Hosted by John Perkins, Dan Wieden & Samantha Thomas
Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Charlie Hales is the mayor of Portland; he took office Jan. 1, 2013. He previously served on the Portland City Council from 1993 to 2002. Hales took graduate studies in public administration at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and holds a bachelor’s in political theory from the University of Virginia.
Mayor Hales’ current priorities are economic opportunity — including livable wages, ex-offender hiring incentives, benefit corporations — and livable neighborhoods — building sidewalks, ending veteran homelessness, developing underserved neighborhoods. He has also prioritized developing police-community relationships.
Prior to serving as City Commissioner, Hales was vice president for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Between his service as City Commissioner and his election to the office of mayor, Hales was a senior vice president with HDR, Inc., an engineering firm, where he managed planning and design of new streetcar lines across the country. He lives in Portland with his wife, Nancy, and cat, Bogart.
John Perkins – Dream Change founder & New York Times Best Selling Author
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies, spent many months on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, and are published in over 30 languages.
John’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list) is a startling exposé of international corruption. His The Secret History of the American Empire, also a New York Times bestseller, details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first truly global empire. His Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. The solutions are not “return to normal” ones. Instead, John challenges us to soar to new heights, away from predatory capitalism and into an era more transformative than the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. His writings detail specific steps each of us can take to create a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.
John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, has lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation, including Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications, as well as in numerous documentaries including The End of Poverty?, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Apology of an Economic Hit Man.
Dan Wieden – Co-Founder and Chairman of Wieden+Kennedy
Dan quickly found himself at a local agency working with his creative partner, David Kennedy, on a regional sneaker account. When the agency–client relationship began to sour, Dan and David seized the moment, scraping together $500 apiece to open their own shop, (fittingly) on April Fools’ Day, 1982. They took the upstart sneaker company, called Nike, with them. Soon after, their only client introduced himself by announcing, “I’m Phil Knight. And I don’t believe in advertising.” After Dan and David exchanged panicked glances and contemplated the fate of their collective nine children, they set about making some of the greatest advertising that doesn’t believe in advertising ever made.
Three decades later, the agency that started with five employees and a shared pay phone down the hall has offices in Portland, New York City, London, Amsterdam, Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo and São Paulo and nearly 1,200 employees around the world. Under Dan’s leadership, the agency has grown to be a global brand in its own right, operating 24 hours a day in dozens of languages on projects as varied as branding international companies, running an experimental advertising school, producing documentaries and TV series and even incubating technology start-ups.
As nice as the growth has been, Dan’s motivation has always been to create a different type of advertising agency, a place “where people can do the best work of their lives.” Dan threw out the structure and bureaucracy that plague larger agencies in favor of a chaos theory that puts the work first and empowers anyone to come to the table with a great idea.
Clearly, something is working. In 2012 Wieden+Kennedy was named both Independent Agency and Agency of the Year at Cannes, and Dan himself was awarded the Cannes Lion of St. Martin for his lifetime of achievement, further proof that Dan’s vision of an independent, creatively led agency can make meaningful, challenging work for its clients—and that it can be profitable. Over the past five years, W+K’s annual capitalized gross billings rose 55% to $3.2 billion, working with a diverse client base comprising some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Coca-Cola, Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, ESPN, Facebook, Heineken, Honda, Nike, Old Spice and Procter & Gamble.
Despite all his success, Dan remains a regular guy. His door is always open to his employees and he is unflinchingly honest with clients. In an age when integrity is seldom found in the advertising business, Dan’s fight to remain independent and provide a place where fellow dreamers can find their voice has resulted in an environment where people and clients alike can flourish and make some of the best work of our time.
Dan Price – Founder & CEO, Gravity Payments
Founder and CEO, Dan Price, started Gravity Payments from his dorm room after witnessing thousands of hard-working small business owners being overcharged and under served by their credit card processors. His goal was simple: Level the playing field by making processing and financial services fair for community business owners. Over 12,000 independent businesses across all 50 states trust Gravity to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration by making it easy and simple for them to accept payments.
Dan built Gravity Payments with a values-based philosophy in mind. Rather than confusing community business owners with industry jargon or hidden fees, Gravity practices honesty, transparency, and doing business with integrity. These simple values have set Gravity Payments apart from many other processors, making Gravity the most trusted name in the payments industry.
Gravity Payments is headquartered in Seattle, with a dozen field markets from Hawaii to St. Louis. Dan was also honored by President Obama with the 2010 SBA National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recently was Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of 2014”. Recently, he disrupted the payment inequality discussion worldwide by raising the minimum salary for each one of his 120 employees $70k and cutting his $1M salary down to $70k. Since, he has been featured on the TODAY Show, Larry King Now, CNN, NBC, NY Times and more.
Freddy Ehlers Zurita, Minister of Well Being for the Government of Ecuador
Since June 2013 Freddy Ehlers Zurita is Ecuador’s State Secretary for the Presidential Initiative for the Construction of a Society of Well Being. Previously, he was Minister of Tourism from 10 May 2010 until June 2013. In 1996 and 1998 Ehlers stood candidate for the office of President of Ecuador. Between 1 February 2007 and 7 May 2010 Ehlers was the Secretary-General of the Andean Community of Nations
Freddy Ehlers has been a journalist for thirty years in which he has produced over a thousand documentaries. In 1979 he started the series “Let’s talk about ourselves”, which was the first program to show the cultural and natural values of the Andes. Between 1980 and 1988 he was director of the Program of Andean Television. In 1990 he began with the production of the series “La Televisión”, which emphasized environmental issues. It has been the most successful show by audience measurement in the journalism and opinion category in Ecuador between 1990 and 2006.
On 19 June 2013 his term as Minister of Tourism ended and he was named State Secretary for the Presidential Initiative for the Construction of a Society of Well Being. In his new capacity he started the television series “Acuerdo para el buen vivir” on 15 October 2014. The program was meant to start a dialogue on how to reach a society of Well Being.
He received the Global 500 Roll of Honor by the UNEP in 1993 for his work in raising awareness amongst Ecuadorians for the environment.
David M. Howitt – Founder & CEO, Meriwether Group; Author
David M. Howitt, founder & CEO of Meriwether Group, is an inspiring thought leader and guiding mentor in the world of commerce. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience providing business strategy and brand counsel to startups and Fortune 100 companies.
Through a unique brand ethos and delivery system, David and Meriwether Group provide strategic vision and support to entrepreneurs, and provide funding for the next wave of innovative consumer-oriented companies.
David’s ability to foster the growth of iconic consumer brands started with him leveraging a law degree to serve as Corporate Counsel for Adidas. During a nine-year tenure, he practiced the essential merging of right-brain principles with left-brain practicality, a methodology he calls Intuitive AnalyticsTM. It is through whole-brain activation that he has achieved profound success in personal and professional endeavors. Intuitive AnalyticsTM and whole-brain consulting are key guiding principles of Meriwether Group’s ethos, principles David believes are essential to driving and actualizing success.
He has provided financial expertise, operational guidance and strategic vision to a wide range of companies including Oregon Chai, Stumptown Coffee, Pendleton, adidas, Voodoo Doughnut, Salomon, yogitoes, Klim, Bloch, Dave’s Killer Bread, ABC Carpet & Home, Living Harvest, and many others.
David earned his B.A. from Denison University and J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. He is an inspiring keynote speaker and the author of Heed Your Call––Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business.
Darcy Stallings Winslow – Manager Partner, The Academy for Systemic Change
Darcy Winslow is the CEO/Managing Partner and co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization focused on dramatically accelerating the growth of the field of profound awareness-based systemic change worldwide, with an emphasis on developing the Next Generation of Leaders of the systemic change field itself.
In addition to the Academy, in 2008 Darcy founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies. And in 2012, she co-founded and co-leads the Generative Council as part of the Center for Nature and Leadership, focused on supporting the inner and outer work and growth of women leading organizational sustainability.
Before starting her business and the Academy, she worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation, Global Director for Research Design and Development and General Manager/VP for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment division.
Sarah Severn – Principal, Sarah Severn Consulting
Following 13 years in the advertising industry in London Sarah joined the Nike brand marketing team in Europe to establish their consumer insights department. A passion for environmental issues enabled her to change track in 1995 and relocate to Nike World Headquarters in Oregon as Global Director of the Environmental Action Team. From 1995 to 2000 she championed the introduction of sustainability into the business, from operations and supply chain through to product design and manufacturing. Following that she had a number of senior roles within the corporate responsibility and sustainable business teams, with a focus on leading stakeholder engagement activity and emerging issues and futures work.
As Senior Director of Stakeholder Partnerships in the Sustainable Business & Innovation (SB&I) team, her final role at Nike Inc. she was responsible for collective action within the Systems Innovation function. In this capacity, Sarah led the development of Nike Inc ’s climate change advocacy strategy, initiated the BICEP coalition (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), and the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) apparel business coalition.
After 21 years Sarah left Nike in August 2014 and is now living on San Juan island in Washington state. As principal of Sarah Severn Consulting she is advising Washington Business for Climate Action and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy. She is also a Future Shapers roundtable host.
Sarah is also a Usui and Karuna Reiki master and has extensive training in shamanic healing. She weaves the vast practical experience of stakeholder partnership and collaboration together with the skills and tools of energy work and conscious leadership, enabling corporate leaders to be better equipped for the large scale planetary challenges we face.
Joshua S. Fouts – Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures. He is currently executive director of Bioneers, a 25-year-old NGO focused on practical solutions for people and planet.
An anthropologist, Joshua has worked in both film and the arts. He began his career in Washington, DC in the 1990s where he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural relations at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.
During his 20-plus years career in international and cultural relations, Joshua has personally worked with the peoples of Malaysia, Africa, and indigenous tribes of the Amazon. He has led or directed various intellectual projects in collaboration with governments and universities in over 20 countries on the planet.
Anders Ferguson – Founding Principal, Veris Wealth Partners
Anders Ferguson is a founding principal, Veris Wealth Partners, and leads the company’s strategic marketing and business development. Veris is a registered investment advisor and pioneer in impact investing, serving investors who care as much about investment performance as using their wealth to positively impact society. Anders is a seasoned entrepreneur and financier building companies and non-profits across the broad sustainability sector since 1978. He served as a partner/advisor to three sustainable investment banks and consulting firms.
In 2000 Anders founded Spirit in Business working at the intersection of sustainability, leadership, mindfulness and business performance. He is a co-founder of the Dalai Lama Fellows and Chair of Friends of Sustainable Oberlin College. He advises The Democracy Collaborative and Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, and served as a director of the National Cooperative Business Association and Foundation. Anders graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies. He lives with his family in Leyden, MA.
Bruce Cryer – CEO, Lissa Rankin, Inc.; Senior Advisor at HeartMath
Bruce Cryer is an internationally recognized business executive, leadership coach/consultant, author, speaker, and co-founder of What Makes Your Heart Sing. For eleven years he served as CEO of HeartMath, an innovative research‐based firm offering scientifically-validated products and award‐winning technology to boost performance, productivity and health while reducing stress. In September 2014 he became CEO of Lissa Rankin, Inc., founded by New York Times Bestselling author Lissa Rankin, MD.
Bruce was named a Top 50 Thought Leader in Personal Excellence and has worked with such global leaders as Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, the NHS (UK), HP, NASA, Boeing, L’Oreal, and the Samueli Institute. He is co‐author of the book “From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance” and the Harvard Business Review article “Pull the Plug on Stress”. Bruce has been a faculty member of the Stanford Executive Program since 1997, Stanford’s Health Improvement Program since 2008. He has been interviewed for or written in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Fast Company, Modern Healthcare, Leadership Excellence, and medical journals such as Stress Medicine as well as many other business and health publications. A series of major health challenges starting in 2009 convinced Bruce to transition to a variety of new roles more closely matching his passions. A former actor/singer/dancer on Broadway, he is now enjoying a level of personal balance, wholeness, passion and health he never dreamed was possible.
Marci Zaroff – President, Portico Brands; Founder, Under the Canopy
Marci coined the term and pioneered the market for “ECOfashion”, and is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator and expert. Founder of leading sustainable fashion, home & hospitality brand “Under the Canopy,” and the nation’s first certified organic factory “Metawear”, Marci is also Executive Producer of “Thread Documentary” and the video series “Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta”—unveiling the human and environmental impacts of the fashion & textile industries. Additionally, Co-Founder of “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition” and Co-Creator of “I AM Enlightened Creations,” Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for over twenty-five years.
Currently serving as President of Portico Brands and Director/Advisor on numerous Boards—including the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Fashion Revolution Day, Cradle-to-Cradle’s Fashion Positive, MetaBrand Capital and Teens Turning Green—Marci was also a key figure in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and first Fair Trade Textile Certification. Ms. Zaroff is featured regularly in major TV & print media and in the book “Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World.” She has received countless recognitions, such as New York Moves “Power Woman Award”, The Natural Product Industry’s “Socially Responsible Business Award”, Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star Award” and a prestigious “Henry Crown Fellowship” of The Aspen Institute.
Eric Schnell – Founder & CEO, MetaBrand, LLC
Eric has nearly 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations in the Natural Product and Beverage industries, with diverse experience managing upstart as well as turnaround companies and launching new brands and products.
In 2002, he founded The Healthy Beverage Company and Steaz, the first carbonated green tea and USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade soda and energy drink lines in the US. As Co-Founder & President, Eric drove the company to leading positions in the energy drink, sparkling and iced tea segments of the natural beverage category, with over $20million in retail sales in 2014, all while establishing a quadruple bottom-line business philosophy based on the wellbeing of People, the Planet, ethical Profitability and higher Purpose.
Eric is the recipient of the 2007 Sustainable Business of the Year Award, 3 time annual winner of the BevNET.com “Best Product of the Year Award” and Nutrition Business Journal’s 2014 “Investment in the Future” award.
In early 2011, Eric Co-Founded I AM Enlightened Creations, an all-natural lifestyle brand of organic liquid supplements, flower elixirs and crystal aromatherapy mists sold throughout the United States as well as launched business venture, MetaBrand, a complete one stop brand creation, R&D and manufacturing model focused on taking innovative new food, beverage and supplement products from dream to mainstream.
Eric also serves as Managing Partner in privatge investment fund, MetaBrand Capital, overseeing the investment group’s launch into the early stage capital marketplace to best help the growing demand for “Conscious Capital” supporting the natural channel CPG brands and cutting edge Health & Wellness technologies of tomorrow. First investment was made 2014 into Amazonian super-tea brand Runa, where Eric also serves as board member.
Ian MacKenzie – Filmmaker; Co-Producer, Occupy Love
Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker & media activist based in the Pacific Northwest of Turtle Island (aka Vancouver). His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and film festivals around the world.
His focus covers a range of diverse topics & subjects, though all fall under his mission of uncovering and amplifying stories of the emerging paradigm.
He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s feature film Occupy Love (2013), and more recently released the short film Reactor (2013). Sacred Economics (2012) is one of his most popular web films, in collaboration with author Charles Eisenstein. Ian’s previous short The Revolution Is Love (2011) was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch 2011.
In 2010, he released his first documentary feature “One Week Job” – an inspirational story about a guy who worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. The project received widespread media attention (New York Times, CNN) and the film was aired on CBC Documentary Channel.
Ian MacKenzie also served as head of Matador Productions, overseeing original video series for the world’s largest independent travel magazine. The series“Breaking Free” was shot in countries ranging from China, Panama, Nicaragua, Thailand, Japan, and more.
Aside from film, Ian has created a variety of online projects including Let Me On Survivor and the spiritual travel magazine Brave New Traveler.
Tia Johnston Brown – Director of Global Licensing, Ashoka’s Youth Venture
Tia’s passion and expertise lies with empowering young people to make change in their lives and their communities. Before coming to Ashoka Tia mobilized youth in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2003 she joined Ashoka’s Youth Venture where she helped expand YV to 23 countries-working hand in hand with Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs to create unique and innovative program delivery methods. She then went on to develop numerous Corporate Relationships (Starbucks, Nike, Adobe, Staples) as well as YV’s expansion strategy through global franchise development. Today she is leading a team focused on spreading the Youth Venture model through licensing in an effort to create an “everyone a changemaker world”- a world in which we all feel powerful enough to create change day to day. This work is done by helping teachers and youth workers around the world to create a culture of changemaking within their schools and organizations.
Jean Brittingham – COO, New Legends
With thirty years of experience in every sector and in organizations ranging from 20,000 employees to tiny start-ups, Jean brings a significant range of expertise and insight to her work at New Legends, where the focus is on creating culture by design—not default. Jean has worked with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability, and the Prince of Wales Programme for Sustainability, where she led their efforts in the US; CH2M Hill, where she was responsible for initiatives and programs ranging from –massive infrastructure replacements to sustainable transportation planning for major programs.
Through Brittingham Partners Jean has worked with multinationals such as Nike and Ford, as well as start-ups such as Katerva. Jean’s project, SmartGirls Way was focused on helping women entrepreneurs with sustainable solutions to scale. Earlier in her career Jean worked with State Government in a significant effort to streamline, downsize and modernize agencies. She is a committed traveler and loves creating meaningful connections and communities. Her current passion is applying the intelligence of diversity, innovation and culture for resilient and powerful cultures.
Leb Tannenbaum – Founder & CEO, New Legends
Leb brings 27 years of consulting experience, plenty of heart and a passion for making what appears to be complex, simply powerful. Leb started New Legends two years ago with a vision for putting together “a community of creative professionals”. He and Jean Brittingham are co-founders and bring a balance and depth of relationship to everything New Legends offers.
With a focus on intentional culture, Leb is a member of the Denison Consulting organization’s Culture Round Table. This strategic partnership has allowed him to work in large multi-national organizations, mid-size nationals and smaller emerging organizations who get the power of a “culture by design.”
Following and working closely with Gazelle’s, Leb has been offering “simplified strategic planning” for eight years. Moving from the work of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits to the new work on Scaling Up, Leb has blended this approach with the Denison Culture Survey, getting great results with happy and aligned people who work outside the boundaries of their organizations to contribute to their local communities. New Legends loves helping emerging Northwest companies take themselves up to the next level.
Leb believes that leadership lives at every level of an organization and dedicates much time and energy to developing leaders who are both technically competent and emotionally intelligent. He has worked inside and outside as a consultant over the past 30 years. He helped to take an Oregon tech company public in 1997. He then joined that company and rode the wave of being acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. In 1999 he was promoted to Vice -President and named the Dean of their Executive College.
Leb is happily married, the father of 7 amazing children and an enthusiastic basketball player. He is currently squeezing in the writing and production of a course designed to help people build and manage Trust. Unpacking Trust is due out in June 2015.