Howard Brodsky is Co-Founder, Chairman, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States; and the second largest private company in the state of New Hampshire. Brodsky, along with the founding team, is responsible for creating a cooperative retail powerhouse in the marketplace. CCA is comprised of 13 affiliated companies with aggregated sales of over 10 billion.
A pioneer of the cooperative business model, Brodsky dedicated his career to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses by providing the scale, resources and innovation that they needed to compete in an evolving marketplace. Brodsky had the vision to apply his successful business model to other industries. Carpet One Floor & Home, Flooring America, Flooring Canada, The Floor Trader, International Design Guild, Lighting One, ProSource, and The Biking Cooperative, totaling over 3,000 locations. The newest divisions added to the group are CCA for Social Good which services over 2000 child care centers and 1000 nonprofits; BizUnite providing back room business services for over one million independent businesses, Innovia Community Management Cooperative enabling companies to seize opportunities and improve profitability, and CCA Sports Retail Services helping independent fitness and ski stores thrive.
Brodsky's most significant accomplishment was his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, established by the National Cooperative Business Association to recognize individuals and companies who make unparalleled contributions in advancement of the principles of cooperation in the United States. The first person to win that award was Benjamin Franklin and Vice President Hubert Humphrey received that prestigious award as well. One of Brodsky's other notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame along with such notable people as Michael Dell and Starbucks' Howard Schultz.
Most recently, Brodsky was named New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year. Brodsky has been the recipient of many prestigious awards throughout his career including Retail Entrepreneur of the Year from the international accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, National Retailer of the Year by the National Congress of Floor Covering Associations, induction into the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame, and the Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For the past five years, he has also been a national judge and chairman of the National Judging Committee for the North American Entrepreneur of the Year Program.
Brodsky serves as Chairman of the board of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), a charitable organization founded in 1980 with a mission to financially assist floor covering industry colleagues who experience catastrophic illnesses/injuries, severe disabilities, or other life-altering hardships.
Brodsky most recently was named vice chair of the New England Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer. He serves as Chairman of the New Hampshire Better Business Bureau, the founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Student Leadership program for high school and college students, which fosters social responsibility and community involvement. He also serves on the Board of the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, the Board of New Hampshire Institute of Art, and on the Board of the National Cooperative Business Association.
In his "spare" time, Brodsky serves his community as a justice of the peace, performing wedding ceremonies. To date, he has a perfect record in this arena; the more than two-dozen marriages he has performed all remain intact.
Laura Dagan retired in 2010 from her role as Chairman of Dwight Asset Management Company, a fixed income and stable value investment manager for institutional clients that was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2012. She previously served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director following a career as a portfolio manager at Dwight. During her 22-year tenure, the company grew rapidly and expanded from a stable value specialist to a fixed income manager providing customized solutions for retirement plan and insurance company clients. She was also a member of the Top Leadership Group of Dwight's parent company, Old Mutual plc, and a director of Old Mutual Trust Company and the Stable Value Investment Association. She has been a recognized stable value expert and has commented in publications including Pensions & Investments, Institutional Investor, and the Wall Street Journal in addition to appearances on CNBC.
She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Champlain College, a Director of F-Squared Investments and Chair of its Index Investment Committee, and the State Treasurer's appointee to the Vermont Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and its Standards of Practice Committee, and a current director, founding member, and former president of the Vermont CFA Society. She is also a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable and a member of Board Leaders, a Boston-based organization focusing on director education and discussion of timely board issues.
Ms. Dagan received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University, completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and attended the Women's Director Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management.
Ron Grzywinski was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShoreBank Corporation, the nation's first and largest certified Community Development Finance Institution. Starting in 1973, ShoreBank provided finance and information services to disinvested communities in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and rural Arkansas. Subsequently the Corporation provided advisory and operational assistance to the Grameen Bank and BRAC in Bangladesh, the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan, as well as local development banks in the former Soviet Union, Africa and Asia. In 1996 ShoreBank Corporation created ShoreBank Pacific, the nation's first environmental development bank.
Ron has been the recipient of the Independent Sector's John W. Gardner Leadership Award, the Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Yale University School of Management, the President's Founders Award from Loyola University (Chicago) and the Theodore Hesburgh Award for Ethical Business Practices from the University of Notre Dame, He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree from Northern Michigan University and was a founding member of the Ashoka Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. He has been the CEO of several banks and serves on the boards of numerous social purpose organizations. He is a Visiting Scholar at Loyola University.
Gary Hirshberg is the husband of writer Meg Hirshberg and the father of three yogurt eaters. He is Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world's leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (Hyperion, 2008). Gary frequently speaks on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business.
Gary has overseen Stonyfield's growth, from its 1983 infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school to its current $360 million in annual sales. Stonyfield has enjoyed a compounded annual growth rate of over 23% over 21 years, by consistently producing superior products and using innovative marketing that blends the company's social, environmental, and financial missions. Stonyfield partnered with Danone in 2001, and Gary is now Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, with organic brands in Ireland, and France.
Gary serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including Applegate Farms, Honest Tea, Peak Organic Brewing, Late July, Glenisk, the Danone Communities Fund and the Danone Livelihoods Fund. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Chelsea's Table Cafés, a natural and organic fast casual restaurant firm. In 2011, President Obama appointed Gary to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is a Co-Chair of AGree, an agricultural policy initiative formed by the Ford, Gates, Kellogg, Rockefeller, Walton and other leading foundations.
He is Chairman and a founding Partner of Just Label It, We Have the Right to Know, the national campaign to label genetically engineered foods, and is co-author of Label It Now – What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods (New Word City, 2012). All proceeds from the E-book benefit Just Label It.
Gary has received nine honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA and the 2012 Organic Leadership Award by the US Organic Trade Association. He was named a Yale Gordon Grand Fellow, one of "America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs" by Business Week and one of the top ten, "most inspiring people in sustainable food." by Fast Company. Gary was featured in the successful 2009 documentary "Food, Inc." And you can see him on YouTube in the "Just Eat Organic" Rap Video he wrote and performed.
Stonyfield has garnered several prestigious awards over the past few years including EPA Clean Air Excellence (2009), "Business of the Decade – Manufacturing & Technology" (Business NH Magazine), "2010 Top 10 Leaders of Change Award" (The Foundation for Social Change and UN Office for Partnerships), "One of the Five Best Large Companies to Work for in New Hampshire" (Business NH Magazine & NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, 2010 -11), "Best Environmentally Friendly/'Green' Business (New Hampshire Business Review, 2011), and the Institute of Packaging Professionals AmeriStar Award for Stonyfield's Plant-based Yogurt Cup (2011).
Previously, he was the Founder of Climate Counts, Director of the Rural Education Center, the small organic farming school from which Stonyfield was spawned and Executive Director of The New Alchemy Institute – a research and education center dedicated to organic farming, aquaculture, and renewable energy. Before that he was a water-pumping windmill specialist and an environmental education director with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He also authored books on wind-power and organic gardening.
Mary Houghton was one of the four co-founders of ShoreBank Corporation. She was the senior commercial lender in its lead bank and later managed expansion initiatives for the holding company. She was a co-founder of two Chicago non-profit organizations, the Sojourner Truth Child Care Center and Women's Self Employment Project. She and Ron Grzywinski provided advisory services to the donors of Grameen Bank from 1983-93.
Today Mary is a director of several financial institutions: Basix and its lending subsidiary in India and Citizens Bank, the Vancity Credit Union subsidiary in British Columbia.
She is a director of Women's World Banking, Calvert Foundation and the Grassroots Business Fund and a Steering Committee advisor for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. A graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, she was a Visiting Scholar there in 2011.
Mr. David T. Ives
Executive Director, The Albert Schweitzer Institute
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, and International Business, Quinnipiac University
David is currently the Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in the state of Connecticut in the United States. The Albert Schweitzer Institute promotes the ideas and values of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer on a worldwide basis.
David is also an Adjunct Professor of International Business, Political Science, Philosophy, and Latin American Studies at Quinnipiac University. He is an Emmy Award winning Executive Producer of a documentary on the life of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Albert Schweitzer and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Albert Schweitzer Association.
He is also a member of the USA Board of Directors for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress founded by the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Oscar Arias, a member of the International Steering Committee for the Arms Trade Treaty, a member of the Advisory Board for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty William's Centers of Compassion for Children, a member of the International Steering Committee for the Middle Powers Initiative to combat nuclear weapons, the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, and an Election Monitor for the Carter Center founded by the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Jimmy Carter. The Albert Schweitzer Institute has consultative status with the United Nations and is also a member organization of the Middle Powers Initiative. He has edited a book entitled Reverence for Life Revisited about the ideas of Albert Schweitzer. David was also the Associate Dean of Students at Colorado College, the Executive Director of the Jonas Foundation dedicated to teaching young people to resolve conflicts peacefully, the Executive Director of the Rotary Peace Forum, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica teaching agriculture.
Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) as its president since 2004. CFED is a private nonprofit organization with the mission of building assets and expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities through matched savings, entrepreneurship, and affordable housing.
CFED designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to expand matched savings for children and youth, bring self-employed entrepreneurs into the financial mainstream and turn manufactured housing into an appreciating asset. CFED operates a comprehensive public policy program to build and protect assets at the local, state and federal levels, and produces the nationally recognized Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. In 2012, CFED launched the Assets & Opportunity Network, comprised of 75 lead state and local organizations representing thousands of members which advocate for asset development and protection policies at the municipal and state levels.
Prior to joining CFED in 1992, she was a director with the National Development Council. At NDC, she was a lead trainer for the Economic Development Finance Certification Program and designed and conducted "Taking Care of Business," a financial management program for entrepreneurs while also working with cities and states to structure financing for small businesses, affordable housing and urban development projects.
Ms. Levere served as chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 2002-2005, after being on its board since 1998. Currently, she serves as the Chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives and is a board member of MapLight, which exposes how money influences politics. She is a member of the FDIC's Committee on Economic Inclusion, the Bank of America's National Community Advisory Council, Morgan Stanley's Community Development Advisory Board and Capital One's Community Advisory Council.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management and in 2008 was named to the inaugural class of its Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes alumni who help educate business and society leaders.
Chris is the president of Norman Macrae Foundation. He is a mathematician and innovation adviser with offices in London and Washington, DC. He maps how companies can transparently value intangibles. Chris's books and research of brands in 30 countries over several decades benchmark how global branding has steadily deteriorated across a broad spectrum of human relationship needs. Chris helped found CBO Association as the premier worldwide think-tank inquiring how the power of brand leadership could be reformed to multiply value across cultures and stakeholders. One outcome of this is the meta-disciplinary humanitarian movement of Beyond Branding. Chris has also been encouraged by the European Union knowledge angels community and many other human disciplines, including the futures circles of economics journalist Norman Macrae, to open source the missing governance system of transparency and dynamic valuation. Chris Macrae started trials of e-learning networks in and worked in 40 countries -particularly Asian Pacific - using MIT database technology to test big corporations' mass media in 1980s as global brand power began to dominate the earth. He helped his father (Norman Macrae, The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant) write the first future of the internet generation in 1984. Two scenarios were explored- the Orwellian Endgame, and the first quarter of century 21 being the most productive time on earth where all of worldwide youth's millennium goals could be collaboratively resolved across 2 million global villages. Chris also helped Norman research the biography, and above zero sum game theory, of John Von Neumann commissioned by Sloan Foundation.
Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools. Schwarz has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Social Entrepreneur Advisory Board for the New Profit, Inc. Gathering of Leaders. He is the author of Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities, a widely cited essay examining social change efforts and the role of social entrepreneurs, and co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning. Schwarz wrote a chapter, "Calling All Citizens," in the recently published best-selling book, Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools.
Schwarz is also the Executive Chairman of US2020, a new organization formed through partnerships between education non-profits and corporate leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. US2020 will be incubated within Citizen Schools through 2014.
Previously, Schwarz served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as Executive Director of City Year Boston, and as a Vice President at City Year. He also served as national student director for Gary Hart's 1984 Presidential campaign and as a journalist and columnist at The Oakland Tribune and The Patriot Ledger, where he won two national awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Schwarz earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont and his Masters in Education at Harvard University.
Jackie VanderBrug is a Senior Vice President in the Portfolio Analytics, consulting and Institutional Group at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She is responsible for formulating and developing the firm's values based investing strategy as well as the product offerings across asset classes that align with our client's objectives. She also provides thought leadership and support for a client's locally-based U.S. Trust team of investment professionals.
Jackie brings a broad array of experience including entrepreneur, analyst and strategy consultant. As part of the start-up team at iBasis she led Business Development, growing the global VOiP firm from start-up stage through a successful IPO. She cofounded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise focused on career development for underprivileged youth. Her understanding of the interrelated aspects of social change was first formed as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Congress and her strategy skills, while working with Fortune 500 firms on large scale change projects, and as a management consultant for CSC Index.
Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Jackie was Managing Director at Criterion Ventures, a hybrid consulting firm, accelerator, and think tank where she worked with high net worth individuals and large non-profits as a thought leader, advisor and catalyst of capital and change. While at Criterion, she was instrumental in the establishment of the pioneering social investing fund, Good Capital. She led the development of the emerging field of gender lens investing as a founder of the Women Effect Investments initiative. Through her role in developing and facilitating Structure Lab workshops, she has helped hundreds of organizations think through their legal and financial structures to maximize their social impact.
Mr. Greg Van Kirk, Co-Founder, Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps, 2012 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Latin America), Ashoka Lemelson Fellow and Ashoka Globalizer
Greg Van Kirk is the co-founder Community Enterprise Solutions and Social Entrepreneur Corps. He is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer, Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Ashoka Siemens Foundation "Community Impact Development Group". He and his team are focused on expanding the reach and impact of their award winning "MicroConsignment Model" globally. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, IDB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. Greg also contributes time as "Social Entrepreneur in Residence" for universities and has recently worked with Columbia University, New York University, Indiana University, University of San Diego and Arizona State University. He is a senior advisor for AshokaU. He has taught courses in social entrepreneurship at Columbia University and NYU Wagner. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Guatemala Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. Greg worked in investment banking for five years before arriving in Guatemala. Two deals he led at UBS during this time won "Deal of the Year" honors from "Structured Finance International" magazine. Greg is a graduate of Miami University and currently lives with his family in New York City.