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The GoGreen Conference, created and organized by Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and public sector decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind.
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Our regionally focused advisory teams ensure that GoGreen is able to build an experience that is timely and relevant to the region's economy, environmental issues, market opportunities and culture by providing guidance, connections and insights into each community we serve.
Christie True | Department Director, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County, Washington
Christie True was appointed by King County Executive Dow to lead King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) in July 2010. True previously served as the director of DNRP's Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) and is a 25-year veteran of King County, where she started her career in 1984 as a water quality technician. The Department of Natural Resources and Parks has four major divisions — Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources — perform tasks ranging from improving water quality, to enhancing parks and trails, to protecting citizens from flooding, to restoring crucial fish and wildlife habitat, to recycling and reusing wastewater and solid waste byproducts. Its overall mission is to safeguard the environment, ensure public safety and preserve the region's quality of life. Read more..
Christie has proven to be a leader in positive community engagement, managing change and being dedicated to continuous system improvement. Christie is known for her experience in establishing processes to better manage and deliver complex projects and budgets, and for her technical expertise and analytical approach to challenges. In 2006, she was named Local Official of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders for her work on the Brightwater project.
Brenna Davis | Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason
Brenna Davis began her sustainability career in a Northwest oil refinery in 1995. She is the Director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason, the innovative Seattle-based healthcare system that brought the concept of "lean" to the industry. Brenna brings over 16 years of experience working with medium and Fortune 500 corporations across the US. Her education in environmental science, business, and systems thinking give her a passion for data, a focus on results, and an obsession with continuous improvement.
Sephir Hamilton, Chief of Staff, joined the General Manager's Office in 2013. Prior to this position, he was Director of Operational Excellence at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. in New York. He also worked as an engineer and investment officer at the utility. Sephir began his career with Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. where he worked on energy-efficiency standards for the U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, a master of science in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor of science in Engineering from Clarkson University.
Susan Long | Environmental Impact Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company
Susan is the environmental impact manager on the Global Community Team, at Starbucks. She works with the company's global business units to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of operations, from waste reduction to energy and water efficiency and green building, as well as with external stakeholders in NGOs, government, and partner companies. She has been with Starbucks over 17 years, working in a variety of roles within the Supply Chain manufacturing organization, prior to joining the Global Community Team. Susan has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Kevin Wilhelm | CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting
Kevin Wilhelm is the pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices. Kevin brings over fourteen years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups. Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Brooks Sports. His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally. Read more..
He has spent the last eight years demonstrating the business & bottom line benefits of sustainability locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the author of the acclaimed: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.
Mary Rose | Co-Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)
Mary Rose and her partner Karl Ostrom founded the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) over eight years ago with a mission of helping businesses and professionals maximize their triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) while becoming catalysts for sustainable business practices. NBIS provides strategic and relevant programs that address the needs of professionals, including sustainability training, networking, coaching and organizational assessments. NBIS’ strategic approaches address the core practices of businesses and help companies break through the barriers of traditional business models. As a non-profit organization, NBIS bridges industries and sectors to engage business leaders in addressing crucial regional and global issues through innovative business practices.
Charlie Cunniff | Deputy Director, Seattle 2030 District
Recently appointed to his new role at the 2030 District, Charlie Cunniff comes from vast experience in the private sector as a designer and energy conservation consultant and in the government arena as the Director of the Seattle Climate Partnership (SCP), a program of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and a voluntary effort among Seattle area businesses, organizations and institutions to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. Mr. Cunniff holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and an MA from Seattle University.
Terri brings more than 20 years experience in management, business development, and research and invention to her role as the Executive Director. She is highly motivated to accelerate Seattle's path toward sustainability through education, collaboration, and team empowerment. Previously she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Washington where she was co-founder of a start-up company developing advanced material products for energy efficient electronics and advised numerous others. She also provided strategic counsel in her commercialization work with Washington State University's biofuel program, architecture school, and health science programs. She holds 13 U.S. patents, including coating technologies for electrostatic printing which she developed while an engineer at 3M and nutritional applications she worked on at Bioenergy Life Sciences. Terri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She is also a GRI certified Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Reporter.
Tom Ranken | President & Chief Executive Officer, CleanTech Alliance
Tom is the President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. Under Tom's leadership, the WCTA's membership has grown by nearly a factor of 6 to over two hundred companies, research institutions, and other organizations. The WCTA has developed a value proposition that includes business service programs, events focusing on an array of industry topics, a rebuilt website and blog, an email newsletter communications system, and a database with nearly 6,000 recipients. Prior to joining the WCTA, Tom was a Seattle-based entrepreneur and management consultant. Tom co-founded and was CEO of VizX Labs, a bioinformatics company that developed GeneSifter, the first web-based gene expression microarray analysis service now used worldwide by hundreds of labs. Tom also led a team that turned around and doubled the size of Axio Research Corporation following significant losses, which was later sold to Solutia. Read more..
He directed public affairs at the state's largest biotechnology company, Immunex (now Amgen), and was President of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association. He spent seven years in banking.
In the 1990s, Tom was elected Chair of the national Council of State Bioscience Associations. He was Chair of the DC-based Biotechnology Industry Organization's State Government Committee, was instrumental in crafting the highly successful state affiliate strategy, and was elected to the Emerging Companies Section of BIO's Board. He was also a key player in the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association for many years as Chair of the Board, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, member of the Board, and as President for three years.
Tom spent fourteen years as a Trustee of Harborview Medical Center including serving as President of the Board. He has served on the Boards of VizX Labs, Axio Research, the Technology Alliance, the University Sunrise Rotary Club (President), Seattle Mental Health (Chair), and the Crisis Clinic. He currently is Treasurer of the Washington News Council board and is Moderator of the Magnolia United Church of Christ Coordinating Council. An Eagle Scout, Tom spent five years as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 80 and now serves on the Aurora District Committee as Finance Chair. At last count, 35 of the Scouts in Tom's troop had made Eagle, including his son.
Tom has an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. His MBA thesis was "U.S. Petroleum Dependence and Energy Alternatives."
On weekends, he can often be found playing his guitar or camping with the Boy Scouts.
Dune Ives | Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Vulcan
Dune Ives joined Vulcan in 2013 and is the Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives. In this role Dune is responsible for catalyzing solutions that accelerate progress on our most pressing global issues and result in resilient ecosystems. Her portfolio of projects span the realms of climate, oceans, habitat, wildlife and community and includes groundbreaking efforts such as the Pan Africa Aerial Elephant Survey, which will provide an updated count of Savannah elephants towards more effective and proactive decision making to preserve the elephant population. Advancing our understanding of the science, engaging communities and individuals towards beneficial actions and developing technologies and tools that are scalable are primary objectives of her team's investments. Prior to joining the Vulcan team Dune was most recently the founder and President of Milepost Consulting where she led executive engagement, strategy development and team empowerment efforts with clients across multiple sectors. Read more..
She is proud that Milepost earned their B Corporation certification, was twice recognized as a Best Company to Work For and as one of Washington's 50 Greenest Companies in 2013. Her work resulted in development of organizations such as the Green Sports Alliance and the Seattle 2030 District, both galvanizing entities that are engaging and inspiring their industries towards greater reduction of negative externalities. Dune holds her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Utah State University.
Karl Ostrom, PhD | Co-Executive Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)
Karl Ostrom is founder and Co-Executive Director of NBIS. Since its founding in 2003, NBIS has provided regional leadership, professional development programs and a cross-sector collaborative community to advance sustainability through the business sector. NBIS provides meaningful, strategic tools and opportunities for companies to broaden their impact, deepen their mission and build long term success. Karl plays an instrumental role in conceptualizing and communicating the opportunities for sustainable business on the local and global scale. As a consultant and advisor, he helps businesses develop leadership strategies and management practices that contribute to the urgent needs of our time while building profitable, sustainable companies. He has been an adjunct professor in sustainable business at Seattle University, Argosy University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle. Read more..
Karl's PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed at the University of North Carolina, contributes to his understanding of systemic approaches to organizational change and leadership development. His publications include "Is there Hope for the City."
Molly Ray | Environmental Solutions Manager, Office Depot
Molly represents and supports the initiatives and evolution of the GreenerOffice program for the company. She works with customers and partners to make greener decisions around their supply chain as well as to utilize the various resources and tools that can help them to benchmark and monitor their progress. In addition to external engagement and visibility, she focuses on strengthening sustainability awareness with internal stakeholders through the creation of the GreenerOffice Ambassador Program. Molly comes to Office Depot from the Hospitality industry where she developed sustainability programs for several luxury hotel brands. Her past projects include carbon footprint reporting, renewable energy and carbon offset programs, community engagement and overall environmental and social sustainability growth for the hotels. Read more..
Molly was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a degree in Sustainable Business. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Scott Kubly was appointed SDOT director in July 2014 by Mayor Edward Murray. Before joining SDOT, Scott served as Deputy Director of the Chicago Department of Transportation and, before that, as the Associate Director for the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Scott led the development of a new streetcar system and major expansion of bike share in Washington, DC. In Chicago, he led the development of a new bus rapid transit system, construction of 65 miles of protected bike lanes and the launch of a new bike share system. In these roles, Scott also managed agency operations, resource management, finance and development of major capital projects, as well as traffic management and signal operations. Scott grew up in Chicago and holds graduate degrees in business administration and community/regional planning. He looks forward to working with the community on the transportation challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of our growing city.
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