Speakers

The following are confirmed presenters and guests for TEDxPresidio 2012. Final line-up subject to change. *Listed in alphabetical order by category.


HOSTS:

Deb NelsonDeb Nelson
Executive Director
Social Venture Network

Deb Nelson is the Executive Director of Social Venture Network (SVN), a national organization of business leaders, investors and social entrepreneurs who are committed to transforming the way the world does business. Before joining SVN, Deb was Marketing Director for Working Assets and Western Region Marketing Director for American Express. Deb has a B.A. in English from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. in marketing and management strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She co-founded the Social Impact Leadership Coalition (SILC), a network of organizations that promote socially responsible business practices and economic justice initiatives. Deb served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 1987 to 1989. When she’s not at SVN, Deb enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her husband Nick and her two sons Sam and Will.


William ShutkinWilliam Shutkin (@shutkinpres)
President and CEO and Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice
Presidio Graduate School

William is the President and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. In addition, he is a Senior Advisor at Aravaipa Ventures, a green investment fund in Boulder, CO. William’s career covers an expansive terrain, from sustainability to social innovation, urban planning to economic development, green design to global warming. He has founded and led several organizations at the forefront of the sustainability field and, from 1999-2008, was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. William is the author of the award-winning book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. David Brower described him as “an environmental visionary creating solutions to today’s problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud.” William received his bachelor’s degree in history and classics from Brown University and a JD and MA in history from the University of Virginia. He also completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and graduated from the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. William was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr.


Jennifer TaylorJennifer Taylor
Chief Operation Officer
Presidio Graduate School

Jennifer Taylor is Chief Operating Officer of the Presidio Graduate School. Jennifer’s management roles have spanned business development, product licensing and regional sales management for biopharmaceutical Fortune 500 companies Merck, Abbott and ALZA. A former COO and General Manager, she helped lead several start up ventures. Jennifer brings a track record of success and deep know-how to her role at Presidio. Jennifer was Marketing and Admissions Director at the Graduate School of Business at Santa Clara University where she took an enterprise approach to non-profit management, helping the school exceed enrollment targets and launching the university’s first social media strategy. Jennifer holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Food Science from the University of California Davis.


SPEAKERS:

 

Jennifer Brown (@jenniferbrown)
Founder & CEO
Jennifer Brown Consulting

Jennifer Brown is the Founder & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, a certified woman- and LGBT-owned strategic leadership and diversity workplace consulting firm based in New York.  JBC’s guiding principle is to transform human potential by creating more inclusive and therefore innovative workplaces, while aligning individual performance with organizational results.  The company provides consulting, facilitation, coaching, workshops, products and seminars that unleash the power of traditional and diverse talent.  The Company’s groundbreaking diversity expertise and models have informed corporate strategies at Cisco, Toyota Financial Services, Disney, Wells Fargo, McKesson, Bank of America, and many others. Jennifer is an acknowledged expert on future workplace practices, specializing in career dynamics for women, LGBT, and emerging leaders.


The Honorable José Cisneros (@sfofe)
Treasurer
City and County of San Francisco

José Cisneros is the elected Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco. José serves as the City’s banker and chief investment officer, and manages tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. José created the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, launching programs such as Bank On San Francisco to bank the unbanked, Kindergarten to College, the first universal matched children’s savings account program and CurrenC SF, to provide electronic pay to all San Franciscans. On a national level, San Francisco joined with New York City to create the Cities for Financial Empowerment coalition.


Brooke Deterline Brooke Deterline
Corporate Director
Heroic Imagination Project

As Corporate Director for the Heroic Imagination Project (HIP), Brooke helps boards, executives, and teams at all levels develop the skills to act with courage and ingenuity in the face of challenging situations. This fosters leadership credibility and candor, builds trust, engagement and reduces risk. Brooke believes strongly (and boatloads of research back it up) that you can do better by doing good. Prior to her work at Heroic Imagination Project, Brooke co-founded StreetSmart IR, a San Francisco-based investor relations firm. She’s worked in corporate social responsibility (CSR), combining her strategic focus with her passion for sustainability, leadership, empowerment, and social and environmental justice. A former journalist at SmartMoney magazine and trained mediator, Brooke practices meditation, yoga, and social fitness, greatly appreciates art, family, and nature, and works on her courage. She is happy to report that HIP recently won the Ashoka/Townsend Press Prize in the Activating Empathy competition. HIP was highlighted as an innovator bringing the skill of empathy to students in transformative ways.

Gary EricksonGary Erickson
Founder, Co-Owner and Co-CEO
Clif Bar & Company

Gary Erickson, founder, co-owner and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks for sport and healthy snacking. He started the company as a small bakery. In 1992, the bakery introduced CLIF® Bar to the public. Today, Clif Bar has achieved success in business and garnered national acclaim for its commitment to the environment, its employees, and the community. Gary holds a B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. An accomplished outdoor adventurer, he is a cyclist, mountain biker, climber, skier and backpacker. Gary and his family reside in Napa County, California.

Mark Finser (@RSFSocFinance)
Chair of the Board
RSF Social Finance

Mark Finser was a founding member of the group that revitalized RSF in 1984.  As President & CEO of RSF, Mark grew the organization’s assets to over $120M by 2007, when he transitioned to his current role as Chair of the Board. Mark brings communities of philanthropists and socially responsible investors together to further RSF’s mission: to transform the way we work with money. Mark is also Chairman of New Resource Bank, and serves an advisor to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and to PCGA which now manages TBL Capital, the company he founded.

Porter GalePorter Gale (@portergale)
Marketing Consultant & Author
Porter Gale Consulting

Porter Gale is a professional public speaker, social media expert and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience working in marketing, advertising and filmmaking. From 2007 to 2011, Porter led Virgin America’s marketing efforts as Vice President of Marketing, and before that, she acted as a consultant for a diverse array of clients. She also held the post of General Manager at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners where she worked with clients like Vegas.com. Porter and her work have been profiled in numerous press outlets, and she was awarded the Changing the Game Award by AWNY, along with a spot on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist in 2011. She is currently writing a book called Your Network is Your Net Worth for Atria Books.

Dr. Peter Graf (@PeterGGraf)
Chief Sustainability Officer & Executive VP Sustainability Solutions
SAP

Peter Graf serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President of Sustainability Solutions at SAP. Graf is responsible for developing sustainable solutions that best serve the needs of SAP’s global customers, while also driving sustainable operations within SAP. During his tenure at SAP, Graf has held various management roles. Previously, Graf was the Executive Vice President of Solution Marketing at SAP. In this role, Graf was responsible for shaping the company’s industry solution, application and platform strategy. Based out of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, Graf holds a masters degree in computer science and economics as well as a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.


Chris Hoffmann
CEO
RYNO Motors

Chris is a big picture, creative, results driven, innovator with core technology and product design experience and fifteen years in automotive industry as machine designer. He can create quick visual concepts and precise mechanical solutions with an understanding of manufacturing processes, supply chain logistics, sourcing and how to apply the right technology to the right use-case. He’s always looking at the technology horizon for developments that could kill his idea or make it better.

Van JonesVan Jones (@vanjones68)
Co-Founder & President 
Rebuild the Dream

In this moment, the progressive movement requires fresh approaches and a willingness to innovate. Van Jones has emerged as a leading champion of smart solutions for America’s middle class. He is a co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. Under his leadership, Rebuild the Dream has built an active network in all 435 Congressional Districts, signed up over 600,000 members, and crowd-sourced a “Contract for the American Dream.” As an advisor to the Obama White House, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. A Yale Law School graduate, he has a 20-year track record as a successful, innovative and award-winning social entrepreneur.

Jake Kloberdanz (@jakekloberdanz)
CEO & Founder
ONEHOPE Wine 

Jake is the CEO and Founder of ONEHOPE.  ONEHOPE is a cause platform. Their organization specializes in cause branding, marketing, e-commerce, and distribution. ONEHOPE is the creator of a proprietary practice they refer to as Cause-Centric Commerce. Their cornerstone product is an award winning wine portfolio made in Napa by Rob Mondavi. They’ve grown their brand by 100% for 4 years, and have gone from 0 to over 600,000 bottles a year in that time. Jake has been written about with regards to Cause-Centric Commerce in Entrepreneur, Leaders, and Forbes magazine and was recognized by business week as “Top 25 under 25″, 40 under 40 in Orange County, and many others.


Marc LesserMarc Lesser (@doingless)
CEO
SIYLI (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute)

Marc Lesser is the CEO, a founder and board member of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, SIYLI a non-profit bringing mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainings into businesses and organizations, with the mission of creating the conditions for world peace. Marc is an executive coach and consultant to companies including Google, Genentech, and Twitter.  Marc is a long term Zen student and teacher, a former resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and director of Tassajara. He is the author of Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University.


Evan Low (@Evan_Low)
Vice Mayor
City of Campbell, California

As a community leader, elected official and local Mayor, Evan Low has worked tirelessly for over a decade to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Silicon Valley.  In 2010, the Silicon Valley Metro Newspaper named him one of the “Top 25 People who will change Silicon Valley.”  Evan attended local public schools and earned degrees from De Anza Community College and San Jose State before going on to graduate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  In 2010, Evan made history by becoming the youngest Asian-American Mayor in the country.  He also became the youngest openly gay mayor in 2010.  He currently serves as Vice Mayor of the City of Campbell and as President of the National League of Cities Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials


Ben Mangan (@earn)
President & CEO
EARN

Ben Mangan is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of EARN (www.earn.org). Since 2001, EARN has helped tens of thousands of low income people enter the financial mainstream and move toward prosperity with savings accounts for the unbanked, and matched accounts for low wage workers to invest in education, first homes, and microenterprise. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in policy leadership, innovation and strategic management. Ben was the Midwest Practice Leader for Ernst & Young’s Public Private Development Group in Chicago and served as Director of Organizational Strategy for the international micro-payments company, beenz.com. Ben and EARN have been featured in major media such as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and BusinessWeek. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and SFGate, and serves as a lecturer on the faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Robin Mansukhani (@RobinMansukhani)
Co-Founder & COO
BlueStamp Engineering

Mr. Mansukhani is Co-Founder of BlueStamp Engineering, a 6-week summer program focused on experiential STEM education and entrepreneurship.  He has spent much of his career as a technology entrepreneur and is currently CEO of Alzeca Biosciences, a start-up developing proprietary diagnostic technologies for Alzheimer’s Disease. He has been an invited speaker both domestically and abroad on the topic of commercializing disruptive early stage technology. In the community, he has previously served a term in AmeriCorps, leading health and literacy education for children ages 6-12.  Mr. Mansukhani holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

Gavin McIntyre Gavin McIntyre
Co-Founder, Chief Scientist
Ecovative Design

Gavin McIntyre is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Ecovative Design. Since the company’s start in 2007 he has lead all material and biological process development in the company’s strides to replace synthetics. Gavin co-invented Ecovative’s patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural byproducts into strong biological materials. These materials are 100% compostable, and made with a fraction of the energy of conventional plastics. Gavin has served on roundtables for former NYS Governor David Paterson, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, the DoE, NSF, and EPA. He received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Michael Meyer (@not_the_actor)
Partner
Essential

Michael Meyer is a Partner at Essential, leading their San Francisco studio in the creation of breakthrough physical products, digital products, and service experiences for a wide range of client organizations. He has deep experience in world-class design; directing Adaptive Path to establish its first overseas studio as CEO, guiding frog design’s physical and digital product offering in its California studio as General Manager, and founding the product strategy practice at IDEO’s Boston office. His teams have won two gold and two silver IDEA awards for their work. He also teaches New Product Development at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, fostering in MBA students a unique understanding that marries the business imperative with an appreciation of design opportunities. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from UC Berkeley; an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served as a nuclear engineer officer in the US Navy. He is a pilot, and occasionally daydreams of flying open-cockpit biplanes.

Sam MogannamSam Mogannam (@biritesf, @sammogannam, @eatgoodfoodbook)
Founder
Bi-Rite Family of Businesses

Following a career as a chef, Sam Mogannam re-opened Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1998 in the space his family had operated since 1964. Since then he’s opened Bi-Rite Creamery, founded 18 Reasons (a community education space), and tilled ground on Bi-Rite’s own Sonoma farms. Sam co-authored Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food (Ten Speed Press, 2011). He volunteers on the Board of Directors for the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), for the Good Food Awards, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). He’s the proud father of two girls, ages 5 and 9.

Charley Moore (@charleymooreesq)
Founder & Chairman
Rocket Lawyer

Charley is the Founder and Chairman of Rocket Lawyer Incorporated, a long-time entrepreneur and a legal commentator. His experience as a lawyer working with consumer services, start-up businesses, and small law firms taught him that something was missing — an easy and affordable way for everyone to understand and manage their legal needs. That’s why he started Rocket Lawyer.

Charley Moore has been at the forefront of Internet corporate development since beginning his career as an attorney at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California, in 1996.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Juris Doctorate), San Francisco State University (MS) and the United States Naval Academy (BS).

Brian Solis (@briansolis)
Principal
Altimeter Group

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm.  Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media.  A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture.  His new book, The End Of Business As Usual, looks at the changing consumer landscape, its impact on business & what companies can do to adapt & lead.  Solis’ previous book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide to build and measure success in the social web.


James Steyer
CEO and Founder
Common Sense Media

Jim has spent more than 20 years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children’s policy and media in the United States. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. Over the past decade, Jim has appeared regularly on a variety of national television and radio programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Fresh Air, Morning Joe, and Larry King. He hosts a regular weekly segment, “Kids and the Media,” on CBS-5 TV in San Francisco, and his work has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. Jim grew up in New York City and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he founded the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. Jim is the father of four children and lives with his family in the Bay Area.


Chade-Meng Tan Chade-Meng Tan (@chademeng)
Jolly Good Fellow
Google

Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is Google’s Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. His current job description is, “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace”. He is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, SIYLI a non-profit with the vision of “Enlightened Leaders Worldwide.”  Outside of Google, a Founding Patron of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is also a Founding Patron of the World Peace Festival, and adviser to a number of technology start-ups. He is the author of Search Inside Yourself.


Ann WinbladAnn Winblad (@HumWin)
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused exclusively on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital.  Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new software companies. Ann has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Her background and experience have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.  Ann has a BA in Mathematics and in Business Administration.  She has an MA in Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of St. Thomas. Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies. Ann currently serves on the Boards of Ace Metrix, Karmasphere, MuleSoft, Sonatype, Star Analytics and Voltage Security. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, co-chair of SVForum and serves as an advisor to many entrepreneurial organizations.


Tom WujecTom Wujec
Fellow
Autodesk

Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, the world’s leader in 2D & 3D design technology. As a recognized thought-leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with the Fortune 500 to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of digital design tools. Common to each practice is the application of making work visible, and transforming ideas into images that enhance clarity, engagement and persistent intelligent action. Tom has brought several software applications to market including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and is a pioneer of business visualization the emerging practice of using images, sketches and data-driven infographics to help teams make better sense of their work. Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking and is a highly sought after international speaker who shares fundamental principles in innovation talks, workshops and knowledge maps. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer and animator, has designed dozens of museum exhibits, and was part of a team that won an Academy Award for its software contribution to the film industry.


SPECIAL GUESTS, PARTNERS & PERFORMERS:

Performing a piece from the 1831 Opera “L’Elisir D’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti: Ariel Bowser and Jens Ibsen, accompanied by Ava Soifer on piano.

Ariel Bowser
Soprano

A graduate of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Vocal Program, Ariel is profoundly grateful for the “life-changing inspiration and encouragement” of Director, Todd Wedge. “Without his support and belief in me, I never would have found my voice or attended college. Despite assumptions that African-Americans don’t do classical music, I’m proof that that is untrue, as I love singing classical music! It prepares one to learn any type of music and the discipline required imparts an essential life skill.” Ariel studies music at the College of San Mateo and hopes to continue her studies at Pepperdine University.

Jens Ibsen
Tenor

As a principal soloist and first African-born member of the world-famous, 514-year-old Vienna Boys Choir, Jens has performed solos at Carnegie Hall, the UN, on German TV, sung in numerous venues from Shanghai to Dubai, on three CD recordings and acted in the feature film, Songs Along The Silk Road and Time. A Senior in the SFSOTA Vocal Department under Mr. Todd Wedge’s superb direction, Jens has perfect pitch, synesthesia, is tri-lingual, adores musical composition, good jokes and cars. A recently-accepted student of Mz. Sheri Greenawald, SF Opera’s renowned Master Teacher, Jens hopes to pursue a professional career in opera.

Ben Malkevitch
Piano

A graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Music, specializing in Piano Performanceand of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master’s in Collaborative Piano and, Ben is not only well-versed in the standard sonata and concerto repertoire but specializes in opera and a wide variety of classical vocal repertoire. A former vocal coach at SFSOTA and rehearsal pianist at Lamplighter’s Musical Theater, Ben is currently the Music Director at the First Congregational Church of San Francisco. Ben is also an Artist in Residence at SFArtsEd and is a highly sought-after performer, accompanist and teacher.


Special performance by the Joe Goode Performance Group, led by:
Joe Goode (@JoeGoodeGroup)
Artistic Director
Joe Goode Performance Group

Joe Goode is a choreographer, writer, and director widely known as an innovator in the field of dance for his willingness to collide movement with spoken word, song, and visual imagery.  As artistic director of Joe Goode Performance Group, Goode has created over 25 works since its inception in 1986. Goode was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, the United States Artists Glover Fellowship in 2008, and is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) winner for choreography.  Goode is also a professor at UC Berkeley in the department of theater, dance, and performance studies.


Andy IsaacsonOn display, photography by:
Andy Isaacson
Freelance Writer and Photojournalist
Andy Isaacson Writing and Photography

Andy Isaacson is a Bay Area-based writer and photographer who covers wide-ranging topics for The New York Times and various magazines, including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, AFAR, Smithsonian, Wired, and Mother Jones.


Andrea Williams

Special performance by:
Andrea Williams
Sound Artist
Web Site

Andrea Williams is an artist, composer, and educator currently based in Oakland, CA. She enjoys using site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Listening, memory, urban ecology, and group collaboration are recurrent themes. Her compositions, soundwalks, installations, and videos have been exhibited and performed both solo and with various artists at galleries and alternative spaces, most recently at the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Joyce Theater Soho, Children’s Creativity Museum, Fountain Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is the Co-Director for the sound art non-profit, 23five, a Co-Founder of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology, and has an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College


Special performance by:
Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks was founded in San Francisco in 1996, and remains committed to working with Bay Area youth to find, develop, publicly present and apply their voices as leaders for social change. Through a series of programs that integrate arts education, civic engagement, youth development practices, and artistic presentation, Youth Speaks works with close to 40,000 Bay Area youth each year. At Youth Speaks, the life of young people is the primary text.

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