Dandapani

Dandapani is a Hindu priest, entrepreneur and a former monk of 10 years. After graduating university with a degree in Electrical Engineering he left it all behind to become a Hindu monk under the guidance of one of Hinduism’s foremost spiritual leaders of our time, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. For 10 years he lived a life of serious personal discipline and training at his guru’s cloistered Hindu monastery in Hawaii. 

When his vows expired, he chose to venture out into the world making New York City his home. His mission is to help people live a life of purpose and joy by empowering them with tools and teachings that have been used by Hindu monks of his tradition for thousands of years. He works with entrepreneurs globally and companies such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Nike, Trivago, Fortress Investment Group, Xero in cultivating focus and managing energy. His TEDx talk has over 2.9 million views and both his GoalCast videos garnered over a total of 75 million views in just five months. 

He and his wife are also passionately creating a 33-acre Hindu spiritual sanctuary and botanical garden in Costa Rica to further their mission.

Dr. Riane Eisler

Riane Eisler is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. Her newest work, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future, co-authored with anthropologist Douglas Fry and coming out with Oxford University Press in July 2019, shows how to construct a more equitable, sustainable, and less violent world based on partnership rather than domination. 

Dr. Eisler is president of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), dedicated to research and education, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by her work, keynotes conferences nationally and internationally, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and Congressional briefings, and has spoken at corporations and universities worldwide on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work. 

She is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 27 foreign editions and 57 U.S. printings. Her book on economics, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, was hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” and by Jane Goodall as “a call to action.” Her Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships, co-authored with Teddie Potter, won national and international awards, and her Equal Rights Handbook was the only mass paperback on the Equal Rights Amendment. Other books drawing from Eisler’s research include her award-winning Tomorrow’s Children, Sacred Pleasure, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, statistically documenting the key role of women’s status in a nation’s quality of life. Through the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign she developed new metrics demonstrating the economic value of caring for people, starting in early childhood, and of caring for nature. 

She has written over 500 articles in publications ranging from Behavioral Science, Futures, Political Psychology, The Christian Science Monitor, Challenge, and UNESCO Courier to Brain and Mind, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Women’s Studies, and World Encyclopedia of Peace, as well as chapters for books published by trade and university presses (e.g., Cambridge, Stanford, and Oxford University). 

Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include the majority of humanity: women and children. Her research provides a new perspective on our past, present, and possibilities for the future, including a new social and political agenda for building a more humane and environmentally sustainable world. 

She is the only woman among 20 major thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including honorary PhDs, the Nuclear Age Peace Leadership Award, the Feminist Pioneer award, and inclusion in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers as one of twenty leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King.

Pascal Finette

Pascal is Co-Founder (and enfant terrible) at be radical, Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship Open Innovation, and Venture Partner at BOLD Capital Partners, Peter Diamandis $250M VC fund investing in exponential transformation His work focuses on the intersection of technology, global impact, and culture; inspiring, educating and empowering entrepreneurs, corporate irritants and change makers to tackle the most intractable problems of our time.

He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes it can profoundly impact the betterment of humankind. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay’s Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy operations, and invested into early-stage tech startups. Pascal led Mozilla’s Open Innovation Lab, created Mozilla’s accelerator program WebFWD, and headed up Mozilla’s Office of the Chair. As Principal at Google.org, he invested into social impact organizations around the globe. Most recently he built Singularity University’s startup programs including the SU Accelerator and Venture Fund. Further, he founded the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the “GyShiDo” (Get Your S%# Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, “The Heretic”, which is read by tens of thousands of change-makers globally. He’s the author of the published book “The Heretic – Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs”. 

Pascal frequently speaks and writes about the magic and potential which happens at the intersection of technology, culture global impact. He is also a trained Co-Active executive coach working with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. Most of all – Pascal loves to work with changemakers who want to, and can, make things better.

Jay D. Gould

Jay is the President and CEO of Interface, Inc. He joined the company in 2015 and in early 2017 became only the third CEO in the company’s 46-year history. 

For 25 years, Interface has pioneered sustainable business models and helped stimulate a movement toward a healthier planet. Under Jay’s leadership, the company embarked upon a new sustainability mission, Climate Take Back. This new, bold journey challenges all industry to operate profitably with carbon negative business models by viewing and using carbon as a resource. Already, the company has become the first in its industry to produce all products as carbon neutral. 

Jay believes business must make profits to exist but they exist for a higher purpose. Prior to joining Interface, he created a legacy by transforming traditional businesses into “purpose-driven” organizations focused on creating value for multiple stakeholders, including the environment. As CEO of American Standard, Jay engineered a financial turnaround while embarking on a mission to solve the global sanitation crisis. The company now has a goal to improve access to safe sanitation for 250 million people by 2021. 

Jay graduated from the University of Dayton, summa cum laude, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has three children and resides with his wife in Atlanta.

​Jay Jakub

Dr. Jay Jakub is the Senior Director of External Research at Mars, Incorporated / Catalyst – the multinational family-owned makers of iconic brands like M&Ms, Snickers, Uncle Ben’s, Pedigree, Royal Canin, Wrigley’s and more. Jay helps Mars’ chief economist manage Catalyst, the Mars think tank. Over the last 5+ decades, Catalyst’s remit has been to challenge conventional business thinking by developing breakthrough capabilities to solve the most complex business challenges. One such capability is the Economics of Mutuality (EoM), a transformational business model innovation initiated in 2006/7 as a response to the Mars shareholder question “What should be the right level of profit?”  Catalyst with Oxford University has since developed robust evidence demonstrating that when a company enacts Mutuality as a business model (using innovative management practices, new performance metrics, new modes of profit construction) they can be more responsible (for society & the environment) and more profitable – even in the short-term – than firms seeking to maximize profit. EoM is being tested across many markets and is evolving into a global movement involving multinational companies beyond Mars, and with world class universities like Oxford, Science Po Paris, CEIBS Shanghai – with the purpose to Complete Capitalism. Jay’s first book on EoM, Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World (with Bruno Roche) was published in the US in 2017 (Berrett-Koehler) and in China in Mandarin in 2018 (CITIC Press). He is also the author of Spies & Saboteurs (Macmillan & St. Martin’s, 1999) and a co-author of the forthcoming book, The Economics of Mutuality: Putting Purpose into Practice.  His PhD is from Oxford University.

JT McCormick

JT McCormick serves as the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps you write, publish and market your book. The company has worked with more than 1,500 authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Scribe as having the #1 Top Company Culture in America. 

Previously, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar, 100-plus person company that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas. 

JT is also the author of I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream. His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies. 

In addition to his role at Scribe Media, JT has mentored at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities. JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace.

Danny Meyer

Danny Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group comprises some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, and more. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards, and Danny’s recent personal achievements include the Julia Child Award (2017) and his inclusion on the TIME 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World (2015). Danny’s first business book, Setting the Table (HarperCollins, 2006), a New York Times bestseller, examines the power of hospitality in restaurants, business and life. An active national leader in the fight against hunger, Danny serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives including City Harvest and God’s Love We Deliver.