Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP, President and Founder, Climate Creatives & Energy Necklace Project
I am an architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. In 2008, after 20 years as an architect, I decided that I wanted to do something more for our climate. What would motivate other people to do more as well? Something fun and visible. What was preventing people from acting? Fear, and lack of belief that their actions matter. I founded Climate Creatives to use art and design to engage people because data alone doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment.
At Climate Creatives, I consult to all types of organizations and educational institutions on strengthening their sustainability and resiliency programs and on organizational culture change. Using my proprietary programs, I strengthen innovation, communication, collaboration, and leadership. My Public Art installations translate data, connect communities, and inspire climate action. I have partnered with over 100 organizations, reached over 500,000 people on-site, installed Rising Waters in over 20 locations, including Panama and Hong Kong, and have had my work exhibited in over a dozen group shows, including at the New Bedford Museum of Art.
Prior, I practiced architecture in my own firms. I am a registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional; member of the planning committee for UN World Oceans Day 2020, MVP Provider (Municipal Vulnerability Plan), Connective Leadership Institute Certified Trainer; and former Member of the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors, among other volunteer positions. I speak publicly and occasionally contribute articles on-line. I hold an A.B. from Harvard College, a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and attended Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.
Climate Creatives has a roster of Expert Partners and Advisors with broad expertise, so we can deliver the highest level multidisciplinary services while keeping our overhead and carbon footprint low. We remain nimble while bringing deep experience in Sustainability, Climate Adaptation, Culture Change, Engagement, Design, Art, Communications, Leadership Training, and Education.
Professor Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management; President and Co-Founder, Connective Leadership Institute
Education Ph.D., Harvard University, A.M., Wellesley College, A.B., Wellesley College
Jean Lipman-Blumen has served as an assistant director of the National Institute of Education and as special advisor to the Domestic Policy Staff in the White House under President Jimmy Carter, and has consulted to various governments and private sector organizations. Professor Lipman-Blumen is president of the Connective Leadership Institute, a leadership development, management consulting, and public policy research firm in Pasadena, CA.
Her teaching Interests and areas of expertise are leadership, Achieving Styles, crisis management, “hot groups,” organizational behavior, and gender roles. Her current research interests are: connective leadership in a diverse and interdependent world; Why followers tolerate toxic leaders; A practical theory of crisis management; and a Leadership Strategy for Global, Enduring, and Sustainable Peace.
Prof. Lipman-Blumen has published seven books, three monographs, and more than 200 articles on leadership, crisis management, public policy, organizational behavior, and gender issues. Her book, The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Lipman-Blumen has served on several editorial and other not-for-profit boards, including the De Pree Leadership Center, the National Women’s Museum, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. She is a Board Member Emerita, International Leadership Association.
Professor Lipman-Blumen has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne. She spent a year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. In 2010, she received the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that “honors an individual’s accomplishments in the development and enhancement of the field of leadership over his or her lifetime.”
John Bowman, Executive Producer, and Adjunct Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Santa Monica, CA
John Bowman is an Emmy award winning writer who has been writing and producing comedy for 25 years. He has written for Saturday Night Live, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, In Living Color, Martin, Murphy Brown, and Frank TV, among others. He created Martin and received two NAACP Awards and a People’s Choice Award for his work there.
He is currently a trustee of The Harvard Lampoon. In 2008 he received a PEN USA First Amendment Award for his leadership in the 2008 Writer’s Strike.
Morrow Cater ‘81 is Founding Principal and President of Cater Communications, a bipartisan strategic communications and public policy firm based in California, with offices across the United States. Cater Communications specializes in working across political, economic, demographic and cultural lines to engage new constituencies, develop collaborations, reframe the national narrative and achieve results. Cater and her team develop and execute strategic communications plans designed to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Among many successful campaigns, Cater Communications helped pass and protect California’s landmark global warming law (AB 32) as well as increase national fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg (2025.) Cater is a recognized expert on climate and clean energy issues. She speaks regularly on the national stage, including at the 2013 TED conference, where she spoke about Bridging the Partisan Divide over Climate. Morrow Cater has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, communications consulting, and public policy. Throughout her career, she has focused on the critical role of communications in achieving social change. Prior to her work on climate issues, she produced nationally acclaimed, award-winning films on social and political issues for PBS Frontline and for ABC News. Her awards include an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Research and a DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Earlier in her career, she was a reporter at The National Journal magazine and The Anniston Star. She also worked as campaign deputy press secretary and on Capitol Hill for then-U.S. Congressman Timothy E. Wirth. She holds an A.B. with Honors from Harvard College.
Nancy Israel, Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs, New England Sector; President, NDI Consulting Services
Nancy D. Israel, Environmental Entrepreneurs, New England, Director, & NDI Consulting Services, President, is passionate about clean energy policy and about the role businesses and investors can play in the transition to a low carbon, sustainable future. Nancy is a business lawyer and climate change and sustainability consultant. She is a Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) New England, a national, nonpartisan group of businesses, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Her background includes Managing Partner of a business law firm and International Counsel and partner at Ernst & Young. She has served as a Senior Advisor to Ceres, a nonprofit whose mission is mobilizing investors and businesses for a sustainable global economy, where she previously was in the Insurance Program. Nancy received her degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and speaks and writes frequently about climate change and sustainability. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancydisrael
Ruth Page has more than 25 years of experience in video production, communications, journalism, creative design, and project management. She is an accomplished writer, graphic designer, producer, director, video editor, and project manager.
As a creative consultant with Page One Productions, Ruth Page wrote and produced “Listening, Learning, Leading the Way,” a video presentation released at the annual global summit of the ITT Sheraton Corporation at Madison Square Garden. Documentary credits include “Folk Culture in America,” broadcast on WGBH/PBS; and “Diversity, Voices of Youth,” a documentary for the National Park Service that was distributed to school districts across the country. Ruth was a reporter and producer for a cable TV news operation and for several radio stations, including WBUR-FM and WFNX-FM, where she was news director.
Samuel Perry, President, Ascendance Ventures
I am an early stage investor and adviser to startup companies, especially those introducing disruptive technologies in media, electronic commerce, social networking and clean technology . My purpose is to improve the use of information technology to make massive improvements to the human condition—for example, by radically changing the way we measure health, manage fuel costs, or use water. I shepherded Reuters investment in Yahoo, and more recently was an early stage investor in Tesla Motors, the maker of fine electric automobiles.
With a background in journalism, the distinct value I bring as an investor is two-fold: (1) a trusted, varied, and non-traditional network, and (2) a keen ability to uncover hidden yet important truths. Experienced co-founder, investor, business development executive and board member and advisor. Primary focus is on media-related businesses, including software and Internet technology.
Greg Stone, President, Stone Communications, Inc, www.GregStone.com
Greg Stone, president of Stone Communications, is a media strategist and independent producer in the Boston area. Before founding his company, he was a writer at Time Inc. in New York and a TV reporter in Minneapolis, Boston, and on PBS. This book is based on decades of creative endeavors. Greg graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and business. Visit GregStone.com for more details.
Sue Dahling Sullivan, Chief Strategic Officer, Citi Performing Arts Center
At Citi Performing Arts Center since 2005, Sue has been part of a leadership team that has transformed this nonprofit center into an award-winning organization recognized for strategic planning, governance reform, education innovation, diversity efforts, community initiatives, and more. Two of her current projects include the launching of ArtWeek, a nationally recognized creative festival, and the growth of the City Spotlights Leadership program, an innovative creative summer jobs program for urban teens. She is also a frequent speaker and author on many non-profit topics including strategic planning and the Balanced Scorecard, nonprofit careers, management, and more. She was the former Chair of the Boston Cultural Council, past president of the Boston Arts Marketing Alliance, and has been involved with the HBS Cultural Entrepreneurship Dean’s Challenge and MIT’s annual Hacking Arts event. She currently serves on the Amos Tuck School’s Center for Business and Society Advisory Board at Dartmouth College.
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