Conscious Capitalism Conference 2013
April 17, 2013
The 4th Annual Conscious Capitalism Conference—Business Reinvented: Transforming Lives took place Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the beautiful Stadium Club on the CU Boulder campus. The Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at CU Boulder's Leeds School of Business hosts the conference which gathers business students from universities across our region, as well as attendees from the wider business community and non-profit arena, to learn how talented leaders have used the traditional tools of capitalism to serve social needs. The goal of the conference is to challenge and inspire tomorrow’s business leaders to fuse business fundamentals with service to the greater good.
The conference was part of CESR Stampede: A Week of Driving Values in Business, a high-profile week of events featuring case competitions, classroom visits, speakers, panels and other special events related to CESR.
Thanks for another great conference!
Video Footage of Conference Sessions 2013
Jennifer Colosimo is a Vice President of Wisdom at DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care in the United States. In her work with the Wisdom group, she focuses on DaVita University operations, technology strategy, and culture. She was with FranklinCovey for 15 years and is acclaimed coach, speaker, and author. Her areas of expertise include:
- Organizational Transformation
- Leadership Development: Vision, Execution, Alignment, Talent, Personal Leadership
- Employee Engagement
- Individual and Team Performance Acceleration
- Linking Learning Strategy to C-Level Initiatives
- Operations and Technology Strategy
Jennifer co-authored the book Great Work Great Career with Dr. Stephen R. Covey, blogs at jennifercolosimo.com, and can be found on Twitter at jencolosimo. Previous to joining FranklinCovey in 1996, she was a Change Management Consultant with Accenture and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational communication from the University of Utah and Purdue University respectively.
Jennifer is involved in organizations focused on developing self-sufficient girls and women who have courage, confidence, and character. She is particularly passionate about Girl Scouts and is on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Colorado and was a troop leader for nine years. She lives with her husband and teenage daughter and receives occasional texts from her college-aged progeny.
Robert Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc. A native of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. The IMA Financial Group is a diversified financial services company which is currently comprised of three primary businesses.
- IMA, Inc. is a retail insurance broker in the United States, offering a full range of risk management-related products.
- Towerstone, Inc. is a wholesale insurance broker located in Dallas, Texas.
- TrueNorth, Inc. is a discretionary money manager as both a registered investment advisor and a limited broker dealer.
Robert is also the Chairman Emeritus of the Metro Denver Sports Commission. The Metro Denver Sports Commission’s mission is to create a legacy of economic and social vitality through sport by facilitating and supporting major events that generate significant economic impact, and by promoting health and wellness in the areas of lifestyle, youth participation and volunteerism. The metropolitan Denver community has played host to numerous international and national events.
His professional memberships include Colorado Concern, the Colorado Forum, Assurex Global, Intersure (Past President, Board member), Young Presidents’ Organization, the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (Board member), and PAR, Inc. (Board member).
His for-profit Board memberships include Atlas Advertising; Commerce Bank; Tigris Marketing; Dovetail Solutions (Chairman); Schenkein Public Relations (past Board member); USR, Inc. (past Board member); UMB Bank Colorado (past Board member); and Intertech Plastics (past Board member).
In addition to the above, Robert currently serves on the Boards of Adventures Within, Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Colorado Succeeds, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the I Have A Dream Foundation, the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees (Chairman), the United States Olympic Foundation, and Visit Denver. His past Board memberships include the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Community College of Denver, Craig Hospital Foundation, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman), the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (past Chairman), the DPS Foundation, Junior Achievement, Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation (past Chairman), The Spot, and the University of Colorado’s Student Leadership Institute.
He has served as a member of the Leadership Denver Steering Committee, Small Business Profit Center Council, Economic Development Council, Bright Beginnings Steering Committee, School to Work Committee, the Ritter Transition Committee, and the Hickenlooper Transition Committee. He earned his Charter Property Casualty Underwriters designation (CPCU) and is a graduate of Leadership Denver and 50 For Colorado. He is a 17-time participant in the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation’s City-to-City Leadership Exchange.
Robert has been recognized with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Champion” award (1994), the Leadership Denver Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Alumnus” award (1996), inclusion in Colorado Business Magazine’s “Colorado’s Emerging Leaders” (1997) and The Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” (1999), the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leadership Award (1997), the 9News “Leader of the Year” award (1999), the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” award (2002), the Colorado Father’s Day Council’s Father of the Year award (2007), and the Goodwill Community Leader Award (2010).
He and his wife, Molly, have three sons and one daughter.
Dr. Ralph (Bud) Sorenson
Dr. Ralph Sorenson is Managing General Partner of the Sorenson Limited Partnership, an early stage venture capital firm. He is also President Emeritus of Babson College, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the University of Colorado Business School, former professor at the Harvard Business School, and former Chairman and CEO of Barry Wright Corporation, a NYSE firm.
Dr. Sorenson currently serves on the board of Whole Foods Market, where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and is immediate past chairman of the Compensation Committee. In addition, he has served on the boards of directors of 15 publicly traded companies including: EMC Corporation, Eaton Vance, Houghton Mifflin, Polaroid, Affiliated Publications, the Boston Globe, Springs Industries, Foxboro Corporation and Exabyte. He is also is a director of several private companies in which his partnership has investments.
Dr. Sorenson has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is Past Chairman of the Board of the Boston Museum of science. In addition he was co-founder of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in the Philippines where he now serves on its Board of Governors. He is a trustee emeritus of The Colorado Nature Conservancy and a board member of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Sorenson earned an A.B. degree (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Amherst College and an MBA degree (With Distinction) and Doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife Charlotte reside in Boulder, Colorado and Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Mo Siegel is the founder of Celestial Seasonings and currently sits on the Board of Directors for a number of companies in the natural foods sector, including Whole Foods Markets, Wholesome Sweeteners, Chocolove, and Way Better Snacks. Mo runs his own investment business, Capital Peaks. He is also the President of a charitable foundation based in Chicago and operates his own not for profit foundation.
He has been the keynote speaker at numerous professional, educations, religious and civic organization activities and conferences. He has been featured in numerous books, newspapers and magazines including, The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneurial Soul, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune Magazine just to name a few.
His mission/passion has been promoting healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle to improve people’s lives. He has travelled to over 90 countries and currently resides in Boulder with his wife Jennifer where they have lived for the last 25 years. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Tyler G Hartung
Tyler Hartung is CFO/COO and Co-Founder of the Unreasonable Institute.
“I am not an entrepreneur. But I do take pride in working diligently on what differentiates a person with an idea from a world-class entrepreneur: Execution. It is execution that transforms good ideas into viable businesses. So when I look at the burgeoning leaders that we work with, I don't see a crowd of entrepreneurs but instead the group of people who are building a better future for us through business.”
“I was blessed to be born into an extremely amazing family and life that left me never wanting. Safety, food, education: these have always been available to me. It was in my studies of social problems w/in the US that I began to realize that for many people in the world, no matter how hard they choose to work, they cannot achieve the same levels. They may always be hungry. They may never attend school. This may be their path not because of their choices, but because of the situation they were born into. Since realizing this I committed to using business solutions to tackle global problems.”
“My background is in mathematics, finance and entrepreneurship and now I focus on logistics, planning for the future, details and executing. This was honed as an early employee of entrepreneurial companies. I thrive in the flexibility and ambiguity that is the startup lifestyle. More personally, I love all the cliche things including traveling to new locations, meeting new people who are passionate about life, and sunsets on beaches facing west. Additionally, I have a deep longing for the days as a child where life's simplicities rule every moment.”
Dave Payne brings 17 years of experience to his work as a business educator and consultant. Dave has provided strategic guidance, research, and tools development for clients in the beverage, building, communications, education, energy, pharmaceutical, publishing, retail and technology industries. In 1994, Payne began his ongoing consulting practice, completing strategic IT and sustainable business projects for companies such as AutoDesk, Coke, Harvard Business School Publishing, IKEA, Shell, State Street Bank, and musician/artist David Bowie.
In 2008, Mr. Payne completed an M.S. in Business Administration (MBA) at Leeds School of Business, where he works as an Instructor in the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), teaching MBA courses such as Topics in Sustainable Business and Socially Responsible Enterprise. Mr. Payne also has an Ed.M. from Harvard University, specializing in system dynamics and organizational learning, and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy from Trinity College (CT).
VP of U.S. Sustainability, Case Presenter
Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Affairs
Ball Corporation History
- 2011; elected officer of Ball Corporation
- 2008-present; vice president, marketing and corporate affairs
- 2006-2008; director, marketing North America, Ball Packaging Products, Americas
Previous Work Experience
- Vice president, marketing & business development, U.S. Can Company
- Senior vice president, sales & marketing, Nexpak
- 2011-present; National Public Affairs Steering Committee, National Association of Manufacturers
- 2011-present; board member, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry
- 2009-present; board member, Deming Center, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder
- 2009-present; executive board member, North American Metal Packaging Association
- 2009-present; executive board member, Can Manufacturers Institute
- 2005-2007; aerosol executive council board member, Consumer Product Safety Association
- 2004-2007; board member, Consumer Aerosol Product Council
- 1990; bachelor’s degree, economics, Indiana University, Bloomington
- Born in Chicago, Il. Married with two wonderful children
Nan Stout currently runs a law and consulting firm in Boulder, Colorado, where she specializes in ethics & compliance matters and employment law. Ms. Stout also serves as a part-time Lecturer at the Center for Education on Social Responsibility at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.
Ms. Stout has spent most of her professional career helping organizations do business in a way that is fair, ethical, and legal. During her 18-year tenure at Staples, Inc., Ms. Stout launched and led the company’s first global ethics program, and she co-founded a corporate social responsibility program known as “Staples Soul.” She was instrumental in creating ethical sourcing standards to avoid the use of child labor and unsafe conditions in manufacturing Staples® brand products. Earlier, Ms. Stout served as Staples’ first in-house employment attorney.
Prior to joining Staples, Ms. Stout worked at two large law firms in Boston – Palmer & Dodge and Goldstein & Manello. Before law school, she worked at the Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities, a non-profit focused on raising the level of education throughout Latin America.
Ms. Stout currently serves on the board of Women Work Together, a Boulder-based non-profit focused on raising the socio-economic status of women and girls in Guatemala.
Ms. Stout earned a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She and her husband reside in Boulder, Colorado. They have two daughters.
Deanna Bratter, Sr. Manager, Corporate Sustainability at WhiteWave Foods Company in Broomfield, Colorado, joined the company in 2005 and manages its environmental and social sustainability initiatives.
In her role, Deanna oversees the company’s annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) audit and key sustainability goals including reductions in GHG emissions, waste, water and improvements in the focus areas of responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging. Deanna also oversees technical reporting functions such as an annual update to the Carbon Disclosure Project and product Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) research and execution. She spearheads the creation and development of responsible sourcing policies and works with WhiteWave’s procurement and supply chain to integrate sustainability goals and metrics into its purchasing strategies.
Deanna also sets goals and supports programs for the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint through strategic environmental programs for WhiteWave’s brands. In 2013 Deanna worked to establish a founding partnership with Change the Course, a program of National Geographic, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Silk to support water restoration, conservation, engagement and education.
She has recently obtained certification from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver on Sustainability Leadership and Implementation. Deanna holds dual bachelor degrees from the University of South Florida and has completed Six Sigma Management Training and GRI training.
Terri Bourne is Risk and Assurance Manager, Shell Ethics & Compliance Office, Royal Dutch Shell plc. She supports Shell’s Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer in overseeing the design and implementation of a global ethics & compliance program based on Shell’s core values and business principles. Her responsibilities include maintaining an informed view of significant ethical, legal and regulatory and compliance risks and shaping the development of related policy initiatives. She is also accountable for program monitoring, assurance and reporting.
Since 1995 Terri has been directly involved in designing, operating and reviewing the effectiveness of processes that enable Shell to comply with US, UK and Dutch corporate governance requirements, in particular activities that relate to risk management and internal control, audit committees, disclosure, ethics & compliance and assurance. Her early Shell career included positions in marketing, finance, IT, facilities management and materials management. She has worked with both the upstream and downstream businesses and spent several years in Shell’s corporate offices in London. Terri has a BA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Dr. Mark Albion
Dr. Mark Albion is a former Harvard Business School professor and administrator and co-founder of six organizations, including Net Impact. For over 30 years, Dr. Albion has helped the next generation clarify their values, connect with like-minded leaders and successfully join or build organizations focused on creating positive social, environmental and economic impact. Dubbed the ‘Savior of Business School Souls’ by Business Week and thus profiled on 60 Minutes, Dr. Albion has spoken on over 600 business school campuses on five continents. In 2010, he became the first social entrepreneur to receive the national Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Dr. Albion is a New York Times best selling author who has written seven books and published over 200 articles to inspire, challenge and instruct professionals on how to turn their management skills and social values into a meaningful life and a successful career. In 2009-2010, Dr. Albion served in the Office of the President at Babson College, helping to integrate social values into the college. In Fall 2010 he partnered with Dr. Mrim Boutla to found B-corp More Than Money ("MTM") Careers LLC.
A career services company, MTM Careers helps students and alums, fellowship participants and professionals "Get Clear, Get Connected and Get Hired" for well-paying social-impact opportunities that match their values. The company offers an online library of modules for individuals and CCE-accredited in-person and online training programs for university staff, mentors and coaches to use to accelerate the process of helping individuals find their next job in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Enterprise, Impact Investing and/or Sustainable Business. MTM leverages Dr. Albion's book More Than Money, which was distributed electronically in Fall 2008 to up to 55,000 MBA students at 75 business schools.
Andrew Romanoff is a Senior Advisor at iDE, an international development organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. Over the last 30 years, iDE has equipped 20 million farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the technology and training they need to climb out of extreme poverty. Andrew joined iDE after serving for eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives, including four years as the Speaker of the House. He led the Democrats in the State House to their first back-to-back victories—and their largest majority —in nearly half a century. He has been honored by more than 50 state and national organizations as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America.
In 2005, Andrew authored the Colorado Economic Recovery Act (Referendum C) and helped build the broadest coalition in state history to pass it. Among his other legislative achievements: the Sudan Divestment Act of 2007, which cut state ties to the regime responsible for the genocide in Darfur; and the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Act of 2008, a billion-dollar plan to repair Colorado’s crumbling class-rooms. Andrew also authored laws to protect the victims of domestic violence and child abuse, provide treatment for mental illness and substance abuse, and expand the supply of affordable housing.
Andrew served as a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. He has also taught political science at the Community College of Aurora, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College. He began teaching in Central America and speaks fluent Spanish.
Carlos Urmeneta is Country Director, Honduras, iDE
Prior to joining iDE in 2009, Carlos spent five years as Supply Chain Improvement Desk in Honduras for Ecom Coffee (Sogimex, SA); was a founding member of local NGO, Alianza para la Sostenibilidad (APS); and was a recipient of the Sustainability Award from Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). While with Ecom, Carlos collaborated with iDE to promote low-cost supplementary drip irrigation for specialty coffees. He also served as a trainee for Ecom's Agroindustrial oilseed operation in Paraguay and Brazil in 2003. Carlos, a Honduran citizen, holds a degree in Global Business Administration from the University of Mobile in Alabama. Currently he is responsible for establishing a for-profit social enterprise (iDEal Tecnologías) for iDE in Central America—a provider of sustainable solutions for smallholder farmer initiatives in the region.