James Citron is the Chief Executive Officer of Pledgeling and leads the strategic vision and organizational growth across the company.
James is a serial mobile and social entrepreneur committed to harnessing the power of mobile technology to create a more connected, healthy and sustainable planet. Prior to Pledgeling, James led Mogreet and Outspoken, two of the largest text messaging and mobile engagement companies in the United States, to acquisitions by Silver Lake and Blackstone portfolio companies, respectively. An early pioneer in the mobile video space and nicknamed the ‘Father of MMS’, James’ technology today powers over 50% of all MMS messages sent by businesses and was awarded one of the first patents in the mobile video space.
James is a frequent speaker on social enterprise, mobile technology and entrepreneurship, and enjoys mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs committed to building businesses at the intersection of profit and purpose. A graduate of Princeton University, James is personally passionate about helping to eradicate illiteracy, homelessness and hunger.
Founder & CEO, We Are HAH
Sharleen Ernster is a visionary fashion executive with 20+ years of expertise leading global brands. Most recently as the Founder CEO of We Are HAH, a brand she launched in 2015 that is pioneering sustainable fashion. Prior to launching her passion and purpose @ HAH. She held leadership roles as the Chief Design Officer for Guess?, notably serving for 13+ years in executive roles across merchandising and design at Victoria’s Secret, as well as A|X Armani Exchange and Henri Bendel. She is proud to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the Responsible Fashion Organization, Conscious Capitalism LA chapter Female Founders.
Her lifelong passion for intimate apparel, coupled with a desire to create ethically-made and eco- conscious product, and redefine sexy for her daughters and the next generation of women has led to her most exciting role yet - Founder of We Are HAH. Under Sharleen’s leadership, HAH has taken the fashion world by storm as the first sexy intimate brand focused on comfort, ease, and ethically made product, pioneering the idea that sustainable is sexy (with a soul…)
HAH’s higher purpose is to #startsomewhere… #startsomewere to pioneer and market sustainable products #startsomewere to educate the consumer. And #startsomewere to be a catalyst for change in the fashion industry. Because it’s Hot-As-Hell to care about Mother Earth and the legHAHcy we leave for generations to come.
President, The Giving Keys
Experienced social impact leader & fashion industry professional with 10+ years of experience. Brit, a native of Detroit, is President of The Giving Keys, a company that exists to employ people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles to make inspirational jewelry and accessories. The Giving Keys has created 120+ jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness. Brit is passionate about social impact, workforce development for community transformation and leveraging inclusive company culture to build self-esteem and break cycles of poverty.
Founder & CEO, WeFirst
Simon Mainwaring is the founder and CEO of We First, a creative consultancy that builds purpose- driven brands. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Conscious Capitalism LA, the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, and Fast Company on purposeful branding and storytelling. Simon’s book, We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller.
Simon is a sought-after international speaker with engagements including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Royal Society of Arts, SXSW, TEDxSF, NAB, Promaxbda, Conscious Capitalism, Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson, Sustainable Brands, Social Good Summit, National Speakers Association, 1440 Multiversity, National Press Club and United Nations Foundation, as well as brands such as Google, Coca-Cola, General Motors, VF, Samsung, VSP Global, Toyota, SAP, Gucci, JP Morgan Chase, Timberland, VW Group, NHL, and Patagonia.
Prior to starting We First, Simon spent 15 years as an award-winning writer, Creative Director, and Worldwide Creative Director at many of the world’s top creative advertising agencies including Saatchi Saatchi, Wieden Kennedy, and Ogilvy working on brands such a Nike, Coca-Cola, Toyota, and Motorola, as well as consulting on dozens of F500 brands for leading advertising, production, and digital companies. He was the writer on the U.S. launch of the first three generations of the Toyota Prius, the largest national service campaign for the Entertainment Industry Foundation that brought together all four major TV networks for the first time in U.S. television history, and award-winning campaigns for Nike.
Founder & CEO, BrandStorm Inc. (Natierra Superfoods)
In 2002, Ollivier launched BrandStorm, Inc., pioneering the U.S superfood category introduction of sacred pink salt from the Himalayas and goji berries that quickly evolved into beloved household brands known around the world.
As Ollivier’s search for superfoods not commonly known in the US took him around the world, he was drawn to the people, cultures and practices of the countries he visited, guiding him on a journey of caring and nurturing these relationships. These experiences set him on a path of ethical sourcing and caring for the soul, hence the business mission of BrandStorm Inc., selling “Superfoods with Soul”, which led to the creation of Natierra’s Feed a Soul Program.
To date more than 700,000 meals have been provided to children in need in Haiti through the “Buy One Bag, Feed one Child” program from sales of the superfood items.
Founder & Principal, Phillips Associates
In his relentless effort to deliver uncommon results, Steven L. Phillips has built an enviable reputation for his senior team consulting focusing on senior leadership off-sites that get results, strategic planning, and executive leadership. He is a sought-after speaker for conferences and organizations worldwide. Dr. Phillips has helped thousands of individuals and organizations establish new levels of teamwork, transformation, and performance, all specifically targeted toward bottom line results.
Dr. Phillips has extensive experience as a Senior Executive and Organization Development professional. For many years, he served as the SVP Chief Talent Officer for a privately held 1B company with 10,000 employees where he implemented a full suite of human capital management programs designed to ensure a highly skilled and productive workforce. As a consultant, Dr. Phillips has worked with Sr. Executives at such well-known companies as Microsoft, PepsiCo, Viacom, Mattel, Boeing, and many others, helping individuals, teams, and entire organizations successfully implement change. Steve is also well known for his “behind the scenes” executive coaching. Steve works one-on-one with presidents & CEOs helping them strategize for powerful and successful leadership.
In addition to his executive and consulting activities, Dr. Phillips is a professional speaker. Steve has been invited to make keynote presentations to many of the world’s most famous companies. Steve always brings to his audience humor, passion and genuine concern for making positive changes through people at work. He is a content rich, powerfully charismatic speaker.
Dr. Phillips has also served on the faculties of Purdue University, San Diego State University and the University of Southern California. He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics within the human resources / organization development field, and has presented his research at regional, national and international conventions. Dr. Phillips has been presented with two prestigious awards from the American Society for Training and Development; one for his outstanding contribution to HRD theory and practice, the second for his multi-year contribution to the cause of customer service within the field.
Dr. Phillips' best-selling books, The Team-Building Source Book, Teaming Up: Achieving Organizational Transformation, Team-Building for the Future: Beyond the Basics, Team Training: From Start Up to High Performance, and Managing Change: A Practical Guide For Transforming an Organization are used in corporations throughout the world.
Dr. Phillips currently serves on the Board of Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles. He has also recently completed a rigorous application and certification process and has become a Certified Forum Facilitator for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Dr. Phillips has also served as the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization and was the 1994 President for The American Society of Training and Development of Los Angeles. Dr. Phillips received his Master's degree in Organizational Communication from Purdue University and his Doctorate from the University of Southern California.