Beall, Ken, Entrepreneur

Ken Beall is the co-founder along with his father, Don Beall, of the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. He believes in the importance of an entrepreneurial education as a key driver of our economy and fosters this at UCI by providing leadership at the Beall Center. In addition to his involvement at the Beall Center, Ken is the founder and principal of Bridge Partners, Dartbrook Partners, LLC, and Precision Hospitality & Development, LLC. Bridge Partners is a real estate investment and management company founded in 1990 with offices in Newport Beach and Walnut Creek, Calif. Dartbrook Partners in an investment management firm which actively makes direct investments in private companies, real estate, venture capital, LBO, hedge fund and public security. Precision Hospitality & Development is a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts. Ken serves as a board member for CT Realty. In addition, he serves as a board member for both The Fieldstone Company and Port Logistics Realty. He is a member of the World President’s Organization. Ken is very involved at the University of California Irvine. In addition to his leadership as the co-founder and chairman of the Beall Center board of directors, he volunteers his expertise on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Merage School, as well as the Center for Real Estate. He is also on the Founders Advisory Board at UCI Applied Innovation. Ken completed his BA in Economics and MBA in Finance/Real Estate at UCLA.


Beck, Melissa

President, Anonymous Philanthropy



Formerly CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & The Inland Empire

Fiscal and development minded C level executive. Leads cultural transformation through leadership and team building. Effectively uses P&L, external relations and management experience to foster collaboration. Strong communication of vision to both internal and external constituencies. In her role as CEO of BBBS – OC/IE, Melissa was recently celebrated as the first non-profit leader in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Orange County awards program. Recently taking the helm as President of Anonymous Philanthropy, she is now providing inside knowledge of the operational effectiveness and strategic impact of philanthropy. Her goal is to revolutionize the social impact industry into one of the most respected sectors on the globe and to work side by side with philanthropists to help drive that change.

Becker, Gail, Founder, CEO, Caulipower

Gail Becker began her career as a broadcast journalist, worked in politics/government and spent many years as a senior executive in corporate America. The passing of her father led her to follow in his entrepreneurial footsteps. As a mother of two sons with Celiac disease, she grew frustrated with the gluten-free industry and decided to do something about it, and founded Caulipower. At Edelman, Gail served as President of Strategic Partnerships and Global Integration. She began as GM of the LA office, which she grew to the market's largest, served as Western Region President and as Chair of Canada & Latin America, where she tripled revenue. Gail served as Chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN), overseeing the company’s effort to increase the number of women at the senior-most levels of the firm. Her blog, “Yes, I Can Walk in These,” can be viewed on Edelman.com archives and on HuffPo, LinkedIn. 

Article: Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/meggentaylor/2017/01/31/caulipower-how-this-corporate-executive-left-her-prominent-career-to-become-a-startup-entrepreneur/#4915b88a77d0

Article: Entrepreneur.Com


Eggleston, Ian (and Catherine), Owner, The Bar Method



Hannigan, Mike, Co-Founder & CEO,  Give Something Back

President Mike Hannigan was born in Pensacola, Florida. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from U.C. San Diego and his M.A. in Criminology from U.C. Berkeley. He began work for the Xerox Corporation and built his career in management for business products companies for the next decade until starting GSB. Says Hannigan, “I was active in the usual social movements of the late ’60s and ’70s, and although I was very successful as a businessperson, I was never really comfortable in that role and never happy unless I was involved in some type of community political activism. I approached Sean Marx with the idea of forming a company that would combine our business skills and our values. We saw an opportunity to use the power of business to further the goals of community service through funding non-profit organizations. We started the company in 1991 with $20,000 each from our savings and started making sales calls from my living room.” The rest is history…

Holliday, Rick and/or Nancy – Factory O_S

Factory OS is collaborating with Google, city governments, and UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation to address the pressing social and political problems that impacts millions of Bay Area residents and Americans across the country: The lack of more affordable housing. They identified that the stagnant construction industry results in a failure to evolve and is at the very root of our nation’s housing crisis. Factory OS is bringing transformative change to the by building well-designed, tech-ready multifamily homes 40% faster and 20% less expensive than conventional housing by building the bulk of the home off-site, right down to the toilet paper holders. They then and assemble it on-site. Clients include Google and cities looking to house the homeless. (They may be able to speak to The Koch Network investments as well.)

NY TIMES ARTICLE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/business/economy/modular-housing.html


Loranger, Mark

CEO, Chrysalis: Changing Lives Through Jobs

As CEO, Mark sets Chrysalis’ strategy in partnership with the Board of Directors and oversees its operations. During his tenure, Mark has led significant expansion of Chrysalis, including a 60 percent growth in programmatic outcomes, the redevelopment or renovation of all three of its centers, and nearly doubling the agency’s revenue. In 2016, Chrysalis helped over 2,100 of its clients find employment. Prior to being named CEO in early 2009, Mark served as Vice President of Chrysalis Enterprises, a group of social enterprise businesses that provides transitional jobs for Chrysalis clients. These businesses employ more than 600 clients each year and are recognized as among the most innovative, successful, and impactful social enterprises in the United States. Mark is a frequent speaker on the topics of Social Enterprise, homelessness, and employment. He is a contributing author to the book, “Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-Won Lessons for Non-Profits and Social Entrepreneurs.” In 2016, Mark was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 500 most influential individuals in Los Angeles.

Matsoukas, Kim

Sustainability Manager for Vans

In this role, Kim is responsible for the development and execution of sustainability strategies. This includes leading a cross-functional stakeholder process to develop a vision and working with functional leaders to create both short- and long-term sustainability goals for operational efficiency, product, and employee and consumer engagement. Before coming to Vans, Kim spent six years leading the sustainability efforts at Bentley Prince Street, a division of Interface, Inc. She received her B.A. in biology and Hispanic language and literature from Boston University and her Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from UC-Santa Barbara.

Moyer, Will,

Director, Member Relations, The Seminar Network


Nack, Jaime

Jaime Nack is the President of Three Squares Inc.(TSI) - a cutting edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in creating impactful strategies for cities, corporations, large-scale events, and non-profits. In 2013, Nack launched One Drop Interactive - a cloud-based employee education and engagement platform. One Drop’s mission is to educate and engage each employee in sustainability, creating a ripple effect across their company, their community, and the globe.
Nack served as the Director of Sustainability and Greening Operations for the 2008 Democratic

National Convention, marking the first time in history where measures were taken to reduce the environmental impact of the event on the host city. Nack went on to implement sustainability plans for the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, as well as, many other high profile events, including the 2016 ESPY Awards. In 2011, Nack was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She received an appointment under the Obama administration to serve on the National Women’s Business Council, an advisory council to the President, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners. She serves as one of Vice President Al Gore’s presenters for The Climate Reality Project and each year she organizes The Women In Green Forum, the premier conference series highlighting women's impact on the environmental industry.


Meet #FutureThinker Jaime Nack. Jamie is absolutely Bringing sustainability to the mainstage. Even the Great Recession didn’t stop Jaime Nack. In 2008, when others were retreating, she founded Three Squares, Inc., based on the concept that social, environmental and economic interests could be successfully balanced. Her first big break? Being tapped as the first Director of Sustainability and Greening Operations for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, a $100 million citywide convention. Nack created a detailed sustainability plan for the event and the city of Denver. With over 90 hotels, thousands of visitors, and an immense convention center, it took planning, creativity, and energizing lots of volunteers to minimize the ecological footprint. Nack so impressed the convention organizers that they recommended her to Al Gore. Nack has been involved in his Climate Reality Project ever since, traveling to China, Brazil, India, and France as a presenter. These days she estimates about half of her company’s business comes from event sustainability plans. The other half is helping businesses build sustainability into their corporate cultures and operations. Along the way, she founded the Women in Green Forum, served on a White House Council, and launched One Drop Interactive as a technology platform for sustainability.

#FT18 #FutureTalks #FTarctic #FTfoundingcommunity 

Paine, Wilson

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Stand Together 

Stand Together identifies, supports, and celebrates organizations that are catalysts for social change. They provide training and resources to help them build operational capacity. They establish clear performance expectations, and encourage these catalysts to think like entrepreneurs in order to promote acceleration, scalability, and risk-taking.

As director of strategic partnerships, Wilson works with community partners in Appalachia and the Southwestern United States to identify, support, and scale community-driven programs that tackle the root causes of generational poverty and advance opportunities for social and economic mobility. Prior to Stand Together, Wilson worked in the public affairs department at Total Wine & More, the nation’s largest independent wine retailer. A native Tennessean, Wilson previously worked at the Appalachian Regional Commission where he managed rural economic development programs across the 13-state Appalachian region. Wilson began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Department of State. He is a graduate of Ferrum College and holds his master’s in theological studies from Harvard University. In 2016, he was accepted into the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.


Parekh, Neethal

Building Social Impact Ecosystems

CEO, Innov8social

Neethal is an attorney-turned-entrepreneur with a proven track record of delivering interactive learning experiences, creating dynamic content, building audience, and providing strategic guidance on social entrepreneurship, social intrapreneurship, and social impact. She believes when we act from a place of service, we always have something valuable to offer and we never run out of worthwhile work when we are driven by questions bigger than ourselves. Highlights of her outreach include: 
+ Convener of Impactathon® - customizable hackathon-style workshop focused on social impact and successfully delivered in partnership with universities, companies, events.
+ Author of “51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship”, which reached Amazon Bestseller status and is being used by universities and instructors as an introductory text for social enterprise. 
+ Host of The Impact Podcast by Innov8social featuring 150+ episodes with social impact thinkers and doers and candid reflections on opportunities and challenges in the space.
+ Frequent speaker, facilitator, moderator on topics including: what every founder should know about social entrepreneurship, key slides for social impact pitch, failing fast and pivoting in social enterprise, adopting a social entrepreneurship mindset for innovation, finding your passion and your tribe, moving forward from loss to engage in meaningful work, teaching and reaching Generation Z. 


Taylor, Faith

Professor, CSR, Montclair State Univeristy. Formerly (11 years) Senior Vice President Global Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Wyndham Worldwide. Oversaw Wyndham Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility program’s policies and strategies which included sustainability, philanthropy, wellness, diversity, human rights, ethics and responsible sourcing. Ms. Taylor has worked at Avon Inc., Apple Computer and International Home Foods. She has an MBA from Wharton business school and a BA from Stanford University. She is married with two children. She was born in Japan and is of Asian and African American heritage.


Vlahakis-Hanks, Kelly

CEO, ECOS – Earth Friendly Products

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is the President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, maker of ECOS laundry detergent and over 200 other environmentally friendly cleaners made with plant-based ingredients. As a primary manufacturer with five facilities across the U.S., Earth Friendly Products has received many awards for its innovations in safer green chemistry, including the U.S. EPA’s coveted Safer Choice Partner of the Year award.  Kelly has been recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement and in corporate social responsibility. She is outspoken in her commitment to sustainability in her products, her facilities, and her employment practices. Under Kelly’s leadership, Earth Friendly Products achieved carbon neutrality at all four of its manufacturing facilities in 2013 through a series of major sustainability initiatives, including the switch to 100% renewable electricity. She has been instrumental in making Earth Friendly Products a model for green business practices and a leader in the green cleaning products market.  Kelly was a leading voice in the formation of the Sustainability Consortium and has served as a key strategic advisor to Walmart’s sustainability and conservation efforts. She sits on several boards, including Grades of Green, the American Sustainable Business Council and the Environmental Media Association. 

Hollywood Movie about company: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2090447/