Marianna Jamadi- Photographer

Marianna Jamadi- Photographer

Marianna Jamadi is a photographer who is nomadic in nature and steady in heart. She travels the world in search of palpable moments. She believes in the power of imagery and the power of creativity. She feels most comfortable when she is uncomfortable and feeds on experience and beauty. She was born and raised in Long Beach, California, spent her twenties in NYC and then sold her belongings and left the country on a one-year adventure around the world while documenting it on her travel blog Nomadic Habit.

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Sarah Fretwell- Multimedia Storyteller

Sarah Fretwell- Multimedia Storyteller

Multimedia storyteller Sarah Fretwell looks deeper into the intersection of the environment, people, and business with one question: What if the new bottom line was love? 

Her award-winning work explores the lives of everyday people with extraordinary stories and creates the human connection that engages people on a personal level. Her work offers individuals a voice for justice, insight for solutions, and the human connection needed for international engagement. Some of her notable work and clients include the United Nations, USAID, The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, and Tara Expeditions Foundation.

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Veronica Cabello- Green Beginning Community Preschool

Veronica Cabello- Green Beginning Community Preschool

Veronica is the founder of Green Beginning Community Preschool-An award-winning preschool with an emphasis on environment and diversity.

She has been in the field of early childhood for over 25 years. She earned a Masters degree in Child Development from Cal State University, Los Angeles. While working as a teacher, she contributed to the field of Early Childhood by mentoring teachers from various colleges and universities. 

Green Beginning Community Preschool has been recognized for its outstanding work educating young children and helping to raise globally-conscious citizens. We are the recipients of Green America's Summer 2014 People and Planet Award, we are recognized as an official Certified Los Angeles Green Business, and we are the winners of the 2011 SORO Neighborhood Council Outstanding Green Citizenship Award.

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Paksy Plackis-Cheng- Impactmania

Paksy Plackis-Cheng- Impactmania

Paksy (Dutch native), founder of impactmania, has lived in the USA since 2001. As a marketing & business development executive (from startup, IPO, M&A to mature tech companies), she has worked in a dozen countries. She has served on half a dozen boards, including two seasons as the Board President of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Paksy directed and co-produced a video story for impactmania that was featured at the United Nations (2017). Paksy is a Senior Fellow Research and Media at AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She graduated from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Mary Osborne- Professional Surfer + Entrepreneur

Mary Osborne- Professional Surfer + Entrepreneur

Champion longboarder and professional surfer Mary Osborne is “an undeniable force of nature who has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with her Nereid spirit whilst motivating females of all ages to be their very best…” But she’s also much more than a renowned surfer: women-in-sports advocate, environmentalist , writer, model, TV personality, and business woman are just a few of the hats she wears, often simultaneously.

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Alissa Sears- adVenturesAcademy

Alissa Sears- adVenturesAcademy

CO-FOUNDER / ADVENTURESACADEMY
VICE PRESIDENT: STRATEGY & GROWTH / CHRISTIE & CO

Having spent the last 15 years helping build high-growth, high impact companies, international investment summits, investment groups, non-profits and beyond, Alissa co-founded adVenturesAcademy rooted in the belief that business is the key to building a better world and that the best companies - those most able to adapt to the challenges of growth and achieve scale - are those rooted in purpose, driven by passion, alignment and impact, and preserved through resilience, authenticity and integrity. Through adVenturesAcademy, we break the box to unleash innovation and growth potential through harnessing the power of adventure to build resilient growth. And have fun doing it.

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Lani Taylor- MOBOT

Lani Taylor- MOBOT

Australian environmentalist, wellness educator, and founder of MOBOT, Lani Taylor, transformed her life through hydration, yoga, and somatic therapy. Her personal success launched a desire to share her discoveries with her clients and the world.

Lani’s passion to make people feel good and to heal the environment led to her creating the perfect eco-friendly hydration and mobility companion: MOBOT.

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Katy Hover-Smoot-Wild Rye

Katy Hover-Smoot-Wild Rye

Katy Hover-Smoot is the founder and CEO of Wild Rye, a company dedicated to making design-forward outdoor apparel for women.  Prior to launching Wild Rye, Katy spent 4 years in the cycling industry working for the founder of Specialized Bikes, Mike Sinyard.  While at Specialized, she identified a need for better mountain bike apparel for women and Wild Rye was born.  Today, Katy lives in Tahoe with her dog Queso, where she tries to ski as much as possible, sometimes with mixed results.

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Jen Gurecki- Coalition Snow

Jen Gurecki- Coalition Snow

Jen Gurecki is the co-founder and CEO of Coalition Snow, a women’s outdoor equipment and apparel company designed to deconstruct the status quo. Simply stated, Coalition makes women’s skis and snowboards that don’t suck. She also founded Zawadisha, a social enterprise whose mission is to provide small loans to rural Kenyan women to finance their livelihoods. 

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Georgina Miranda- She Ventures

Georgina Miranda- She Ventures

Georgina is creator and CEO of She Ventures. Her passion for equality, adventure, and doing business as a means for social good have taken her to reach new heights on many fronts. 

She is a purpose driven entrepreneur, adventurer, consultant, speaker, and activist combining over a decade of Corporate, Start-up, and Adventure experience. She's advised some of the top Fortune 500 companies globally as a management consultant. 

She is currently in the process of completing the Explorer Grand Slam (8 Summits + 2 Poles) to raise awareness around gender-based violence and climate change. A project she launched in 2008 and just 3 expeditions remaining. She believes inside all of us is an adventurer. 

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Lisa Slagle- Wheelie Creative

Lisa Slagle- Wheelie Creative

She spent the past ten years avoiding getting a real job by creating a company she actually wanted to work at and people would actually want to work with. Lisa believes poweful creative work beats “advertising” every single time and that work should be fun, so in 2009, she started Wheelie Creative, a new school creative agency for people who thrive outside. 

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