Our country’s attention toward creating purposeful lives and work appears to be growing at an unprecedented rate. Various sectors are adapting to support and capture the benefits of purpose—from changing corporate recruitment strategies to creating new ways to support students. And with good reason! Research shows that a sense of purpose is correlated with achievement, creativity, resilience, psychological, and even physical health. But can these efforts be coalesced into a field that improves not only individual lives, but society as a whole?

We hosted the world’s first interdisciplinary 360-degree review of purpose in the United States to find out. Read on to learn more.

We asked questions like: What do we really know about purpose? What don’t we know? Who are the influencers in the largely silo-ed space—in business, in religion, in leadership development, in technology and more? And how can we all work together to help build a field that will ensure that more people do what is both right for them and good for the world?

Each of us who gathered to ask and answer these questions knows that purpose is fundamental to changing our society for the better—from

leaders of socially-minded corporations, to researchers responsible for the most cutting-edge findings on the topic, to faith-based change agents, and leaders from various other sectors. Our attendees were hand-picked for this exclusive event, hosted in partnership with a cadre of innovative foundations, corporations and nonprofits.

We would like to thank our 2015 attendees for playing a crucial role in the burgeoning field to which we devote our time, resources, and intentions. Look for further updates and learnings from the Work on Purpose team coming soon.

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Participants

We hand-selected 80 leaders representing influential sectors of society, from religion, to business, to academia for a 1.5 day think/act tank.  Our task was to map the beginnings of the field as it exists today, and engage in strategic visioning around how we want to see the field develop.

Akaya Windwood

President | Rockwood Leadership Institute

Akaya Windwood is internationally recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors. Her vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight, and wonder into everything she does. She has a life-long commitment to working for a fair and equitable society, and believes that Rockwood's network of over 4,000 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders will help lead the way. Windwood has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Independent Sector Conference, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She is also the recipient of the Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and a Transformative Leadership Award from the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation.

Allison Jones

Editor | Idealist.org

Allison Jones is an editor at Idealist.org, a global nonprofit that connects people to jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships at social-impact organizations around the world. In her role as editor she envisioned, launched, and currently manages Idealist Careers, a place for purpose-driven professionals to receive the advice and community they need to find, land, and their dream jobs. Through her work, Jones has deepened her understanding of what it takes to work for social change. In addition to Idealist.org, she continues to learn about nonprofit communications and builds a meaningful career by running her own successful personal blog about nonprofits and writes and speaks about the nonprofit sector. She and her work have been featured in Fast Company, Huffington Post, Lifehacker, GOOD, and more.

Amjad Ayoubi

Senior Associate Dean | Tulane University

Amjad Ayoubi, Ph.D. serves as Senior Associate Dean for undergraduate education at Tulane University. He oversees Academic and Career Advising, Success Coaching, Academic Support Services, and Academic Services for Student Athletes. Amjad joined to Tulane University after Hurricane Katrina and helped rebuild career services operations and later helped reorganize and grow academic advising and develop a new success coaching department. Amjad is a change agent, creative thinker, effective problem solver and a futurist. He supports a team of dedicated staff who are redefining, re-engineering, and re-imagining the way universities support their student's personal, academic and career development. Amjad is a member of the Higher Education Advisory Council for SalesForce.com's Foundation. Amjad is also a big fan of Work On Purpose!

Amy Wrzesniewski

Associate Professor | Yale University

Amy Wrzesniewski focuses on how people make meaning out of their work in difficult contexts (e.g. stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work) and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job. Wrzesniewski received an Award of Excellence 2014 by Emerald Group Publishing in the Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology for her co-authorship of “Job Crafting and Cultivating Positive Meaning and Identity in Work.” In addition, she has been awarded the Google Faculty Research Grant, Davis Conference on Qualitative Research Best Paper Award, and Kauffman Grant, among others.

Andy Barker

Social Mission Strategy & Policy Manager | Ben & Jerry's

Andy Barker has been on Ben & Jerry's Social Mission team for ten years acting on the company's intention to be a force for social and economic justice in the world. Ben & Jerry's has been a pioneering social enterprise for three decades, writing one of the first corporate Social Mission statements way back in 1988. Andy's work has included sustainable dairy programs, Fairtrade and non-GMO sourcing efforts, and external campaigns on democracy, peace, animal welfare, and consumers' right to know. For his work, Andy was granted the Face of Peace award from The Peace Alliance.

Ann MacDougall

President | Encore.org

Ann MacDougall has had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles. Before joining Encore.org, she was a 2013 Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a year-long program to prepare experienced executives to take on new challenges in the social sector. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of Acumen, a global venture capital fund focused on goods and services for low-income customers. MacDougall oversaw Acumen's worldwide operations, strategy, and expansion. Before joining Acumen, she was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she rose through the ranks to become General Counsel of PwC US (in NYC) and Global Deputy General Counsel (in Paris). She currently sits on the board of Global Citizen Year (a US education nonprofit), the Audit Committee of the Lycée Français de New York and the Advisory Board of Equality Now.

Barnaby Marsh

Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives | John Templeton Foundation

Barnaby Marsh oversees strategic initiatives, philanthropic outreach, strategic program initiatives and the communications department of the John Templeton Foundation. He also works to develop innovative practices in philanthropy. At the request of the late Sir John Templeton, Dr. Marsh created the Templeton Philanthropic Leadership Network, a group of international leaders in business and philanthropy who are seeking novel ways to address philanthropic challenges. Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Marsh held a range of private-sector positions in management consulting, investment banking, and risk assessment. Dr. Marsh earned his D.Phil. for a thesis on the economic, psychological, and biological aspects of risk-taking, and has held academic fellowships at the Hebrew University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Max Planck Institute, and New College, Oxford.

Ben Duda

Co-Executive Director | AmeriCorps Alums

Ben Duda is the Co-Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums, the only national network connecting all AmeriCorps alumni to the people, ideas, and resources that support a lifetime of service. Dedicated to increasing civic engagement programs, strategies, and movements, Ben's leadership was first developed in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) as a Corps member and team leader. In addition, Ben was a teaching fellow with Citizen Schools' AmeriCorps program where he led and mentored a team of middle school students in Boston Public Schools. He then spent five years as a senior program manager with KaBOOM! helping to grow a major civic campaign to increase the engagement of cities and city leaders in supporting play and physical activities in their communities. Ben served on the founding AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Council in 2005- 2006 before becoming the executive director in 2011. Ben holds a M.P.P. in Urban Policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Celia Sepulveda

Communications | Guru Media Solutions

Celia Sepulveda, Ph.D has more than 15 years’ experience in strategic communications, public relations, and business development. Dr. Sepulveda earned a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona in 2001. In addition to her training and academic research, she worked as an administrator in the Dean of Students office and became one of the youngest adjunct faculty members in the history of the Higher Education department. She is currently consulting corporate clients, startups, and nonprofits and leading communications and media relations strategies for those interested in bettering the lives of consumers and creating positive social change. Her clients have included Jamba Juice, Social Venture Network, Tetiaroa Society, CellHealth Institute, UniversityNow, Sunistics, Aligned Mind, Dr. Billy Greineisin, Dr. Vincent Giampapa, and WellnessFX.

Chris Marcell Murchison

Vice President for Staff Development and Culture | HopeLab

Chris Marcell Murchison guides HopeLab's efforts to create an organizational culture that values learning, innovation and joy. Since joining HopeLab in 2005, he has led a strategic staff expansion to support a portfolio of work focused on the support of resilience in everyday life. He also has led the development of principles and practices that embed HopeLab's values into the everyday operations of the organization.

Chris White

Managing Director, Center for Positive Organizations | University of Michigan

Chris White leads the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. The Center helps leaders build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people through ground-breaking research, educational programs, and organizational partnerships. As adjunct faculty at the Ross School of Business, Chris co-developed and teaches the MBA class on Social Intrapreneurship, which has since been replicated in other top business schools, and authored Changing Your Company From the Inside Out. Chris has been leading and consulting to purpose-driven organizations for 15 years. His work has spanned the nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors.

David Yaden

Research Fellow | University of Pennsylvania

David Bryce Yaden is a research fellow and assistant instructor at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman. He works in collaboration with neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg of Thomas Jefferson University and The Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Pennsylvania. He provides public health education and consulting with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management techniques at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and serves as a Humanist Chaplain for Rutgers University. His research focus is on the psychology and cognitive-neuroscience of the varieties of self-transcendent and spiritual experiences, including potential applications as well as the theoretical and ethical issues resulting from this study.

David Smith

Managing Director | The Presidio Institute

David Smith believes in the power of the American people to collectively innovate for the greater good. His work at the Presidio Institute harnesses his expertise in aligning vision with strategy through the delivery of high impact solutions. David cultivates the partner relationships that are the cornerstone to the Institute's mission (building on the Presidio's legacy of service and public-private partnerships, the Presidio Institute provides the transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities) and the source of its essential, collaborative programming. . He helped draft and pass the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act and launch The Civic 50 with Bloomberg Businessweek as the Executive Director of the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship. He founded and led Mobilize.org, a national nonprofit that equips and invests in young people to participate in being the solution to various community problems.

David Streight

Executive Director | Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education

David Streight has been Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education since 2004. He previously spent three decades as a teacher and school psychologist in both public and private independent schools. In the 1990s he co-founded a national coalition of teachers of world religions, and spent three years as host for the teacher section of the PBS/WNET website, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Streight is the author or editor of a half dozen short books reflecting his primary passion of fostering goodness in kids.

David Van Zandt

President | The New School

David E. Van Zandt became The New School's president in 2011. He has advanced a vision for The New School that elevates the university's core values of creativity and social engagement and connects its strengths in design, social research, liberal arts, and performance. He has led the development of strategic initiatives to enhance The New School's commitment to student success, global education, new and distinctive educational models, and institutional effectiveness and assessment. David has spoken and written widely on higher education, including regular articles in the Huffington Post on topics such as college accountability, universities and the creative economy, and the importance of education that fosters innovation and courage to create positive change in the world. He has spoken on panels at the United Nations, the Taihu World Culture Forum, and the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. David was dean of the Northwestern University School of Law from 1995 to 2010. Under his leadership, Northwestern Law transformed its approach to admissions, education, and social engagement. He led changes in the school's academic programs to prepare students for new demands of the global marketplace. Earlier in his career, he was an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and law clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (now on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. He holds an AB from Princeton University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics.

Deidra Riggs

Managing Editor | The Higher Calling

Deirdra Riggs edits an online community encouraging everyday conversations about work, life, and God entitled Higher Calling. Deidra Riggs is also President of JumpingTandem, a community of writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and world-changers. She hosts conversations about faith; race in the North American church; and living life with courage, even when you're scared to death. JumpingTandem is a place to ask the tough questions and enter into grace-filled dialogue. She is a monthly contributor to (in)courage, and she speaks at various conferences, retreats, and workshops throughout the year such as The Summit for Change Conference.

Dev Aujla

CEO | Catalog

Dev Aujla runs Catalog an agency which provides strategic advisory and recruiting services to companies that make money and do good. He is the founder of the Canadian charitable organization DreamNow. In 2014, Dev launched 50waystogetajob.com which has been called 'The future of job training.' by Fast Company and has helped over 300k people take steps towards a meaningful career. He is the coauthor of the book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World and currently lives in New York City.

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Doug Rauch

CEO | Daily Table; Conscious Capitalism

Before retiring in 2008, Doug Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe's Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a small nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and championed their customer experience focus and their successful personal leadership program called Trader Joe's University. Rauch is now the CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative retail solution tackling the issue of hunger/obesity by providing the food insecure with affordable nutrition through utilizing the excess quality food being wasted. He is a recent Senior Fellow in Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative and currently serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.

Eileen Fisher

Founder and Chief Creative Officer | Eileen Fisher, Inc.

Eileen Fisher, Chief Creative Officer of EILEEN FISHER, Inc, launched a clothing company in 1984 that became well-known for its simple, beautiful designs. With nearly 70 stores across the U.S., Canada, and U.K., Eileen has built a company guided by a distinctive aesthetic and an ongoing commitment to supporting women, human rights, and making a positive impact in the world. She attributes the company's vision and success to an emphasis on collaboration, community and connection. "I've learned through the kind of collaboration we practice at EILEEN FISHER that when people create community and connect with others, they can do things that wouldn't be possible if they acted alone. Eileen has dedicated her career to social change, mindful leadership, and exploring ways people can find purpose in their work. Her current work is focused on personal development. Eileen believes that by nurturing growth in ourselves and others, pursuing individual purpose, and freeing ourselves of limited beliefs and behaviors, we can find greater meaning and fulfillment in our lives. In 2015, she has plans to open a learning center in Irvington, NY, where employees and the public will have opportunities to explore their purpose and passions.

Emilio Pardo

President, Life Reimagined LLC & Executive VP | AARP

Emilio Prado is a senior executive with over 20 years of business leadership and success with corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the AARP executive team, and president of Life Reimagined LLC, a new nonprofit subsidiary corporation of AARP, dedicated to helping people dream, explore, find new opportunities and pursue new possibilities in their lives. The company provides digital, online and live experience products and services to navigate life transitions. During his tenure with AARP, he has helped the organization grow from 36 million to 40 million boomer/senior members, and added over $200 million in new revenue. His specific responsibilities included all marketing, advertising, brand and positioning programs for AARP and AARP Services Inc. (ASI), the association's for-profit arm. Among his many achievements, he helps make AARP the third most trusted brand in America.

Emily Esfahani Smith

Writer

Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer in New Haven. Smith writes about culture, relationships, and psychology, and her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Criterion, and The Daily Beast.

Gabe Grant

Doctoral Candidate | Yale University

Gabriel Grant holds an MPhil in Leadership and Sustainability from Yale University, an MS in Ecological Systems Engineering and a BS in Physics. He cofounded Authentic Sustainability to transform the complexity and tension, inherent in the pursuit of a flourishing world, into drivers of creativity, innovation, and employee flourishing. His clients represent a diversity of sectors including: social entrepreneurship, transportation, energy, consumer products, information and communication technology, financial services, commercial and residential development, and cultural institutions. Gabriel's research at Yale explores the relationships and possible pathways between micro level flourishing of individuals, flourishing organizations and communities, and at the macro level, a flourishing planet. He co-founded the Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation to equip leaders of the next generation to powerfully pursue their purpose. His consulting, research, and non-profit endeavors are in service of fulfilling his dream of all life flourishing together, through people experiencing their life as a calling.

Gerard Senehi

Founder and President | Open Future Institute

Gerard is the Founder and President of Open Future Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the evolution of culture. In 2013, OFI launched the QUESTion Project which supports high school and university students to define their lives and future with meaning and purpose. Through forums that directly address fundamental life questions, students find an opportunity to be themselves, and expand their understanding of who they and who they want to become. Gerard is a graduate of Amherst College and received his Masters in Psychological Education from the University of Massachusetts. He taught science, French and art before embarking on a creative path as an entertainer and an activist. He lives in New York City with his wife Francesca where together they manage Open Future Institute. Gerard is also one of the world's leading mentalists, inspiring his audiences to ask questions about life and reality.

Howard Gardner

Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education | Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Howard Gardner is Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, he is a leading thinker of education and human development. He has received honorary degrees from thirty colleges and universities. He has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics, and is senior director of Project Zero and co-founder of the Good Project. For the last several years, he has worked in various capacities with Harvard undergraduates and is now undertaking a study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century. His latest co-authored book, The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, was published in October 2013.

Jane Bowman

People Mission Manager | Ben & Jerry's

Jane Bowman is the People Mission Manager at Ben and Jerry's and member of Unilever NA HR Team. Jane serves on the global senior leadership team. She collaborates across a complex, highly matrixed organization to deliver the people agenda for B&Js. The primary focus of this role is talent management, organizational development, employee engagement and stewardship of B&J's unique culture. She has expertise in livable wage principle and its implementation for B&J's in North America. Jane has 15 + years of experience working across organizational cultures to integrate human resource systems to improve business performance all while upholding a deep respect for employees in those organizations.

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Jared Levy

Founder | Guru Media Solutions

Jared Levy sits on the board of directors for the prestigious Social Venture Network, is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado and in his spare time runs a 15 person strategic marketing agency focusing on empowering movements and purpose driven brands. He has led ground breaking communications and digital marketing campaigns for a wide array of clients including Obama ‘08, 1% For the Planet, MPAA, UCLA MBA program, University Now, Jamba Juice, and on and on.

Jeanne Nakamura

Associate Professor | Claremont Graduate University

Jeanne Nakamura, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University where she co-directs the positive psychology concentration and the Quality of Life Research Center. She is a member of the board of the International Positive Psychology Association. Nakamura helped direct the Good Work Project, a series of studies of excellence and social responsibility in professional life. She has investigated positive psychology in a developmental context, including engagement and creativity, mentoring and good work, and aging well. Her writing and research address motivation and engagement in adulthood, the formative influences of mentoring and the formation of good mentors. Currently, in collaboration with Encore.org, she is conducting research on social innovation after 60 as a model for positive aging.

Jeff Thompson

Director, Romney Institute of Public Management | Brigham Young University

Jeff Thompson is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on the topic of meaningful work. Thompson is an associate professor at Brigham Young University's Romney Institute of Public Management. He earned a Ph.D in organizational behavior, with an emphasis in ethics, at the University of Minnesota in 1999. Thompson's research, published in top management and ethics journals, focuses on meaningful work and ethical dimensions of the organization-employee relationship. His recent article on work as a calling, published in Administrative Science Quarterly, was named Outstanding Publication in the field of Organizational Behavior by three different professional associations in 2009. He teaches a course in organizational behavior and business ethics in the Marriott School. He has led graduate students on several study abroad programs to Ghana to provide training to NGO leaders.

Jenn Lim

CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Happiness Officer | Delivering Happiness

Jenn is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and everyday life. While studying at UC Berkeley, she found herself in a poetry class and where she was expected to read her poems aloud. Another student came up to her after class and said “I loved that line.” It was in that moment that Jenn realized that words have power, and became the reason that she focuses so much energy on her speaking engagements today. Jenn was a consultant at Zappos. She created the Zappos Culture Book, a symbol of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability. She was a foundational part of the team at Zappos who proved that happier employees = happier customers = profitable/sustainable business (and most importantly, meaningful lives). Today, she's dedicated to growing DH to inspire happiness in people, communities and companies so that together, we can create a happier world.

Jenni Menon Mariano

Associate Professor | University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Jenni Menon Mariano is Associate Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, where she teaches courses on the psychology of purpose. She is an international researcher and speaker with over 15 years of experience in community development and education. Dr. Mariano earned her PhD from Stanford University where she worked on the first youth purpose studies. As a Positive Psychology Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania she examined purpose in the Study of Adult Development. As a scholar on the Good Work Project, Jenni studied how individuals accomplish work that is excellent and ethical. In 2000-2001 Jenni coordinated a country-wide program in Bosnia-Herzegovina, collaborating with government, schools, and the media, to build a curriculum to help students make positive community impacts. She currently co-leads a six country initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation to examine how universities can help youth identify pathways to purpose.

Jennifer Rothberg

Executive Director | Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

As the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust's Executive Director, Jennifer Hoos Rothberg leads the foundation's efforts to fulfill its mission of helping people get along better. Jenn oversees all aspects of the Trust, including setting its strategic priorities, monitoring progress towards goals and building relationships with key partners to advance the foundation's vision. Before joining the Trust, Jenn served as the development director at a non-profit where she helped double the organization's annual campaign and spearhead efforts to build the organization's development operations. She previously served on the Family Philanthropy Committee for the Council on Foundations and the board of Cornell Hillel.

Jill Iscol

President and CEO | IF Hummingbird Foundation

Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe. Iscol currently serves as the Founding Advisory Board Member of Acumen Fund and the Founding Co-Chair of City Year. She has also acted as Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate's New York Finance Committee and as National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President's 2008 Finance Committee. She is the author of Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Idealism Into Action.

Jon Gruber

Campus and Community | Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Jonathan Gruber leads the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust's campus and community portfolio, supporting a diverse set of partners and exploring opportunities to expand EFCT's work in these areas. Before joining the Trust, Jon was a Principal at the management consulting firm Booz & Company, advising clients across sectors on strategy and organizational performance. Jon also worked as a consultant at Katzenbach Partners and as a philanthropic advisor at Impact for Education. He started his career teaching politics and history at the Stowe School in England and serving as Director of Education at The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. Jon earned an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Jullien Gordon

Founder & CEO | New Higher

Jullien Gordon, also known as The Innerviewer, is a nationally recognized speaker for companies, conferences, and colleges. He is committed to the success of the millennial generation. He consults for organizations, individuals, and teams that want to increase employee performance, motivation, engagement, and retention. His trainings and writings as a Founding Partner at New Higher have shifted thousands of young professionals from high performance by chance to high performance by habit using his “Innerviewing” tools and techniques, so that they can understand why they perform high and replicate their success on demand. Gordon is the author of four books on career advancement, finding purpose, goal achievement, and closing the college-to-career gap to help young professional discover their life's work and make their highest contribution to the world and through their daily work.

Katie Hunt-Morr

Senior Manager, Values and Impact | Etsy

Katie Hunt-Moor manages the Values & Impact Team at Etsy. She is charged with making Etsy better for the world, and making the world more like Etsy. Hunt-Moor works on improving the company's ecological footprint, finding innovative ways to increase their community engagement, and ensuring Etsy's company values are a part of everything they do. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Jiamini Scholarship Fund, a non-profit that provides disadvantaged kids with access to education in Tanzania. She has received the United Way Women in Philanthropy Award, as well as the Thomson Reuters Women to Watch, Community Champion, and Emerging Women in Leadership Awards.

Kelly Schmutte

2025 Project Manager and Experiment Designer | Stanford University / d.school

Kelly Schmutte is an Experiment Designer at the Stanford d.school and a lecturer in the ME Design Department. Her expertise in human-centered design has been the focus of her studies and professional work experience for the past 10 years. She holds dual degrees from Stanford (MS, BS - Product Design). In 2013, Kelly joined the d.school as a fellow and Project Manager for the @Stanford project, a year-long, multi-phase collaboration between students and d.school designers to imagine and design the future of living and learning at Stanford. This work culminated in the Stanford 2025” exhibit in May 2014, a highly experiential, immersive event which showcased four possible futures as provocations. Among them was “Purpose Learning: Declare a Mission, not a Major.” As a design professional, Kelly is also a serial entrepreneur and passionate inventor.

Kendall Cotton Bronk

Associate Professor | Claremont Graduate University

Kendall Cotton Bronk is an Associate Professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is a developmental psychologist interested in positive youth development and the moral growth of young people. Most recently, she has investigated these topics through the lens of young people's purposes in life. Her research has explored the relationship between purpose and healthy growth, the ways young people discover purpose, and the developmental trajectory of youth with strong commitments to various purposes in life. Her work has been published in academic journals and most recently in a book, Youth Purpose: A Critical Component of Optimal Youth Development (Springer Publishers).

Lester Strong

CEO AARP Experience Corps | AARP

Lester has served as the CEO of AARP Experience Corps for the past six years; expanding its tutoring and mentoring work to 22 cities and serving 30,000 students who struggle with reading. He also served as the Chief Development Officer for BELL(Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which also provides tutoring and mentoring services to underserved children. A longtime proponent and practitioner of meditation, Lester was CEO of the SYDA Foundation, an educational organization that provides instruction in yoga and meditation in 46 countries. He spent 25 years in the television industry as an executive producer, reporter and anchor in Charlotte, N.C. (WBTV), Atlanta (WSB), and New York (ABC) and Boston (WHDH-TV). His work earned him a host of national and regional awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and a White House commendation from President Ronald Regan.

Lindsay Shea

Donor-Activist | Women Moving Millions

Lindsay Shea is a donor activist funding women, girls, economic development, youth organizing, and juvenile justice. She is currently a trustee of the Woodcock Foundation, which supports community development, and improves the educational, economic and environmental circumstances of communities in need. At the Woodcock Foundation, Shea and other trustees select areas of interest, identify individuals within those areas who possess strong leadership skills, and invest in them with financial and technical resources. She was also a Member of the Board for the Ms. Foundation for Women, an organization aiming to elevate women's voices, bring attention to the challenges facing women around the nation, and create positive change; as well as Girls Inc. NYC, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, City Kids

Lisa Anderson

Senior Director | Auburn Theological Seminary

Lisa Anderson is senior director of Intersectional Engagement & Strategic Convening at Auburn Theological Seminary, an initiative dedicated to equipping bold and resilient women faith leaders with the tools they need for a lifetime of prophetic social justice activism. Anderson is the founding director of the newest signature program of that initiative, The Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle, which aligns the creation of vibrant and sustainable models of activist leadership with an emphasis on self and community care as a defining and galvanizing mandate for social justice in the 21st century. In addition, Anderson works with Auburn's education team on issues of intersectional organizing, bridging the divide between theology and activism, and on deepening the spiritually grounding of leaders in a multifaith movement for justice via the creation and curation of worship and liturgical resources.

Maggie Stevens

Director of Program Development and Undergraduate Programs | University of Indianapolis

Maggie Stevens recently joined the University of Indianapolis as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Adult Learning. Prior to her role at the institution, she served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact, a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of service and civic engagement in higher education. Members of Indiana Campus Compact are institutions who commit their time and expertise to developing students as engaged civic participants. Stevens previously served as the Director of Service Learning at Northern Kentucky University, where she supported faculty in the development of service learning courses and worked with nonprofit organizations to development campus and community partnerships. She currently chairs, the Indiana Service Commission, ServeIndiana and was recognized as a 2010 YWCA Women of Achievement Nominee.

Marcelo Cardoso

Executive Director | Fleury

Marcelo Cardoso is passionate about how the evolution of the individual living in healthier business communities transform organizations and society. Holding C-Level position for the last 20 years in Consulting, Cosmetics and Health Care, Marcelo brings an innovative approach to how business can transform and be transformed when connected to a Higher Purpose. Originally from Brazil, Marcelo is focusing now on supporting the evolution of organizations such as Eileen Fisher, and he is and joining MetaIntegral as their Global CEO. Marcelo is also a coach and facilitator.

Marci Alboher

VP, Marketing and Communications | Encore.org

Marci is a leading authority on the changing face of work and a Vice President at Encore.org, a nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. She is the author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, in addition to One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash “/” Career.She also created the “Shifting Careers” column and blog for The New York Times and the “Working the New Economy” blog for Yahoo. Alboher is on the board of Girls Write Now, the advisory board of The OpEd Project, and the advisory council of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program.

Marina Kim

Co-Founder | Ashoka U

Marina Kim's work in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade. She started at Stanford University, leading the Future Social Innovators' Network, the Social Entrepreneurs' Challenge, and co-founding the university's first minor in social innovation. Since then, Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Marina's work has been featured on Social Edge, change.org, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, recognizing her work with Ashoka U.

Marta Urquilla

Deputy Director | Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University

Marta Urquilla is the Deputy Director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University. Marta helps manage the center's activities and leads its programmatic work on government innovations and outcomes-focused policy solutions. She previously served as Senior Policy Advisor in the inaugural White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and as Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the Corporation for National and Community Service. An Echoing Green Fellow, Marta began her career designing successful programs to build youth leadership and connect communities to economic opportunity. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Latin American Youth Center. Marta graduated from Duke University and lives in Washington, DC with her family.

Mary Gentile

Director, GIVING VOICE TO VALUES | Babson College

Mary Gentile consults on management education and values-driven leadership. In her ten-year tenure at Harvard Business School, she developed and taught the school's first course on managing diversity, and helped design and taught its first required module on ethical decision-making. Currently she is Creator and Director of the Giving Voice to Values curriculum, and senior research scholar at Babson College. She is also the author of Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When you Know What's Right (www.MaryGentile.com). Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, BizEd, CFO Magazine,and Risk Management, and she has written several books on ethics and diversity.

Nadia Roumani

Fellow and Lecturer | Stanford University

Nadia is a Lecturer and Fellow with Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and the Hewlett Foundation Fellow with Stanford's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. Nadia is applying design thinking to philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, running workshops across the country, and launching the Muslim Giving Project. Nadia also co-founded the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, housed at USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture. AMCLI, a leadership development program for emerging American Muslim leaders committed to increasing civic engagement, has graduated over 200 participants to date. In Dec 2014, Nadia ran a civic leadership program in Turkey for civic leaders from the Middle East and East Africa through United States Institute of Peace's Generation Change. Nadia has launched several nonprofit organizations and global initiatives dedicated to identifying unique solutions to complex socioeconomic problems, including the Initiative for Policy Dialogue with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University; Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; and the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Paul Irving

President | Milken Institute

Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute; Distinguished Scholar in Resident, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology; Author, The Upside of Aging: How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose. Irving's work to improve aging lives and societies has regularly been featured in major media outlets and was recognized when he received the Janet L. Witkin Award from Affordable Living for the Aging in 2014. Irving is a member of the boards of East West Bancorp and Encore.org (where he serves as vice chair), and of advisory boards at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, the USC Davis School of Gerontology, Stanford University's Distinguished Careers Institute, and Partners for Livable Communities. He is a director-elect of the American Society on Aging. Previously, Irving was an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a prominent law and consulting firm.

Pulin Sanghvi

Executive Director | Princeton University

Pulin Sanghvi is the inaugural Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University, and was formerly Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Pulin graduated from Yale in 1992 with a BA summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction in Economics, and also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Palo Alto and an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York. He serves on the National Board of Directors of Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit focused on changing the win-at-all-cost culture around youth sports. He serves Yale as an At-Large Delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni Assembly, on an advisory council to the Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors, and served for eight years as the Yale Palo Alto Alumni Schools Committee Director.

Rha Goddess

Founder & CEO | Move the Crowd

Rha Goddess is THE entrepreneurial soul coach behind hundreds of breakthrough changemakers, cultural visionaries and social entrepreneurs. Her mission? To revolutionize the way we live, work, play and handle our business. From multiple NY Times Bestsellers to multi-million dollar social enterprises, Rha's unique methodology has empowered a new generation of conscious entrepreneurs to stay true, get paid, and do good. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Ms Magazine, Variety, Essence, the Source, Mindbodygreen.com, and the ChicagoTribune.com, among others. A sought-after speaker, Rha has led the conversation around a “whole self” approach to entrepreneurship as key to a more just and sustainable economy and culture. She has presented at Bioneers, SVN, Women Donors Network, Equity Now, Netroots Nation, TedX BroadStreet, Emerging Women and more. As Founder & CEO of Move The Crowd, Rha has leveraged her innovative curriculum (through its renowned Academy,) to galvanize a movement of 1 Million entrepreneurs dedicated to re-imagining “work” as a vehicle for creative expression, financial freedom and societal transformation.

Rick Luftglass

Executive Director | Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Rick Luftglass is a seasoned philanthropy professional who has worked in the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He began his career in New York City cultural nonprofits, with a particular focus on jazz and immigrant cultures. Mr. Luftglass is the Executive Director of Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and has served as a consultant for private foundations. Mr. Luftglass' passion is in urban issues - appreciating the vitality, diversity and rich assets of cities and developing solutions for the problems that affect them. As the Executive Director of the Pfizer Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement, he led the ramp-up of Pfizer's Community Health Advocacy, a novel strategy to partner with community-based, multicultural and faith-based organizations to advance public policy issues of mutual interest, and worked on Pfizer's neighborhood revitalization initiatives in Williamsburg/Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Mr. Luftglass is co-chair of Philanthropy New York's foundation CEO Roundtable.

Rob Wilson-Black

CEO | Sojourners

This year Rob begins his 7th year at Sojourners and his 3rd year serving as CEO, working closely with President & Founder Jim Wallis and the Board of Directors, having served Sojourners as Vice President before being named CEO. Resourcing the nearly 3 million Sojo.net annual visitors and 25 million individuals who are directly reached by Sojourners through media and resources, Rob is also a liaison to the World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, Brookings and Chautauqua institutions as well as partners Ford, MacArthur, Kellogg, Annie E. Casey and Skoll foundations who fund the work of calling the faithful to economic and social justice. A graduate of the University of Chicago (PhD, AM) under Martin Marty and the University of Richmond (BA, MA), Rob served as a college and seminary vice president for ten years, and is author of numerous articles, blogs, a forthcoming book on religion and education, and was an editor of the multi-volume Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. He has lectured on the campuses of UC-Berkeley, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Baylor University and several international universities including the University of Cape Town and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Rob currently serves as board co-chair of the National Museum of American Religion (NMAR), an advisor to the New America Foundation's Smart Strategy Initiative and Crestivex Capital's social impact investing project that is focused on creating social filters for alternative asset classes.

Ronald Cordes

Co-Founder | Cordes Foundation

Ron Cordes co-founded the Cordes Foundation with his wife, Marty, with the goal of advancing market-based solutions that address the world's most challenging problems. Cordes speaks extensively on impact investing and achieving meaning and purpose in an encore career, and has been profiled in multiple publications including Fast Company, Forbes, Financial Advisor, and others. A veteran of more than 30 years in the investment industry, Cordes co-founded AssetMark Investment Service. Cordes is co-author of The Art of Investing & Portfolio Management and was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. Cordes chairs the Executive Committee for ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services company launched in 2010, and is also co-chair of the Opportunity Collaboration. In addition, Cordes also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Fair Trade USA and MicroVest Holdings.

Sara Arlotti

Executive Director | IF Hummingbird Foundation

Sara Arlotti is Executive Director of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established by Jill and Ken Iscol in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. Sara joined the Foundation in 2004 and for the past decade has worked closely with its President to support numerous organizations impacting lives around the globe. Currently, Sara is spearheading the Hearts on Fire Curriculum project based on Jill Iscol's book, Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, which aims to engage and unlock society's next generation of concerned and compassionate citizens. She has also led the public relations efforts for the Foundation and in 2014 launched the Hearts on Fire Visionary Campaign which puts the spotlight on inspiring leaders using their talents and skills to improve the lives of others. Sara lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her two children.

Scott Sherman

Executive Director | Transformative Action Institute (TAI)

Dr. Scott Sherman is a writer and researcher on the most effective methods of social change. Over the last decade, he has taught courses on transformative action at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, NYU, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania..

Sheila Katz

Vice President | Hillel International

Sheila Katz has been named one of 16 people changing the world by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. She is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action. Sheila is currently Hillel International's Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship. In this role, she builds and manages national partnerships and programs that expand opportunities for Hillel students and professionals to bring Jewish values to a wider range of social issues. An activist in the Jewish community, Sheila creates the social media content for Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, serves on the board of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, and is a social start trainer for PresenTense. She is currently a Wexner Foundation Field Fellow and a Hartman Institute Campus Fellow.

Stephen Lewis

President | Forum for Theological Exploration

Stephen is the President of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), which focuses on cultivating a new generation of Christian leaders. He has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program development and group facilitation. Stephen's interest lies at the intersection between leadership development, vocation and leading change, and he is passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders to make a difference in the world through Christian communities.

Stuart Bunderson

George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance | Washington University of St. Louis

Stuart Bunderson is the Associate Dean and Director of Executive Programs, and the George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance at the John M. Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He teaches and conducts research on leadership, ethics, and the pursuit of meaningful work. He has consulted, conducted research, and led training seminars with leading corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations including Intel, Walmart, NASA, 3M, Royal Dutch Shell, the FBI, Volvo, NIH, the Brookings Institution, and the American Association of Zookeepers. His work has been featured in leading journals and periodicals, including The New York Times, Fox Business, and Slate Magazine. Before pursuing an academic career, he worked in management development at PepsiCo, Inc.

Terry Chadsey

Executive Director | Center for Courage & Renewal

Terry Chadsey leads the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization founded 20 years ago by writer, and teacher Parker J. Palmer to contribute to a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. He is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and has led scores of Courage & Renewal programs for educators and leaders of all kinds. He worked in urban public education for 32 years, teaching in Chicago, Australia and Washington for 22 of those years. After leaving the classroom, he provided leadership to school and district improvement efforts, coaching and consulting to districts and schools, principals and teachers. Chadsey is founder of Sound Discipline, an organization that is undoing race bias in schools by teaching people of all ages "to do the right thing when no one is listening."

Tim Masson

Chief Steward & CEO | Ian Martin Group

A self-professed IT nerd and aspiring surfer, Tim Masson became the Chief Steward and CEO of the Ian Martin Group in 2010. Tim is a champion of the idea of 'Meaningful Work', B Corporations and 'Disruptive Innovation' and believes all three will help create a society of shared and durable prosperity. Founded in 1957, the Ian Martin Group is North America's most progressive recruitment firm. The Ian Martin family includes technical recruitment divisions IME, IMT, IMIT, experts in Engineering, Telecom, and IT respectively. Two new startups, Hirefly & Fitzii combine leading-edge technology with personality/culture/skills assessments to help match more people with Meaningful Work.

Toni Harris Quinerly

Senior Consultant | Community Resource Exchange

A skilled strategies, trainer and coach, Toni Harris Quinerly works with a broad range of social sector clients to: develop strategic business plans; maximize human capital; increase stakeholder engagement; and manage organizational change. Prior to joining CRE, Toni served as the Director of Leadership Diversity at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, where she designed and launched nationally prominent talent development programs for mid-level and emerging social sector leaders. She began her career healthcare services, directing mental health and HIV treatment/prevention programs serving young people from under-resourced communities in New York and Philadelphia. Toni is as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she also led the career services and alumni relations teams for five years. She holds an M.S.W. from Columbia University's School of Social Work, and a B.A. from Temple University's School of Health Professionals.

Tony Burrow

Assistant Professor | Cornell University

Tony Burrow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development, and the Director of the Purpose and Identity Processes Laboratory at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology. Burrow's research focuses on topics related to youth purpose, identity processes, and race-related experiences encountered by ethnic minority adolescents and young adults. He has taught several courses including Racial and Ethnic Identity Development, Psychology of Race, and Multicultural Psychology during his time at the institution as well as the University of Notre Dame as a Multicultural Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Burrow received the Youth Purpose Research Award from the Stanford Center on Adolescence.

Trish Tchume

National Director | Young Nonprofit Professional Network

After eight years of volunteering with the Young Nonprofit Professional Network National, Trish Tchume now serves as the first National Director of the organization. Tchume was introduced to the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in 2004 as a founding board member of an affiliate group called Philadelphia's Young Nonprofit Leaders. Since then, Trish has gone on to support a broader network of emerging leaders across the country by serving as a YNPN National board member from 2007 through 2011. During this time she held a number of key positions on the board including the role of National Board Chair during her final term. Tchume previously served as Director of Civic Engagement for the Building Movement Project where she provided technical assistance, training, and developed publications for the growing movement of social service providers who are integrating social change values and practices into their daily work.

Vinitha Menon Watson

Executive Director | Zoo Labs

Vinitha Watson is a lateral thinker, design strategist, and committed learner. She has sometimes been called “divergent,” and her path has been just that: Vinitha caught the startup bug while opening Google's first satellite office in India. She went on to found Kaaya, an environmentally friendly home decor retailer and then Zoo Labs, a Music Accelerator. Zoo Labs mission is to support creative entrepreneurs while exploring new business models that help sustain their livelihood and sits at the intersection of art, technology and music. Outside Zoo Labs, Vinitha is a Design Strategy consultant, providing strategic growth planning and innovation to nonprofits. She founded The Resident Wellness Project and sits on the boards of Nexleaf Analytics and California College of the Arts. At Zoo Labs, Vinitha is creating a place where entrepreneurs from different fields come together and have their ideas collide. She hopes to build a school of thought - not just a recording studio, music residency, gallery, and start-up hub, but something bigger than its parts.

Wanda Ortwine

Chief Family Officer | Luck Companies

As Chief Family Officer at Luck Companies, Wanda is responsible for leading the Family Office, which supports a multi-generational family and global company in achieving their mission of igniting human potential through values based leadership and positively impacting the lives of others around the world. Wanda is a thought leader in the field of family enterprise and provides strategic thinking and direction for the family and the company as they successfully transition ownership and leadership of the enterprise to the next generation. She supports families in developing trust and communication in the family system by incorporating the practices and principles of Values Based Leadership. She understands the unique values, beliefs, principles, skills and perspectives of each generation, and helps them embrace and value their heritage, while pursuing their own unique self and legacy. She has spoken at numerous conferences on leadership and family enterprise. She is a graduate of Truman State University and Arizona State University.

Warren Berger

Author | A More Beautiful Question

Warren Berger is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has studied hundreds of the world's leading innovators, designers, red-hot start-ups, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities. A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications, Berger serves as an Adjunct Professor and host of the "Innovators" lecture program at The University of Colorado, and has lectured at The University of Virginia, The University of Oregon, University of Texas, New York's School of Visual Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he gave a 2011 Commencement address for graduating business students.

William Damon

Professor | Stanford University

William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. His work focuses on the positive aspects of "growing up" rather than the severe behavioral problems of adolescents. Prior to coming to Stanford, Damon was University Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Damon's recent books include The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find their Calling in Life (2008), Noble Purpose (2004) and (with Anne Colby) The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice (forthcoming). Damon is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Linda Kay Klein

Director, Work on Purpose | Echoing Green

Linda Kay Klein is the founding director of Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program. Rooted in the best life- and work-practices of Echoing Green's social entrepreneurship Fellows, Work on Purpose inspires and equips young professionals to identify their purpose and put it into action. The program has trained representatives from over 190 universities and nonprofits on its original curriculum. An active storyteller, Linda is a regular speaker at universities, conferences, and nonprofits, and contributes to media outlets including The Huffington Post. Linda sits on the advisory boards of the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and Our Inner Lives, a project of Feminist.com, and is a founding board member for JumpStart Academy. She completed her MA in creative writing and religious studies at NYU, where she was awarded the NYU Reynolds Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, and completed her BA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Nicholas Kristof

Columnist | The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2001. He grew up on a farm in Oregon, graduated from Harvard, studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and then studied Arabic in Cairo. He was a longtime foreign correspondent for The New York Times and speaks Chinese, Japanese and other languages. Mr. Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards such as the Anne Frank Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has written several books, most recently (September 2014) about how to make a difference. Their last book, Half the Sky, was a No. 1 best seller. Mr. Kristof, who has lived on four continents and traveled to more than 150 countries, was The New York Times's first blogger and has 1.4 million followers on Twitter, 1.3 million followers on Google+ and 600,000 followers on Facebook. Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are the parents of Gregory, Geoffrey and Caroline. Mr. Kristof enjoys running, backpacking and having his Chinese corrected by his children. Read his blog, On the Ground.

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Diana Propper De Callejon

Managing Director | The Cranermere Group, Limited

Diana has more than twenty years of work experience in sustainability investing. As a General Partner of Expansion Capital Partners' Clean Technology Fund II, Diana has made investments in power management, energy efficiency, green building, and industrial process controls companies. Prior to Expansion Capital, Diana was the co-founder and Managing Director of EA Capital, a financial services firm that advised clients on new business and investment opportunities in resource efficiency and productivity. One of the first firms specialized in this area, EA Capital established itself as a leading investment advisory firm focused on investments in clean energy and water, and sustainable forestry and agriculture. Diana's interests in harnessing private equity and markets to solve environmental and social problems were catalyzed during her 1990 Echoing Green fellowship during which she was based in the Brazilian Amazon providing loans to small businesses that harvested and exported non-timber forest products such as nuts, fruits and oils. Diana is a frequent speaker on Clean Technology and sustainable investing at conferences (e.g. The Family Office Forum, Milken Institute, Wall Street Green Trading Summit) and has also written on the subject, most recently contributing the chapter, Integrated Value A New Private Equity Model for Driving Value Creation for Private Equity International's book, The Guide to Responsible Investment. Diana holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Duke University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Spencer Ton

Executive Director | Cordes Foundation

Spencer is Executive Director of the Cordes Foundation, and oversees the Cordes Family's strategy in building out a more safe and secure world through the advancement of the foundation's philanthropic, impact investing, and field building around women and girls empowerment and poverty alleviation through social enterprise. Prior to this role, Spencer served as Associate Director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. Ton co-founded Fashion4Freedom, a social enterprise and design incubator that creates products and processes that lead to ethical and alternative supply chains. Spencer was an instructor of English and International Relations at the College of Foreign Languages in Hue, Vietnam and has worked for a wide range of public organizations including the San Joaquin County Public Defender's office and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Cabinet. Spencer is also Board Chair of Design Capital, a non- governmental social enterprise organization focusing on enhancing the livelihoods of disadvantaged youth and the economic development of Vietnam by leveraging capital to country's "missing middle" entrepreneurs. He earned his Bachelor's degree in International Relations, Chinese, and Economics from the University of the Pacific's School of International Studies and received advanced Chinese language training at Peking University.

Stephanie Cordes

Vice Chair | Cordes Foundation

Stephanie joined her family foundation as Vice Chair after transitioning out of a career in publishing at Self Magazine within the Conde Nast group. Currently, Stephanie advances the foundation's Women & Girls Portfolio as well as other field building activities that directly leverage capital to organizations that elevate the role of women and girls worldwide. Stephanie is also a long time fashionista and has held various positions in the fashion industry, including Allure Magazine and conscious luxury brands such as Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet.

Cheryl Dorsey

President | Echoing Green

Cheryl Dorsey is president of Echoing Green. This global social venture fund has awarded over $36 million in start-up capital to more than 600 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); Transition Team Member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group (2008-09); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present). Dorsey serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, the SEED Foundation, and Northeast Bank. In 2009, Dorsey was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. For 2010 and 2011, she was named as one of The Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50." Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Eric Schwarz

Higher Education Social Entrepreneur

Eric Schwarz is CEO and a co-founder of Citizen Schools. Eric has been tapped to speak about education reform and Expanded Learning Time at numerous conferences across the country. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Task Force on 21st Century Skills, the Center for American Progress working group on Expanded Learning Time, the transition team of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the Social Entrepreneur Advisory Board for the New Profit, Inc. Gathering of Leaders. He is also the author of Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities, a widely cited essay examining social change efforts and the role of social entrepreneurs, and co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning. Previously, Eric served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as Executive Director of City Year Boston, and as a Vice President at City Year.

Janxin Leu

Director of Product Innovation | HopeLab

Dr. Janxin Leu (pronounced "Jen-Shing Loo") plays a strategic leadership role in HopeLab’s initiative to promote human resilience and inner values through “mobile tech for good.” She advises and manages a portfolio of user-centered design, psychological research, and tech development projects. Examples include text-messaging interventions that cultivate empathy among teens, and mobile apps to support parenting skills in building social and emotional skills in children. Prior to joining HopeLab, Janxin was a professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and created the curriculum for the Emmy-nominated Nick, Jr. show “Ni hao, Kai-lan!” Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Seattle Times. Janxin is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and the University of Michigan (PhD), and was elected a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar.

Lara Galinsky

Senior Vice President | Echoing Green

Lara Galinsky is the senior vice president at Echoing Green where she manages the day-to-day and oversees the marketing and communications, evaluation, thought leadership, and strategic planning. Lara is the co-author of Echoing Green’s books, Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact and Work on Purpose. Most recently, Lara Galinsky worked as the director of National Programs at Do Something, Inc., working with over 20,000 educators to inspire 4 million young people to get involved in their communities. Lara serves as board chair of StartingBloc, as well as on the board of the Fast Forward Fund and The Lewis Institute at Babson College. Lara received her Masters in Communications from Columbia University and her Bachelors from Wesleyan University. She also graduated from Coro's Leadership New York program.

Rob Evans

Co-Founder and Managing Partner | Imaginal labs, LLC

Rob Evans is the co-founder of Imaginal Labs. Rob is a master at working with courageous leaders to help them align and mobilize their teams to accomplish the things of which they dream. Rob is one of the world’s leading experts at designing and delivering the innovative DesignShop™ Process. He has facilitated hundreds of highly successful DesignShop™ events with many of the world’s leading organizations, including 28 of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations such as the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and other federal and state agencies. Rob holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard University. He has held faculty positions at Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Northeastern University, and the Lesley College Graduate School of Management. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dickinson College with a degree in International and Russian Area Studies.

Carolyn Buck Luce

Co-Founder and Managing Partner | Imaginal Labs, LLC

Carolyn is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Imaginal Labs, dedicated to helping courageous leaders make the difference they dream of. For several decades, Carolyn was a Principal at Ernst & Young and spent the last decade as the Ernst & Young Global Life Sciences Leader responsible for serving global life sciences companies with a full range of management consulting solutions. In that capacity, Carolyn was responsible for E&Y’s strategy, thought leadership, resourcing, learning and solution development. Carolyn is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, teaching Management and Gender. She has co-authored several HBR publications and speaks frequently on the topic of women’s leadership and empowerment. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Carolyn spent seventeen years in lending, investment banking, consulting and government. She started her career working for the US State Department in the Soviet Union, stationed in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moscow. Carolyn is the proud parent of Frank, Nina, Jacob, Nathan and son-in-law, Tom as well as her grandson, Jamie.


Key Topics

Mapping the Purpose Field – From Yesterday to Today

Facilitated by Imaginal Labs, we spent the majority of our day pooling our knowledge in order to create a map of the emerging purpose field. In addition to hearing from the experts in attendance, we engaged with artists whose role it is to help us coalesce the themes that emerge among those in the room, and situate them within time.

We celebrated the completion of the day with cocktails and dinner. Our dinner presentation featured keynote presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist and best-selling author, Nicholas Kristof, followed by a “skyside chat” with some of the most influential innovators in the purpose field today.

Visioning the Future of the Purpose Field

We rolled our sleeves up and dug into all that was uncovered the day before, visioning the future of the field and the role that those in attendance at Purpose360 could play in helping to shape it.


About Our Work On Purpose Program

Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program inspires and equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their unique way to make a social impact — be it as a nonprofit or social business employee, an artist-activist, an effective board member, a high-impact volunteer, a social entrepreneur, or in any number of other potential roles. Through this program, Echoing Green leverages life and work lessons from its social entrepreneurship Fellows to provide inspiration and frameworks to support a wide spectrum of young people seeking to make the world a better place in a way that is uniquely right for them.