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    Anthony Wright

    Chief Operating Officer - Pioneer Human Services
    Anthony Wright

    oversees operations for the entire company and focuses on business operations and growth. In his first year of employment, he increased the operating profit of the businesses by 50%, receiving the Boeing Performance Excellence Award (2013), Tony has served as Assistant Commissioner at the Washington State Employment Security Department where he was awarded the Distinguished Leadership in Management Award. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and is currently completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship.


    LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader

    INDUSTRIES: Manufacturing | Non-profit | Restaurant

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Plan | Compensation | Leadership | Metrics & Measurement | Operations | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Criminal Justice | Disabilities | Employment / Labor

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    Samra Haider

    Executive Director, National - Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
    Samra Haider

    oversees all key programmatic, operational, financial and strategic aspects of CEO’s operations outside of New York State, including expansion into new markets. Samra ensures that the CEO National portfolio is not only meeting all programmatic goals and outcomes, but is also positioned to grow capacity and continue achieving scale efficiencies. Prior to CEO, Samra most recently worked for Next Street Financial, an advisory firm focused on assisting small businesses and nonprofits in urban markets build capacity and access capital. Prior to Next Street, Samra was Portfolio Director at REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that invests in job-creating social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work. Ms. Haider led REDF’s organizational presence in Southern California; including overseeing REDF’s expansion into the market and acting as the primary relationship manager for REDF’s Southern California-based portfolio organizations. She also oversaw the organization’s analysis of different social enterprise industries and businesses and helped refine REDF’s due diligence process and investment criteria. Samra was also a strategic management consultant at Oliver Wyman and an Investment Banking Analyst at JPMorgan Chase. Samra holds an MBA from the Wharton School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Columbia University.


    LOCATION: New York, New York

    TYPE: Business Expert | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | Non-profit | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Budgeting | Business Modeling | Business Plan | Customer Analysis | Revenue Model | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Criminal Justice | Disabilities | Employment / Labor | Homelessness | Poverty Alleviation | Urban Development

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    Patrick Woodyard

    Co-Founder & CEO - Nisolo
    Patrick Woodyard

    is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, where he studied Global Economics & Business, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. His experience using business as a force for good has led him across the globe—ranging from Kenya and Uganda to Argentina and Peru. While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick was introduced to the Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets. Having had extensive exposure to such potential juxtaposed with a lack of access in other developing countries, Patrick created Nisolo with the vision to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction by positioning Nisolo as one of the first footwear and accessories brands to deliver a superior yet ethically produced product to consumers.

    Nisolo’s high quality leather shoes and accessories for men and women have been sold in all 50 US states and over 60 countries around the world. Through the ethical production of its products, Nisolo directly supports the livelihoods of more than 550 people across the globe and is considered to be one of the more respected brands on the forefront of the ethical fashion movement. For his work with Nisolo, Patrick was recently named Outstanding Alumni of the Year at Ole Miss, selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, recognized as an “Innovator Changing The South” by Southern Living Magazine, and named a Global Accelerator Entrepreneur by the United Nations. Patrick resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Sally Ward (BA ‘10), and serves as a founding executive board member of the Nashville Fashion Alliance.


    LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | Consumer Goods and Services | Digital Marketing | Ecommerce | Manufacturing | Marketing and Communications

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Plan | Design | Fundraising/Grant-writing | Internal Organization Culture | Marketing | Strategy

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Conscious Consumerism | Employment / Labor | Equality / Rights | Gender Equity | Income Generation | Poverty Alleviation

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    Lindsey Kneuven

    Head of Social Impact - Pluralsight & Executive Director - Pluralsight One
    Lindsey Kneuven
    is the head of social impact at Pluralsight, a fast-growing enterprise technology learning platform. In her role, Lindsey leads all global philanthropic initiatives, implementing strategies that align Pluralsight’s product, culture, community, people and brand to make a meaningful impact on the way the world learns.
    Prior to joining Pluralsight, Lindsey served as the chief impact officer at Cotopaxi, the first social enterprise to incorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation and receive venture funding. While there, Lindsey developed and oversaw the company’s global philanthropic strategy, including all giving, supply chain initiatives and community engagements. Under her leadership, the company launched a successful and thriving model, proving to investors that an integrated social impact strategy created positive value for both the business and the world.
    Lindsey also held senior positions at several notable nonprofit and private organizations, including Salesforce.com Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation–the largest community foundation in the world, and Nuru International. While at Nuru, Lindsey lived in Kenya and designed education programs to improve literacy rates among the primary school-aged children in rural and impoverished communities.
    Lindsey is an active member of the philanthropy community and serves as a member and advisor on several boards. She has been acknowledged for her outstanding work on several occasions. Lindsey was awarded the Leigh Stillwell Award for Excellence, recognized by Utah Business as one of 30 Women to Watch and listed by the Community Foundation of Utah as an Enlightened 50. Most recently, she was awarded a 2017 Women in Tech Award for her inspiration in the technology community.

    LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Social Impact Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Arts/Culture/Humanities | Community and Economic Development | Education | International Development | Non-profit

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Community Engagement | Impact Evaluation | Innovation | Metrics & Measurement | Strategy | Supply Chain

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Access to Learning / Education | Capacity Building | Conscious Consumerism | Homelessness | Human Trafficking | Philanthropy

     

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    Liz Skalla

    Founder - GIVN Goods
    Liz Skalla

    enjoys building and growing brands – brands with a purpose that help people and/or the world. Liz has worked with dozens of startups and Fortune 50 companies on growth strategy and navigating crowded markets. She is a past AMA board member with a masters degree in Marketing Strategy and Management. Liz has started companies from the ground up, graduated from two lean startup incubators, raised venture capital, mentored, advised, held board seats, built boards, and sold her first startup to a competitor. She is currently a co-founder of GIVN Goods, makers of GIVN Water, with a mission to make it easy for consumers to make a positive impact on the world while buying everyday products. In her free time, Liz enjoys supporting other startups that are trying to change the world for good. Linkedin profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethskalla


    LOCATION: San Francisco, California

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader; Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Consumer Goods and Services | Ecommerce | Marketing and Communications | Technology

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Branding | Business Development | Business Modeling | Marketing | Partnerships | Pitching

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Clean Water

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    Bryan Papé

    Founder & CEO - Miir
    Bryan Papé

    is the founder and CEO of Miir. Having inherited his grandfather’s entrepreneurial spirit, it wasn’t until a life-or-death ski accident at the age of 20 that Bryan Papé fully realized his vision to begin building a legacy of generosity. That clarity, coupled with design opportunity in active lifestyle products, led to MiiR’s launch in 2010. A Product to Project™ company committed to trackable giving, MiiR gives 3% of revenue to partner organizations with an aim to provide people with access to a better future. Every product they design is built in-house with an emphasis on innovation, timelessness, simplicity and sustainability. MiiR partners with some of the most respected nonprofits in the world to create sustainable giving projects in the clean water, health and food sectors that address both domestic and international issues. To date, they have given over $600,000 and empowered the lives of 100,000+ people worldwide, and invite customers to track the impact of their purchase through their Give Code™ registration process.

    In 2016, Bryan was named a 40 Under 40 business leader by the Puget Sound Business Journal, the same publication that named MiiR the third fastest-growing private company in Washington in the same year. He received the first Young Alum of the Year award from his alma mater Seattle Pacific University in 2009, and in 2015 was awarded the first Young Alum of the Year in the SPU School of Business and Economics. Bryan and Rebecca were honored as Supporters of the Year by One Day’s Wages in 2013.


    LOCATION: Seattle, Washington

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur; Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Consumer Goods and Services | Digital Media | Outdoor/Adventure | Retail

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Development | Cash Flow | Content Strategy | Design | Innovation | Sales

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Conservation / Preservation | Rural Development | Water Management

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    Tamra Ryan

    CEO - Women's Bean Project
    Tamra Ryan

    has been leading Women’s Bean Project for the past 13 years. Her role within the nationally-recognized social enterprise focuses on leading a team of professionals in the implementation of business strategy, including program and operational expansion to increase the Bean Project’s impact on the community. She is the board chair for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Judith M. Kaufmann award for Civic Entrepreneurship, presented by The Denver Foundation. In 2012 she was named one of Colorado’s up and coming most influential women by The Denver Post. In June, 2013, Ms. Ryan was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for these marginalized women to change their lives. Watch Tamra’s TEDTalk.


    LOCATION: Denver, Colorado

    TYPE: Social Enterprise Leader

    INDUSTRIES: Marketing and Communications | Non-profit | Workforce Development

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Branding | Business Development | Community Engagement | Leadership | Marketing | Product Management

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Poverty Alleviation | Workforce Development

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    Buddy Teaster

    President & CEO - Soles4Souls
    Buddy Teaster

    has been president & CEO of Soles4Souls since October 2012. In the last few years, he, along with an amazing team, have rebuilt the board, expanded partnerships and global reach all while doubling down on “disrupting the cycle of poverty.” Combining entrepreneurship, for-profit and non-profit experience, his passion for philanthropy and global change led him to take on the role of leading the largest social enterprise provider of shoes to those in need around the world.

    Prior to S4S, Buddy was for four years the President/COO of Executive Business Services. Before that, he was the Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. YPO is the largest CEO network in the world with more than 20,000 CEOs in 100+ countries.

    His energy and enthusiasm for work spill over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long-distance running and has since finished more than 65 ultra marathons (50K +) including 17 100-mile runs.

    Buddy earned his BA in Religious Studies and French from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and holds an MBA/MA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served as YPO’s Chair for the Global One Chapter, and Network Chair for the Digital Marketing and Media Network. He was recently elected to the national Social Enterprise Alliance Board of Directors, is active in the Southern Seven Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (WPO), serves as Chair of the YPO-WPO Apparel Network. He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two delightful daughters.


    LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

    TYPE: Social Entrepreneur | Business Expert

    INDUSTRIES: Community and Economic Development | International Development | Non-profit | Footwear and Apparel

    BUSINESS EXPERTISE: Business Development | Internal Organization Culture | Leadership | Partnerships | Revenue Model | Board Development

    AREAS OF IMPACT: Conscious Consumerism | Disaster Relief / Crisis Management | Income Generation | Philanthropy | Poverty Alleviation