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Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Freeport, ME

Joan Benoit Samuelson (Freeport, ME) is an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women’s marathon was introduced. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years. Continue reading

Mike Biddle

Mike Biddle

San Francisco

Dr. Mike Biddle started MBA Polymers about 20 years ago – literally from his garage in California. MBA Polymers has grown to what is now the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from complex waste streams, such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and household waste. Continue reading

Tamar Datan

Tamar Data

Leesburg, VA

Tamar is Executive Director of TrueSpark, a nonprofit that teaches character to kids and principal of Tamar Datan Consulting which specializes in philanthropic and non-profit consulting. Prior to launching her consulting practice, she held executive positions in national and international nonprofits, from small start-ups to large established organizations. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Executive Vice President of the Amazon Conservation Team, overseeing the growth of ACT’s annual budget from $3M to $6M. Continue reading

Daniella Dimitrova Russo

Daniella Dimitrova Russo

San Francisco, CA

Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the chief executive officer of Think Beyond Plastic™, a global forum and business accelerator focused on disruptive innovation and entrepreneurial solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Ms. Russo’s blended executive experience in high-tech, Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution to the forefront of global, social, environmental, and political discourse.
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Kamal El-Wattar

Kamal El-Watter

San Francisco, CA

Kamal El-Wattar managed software localization companies for 17 years, leading teams in the Middle East, Asia and South America for clients such as HP, Microsoft, Nokia, Adobe, Medtronic, Ford and many others, adapting their software for foreign markets. Additionally, he started several international trade service companies over a 20 year span, coordinating manufacturing in Asia. Continue reading

Hillary Husted

Hillary Husted

Seattle, WA

Hillary is passionate about sustainable design. She is Art Director and Graphic Designer for Hillary Husted Design. She has worked on projects for dozens of major brands including ACME Food Sales, Mariani Fruit Packing, Pura Vida Coffee, Nordstrom Advertising, and Services Group of America. She has worked in San Francisco, Baltimore and New Zealand and currently lives in Seattle. Hillary studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Evan J. Segal

Naples, FL

Naples, FL

Evan Segal is a businessman, public servant, philanthropist, and author dedicated to providing business leaders with the knowledge, wisdom, and information that will help them grow their businesses in today’s challenging – and rapidly changing – environment.

Segal’s story began at Dormont Manufacturing Company. As President and Owner, he led Dormont’s evolution from a small business to a successful international company.

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