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Cheryl Heller

Cheryl Heller is an American designer and brand strategist. She has developed brands and launched products for Fortune 100 and start-up companies in fields ranging from fashion and beauty, entertainment and retail to technology, food and beverage, health care...more

Claudia Garzesi

Claudia Garzesi is an Eco-Artist. As a child in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she learned to make crafts from her mother and her grandmother. She became a dentist but decided to use her artistic skills and creativity to help...more

Deborah Schimberg

It was a 1992 trip to an economically depressed chicle-producing community in Guatemala that inspired entrepreneur Deborah Schimberg to create a market for the product stateside that was delicious, sustainable and healthy. The overwhelming majority of gums available,...more

Denise Zmekhol

Originally from Sao Paulo Brazil and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, award-winning director Denise Zmekhol has traveled the globe to make commercials and documentaries for Google, Sun Microsystems, Kellogg’s, Revlon, Pepsi, and her own...more

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER, a botanist, medical biochemist and self-defined “renegade scientist,” brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world.  A precise and poetic writer steeped in Gaelic storytelling...more

Helen Thayer

In 1988 New Zealand born Helen Thayer became the first woman to walk and ski to any of the world’s poles when she trekked solo to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile. She was the...more

Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel is a national environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes environmental education and gardens in schools, and...more

Leigh Merinoff

Over the past two decades, Leigh Merinoff’s quiet suburban home, once surrounded by short green mono-cropped lawn, has transformed into a homestead bursting with edible fruits, vegetables and medicinal herbs, butterflies, birds and honeybees. Leigh’s Bees is the product of...more

Lois Gibbs

Lois Gibbs is an American environmental activist. Her involvement in environmental causes began in 1978 when she discovered that her 7-year-old son’s elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York was built on a toxic waste dump. Subsequent investigation revealed that her entire neighborhood, Love Canal, had been...more

Lynne Cherry

Lynne Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Her best-selling books such asThe Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild teach children to respect the earth.

Lynne is also the founder and director of the non-profit Young Voices...more

Marion Stoddart

Marion Stoddart is a citizen leader committed to a lifetime of grassroots organizing and coalition building for positive social and environmental change. In the early 1960s, Marion Stoddart was a housewife and mother of three who decided to take...more

Milbry Polk

Milbry Catherine Polk is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Wings WorldQuest, the preeminent organization supporting women explorers throughout the world. She is the author/editor of a dozen books includingWomen of Discovery, The Looting of the Iraq Museum,...more

Natalia Allen

In 2005, Natalia founded Design Futurist, an award winning design consultancy that has created innovative and sustainable textiles and clothing lines for multinational brands such as Saks, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. She also worked as an adviser...more

Nell Newmann

Nell Newman launched Newman’s Own Organics in 1993. She is responsible for the company’s product development and marketing. The daughter of actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Nell had an early introduction to natural foods. At their rural Connecticut home,...more

Nicole Dawes

Nicole Dawes is the Co-founder and CEO of Late July Organic Snacks, located in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Late July makes certified organic cookies, crackers, and chips. Nicole and her husband Peter (who is the company’s Co-president and COO) have...more

Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake, MA, is the Founder/President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus where she is working nationally and internationally with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to promote resilient communities, foster a post-carbon energy future,...more

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, is the managing principal and senior consultant with Watershed. Watershed partners with architecture and engineering teams, building owners, developers and contractors to create green building solutions tailored to the specific climate and culture of the...more

Robyn O’Brien

A former financial and food industry analyst, who had the opportunity to meet Goldman Sachs’ Henry Paulson, Ebay’s Meg Whitman and Martha Stewart while working on the desk, Robyn O’Brien is an author, public speaker, strategist and mother of four....more

Sarah Steingraber

An acclaimed ecologist and author, Sandra Steingraber explores the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on chemical contamination. She takes a personal and scientific look at these issues and offers insights into how we...more

Sheila Hollender

Sheila is a leading authority on women’s issues, environmental health and sustainability.  Following a distinguished career as a partner in her own New York law firm, she co-founded America’s leading brand of natural consumer products, Seventh Generation, with...more

Stacy Malkan

Stacy Malkan is a co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. ” The book tells the inside story of the unprecedented...more

Susan Shaw

A marine toxicologist, explorer, author, and passionate ocean advocate, Susan Shaw is widely known for her pioneering research on the toxic legacy of man-made chemicals in the ocean environment. She is credited as the first scientist to show...more

Terrie Williams

Terrie Williams is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Sta. Cruz, and a researcher at Long Marine Lab. Her research focuses on Comparative physiology of large mammalian predators, with emphasis on energetics....more

Theo Colborn

Theo Colborn is Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), based in Paonia, Colorado, and Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is an environmental...more