• Traveling across the world

    Tom Chi, former UX lead at Google X, traveled to Guatemala to help Kingo prototype a new distribution model for their off-grid solar charging boxes, leading to a fundamental change in their model.

  • Enlisting an entire company

    Rick Sterling, founder of the global branding consultancy Sterling Rice Group, joined MANA’s board and enlisted his whole company in prototyping its new product: the Calorie Cloud.

  • Connections to TED and The New York Times

    Kim Scheinberg was EcoFuel Africa's first investor, also helping their founder Moses Sanga speak at TED, where he spoke and received a standing ovation. She also connected him to a reporter who featured him in The New York Times.

Meet a Few of Our Mentors

Caitlin Leibert
Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Caitlin Leibert

Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Caitlin is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s sustainability vision and strategy in more than 2,200 restaurants worldwide. From waste reduction to energy management, to water stewardship, Caitlin works to minimize Chipotle’s impact as a company and plays a key role in developing new practices.

Caitlin started her career at Chipotle in 2007 as a marketing strategist in northern Ohio and later went on to oversee marketing in New England before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2011 for her current role.

Caitlin received her BA in journalism from the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then went on to earn her Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2016. She is currently serving a two-year term on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council for the City of Denver.

Blake Angelo
Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo

Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo is Denver’s first Manager of Food Systems Development. Located in the Office of Economic Development, Mr. Angelo is responsible for supporting food-related business and community development efforts across the city with a particular focus in supporting a balanced approach to healthy food access, mid-skills food job creation, and the expansion of local food businesses in target neighborhoods. Working closely with the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council (a mayor appointed commission), he managed the creation of Denver’s first strategic plan for food systems development: the Denver Food Plan. Born and raised in Denver, Angelo has a track record of supporting hundreds of food and farm-related businesses. He understands that strong food systems require strong food businesses and strong multidisciplinary partners. Prior to this position, Angelo worked as a business and organizational development consultant, was the Director of the Beanstalk Foundation, and served as the first specialist in Urban Agriculture for Colorado State University Extension in Denver and Jefferson counties. He has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology.

Sarah Hemminger
Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread (improving graduation rates of at-risk students from 6% to 92%)

Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread (improving graduation rates of at-risk students from 6% to 92%)

Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has thirteen years oexperience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in successfully completing high school and accessing higher education, as well as the potential for students and volunteers to change not only their own lives but also create a positive and lasting impact on those around them. Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University for her work on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering. Her research was published in the Journal of NeuroscienceJournal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex and she has lectured internationally on her work. She received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED. Sarah enjoys ice skating and teaching aerobics.

Tom Chi
Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom has worked in a wide range of disciplines from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software (web & client) products and services. He’s worked on large projects of global scale (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and data-driven design that has allowed him to both get new things off the ground and move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. Tom describes this rapid innovation process to create the earliest iterations of Google Glass in this TEDx talkhere.

Paul Polak
Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Paul Polak

Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, two corporations that will serve as a platform for the formation of new frontier multinationals. Dr. Polak is starting these new social ventures with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.
The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day.
The first division of Paul Polak Enterprises is SunWater, a company that is lowering the cost of photovoltaics by 80% in order to develop a solar pumping system that is competitive with 5 hp diesel pumps of which there are about 20 million currently used in India alone.
Prior to founding Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.
Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008. His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers by Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.”
Dr. Polak’s first book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty. His second book, The Business Solution to Poverty, published in 2013 with co-author, Mal Warwick has been adopted as a leading guide to profitable solutions to ending poverty on a truly large scale. Bill Clinton called The Business Solution to Poverty “one of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time.”
Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at Uncharted. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

Ime Archibong
Ime Archibong

Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

Vice President of Partnerships at Facebook

Ime is focused on unlocking new business opportunities and driving Facebook’s product strategy through product/platform integrations and global programs. In this role, Ime has supported a variety of Facebook initiatives, including the Developer Platform, Music and Video products, Messenger, Internet.org, and Facebook’s K-12 and CS Education efforts. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM. He started his career at IBM as a software engineer in the Systems and Technology Group, before doing a stint on the corporate strategy team, and eventually settling in business development. Ime holds a Bachelor¹s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chip Heath
Chip Heath

New York Times bestselling author

Chip Heath

Chip Heath

New York Times bestselling author

Chip Heath is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy and organizations. He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of three books. The book, Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work came out in March 2013. Their 2010 book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Their first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, was a New York Times and Business Week bestseller, and was an Amazon Top 10 Business Book for 2007 for both editors and readers. Chip has consulted with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association. His parents are just happy that their sons are playing well together.

Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale. The Rainer Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behavior change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability (see www.rainerfellows.org). Kevin’s stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then, he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.

Hunter Lovins
Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter educates senior decision-makers in business, government, & civil society on how to restore & enhance natural & human capital while increasing prosperity & quality of life. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), she co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, she is a professor of business at Bard MBA. She works in more than 30 countries, has advised heads of state, CEO’s and NGO leaders around the world. Advisor to the Energy Minister of Afghanistan, she has worked on development issues in some of the world’s most challenging economies. She has consulted for companies like Clif Bar, Wal-Mart, the Pentagon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. She has co-authored 14 books, including Natural Capitalism. An entrepreneur, she has started and sold companies, and is currently a partner in Principium, an impact investment firm created with Uncharted fellows, angels and mentors. She is currently working with the King of Bhutan to reinvent the global economy.

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former Chief Operating Officer, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world.

Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07.

Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Nancy Gaines
Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker.  Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 65 countries.  Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.

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