2014 Speaker Roster

Keynote Speakers

Bruce Christiansen | Board of Directors, Food Lifeline
SPEAKING: 1:15pm | Mid-Day Keynote

Bruce Christiansen

Christiansen has served as an at-large member of the Food Lifeline Board of Directors for the past 18 months. He is an active and influential member of several of Food Lifeline's Board committees including Leadership Development and the Building Committee. Christiansen brings his expertise in distribution and capacity building to Food Lifeline, helping the organization end hunger in Western Washington by solving the logistical challenges of food banking.

Dow Constantine | King County Executive  
SPEAKING: 9:05am | Opening Segment

Dow Constantine

She will lead the Executive's Local Food Initiative, which will expand the supply of healthy foods, increase access to them, and help make farmlands profitable and less likely to be developed. Under his leadership, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks has committed to becoming King County's first carbon-neutral agency. The Executive will also unite cities and concerned people from throughout the Northwest to stop the export of coal to Asia.

Kimbal Musk | Co-Founder, The Kitchen Community  
SPEAKING: 4:30pm | Closing Keynote

Kimbal Musk

The Kitchen created its 501c3 non-profit in 2011, The Kitchen Community, to further its goal of 'Community Through Food' by creating Learning Gardens in schools and communities across America. Learning Gardens are designed as a catalyst for community-wide behavioral improvements in childhood nutrition, socialization, and student achievement in under-served neighborhoods across the country.

In 2011, The Kitchen Community launched its first Learning Garden at Schmitt Elementary in Denver, CO. In 2012, The Kitchen Community created 55 Learning Gardens and expanded its reach to Chicago. In 2013, 180 Learning Gardens are planned for Colorado, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as 10 new districts across the country.

Jim Wegner | President & Chief Executive Officer, Darigold   
SPEAKING: 9:15am | Opening Keynote

Jim Wegner

Throughout his career, Jim has been involved with many industry groups and has served on a number of industry boards, including the Federal Order Task Force Sub-Committee of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). He now serves as a Board member of NMPF. Jim was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in Eastern Washington and attended Washington State University where he received a Bachelors' Degree in Food Science and Technology.

Featured Speakers

David Akiyama | Program Manager, ecoDemonstrator, Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes   
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

David Akiyama






Bruce Bassett | Mayor, City of Mercer Island  
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum

Bruce Bassett

Richard Beam | Director, Energy Management Services, Providence Health & Services
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum

Richard Beam

Providence Health & Services is faith-based, not-for-profit organization which includes hospitals, health plans, clinics, physicians, long term care facilities, low-income housing, assisted living, home care and hospice, advanced medical research and education, and community outreach programs. Today we carry on the mission and good works begun in the Western U.S. by the Sisters of Providence, Montreal, in the 1850's.

Paul Beveridge | Owner & Winemaker, Wilridge Winery  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

Paul Beveridge

Bradd Busick | Senior Manager, IT Planning, Analysis & PM, The Gates Foundation   
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Architecture of Change Part II: Building Your Change Program

Bradd Busick

He is Prosci certified, a board member of the PNW Chapter of Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and an adjunct faculty member in the Morken School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University.

Terri Butler Ph.D. | Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Terri Butler

Domenic Calabro | Waste Prevention Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle  
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum Introduction

Domenic Calabro




Amy Clemetson | Director, Business Systems Development & Planning for Commercial Lines, Liberty Mutual Insurance  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Architecture of Change Part II: New Ideas to Build Change Capability in the Fiber of Your Organization

Amy Clemetson

Richard Conlin | Co-Chair, The Regional Food Policy Council  
SPEAKING: 1:30pm | The Sustainable Food Eco-System: A Regional Economic Driver for Business

Richard Conlin

Jacob Davis | Facility Operations Manager, CenturyLink Field, Home of Seahawks & SoundersFC  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

Jacob Davis

Peter Donahue | Compost Master, Alleycat Acres  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Peter Donahue



Jason Fiorito | President, Pacific Innovation Center
SPEAKING: 4:30pm | Closing Keynote Introduction

Jason Fiorito




Sheri Flies | Assistant General Merchandise Manager, Global Sourcing, Costco   
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

Sheri Flies

She is a 2011 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and is currently on the Advisory Board for the Center for Business Ethics at the Albers School of Business of Seattle University. Sheri also managed Costco's participation in a private/public collaboration to develop and build a replicable, affordable and high quality early learning center for children and families. She is a past Board Member of the Foundation for Early Learning and served on the Governor's Commission on Early Learning for Washington State. Prior to joining Costco, Sheri was a partner in a Seattle law firm. She and her husband of 32 years are the grateful parents of two daughters.

Claudia Frere | Director, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, University of Washington   
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Moving Forward Beyond Year Four: 11 Keys to Make Sustainability Stick

Claudia Frere

Erik Froyd | Founder, Milepost Consulting  
SPEAKING: 9:30am | Benchmark Your Performance with B Corp

Erik Froyd

Brian Geller | Founder & Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Building Energy Collaborative: Live Feed + Showcase of High Performance Seattle Buildings

Brian Geller



Amy Grondin | Owner & Fisherman, Duna Fisheries  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

Amy Grondin


Claudia Hage | Change Management Consultant, Alaska Airlines  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Architecture of Change Part II: Building Your Change Program

Claudia Hage




Mark Hower, Ph.D. | Professor of Business Leadership & Social Change, Antioch University  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

Mark Hower

Dr. Jeff Leinaweaver | Founder & Principal, Global Zen Sustainability  
SPEAKING: 7:00am | Materiality Matters | An Interactive GRI Certified Short Course

Jeff Leinaweaver

Additionally, Jeff holds a Permaculture Design Certification with advanced teaching work in social-ecological Permaculture design. Jeff is a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and an associate with The Natural Step organization. Jeff has done work with a variety of companies and organizations, including Amazon.com, Kyocera, Olympus, The Associated Press, Salesforce, Johns Manville, Symantec, Umpqua Bank, The Smithsonian Institution, The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), and OUR Ecovillage.



Michael "Luni" Libes | Founder & Managing Director, Fledge  
SPEAKING: 9:30am | Benchmark Your Performance with B Corp

Michael Luni Libes

Zachary Lyons | President, Seattle Chefs Collaborative  
SPEAKING: 1:30pm | The Sustainable Food Eco-System: A Regional Economic Driver for Business

Zachary Lyons

Lyons served as Executive Director of the Washington State Farmers Market Association from 1999-2005, and during his tenure, he served on the board of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs and the board of the From the Heart of Washington Campaign, Washington's agriculture promotion campaign. He recruited Farm Aid to come to Seattle in 2004, and he served as the primary organizer and liaison for all local events surrounding that event. From 2006-2008, he was the lead organizer of Washington State University's Seattle event that showcased what the University is doing for Washington's food and agriculture communities by pairing faculty with farmers with chefs. Lyons is a veteran certified barbecue judge in both the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Carman McKinney | Director of Sustainability, Roy Farms
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Moving Forward Beyond Year Four: 11 Keys to Make Sustainability Stick

Carman McKinney




Dennis McLerran | Regional Administrator, EPA Region 10  
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum

Dennis McLerran

Dennis has over 20 years experience as an advocate, attorney and administrator. Dennis received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.

Egils Milbergs | President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Accelerating Innovation  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

Egils Milbergs

Mr. Milbergs prior experience includes originating the innovation ecosystem framework for National Innovation Initiative of the Council on Competitiveness, president of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, president of the bi-partisan Institute for Illinois and strategic adviser to Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for productivity, technology and innovation for the U.S. Commerce Department under Malcolm Baldridge he had lead responsibility for the Bayh-Dole Act, and technology transfer policy across all federal agencies. He was instrumental in establishing the Baldridge National Quality Award. He served the White House as executive director of the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness (Young Commission) which produced the landmark report: Global Competition--The New Reality. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Beth Montag-Schmaltz | Founding Partner, PeopleFirm  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | The Neuroscience of Change: Businesses Building Effective Change Programs
3:00pm | Architecture of Change Part II: Building Your Change Program

Beth Montag-Schmaltz

Today, Beth is pioneering advances in two unique areas of change management: developing best practices for measuring and tracking change initiatives across the enterprise and building sustainable, change-capable organizations. Given her thought leadership and depth of experience, Beth is in high demand as an advisor to executive teams on the key challenges in managing organizations saturated with change.
Beth developed deep experience in the telecommunications industry before moving on to lead projects in high technology, non-profit, manufacturing, and financial services. Prior to co-founding PeopleFirm, Beth was the vice president in charge of Hitachi Consulting's Global Organizational Change Management Practice.
Beth has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and minor in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington. She is Prosci certified, a board member of the PNW Chapter of Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and founder of the Pacific Northwest Change Alliance. She lends the same energy that she brings to her work with PeopleFirm to the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Puget Sound. At the end of the day, Beth loves to travel and savor Pinot Noirs with her husband, Chris.

Lucy Moore | Author, Common Ground on Hostile Turf  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Lucy Moore

She brings a cross-cultural sensitivity to all her work, and regularly mentors those who might otherwise not have access to the Alternative Dispute Resolution field, believing that the future health of the profession depends on its diversity and accessibility. Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator, was published by Island Press in 2013. Lucy"s first book Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country, won Best Memoir from Women Writing the West in 2004.

Karl Ostrom, Ph.D. | Co-Executive Director, Network for Business Innovation + Sustainability (NBIS)  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

Karl Ostrom

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."

Marcy Ostrom, Ph.D. | Director, Small Farms Program, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Creating Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

Marcy Ostrom

Brad Ouderkirk | Director of Solutions Engineering, Ecova  
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum

Brad Ouderkirk







Larry Phillips | Council Chair and Councilmember, King County  
SPEAKING: 1:15pm | Mid-Day Keynote Introduction

Larry Phillips

He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law. He also earned a Masters of Law degree with emphasis in Labor Law from the George Washington University National Law Center. After graduating from law school, Larry entered public service, moving to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, before returning to Seattle to run Randy Revelle's successful campaign for King County Executive and serve as his Chief of Staff. After Revelle left office, Larry served as Executive Director of Shidler McBroom Gates & Lucas law firm. In 1988 he won election to the Washington State House of Representatives, where he co-authored the 1990 Growth Management Act, as well as legislation to prevent oil spills in Puget Sound. After serving two terms in the legislature, Larry won his seat on the Metropolitan King County Council to represent District Four, where he turned from his work adopting the State Growth Management Act in the legislature to implementing the GMA in Washington's most populous county. Larry's work as chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee led to the adoption of the Regional Wastewater Services Plan to protect water quality in Puget Sound and Lake Washington while allowing economic growth and urban density to continue. As a founding member and current Chair of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8, Larry helped coordinate a local response to the federal listing of Chinook salmon as endangered. Larry has played a pivotal role in preserving over 165,000 acres of farm and forest land and salmon habitat as open space.



Andrea Platt Dwyer | Executive Director, Seattle Tilth   
SPEAKING: 1:30pm | The Sustainable Food Eco-System: A Regional Economic Driver for Business

AndreaPlattDwyer

Andrea has served on a number of nonprofit boards, and currently serves on the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council. Andrea has always enjoyed growing fresh herbs to use while cooking. This year she is more than doubling her veggie garden and considering getting chickens.

Thomas Ranken | President & Chief Executive Officer, Washington Clean Technology Alliance  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

Thomas Ranken

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, nearly 40 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.

John Rhoads | Director for Smart Building Solutions & Energy Services, Accenture  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Building Energy Collaborative: Live Feed + Showcase of High Performance Seattle Buildings

John Rhoads

Michael Roy | Owner, Roy Farms
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Moving Forward Beyond Year Four: 11 Keys to Make Sustainability Stick

Michael Roy

Rodney Schauf FMA CEOE | Director of Engineering, Sheraton Seattle Hotel  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Building Energy Collaborative: Live Feed + Showcase of High Performance Seattle Buildings

Rodney Schauf

Lilly Simmering | Food Economy Program Manager, King County  
SPEAKING: 1:30pm | The Sustainable Food Eco-System: A Regional Economic Driver for Business

Lilly Simmering

Ellen Southard | Salmon Safe Outreach Manager, Stewardship Partners
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Ellen Southard

Ellen was raised on a 40-acre farm in the New Jersey Pinelands, our nation's first nature preserve formed cooperatively by farmers, private land owners, local, state and federal agencies. Her family was instrumental in the creation of the Pinelands Natural Reserve that protects and enhances the watersheds, natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands. Ellen is on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Western Washington where she is playing a critical role in linking sustainable planning for camps with land stewardship and Girl Scout education programs. If she were a cookie she'd be a Samoa.

Patti Southard | Program Manager King County GreenTools  
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Patti Southard

Andrew Stout | Founder, Full Circle Farm  
SPEAKING: 1:30pm | The Sustainable Food Eco-System: A Regional Economic Driver for Business

Andrew Stout




Jessika Tantisook | Founder, Starvation Alley Farms   
SPEAKING: 3:00pm | Mini-Charette: Defining Actionable Solutions to Local Food Movement Challenges in the Puget Sound Region

Jessika Tantisook

John Taylor | Assistant Director, Water and Land Resources Division, King County
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Top Washington Industry Showcase: Green Champions Making the Case for Sustainability

John Taylor



Kat Taylor | Chief Executive Officer, One PacificCoast Bank  
SPEAKING: 9:30am | Benchmark Your Performance with B Corp

Kat Taylor

Kat serves and has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of "Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign", and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford.

Christie True | Department Director, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County, Washington  

Christie True

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.


Peter van Stolk | Chief Executive Officer, SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery)  
SPEAKING: 9:30am | Benchmark Your Performance with B Corp

Peter van Stolk

His work has attracted the attention of the New York Times, CNN, People magazine, and Inc. magazine. He saw the potential in using the Internet for marketing long before anyone else did. van Stolk, who is now CEO of The Tree Fort Group, a social media marketing company, believes traditional methods to reach consumers are less effective today and that marketing campaigns can't rely solely on buying advertising space. He advises marketers and organizations to adapt their methodology and become more social to interact with audiences, using tools like Flickr, MySpace, Facebook, blogs, and wikis. Peter is also the CEO of SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), an online grocery store delivering local & organic products to customers in 6 cities within North America. In addition to his business endeavors and speaking engagements, Peter is currently working on his first book due out in 2014.

Kevin Wilhelm | Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Consulting  
SPEAKING: 11:00am | Moving Forward Beyond Year Four: 11 Keys to Make Sustainability Stick

Kevin Wilhelm

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.

Gene Woodard | Director of Facility Services, University of Washington  
SPEAKING: April, 29 at 3:00pm | EPA Executive Forum

Gene Woodard

Conference Emcees

Jeff Burnside | Investigative Reporter, KOMO 4 News  

Jeff Burnside

He's done groundbreaking reporting of the Aryan Nations and other white supremacy groups, corruption, scams, animal abuse, and environmental issues. His reporting has helped change in state laws, close unscrupulous businesses and put more than a dozen people behind bars. He's a frequent speaker and moderator on journalism and related issues. He's been awarded five journalism fellowships including the Center for Strategic and International Studies' TransAtlantic Reporters Network, the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at USC Annenberg, Carnegie Mellon's Steinbrenner Institute, Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and the Metcalf Institute. He's been an invited panelist for many years for the Aldo Leopold Leadership Seminars for leading scientists, and other science and media confabs through Compass. Jeff's environmental reporting has taken him to Bali, Norway's Arctic Circle, Panamanian jungles, throughout the Caribbean, Canada, and Hawaii while covering issues like climate change, coral reef decline, and overfishing. Jeff was the first reporter to broadcast live from inside Aquarius, the world's only undersea research lab, on the bottom of the ocean nine miles off Key Largo. While inside a research submarine, Jeff also plunged nearly three miles to the bottom of the Atlantic for a story on biomedical research of amazing medical properties of deep sea sponges. Jeff serves as Vice President for the Society of Environmental Journalists, the largest such group of professional reporters in the world. He served as chairman of SEJ's well-regarded national conference in 2011 that set all-time attendance records. His very first journalism award came during his part-time reporting job while attending Lake Washington High School working for the Eastside Journal in Kirkland (7 cents per column inch!). Jeff collects historic newspapers, loves exploring small towns, enjoys Alpine hiking (he summited Mt. Rainier) and reading non-fiction. After 20 years away from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Jeff says it's great to be home and with a professional team like KOMO 4.

Ed Muir | Meteorologist, NWCN  

Ed Muir

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