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Driving Sustainability Through the Private Sector: Panel Discussion

DC Net Impact

Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Join DC Net Impact, Georgetown MSB Net Impact and The Nature Conservancy for a panel discussion on the role of the private sector in driving solutions to pressing sustainability challenges that benefit the environment, communities and the bottom line. Network with our panelists and professionals in the sustainability and business sectors. 

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Jill McCarthy, Coordinator of Mission and Purpose - Whole Foods Market, Mid-Atlantic Region
Jenny Burns, Director, Mission - Honest Tea, Inc.
Jon Fisher, Spatial Scientist - The Nature Conservancy
Jim South, TNC-Dow Collaboration Lead - The Nature Conservancy
Mikael Baker, President - DC Net Impact Professional Chapter (Moderator)

Jill McCarthy, Honest Tea, Inc.Jill McCarthy
Coordinator of Mission and Purpose
Whole Foods Market, Mid-Atlantic Region

As a facilitator of the company's mission and Core Values, Jill supports stores, suppliers and partners in 6 states and the District of Columbia.  Areas of focus include From Around Here, the region’s local product program, Local Producer Loan Program, Green Mission, community gardens and honeybee initiatives, as well as liaising for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Planet Foundation, the company’s non-profit organizations. Jill is a 2003 graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she received a B.A. in Education Studies, and a 2010 graduate of University of Maryland University College, where she completed her Masters in Business Administration.

Jenny Burns, Honest TeaJenny Burns
Director, Mission
Honest Tea, Inc.

As the Director, Mission at Honest Tea, Jenny Burns drives cross-functional efforts to strengthen Honest Tea's impact and live up to its mission to democratize organics. In prior roles at design firms, Jenny led strategic branding & innovation initiatives for companies such as Popchips, Hain Celestial, Campbell Soup Company, Nestle, Telefonica, P&G and AOL. Drawing on her experience with human-centered design—and inspired by the deep connection people have with values-driven brands—she believes in the potential for progressive businesses and passionate consumers to work together toward a more healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Jenny holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BA in English from Cornell University.

Jon Fisher, TNC Jon Fisher
Spatial Scientist
The Nature Conservancy

Jon joined The Nature Conservancy’s Measures department in 2005, and developed the organization’s first ever “Activity Measures” reports documenting the state of our assessments, planning efforts, and actions worldwide. He spent several years helping the Conservancy assemble and manage our global data, as well as helping to develop information systems that make it easier to access our data online. In 2012 he moved to a spatial scientist role in the Central Science department to spend more time doing research. His work always seems to be evolving, but includes a variety of spatial analysis, researching new spatial data publishing techniques, sustainability and green labeling, and developing information systems. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying ways to diminish the risk of bird strikes at airports through improved wildlife management and bird detection radar systems. He received a master’s degree in environmental engineering (with a stream ecology focus) while researching the same topic, and simultaneous B.S. degrees in Forestry and Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences (with concentrations in ecology and physics) also at the University of Illinois.

Jim South
TNC-Dow Collaboration Lead
The Nature Conservancy

Jim is managing The Nature Conservancy - Dow collaboration for The Nature Conservancy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Jim led efforts to instill sustainability into the operations of two D.C. government agencies as the Associate Director of Energy and Sustainability Management. Prior to his government roles, Jim worked at Accenture for many years where he led Supply Chain and Strategy projects for clients including Daimler-Chrysler, Merck, Staples, Caterpillar, and the U.S. Navy, and helped develop the company's initial market offerings on Sustainable Supply Chains. He completed his MBA at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mikael Baker, DC Net Impact Mikael Baker
DC Net Impact

Mikael became a member of the DC Net Impact Professional Chapter in 2011 and joined the board in 2012. He participated in the Service Corps program in 2011, serving as pro bono consultant to Home Builders Institute, the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders. His career includes experience in IT consulting, management consulting, software development, web development and marketing research. He holds an MBA in International Business and Sustainability from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He also holds a BS in Marketing from the George Mason University SOM. Mikael brings a global perspective, having grown up in the U.S., Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, and Egypt. He is passionate about international development, social entrepreneurship, microfinance, information technology, conservation and bicycle advocacy.


The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy has chapters in all 50 states and in more than 35 countries, and has protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide since the organization’s founding in 1951. The Conservancy takes a positive, collaborative and science-based approach to addressing environmental challenges in order to protect our planet and ensure a more sustainable future for all.

Georgetown MSB Net ImpactThe mission of McDonough Net Impact is to promote positive change and social impact through business. We support students seeking mission driven careers across all job functions by hosting career and social events and providing hands-on professional experiences.

Whole FoodsFounded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 80,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 360 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Honest TeaHONEST Tea strives to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages and extend economic opportunities to communities in need. Founded in 1998, Bethesda, MD based company HONEST Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company specializing in beverages that are 'just a tad' sweet. Honest Tea's product lines include: HONEST Tea ready-to-drink bottled teas, HONEST® Ade and HONEST® Kids organic thirst quenchers, and new HONEST® Fizz naturally sweetened zero calorie sodas. All tea, juice drinks and kids varieties are USDA Organic, and all tea varieties are Fair Trade Certified™. In addition to being ranked by The Huffington Post as one of the leading "8 Revolutionary Socially Responsible Companies," HONEST Tea is a multi-year winner of awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. HONEST Tea has won Men's Health "Best Green Tea" for five years running and in 2012 was named one of Women's Health Magazine's "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women." HONEST Tea is an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Company.

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Busboys and Poets, 5th and K location (Cullen Room)
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.


At the heart of our community are over 60,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future. Together, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world.


The DC Net Impact (DCNI) professional chapter works to inspire, educate and equip professionals to use the power of business to make the vision of a more socially and environmentally responsible world a reality. Whether you’re looking to meet like-minded people through networking events, build your skills through workshops and webinars, or use your business expertise to make local change, DCNI will connect you to the people, ideas, and programs to help you succeed.

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