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Leaders in Motion Oakland

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Join guest speakers from Google, Copia, and Back to the Roots to discuss entrepreneurship and how you can utilize philanthropy throughout your career to enhance your individual development at the Leaders in Motion Connecting for Social Good event in Oakland. You will have the chance to meet our speakers during a Q&A panel and connect with fellow attendees during a reception with passed hors d'oeuvres, local craft beers, and other beverages.

Rotary, the main sponsor of this event, connects people with diverse perspectives to exchange ideas to change the world. At Leaders in Motion, we will bring together leaders from the Bay Area and the global Rotary network to explore opportunities to develop ourselves—and our communities.

Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot. Please note that you must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Registration ends on October 27!

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6:00 - Registration
6:15 - Welcome
6:30 - Speaker Sessions
7:30 - Q & A Panel
8:00-9:00 - Cocktails & Networking


Speakers

Jim Margraff
Director of Product Management, Google

For more than 25 years, Jim Marggraff has dedicated his energy, vision, and inventiveness to developing standards, applications, technology, and products for companies committed to creating innovative solutions, improving learning, and advancing human thought. In 2016, he sold his most recent company, Eyefluence, to Google. He is now a director of product management at Google. Marggraff founded Eyefluence in 2013, developing technology that transforms intent into action through your eyes. With Eyefluence technology, a person wearing a head-mounted display (HMD) such as Google Glass, or other HMDs, can interact with the display and control or interact with objects in their world simply by moving their eyes.

Prior to founding Eyefluence in 2007, Marggraff founded Livescribe, as the inventor of the world’s first smartpen. He sold his previous company, Explore Technologies, to LeapFrog in 1998, where he helped grow LeapFrog from $31 million to $680 million annual sales in five years. His dedication to technology-based learning helped LeapFrog sell over $1 billion worth of LeapPads and educational content worldwide in less than five years. His inventions and content have impacted more than 100 million children and adults in reading, math, and language skills, and have sparked and fueled a passion for lifelong learning for people around the globe.

Marggraff’s entrepreneurialism and innovations have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, Oprah, Bloomberg, CNN, and hundreds of other periodicals, blogs, and broadcast media. In June 2011, he received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Northern California region, and was inducted into the Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was also listed in the MIT 150 — the top 150 inventions and contributions from MIT graduates.

He received his BS and MS degrees in computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, respectively, from MIT, and holds over three dozen patents and patent applications. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise, California, USA.


Komal Ahmad
Founder and CEO, Copia

The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable woman. Komal Ahmad is an unreasonable woman.

As the founder and CEO of Copia, Komal is working to solve the world’s dumbest problem by eradicating hunger while reducing food waste at scale. Using Copia's web or mobile app, businesses and event organizers request pickups of their excess food, and Copia’s fleet of professional Food Heroes deliver it to veterans agencies, after school programs, homeless shelters and other nonprofits serving the hungry. Copia is rated among the top 3 women-led startups in the U.S. and among the top 8 startups graduating from Y Combinator.

Komal has led Copia in recovering over 830,000 pounds of food and is now on her way to feeding 1 million people this year with high-quality food that would have otherwise been wasted. She was recently awarded the University of California's “30 Under 30” Global Food Changemaker, 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business and by Toyota as Toyota's Mother of Invention. Komal is also the recipient of the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.


Nikhil Arora
Co Founder, Back to Roots

Back to the Roots was founded by Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, students at University of California, Berkeley.[1][3] The idea for their first product was inspired by a business ethics lecture by Professor Alan Ross at the Haas School of Business.[4] After the lecture, Arora and Velez approached their professor, separately, about a concept he had mentioned in passing, that mushrooms can be grown in used coffee grounds.[5] Ross put the two students, who did not know each other at the time, in contact and they began to develop the idea in a Velez’ fraternity home.[4]

After watching some YouTube videos, Arora and Velez experimented growing mushrooms in ten buckets; only one of those buckets yielded mushrooms.[6] They took the oyster mushrooms to Alice Waters, who used them in her farm-to-table restaurant, Chez Panisse, giving them a positive review. The mushrooms were also accepted by Whole Foods’ produce section. Arora and Velez obtained warehouse space and began to develop their idea into a company.[4] They began producing about 500 pounds of bulk mushrooms a week.[7]

One of the first Back to the Roots products was a grow-your-own mushroom kit.[8] It used recycled coffee grounds from Peet's Coffee & Tea as the substrate for growing mushrooms and packed this into a cardboard box. By the end of 2011, every week, the company was reusing about 20,000 pounds of coffee waste.[3] By October 2012, the company was collecting about 2.5 million pounds of coffee waste in its collection routes to Peet’s and other local coffee shops.[7] With its first yield taking about ten days,[9] the reusable kits can produce as much as a pound and a half of mushrooms in total.[10]

Since then Back to the Roots has introduced several other indoor gardening kits including an aquaponics fish tank[11] and herb gardens in a can or a jar. As of April 2016, the company’s products are sold in Cost Plus, Costco, Kroger, Nordstrom, Petco, The Home Depot, and Whole Foods. The company also introduced a line of ready-to-eat breakfast products and snacks.[4] This included a cereal made from ingredients produced through biodynamic farming.[12][13]

In fall 2016, Back to the Roots began a partnership with Sodexo, “one of the world’s largest food service companies,” to sell its breakfast cereal in US schools. The deal also allows for the company’s grow kits to be introduced in the classroom as part of a curriculum on how food is produced.[2] In early 2017, the New York City public school system replaced two of the cereals offered at their schools with Back to the Roots products. The spots were previously held by two discontinued Kashi products from Kellogg’s. According to the city’s Department of Education, the decision followed “a student taste test” and because the products have a “better nutritional profile and organic ingredients.”[1]


This event is hosted by the following Rotary Clubs:

The Rotary Club of Oakland
The Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown
The Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening
The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

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