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My Reflections From the #WomenMission Conference

This Tuesday, I spent most of the day at a conference I didn’t even know was being held until Friday the week prior. The Women On A Mission conference, hosted by Seattle Good Business Network and See Green Ventures took place on March 20, 2012 at Urban Enoteca in the South of Downtown Industrial District in Seattle, WA. They had an amazing roster of speakers including Carol Sanford, Amee Quiriconi, Melissa Feveyear, Kim Armstrong, Dani Cone, Julie O’Brien, Tonya Mosley, Stephanie Ryan, Sharon Hall, Michele Rupp, Betsy Power, Marta Kapple, Laura Culberg, Dune Ives, Jessica Neu, Lara Feltin, Tammy Dunakin, and Lara Hamilton. Click here to see the full program and speaker bios.

I’m very glad I went. After going to several conferences this one was one of the most powerful ones I’ve ever attended. It was refreshing to hear the voices of so many who are often silenced or ignored. The ideas (and plans/tools for implementation) of true collaboration, identifying your essence, using business to find fulfillment, looking at the triple bottom line, and solving complex business and societal problems was a testament to the importance of diversity in all of its forms. By engaging in diverse conversations we are able to identify, analyze, and solve problems in socially, economic, and environmentally responsible ways not otherwise possible. What some call “sustainable” I call, “the only way to go about business.”

As one of four men who attended this conference, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to gain insight into the professional world of women. As a student of sociology, I have researched the Barbie Doll Complex, The Glass Ceiling Effect, and other social norms and hegemonic institutions that have not only oppressed women, but everyone. I, for one, feel that if any ONE person is oppressed, then we are ALL oppressed—denied the opportunity to live our lives in a truly authentic way because of the fear of social and/or physical repercussions. Throughout this experience, I was completely welcomed into the community, and not once did I feel alien. For me, this conference is important not because it is about women in business, but because it is about people in business. At the end of the day, I was surrounded by 150 other people who want to use business as a tool to promote positive change in the world and live in a way that serves themselves and others.

I'm Speaking At The Screening of YERT This Friday

I’ll be speaking in a facilitated panel discussion at the screening of YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) this Friday. Come check it out. Details are as follows:

FILM: “YERT… YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ROAD TRIP” (113 min, Mark Dixon & Ben Evans, 2011)

- MARK DIXON, Filmmaker/Producer of the film
- MICHAEL MAINE, With the Bainbridge Graduate Institute,
- SUSAN GLEASON, With YES! MAGAZINE, and others!

YERT: 50 States, …1 Year, …Zero Garbage?

With video camera in hand & tongue in cheek, and called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road -traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage -to explore every state in America (the good, the bad…and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises. Americans want to do the right thing -they just don’t want to look strange doing it!
As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their yearlong quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. The film features Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others.
“The Fellini trio of the climate justice movement, the YERT film crew has managed to pull off the impossible in the world of cinema–a deeply absorbing and often hilarious road trip that confronts the badlands of our nation’s spiraling descent into dirty energy darkness, only to emerge along the solar roadways and wind-swept plains into the myriad possibilities for new power and sustainable living. By the dramatic end of Your Environmental Road Trip, audiences will not only cheer, but feel compelled to spring to their feet to join an inspiring movement for change. If only our nation’s policymakers will watch this important film and do the same.” – Jeff Biggers, author, Huffington Post
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(Event is FREE and open to the public! …but Donations are kindly accepted).

**BTW, if you’re on Bainbridge or you can’t make our Friday’s screening, there’s also a screening of YERT, with filmmaker Mark Dixon, on Thursday March 1st, 7:00 PM, at the Historic Lynnwood Theater, 4569 Lynwood Center Road Northeast, Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110 - Sponsored by “Matinees That Matter” and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute!

Event: BGI and the Triple Bottom Line


If you know anyone interested in hearing our president Gifford Pinchot III talk about BGI and the Triple Bottom Line have them sign up for this WSCPA (Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants) event next Tuesday morning.  Non-member price is $35.00.

BGI and the Triple Bottom Line will cover:

  • The nature of triple bottom line business
  • Examples of triple bottom line success
  • How BGI expanded the traditional financial and managerial accounting topics to include economic, social and environmental impacts within the organization

Follow this link to sign up -



Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012


7:30am - 9:30am (sign in begins at 7:00am )


Seattle, WA


Women’s University Club of Seattle, Seattle

The Future of Menrva Labs

  • After talking and brainstorming for about an hour, here are a few of our insights:
  • Menrva Labs is going to be very cool.
  • The idea that promoting social change by increasing social awareness is an idea that many people can grasp onto.
  • The word “Labs” is in the title for a reason. This is a place where experimentation is not only accepted, but welcomed and encouraged.
  • The events that we’re planning on lining up will be very interesting.