Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

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Emotional,   inspiring,   intense,   motivating, and hope-giving are just a few words to describe Jeremy’s story of overcoming Obsessive  Compulsive  Disorder.    At  the age of twelve, Jeremy developed a severe case of OCD–Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety came first, followed by a stream of methodical actions he felt he had to perform in order to calm his many panic attacks: repetitive praying at bedtime; endless reorganizing of clothes, furniture, and other household objects; walking in patterned movements; obsessive counting; and constant tapping, just to name a few. On most days these rituals occupied up to four hours of his day. His quality of life rapidly declined. He lost over thirty pounds in just over two weeks, his grades in school dropped to the point where he was always in danger of failing, and he became depressed and lost interest in all the boyhood activities he previously loved.  He lived with this crippling illness for almost seven years before his life began to turn around.

Jeremy Bennett is a man on a mission. He takes his audience into a dark corner of the human mind, then draws them back out again with the hope that OCD can be managed. And it can. He is living proof.  In his motivational presentations and in his book, The Power of the Mind: How I Beat OCD (Release date Summer, 2010) he tells his journey and gives hope to those who have lost it.

Jeremy has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University, is an international motivational speaker, a professional Psychological Illusionist, and is currently starring in Vision TV’s ‘Supernatural Investigator: Chaos Magick’ and is in production of a 13 episode television series called ‘Occam’s Razor’ where he travels the world investigating different supernatural subjects.  He is also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Congress and star of ‘Believe’, a made for television special that was broadcasted internationally.

Jeremy believes all success starts with a thought.  It’s how we treat and nurture that thought that will determine what we attract into our lives.

 

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Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include:

The Third Industrial Revolution
The Empathic Civilization
The Hydrogen Economy
The European Dream
The End of Work
The Age of Access
The Biotech Century

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin advised the government of Spain during its presidency of the European Union (January 1st – June 30, 2010). Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.

Mr. Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

Mr. Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin’s global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.

Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania — the world’s #1 ranked business school— where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

Mr. Rifkin’s monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the United States, The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, L’Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Eesti Päevaleht in Estonia, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.

Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the United States and around the world. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.

He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy.

Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations as well as more than 200 universities in some 30 countries in the past 30 years.

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org) in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.

Catherine Ewing

Catherine Ewing

Catherine Ewing, MSW, MDiv, founder of Reawaken Your Dreamer, has spent the last 25 years studying the mind/body/spirit connection. Her passion is to assist others to recognize themselves as spiritual beings and learn to use spiritual practices to heal emotional wounds and their physical manifestations, release limiting beliefs, master their psychology, and move into lives of greater joy, authenticity and purpose. As a Transformational Life Coach, Psychotherapist and inspiring speaker Catherine’s greatest joy is supporting clients and students to transform their deepest wounds into their greatest gifts. Read more

Tom Hinton

Tom Hinton, one of America’s most popular business speakers, is well known for his expertise in the areas of Customer Relations, Leadership, Team Building, Sustainability, and Green Business Practices. Hinton is recognized internationally as America’s Expert on Business Excellence. As a renowned speaker and author, he has addressed over 900 companies, public sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. His high-content, results-driven keynote speeches, workshops and training programs will inspire and motivate your attendees and help them achieve outstanding results that benefit your organization! Read more

Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston is an accomplished, engaging speaker. He’s given keynotes and moderated panel discussions in front of audiences of all types and sizes, from small meetings of the top executives at a corporation to large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people.

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and CNBC.  Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders.

Andrew relies on his real-world business experience and comfort on stage to bring a relaxed (and often humorous) style to his presentations on the overlap of business and environment. He has no boring 5-bullet-point slides and uses mainly visual images that grab the audience’s interest. Andrew tailors his examples and ideas to match the audience, but his “regular” talks run from 20 to 60 minutes; his programs explore how environmental pressures such as climate change, as well as powerful stakeholders, are all driving companies to go green; he offers strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world, while Illuminating the hurdles companies face when trying to go green and sharing stories of how leading companies make environmental stewardship a strategic competitive advantage.

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Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert will:

  • Explore the environmental pressures and powerful stakeholders driving companies to go green
  • Describe the strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world
  • Illuminate the hurdles companies face when trying to go green
  • Share stories of how leading companies use environmental thinking to build a strategic competitive advantage

Andrew makes the case that going green, especially during economic slowdowns, drives innovation and represents a new and fundamentally better way of doing business.

Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top
This engaging talk by a globally recognized speaker and green business expert demonstrates the importance of environmental strategy in hard times, and show you how leading companies:

  • Get Lean: Amp up your energy and resource efficiency to survive tough times
  • Get Smart: Use environmental data about products and supply chains for competitive advantage
  • Get Creative: Rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as “How might we operate with no fossil fuels?”
  • Get Going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company’s, the customer’s, and the world’s environmental challenges

Andrew posits that going green will help your company survive and thrive as the economy gets better, and emerge as a leader.

Biography

Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is the author of Green Recovery, a strategic plan for using environmental thinking to survive hard economic times. He is also the co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green.

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and CNBC. Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders. His clients have included Bank of America, Bayer, HP, Pepsi, Boeing, and IKEA. Andrew also sits on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Andrew bases his work on significant in-company business experience. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. After these more traditional roles, Andrew pursued his passion to explore the overlap between business and environment. He served as the Director of the Corporate Environmental Strategy Project at Yale’s renowned School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Today, Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, reaching audiences of thousands of people around the world and acting as a practical evangelist for the benefits of going green. He also writes extensively on green business strategy, including a weekly column for Harvard Business Online, regular pieces on Huffington Post, and a monthly strategy e-letter, Eco-Advantage Strategies. For his efforts, Andrew was recently named a “Planet Defender” by Rock the Earth.

Andrew received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Riverside, CT with his wife Christine and two young sons.

Andrew Winston is an accomplished, engaging speaker. He’s given keynotes and moderated panel discussions in front of audiences of all types and sizes, from small meetings of the top executives at a corporation to large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people. Andrew relies on his real-world business experience and comfort on stage to bring a relaxed (and often humorous) style to his presentations on the overlap of business and environment. He has no boring 5-bullet-point slides and uses mainly visual images that grab the audience’s interest.

Andrew tailors his examples and ideas to match the audience, but his “regular” talks run from 20 to 60 minutes and explores how environmental pressures such as climate change, as well as powerful stakeholders, are all driving companies to go green. He will describe the strategies and tools the world’s best companies use to innovate and profit in this new, environmentally-sensitive world. Andrew knows how to illuminate the hurdles companies face when trying to go green and share stories of how leading companies make environmental stewardship a strategic competitive advantage.

Peter Thum

 

Peter Thum is a pioneer in showing that business can do good while doing well. He is humanitarian with keen entrepreneurial skills to build two businesses founded on advancing a social mission.

As the founder of Ethos™ Water, Thum turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that not only changed lives but the entire industry. In building a brand, a business and a self-funding philanthropic engine directly connecting consumption to a related social mission, Thum forged new ground and created a model that others could follow. Read more

Jason Puracal

Jason Puracel

Jason Puracal is now a free man after being wrongfully imprisoned in Nicaragua for two years. Jason attributes his freedom to a global effort of people who demanded that justice be upheld. He has now returned home to the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son to begin rebuilding their lives.  Jason will continue his contributions to sustainable development, which began during his Peace Corps service in Nicaragua. He is currently studying for his Sustainable MBA degree at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, volunteering at the Innocence Project Northwest, and writing a book with his sister  Janis.

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Michael Houlihan

Michael Houlihan

Serial entrepreneur, industry reformer, successful brand builder, Michael helps small and medium sized businesses build their brands and achieve profitability. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Barefoot Cellars. His new book, The Barefoot Spirit, chronicles Barefoot Cellars development from novelty to mega-brand status. In 2005, he successfully sold Barefoot Cellars to E&J Gallo, where he consulted for a year to maintain Barefoot’s entrepreneurial character. He is a keynote speaker, blogger, guest lecturer, and regular contributor to business media. His straight-talk business articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Time and INC Magazine.

Barefoot Wine, now America’s #1 Wine Brand was created by Michael C. Houlihan who started in his home with little wine industry knowledge and even less funds. He built an unknown label into one of the fastest-growing brands in America, and has demonstrated success in sales-oriented team building, product distribution, and building a national brand on a shoestring. Currently, he is sharing the Barefoot Wine experience and business principles to help start-ups and established businesses build winning brands.
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Saj-nicole Joni

Saj-nicole Joni

Saj-nicole Joni speaks regularly to business audiences worldwide, challenging them to extend their thinking beyond their comfort zones and to stretch their understanding of what is possible. Read more

Vince Molinaro

Vince Molinaro is a New York Times Best Selling Author and Managing Director of the Leadership Practice within Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. As a Senior Executive of this award winning company, Vince has helped create one of the leading brands in the Human Capital industry. As a leader, Vince sets the leadership bar high for himself and his team. He doesn’t just preach leadership – he works hard to live it. Read more