Natalia Olson-Urtecho was the Regional Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration. As Regional Administrator for Region III, Olson-Urtecho was responsible for the delivery and management of SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance, and business development program initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Olson-Urtecho has more than 15 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in the Philadelphia region and abroad in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. While at the U.S. Department of State, Olson-Urtecho worked in Budapest, Hungary, on NATO accession, economic and political policies, environmental issues, science and technology property rights, infrastructure development and served as chief of protocol.
Yanique Redwood, PhD, MPH, is the President and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation, whose mission is to advocate for health, economic and racial equity, based in Washington, D.C. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second President and CEO. Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she managed the health and mental health portfolio of grants. In 2012, she was named a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in 2013. Throughout her training and career, she has focused on addressing the social determinants of health including racial equity. She envisions a region and nation in which everyone lives a healthy and dignified life.
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Most notably, Chef Rock was cast on season 3 of the Fox reality television cooking show, “Hell’s Kitchen”. People like Marvin Woods, Anthony Bourdain, Rick Tramonto and of course, Gordon Ramsay, have all given Rock great insight into being successful. In the decade since he rocketed to reality cooking stardom, Chef Rock Harper has run high-profile local restaurants, spearheaded short-lived solo projects (RIP, Fat Shorty’s), shared life experiences with aspiring culinary professionals, and lent a helping hand to charitable organizations. He intends to capitalize on that ability with two new entertainment ventures: a personal podcast dubbed “The Chef Rock Xperiment,” and a late-night talk show called “Shift Drink.” Rock has held several positions throughout his career at award winning restaurants such as Café Calliope, Burke Station Restaurant, Planet Hollywood, BET on Jazz Restaurant, and Executive Chef of B.Smith’s Restaurant, Ben’s Next Door and The Carlyle Club.
Mark Hatch is Former CEO of TechShop undergoing a new venture. Grew TechShop from 1 to 12 locations on four continents with many more in development. Grew membership and revenue 35X+ over nine years. Mark has a proven expertise in strategy, marketing, business development, product management, product development, IT, technology and creating competitive advantage through innovation and operational execution. Author – The Maker Movement Manifesto. Raised $20+ million and turned TechShop into the leader in makerspaces and a leading brand in the Maker Movement. Mark has spoken at The White House and at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, Singularity University and The Clinton Global Initiative among many others.
Hans joined Fairtrade America in June 2013 as the organization’s first employee, defining himself as a “sales guy” for farmers and their families. He has been instrumental to establishing the Fairtrade International values in the United States and cares passionately about rural and generational poverty and finding a way out for farmers. Born and raised in Chile, Hans worked in the financial sector before receiving a British Council scholarship that allowed him to pursue an MBA in the London Business School. After returning to Chile, Hans worked at a startup before joining Microsoft for 7 years, both in Chile and their headquarters in Seattle, WA. In 2009, after working extensively in rural settings in India and other countries of South East Asia, Hans moved to a development non-profit, Agros International. Using his experience at Agros as a platform, he set up a consulting firm (Washington state’s first B Corp) that assisted companies to weave social impact into their business strategy.
Currently, as the Medical Director of CRC Health & Wellness Group and the Founder of Delta Health & Wellness Consulting, Dr. Yolandra Hancock continues to be a tireless advocate for public health reform, education and fighting childhood obesity. She is a sought-after health & wellness expert appearing on national talk shows hosted by the likes of CNN News Anchor Anderson Cooper. Most recently, Dr. Hancock, in her first ever attempt, applied and was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to further her work in Childhood Obesity Prevention and Care. The grant will underwrite the development and deployment of a breakthrough Digital Obesity Management Tool (OBT) that will allow adolescent patients to track their treatment plan progress and results in real time, while providing virtual alerts to authorized medical care providers.
Dr. Nancy Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a scientific leader of the Census of Marine Life. She wrote the book, Citizens of the Sea, to celebrate the ten years of the Census. She founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. Knowlton has devoted her life to studying, celebrating, and striving to protect the multitude of life-forms that call the sea home. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. The Earth Optimism Summit will be a gathering of thought leaders, practitioners, pioneering scientists and researchers, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders, industry participants, media, philanthropists, and other conservation-minded citizens.