Guest of Honor, Laura Turner Seydel
Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: the Turner Foundation, Turner Enterprises, Inc, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and board of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.
Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the National Society of High School Scholars World Betterment Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy Honoree and an inductee of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.
Laura lives with her husband and her three children in Atlanta. Their home, EcoManor, is the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the southeastern United States.
Educational Partner, Taryn Hipwell
Taryn Hipwell is an enthusiastic and empowering Producer, Educator and EcoDiva who is committed to creating fun, authentic and bold content & events that shatters stereotypes, shifts perceptions and changes lives. She is the CEO of EcoDivas LLC and the Founder of Beyond the Label. Beyond the label is hosted by EcoDivas *A TEDxLA Activation Series.
Taryn is from Pittsburgh. She studied Fashion Design and Art Therapy at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Screenwriting through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Taryn wrote, produced and directed sustainability films for Warner Bros. She founded EcoDivas TV and has interviewed celebrities including James Cameron, Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde. She has hosted EcoDivas/Beyond the Label events at Sundance Film Festival, The New Mart and The Skirball Center. She has worked for designer Anna Sui, writer/producer David Zucker, and styled for Suzy Amis’ Red Carpet Green Dress Collection with Reformation called No Red Carpet Needed.
Taryn teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM, and moderates panels in LA for TEDxLA, PETA and Fashion Revolution Day. She was a keynote speaker in New York at NYU, FIT and LIM. And she headlines workshops all around the world including South Africa and Zambia in Africa. Taryn was the Arts Chair for UN WOMEN-USNC LA (United Nations) in 2013/2014. She was a Los Angeles Business Journal – Women Making a Difference nominee for 2015. She is a Sustainable Business Council – Best Public Advocate for Sustainability Award finalist 2016. Taryn won the awards for eduPOWERED Fashions Against Bullying Award and Green Hero Award
Alice Hartley, Gap Sustainable Innovation Team
Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation
Gap Inc., San Francisco
- Advise Gap Inc. brands in integrating sustainability into product development and brand strategy
- Lead cross-functional teams to develop new capabilities in sustainable innovation, working closely with sourcing, design, and production colleagues as well as external partners
- Project lead for Gap Inc.’s first life cycle analysis (LCA), Mill Sustainability Pilot, and engagement with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
- Represent Gap Inc. as a speaker at industry conferences and forums
Allison Owens, Founder of Pleni Naturals
Allyson Owens is the founder of Pleni Naturals, a California-based company that creates 100% natural skincare products for babies and kids focusing on the skin-nutritious benefits of premium fruit and vegetable ingredients. Allyson is a former aesthetician and experienced product developer with over 15 years dedicated in the skincare industry. The concept for Pleni Naturals was inspired by Allyson’s passions: nutrition, her two small children and living a non-toxic lifestyle. Each Pleni Naturals product is thoughtfully crafted to be safe, effective and free of harmful toxins, plus certified vegan, cruelty-free and MADE SAFE!
Pollution Prevention Advocate
Center for Environmental Health
Alvaro has a diverse background in education, scientific research, and youth advocacy. He is an environmental scientist who holds a Master’s from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Alvaro joined the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) team in January of 2015 as CEH’s inaugural Environmental Justice Inclusion Fellow. He currently serves as CEH’s Pollution Prevention Advocate and is transitioning from work in policy advocacy and public outreach on flame retardants to focus on programmatic and communications support to the Healthy Energy program’s work in California.
Expertise: Toxic chemicals in consumer products, environmental justice, and policy
Alvaro Palacios Casanova
Pollution Prevention Advocate
Angela Chou is a social entrepreneur and professional filmmaker. She is the founder of utterly, a sustainable children’s fashion company whose mission is to reduce fashion industry waste.
Facebook & Twitter; @utterlyco
The MADE SAFETM seal offers brands and retailers a roadmap for making safe products and a tool for marketing them. The MADE SAFE Screening Process is a game changer, defining “safe” and “nontoxic” for consumer products by identifying and screening out ingredients known to harm human health, closing data gaps on ingredients, and ultimately eliminating toxic chemicals from the marketplace.
Amy is a healthy living educator with a genetic predisposition to toxicity. She’s also mom to 3 young kids who share the same trait, and is determined to make the world less toxic. Amy reached millions of parents and caregivers with her “buy better” advocacy campaigns. She blogs about the chemical world we live in on Amy Ziff’s NoTox Life, teaches classes on living a nontoxic life, and co-founded the Veritey Shop, a site comprised of safe, nontoxic products.
Amy has a Masters in Journalism and Communications. As an entrepreneur, Amy was on the founding team of Site59, founded Travelocity’s award-winning media program, blog, and travel seal that garnered millions of dollars of “earned media” annually, and also founded the company’s award-winning cause marketing program. Amy went on to cofound and become creative director of Jetsetter, the first online flash-sale for high-end travel.
Educator – San Francisco State University
Supports transparency in supply chain management of sewn products, and product reuse. Co-Founder PeopleWearSF and Co-Author Sustainable Fashion: What’s Next?
Full Bio: www.wearefuturemade.com/people
Truncated Bio: Crispin is a sustainable fashion expert committed to discovering creative business solutions for the brands of tomorrow. He is a Managing Partner of FUTUREMADE, a brand integrity and sustainable innovation agency that helps brands and suppliers positively impact and shape the future. He is also Director of Operations of NOYA Fibers, the world’s only fully traceable sustainable cashmere.
His expertise is in financial planning, product design, responsible production and developing sound go-to-market and communication strategies. When not working, Crispin enjoys bicycling and dancing.
Membership Chair of People Wear SF.
Product Development Specialist promoting environmentally responsible, socially conscious and ethical choices.
30 years experience. Otis Parsons graduate in Fashion Design. Worked in the garment centers of SF, NY and LA.
Hillary Peterson, True Botanicals
Look at Hillary Peterson’s professional life and you’ll quickly see that she’s been pretty serious about fashion and beauty her entire career. When diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she took a closer look at her most beloved personal products only to realize that they all had one thing in common: their ingredients contained toxins. Understanding that what goes on your skin goes into your body, she threw herself into an eight year study of botanicals and their healing powers, consulting with the world’s leading green chemists and sustainability experts.
Her ultimate goal being to formulate transformative skincare products that wouldn’t compromise peoples’ health or the environment. True Botanicals’ rule-breaking approach to luxury skin care and ability to bring together superior results and safety has earned it ELLE magazine’s coveted Genius award and placement at several of the world’s top spas.
Jennifer Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer, I:Collect (I:CO)
Jennifer Gilbert is a passionate advocate for eliminating textile waste and creating a sustainable fashion future. She currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of I:Collect (I:CO) – a leading global solutions provider for the reuse and recycling of apparel, footwear and other textiles. She is the driving force for I:CO’s North America division to keep these items out of landfill and in a continuous closed loop product cycle through its innovative take back programs. She works with some of the largest apparel brands such as Levi’s, The North Face, and H&M to take on end-of-use product responsibility, and helped create San Francisco’s Zero Waste Textile Initiative to address the city’s textile waste challenge.
She speaks nationally about this important message and the circular economy, most recently at the 2015 United Nations’ NGO Conference and the 2016 GCU’s Fair Fashion Center Speaker Series. She has been featured on radio and in publications including Newsweek and Triple Pundit, and took part in the Driving Fashion Forward short film series with Amber Valletta. She serves on the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s Material Reuse Advisory Panel and the Global Fashion Exchange Advisory Board.
Jennifer is a champion for positive change through business. Prior to I:CO, she held positions at high-profile advertising agencies such as TBWA/Chiat Day and entertainment icon Dick Clark Productions. She has over 25 years of experience in helping Fortune 500 companies create award-winning solutions to build and enhance their brands while empowering people and organizations to make a difference.
Expertise and Industry Title
Sustainable Fashion/Textile Reuse & Recycling
Social Media and Website
Julianna Y. Mo is the co-owner of Press On Cleaners in San Mateo, California. Her business is the first Green Business Certified Dry Cleaner in San Mateo City and County. Since converting to Professional Wet Cleaning in 2008, Ms. Mo and her husband, James Roh, have increased their sales revenue by six-fold proving the viability of the business model. Ms. Mo and Mr. Roh have attended numerous workshops throughout California to share their expertise and experience in the field. In October 2009, Ms. Mo wrote an article that was published in the San Mateo Daily Journal titled, “What is Green Dry Cleaning?” In March 2014, Ms. Mo spoke on a panel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) roundtable talks regarding Wet Cleaning care label law changes as Secretary of the Professional WetCleaners Associations. Ms. Mo holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University.
Kiki Nyagah , SFSFWI Consultant
Kiki is a Product Manager with 7+ years of experience in production and procurement for brick and mortars and e-commerce platforms. I specialize in agile methodology that is data-driven and responsive to the customer voice and the supply chain requirements, while carefully maintaining the creative integrity of designers, developers, and executive stakeholders.
Recently, I served as the Director of Product Development at an educational start-up. There I focused on driving the life – cycles of two primary products, oversaw financial funding, product management, vendor negotiation, and development. One of my biggest successes was creating an MVP with a plan for 12 months of services that catalyzed the continued funding of the company and its first $1MM valuation.
Prior to that my work focused on providing sales and market analysis, developing buying and merchandising strategy, mocking up and producing branded product, driving collaborative product offerings, evolving efficacy standards and procurement for iconic mult-million dollar independent retail and media operations .
I thrive in roles that blend fashion, culture, and design with retail product strategy. As a life-long artist and researcher, I am dedicated to creating innovative, inspiring products that shift the customer experience and evolve how we shop.
Specialties include: Product Management, Sales and Market Analysis, R&D, Merchandising Strategy, Vendor Relationship/Management, Budgeting & Cost Analysis, Fashion & Design, Procurement, and Project Management.
In 2004, Kyle Parsons went to Bali for the first time. During his trip he purchased a pair of sandals with soles made from motorbike tires. The unique sandals prompted Kyle to learn more about the worldwide tire problem, and he found that over one billion waste tires end up in landfills every year. This made him even more appreciative of the resourcefulness that lead to the creation of his sandals.
Kyle became determined to get back to Bali to pursue his new passion for repurposed tire sole footwear. The landscape and people of Indonesia had captivated him and he hoped that by transforming discarded tires into soles, he could do his part to help alleviate Indonesia’s pollution problem.
In 2009 Indosole was launched. Today Kyle is Indosole’s president and CEO and handles sales, marketing and general operations worldwide. He recently gave a TEDx talk entitled “Redesigning your consumer habits,” and is growing Indosole into a player in the worldwide footwear market.
Prior to founding Indosole, Kyle had a decade of experience working in the snowboarding and action sports industries, managing the Northern California sales territory independently for Bern Unlimited, POW Gloves, Ray Ban, Arnette, Revo, FOX and PUMA eyewear through Luxxotica and Oakley. Twitter @indosole Website www.indosole.com Official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/indosole Headshot (Please provide a HIGH RESOLUTION image) Kyle at TEDxUbud by Timur Angin.jpg
Laurine Grere Osborne has over 25 years experience in Europe, Asia and the USA in fashion design, product development, pattern making, technical design, operation management and business consultancy for the garment industry. She specializes in women knits and wovens – day and evening wear, loungewear, swimwear and bridal couture. She currently consults for a luxury global brand and runs a Image Consultancy which focuses on creativity and sustainability in fashion
Leahrose Farber, Worldwide Women’s Circle
As founder of the Worldwide Women’s Circle, LeahRose knows that empowering women shifts the global culture towards love. This international movement utilizes the ancient tradition of the women’s circle. We offer women the gift of community and help each one become the kind of leader the world needs now. Behind this mission is a deep desire to support women who are making a difference in the world. This is an important time in human history and there is an urgent need for women to gather and organize.
Leo Rosario moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 from New York City. She studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology, where upon graduating she went off to work for Calvin Klein Collection at the height of the label’s success. Leo has had a 30+ year career in the fashion industry specializing in textile sourcing and development, and garment production management. She’s worked for luxury designer brands which include Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lauren, and Zero + Maria Cornejo. Her passion is textiles and she has cultivated strong and important relationships with fabric mills around the globe; with respect and dignity being top priorities of how Leo does business with the global marketplace. She is a champion for design responsibility, humane and fair treatment of industry workers, sustainability, and respect of the earth and its communities.
Since arriving in the Bay Area, Leo and a business partner have founded a consulting service, VIDA3, to do brand development for local designers and fashion companies. She taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she enjoyed instilling her students with a love for the art of fashion along with a love for the sacredness of our planet and the humanity of our industry workers.
Leo loves Oakland, her new adopted city; art, and live music. In her free time, she can be found taking in a show at one of the Bay Area’s many music venues.
Lydia Wendt, California Clothes Foundry
Lydia Wendt, is founder and design director, of http://www.clothfoundry.com California Cloth Foundry, an SF brand selling ecologically & socially beneficial apparel and textiles for ‘A Healthy Wardrobe™’, from farm to fashion; grown, milled and sewn in America. Originally from New York, with over 20 years’ experience in the apparel and textiles industry, and Fashion Institute of Technology trained, she has worked with Tom Ford for Perry Ellis America, Calvin Klein, Jones New York, Fibershed for The North Face, Lucy Activewear, SC Johnson and Sons, and Clary Sage Organics, to name a few. As a design lead at Made in America, NYC, Lydia’s private label accounts included a broad spectrum of markets such as PVH, GH Bass, The Limited brands and Bloomingdales. Her comprehensive skill base imparts a deep understanding into the luxury of fashion, and the importance of a cohesive balance between conceptual design, sustainable design, and the commercial. As an educator, and faculty in Academy of Art University’s internationally recognized fashion department, Lydia taught sustainable fashion as well as graduate and undergrad textiles design courses before founding CCF in 2013. Lydia brings an in-depth practice of superior quality acumen, as well as triple bottom line sustainability to California Cloth Foundry Inc., and serves as a textiles development partner with Sustainable Cotton Project.
Maija Witte is the Market Campaigns Research Coordinator at the Breast Cancer Fund. She uses her research to help inform strategy for the Breast Cancer Fund’s biggest market-based campaigns, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Cans Not Cancer, to help reduce and eliminate exposures to toxic chemicals linked to Breast Cancer in personal care products and food contact materials. As a young adult cancer survivor with no family history, she became interested in learning more about environmental links to the disease, which led her to pursue a Masters in Public Health from the University of San Francisco in 2013.
Matt is President and Co-founder of INDiGENOUS, a leading premium organic apparel brand and producer of hand-crafted fair trade clothing. He and INDiGENOUS have won dozens of awards, been featured in scores of books and periodicals, and received numerous accolades, including winner of the global SOURCE Awards for best in Womenswear. “Top Innovator Award” from Apparel Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazines “Young Millionaire”, and singled out as a leader in socially conscious apparel by the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Examiner, Yoga Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Sustainable Industries. Matt has also lectured extensively, both on branding and with regards to issues of sustainability in fashion and business, at a multitude of venues including Stanford University, Coterie NY, WWDMAGIC and Prompex, Lima Peru.
Founded in 1994, INDiGENOUS develops and markets premium quality organic apparel to high-end fashion retailers primarily in North America, Europe, and Japan. INDiGENOUS apparel is designed in-house and produced to specification by artisan cooperatives located mainly in South America.
Since 1994, INDiGENOUS has created top quality fashion with minimal environmental impact, while enriching communities throughout the developing world. INDiGENOUS has supported organic agriculture, renewable resources, community capital, and eco manufacturing at all levels of its supply chain. From design inception to the hands of mindful shoppers, INDiGENOUS follows practices that treat people with dignity and the planet with respect without compromising quality or style.
Penelope was born and raised in North London, England of Immigrant parents- her mother is German, father Nigerian. Attending school in London she was surrounded by students with backgrounds from all over the world, this multi-cultural environment shaped her thinking and personality from an early age.
Penelope has always been interested in fashion, and has had a long and colorful journey to reach her current destination. At the age of 3 she began performing with a local dance company; watching her mum make her costumes and dressing up for performances inspired her to design and create her own clothes. By the time she was 16 she was making garments on a regular basis for herself and others.
After high school Penelope had a stall in London’s Camden market. She also studied at St Martins School of Art in London which introduced her to a wide variety of new techniques. During this time she also worked as an intern for Vivienne Westwood. Here experience there reinforced her growing confidence in her own style which she terms as Street Wear with a Classic influence TM
In the 90’s Penelope arrived in the US and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion at the San Francisco Academy of Arts, while there she won the Macy’s Award for Most Stylish Collection 1994 A spell in New York’s Garment district working for Chuck D of Public Enemy and his clothing line Rapstyle International convinced her she was ready to strike out on her own the result is Nneka. The name was given to her by her Nigerian Grandmother. She moved back to San Francisco and opened a store on Union St selling her own designs and sold to 35 other stores across the US. After Sept 11th she decided to close her store. After a stint in the corporate world she has come back to what she loves most designing her own line.
Penelope captures her most basic feelings about clothes: that clothing is one of the earliest and most basic forms of human expression – that line, shape and the cut make a garment and rich fine textured materials combined with a variety of color palettes are the finish.
Rachel Pachivas, COO , Annmarie Skin Care
Rachel is Annmarie Skin Care’s COO, and has been with the company since 2012. Her desire to create beautiful spaces and atmospheres brought her to an education in Design, but then shortly after inspired her to travel to see the beauties of the world. It was traveling Australia that really sparked who she is today – learning about organic farming and permaculture, natural skin care and herbs and natural medicine. During her mid to late twenties she spent time as a political organizer, working on food transparency related issues, and today she continues to work on projects around food sovereignty, and toxic chemicals in the skin care industry and in our everyday lives. With her love and passion for healthy lifestyles, creating comfortable environments and community organizing she hopes to always bring new ideas, thought, love and drive into the growth, team and culture of ASC.
Sarada Tangirala is the National Campaigns Manager at Women’s Voices for the Earth where she leads corporate campaigns and outreach efforts for safer cleaning products, feminine hygiene products and salon products. Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national nonprofit who mission is to amplify women’s voices to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities.
Before joining WVE, Sarada led market-based change efforts at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Her professional history also includes managing Project Underground’s Chevron Nigeria campaign and conducting strategic corporate research at the Data Center for environmental justice campaigns around the country. Sarada holds a Masters in Public Policy from Oregon State University, and a BA in Sociology from UC Davis.
Shanna Levy McCracken
Shanna Levy McCracken
Shana is a sustainable fashion consultant and textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She chairs the Prevention Reuse & Repair Technical Council (PRR) of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). [http://www.crra.com] The purpose of PRR is to help bring about Zero Waste in California and beyond. She holds an MA in Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community as well as a Green MBA, and completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Issues: Politics & Culture at UC Berkeley.
Shelly Gottschamer is the Chief Sustainability Officer for OuterKnown, a California apparel brand founded by world champion surfer Kelly Slater. Shelly’s love for apparel and fashion began as a child when she learned to sew doll clothes on an old-fashioned treadle sewing machine. By high school in Boulder, Colorado, Shelly was making costumes for the local dinner theatre. After opening a street ware boutique in San Francisco in the 1990s, Shelly went on to work with such major international brands as Levi-Strauss, Crocs, and Patagonia. Today Shelly works with major factories and stakeholders in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in the field of supply chain sustainability.
Steffen Kuehr is Founder and CEO of Santa Rosa based Sonoma-USA, a Benefit Corporation and B-Corp dedicated to creating sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing jobs in Sonoma County. Sonoma-USA designs unique and purposeful products like duffle and tote bags from used materials diverted from local landfills.
Susan helped produce the award-winning documentary about chemical body burden UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS, and has made a career out of connecting people so they can combine their talents and expertise for the greater good. After several decades as a small business owner and book publisher, she worked on staff at Stanford University for over ten years in marketing, communications, and event planning. Susan is now in charge of building community relationships, assists with social media and oversees graphic design and web presence for the nonprofit organization Made Safe, which is America’s first nontoxic certification program that applies widely to products from baby to personal care to household and beyond.
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