2014 Speakers

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Session Descriptions

In alphabetical order

David Anderson is Director of Utah State University Botanical Center.  The Center includes water-wise demonstration landscapes and the award-winning LEED Platinum Wetland Discovery Point classroom.  He is Administrative Officer for the USU Wetland Interpretive Network, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environment & Society, an Adjunct Instructor Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and Professional Practice Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning.  He has have served on Logan City’s Board of Adjustment and currently serve on USU’s Sustainability Council. He has an MLA (Landscape Architecture) from Utah State University and a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Brigham Young University.

Kat Archibald is Director of Product and Design for Degreed. Degreed is a community of college students, professionals, and lifelong learners dedicated to advancing their education. When you join Degreed, you get tools to help you track, organize, share, and validate everything you learn.   She has been an Interactive Engineer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Front End Web Developer for Icon Health and Fitness and for Crowell Advertising. She has a Bachelors in Management Information Systems from Utah State University.

Priyanka Bakaya is a cleantech entrepreneur with experience launching innovative products, building teams and growing companies across three continents. She is currently CEO at PK Clean, which is developing a breakthrough technology for converting landfill-bound plastics into high value fuels at a fraction of the cost of existing systems.  She has been previously been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, awarded the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Award for North America, recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, and named to the Forbes 30 under 30 List in Energy.  She previously served as Director of Jupiter International and worked as a Research Analyst for Lehman Brothers.  She has an MBA MIT and a B.A from Stanford University.

Andrea Barnes is a social entrepreneur serving the non-profit and corporate communities.  She is principal of AB Funding Solutions.  She has served as Executive Director at The MORE Project, Director of Development/Director of Fine Arts Campaign at The Waterford School, Director of Development at the Pioneer Theater Company and General Manager of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. She has an BA and MFA from the University of Utah.

Brian Behle is Co-Owner and Founder Adjacent Consulting, specializing in leadership, culture, purpose, and sustainable strategy.  He also owned Leavenworth Mountain Sports.  He has been an energy consultant, a biology technician and a high school science teacher.  He recently completed a Bainbridge Graduate Institute MBA in Sustainable Business and completed undergraduate work at ecology and evolution at Utah State University and a teaching certificate from Central Washington University.

Steven Bergstrom is Director of the Office of Sustainability for Intermountain Healthcare.  He has worked in healthcare for over 45 years mainly in the Supply Chain. The last 30 years have been with Intermountain Healthcare with experience in greening the supply chain, environmental preferred purchasing, vendor certification/relations, and inventory management. In 2006, he helped establish a system-wide Green Strategies Team. He was promoted to Director of Sustainability for Intermountain Healthcare in 2010. He is currently on the board of Utah Recycling Alliance, the Health Care Without Harm Climate Council, Practice Greenhealth member, a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce- Clean Air & Transportation Committee and serves on several energy committees for the State of Utah.

Charlie Boas is Instructions and Packaging Operations Supervisor for Black Diamond Equipment.  He previously was marketing manager for Creative Energies, LLC, working throughout the West and Sales and Energy Consultant for Solar City in Arizona.  While living in Boulder, Colorado, he was Program Manager for the Access Fund, Operations Manager for Eldorado Wall Company/Total Climbing, LLC and Researcher for Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center.  He serves as a member of the Utah Clean Energy Business Coalition  He has an MBA from the University of Arizona and B.A. in geology from the University of Colorado.

Amy  Broekemeier is Owner of Pinnacle Performance Inc. and Senior Educator/Examiner Polestar Education.  She is a certified Manual Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor.  She previously worked as Staff Physical Therapist at Cottonwood Back and Orthopedic.   Amy holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Utah Physical Therapy Department where she instructs a segment on Pilates for Rehabilitation.   She has received the Utah APTA Physical Therapist of the year award in 2005. She earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor Arts from Creighton University.

Betsy Burton is the co-owner and co-founder of The King’s English Bookshop which has operated almost 40 years.   She is an advocate for localism, participating in leadership and campaigns for the American Booksellers Association and American Independent Business Association.  She is a founder of Vest Pocket Business Coalition and Founder and Board Co-Chair of Local First Utah, with one of the largest statewide local purchasing affiliation networks to date.  She is author of The King’s English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller.

Emily Capito is a capacity building consultant specializing in coaching emerging leaders.  She is currently serving as an advisor at Rising Summits, LLC and Interim Executive Director at Polizzi Clinic.  She previously served as Director of Operations/COO at Odyssey House of Utah, a Therapist at New Leaf Alternative and Development Coordinator at Odyssey House of Utah.  She has served as a P3 Utah strategic planning consultant and as a volunteer program director for the Community Foundation of Utah.She has an MBA from University of Phoenix, a BA from the University of Utah and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Spencer J. Cox is the Lieutenant Governor of Utah and a County Commissioner for Sanpete County.  Before his appointment to Lt. Governor, he served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.  He was Vice President and General Counsel for CentraCom Interactive for 10 years.  He has a a law degree from Washington and Lee University and a B.A. in political science and government from Utah State University.

Bob Farrington is Senior Counsel at Strategies360 strategic positioning firm and Associate adjunct Professor at the University of Utah Collage of Architecture and Planning.  He served as Salt Lake City Economic Development Director and Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance.  In San Antonio Texas we was part owner of Admiralty Management Company.  He has been recognized as an Alumnus of the Year from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he received an M.S. in Urban Planning/Environmental Management.  He earned a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston.

Joe Evans has owned NoBrow Coffee since 2006, now in its second location.  He previously worked in the coffee shop of the Salt Lake Arts Center.  He has also started a new brand for local artists called IFLT to get artists the kind of recognition they deserve. IFLT’s first product will be a limited edition t-shirt, complete with hand-made packaging and a short artist bio. Future plans include producing a limited edition EP by local act The Soundtrack Scene.

Rob Ferris is CEO of Valley Services, one of the first self-identified modern social enterprises in Utah.  He specializes in coaching and instructional design.   He previously served as manager of several other Valley departments. He provides leadership to key local and statewide advisory bodies on mental health, homelessness and offender reentry.   On a part time basis, he has served for many years as Program Manager for the Community Computer Education Program (CCEP).  He served as CEO/Director of Operations at House of Refuge and a System Administrator at the City of Paramount, California.  He is a retired Army Staff Sargent.

Maureen Harte is President and CEO of HartePro Consulting.  She has previously been a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Zgroup, a Session Moderator at Executive War College.  At Johnson and Johnson Ortho Clinical she served as Process Excellence Solutions Manager, Worldwide Product Development Manger fro Value Marketing.  She was  Certified Six Sigma  Master Black Belt and Consultant  for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics of Johnson & Johnson.  She began as a Consultant for Intermountain Health Care.  She has a B.S. in Medical Technology from Utah State University.

Chrisella Herzog is Founder and President of Jabir Publications, LLC, with WhiteHat magazine as the flagship publication  She is also Managing Editor of The Diplomatic Couriers based in Washington, D.C. .  Her articles include:  Asian Cities: At the Intersection of Urbanization and Climate Change, Africa Rising: Prospects for the Hopeful Continent, ‘The Courage to Fail': The World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013, After LIBOR and ICAP, What’s Next for Financial Transparency Reform? and Duck and Cover: Cyber Instability.  She has working proficiency in German, Persian/Farsi and Pashto.  She has a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah.

Lewis Hower is Executive Director of the James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center (Center) and Managing Director of the University Impact Fund. The role of the Center is to accelerate and advance the understanding and application of principles of free enterprise to create scalable and sustainable, global societal change. He previously served as Director of Marketing for the Sorenson Housing Opportunity Fund, an associate at Impact Capital Partners and Finance and Operations Director for Unitus Investment Group.  He has a BSE in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Stephan Jacob is Founder and COO of Cotpaxi, based in Salt Lake City. Cotopaxi was one of the first benefit corporations (registered in Delaware) to operate in Utah.  He previously served as Founder and CEO of Kembrel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was a consultant for McKinsey and Company and Bain and Company.  He has been a web developer, an anti-child labor lobbyist and had a stint in the German defense forces.  Fluent in German and English, he also has working proficiency in Spanish, French and the Bahasa language of Indonesia.   He earned an MBA and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree from the University of South Australia with a thesis on organic agriculture and a Bachelors in Computer Science and Economics from the Universität Mannheim. His awards include the People’s Choice Award – Wharton Business Plan Competition, Wharton Venture Award and Snider Seed Award.

Patricia Jones is a Democratic member of the Utah State Senate, currently serving as Senate Assistant Minority Leader.  She was first elected to that chamber in 2006 after two terms in the Utah House of Representatives. She is the Vice President/Co Owner of Dan Jones and Associates, Inc. a public opinion and market research firm where she is a professional focus group moderator.  Her community leadership includes service on United Way Board of Governors, Salt Lake Council for the Aging, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and South Valley Boys and Girls Club.  She earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Utah.

 Kenner Kingston is President of Architectural Nexus.  In almost two decades with the firm, he has led sustainability efforts within the company, resulting in Double Platinum LEED designation for the headquarters building in Salt Lake City.  He is the only professional Living Building Challenge Ambassador in Utah.  He served as a founding member of the P3 Utah board of directors.  He has a Masters of Architecture (March) from the University of Utah with an emphasis Environment & Behavior.

Scott Kisling is Lean Sensei at BESCORP and Lead Consultant at Kisling Consultants LLC.  He had a long career at General Electric (GE), serving in energy, parts and repair service and generation services as Lean Leader, Digitization Manager, Plant Manager, Service Manager and Field Engineer.  He has been a leader of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Quality, Parley’s Rails, Trails and Tunnels Coalition and Sugarhouse Community Council.  He authored How to Calculate the Effect of WIP Inventory on Lead Time and Little’s Law Explained. He has a BSME, Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.

Steve Klass is the Executive Director of P3 Utah and founding president of Net Impact Utah.  He has operated a management consulting practice for nonprofit organizations, Klass Strategies, since 1993.  He is a judge for the William James Foundation socially responsible business plan competition.  In Utah state government, he served as a Deputy State Planning Coordinator, Executive Director for the Advisory Council on Intergovernmental affairs, and a planning and budget analyst for public health, environmental quality and community and economic development programs.  He has an MPA and an HBA in organizational communication from the University of Utah, with a thesis titled The Self Actualizing Organization.

Kristen Lavelett is Executive Director of Local First Utah.   She began working with Local First on a volunteer basis, and has steadily increased her involvement and commitment to the organization where she now serves as Interim Director. Previously, she worked as Interim Director, where she worked on a statewide level to accomplish the educational mission of the Local First Utah and to enhance partner engagement in the movement as a whole.

Brennan Loyola is Project Administrator for University of Utah Medical Group (Group) where she recently served as Clinical Data Manager and Research Coordinator.  She recently started a Green Team the Group.  She worked previously as a Patient Service Representative and Research Assistant for Intermountain Healthcare.  She has an MBA and a B.S. in Human Development, both from the University of Utah.

Meg McIntyre is the Finance Coordinator for Solar Financial Group, a division of SolarTek Solutions. . Specializing in commercial and residential photovoltaics, Meg was responsible for the installation of the state’s first solar-powered gas station, located in downtown Salt Lake City.  She dedicates her time and energy to perpetuating social enterprise, sustainability, and a solar-powered future. She is a self-proclaimed ‘localvor’ and an advocate for clean air, clean energy, social responsibility and human rights.

Vince Mikolay is Managing Director, Business Outreach and International Trade for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  In the Los Angeles area, he led a team in global strategy and business development for The Walt Disney Company North America Marketing and operated the strategy firm Mikolay Co.  He previously was a Director of Leadership Development for the BTP Foundation in Oxford, Ohio.  He is an Advisor to the Impact Hub Salt Lake and Director on the board for the Leonardo in Salt Lake City.  He has an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business, an M.Ed. In Human Resource Development from Xavier University and a B.A. in Communication from Bethany College.

Tyler Poulson is Sustainability Program manager for Salt Lake.  He recently served as Environmental Sustainability Manager for Park City Municipal Corporation.  He has been a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he founded the firm’s first regional environmental committee.  He holds a Master’s degree in Economics, with a focus on Environmental Economics, from the University of Utah.  He published a thesis in 2009 titled Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategies for Utah Households Operating Under a Budget Constraint.

Ross E. Robson is a Lean Consultant who has served as the Executive Director of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, a recognition and award program that Business Week dubbed “the Nobel prize of manufacturing” in 2000. He also served as Associate Dean for Business Relations of the College of Business from 1989 to 2007 and was a Lean management professor at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Among many honors, he was inducted into the World Academy of Productivity Science in 1999 and recognized by Evolving Excellence of Superfactory.com as one of “10 People Who Matter in Manufacturing” in 2006. He has been a  keynote speaker at over 75 conferences in North America and around the world. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and has taught at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee prior to joining the faculty of Utah State University in 1979.

Chris Sanchez is Director of Catering and Events/Event Designer for Le Croissant Catering and Events.  Previously he was Health Benefit Lead at Select Health.  He cares about and seeks a nonprofit board role concerning social enterprise, humanities,  many Arts and Culture, Civil Rights and Social Action, Economic Empowerment, environment, human Rights, politics or social services.  He has a Bachelor’s in General Studies from the University of Utah and an AA in Business administration and Management from Salt Lake Community College.

Stephanie Stettler is Programming Director and founding team member of Impact Hub Salt Lake.  She previously served as Programming Manager for Social Enterprise Inc./Go Green Conferences in Portland, Oregon.  She has developed programs for the Green Sports Alliance in Portland, Oregon, the Bonnaroo Music Festival In Tennessee, rural Rajasthan, India and for Summit County, Utah open space. She was an Intern at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.  She was a founding member of the P3 Utah Board of Directors.  She holds an M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah.

Lina Svedin is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah.  She was previously Training Director at CISMART Swedish National Defense College.  Her publication topics include:  Accountability in Crises and Public Trust in Governing Institutions, Ethics and Crisis Management, Risk Regulation in the European Union and the United States: Controlling Chaos, Organizational Cooperation in Crises, and Auckland Unplugged: Coping with Critical Infrastructure Failure.   She has a PhD in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University and political science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Stockholms Universitet.

Autumn Thatcher has over a decade of experience within the world of writing, public relations and event organizing. She has worked with everyone from local artists and musicians to organizing events featuring Nobel Peace and Pulitzer Prize winners. Autumn freelances for print and online publications ranging in topics from music and feature stories to technological practices within the event industry. She also works for organizations managing social media, and handling media and public relations. Autumn is continuing her education at Westminster College, where she is a graduate student in the Master of Strategic Communication program. She created Pink Rain PR to help small businesses build their name and brand in the community. www.pinkrainpr.com

Gary Thorup is Shareholder at Durham Jones & Pinegar in Salt Lake City.  His areas of law practice include state, local  and federal taxation, including nonprofit organizations and administrative law.  He is a registered lobbyist in Utah, working with state and local government executive agencies and legislative bodies for over 30 years.  He was previously a Partner at Holme Robers & Owen LLP, an Associate with Prince Yeates & Geldzahler and Assistant Attorney General Chief of the Tax Section at the Utah Attorney General’s Office.  He is former Chair of National Association of State Bar Tax Sections chair.  He has an LL.M. in Tax from the New York University School of Law, a J.D. form the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah.

Hande Togrul, Adult Program Director at the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice.  She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Master of Arts in Community Leadership at Westminster College and in the Department of Economics at the University of Utah.  She previously served as a Research Fellow/Programme Analyst for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.  She has published on Heterodox economics and the crises of capitalism: Rethinking pedagogy in higher education, Domestic Labour and Well-Being: A Case Study of the Evlatlik Institution in Turkey, Feminist Economics and Its Continued Leap.   She is a native Turkish speaker and was a professional team handball player in Turkey for 11 years.  She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Utah.

John Valentine has been a member of the Utah State Senate for 20 years and served in the House of Representatives for 10 years.  He has been appointed by Governor Herbert to serve as the Chair of the Utah Tax Commission pending Senate approval.  He has served in several leadership roles in the Senate including President.  He has sponsored many key laws governing business in Utah, including the initiation of the LLC and most recently, Benefit Corporations.  His work at Howard, Lewis and Peterson in Provo spans almost four decades with specialization in tax, estate planning, contracts, business and corporate practice, government administration.  He volunteers in back country search and rescue for the Utah County Sherriff’s Office.  His J.D. is from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University where he also earned a B.A. in Accounting and Economics.

Bill Wilson is Founder and Principal of Sustain3, employee engagement software and consulting.  He previously served as Principal, leading brand and business development for DwellTek, a solar installation firm that became Utah’s first certified B Corp.  He previously worked as a Customer Marketing Engineer for Intel Corporation in Chandler Arizona where he services accounts in Japan, North America and Northern Europe.  He is the current Chair of P3 Utah and is Chair of the Home Owners Association for his Park City residential community.  He has a BSBA in Management from the University of Phoenix and he studied Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University.

Sarah Wright is Founder and Executive Director of Utah Clean Energy.  She has built one of the most key advocacy organizations aligned with sustainable business in Utah.  She had a previous career as an environmental consultant providing occupational health and ambient air quality permitting services.  Women in Clean Tech and Sustainability named her one of the Top 10 Women in Environmental Government and is a recipient of the Women of Wind Energy Rising Star award.  She serves on the Utah Governor’s Energy Advisory Council and the Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change.  She has an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Utah and a B.S. in Geology from Bradley University. 

Ashlee Yoder is Recycling Program Manager for Salt Lake County. She was also Human Resource Consultant for Salt Lake County. Previously, she was Human Resources Recruitment Representative for the University of Utah. She has served as President of the Utah Recycling Association. She has certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Program Management. She received a B.S. in Communications and a B.S. in Political Science and government, both from the University of Utah.

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