Susan is an architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. In 2008, after 20 years as an architect, she decided that she 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. Susan 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, Susan developed proprietary programs and hands-on creative workshops for sustainability, innovation, communication and leadership. Susan’s Distributed Public Art installations connect communities that foster awareness and action towards a more sustainable world. Susan uses her own artwork as a personal lab for exploring ways to connect people to climate issues through art, and her work has been exhibited in over a dozen group shows in recent years, and she has partnered with over 80 organizations. Susan has installed Rising Waters in over a dozen locations, including in Panama, and the project continues to highlight sea level rise in the US and internationally.
Prior, Susan practiced architecture in firms she founded and led for over 20 years. She is a registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional; Connective Leadership Institute Certified Trainer; Member of the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors; and Member of the Advisory Board of ArtWeek Boston. Susan holds 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’ Expert Partners and Advisors have broad expertise, so we can deliver blue chip multidisciplinary services while keeping our overhead and carbon footprint low. We remain nimble while bringing deep experience in Engagement, Team Building, Leadership, Design, Art, Communications, Climate Policy & Business Strategy, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Water Management, Data, and Education.
Taller13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, Mexico City, www.taller13.com
Elias Cattan, Founder & Director
Biomimicry, permaculture, deep ecology and systems theory are some of the areas of knowledge that affect me. I studied architecture in Mexico City, Universidad Iberoamericana and continued my studies in Schumacher College, in the UK. My professional path is as simple as life itself. Regenerate our relationship to ourselves and with the living systems that support and surround us.
We at Taller13 develop projects and designs that work as guide and model for our evolution towards a deeper and better relationship with our ecosystems. Founded Taller13 in 2001 to generate an interdisciplinary approach capable to intervene proactively in issues relevant to life and its designs. I design, think and share what I understand through workshops, lectures and projects capable of recognizing and developing potential. Impossible to do this alone, always working hand by hand with others in an integrated process design, where we learn and work together as a group.
Talia Arnow, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Sierra Flanigan, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Coalesce, The Campus Sustainability Accelerator, partners with schools to build cohesive and enduring sustainability initiatives by equipping and empowering stakeholders in four interrelated core competency areas: assessment and benchmarking, governance and leadership, planning and measurement, capacity and execution. The Accelerator is unique from other assistance programs in that it provides sustained facilitation and coaching to co-create work plans and implement solutions. Coalesce provides direct support and connects schools to an expansive pool of experts in a range of sustainability-related fields to inform and enhance practices. www.Coalesce.earth.
Kim’s professional experiences include working as a senior consultant for multinational companies in chemical and renewable energy industries. He was also a vice president of a biotech company located in Irvine, California. He studied at Biola University, Talbot School of Theology, and Peter Ducker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.
Rev. Charles Kim oversees Korean and Ethnic Churches for the Christian Reformed Church of North America. He has been a church planter and lead pastor of Ttokamsa Seoul Church, reaching out to a unique community of people in the district of Gangnam in Seoul, Korea, which is the epicenter of a new culture in Asia. His previous ministry experiences include directing and producing large international conferences such as JAMA New Awakening, DCLA, Next Wave, and FRESH. He also planted a church reaching college students and young adults at UCLA. He travels globally to do consulting and to speak on issues related to the next society. In addition, Kim is an adjunct professor of the State University of New York (SUNY) at the Songdo campus in Korea.
He recently produced two films about the Korean War (Forgotten Children of War and Heroes Forever) and founded I-Care Campaign, designed to educate young people about the Korean War and issues related to North Korea.
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.
Chris Watson, Research Fellow, School for the Environment, UMass Boston
Chris is a Geographic Information Science (GIS) specialist whose current research focuses on sea level rise and the misoscale and microscale modeling of coastal flooding and inundation phenomena. He is currently working with a team of researchers studying the impacts of seal level rise and coastal flooding on transportation infrastructure along the coast of Massachusetts and on Environmental Justice communities in Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Chris is also a private consultant and provides GIS, database and coding support to a wide range of climate change and environmental projects.
Chris has a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Technologies from UMass Boston. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from the University of Hartford. He has a broad scientific, technical and program management background that includes database application-development, hazardous-waste site investigation and remediation, and complex multi-site environmental design/build construction projects.
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Our Board is diverse and deep , and brings a wide range of expertise and perspective.
Nancy Achin Audesse - Executive Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Nancy Achin Audesse, Executive Director of the Board of Registration in Medicine, has been a tireless advocate for patients’ rights in Massachusetts and throughout the country.
As a teenager, she overcame a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease, a lymphatic cancer, to graduate from Harvard University. After a successful business career, Nancy Achin Audesse turned to public service. She worked to meet the needs of inner-city children as the Executive Director of the Lowell Girls Club and was active in numerous civic and cultural activities in her hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.
This sense of public service led her to run, successfully, for the Massachusetts State Senate in 1990. As a Senator she sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to improve the quality of mammography services and cancer treatment, and has been active in citizen lobbying efforts to improve health care on the federal level. As a private citizen, Nancy Achin Audesse used her knowledge of the legislative initiatives and passion for public service to mobilize community groups and individuals to become involved in changes in health care policy and funding. Despite a recurrence of her breast cancer, Nancy Achin Audesse accepted the challenge of developing breast cancer Education & Outreach programs for the MA Department of Public Health while undergoing rigorous cancer treatment, was statewide Crusade Chair for the American Cancer Society, and chaired its “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.
She has spoken to hundreds of community groups throughout the country, and in 1994, she was honored by Turner Broadcasting Systems as one of five outstanding women in America for her contributions to women’s health. She was also the first recipient of the Audesse Award, named in her honor by the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists.
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
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.”
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.
Jon Roberts, Partner, Grenian Capital
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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