Co-Founder and President, Rebuild the Dream
Founder, Green Belt Movement
CEO & Creative Director, ABC Home
Innovation Day features some of the most impressive minds in philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success, here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution around the world.
WIE Network's principals are television host and political commentator June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku. According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from the world's wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong families and dynamic careers. And that's what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."
Natalia Allen is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative, and one of Utne Reader’s 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.
Called the “Conscientious Fashionista,” Allen founded Design Futurist in 2005. She has developed textiles integrating conductive fibers for DuPont, rain gear free of petroleum-based chemicals for DKNY, and photoluminescent fabrics for athletic wear.
Winner of the Young Scientist/Entrepreneur Partnership Award from the IAP Global Network of Science Academies, she is developing "clean plastic" textiles with scientist Stephen Miller.
Allen is a member of the Consumer Industry Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and of Social Venture Network. She holds the Generation Award from Women, Inspiration & Enterprise.
A graduate of Parsons The New School For Design, where she won the coveted Designer of the Year Award, Allen has shared her knowledge of green fashion as well as environmentally and socially responsible clothing production at conferences in China, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and at Davos
Paulette Cole is CEO & Creative Director of ABC Home.
With a twenty year career in marketing strategy, sales and advertising on behalf of major corporations like Shell Oil, Exxon, Goodyear and Coca-Cola, that way of life merged with her professional life in 2001 when she began working with Waste Management. Brooke was most recently SVP, Brand Director at FKM, a US advertising agency with $250 Million in annual billings. As FKM’s strategic point person, her team’s work was recognized with an Addy for Waste Management’s Think Green campaign and a Mashable Award for Best Environmental Website 2008 for ThinkGreen.com. Brooke has a BS in Economics and Government from the University of Texas. Brooke tweets from conferences and on environmental issues @brookebf.
Almudena Fernandez is a Spanish model, eco-activist and Oceana supporter. In August 2010, FernÃ¡ndez participated in Oceanaâ€™s expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to help spread the word about the plight of the gulf and the dangers of offshore drilling.
She has been featured in fashion magazines including Elle, Vogue, Cosmpolitan, Shape and Harperâ€™s Bazaar, and she has been photographed for HermÃ¨s, Givenchy, Cartier, Revlon, Lacoste, Carolina Herrera, among many others.
FernÃ¡ndez is also a passionate environmentalist. She has worked with Greenpeace's campaign to stop the pollution of the seabed, and since March 2008, she has been collaborating with former Vice President Al Gore to spread his message about the environment and sustainability. She is Mr. Goreâ€™s official spokesperson for Spain, and in March of 2010 became the Climate Project Director of Ambassadors in Spain and Latin America, an affiliated organization.
She has also been named goodwill ambassador to the Spain and Portugal incarnation of the Rock in Rio music festival, a festival that spans seven days while producing its own energy through solar and hybrid technologies; Rock in Rio is the biggest music festival in the world.
Cheryl Heller is an American communication strategist, writer, and designer whose work focuses on using communication design to transform organizations into living systems. She has helped Fortune 100, entrepreneurs, social innovators and non-profit organizations in nearly every industry grow, through identity and communication strategy, employee programs, naming, start-up and product launches, interactive design and complete communication programs. She has founded three successful enterprises and is now CEO of Heller Communication Design. Beyond her consulting work, she is best known for teaching and mentoring social innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing design solutions to the developing world with Paul Polack, as a faculty and board Vice Chair of PopTech, and through her accomplishments as a thought-leader on communication and innovation.
Van Jones, new co-host of CNN's re-launch of Crossfire and president of Rebuild the Dream, has been named one of our nation’s most constructive policy leaders. He is an environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.
Mary C. Pearl
Dr. Mary C. Pearl, Internationally Known Scientist, Educator and Not-For-Profit Executive, is the Garrison Institute's New CEO