CC14 Practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Katherine Collins


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BIO:

Katherine Collins is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, dedicated to pollinating ideas in pursuit of optimal investment practices. She is author of the forthcoming book, The Nature of Investing, and her newest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees.

Collins has over twenty years of professional investment experience. At Fidelity Management & Research Company, she served as portfolio manager for a number of multi-billion dollar equity funds and as and head of equity research, leading one of the largest buy-side research teams in the world.

As her interest in sustainable and regenerative finance grew, Collins set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying the natural world as guide for investing in a valuable and integrated way, beneficial to our communities and our planet.

 

 

 

Caterina Bulgarella


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Bulgarella is an experienced organizational psychologist with years of advisory work in the field of organizational behavior, human capital metrics, and talent management.

Bulgarella has delivered consultative services, action plans, and ad-hoc interventions to numerous senior leaders and many global organizations, providing solutions to a variety of business challenges, including: culture and branding, ethics and business conduct, employee engagement, personnel turnover, organizational change, leadership development, company-wide innovation, customer retention, communication effectiveness, teamwork and collaboration, as well as strategic collaborations with customers and other key stakeholders.

Bulgarella holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, and M.As in Personnel Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University (NYU). She also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Venice, Ca Foscari, Venice (Italy).

Bulgarella is currently teaching graduate courses in organizational behavior at NYU, where she is an adjunct faculty member of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A. Program.

Barrett C. Brown


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For over 20 years Barrett C. Brown, PhD has helped individuals and organizations to navigate complex change and unlock deep capacities. He is often asked to speak about leadership, and has presented worldwide, including to hundreds of CEOs and government officials. Dr. Brown has been on the leadership team or advisory board of 16 companies, NGOs, and foundations, working in consumer goods, manufacturing, finance, energy, health care, media, and international development.
Dr. Brown has co-designed and co-led dozens of leader development programs for over 4,000 executives from organizations such as Unilever, Nestlé, Bosch, Mars, Cargill, ADM, Banco Itaú, Natura, and Sara Lee. These range from master classes and innovation labs to corporate universities and multi-year executive education programs. His executive coaching is based on his own widely acclaimed research on the future of leadership and how to lead transformational change.
Dr. Brown has also co-designed and co-led visioning, strategic alignment, culture development, and change processes for US and European companies and institutions. He specializes in complex change initiatives that involve multi-stakeholder alignment or corporate social responsibility. Recently, he co-led design of the Creating Shared Value (CSV) strategies for multiple divisions of a Fortune Global 100 company.
Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Josh Paine


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As president of CheapCaribbean.com, Josh Paine has transformed the company into America’s largest online travel partner for leisure travel to the Caribbean and Mexico. To date, the company has served more than 1.5 million customers by providing custom and affordable vacation packages through its website and expert-driven call centers.

Paine joined the CheapCaribbean.com team in 2006 as a member of its board of directors, and the following year, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he played a vital role in helping the company acquire its first round of financing. In 2008, Paine was elected as the company’s president and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, CheapCaribbean.com achieved record growth and profitability.

Prior to his association with CheapCaribbean.com, Paine was the vice president of operations for JetPay, which supplies full processing and acquiring services to large e-commerce sites, and he was a Certified Public Accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Bill Withers


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Bill Withers is the founder of acQuire Technology Solutions (acQuire) and ADAPT by Design (ADAPT). He was trained as a software engineer with a bias to solving engineering and scientific problems. The acQuire project was founded in 1996 and Withers is still the Managing Director (Chairman) of this company. acQuire develops and supports Geoscientific Information Management technology . ADAPT was founded in 2012 and has been formed from the process of building acQuire, and Withers is the Entrepreneurial Leader of ADAPT. ADAPT has been established to provide capability support to Entrepreneurs (and Company Leaders) and is focused on organization adaptability/sustainability so that long term strategies can be delivered to the benefit of all stakeholders. Bill is on the board of Conscious Capitalism Australia.

Audrey Robertson


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Already a fan of The Container Store’s products and the clear opportunity she saw ahead for the retailer, it didn’t take much convincing for Audrey Robertson to say yes to a position helping to build the retailer’s in-house Public Relations team. Since joining the company in 1998 as Public Relations Supervisor and later in the role as Public Relations Director, Robertson continues to have a direct impact on the company’s sales and its recognition as a great place to work and company that approaches business differently.

Throughout her tenure, Robertson has helped to secure countless local and national public relations and marketing opportunities for the retailer with coverage appearing in high-profile media outlets such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Simple, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, HGTV and in virtually every business and women’s-focused magazine on the market.

In 2012, Robertson was promoted to Vice President of Cultural Programs, Community Relations & Social Media, a new position for the company. She continues to manage the company’s annual entry for FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” where the company has been ranked for the past 13 years, as well as all other workplace and culture-related initiatives, including the company’s “National We Love Our Employees Day.”  Robertson also collaborates with employees throughout the company on external speaking engagements.

Jeffrey Sinelli


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Jeff Sinelli sums up his unique way of life with a Wayne Gretzky quote: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.” Sinelli learned the hospitality industry from his father. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State and MBA from City University in Seattle, Sinalli headed south to develop his own concepts in Dallas,  developing dozens of successful independent restaurants, bars, and nightclubs before focusing on building national concepts.

In 1998, Jeff created Genghis Grill, a Mongolian barbecue chain, which he grew to 11 units in five states, earning him high acclaim as a national restaurant developer. In 2002, Genghis Grill received the prestigious Hot Concepts! Award by Nation’s Restaurant News. Jeff sold the concept in 2003 and set to work on filling what he felt was a void in the saturated sandwich arena.

Jeff launched Which Wich in 2003, prompting QSR magazine to refer to him as a “branding phenom.”Which Wich has received industry accolades and local recognition in nearly every market it serves. In 2007, Which Wich received the Hot Concepts! Award by Nation’s Restaurant News, making Jeff one of only a handful of restaurateurs to win the coveted award twice.

 

 

Suzanne West


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Imaginea Energy stands for Imagine A new way of doing business, a new way that involves lots of “AND.” As the President & CEO, Suzanne West is dedicated to generating sustainable profits that can do good in the world AND providing meaning and purpose to people so that we make a greater positive difference in the world AND doing it in a way that works with Mother Nature as a partner to provide better sustainability of this beautiful planet we inhabit.
West is the former President of Black Shire Energy, Inc. and Auriga Energy, Inc., Chariot Energy, Inc., and Touchstone Petroleum, Inc.

Bill Vogelgesang


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William W. Vogelgesang is CEO and co-founder of Candlewood Partners, an investment banking company addressing the capital formation needs of the middle market, and South Franklin Street Partners, its private equity affiliate. Vogelgesang works with companies to help build long-term value as they pursue their own vision for success. Having experienced the strength of a stakeholder-focused business model, he has been active with employee-owned business and is a frequent speaker on the subject of ESOPs and employee ownership.

 

Prior to founding Candlewood Partners and South Franklin Street Partners, Vogelgesang worked for seven years as a Managing Director and Principal of Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company, L.P. (BGL), a middle-market investment-banking firm with offices in Chicago and Cleveland. He served as Chairman of BGL’s Management Committee and was active in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Before joining BGL, Bill spent three years as a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer of a hazardous waste acquisition and management company. He also served as President of Colonial Capital, Inc., and a NASD broker-dealer specializing in corporate development engagements for corporate and investment fund clients Bill is Chairman of Conscious Capitalism of Northeastern Ohio.

Danae Ringelmann


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Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Ringelmann leads Indiegogo’s Customer Happiness division, driving total customer satisfaction and ensuring that Indiegogo consistently exceeds expectations. She also steers the company’s employee culture and values initiatives. Ringelmann was listed on Fast Company’s Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology in 2011, and AWNY awarded Ringelmann the “No Apologies” Changemaker award in April 2013.

Ringelmann frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, SXSW and CeBIT. Ringelmann also testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013. Prior to Indiegogo, Ringelmann was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Ringelmann also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank.