INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD:
President, Women International Coalition Organization
Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy, Women in Europe for a Common Future
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Alchemist, Numi Organic Tea
Kavita N. Ramdas
Senior Advisor on Global Strategy, Ford Foundation
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Author, Director, Research Foundation of Science, Technology & Natural Resources
Author, Founder of Soul of Money Institute
For almost twenty years, Stephanie has devoted her energy and passion to making the world a better place. She founded To-Go Ware in 2004 to reverse the trend of disposables and plastic-waste resulting from our culture of eating on-the-go. Stephanie was also the Regional Accounts Director for World of Good, Inc., which focused on bringing Fair Trade handmade goods to a mainstream market, telling the story of the people who made them and working to standardize a structure of equitable compensation. In addition to her extensive background in the natural products industry, she is a longtime member of the yoga community, having been an instructor since 2000 and modeling and writing for Yoga Journal and Natural Solutions magazines. Having a passion for women’s empowerment, WEA has always had a special place in her heart. When not working, Stephanie can usually be found fermenting something in her kitchen or spending time with her husband and 2 rambunctious children in Encinitas, CA.
Simmone La Corte
A Founding member of WEA’s Giving Circle, Simmone and her husband Nick Heldfond have been key drivers for growing WEA’s Bay Area community. A mother of 3 children, Simmone is a doula, a yoga instructor, and an avid hiker. Growing up in Hawaii, and living in India and Europe has instilled in her a passion for protecting culture and preserving the environment for future generations.
Scott Leonard is a Los Angeles-based executive with expertise in marketing, advertising, startups and business strategy. He is the former Chief Executive Officer and founder of A.D.D. Marketing, a boutique agency known for its pioneering use of alternative promotional strategies, the professionalism of their market execution and the clients that chose them. Spanning the auto, entertainment and consumer product industries, A.D.D.’s campaign track record includes: launching the Sony Playstation in America, launching the Razor Scooter in America, launching the first mobile phone game console (Nokia N-Gage), launching the first MVNO (Motorola’s experimental KODE platform), launching many feature films (The Blair Witch Project and Anchorman, amongst 100 others) and promoting the first generation Toyota Prius.
Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer, after working in entertainment, technology, and finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation’s ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified apparel factory to provide economic opportunities for internally displaced women, who on balance, were vulnerable to rampant unemployment and economic exclusion. He is currently leading L&J’s rapid expansion in Liberia and throughout the region. In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid served as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Liberia’s Monrovia Business Startup Center (BSC). Chid was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous Liberian entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2014 Salzburg Global Fellowship, 2014 Global Innovation Summit Ecosystem Award, 2013 New African Press 50 African Trailblazers under 50, 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award, 2010 Cordes Fellowship, a Yoxi Portfolio SIR (Social Innovation Rockstar).
Marcy Taylor Pattinson
Marcy’s joy in “Giving” to WEA comes from witnessing how much women around the world have “Received” from WEA: Access to justice, education, empowerment, ownership and basic human rights. A path to food security, access to clean drinking water, creation of livelihoods and homegrown renewable affordable energy solutions. To name a few! In paraphrasing Wangari Maathai, WEA feels like my partner in my passion to bequeath our children and grandchildren a sustainable world that benefits all living creatures. I’m blessed to be associated with them!
Ina Pockrass is a retired attorney and Eco-entreprenuer. She has served on a number of social profit boards, and spoken and written about green business. She is the proud Mother of two adult children.
Darian is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation, after which he edited the best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals (Wiley & Sons). More recently, he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101, the first truly comprehensive yet practical guide to all aspects of fundraising for your cause, and stepped into the Executive Director role at Numi Foundation. Heyman also co-founded the only global conference series dedicated to social media for social good, Social Media for Nonprofits, as well as Sparrow: Mobile for All. Heyman is an in-demand fundraising consultant and a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.
Ben Schick is a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach for the Institute for Gender Partnership. For the past 25 years, he has been engaged in using the power of education, coaching, media and activism to galvanize people to evolve socially, economically, and personally. Schick has worked with and in corporations and non-profits to engage men in transforming the way they work, becoming allies to their female colleagues and adepts at Gender Partnership. As a leadership coach, presenter and facilitator, he also focuses on supporting executives to make the biggest difference they can while sustaining balanced and healthy lives. In addition, while in senior management positions at both for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations, Schick has used his vast experience and expertise to propel these companies to success by taking them step by step from strategic planning to execution to the next step forward.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs. Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities. Her most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working with Toyota to design and currently serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience, and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration.
Charity Tooze, is a results-driven dynamic social impact leader experienced in spearheading innovative domestic and global programs to address complex problems specifically women and girls issues. She has experience working with corporations, governments, non-profits and the UN to drive social impact, program development, and implementation. Charity has successfully secured millions of dollars for girl and women-led organizations, programs, and campaigns. A creative director with the ability to build brand credibility through CSR campaigns and PR. Charity has designed and led programs in tech4dev, gender equality, girls education, sexual and reproductive rights, upcycling/environmental programming, diversity and inclusion, refugees, financial literacy, civic engagement, and peacebuilding. Her approach to strategy and business development is grounded in research. She believes community-led program design is the most effective approach to movement building. Charity has led projects or partnered with Participant Media, Malala Fund, UNHCR, Edelman, Southwest Airlines, UNFPA, UN Women, USAID, Tupperware Brands, and Barclays Africa. She is currently the Director of Gender, Partnerships, and Communications at Equal Access International. She has experience working on projects or campaigns in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. Charity’s greatest achievement is her daughter, Skyrah.