bites
Enjoy refreshments and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge
Located in the Prince Room and generously sponsored by ...
While this conference is in San Francisco it's about the planet we all call home. Other cities will be added as we continue to grow our community of passionate and committed friends.
The Presidio was carefully chosen not only because of its natural beauty and grandeur but also because it is a working example of regeneration. All venue proceeds go directly back into supporting The Presidio of San Francisco including trail restoration, renovations and education programs to grow children's appreciation for nature.
SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDIO GOLDEN GATE CLUB
The Presidio is where San Francisco began. Today it is a national park site and a National Historic Landmark District located at the center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Head outside for a hike through the forest; see native wildflowers at Crissy Marsh; toss a Frisbee with the kids on the Main Parade Ground; stop for a bite at one of the Presidio’s many eateries; or watch the sunset from a scenic vista. Download a full guide to Presidio information and activities below.
Built in 1949, the iconic Golden Gate Club was once the enlisted men’s service club and the site of several historic treaty signings. The graceful Spanish Colonial
building features views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Presidio forest.