Doing Well by Doing Good
Stacey Chang, Founder & Chief Warrior - VEERAH
Stacey Chang is the Founder and Chief Warrior of VEERAH (www.veerah.com, @veerahofficial), a mission-driven luxury shoe company created for women passionately inspired to do good and look incredible. VEERAH (vee-rah), derived from warrior in Sanskrit, is rooted in the belief that today’s mega-tasking women are true modern-day warriors. Building a brand to satisfy and complement the demands of their dynamic, fast-paced, and conscientious lifestyle has been the very foundation of VEERAH. As a Public Benefit Corporation, VEERAH looks at their shoes with a holistic point of view - from sourcing eco-conscious and cruelty-free materials to their support of various non-profit partners.
Prior to founding VEERAH, Stacey assumed numerous leadership roles at The Estée Lauder Companies and Coach Inc. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Carley Garcia, Head of External Affairs, NYC - Google
Carley Graham Garcia serves as Head of External Affairs for Google. She is responsible for public policy, government relations and community engagement for the New York City region. She holds Board level positions at the NY Tech Alliance, Meatpacking Business Improvement District, Hudson Guild and Montclair Public Library Foundation. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Carley was the Director of Advertising Sales at National Journal Group in Washington, DC. She has also held positions at The Atlantic, National Journal and The Advisory Board Company. Carley holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently on leave from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she is pursuing a Mid-Career Master's in Public Administration. Carley lives with her husband, son and daughter in Montclair, New Jersey.
Chantal Gagnon, Innovation Lead - Salesforce
Chantal leads global innovation engagements at Salesforce.org, helping educational institutions and nonprofits envision their digital transformation, ultimately enabling these mission driven companies to be great at doing good. Passionate about shifting, shaping, and swapping out clunky, conventional approaches for forward-thinking, sustainable solutions, Chantal previously established an Information Systems division at Columbia University (SPS) and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs through Techstars Startup Weekend. She attended UNC Charlotte completing a dual degree in Finance and Operations Management.
Chantal recently co-founded a mindfulness meets design thinking-based workshop for women and is an ambassador for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, live music, and volunteering with youth and was a Hungarian-American scout leader for 13 years.
Helen Lo, Founder - Lo and Sons
Helen Lo is the founder and CEO of Lo & Sons, a designer and online retailer of premium travel bags and accessories. She started the company with her two sons, Jan and Derek, after becoming frustrated in her search for a lightweight, stylish and functional carry-on. Born in southern Mainland China and brought up in Macau, Helen earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in Social Welfare Administration from Brandeis University. While raising her sons, and moving frequently with her husband, the noted astronomer Fred Lo, she pursued a career as a community health administrator, consultant and activist. After moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Fred was director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Helen retired and began accompanying her husband on his international travels. Her futile quest for a fashionable yet practical carry-on bag prompted her son Jan, a product design researcher, to suggest she create one of her own. Helen eventually recruited both Jan and Derek to join her at Lo & Sons, which she self-funded and launched in 2010 at the age of 65.
Elizabeth Barthelmes Wolff, Program Director, Environment - J.M.Kaplan Fund
Elizabeth is a leader in designing and implementing high-impact sustainability programs for foundations and global businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Currently the Environment Program Director at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, she oversees the development of the fund’s strategy for grantmaking around climate and conservation initiatives, with an emphasis on carbon mitigation, renewable energy transition, and the protection of critical ecosystems. In addition, she co-founded and leads the New York Area Sustainability Group, which brings together over a thousand diverse leaders in the sustainability space to collaborate and discuss new ideas in the space.
Her environmental strategy work spans over ten years, with former companies and organizations including Etsy, Loli Beauty, SunGard, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Elizabeth has a B.A. from Boston College in Philosophy and Environmental Studies, where today she is the co-chair of the university’s energy and environmental alumni organization.
Sophie Rifkin, Senior Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Business