Lauren Taylor, Founder & President
Lauren was most recently the Communications Director for the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). She came to SELF from the corporate sector with a background in sustainability and extensive experience in developing countries. Her passion for bringing solar energy to the developing world was formed early in her professional career while working in the Caribbean basin. One of the founding partners of Worrell Water Technologies in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lauren brings over 15 years senior executive experience in various marketing, communications and operations roles. She received her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and her BS in International Business from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of DC Stop Modern Slavery, a community organization, and serves on the Board of Directors of Stop Modern Slavery, Inc.
Jim Greenbaum is the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind -- to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place.
After a few unsuccessful start-up ventures, Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance, a full service long distance company that expanded its presence throughout the Western U.S. Jim operated the company until 1999, when at the age of 40, he chose to sell and leave the corporate world to follow his passion of serving in the Non Profit Arena.
Jim is a Board Member of Tostan, and also the Executive Producer of the soon to be released Robert Bilheimer modern-day slavery documentary film "Not My Life." Jim is active in YPO/WPO and its Social Enterprise Networks. He is also a long time member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Jim is passionate about bringing business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world. A proud and active parent to seven children, Jim resides with his family in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Amanda has been an anti-trafficking and human rights activist for almost a decade. She currently serves as the Program Associate for the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights, where she manages projects on human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, genocide and mass atrocities, LGBT rights, and other current human rights issues. Prior to her current position with the Center for Human Rights, she managed special projects for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence on civil remedies for human trafficking victims and domestic violence in LGBT communities. Before joining the ABA, Amanda implemented domestic and international human trafficking projects and research for Shared Hope International. She has also served Free the Slaves as a volunteer and been a member of the Washington DC Human Trafficking Task Force and DC Stop Modern Slavery. In 2005, Amanda lived and worked with at-risk and trafficked youth in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
In addition to her work with the ABA, Amanda is also currently the Lead Writer for the End Human Trafficking Community at Change.org, where she blogs daily about all aspects of human trafficking. She has been interviewed by ABC News, CNN.com, Alternet, and other news outlets and given presentations, conducted trainings, and spoken at conferences around the U.S. and overseas. Amanda has a special interest in identifying and developing the role of social media and emerging technology to bolster grassroots engagement in addressing human trafficking around the world. You can read her blog at http://humantrafficking.change.org/.
Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from Elon University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Justice, Law, and Society at the American University School of Public Affairs. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy literature, hiking and biking local trails, and eating Fair Trade chocolate.
Dr. Andrea Larson
Dr. Larson, Associate Professor of Business Administration, has served for 20 years on the faculty of The Darden School teaching in the MBA program and in Executive Education in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable business. Sustainable business is a "triple bottom line" approach by corporations incorporating economic, social and environmental performance considerations into operations and strategy. Building upon earlier research in entrepreneurship, alliances, and network organizations, her current research, teaching, and curriculum development focuses on innovation by companies engaged in sustainable business as a strategic and competitive advantage. Her publications have appeared in journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Interfaces (international operations journal, special issue on sustainable business practices). Her work has also appeared in edited volumes on innovation, green chemistry, ethics, and entrepreneurship.
Larson was co-founder in 2002 of The Ingenuity Project, a multifaceted program to integrate theory and practice on entrepreneurship/innovation together with sustainable business practices, and to encourage their use in management education as well as corporations. Entrepreneurship theory, green chemistry design, industrial ecology, and cradle to cradle design were illustrative of the core approach.
She holds a PhD from Harvard University, awarded jointly by the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Kevin is a principal and the COO at Reingold. He is a firm believer that the cost of communications is an investment, not an expense—and he makes sure his clients leverage every opportunity to get the full value from their marketing dollars. At Reingold, he oversees the planning and implementation of dynamic, imaginative marketing and communication campaigns, relying on a wealth of experience with industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Toys 'R' Us.
A cause marketing and partnership development expert, Kevin spearheads or oversees all of Reingold's communications and marketing campaigns, providing the strategic direction to ensure that our plans achieve a lasting connection with each audience through the most effective targeted messaging, products, and communications channels. His diverse array of recent clients includes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Community Colleges, National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Green Building Certification Institute, and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. For each one, Kevin drove Reingold's efforts to pinpoint their unique value and shape a research-based strategy to powerfully convey that distinction to key targets.
Kevin has directed several of Reingold's comprehensive strategic communications campaigns that aim to educate and mobilize stakeholders. He managed Reingold's work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to supplement and extend its "15+ Make Time to Listen . . . Take Time to Talk About Bullying" campaign, enlisting 38 national education and youth-serving organizations to distribute more than 50,000 CD-ROMs to their networks-in just the first month of outreach.
Before joining Reingold, Kevin managed donor relationships and coordinated marketing outreach for Operation Smile, an international nonprofit organization, where he organized multimillion-dollar promotions, cause marketing campaigns, and co-marketing efforts with several Fortune 500 companies. He also was a financial marketing analyst for IBM, where he helped price and promote the $2 billion a year mainframe maintenance business.
Kevin has an MBA from Darden, the University of Virginia's graduate business school, with a concentration in marketing and financial management, and a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.