Lauren Simonelli is Co-Founder and Head of Product at ThreeMain.
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Preeti Arya, Ph.D.
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Mónica Ochoa Ruiz
Global Marketing for Dishwashing, Home & Personal Careat
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Mónica Ochoa Ruiz is responsible for the Global Marketing for Dishwashing at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciencess based in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has a master degree in Biotechnology and joined DuPont in 2011 in the Home and Personal Care Applications group.
Consumer Brands Association
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The Laundress, Inc.
Gwen spearheads brand creation, including branding and product design, product development, and production. Whether customers are doing their laundry, cleaning their homes, or organizing their belongings, Gwen is obsessed with identifying new and innovative ways to improve their experience of home keeping. Gwen identifies and oversees collaborations with top artisans, textile scientists, and fragrance houses, who help realize the company’s vision. She develops visual and written materials, and is also involved in communications across all of The Laundress’ channels. Gwen is dedicated to creating a brand experience that fulfills the company’s commitment to caring for its customers, the things they love, and the planet.
Founder and CEOat
Mat Franken (39), Founder and CEO of Aunt Fannie’s, is improving the health of indoor microbiomes like homes and offices with evolutionary-adapted cleaning and pest solutions from whole, food-based ingredients. Born out of a years-long journey to understand and resolve his family’s mysterious and life-threatening medical conditions, Mat founded Aunt Fannie's in 2013 and has since led the company to raise more than $5 million in funds and distribution in more than 1,250 retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2000, his expertise led him to produce a top-tier private wealth management practice, serving a selective clientele of C-level entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Mat sold his PWM partnership in April 2013 to fully pursue his business interests, including Aunt Fannie's, through his holding company Dr. E. Brown Enterprises. Over the years Mat joined in many volunteer opportunities including CCLA, University of Florida Alumni Association and NEXT High School.
Today Mat is an avid public speaker and continually in pursuit of educating and re-enlightening consumers to what our ancestors understood: that a chemical-filled, hyper-sanitized home destroys the beneficial, human-friendly microorganisms our homes and families need for health.
David Simnick is the Managing Partner of Impact Driven Brands, parent company of the mission-driven personal care brand, Soapbox, and the delicious condiment company, Bushwick Kitchen.
Soapbox’s mission is to empower consumers to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. Soapbox sells a full range of personal care products each with a mission to provide soap to those in need with every purchase. Soapbox is sold in Meijer, on Amazon, Rite Aid, Sally Beauty, Walgreens, Wegmans, Giant, Grove.co, Boxed.com, Winn-Dixie, Stop & Shops, H-E-B and many other stores across the United States and beyond.
Bushwick Kitchen handmakes delicious sauces, honeys, and srirachas in small-batches in Bushwick, New York. Their award-winning products can be found in retailers across the country, such as Walmart, Sur La Table, Food52, Niemen Marcus, and Amazon. During limited engagements, select Bushwick Kitchen items donate all of their proceeds to charitable causes proving that giving back can be delicious.
David has worked or consulted for USAID, the U.S. Army, Michelle Rhee, U.S. Senate, and also was a Teach for America (TFA) educator in Northern Philadelphia. As an Eagle Scout, David loves the outdoors, volunteering, and working with budding entrepreneurs. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 3 years and then dropped out of a masters program at The University of Pennsylvania to start Soapbox.
Closed Loop Partners
Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners. Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a start up turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.
Sarah Paiji Yoo
CEO and Co-Founderat
Sarah Paiji Yoo is CEO and Co-Founder of Blueland, which is reimagining cleaning products to eliminate single-use plastic packaging. Sarah is a serial retail entrepreneur passionate about sustainability and innovation. Prior to Blueland, she was a Partner at LAUNCH, a leading startup studio, and launched and operated several consumer brands including M.Gemi, Rockets of Awesome and Follain. She was previously co-founder and CEO of Snapette, the largest mobile platform for local fashion shopping, which was sold to leading e-commerce platform Pricegrabber in 2013. Sarah most recently was featured on this season's Shark Tank and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes, Time, InStyle and Glamour. She attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School and currently lives in New York City with her 3-year-old son Noah and husband Ken.
VP Business Developmentat
Steve is VP of Business Development at NXTLEVVEL Biochem - a commercial scale manufacturer of next generation biomass derived chemicals, with world leading technology in bio-solvents based on levulinic acid. Steve has been involved in the specialty chemicals industry for over 30 years. During his career he has held leadership positions in Business Management, Technology Management, International Sales Development, Application Engineering, and Product Development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Wichita State University.
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Josh Winters is a Research Analyst at Euromonitor International specializing in consumer markets.
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Global Design Directorat
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Head of Marketing & Business Development, Americasat
Casper Holst Algren is Head of Marketing & Business Development at Novozymes North America. As an experienced global leader with a passion for biotechnology, life science and sustainability, he has a demonstrated ability to deliver high impact in various roles within Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain Management and Sourcing. Casper received a Master degree from Copenhagen Business School, academy profession in biotechnology and executive leadership education from INSEAD.
Co-Founder and CEOat
Christoph Krumm is the co-founder and CEO of Sironix Renewables, where he works to develop new greener, safer, and more effective ingredients for cleaning products like laundry detergents. He was recently selected as an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Top 35 Under 35 for innovation, and has earned over $4.5M in grant funds and partnerships to help commercialize Sironix Renewables’ new eco-friendly cleaning product ingredients. Christoph earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota and bachelors from the University of Washington, both in chemical engineering.
Senior Environmental Consultantat
Jacob is responsible for managing Cradle to Cradle Certified™ assessments for a portfolio of clients including furniture, building materials, architectural glass, textiles and fragrances. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Christopher Newport University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from American University. In his work, Jacob strives to create effective change and advocate for the consumer through the lens of material health and product development. He has traveled domestically and internationally to conduct site visits and collaborate with clients to improve sustainability metrics.
Head of Digital Marketingat
FIG or out
Sourabh Sharma is head of digital marketing at FIG or out, a digital marketing and PR company that works across various verticals including tech, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. He is a seasoned marketer with a background in brand management, creative direction, digital marketing, social media and management consulting, having worked with multinationals and small businesses to deliver high impact growth. He also has a lifestyle portal 3FS Lifestyle, alongside a travel platform and an apparel brand. He has been published in the NY Times, Allure, GCI Magazine, Quirks, Yahoo!, and more, and has been keynote at conferences and a judge at brand competitions. Sharma has undergraduate engineering and business degrees and MBA from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania and the Rotterdam School of Management.