Breakout Sessions (Saturday)

Read about our Plenary Sessions and speakers.

View the video presentations from the event, which occurred April 1–2, 2011.

Chocolate, Social Responsibility, and Fair Trade

Theo Chocolate

Showcasing Products From Developing Countries

Krochet Kids, Rwanda Partners

Faith, Business, and Human Flourishing

Broetije Orchards; Campbell-Nelson VW; World Concern

Business Legal Structures and Your Values

Jones Day; Pure Vida Coffee; Vox Legal

A View From Europe: Big Business for the
Bottom Billions

Transforming Business (University of Cambridge, U.K.)

Ethical Sourcing in Business

Costco Wholesale; Microsoft

Small-Scale Consumer Energy Business in Developing Countries

The Paradigm Project; VidaGas; Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Tackling Corruption, Tackling Poverty

Seattle Pacific University

Microfinance: New Business Models

McKinsey; Global Partnerships; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Grameen Foundation

Morning Sessions

Chocolate, Social Responsibility,
and Fair Trade


Joe Whinney Joe Whinney, CEO, Theo Chocolate

Chocolate is a universally loved product that has been around for centuries. Although some of the well-known chocolate companies were pioneers of “social responsibility” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many are now lagging in that arena. However, there is a new breed of chocolate companies that are making their chocolate within a socially responsible and fairly traded business model.

The chocolate (and other products) we as consumers choose to buy, and the companies we buy from, can make a difference in shaping the world we live in. This session will examine a company that firmly believes that creating economic and social value are not mutually exclusive, and that a business is most successful when it is achieving both, and offering consumers the opportunity to participate in their mission.

Showcasing Products From Developing Countries

How Large Retailers Impact Global Poverty


Kohl Crecelius Kohl Crecelius, CEO, Krochet Kids

Allie Wallace Allie Wallace, director of development, Rwanda Partners

Large retailers sell many bulk products — such as clothing and shoes — that originate in developing-country factories. In contrast, a few small, “fair trade” stores sell specialty goods made by artisans from the same parts of the world. Can large retailers profitably emulate the principles, practices, and impact of these specialty stores — but at a much larger scale?

This session will focus on the stories of two Seattle-based companies and the unique partnerships they are involved in to address poverty in an economically sustainable manner through showcasing specialty goods from the developing world.

Faith, Business, and Human Flourishing


Roger Bairstow Roger Bairstow, executive director, Broetje Orchards

Craig Campbell Craig Campbell, president, Campbell/Nelson Volkswagen

Bob Lonac Bob Lonac, president and CEO, CRISTA Ministries

Jacinta Tegman

Jacinta Tegman, director of fund development, Crista Ministries

This session is geared toward entrepreneurs and executives who seek guidance on how faith —focused on the Christian tradition, but open to all who are interested — influences the conduct of business, especially as it affects poor and vulnerable people.

For example, job creation adds social value, but it may just be a place to start. Employees, their families, and their communities flourish when business leaders become servant-leaders who recognize employees as "whole persons" and create organizational cultures that serve and empower them.

In this session we will also explore infrequently addressed topics, such as the role of profit, how it's ultimately used, and how to create metrics for multiple bottom lines.

Business Legal Structures and
Your Values

An Overview of the Advantages and Restrictions of For-profit, Nonprofit, B-Corps, L3Cs, and Hybrid Entities


Brian Howe Brian Howe, founder, Vox Legal

R. Todd Johnson R. Todd Johnson, partner, Jones Day

John SageJohn Sage, founder, Pure Vida

A panel with the co-founder of Pura Vida Coffee, a pioneering social enterprise recently profiled in The New York Times and Harvard Business Review, this session includes a review of legal structures for social ventures (Benefit Corporations, L3Cs & Hybrids) with two plain-speaking attorneys and one experienced social entrepreneur. Anyone interested in learning how to maintain mission along with profitability should consider attending this session.

A View From Europe: Big Business for the Bottom Billions


Peter Heslam Peter Heslam, director, Transforming Business (University of Cambridge)

As a Brit leading a unique project at the University of Cambridge, Peter Heslam will take session participants on an inspirational "tour" of some of the big global brands that are significant to the themes of the conference.

This session will highlight the rich traditions and commitments behind multinationals such as Cadbury, Marks and Spencer, Barclays, Boots, Guinness and Unilever. Their founding visions have gathered dust in the marketplace of ideas. Are they poised for rediscovery in humanity's quest for a better future? Come find out.

Afternoon Sessions

The Ethical Sourcing of Some of Our Favorite Products


Tess Wilkins Tess Wilkins, merchandising manager, Costco

Danielle Harder, senior manager, social and environmental accountability, Microsoft Xbox

Living wages ... humane working conditions ... no child or slave labor ... environmentally sustainable. These are some of the business practices that an increasing number of consumers expect for how their products are produced. But what are companies actually doing to ensure that these labels are more than just empty rhetoric?

This session will explore how businesses are raising standards and verifying the conditions of the global supply chains of some of our favorite product.

Small-scale Consumer Energy Business in Developing Countries

Improving Health, Economic Well-Being, and Environmental Sustainability


Craig Nakagawa Craig Nakagawa, co-founder, VidaGas

Gregory Spencer Gregory Spencer, marketing director, The Paradigm Project

Jill Bamburg Jill Bamburg, dean of academic affairs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Consistent, reliable, and affordable access to clean energy is an often-missing key to surmounting many development issues – from health to environment to economic growth.

This session will focus on the stories of innovative small companies that are overcoming challenges to create profitable, economically sustainable businesses to address this current gap. Whether it’s by delivering fuel, providing efficient-energy products (e.g., cook stoves), or selling certifiable credits on the carbon market, these companies are creating business solutions based on available resources and customer demand.

Microfinance: New Business Models

New Business Models for Meeting Client (and Customer) Needs


Brigit Helms Brigit Helms , senior expert for financial inclusion, McKinsey & Company

Dan Radcliffe Dan Radcliffe, program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Elisa Murray Elisa Murray, director of communications, Global Partnerships

Microfinance is perhaps the best-known, market-oriented approach to alleviating poverty. Many people are aware of the “credit” (small loans) part of its story. But the true scope of microfinance involves so much more.

This session will focus on emerging models and services that aim to serve a broader spectrum of client needs.

Tackling Corruption, Tackling Poverty

Ethical Business as a Key to Reducing Poverty and Broadening Economic Opportunity


Al Erisman Al Erisman, editor, Ethix magazine

Well-functioning markets are a key to facilitating the economic growth necessary to pull large numbers of people out of poverty. Yet huge barriers to development in the form of corruption exist in some of the very places that need economic opportunity the most. A well-known "corruption" index even correlates higher levels of corruption with lower levels of economic development within a country. The ethical business leader is faced with two options: not doing business in such places, or finding a way to navigate these difficult waters in a way that models their core values, acknowledges the laws (of both the host and home countries), and leads to change.

In this session we'll discuss these difficult options, and offer some directions for dealing with them.