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Rose Marcario


Rose Marcario is President and CEO of Patagonia, she joined in 2008 as COO and CFO.  Since her taking the helm, the company has quadrupled sales and profits.  Rose created the company’s first in-house venture fund, oversaw the development and creation of Patagonia Provisions, an organic regenerative food company, and has championed the benefit corporation

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Oct 29, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Winona LaDuke


Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist working on issues of economic, food, and energy sovereignty. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and leads several organizations including Honor the Earth, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy

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Oct 18, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Dr. Helen Crowley


Dr. Helen Crowley joined Kering in November 2011 and is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation. Prior to Kering, Helen was
 Associate Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society for eleven years.
 She has a background in field-based conservation and development
 projects particularly in Africa and Madagascar, as well as
 market-based conservation initiatives and designing corporate-NGO

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Oct 08, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Gina Asoudegan


Gina Asoudegan is Vice President of Mission and Innovation Strategy at Applegate. She oversees product innovations that are designed to create a consciously scaled supply chain. When she joined Applegate in 2006 as director of communications, Asoudegan worked closely with NGOs to raise awareness of food-system issues, including antibiotic resistance and GMOs.  Asoudegan is a

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Sep 12, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Victor Friedberg


Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, global development and sustainability for over 20 years. As Co-Founder of S2G Ventures, he has been a principal force in developing the S2G mission, culture, strategy and team. Through his work, he has pioneered system investing as a strategy for investing into food and agriculture and applied

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Sep 01, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Eric Thalken


Eric Thalken lives in the practical center of human energy and skill, machines, money and biological diversity, with the mission to produce food with the highest ecological benefit (not least impact). Eric manages a system of cattle and crops intertwined on 2,250 acres of Southeast Nebraska.  A herd of 150 head of cows is maintained

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Aug 14, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Amy Hall


Amy serves in the new role of 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

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Aug 13, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Charles Massy


Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science at Australian National University (ANU) in 1976 before going farming for 35 years and developing the prominent Merino sheep stud “Severn Park”. Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to return to ANU in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. Charles was

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Jul 19, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Kenneth Lee


Kenneth Lee is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Lotus Foods, one of the most innovative, organic and fair trade specialty rice brands in the country. Its products have received many awards from the Specialty Food Association and Natural Products trade groups. Ken has over 20 years of experience importing rice from smallholder farmers in developing countries who

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Jul 15, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments

Megan Weidner


Megan Weidner joined Bunge North America in 2015 as the vice president, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Megan is active in the industry with organizations such as Field to Market and MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) and is on the Board of Directors for Agriculture Future of America. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from

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Jun 30, 2018 / by epicenter / No Comments