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Sustainable Enterprise Coalition

Purpose
The coalition exists as part think-tank part living leadership circle devoted to bridging the progressive world of sustainability with the traditional world of everyday America in a way that makes deep and lasting change; embedding new sustainable patterns in all aspects of day to day life.

Intention
Establish the Coalition as a powerful presence in the community, with a reputation for creating bridges and strengthening networks, where gaps of communication or understanding may exist.

Target
Leaders in business, civic, and political circles who can help effect change.

Strategy
Brand the coalition as expert and effective within leadership circles. Establish a presence that is clearly defined in relation to other leadership organizations.

Professor Robert Girling

School of Business and Economics

Sonoma State University

Professor Robert Girling: received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 different countries and most recently has served as a consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank on sustainable development strategies for the island of Dominica and as an organizer of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference on tools for sustainability of businesses and communities.

His previous professional experience includes teaching at the Federal University of Bahia where he was International Project Director, and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the University of the West Indies and American University in Washington D.C. He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women. He has served as Director of Regional Development for the Government of Jamaica, president of the faculty union, as co-chair of the University Academic Planning Committee, as a member of the California State University Senate, and on the boards of non-governmental organizations.

Professor Girling is the author of over 50 articles and books including Structures of Dependency (1973); Multinational Institutions and the Third World (1985); Education, Management and Participation(1990); A Escola Participativa (1998).

Debora Hammond

Debora Hammond is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies. She received a doctorate in the History of Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. Her graduate research focused on the history of systems thinking, and her dissertation has recently been published as The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications of General Systems Theory.

Dr. Hammond’s teaching revolves around the core issues of ecological sustainability and social justice – how to create a healthy society that works for everyone. She has recently been teaching upper division seminars on Health and Healing, The Global Food Web, and A Systems View of the World. For the past three years, Dr. Hammond has been coordinating the Northern California Earth Institute, an organization that nurtures community dialogue on themes relating to the environment and sustainable living.

Sofia Dumitru

Owner and Creative Talent

Authentic Branding

Since 1996, Sofia Dumitru has served as an independent marketing consultant in the Bay Area. With an early background in software retail and “B2B” technology, Sofia developed marketing and brand awareness programs in highly competitive and saturated markets – where defining successfully defining ‘unique offering’ and building a consistent market presence are critical factors for an entity’s success.

Since 2001, Sofia’s work has expanded to include sectors close to her heart including Sustainable products and services, Non-profits and government entities serving children and teens, Music and Entertainment, and more.

Alana Jelinek

Alana Jelinek brings many years experience to the Coalition as a corporate identity designer, art director and social marketer. Beginning her career at advertising agencies, design firms and in-house agencies in both New York and San Francisco working on fashion, cosmetics and consumer products accounts, she has been an independent designer for the past eight years focusing her talents in corporate identity design on work for both non-profit and for-profit clients.

Among her past and present clients are Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, The Business Arts Council, Marin Abused Women's Services, CORA (San Mateo), The Bay Area Discovery Museum, SF American Marketing Association, Friends of Recreation and Parks in San Francisco, Changemakers Foundation and the Sustainable Enterprise Coalition as well as many others.

Jen Thille

Site Management

Green MBA

Janet Beazlie

Janet Beazlie has more than fifteen years of training and consulting experience in business in change management and organizational effectiveness. She has a wide field of experience: she has been Executive Director of the World Business Academy, served as System Administrator for the Sonoma County Office of Education’s School to Career Program, and developed her own business leading night hikes for women.

Janet has recently earned her MA in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center as well as a certificate in “Building a Sustainable World.”

Janet is a naturalist and her special interest is how to encourage an ecological consciousness in all human organizations. Janet has been a Sonoma County resident since 1993 and lives with her husband, David, in the woods near Forestville.

Rusty Shores

Site Management

Green MBA

Oren Wool

Director of Operations

Sustainability Officer

Indigenous Designs

Oren Wool directs the logistical operations for Indigenous Designs, a Fair Trade and Organic clothing company located in Santa Rosa, California. He works with cooperatives in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and India bringing organic artisan crafted contemporary clothing to the fashion industry.

Oren Wool was brought to the Organic Industry in northern California in 2002. He is a student and an advocate of plant medicine and organic farming. He was a resident at the California School of Herbal Studies and he seeks out conferences and lectures that focus on integrative plant medicine and sustainable business practices. In his position as Chief Operating Officer at Simplers Botanical Company, Oren was pleased to spend his time implementing green business practices, supporting organic agriculture and promoting the use of plants as medicine.

Oren Wool traveled to Fez, Morocco where he presented at MAP 2005 on the growing North American market for products with certified organic and sustainable harvested ingredients from aromatic and medicinal plants. MAP 2005 was a USAID funded conference facilitated by AED to bring together international experts and key Moroccan stakeholders from public sector, private sector and universities in Morocco to address the opportunities and constraints facing the development of the medicinal plants sector in Moroccan Agriculture. This work continues.

Susan Briski

Principal and Founder

Sustainable Progress

Susan Briski, Principal and founder of Sustainable Progress Consulting, provides consulting services to leading organizations to help them create a sustainable future and improve their triple-bottom-line performance; where business, the environment, and people prosper. She helps people understand and apply sustainability principles in practical, common sense ways, and provides systematic approaches to produce measurable improvement. Her clients include businesses, colleges, and community groups.

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