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LAURA TURNER SEYDEL
Chairperson, Philanthropist & Volunteer
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded Mothers and Others for Clean Air and is currently the chair of the board; in 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. 

Laura serves on the boards of her family’s foundations: The Turner Foundation, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Turner Endangered Species Fund, and Ted’s Montana Grill. She is vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and sits on the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, Defenders of Wildlife, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Carter Center Board of Councilors; she also serves on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Atlanta.


Laura is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and environmental awards, including the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Hero Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award, the Healthy Child Healthy World’s Mom on a Mission for Service Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Legacy Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievement Award, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence, the Andrew Young Foundation “Pass on Blessings” Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Legacy of Leadership Honoree.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oglethorpe University and is a contributing eco-editor and environmental speaker living with her husband, Rutherford, and their three children in their home, EcoManor, the first LEED-certified Gold residence in the Southeast.

For more information about Laura Turner Seydel, visit lauraseydel.com.

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LETTY ASHWORTH
Director Community Affairs, Delta Air Lines
Letty Ashworth is Director, Global Diversity for Delta Air Lines. In this role, she is a key leader in Delta’s global strategy to develop an efficient, effective, and diverse workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of an increasingly interconnected world.

She works closely with various Delta business units on recruiting efforts to ensure Delta is an employer of choice for diverse talent, including the company’s efforts in recruiting and supporting veterans. Those recruiting efforts include the company’s major commitment to support veterans and advocate on behalf of issues that are important to Delta employees and their families living with disabilities. 

Under her leadership, Delta’s seven Employee Network Groups have continued to grow and are a vibrant part of Delta’s culture. Along with other leaders, Letty has been instrumental in the growth of the RISE mentoring program, including its expansion to Asia and other regions. Responding to employee input, Letty has also helped facilitate the recent expansion of the Delta Wrenched Hearts support group from its roots in Tech Ops into a company-wide network.


Delta’s Speaker’s Series events have reached thousands of employees, provoking thought and discussion on topics important to Delta associates. Letty’s reputation and constant work on behalf of Delta have helped her attract stellar speakers for this important program. . She has also led Delta’s efforts to implement a strong commitment in the area of combatting human trafficking, becoming a nationally sought after speaker on this topic and has given testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in support of Delta Air Lines commitment to address the issue.

She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

As part of Delta’s Force for Global Good, Letty has worked on Habitat for Humanity builds in Leogane, Haiti (a special mission with the Carter Foundation), El Monte, Chile and Shanghai, China. She also works with numerous Civil Rights Organizations throughout the Delta hubs.

Letty serves on the following Boards: gBCAT-(Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Wings Financial CU-Corporate Advisory Board, Asia Society New York-Corporate Diversity Advisory Board, Atlanta YWCA-Board of Directors and the Consortium for Graduate Studies-Corporate Advisory Board and the Captain Planet Foundation Board of Directors and the McCain Institute Human Trafficking Advisory Board.

Letty has been recognized by numerous organizations for her commitment to Global Diversity. She was awarded the American Legion Award and the 2012 Catalyst Award from Uptown Magazine and was honored by the White House for Promising Practices work in diversity.

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APRIL CROW
Global Director, Environment & Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company
Long before green living became trendy and celebrities began touting the benefits of eco-beauty products, April Crow knew she wanted to make a difference in the world.

The born-and-bred Georgian was awarded a scholarship, left her small town for the University of Georgia’s Environmental Health Science program and became the first member of her family to attend college.

While she was in school, a Coca-Cola employee who was an alumnus of the same program came to speak. Crow was inspired by his work and immediately approached him to express interest in the company. He forwarded her resume and eventually, she was hired that summer as a Coca-Cola intern in the Environmental Affairs department.

“I’d always admired the company and enjoyed the products, but once here, I recognized the huge impact I could have being a part of such a global company and larger system.”

The rest, as they say, is history. Crow has worked at Coke for 18 years now — currently as Global Sustainability Director for Packaging. Based in Atlanta, just 60 miles from where she grew up, she appreciates the opportunity to work in communities all around the world.

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DERON DAVIS
Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of GA
The Nature Conservancy in Georgia has a new executive director — Deron Davis — a conservation professional who has been with the organization since 2010.

Davis, a Georgia native with a business degree from The University of Georgia, was drawn to the nonprofit world of conservation beginning with an internship at the Georgia Conservancy, then as executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center and as an environmental outreach coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

He joined the Nature Conservancy — Georgia to become its director of conservation, helping guide efforts to restore forests near Columbus, establish new recreation areas along the Altamaha River, improve water quality in North Georgia and significantly reduce agricultural water use in southwest Georgia.

Davis became the interim executive director of the Nature Conservancy in Georgia this past summer following the departure of Mark Abner, who became vice president of development for Trout Unlimited. Davis said one of his top priorities will be to better explain to the general public about how conservation contributes to everyone’s quality of life.

“People need to know who we are and what we do,” Davis said. Ideally, the Nature Conservancy, working with other environmental groups, could help build public support for a dedicated source of state funding for conservation.Tom Harbin, chair of the Nature Conservancy’s Georgia board, said the nonprofit conducted a national search and decided that “Deron is exactly the right leader” for the organization. “He is uniquely skilled at bringing people together and helping them see how our lives depend on nature,” Harbin said.

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JENNIE GARLINGTON
On Air Host, EcoSense for Living
Jennie Garlington was exposed to environmental issues at a young age, thereby launching a lifetime commitment to stewardship and sustainability. An accomplished television producer, Jennie parlayed her passion for the environment in to her career. From 1994 to 2001 she served as an associate producer at CNN Environment Unit’s EARTH MATTERS. She produced stories on such timely issues as the proposed mine on the Okefenokee; the fate of Ossabaw Island; the future of Cumberland Island; the migration of Right whales in Florida, and the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Environmental stewardship is central to Jennie’s community involvement as the executive producer and host of EcoSense for Living, a television show and Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign she created to promote sustainability beyond our homes and educate consumers about other earth-friendly choices that lessen our environmental footprint.

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MARILYN MOSLEY GORDANIER
Co-Founder, Laurel Springs School
Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, speaker, author, and Founder of Laurel Springs School, has more than thirty years’ experience in the field of distance learning. In her capacity as an educator, Ms. Mosley Gordanier founded the Laurel Springs Distance Learning Program; and Laurel Springs High School, both in southern California. Since its founding, Laurel Springs Distance Learning Program has become the premier provider of personalized education for over 3,200 students in grades K through 12.

Under her directorship, Laurel Springs High School received the United Nations Global 500 Award and the President’s Youth Environmental Award. Ms. Mosley Gordanier was nominated for a Nobel Earth Prize and is a keynote speaker at numerous national and international educational and U.N related environmental conferences. She currently serves as the president of the United Nations Global 500 Environmental Forum. Marilyn was recently invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative America, STEM Education Team and Ted Turner Environmental Foundation (Educational Chair for the Captain Planet Foundation). Marilyn recently joined the board for SeeAg Org (Students for Eco Education and Agriculture) and USA COR (United States Association of the Club of Rome).

Marilyn co-authored the books Towards Corporate Environmental Excellence, and A Parent’s Guide to Distance Learning. Ms. Mosley Gordanier has been devoted to children and families with the idea that within each individual is an endless source of inspiration, caring and learning. In founding Laurel Springs School she has created the curriculum and mission for families to succeed at distance learning. She believes children’s life experiences are part of their education, and Laurel Springs School considers life and learning to be one and the same.

Specialties: distance learning, homeschooling, learning styles education

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KIKI GOSHAY
Independent Filmmaker
Kiki Goshay is an active supporter of numerous education and environmental causes around the San Francisco Bay area, spearheading both fundraising and communications/outreach efforts for select charitable organizations.

She is a founding Board Member of Cool The Earth, a free, ready-to-run climate change assembly program that educates K-8 students and their families about climate change and inspires them to take simple actions to reduce their carbon emissions. She also leads fundraising for Global Green, the US affiliate of Green Cross International, whose mission is to foster a global values shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

Ms. Goshay has demonstrated her strong commitment to a better environment by designing and building a sustainable “green” house. The new house, built in 2013, has earned a LEED Gold certification, one of only two homes in all of Marin County to achieve that level of certification. She is now striving to meet the Passive, Zero Net Energy standards for the house.

As founder of Kiki Goshay Productions, she holds the following film credits:

• NOT ALONE, documentary film, Producer, current project

• THE JOB, feature film, Producer, 2008

• SHADES OF GREEN, television pilot, Producer, 2008

• HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY…AND ENJOY IT, feature documentary film, Executive Producer, 2004

From 1988 to 2000, Ms. Goshay created, manufactured and marketed a line of organic snack foods through her company Mill Valley Organic & Natural Foods.

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PAUL HOWELL
Voya Financial
Paul serves as Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Regulatory Disputes, and leads the team that is responsible for managing litigation and regulatory disputes for Voya Financial, Inc.® Corporate Special Investigations also reports to Paul.

Paul joined Voya in 2001. Prior to that he was a founding partner of the law firm of Pursley, Howell, Lowery & Meeks, a firm that confined its practice to assisting clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Before that, he was a partner in the Atlanta office of the national law firm of Kutak Rock & Campbell. He served as a member of Kutak Rock’s Policy Board, the Atlanta office’s Management Committee and was Chairman of the Atlanta office’s Litigation Department for a number of years.

He has served as a Master in the Bleckley Inn of the American Inns of Court and on the faculty of the Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy, which teaches trial skills to lawyers, and Emory University Law School’s National Institute of Trial Advocacy, a trial program for law students.

Paul obtained his B. A. degree, magna cum laude, from Mercer University in 1972. He received his law degree in 1975 from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, Brief Specialist for the Vanderbilt National Moot Court Team and admitted to the Order of the Coif.

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CARA ISDELL LEE
Trustee & Head, Isdell Family Foundation
Cara Isdell Lee was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived on five continents. She came to Atlanta in 1989, attended Pace Academy and later graduated cum laude from the school of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of South Carolina. Cara’s great love of philanthropy has had her work for the Atlanta Humane Society and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and is now a La Leche League Leader. Cara is married to W. Zak Lee and they have a young son, Rory. Cara serves on the Board of Directors for Pace Academy, Fernbank Museum, and Atlanta Botanical Gardens, is Co-Chair of the new “Pioneering the Nature Generation” capital campaign for Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and is a trustee and head of the Isdell Family Foundation. Cara and her family recently launched the Isdell Center for Global Leadership at Pace Academy, and they also have a service award that gives an annual scholarship to a student of Pace Academy and a separate service-learning award there as well. In addition, Cara loves to travel, read, garden and spend time with her friends and family.

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GEORGE MCKERROW
CEO, Ted’s Montana Grill
George W. McKerrow is the co-founder and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill, based in Atlanta. A 40-year veteran of the restaurant business with a history of success in both fine dining and casual restaurants, McKerrow has been called a “dinner-house legend” by Nation’s Restaurant News, which credits the restaurateur with “giving birth to an entire casual-dining segment” more than 20 years ago when he founded LongHorn Steakhouse. 

McKerrow entered the restaurant business as a teenager. After graduating from Ohio State University with a B.S. in political science, he bought the Log Cabin Supper Club in West Virginia. He joined the Victoria’s Station restaurant chain in 1974 and was a Southeast regional manager when he left the company in 1980. He opened the first LongHorn Steakhouse as a neighborhood restaurant in Atlanta in 1981 – at a time when Atlanta had few choices in casual dining. He and his team successfully evolved that single location into RARE Hospitality International, which owns LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille and was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2007. McKerrow retired from RARE in 2000.

In 1996, the noted restaurant entrepreneur co-founded We’re Cookin’ Inc. with acclaimed Atlanta chef Gerry Klaskala and businessman Ron San Martin. The restaurant group today has two award-winning, fi ne dining restaurants in Atlanta: Aria and Canoe. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (1997- 2003) and the Culinary Institute of America (1996-2002), McKerrow received the fi rst Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association in 2007 for his years of service to Georgia’s restaurant industry. In 2008, he was inducted into The Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and in 2013 he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Share Our Strength with its “Restaurateur of the Year” award, recognizing his commitment to the national No Kid Hungry campaign. He serves as co-chair of the Atlanta Taste of the Nation culinary benefit by Share Our Strength, which has raised more than $9 million in Atlanta alone to help end childhood hunger in America.

Along with his partner, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist Ted Turner, McKerrow founded Ted’s Montana Grill (www.tedsmontanagrill.com) in January 2002, and serves as chief executive officer of the restaurant company. Based in Atlanta, Ted’s Montana Grill is a classic American grill serving Authentic American Food in an ecofriendly environment. The company currently has 45 restaurants in 16 states.

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BRIAN MCPHEELY
Global CEO, Pratt Industries, Inc.
Brian McPheely began his career in the packaging industry as a sales representative. He later held increasingly responsible positions in sales, marketing, manufacturing and general management with The Georgia Box Group, which was acquired by Pratt Industries in the mid-1990s. Brian served as President of the Georgia Box Division from 1995-1999 before leaving to serve Visy Industries in Australia as General Manager of Specialty Packaging. He returned to the United States as Pratt’s Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and in 2009 was named Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for all aspects of the North American company including containerboard, corrugated products, technology and recycling.

Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management and Visual Arts from Albion College in Albion, Michigan.

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CHARLES ORGBON III
Deloitte & Touche
In the 5th grade, Charles Orgbon was troubled by noticing litter around his school’s campus. He started a student club that would help lead campus beautification projects. After three years of founding and leading such projects, Charles was off to high school but wanted to show even more young people how they could create similar campaigns. Therein lays Charles’s impetus for creating an organization that would support young environmental changemakers across the globe: Greening Forward.

Greening Forward youth partners come from all over the world and find Greening Forward’s +110 curriculum resources, grant programs, skill-building tools, and mentorship opportunities helpful in their youth-driven campaigns to effect environmental change at the local and global level. Currently, Greening Forward serves more than 2,000 young people directly and has impacted 10,000 other community members. Charles holds a number of national leadership positions and awards in the youth service field. Charles serves as board member for Youth Service America and Earth Force; and, is a teen board member for the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.

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BARBARA PYLE
Producer & Director, Photographer & Author
Executive Producer, Captain Planet & the Planeteers
Co-Founder, Captain Planet Foundation
Barbara Pyle is an executive producer, filmmaker, photographer, media innovator and environmental activist. She spent twenty years as CNN’s Environmental Editor, responsible for all environmental programming across all Turner Broadcasting networks.

Her environmental knowledge and media savvy propelled her to become the first corporate executive in the world to have ‘environment’ in their title, becoming the corporate Vice President of Environmental Policy. In her time at TBS, Barbara produced and directed more than sixty documentary films and is the recipient of hundreds of industry and personal awards.

In 1989, Barbara and Ted Turner co-created the animated action adventure series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Broadcast in over 100 countries to popular and critical acclaim Captain Planet still maintains a dedicated international fan base.

Barbara has traveled the world documenting real-life solutions in support of the United Nations Global Summits and Conferences. In 1997, she became the only non-scientist to be awarded the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Prize for her lifelong global contribution to the protection of the environment.

With this award money, she created the Barbara Pyle Foundation. Its mission is “to use media in all its forms to make the world a better place and empower people to protect the planet.” It has a special focus on the six hundred thousand-strong global Planeteer Movement comprised of young adults who grew up watching Captain Planet, taking the message of environmental balance and sustainability into their hearts, lives and actions.

As an acclaimed fine-arts photographer, Barbara’s assignments range from Rolex, TIME and NBC, to nautical photography at the America’s Cup as well as music photography – her most famous subject being Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during their Born to Run tour in 1975.

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CHRISTINA STEVENS
Director & Author, Quantum Wave Media
Born in Sydney, Australia, CHRISTINA STEVENS is an award winning filmmaker and author; an aerobatic pilot, environmental strategist, and inspirational speaker.

Working at the intersection of cultural promotion, eco-literacy and media communications, she specializes in inspiring global unity through out-of-the-box problem solving. From her early years in advertising, as creative troubleshooter for Young & Rubicam International, and later as Snr. VP & Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, she created breakthrough models of universal marketing and communications.

She speaks often at the United Nations on topics ranging from expanding consciousness to youth empowerment to solutions for global sustainability and happiness.

Having lived and worked all over the world, her understanding and ability to address the complex trends at the apex of sustainability through the lens of wellbeing and happiness allows her to build bridges between Government, Corporations, NGO’s and civil society. Her focus on preserving a nations cultural roots and empowering its people leads to replicable innovative models that grow from the inside out, towards a safe and unified future. This has led her to developing nations on the forefront of global transformation ~ from the visionary Kingdom of Bhutan, to the culturally diverse nations of Indonesia and Myanmar.

Growing up in Sydney, Australia ~ the fifth generation in a prominent theatrical family, she is the great granddaughter of Randolph Bedford, M.L.A. member of Parliament, publisher and lauded as one of the most colorful personalities in Australian letters and politics; granddaughter of Madam Bedford-Young, acclaimed as Australia’s first female writer-producer-director and daughter of “Baby Peggy” beloved child star of the Australian Theatre.

While in Australia, Christina wrote a series of children’s books for Paul Hamlyn Publishing that are now collector’s items. Her first memoir, LOVE: The Saint and the Seeker won the Grand Prize in the Hay House International Writing Competition out of hundreds of non-fiction entries from all over the world.

Christina’s belief that storytelling is inspiration for social change has made her the recipient of the coveted Gold Lion, the highest award from the Venice Film Festival. She has also won numerous Clio’s, New York Art Directors’ and International Broadcasting Awards, including one for her TV series, ”Voices from the Heart” featuring Nobel Peace Prize winners, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa M.C.

Her movies have won more than awards; the fundraising film she produced for Steven Spielberg’s Starbright Foundation won them perhaps the largest one showing donation of any documentary ever ~ seven million dollars.

As a former Board Member of ECO, Earth Communications Office, Media Consultant for Greenpeace USA and the American Council for Renewable Energy she has worked alongside many of today’s leading environmental scientists, activists, corporate heads, political and religious leaders.

Christina serves on the Special Projects Committee of the Directors’ Guild of America. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Captain Planet Foundation, whose mission is to inspire and empower the worlds’ youth to work as environmental stewards, during this vital time of transformation of life on earth.

To relax, Christina is a licensed pilot and it’s her love of antique planes that has brought her invitations from the US Government to fly display, preceding the illustrious Blue Angels.

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RANDY RUDDERMAN
Level Growth
RANDY RUDDERMAN MD FACS is the managing director and co-founder of Level Growth, LLC., and a management-consulting firm integrating economics, social policy, and sustainability. He served on the Board of Directors and as the prior Chairman of the Board of the Rainforest Foundation, US, supporting indigenous peoples protecting resources and traditions. He is a Senior Trustee of the AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland, served on the AO international trauma classification committee, and worked within the AO Foundation to develop craniofacial trauma systems used currently clinically worldwide. Dr. Rudderman has published articles and book chapters on the biomechanics of facial surgery used for global education. Dr. Rudderman has lectured in North America, Europe, and Asia to thousands of practicing surgeons, and served as the international co-chair of the Craniofacial Trauma Symposium in Davos. He is an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He directed Micro Med Incorporated as it’s CEO, a nano technology and biotechnology company, holds US Patents on microelectricalmechanical systems, and directed research activities sponsored by D.A.R.P.A., the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Dr. Rudderman participated as a principle investigator in biotechnology research at NASA, redefining facial biomechanics, impacting the understanding of human behavior and evolution. He serves as a consultant to ERA, exploring opportunities to utilize native botanicals for the treatment of cancer. Dr. Rudderman orchestrated the construction of one of the first LEED certified facilities of its kind in North America, and has developed new standards for verifiable sustainable office design and construction. He currently lectures on sustainable environmental health in primary schools, institutions, and internationally recognized wellness centers. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.

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ERIN SCHRODE
Journalist, Writer, & Activist
Erin Schrode is a citizen activist and storyteller. This leading voice on sustainability, social impact, and millennials and vocal advocate for environmental action, public health, and equal justice just ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California. Since co-founding Turning Green in 2005, she has developed eco education and action platforms to inspire, educate, and mobilize millions of students and the global public with this non-profit and beyond. Erin is on air with ABC News for the election season, speaks internationally, consults with corporations, organizations and governments, and writes for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and Fusion, among others. She is frequently tapped as an expert for and featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN, NBC, FOX, Seventeen, Forbes, and various media outlets. As The White House said, Erin “is a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.” This social entrepreneur and community organizer champions civic leadership, conscious living, and environmental stewardship worldwide, launching a youth education project in Haiti, writing curriculum for an eco center for Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian students, developing recycling infrastructure in Ghana, and telling the stories of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees in the Mediterranean and Native Americans at Standing Rock while working in solidarity on the ground. From her hometown in Marin County, California to New York University to seventy nations, this bold innovator is on a lifelong journey to inspire people to action that ensures a just, safe, thriving world for future generations.

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BEAU TURNER
Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center
Beau Turner is involved in numerous charitable organizations related to environmental conservation and preservation around the world. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Turner Endangered Species Fund and is the Director of Natural Resources and Biodiversity for Turner Enterprises, Inc., the land-holding group for the Turner Family. In this capacity, Beau coordinates and oversees wildlife-related projects for the 2 million acre operation.

Among Beau’s challenges is the directive to balance a strong concern and ethic for environmental protection with several for-profit ventures, including the largest bison operation in the world. He serves as a Trustee for the Turner Foundation, Inc., a private family foundation that focuses on environmental and population-related causes, and serves on the boards of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, the Captain Planet Foundation, the Wetlands America Trust and the Peregrine Fund. He is also a council member for the Jim Range Conservation Fund.

Beau works closely with groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Boone and Crockett Club, Ducks Unlimited, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (an organization that promotes sound stewardship among land owners in the Red Hills region of Georgia and Florida). Beau’s greatest passion is getting young people outdoors and excited about nature and the environment. To help achieve this goal, he founded the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC) near his home in Florida in 2008. The BTYCC is a place where children are encouraged to be active outdoors. They learn about conservation, interact with nature, acquire fishing, archery, hunting and camping skills and study alternative energy sources (the center is powered primarily by solar panels). Currently, Beau is working on growing the youth center concept and developing the BTYCC into a model for similar centers nationwide.

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SHIRLEY WATKINS
Former Undersecretary, US Department of Agriculture’s
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Agency
Shirley Watkins is the first African American to head the US Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Agency. Her years of experience and dedication have afforded her positions and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Presiding over a $43 billion budget in the 1997 fiscal year, Watkins oversaw the Food Stamp Program, the School Lunch Program, and many other systems by which the Federal Government feeds lower-income American citizens.

Shirley Watkins is the first African American to head the US Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Agency. Her years of experience and dedication have afforded her positions and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Presiding over a $43 billion budget in the 1997 fiscal year, Watkins oversaw the Food Stamp Program, the School Lunch Program, and many other systems by which the Federal Government feeds lower-income American citizens.

Her road to the stewardship of American School Food Service Association began with a popular degree with female college students in the 1950s—a bachelor’s in home economics, which she earned from the University of Arkansas. But unlike many other young post-graduate women of the era, she did not simply direct her knowledge into running her own home efficiently and economically. Instead, she decided to learn to teach others about food, cookery, and the importance of good nutrition.

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