Regeneration is being tested and embedded in many professions, industries, and communities.

Businesses from farming to architecture, to mindfulness; from furniture design to fashion to engaging capital to communities around the world; from Amsterdam to Uganda to Chile it is the evolution of how life works as the source of creating health and wealth are learning to work regeneratively.

We have invited 15 thought leaders to be thinking partners and thought provocateurs for our 3 days together.

Carol Sanford

For nearly 40 years Carol has led a revolution in how business is to be conducted. With long-term engagements, she functioned as a supra-executive decoding a company’s DNA and aligning systems to yield game-changing innovation, market leadership, and financial returns. Through her A-rated speeches and award-winning books, Carol relates examples that inspire and instruct businesses to re-imagine their way of working and change industries, social systems, cultural beliefs and governing practices.

Her highly-praised books, The Responsible Business and The Responsible Entrepreneur, are required reading at leading business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT. Her latest book, The Regenerative Business, is due out in October 2017.

Dr. David Riley

David is a faculty member in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. His fields of expertise include Sustainable Building Methods, Affordable and Sustainable Housing, Renewable Energy, Leadership and Change Agent Development, and Education for Sustainability. David currently leads multiple research, education and workforce programs focused on integrative methods to support the proliferation of renewable energy. He is currently working in multiple communities and settings in support of energy and sustainability initiatives including the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, the Island of Roatan, Honduras, and the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

Dr. Beatrice Ungard

Beatrice brings to her clients 15+ years of experience grounded in a whole systems approach to organizational and systems change, strategic management, and leadership capacity development. As the owner of Soma Integral Consulting she designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration processes to creatively investigate and address complex socio-ecological challenges. In partnership with practitioners in the Design Built Environment, she delivers regenerative design and development services to communities, cities, and local governments that seek to become more sustainable and resilient. She has taught strategic management and systems thinking for diverse MBA programs and is currently an instructor for The Regenerative Practitioner Series offered by The Regenesis Group.

Max Shkud

Max brings to the Regenerative Summit his extensive corporate experience in leadership development, organizational change, hi-tech management, and software product development. Max began his career as a software architect at Motorola (Israel), where he designed wireless systems for the army and police.
Later, as a technology leader at Snapfish, he led the design and implementation of a software infrastructure that today serves over 100 million customers worldwide. He also spearheaded the development of online ventures — worth hundreds of millions of dollars — for Costco, Walgreens, and Walmart.
As a consulting change-leader for HP, Royal Bank of Scotland, HoneyBook, and most recently T-Mobile, Max co-led division-wide initiatives that focused on business transformation, innovative organization design, and leadership development.

Marisa Gant

Marisa is an individual wellness and spiritual counselor & organizational development consultant applying the lens of Ayurveda. Marisa worked in the international development sector for more than seven years, leading business development, trade certification and operations for a variety of international organizations. Recognized for her project management, organizational and analytical skills, Marisa has a proven track record for guiding people to action and stewarding collaboration. She also brings a calm and intuitive demeanor that prompts deeper reflection & self-awareness. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Business and an Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling certificate and founded Naturefy to guide and mentor clients to harness their true nature, connect with the sacred and live in greater accordance with nature’s natural rhythms.

Max Zahniser

Max is a designer, educator, consultant, facilitator, and entrepreneur. His broad background in architecture was foundational while at the U.S. Green Building Council, where he oversaw the majority of the first 500 LEED® certifications worldwide, supported development of nearly every rating system, and managed relationships with Google, Autodesk, and others. Max has been quoted/cited in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other outlets. His own “real estate” development projects and founded organizations thrive while he supports clients and partners like Comcast, ConEdison, the Pentagon, UPenn, Drexel, the largest developers in his region, and others.

Alexa Pitoulis

A creative strategist with a gift for translating large scale desired change into concrete steps, Alexa brings over 15 years experience building and leading teams for organizations. Valuing workplaces as living systems, she specializes in wide engagement to continuously improve on workflow design for enhanced performance and organizational wellbeing. Alexa holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University and is currently Interim Executive Director of OpenMedia. A self-proclaimed kale-powered supermom on two wheels, Alexa is driven by her passion for building regenerative social and ecological systems.

Zac Swartout

Zac has over a decade of diverse experience in the finance industry. As a vice president of the boutique investment bank Dahlman Rose & Co. (now Cowen & Co.), he helped build a trading group to a bank with over 150 employees. After acquiring his MBA from the Pinchot University, he acted as the managing director of a securities-based crowdfunding platform for Cutting Edge Capital, an impact focused law firm and consultancy that helps local businesses raise mission aligned capital.

He is currently an organization development consultant for the Fraser Health system in Canada. He is also a faculty member at Pinchot University the first MBA program to offer a degree in sustainable business. At Pinchot he teaches management, and leadership & personal development.

Lise Thompson

As a real estate & community developer, in the true sense of the word, Lise is evolving the way real estate development and preservation are done by bringing regenerative whole living systems thinking and process to everything she does. Her work focuses on reminding humans they are Nature with the potential to be in reciprocal value adding relationship with all life in a way that builds true wealth by integrating human, ecological and financial capital. She is founder of Conservation Development, LLC, a Global Ambassador for The Nature Conservancy after serving as a trustee for the NJ Chapter for nine years and a trustee for the New Jersey Forestry Foundation. Lise graduated from Cornell and lives on a farm in the Sourland Mountains.

John Boecker

John serves as a founding partner in 7group, an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary consulting firm focused on integrative design and regenerative development. He also co-hosted with Bill Reed the national Voice America radio program, “Building Deeper Green: Reframing Sustainability.”
John currently Chairs the USGBC’s international Integrative Process (IP) Working Group, charged with improving the practical implementation integrative design. His design work has been recognized by over 40 design awards, including 25 Awards for Design Excellence from AIA, three Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence in 1998, 2001 & 2003, and AIA’s nationwide Top Ten Green Projects in 2000 and 2009. John has taught Architectural Design at Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College, and guest lectures at Harvard.

Gregory Landua

Gregory’s passion for creating healthy relationships through trade has lead him on a global journey to explore all phases of the value adding process from farming and agriculture through processing and manufacture to marketing to the end customer. Starting with farmers of important crops such as cacao and almonds, Gregory explores regenerative agriculture approached to their farming. Out of these ecosystem based farming approaches he has helped to grow an ecosystem of businesses and organizations dedicated to expressing the essence of a product through the entire value adding process. As CEO of Terra Genesis International, Gregory has grown a team with the capacity to support other business’s to succeed in exploring their leadership role in regeneration.

Dr. Lisa Brown

Lisa is a teacher and living systems education consultant. She has worked in a variety of leadership positions in higher education, including ten years as Director of the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, a state-wide NASA-funded research, education and outreach program. She is passionate about developing experiential learning opportunities and building partnerships between schools and their local communities. She has worked with numerous businesses and non-profits to deepen our collective understanding of and contributions to educating for a regenerative future.

Lisa holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and a PhD in Geosciences from Penn State University.

Russell Wallack

Russell is an ecological designer and living systems thinker based in Amherst, MA. With a background spanning philosophy, digital design, GIS, program management, and leadership training, Russell brings a diversity of experience to his work in regenerative design and supply system development. His generalist skill-set enables him to thrive in diverse contexts. Most recently he has enjoyed working on multiple regenerative design projects in Barbados, and the northeast U.S.,  project managing supply system design projects with Terra Genesis International, and working to expand commercial chestnut production in the U.S.

Rachel Hynes

Rachel is passionate about creating regenerative systems that enable individuals and organizations to thrive. Her career has focused on working with organizations who are creating shifts in the fooding, sheltering, and transacting streams. Currently she is Director of Operations at International Living Future Institute and Board Vice Chair at Central Co-op, one of only two co-ops in the nation that combines worker and member ownership in a solidarity model.

Christian Shearer

Spending over a decade of his life in SE Asia and working in seven different countries, has given Christian Shearer a unique perspective on the lives of the small-holder farmer. At age 24, Christian founded a permaculture education center in SE Asia, the Panya Project. As that project matured, Christian shifted his focus to his regenerative agriculture work with Terra Genesis International. As Chief Operations Officer to TGI, Christian combines his whole-systems project management experience with the companies focus on the essential uniqueness of each company and each ecosystem. It’s become more and more clear that as a professional designer, his role is not to provide answers but to provide a space where the right questions can be asked.

Héctor M Miramontes

Héctor currently serves as International Relations Director for the City of Portland and has over 15 years of experience working on national, state, and local political campaigns aimed at advancing progressive government policy and social change. Héctor views business as a powerful framework through which people across the planet can advance regenerative organizations, societies, and economies. Héctor contributes a global perspective: he has traveled to Asia, Europe, and Latin America; and speaks English, French, and Spanish. Héctor holds an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, a French Language and Francophone Culture Certificate from the Sorbonne, and a BA from the University of Oregon.

Anselm Ibing

Anselm is an international change agent, living frameworks designer and consultant based in France. He has 8 years of experience as a social entrepreneur and activist, and currently works as a freelancer regenerating supply chains (with Terra Genesis International) and coaching eco-villages.



“Carol Sanford Institute’s approach (the regenerative business education) continues to be an amazing source of inspiration and one of the foundational philosophies of Google Food.”

Michiel Bakker, Director, Google Food.

“The regenerative business approach and insights ...take us behind the scenes at companies that have transformed how they think about themselves and the world – and in the process generate not only sustainable prosperity, but levels of meaning and commitment that most firms only dream of....”

Rebecca Henderson, Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Harvard Business School.

“Carol Sanford Institute has been developing corporate consciousness…the idea is inherently tough-minded: break ingrained habits of thought, kick over stale ideas, and avoid the easy path of simply repeating past successes...”

Jeffrey Hollender, Founder, CEO of Seventh Generation (in Harvard Business Review • March 2010).

“...The Carol Sanford Institute’s ability to build capability regarding ideas about strategic thinking, levels of differentiation and “learning while doing” were very unique...[It helped me rethink our relationship to competition and what we needed to do in order to make ourselves more “non-displaceable” in our markets. The regenerative business approach is much more holistic than anything I have worked with.”

Brad Redderson, Senior Vice President Visual Systems, Silicon Graphics (SGI)

“Carol Sanford Institute, a most insightful and effective organization, ... helped us made a positive difference to our business way of work. Their work with DuPont of Canada... regenerative ways of working in a business has yielded substantial business advantages.”

Bill White, Senior President, DuPont of Canada


“...Individuals and organizations exceed all expectations for performance as a result of Carol Sanford Institute’s work. ...I have seen the confidence that comes from these successes that infuse people’s lives and change them positively and permanently...[They] can explain why and how change and growth work rather than simply initiating a program; they transfer the capability to continue the improvements long after they are gone.”

Will Lynn, Clorox Corporation, Group Vice President

“I am consistently impressed by the foresight of Carol Sanford Institute. Concepts and approaches are introduced by them, which are then later brought forward in leading books and articles. At a recent conference on innovative thinking....ideas were presented which I experienced a number of years earlier during interaction with Carol Sanford Institute.”

John Hanby, VP of Research and Development, Potlatch.


 “Carol Sanford Institute created a climate of trust with a multi-racial workforce and management during a historic period, (before and after the first free elections in the republic of south Africa )... I am persuaded that Carol Sanford Institute’s approach creates a long lasting business advantage, whilst developing people and the business.”

Stelios Tsezos, GM for Oral Care Europe , Colgate-Palmolive.

 “Carol Sanford Institute offers one of the wisest and most compassionate teachings and approaches to thinking on the planet! ... They have the gift of teaching complex and profound concepts and higher order thinking that has contributed to the quality of my thinking…thus the quality of my life and business.”

Debra Neill, Ceo, Neill Corporation, Largest distributor Of Aveda Products, Business Educator To Aveda Salons.


“Carol Sanford Institute’s regenerative way of working with Seventh Generation opened a door to the whole new level of engaging with and practicing corporate responsibility, in everything we do— from how we organize the company, to strategic thinking, working with stakeholders, product development and marketing. We have dramatically improved our strategic, leadership, and organizational capabilities...”

Jeffrey Hollender, CEO, Founder Of Seventh Generation.

 “This way of thinking about running a business, (the regenerative business), is a critical source of new understanding for a re-imagined future. Rarely a day goes by that I do not call on this way of thinking and looking at the world...”

Chad Holliday, Chairman And Ceo, E. I. Dupont Corporation.

 “Carol is one of those very rare individuals whom you meet that has the ability and wisdom to radically alter the way you think about yourself and the world. ... Carol has the unique gift of getting through to people and helping them realize the potential of not just themselves, but of our world. ... They deliver transformation at scale.

Jason Twill, Head of Development, Lend Lease.

2016 Sponsors
2016 Partners

2016 Participating Businesses NeillRegenerative Design GroupBrass Castle PartnersPDE Total Energy SolutionsImlak'esh OrganicsOrchard Supply HardwarePeaceworkPEMCO Insurance AgencyGaia U InternationalSecond Use Building MaterialsCaruhRevitaliza ConsultoresComcastRE Farm CafeOn Safari FoodsLush CosmeticsCommunity Sourced CapitalIsland Developments LimitedJohnny's LuncheonettePadma Food and BeverageLocal Practice Architecture + DesignInternational Living Futures InstituteTerra Genesis InternationalOpen MediaRegenesisGridSTAR CenterT-MobileConservation DevelopmentEvrnuCapsci HealthNaturefyTwo WolvesOmega Center for Sustainable LivingYellow SeedManens-TifsSecond Line DesignsIsland Developments LimitedBiggerstaff ConstructionConservation Design ForumGuckenheimerHKSSeventh GenerationSoma Integral ConsultingThe Decurion CorporationRASATDA_BoulderGolden Coast MeadEqogoFrutas y Carnes LimitadaThe Alinker InventionsTaller13CyclEffectEjido VerdeThompson Management Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensRincon-Vitova InsectariesRF BINDERVeterans Experience OfficeInstitute for the Built EnvironmentValeo GroupPeaceworkSan Francisco Kites & ToysKaosPilotsTheo ChocolateHigh End Market PlaceJendoco ConstructionGroveHerban FeastCareOregonMOXY MoneySuperego, LLCThe Integral CenterRegenerative Capital, LLCKindling MediaEpicycledKannaImpact Hub Oakland