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Public Lecture Series, 2010–11

Reds, Whites, & Green: Sustainability Initiatives in the California Wine Industry
Ann Thrupp, Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development, Fetzer/Bonterra Vineyards
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ann ThruppMany wineries and vineyard companies in California are incorporating sustainable practices in vineyard and winery operations. Ann Thrupp will summarize the sustainability programs being integrated in the California wine industry, "green" marketing trends and examples from Fetzer Winery and Bonterra Vineyards, both of which are pioneers in developing sustainable and organic innovations.

For over 20 years, Thrupp has been professionally and personally engaged in ecological agriculture, natural resource management, environmental/agriculture policy and sustainable business. Previously, Thrupp worked with the EPA's Agriculture Initiative managing partnerships and grants to support sustainable farming. She has also worked as a consultant for Robert Mondavi Winery, Roots of Change Fund (formerly called Funders Agriculture Working Group), and various other organizations.

Currently, Thrupp develops partnerships with diverse stakeholders and facilitates communication and development of Fetzer’s/Bonterra's sustainable practices. Her community outreach includes organizing educational events about organic and sustainable farming for growers, wineries, government agencies, and the public. 

Thrupp completed her postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley; her PhD and MA at Sussex University; and her BA at Stanford University. She is an avid runner, a former All-American distance runner and also enjoys roller-blading, hiking, gardening and creative writing.

TEDWomen Conference: How Are Women and Girls Reshaping the Future
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 and
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TEDWomen Conference @ TedxMillsCollegeTedxMillsCollege is hosting a viewing party of the TEDWomen Conference being held on December 7 and 8, 2010, in Washington, DC. The TEDWomen Conference will gather hundreds of global thought leaders, innovators in DC to reveal a new lens on women as powerful change agents in developing nations; meanwhile, in the West, generations of educated women are forging new directions in the sciences, arts, and business and beyond.

Lessons for Marketers Through Consumers' Eyes: Building Strong Brands and a Socially Responsible Business
Michelle Ferguson, EVP of Marketing, Clif Bar & Company
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Michelle FergusonMichelle Ferguson is Executive Vice President of Marketing at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious, all-natural, organic foods and drinks for sport and healthy snacking. She oversees the company’s marketing programs, brand development, market analysis, customer service, research and development, and in-house design.

A foodie, an athlete, and a mom, Ferguson's inspiration is to create great tasting food that is good for people and respectful of the environment. Under Ferguson's direction Clif Bar & Company has become a recognized leader in grassroots marketing programs that engage consumers and address important environmental initiatives. Known for her unique approach to brand development and marketing, Ferguson has spoken at a host of leading business schools including the UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and the Presidio School of Management.

Prior to coming to Clif Bar & Company, she directed research at Gatorade and served as managing director at MBL Taiwan.

Ferguson holds a bachelor's degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis and a master's in agricultural economics from Cornell University.

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TEDxChange 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010

TEDxChange: The Future We MakeOn September 20, 2010, more than 150 of the world's leading thinkers and doers will come together in New York for the first-ever TEDxChange event. Convened by Melinda French Gates on the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals, this event will explore what the future holds for health and development around the world. What changes have taken place in the last decade? And what more needs be done to ensure the health and well-being of future generations?

Hosted by TED curator Chris Anderson, a global audience will be participating as TEDx communities around the world, including TEDxMillsCollege, will be hosting events around the live webcast. To learn more, visit TEDxChange.

Serving the Community at Schwab
Kristine Dixon, Director, Schwab Community Services,
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kristine DixonKristine Dixon leads marketing and communications for the firm's financial literacy and employee-volunteerism programs. She also oversees marketing for Charles Schwab Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization funded by The Charles Schwab Corporation, whose mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

Dixon began her tenure at Schwab in 2000 as Editor in Chief of "On Investing," Schwab's award-winning magazine that is delivered to more than two million clients each quarter. She also oversaw client communications including monthly newsletters and regulatory communications.

Prior to joining Schwab, Dixon held editorial positions at Smart Business magazine in San Francisco, and National Journal and CongressDaily in Washington, D.C., and was communications director for an arts advocacy nonprofit organization.

She has served on the Marketing Committee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and on a community advisory board for the University of California at Berkeley.

A Scripps Howard scholar, Dixon earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.

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