Dr. JULIAN AGYEMAN and ANGELA PARK
EE For the Future: Building on Lessons Learned
Integrating Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Julian Agyeman is Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the originator of the concept of 'just sustainability,' the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.
With over 150 publications to his credit, his most recent books include Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability.
Angela Park is a writer, independent consultant, and founder/executive director of Diversity Matters. Much of her work focuses on the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues and she is a leading expert on diversity in the environmental field in the United States. Angela brings a unique combination of expertise in both high-level policy and organizational development to her consulting and writing. She has more than 20 years of experience on equity, diversity and inclusion, organization development, culture change, sustainable development policy, environmental justice, and leadership.
CHERYL CONTEE, RUE MAPP, and MOLLY TSONGAS
The Power of Social Media to Inspire and Engage
Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundation use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill politics writing as "Jill Tubman" on one of the top black blogs online.
Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffungton Post listed her has one of the Top 27 Femal Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011, and Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC, and CNN, among other media appearances.
Rue Mapp is the founder of Outdoor Afro, a community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities. Outdoor Afro uses social media to create interest communities and events, and to partner with regional and national organizations that support diverse participation in the outdoors. The Outdoor Afro site is now an official partner of the American Camp Association (ACA) to support their national camp diversity initiatives.
In 2010, Rue participated in President Obama's historical White House Conference on America's Great Outdoors, and was later invited to take part in a White House think tank for Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.
Molly Tsongas has a decade of experience within mission-driven organizations and companies leading communications, advertising, social media and advocacy campaigns. She recently joined Spitfire Strategies, a strategic communications firm for nonprofits and foundations, and previously served as an account manager and strategist at Citizen, a pro-social advertising and design firm.
Molly has worked with clients such as World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, United Nations, Natural Resources Defense Council, USA Network, the Heinz Endowment, and Rock the Vote.
DR. WESLEY SCHULTZ
Education, Motivation, and Behavior: Lessons from Behavioral Science
Wesley Schultz is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of behavior and attitude change, conservation psychology, and social marketing and has published extensively in these areas. His most recent book is Social Marketing to Protect the Environment (Sage, 2012). Wesley's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, BBC, and NPR, among many others.
Environmental Education in California
As chief of California's public school system and leader of the California Department of Education, Superintendent Tom Torlakson applies his experience as a science teacher, high school coach, and state policymaker to improve the state's public education system. Tom's journey has led him from the classrooms of Contra Costa County's Mount Diablo Unified School District (where he remains a teacher-on-leave), to the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate and State Assembly.
During his tenure in the State Legislature, Tom acted to protect education funding, improve student nutrition and physical education, and ensure school safety. In 2001, he authored a bill that created a series of integrated waste management and environmental education mandates for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
Educating Creative, Compassionate, and Committed Young Leaders
Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995 at only 12 years of age. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Free the Children has worked in 45 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.
Craig has received ten honorary doctorates and degrees. The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (often called the Children's Nobel Prize) and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada.