Alexa Clay is an economic historian, author, and consultant with a passion for new economics and social entrepreneurship. She directs work at Ashoka on social intrapreneurship and new economy and previously authored The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers, a report sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, Allianz, and IDEO. Alexa is also the co-author of the upcoming The Misfit Economy.
Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Palo Alto, California. He is a former rocket scientist who founded several successful high technology companies and received a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition for his work with social enterprises.
Ebele Okobi is Director of Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program, leading Yahoo!’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet, and working to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Before joining Yahoo!, Ebele worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris, and London, attorney fellow at Consumers Union in San Francisco, Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst in San Jose and Amsterdam, and at Nike’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam.
Ted leads BSR’s consumer products and innovation practice. Passionate about using innovation and design thinking to integrate sustainability in businesses, Ted creates cascading impact by taking on systemic challenges to innovation, tangibly connecting people to their environmental impact, and designing ways to support positive behavior change.
As Executive Creative Director, Nick de la Mare leads frog’s cross-disciplinary teams in the pursuit of strategic design solutions across product, service and experience. His work focuses on the convergence of digital and physical media to create branded experiences for Nike, Chase, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Sony, Samsung and Adobe, among others.
Liz joined Net Impact in 2004. During her tenure, Net Impact has more than tripled in size, formed partnerships with over 50 global corporations, grown its chapter network to more than 280, and launched new initiatives for campus greening, curriculum change, workplace sustainability, and undergraduate chapters. In 2010, Liz was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and in 2011 was named was named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere.
As Chief Ethics Officer for Best Buy, Kathleen Edmond develops and directs global vision for the company’s ethics and business conduct and is a key partner in the corporate social responsibility work. She helped build the company”s ethics office after joining the company in 2002. She is well recognized in the field for leading edge communications and transparency.
Peter Kim is Chief Strategy Officer at the Dachis Group, a leading social software and solutions firm. He is recognized as a leading thinker and analyst on social business, which he discusses on his blog, Being Peter Kim. Peter has been quoted in the press by media outlets including CNN, CNBC, NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Kal Patel leads the global development and European expansion of LRN. Kal was a senior executive at Best Buy, driving Best Buy’s innovation and global growth, heading up strategy, emerging business, Best Buy Venture Capital Fund, and ultimately serving as President of Best Buy Asia and CEO of Five Star, Best Buy’s business in China.
Raj Kapoor is an entrepreneur, Internet industry pioneer and blogger. He invests in the online advertising, e-commerce, consumer internet/digital media and internet infrastructure services and software segments. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Raj was co-founder and CEO of Snapfish, a leading global online photo service. Raj orchestrated the sale of Snapfish to Hewlett-Packard in March 2005.
Joe Werner is a Relationship Manager with Silicon Valley Bank’s Accelerator team. He manages relationships with and provides venture debt financing to consumer internet, advertising technology and software start-ups throughout the Silicon Valley. Previously, Joe was in SVB's Private Equity Services team and managed banking relationships and provided debt financing to top venture capital and private equity firms throughout California.