Chinwe serves as President of Great Place to Work®. She works with executives in successfully executing business strategy through developing high-trust, high performance cultures. Her executive advisory work with Great Place to Work® includes multi-billion dollar technology, telecom, financial services, and bio-pharma companies. She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group – acquired by Deloitte in 2013). She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over a $1 Billion in small and medium enterprises that create good jobs in communities. She holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.”
Bill Clinton has thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship.”
For over 30 years Leadership and Culture Coach and New York Times bestselling author Christine Comaford has helped leaders navigate growth and change. Christine is sought after for providing proven strategies to shift executive behavior to create more positive outcomes, enroll and align teams in times of change, profoundly increase sales, product offerings, and company value. Her coaching, consulting and strategies have created hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue and value for her clients. The potent neuroscience techniques she teaches are easy to learn and immediately applicable to help leaders see into their blind spots, expand their vision, and more effectively influence outcomes.
Here are some highlights:
- Christine was recently named #10 on the Top 50 Human Behavior Experts to Follow in 2017
- As an Entrepreneur, She has built and sold 5 of her own businesses with an average 700% return on investment,
- She has served as a board director or in-the- trenches advisor to 36 startups, and has invested in over 200 startups (including Google),
- She has consulted to the White House (Clinton and Bush), 700 of the Fortune 1000, and over 300 small and medium-sized businesses.
- She has repeatedly identified and championed key trends and technologies years before market acceptance, due in part to her work as a software engineer in the early days of Microsoft, Apple and Adobe.
- Christine is a leadership columnist for www.Forbes.com and she lectures at Harvard Business School.
- She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business Network, PBS, CNET and Stanford Graduate School of Business has done two case studies on her unconventional rise to success as a woman with neither a high school diploma nor college degree.
- Her two New York Times bestselling business books are SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together and Rules for Renegades.
Christine believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation,
Jessica Prentice is a professional chef, author, local foods activist, social entrepreneur, and sought-after speaker on issues related to healing our broken food system. Her book Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection (Chelsea Green, 2006) mythopoetically explores the connections between the environment, human communities, and traditional cycles through food. She is a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth (www.threestonehearth.com), a worker-cooperative in Berkeley that utilizes Holacracy while preparing nutrient-dense, traditional foods on a community scale. Prentice is also co-creator of the Local Foods Wheel, coined the word “locavore,” and is a regular contributor to Edible East Bay.
Matt has a passion for connecting with people, exploring culture, and understanding how brands can tap into both. This has helped him build a career around the globe working on the world’s biggest brands and most interesting challenges.
Hailing from the UK, he has lived and worked in a diverse array of places and cultures including the Czech Republic, London, New York, Sydney, Bangkok, Melbourne, LA, and now San Francisco. Matt has worked in, and helped build, communications agencies specializing in advertising, digital marketing, connections planning, media strategy, sustainability, and purpose.
In addition to his work he has been actively involved in community groups and non-profit organizations including former roles as the Chair of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and the CEO of Conscious Capitalism Australia. Matt is still actively involved with Conscious Capitalism here in the US and has been responsible for inviting the Conscious Capitalism Global CEO and team to base themselves at 600 California Street where the two organizations are collaborating today.
Early in his career he helped build M&C Saatchi’s first digital division and later on he founded one of Australia’s most recognized sustainability strategy and communications companies dedicated to building purpose and meaning into businesses, organizations, and products.
He has worked on brands including British Airways, Mars, Nestle, Rolls Royce, British Telecom, Vodafone, Sony, National Australia Bank, the Australian Government, the City of Sydney, Qualcomm and Energy Upgrade California.
Suzanne DiBianca is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce. In this role, Suzanne leads Salesforce’s stakeholder strategy—including all corporate giving, community relations and sustainability efforts. Suzanne was previously co-founder and president of the Salesforce Foundation and Salesforce.org.
Under Suzanne’s leadership, Salesforce pioneered the 1-1- 1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, which dedicates 1% of Salesforce’s equity, employee time or product back into the community. Today, Salesforce serves as a successful model for corporate social responsibility, with hundreds of companies adopting this model through Pledge 1%.
Suzanne is a recognized leader in corporate philanthropy. She has been named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy and is member of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business hall of fame. She serves on the boards of Box.org, Classy, Inc., Tides and the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Neil Grimmer is Co-Founder and CEO of Plum, PBC, the #1 organic baby food brand in the U.S. and leading organic kids nutrition company. Neil and Plum’s commitment to the best tasting organic nutrition expands far beyond store shelves: under his leadership, Plum became one of the first companies to reincorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation in Delaware in July 2013, reinforcing its mission to combat child hunger and conduct business responsibly. Neil also launched Plum’s social impact program The Full Effect™, dedicated to nourishing little ones in need across America.
Widely recognized as an industry game-changer, Neil has received prestigious awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Ernst & Young Northern California 2013 as well as “Most Admired CEO” in 2012 by the San Francisco Business Times and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 5 “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” in 2011. Neil has also headlined prominent industry events such as Natural Products Expo, FUSE Brand Strategy & Design and Slow Food San Francisco to discuss Plum’s status as a B Corp, social impact initiatives, award-winning innovation and how Plum infuses design-thinking into business strategy.
Neil holds a BFA in Conceptual Art from California College of the Arts and a MA in Product Design from Stanford. When he’s not dreaming up game-changing ideas, you can find him building tree houses and making super smoothies with his two little girls and wife, Tana.
Dev Patnaik is the CEO of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Jump helps companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones. Jump works with some of the world’s most admired companies, including GE, Nike, Target and Virgin.
Jump has helped companies to define profitable growth platforms in highly ambiguous spaces, and build the systems, processes and metrics to make these platforms a reality. In recent years, Jump has become particularly well-known for its pioneering culture. Jump was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best places to work in America.
Dev is a frequent speaker at business forums and his articles have appeared in numerous publications, including BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Fast Company. He is also the author of the book Wired to Care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy. It was named one of the best books of the year by both Fast Company and Business Week. Noted author Malcolm Gladwell called Wired to Care “just what we need for the lean years ahead.”
His forthcoming book, Unleash, is a playbook for leaders trying to grow their businesses in times of extreme change.
When he’s not working at Jump, Dev is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he teaches a course called Needfinding. In the class, students draw upon methods from anthropology, design and business strategy to discover insights about ordinary people and create new products and services.
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $13 billion Fortune 500 company. With more than 370 stores and 80,000 Team Members in three countries, the company has been named by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” for 16 consecutive years and the Number One Most Admired Food and Drug Store Company in the World in 2012.
While devoting his career helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for the Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, The Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.
Mackey has been recognized as Ernst&Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” FORTUNE’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”
A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement (https://consciouscapitalism.org/) and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business to boldly defend and re-imagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness.
Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart.