2016 Program

The 7th Annual Women in Green Forum (WIGF) will incorporate keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops around the theme “Business as (Un)Usual: Where Purpose Meets Profit”. In addition to featuring sessions about sustainability in business, throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity to hear from presenters and exhibitors in ‘Work,’ ‘Life,’ and ‘Balance’ themed breakout rooms that call attention to networking and professional skills, personal environmental consciousness, and mind and body wellness. 

 

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

Wake up with a selection of yogurts, cereals, pastries, and organic and locally-grown fruits.

8:00am-9:00am

 

 

YOUTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Students have the opportunity to connect with seasoned environmental professionals through roundtable discussions.

8:15AM-9:00AM

 
Raminta Jautokas, Environmental Manager, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Raminta Jautokas, Environmental Manager, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

 

Sunrise Meditation

Start out the day by channeling your Zen during a group meditation session.

8:30AM-9:00AM

 

 
Carmen Joy, Meditation Instructor

Carmen Joy, Meditation Instructor

 

Art Inspiring Action

World-renowned artist Colette Miller shares her perspectives on the largest environmental issues of our time and how art can help unite our global community to combat them.

9:00AM-9:15AM

 
Colette Miller, Artist

Colette Miller, Artist

9:15am-9:30am

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: NEW COMMUNITY MODELS For CLEAN ENERGY

Discover how new models of collective negotiation are bringing economic equity to the energy sector.

 
Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell

Michelle Moore, CEO, Groundswell

 

9:30am-10:30am

Business as (Un)Usual

Representatives from Fortune 500 companies share how big businesses can lead sustainability innovation.

Sarah Backhouse, Managing Director, Sustainability 50 at World 50

Sarah Backhouse, Managing Director, Sustainability 50 at World 50

Luanna Huber, Director, Environment & Conservation, TDM & Environmentality Integration, The Walt Disney Company

Luanna Huber, Director, Environment & Conservation, TDM & Environmentality Integration, The Walt Disney Company

Rose Mckinney-James, Board Member, MGM Resorts International

Rose Mckinney-James, Board Member, MGM Resorts International

Natalie Mindrum, Director of Environmental Strategy, United Airlines

Natalie Mindrum, Director of Environmental Strategy, United Airlines

caffeine re-fuel + clean vehicle ride & drive

Ride & Drive brought to you by:

10:30am-11:30am

 
 

10:30am-11:30am

Morning Breakout Sessions

 

Track A: Work

Take your career to the next level by honing your networking and professional skills.

 

10:30am-11:00am

Building Your Tribe

Learn how to use online marketing and leverage resources to build an audience of conscientious consumers that will become brand loyalists and help build your business. 

 
Sharanya Prasad, Manager of Campaigns Strategies, Care2

Sharanya Prasad, Manager of Campaigns Strategies, Care2

 

11:00am-11:30am

How to Create a Network Support Bench

As the song once said - we get by with a little help from our friends! Learn how to create a strong base of supporters to help grow your business.

 
Jen Mojo, Founder, Paper Dolls

Jen Mojo, Founder, Paper Dolls

 

Track B: Life

Join discussions and interactive workshops that will teach you how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

 

10:30am-11:00am

How to Become an Eco Beauty Expert

Attendees will learn how to unmask the truth behind labels and choose truly eco-friendly, healthy products.

Deborah Burnes, CEO and Co-Founder, sumbody

Deborah Burnes, CEO and Co-Founder, sumbody

 
 

11:00am-11:30am

Practical Feng Shui

Harness the ancient knowledge of Feng Shui and apply it simply to your everyday life to enhance and balance your experience. Feng Shui Practitioner, Lori Tierney, provides an introduction with practical and personal tools you can adopt for immediate results.

 
Lori Tierney, IIDA, NCIDQ, Provisional WELL AP, President and CEO, Tierney Management LLC

Lori Tierney, IIDA, NCIDQ, Provisional WELL AP, President and CEO, Tierney Management LLC

 

Track C: Balance

Balance the stresses of work and life by learning about mind and body health in hands-on wellness classes.

 

10:30am-11:00am

Morning Yoga

Get out of your seat and move during our morning group yoga class. 

 
Stephanie Greco, Yoga Instructor, Style Firm Yoga

Stephanie Greco, Yoga Instructor, Style Firm Yoga

 
 

11:00am-11:30am

Morning Meditation

In this group class, harness the power of meditation to gain mind/body balance. 

Carmen Joy, Meditation Instructor

Carmen Joy, Meditation Instructor

 

11:30am-11:40am

California Spotlight: South Coast Air Quality Management District

Learn about how the air district’s Governing Board supports cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as what they’re doing to incentivize near-zero and zero emission transportation technologies.

 
Judith Mitchell, Council Member, City of Rolling Hills Estates, and Governing Board Member, South Coast Air Quality Management District, representing Cities of Los Angeles County, Western Region

Judith Mitchell, Council Member, City of Rolling Hills Estates, and Governing Board Member, South Coast Air Quality Management District, representing Cities of Los Angeles County, Western Region

 

11:40am-12:30pm

Disruptive Technology for a Sustainable Future: Women at the Center

In this interactive session, the XPRIZE Foundation will introduce its model of using incentivized competitions to create technological breakthroughs to solve grand challenges that humanity faces. Participants will be provided three technological areas to choose from and work in small groups to explore how that technology can be used by and for women to address those grand challenges, and to create a more positive and sustainable future.

 
Dr. Emily Church, Director, Education and Impact, XPRIZE Learning

Dr. Emily Church, Director, Education and Impact, XPRIZE Learning

Stephanie Wander, Prize Designer, XPRIZE

Stephanie Wander, Prize Designer, XPRIZE

12:30pm-1:30pm

Lunch

Luncheon featuring California’s freshest delights.

1:30pm-1:45pm

WOMEN IN GREEN FORUM YOUTH TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Presented by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Women In Green Forum Youth Trailblazer Award acknowledges one young changemaker for her commitment to engaging the next generation in sustainability and environmental activism.

 
Raminta Jautokas, Environmental Manager, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Raminta Jautokas, Environmental Manager, Environmental Business Development Office, American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Maxine Jimenez, 2015-2016 Senior Action Fellow, Alliance  for Climate Education

Maxine Jimenez, 2015-2016 Senior Action Fellow, Alliance
 for Climate Education

1:45pm-2:15pm

 

WOMEN IN GREEN FORUM TRAILBLAZER AWARD & CARE2 IMPACT AWARD

The Women In Green Forum and Care2 recognize one individual for her outstanding impact on sustainability, environmental health, and women’s leadership.

 
Sharanya Prasad, Manager of Campaigns Strategies, Care2

Sharanya Prasad, Manager of Campaigns Strategies, Care2

Dolores Huerta, Activist, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation

Dolores Huerta, Activist, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation

2:15pm-3:00pm

Entrepreneurship Hour

 

2:15pm-2:25pm

As Seen on Shark Tank: The Green Garmento

All-star eco entrepreneur and contestant on the TV show ‘Shark Tank’ shows off how to give a flawless 10-minute green product pitch.

 
Jennie Nigrosh, CEO, The Green Garmento

Jennie Nigrosh, CEO, The Green Garmento

2:25pm-3:00pm

SXSW Eco Presents: All-Star Eco Entrepreneurs

SXSW Eco presents a series of pitches from some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in sustainability.

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Executive Officer, Facilities Management, UCLA

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Executive Officer, Facilities Management, UCLA

Dr. Christine Boyle, Founder & CEO, Valor Water Analytics

Dr. Christine Boyle, Founder & CEO, Valor Water Analytics

 
Dr. Lisa Dyson, CEO, Kiverdi

Dr. Lisa Dyson, CEO, Kiverdi

Lisa Laughner, President & CEO, Go Electric Inc.

Lisa Laughner, President & CEO, Go Electric Inc.

3:00pm-4:00pm

Smoothie Break + Clean Vehicle Ride & Drive

Smoothie Break sponsored by:

 
 

Ride & Drive brought to you by:

 

3:00pm-4:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

 

Track A: Work

Take your career to the next level by honing your networking and professional skills.

 

3:00pm-3:30pm

Jumpstart Your Startup

So you want to be a start-up.  Where do you start?

 
Susan Conner-Steeb, Director, Financial Operations, Cleantech Open

Susan Conner-Steeb, Director, Financial Operations, Cleantech Open

 

3:30pm-4:00pm

Energy Upgrade California: How to Create Successful Partnerships to Roll Out Statewide Energy Programs

Energy Upgrade California is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources. Get insights into how your organization can partner with them to influence behavior change for a cleaner California.

 
Jean Vreeland, Marketing & Channel Integration Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

Jean Vreeland, Marketing & Channel Integration Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy

 

Track B: Life

Join discussions and interactive workshops that will teach you how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

 

3:00pm-3:30pm

Farmers Market Connection

Love heading down to your neighborhood farmers market on the weekends? Learn how to navigate farmers market to buy local, sustainable, and seasonal.

Elizabeth Bowman, Manager, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

Elizabeth Bowman, Manager, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

Ariell Ilunga, Senior Assistant Manager, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

Ariell Ilunga, Senior Assistant Manager, Hollywood Farmers' Market, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles

 
 
 

3:30pm-4:00pm

Cancer Prevention: A Non Toxic Revolution

Shaney jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation™, addresses the harmful, toxic, and carcinogenic chemicals within our everyday products and their link to the initiation of cancer. Attendees will be informed, educated and inspired with a live DIY demonstration and round up of non-toxic beauty and lifestyle product alternatives.

 
Shaney jo Darden, Founder & CCO, Keep A Breast Foundation

Shaney jo Darden, Founder & CCO, Keep A Breast Foundation

Track C: Balance

Balance the stresses of work and life by learning about mind and body health in hands-on wellness classes.

 

3:00pm-3:30pm

Afternoon Yoga

Get out of your seat and move during our afternoon group yoga class.

 
Stephanie Greco, Yoga Instructor, Style Firm Yoga

Stephanie Greco, Yoga Instructor, Style Firm Yoga

4:00pm-4:50pm

Blue Ocean Strategy: New Products for a New World

When you’re the first in your field, you set the rules. Hear from technology pioneers who are setting industry standards in brand new markets.

 
Michellene DeBonis, Founder, Zeste Consulting

Michellene DeBonis, Founder, Zeste Consulting

Valerie Feldmann, Acting President and COO, Ogin Energy Inc.

Valerie Feldmann, Acting President and COO, Ogin Energy Inc.

Kim Salzer, Chief Marketing Officer, Hyperloop One

Kim Salzer, Chief Marketing Officer, Hyperloop One

4:50pm-5:00pm

Closing Remarks

 
Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board

Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board

 

5:00pm-5:05pm

Founder's Address

The Women In Green Forum’s Founder reflects on the stories, experiences, and lessons shared during the 2016 Forum.

 
Jaime Nack, Founder, Women In Green Forum

Jaime Nack, Founder, Women In Green Forum

 

5:05pm-6:00pm

Evening Reception

Enjoy light refreshments and good company during our evening reception.

Reception sponsored by: