Scott Liebman is Founder and CEO of FORT Systems, a SaaS platform designed to optimize the logistics for sales and distribution in many industries including wine.He believes deeply in community – local and global, sits on the board of the West Point Inn on Mt. Tamalpais and on the board of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, helping protect and preserve wildlife in Africa and other regions.A native Californian, he has lived in Europe and Asia, speaks several foreign languages, makes his own wine, and enjoys photography, backpacking, bridge, biking, volleyball and the outdoors.He, his wife and two kids live in a home made from a reclaimed wood bridge and have a mini farm right in the heart of Mill Valley.He earned is MIA at Columbia University and his AB from Dartmouth College.
Michael Lipson is VP BizDev at Exicon, a mobile services firm. He’s started-up companies for 25 years, subsequent to investment banking at GECC for 10 years. He’s worked alongside numerous founders in groundbreaking industries: CD-ROM, Internet, speech-tech, mobile, psychometrics, LOHAS.He helped launch the first multiplayer online game company, interim CEO’d the first business to post music online, worked at Paul Allen’s Interval Research think-tank and has helped over 250 companies with strategy and deal making. But, Michael is more than business.He’s passionate about living authentically and fully. He facilitates personal growth work, coaches, speaks and recently took his young family on a learning odyssey around the World.
Glenn Martinez is Co-founder of Branditecture which provides award winning design and branding solutions to regional, national and global companies . For many years Glenn was Creative Director and Brand Ambassador for SUN. During this tenure, Glenn was responsible for creative direction of Sun’s brand, marketing, industrial design, user experience and packaging. Glenn helped orchestrate Sun philanthropic endeavors, including Sun’s support of the TED Prize. In the unlikely event of an unscheduled water landing, Glenn may also be used as a flotation device.
Elisabeth Manning is a writer and pioneer on the frontier of human development through what she calls the Fertile Living movement. A former personal assistant to Phil Knight of Nike and a consultant with a handful of high profile individuals for over 15 years, Elisabeth now satisfies her passion for what makes an individual truly successful on all levels by producing and developing self-development workshops. Elisabeth is currently practicing as a Master Certified Spirit Coach, speaker and author.
Robert May is a serial technology entrepreneur, inventor, teacher, and public speaker. He is an expert on “New TV”, intellectual property, and user experience. Conference presentations include World Economic Forum, Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum(HK), Digital Hollywood, MacWorld, CES; TV appearances include CNN, CNBC; interviews include The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Industry Standard magazines/blogs. Mr. MAY’s most recent venture, Ringz.TV, aims to invent the future of television.
Orna Meyer lets her curiosity guide her life. After 10 years as an architect in San Francisco and the birth of her first child, she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Following her curiosity about mind-body medicine, she studied and became certified in all forms of bodywork, studied with five qigong masters and became certified to teach qigong and tai chi, and continues to explore different forms of energy medicine using her own body as an experiment. What she has found is that the farther away she gets from what we think of as medicine, the closer she gets to a real cure. For fulfillment, Orna volunteers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and at The Ross School, where her son is in 5th grade.
Victoria Miller is a designer and creative director with 20 years of integrated brand marketing experience on projects ranging from corporate branding and package design to web strategy and interactive advertising. She has helped many brands carve their niche in the marketplace, designing for the likes of CBS, Cisco, Nestlé, Disney, Mattel, J. Paul Getty Museum, PBS, Restoration Hardware, Wells Fargo Bank, Oracle and Lexus. In her current role as Creative Director of SieckGrowth Branding and Design Victoria leads all creative and production for the firm and is responsible for Seed, an innovative brand development process for new products in sustainability and healthy food categories. In addition to her commercial work, Victoria is also a photographic artist. Victoria’s work has been awarded a Clio, is included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Permanent Collection of Design, and has been published in many industry publications and annuals.
Stephanie Anderson Pugash A “gentleman farmer” in Sonoma growing premium chardonnay grapes and olives, keeping bees, dealing with rats, bats and sudden Oak death, Stephanie has always enjoyed the outdoors. She grew up in NM, started an Arabian show horse business in her late teens and crewed many hours for hot air and helium balloons. She helped her father and brother launch their history making balloon flights. She is a Foundation Board member of the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Moving to Marin in 1986, she started volunteering and raising funds for non-profits like the Junior League of San Francisco, Sunny Hills services, SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council and others. She transitioned “Hearthstone”, a real estate company, to new owners and co-founded, ran, and sadly had to close SonomaJazz+ a music festival. She loves her three children, her friends and life! www.sobrevistafarms.com
Peg Alford Pursell is the founder and producer of the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series , founder of North Bay Writers , and an award-winning writer and educator. She is a fiction editor for Prick of the Spindle Literary Journal, serves on the advisory board of Litquake, and as a director on the board of California Writers Club-Marin. In previous lives, she was a science writer for a Southern Atlantic coastal research consortium, a volunteer coordinator for a large city’s homeless shelter, and began the writing program at the Charleston School of the Arts.
Tom Short is a senior business consultant for BT Global Services, a division of British Telecom. Tom works with clients on enterprise collaboration, leveraging BT’s world-class network, computing infrastructure and partner eco-system. Over the last 25 years he has consulted to blue chip companies in a variety of industries, helping them operate in a leaner, more collaborative fashion. He has lived in Marin since 2006, and is an avid motorcyclist, hiker and skier.
Ron Sheridan is a co-founder of Pree Media of Sausalito. Ron Sheridan was a co-founder of, and the Director of Business Development for Oversee.net from 2001 to 2009. At Oversee.net Ron launched and managed DomainSponsor.com the largest third party domain parking platform, and created and managed the domain industry’s leading annual trade show, DomainFest.com, which is held every year. Since leaving Oversee Ron has become an advisor to and investor in several early stage dot com startups: Manage.com, Attensa.com, CitySourced.com
Rob Sidon Owner/Publisher/Editor of Common Ground Magazine, Owner at High Ground Consulting.Former Manager and Marketing honcho at Disney. Personal Interests: Spiritual philosophy combined with social service.
Amy Slater has been in high-tech sales leadership for over 25 years and has had the privilege and honor of working for some of the greatest brands in technology like AT&T, Cable and Wireless, Cisco, Salesforce.com and TiVo. She has recently gone out on her own to run www.amyslaterconsulting.com to expand her sales strategy consulting, coaching and speaking practice. She is a recently published author of the best-selling book, Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis. How to move Forward in Times of Uncertainty. Amy lives in Marin and has one daughter at home, with two enjoying college life outside of California, and she is a Public Policy advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jo Streit is an award winning producer/director of compelling visual stories that promote social change. As founder & Executive Producer of Streit Productions: Visual Media for Social Change, she uses her journalism and broadcast skills to maximize clients’ educational goals through storytelling.She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations and foundations. In addition, Jo is a working voiceover talent and actor represented by Tonry Talent in San Francisco.
Jessica Switzer is a founding partner of the sustainability-centric communications agency Blue Practice. She specializes in product and company launches, integrated marketing campaigns, and public relations and crisis communications. She is an active member of the TED community and the Switzer Foundation, which is devoted to creating environmental leaders through academic and project leadership grants.She formerly was Vice President of Marketing for Tesla Motors, and Managing Director of the global PR agency Ruder Finn.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and Co-President of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. She is the co-author of Living Deeply: the Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life and author of Mindful Motherhood:Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year.
Wendy Wallbridge, founder of On Your Mark Corporate Coaching & Consulting, Inc. is a strategic advisor and coach to executives from Apple, McAfee, Genentech, Dolby, NetApp and VMware.Wendy has been a pioneer in the coaching field, her groundbreaking coaching techniques have gained her media attention from Fortune Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times, as well as numerous appearances for such organizations as WITI, PBWC, and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Her forthcoming book, “Spiral Up! Rising to Power in your Self, Work and Life” maps the journey women must take to access the inner authority, authenticity and conviction necessary to create a purposeful, passionate life.
Claudia Welss has worked for 10 years at the intersection of business + sustainability and now another 10 at the intersection of sustainability + consciousness. She s a board member of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, focusing on social synergy and co-creating a “synergy engine,” and is on the Steering Committee of the Global Coherence Initiative (Institute of Heartmath) as director of Strategic Partnerships. She is also founder/executive director of NextNow Collaboratory, a lab for “cultivating connective intelligence for collective action.” Her main focus is using information-visualization technologies to raise awareness about the relationship between human activity, states of being, and Earth changes and is a co-producer of 3 consciousness-raising films.
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