Top Speakers for Earth Day
Every year, we celebrate and honor our planet on April 22nd. We admire Mother Nature’s beauty and are grateful for everything that our Earth provides us with.
However, this appreciation and actions taken shouldn’t just be confined to one day a year. Here are some speakers who are striving to make the world a better place every day of the year.
Top Keynote Speakers for Earth Day
- Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Matthew Griffin, Co-Founder and CEO, Combat Flip Flops
- Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of Honest Tea, Founder of Eat the Change, PLNT Burger, and Chair of the Board of Beyond Meat
- Christopher Gavigan, Co-founder of The Honest Company, Founder & CEO of Prima
- Steve Boyes, Conservationist and National Geographic Fellow
- Jessica O. Matthews, Innovator and CEO, Uncharted Power
- Scott Harrison, Founder & CEO of charity: water
- Jane Chen, Founder and CEO, Embrace
- Bert Jacobs, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist of "Life is Good"
- Steve Gross, Founder and Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Playmakers
Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
With a medical, scientific, and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition through innovation. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.
Co-Founder and CEO, Combat Flip Flops
Matthew “Griff” Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, a footwear and apparel company that sells goods manufactured in conflict and post-conflict zones. Griffin founded Combat Flip Flops in 2006, after graduating from West Point and serving four tours of duty as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. The company uses their profits to aid the areas in which they are made as a part of Griffin’s mission to encourage peace through trade and “business over bullets.” A powerful and emotional speaker, Griffin is known for a moving TEDx talk on the power of persistence, creativity, and respect, as well as for his successful appearance on the entrepreneurial television show, ABC's Shark Tank, where he secured a deal with not only one but three “sharks” including Mark Cuban.
Co-Founder of Honest Tea, Founder of Eat the Change, PLNT Burger, and Chair of the Board of Beyond Meat
A mission-driven innovator and entrepreneur, Seth Goldman is the co-founder of Honest® Tea – the nation’s top-selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and organic kids’ juice drink. His latest venture, Eat the Change ™, is a platform to inform and empower consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. The first business launched under the Eat the Change™ umbrella is PLNT Burger, a plant-based quick serve restaurant that offers delicious burgers, sandwiches, fries and soft-serve. Goldman also serves as chair of the board of Beyond Meat, a publicly-traded California-based enterprise on the cutting edge of plant-based protein.
Co-founder of The Honest Company, Founder & CEO of Prima
A champion for environmental and human health, Christopher Gavigan is a best-selling author and the founder and former chief purpose officer of the iconic lifestyle brand, The Honest Company – providing a host of clean, sustainable personal care and home products. With actress Jessica Alba, he created the company to empower and educate the next generation of consumers to challenge the marketplace to think about the people they serve. This idea and Gavigan’s passion for it were integral in growing the Honest Company from concept to an over $1 billion organization – experiencing what Forbes called “an absurd level of growth.” Named a Men’s Fitness “Game Changer” and an EY “Entrepreneur of the Year,” he shares the keys to The Honest Company’s success: fostering authentic consumer relationships paired with a relentless entrepreneurial spirit.
Conservationist and National Geographic Fellow
Conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, TED speaker, and Senior Fellow, Dr. Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. His work has taken him all over Africa – studying wildlife rehabilitation and biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, planting thousands of trees in forest restoration projects, mitigating threats bringing parrot species to the brink of extinction throughout Africa, and working to preserve and protect Botswana’s uniquely pristine Okavango Delta and the vast Angolan watersheds on which over half of the elephants remaining on the planet depend – these are some of Africa’s last untouched, unpopulated wilderness.
JESSICA O. MATTHEWS
Innovator and CEO, Uncharted Power
Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning, sustainable infrastructure company that transforms the ground beneath us into an industrial IoT platform for streamlined integration, deployment, and management of critical infrastructure like power lines, broadband, sidewalks, and water pipes.
Founder & CEO of charity: water
Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 785 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue.
Founder and CEO, Embrace
Jane Marie Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is estimated to have helped over 250,000 babies to date. Most recently, Embrace Innovations launched a new line of baby products for the US market called Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better. They are using buy-one, give-one model: for every product sold, a baby is helped in a developing country by the Embrace infant warmer.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist of "Life is Good"
Bert Jacobs is the co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of Life is Good, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking non-profit work. Bert and his brother John launched their business with $78 in their pockets, selling T-shirts in the streets of Boston and at college dorms up and down the East Coast. Today, Life is Good is a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers across the US and Canada.
Founder and Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Playmakers
An expert on the transformative power of optimism, Steve Gross, M.S.W. is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Playmakers – a non-profit whose mission is to harness the power of optimism to help kids heal from the traumas of poverty, violence, and illness. Life is Good Playmakers now positively impacts over 1 million kids annually, partnering with leading childcare organizations to strengthen their capacity to build healing, life-changing relationships with children in their care.
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