CRAVE Chat: Going Green and Giving Back
Monday, March 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
Connect with some of the best and brightest intelligentsia and enhance your network with fabulous new resources!
Nibbles and sips provided. | Sorry, no refunds.
About this Chat
Being a founder means that we decided to discover something and trust our gut. We are trailblazers, we wanted to create something new and we did. So as the innovators that we are, let’s be the ones that are at the center of realizing the benefits of going green for our environment and giving back to our community! How your company decides to give back and whether or not you decide to go green is just as important as what you sell or produce. Modern consumers want to know that they are being environmentally friendly and socially responsible when they are shopping. Small businesses have the power to make a difference in a powerful way and a very personal way. Going green helps our environment, giving back helps our community and aligning our values with positive goals make us humble and help our hearts and souls!
Stephanie Katsaros, founder, Bright Beat | @BrightBeatSteph
Stephanie is a passionate environmentalist and persuasive change maker. Inspired by fifteen years in radio (and 1 ½ years of world travel), she founded Bright Beat with the belief that innovative sustainability programs at public events and venues can educate and promote change in the consciousness of the community while improving operational efficiency and conserving natural resources. Bright Beat built and manages the award-winning sustainability program at Allstate Arena, and festivals such as Green Music Fest and Milwaukee Summerfest. A journalist herself, Stephanie attracts media exposure to sustainability stories as well as music and events you should know.
Helen Cameron, co-owner, Uncommon Ground | @uncommongrd
Helen Cameron is the co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville and Uncommon Ground on Devon in Edgewater, the “Greenest Restaurants in Chicago” as certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Uncommon Ground has been operating for 21 years as a community-based restaurant that is committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible, giving guests a high quality dining experience at a relatively affordable price, while educating guests on the importance of a thriving, healthy local food system. Both restaurants have achieved 4-star certification with the Green Restaurant Association and are providing an example of successfully integrating sustainability with the bottom line.
Nancy Goldstein, founder, Compass(x) Strategy | @CompassX
Nancy Goldstein is the Founder and Chief Strategist at Compass(x) Strategy, a Certified B Corporation brand strategy firm that creates sustainable growth for passionate businesses. Nancy has a 20 year track record of successfully growing businesses of all shapes and sizes. Prior to launching Compass(x) Strategy, Nancy was a Consulting Director at Zyman Group, a marketing strategy consultancy founded by Sergio Zyman, the former CMO of Coca-Cola. Nancy honed her business building and marketing skills running some of the world’s most iconic brands including Pillsbury, Old El Paso and CorningWare. Nancy earned an MBA from the Olin School at Washington University and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University.
Katherine Darnstadt, founder, LATENT DESIGN | @latent_design
Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of LATENT DESIGN, an architecture collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic and environmental impact beyond the building. Katherine uses design to make the invisible forces impacting a project at local and global levels; policy, culture, climate; visible through architecture. Her firm is enhancing existing design practice and education to proactively engage in community engage in community based participatory design. Her firm's work spans urban planning, new construction civic structures, commercial interiors, residential, urban agriculture and speculative interventions.
Stephanie Davies, co-founder, Urban Worm Girl L3C | @urbanwormgirl
Community educator, entrepreneur, and health professional, Davies, revels in the wisdom of the red wiggler worms. As Urban Worm Girl™, she educates the community about the ease and benefits of recycling kitchen waste with composting worms. In 2008 Davies developed, Urban Worm Girl™ to spread the word about vermiculture, to reduce landfill waste and to promote returning nutrients to the earth. Since its’ beginning, the companies mission has been to remind each of us of the interconnectedness of all beings, and guide us towards a more mindful way of life. In addition after earning a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois, Davies spent the first 16 years of her career establishing a holistic out-patient physical rehabilitation practice. Stephanie believes in serving her community.
When & Where
Mac & Cheese Productions
Like summer-camp for adults! Get thrown together with people from all walks of life, none of whom know each other, and be immediately comfortable. Mac & Cheese Productions offers opportunities for people who want to grow their community and themselves.