CC17 Practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Meghan French Dunbar


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Meghan French Dunbar is Co-founder of Conscious Company Magazine (CCM), the first print and digital, nationally distributed publication in the US that focuses solely on sustainable business. After launching in January 2015, Conscious Company Magazine was quickly picked up by Whole Foods Market, Barnes & Noble, Target, HEB, Books-A-Million and other local and national retailers nationwide and has become a top-selling business publication in many of those locations. Prior to launching CCM, she was Managing Editor of two nationally distributed publications and spent nearly a decade in strategy development and project management in the nonprofit world.

Andres Traslavina


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Andres Traslavina currently serves as the Director of Global Recruiting at Whole Foods Market a “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This endeavor includes working with WFM senior leaders to find key talent to lead innovative roles at the headquarters office. Andres leads Whole Foods Market’s Global social recruiting initiative and woks with twelve regions to maximize social channels to source and recruit passive candidates.

 During his long recruiting tenure, Andres has also worked as the Director of Recruiting and Institutional partnerships at Blackboard, a consulting corporate recruiter for Microsoft retail, and as a Sr. Consultant at Talent Plus ( a great best places to work company), a recruitment and assessment company based in Lincoln, NE. His portfolio of clients included fortune 500 companies such as Zappos, Cisco, Scotiabank, Komatsu, KPMG, Mercedes Benz, Loews Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, JW Marriott and Microsoft.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in Education/Psychology, both from the University of Nebraska.

Andres has been a keynote speaker at local, national and international conferences in the areas of, international talent placement, conscious leadership and social recruitment. His recruiting approach is based on helping candidates discover their strengths and employers find and select top performers based on their talents and cultural fit.

 Andres was born in Bogota, Colombia, lives in Austin, Texas home of Whole Food Market’s Headquarters.

 

Kim Peters


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Kim Peters is an Executive Vice President at Great Place to Work® and leads the Certification Program which offers companies the opportunity to get Great Place to Work-Certified™, to measure and build a high-trust workplace culture, and be eligible for all of our Best Workplaces lists, including the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Kim also holds responsibility for Strategic Partnerships. Kim previously led the creation of Great Place to Work® Reviews, where she focused on helping job seekers understand companies’ workplace cultures.

Kim has over 15 years’ leadership experience in the recruitment industry. Prior to joining Great Place to Work®, Kim launched and led a number of successful businesses in the recruitment sector including Workopolis.com, Canada’s leading job board, where she was founder and President, and Canwest Mediaworks where she served as Vice President of Online Classifieds and Eluta.ca, a Canadian job search engine combining reviews and job listings.

Susan Adams


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Susan Adams is a senior editor at Forbes where she covers entrepreneurs for the magazine and for Forbes.com. These days she focuses on small businesses and startups, but she’s also profiled billionaires, from self-made British diamond mogul Laurence Graff to Patrice Motsepe, South Africa’s first black billionaire. She got her job at Forbes through libertarian economist Susan Lee, whom she used to put on television while reporting for the PBS NewsHour (then called MacNeil/Lehrer). She started in journalism at The American Lawyer magazine.

Dion Drew


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Rooted in a troubling cycle of poverty and incarceration, Dion Drew was determined to make a change. After completing a 4-year prison sentence in 2008, the Yonkers native vowed to make a better life for himself.  When he was unable to find an employer willing to look past his criminal record, Dion struggled with returning to his old ways.  With no other options available, Dion put his name on Greyston Bakery’s waiting list.  

In 2009, Greyston Bakery’s unique Open Hiring™ model gave Dion his second chance. He joined the Greyston team as an Apprentice Baker and has been at Greyston ever since. Through his tenacity and strong work ethic Dion has received numerous promotions: today, he proudly leads bakery employees as a Supervisor and Trainer.  

Dion has shared his inspiring journey at the United Nations and TED@Unilever. He has also been featured on the TODAY Show and in A Path Appears, the New York Times best-selling book by co-authors Sheryl Wudunn and Nicholas Kristof. Most recently, his story was shared with over three million viewers by Upworthy.

He is a constant champion of Open Hiring and is working to bring the model to the global stage.

Jonathan J. Halperin


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Jonathan Halperin is founder and President of Designing Sustainability and Head of External Affairs at Greyston Social Enterprise. He creates and executes initiatives with nonprofit and commercial organizations that lead to systemic change. Passionate about the power of hybrid organizations and effective story-telling to drive social innovation, he has more than 30 years of experience in international affairs, food security, and climate change. He is also the designer of TeachFood! at Mundo Verde, a trustee of The Marcus Foundation, an Advisor to the Center for Sustainable Business at the Stern School, NYU, and on the President’s Council at Ceres.

Katlin Smith


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Katlin Smith is the founder and CEO of Simple Mills, a Chicago-based company at the forefront of a clean food movement that is shaping the next generation of natural foods. Named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Smith launched Simple Mills in 2013 to provide a cleaner alternative to the natural baking mixes then on the market. Today, despite a crowded market space with long-established competitors, Simple Mills ranks as the #1 fastest-growing natural baking mix and cracker brand, the #2 natural baking mix and #3 natural cracker brand by dollars sold, and one of the newest entrants in the natural frosting and cookie categories. Simple Mills products are currently distributed in more than 6,500 conventional and natural grocery stores including Whole Foods, Target and Safeway as well as through leading online retailers. All products are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMOs, excessive sugar, and artificial flavors and fillers, addressing consumer concerns about food sensitivities and the safety of the food supply chain.

Smith is a former Deloitte Consulting management consultant, winner of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge, recipient of the top prize in Chapman University’s California Dreamin’ Business Competition, and a columnist for Inc. magazine.

Sarah Rathke, Esq.


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Sarah Rathke is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on supply chain disputes and related litigation involving.  She has argued and tried supply chain cases in forums throughout the U.S., and her clients include foreign, domestic, and multi-national entities across industries.  Her skills include a deep understanding of operational issues in manufacturing and the process of bringing highly engineered products to market.  Sarah also provides counseling to manufacturers concerning their supply chain contracts, the law governing international supply chain relationships, and the advisability of incorporating alternative dispute (arbitration) clauses into supply chain contracts, among other supply chain legal issues.

Rosemary Coates


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Rosemary is President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She has been helping companies with global supply chain strategies for over 25 years. During her career, she was a Managing Director at SAP, Supply Chain Practice Director at KPMG Peat Marwick and Answerthink Consulting, and Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.  She has worked with over 80 clients worldwide, on supply chain strategies and tactics. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute.

Rosemary received her MBA from University of San Diego; BS in Business from Arizona State University.

Dan Golden


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Dan Golden is a veteran digital marketing executive and business innovator who serves as President & Co-Founder of Chicago digital agency BFO (Be Found Online). Dan has built BFO’s business model on employee empowerment and giving back to the community. A member of the Small Giants Community and a 2016 Great Game of Business All Star, BFO applies open book management principles to engage employees to create more meaningful impacts on company success.

These strategies have earned BFO recognition as Ad Age’s #1 Best Place to Work 2016, a 5th straight year as one of Inc. 5,000’s Fastest Growing Companies and continued agency success as a finalist for three US Search Awards in 2016.