Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, a consulting company that works with blended value companies and impact investors; the Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation, which is focused on advancing the social entrepreneurship and impact investing universe; and the Impact Entrepreneur Network, which has 16,000+ members in over 150 countries. For over 25 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and education. Laurie was the long-time Executive Director of the international environmental organization and thought leading magazine, Orion, as well as founder of a global environmental citizenship think-tank and one of the world’s first (“Founding”) B Corporations, which was the first company to complete a transaction on a designated impact investing exchange (Mission Markets).
Laurie is a systems-thinker and movement builder, having co-founded the place-based education movement as well as the first network of environmental and social justice organizations in the United States. Laurie is also the publisher, editor and introduction-writer of a number of bestselling and award-winning books as well as the author of numerous articles on sustainability, social change, entrepreneurship and impact investing, and has spoken at a wide range of leading educational institutions and conferences. He did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, and his graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf School of English.
Dr. Michelle M. Stronz is CFO and consulting partner of the Impact Entrepreneur Center initiative and co-founder and partner in Formata, a unique consultancy working with purpose driven leaders who want to grow value in organizations by aligning income and impact. A former industrial development CEO, Michelle provides strategy consulting and leadership services to global organizations ranging in size from $50 million to more than $3 billion. Her expertise has helped dozens of firms to grow financial value, recruit and retain high performance leadership teams, and anticipate market shifts in order to generate better results. As an entrepreneur and consultant, Michelle successfully launched a regional precision manufacturing initiative, designed a statewide advanced technology center, raised endowment funds for new buildings and equipment for a regional community college, led a capital fundraising campaign that supported a land trust, and recruited leaders and financial support for women and families living at the economic margin.
Michelle is passionate about leadership and the potential of leaders to challenge the status quo in the interests of something larger than themselves. She Chairs two CEO Advisory Boards, where she leads diverse groups from manufacturing, health care, professional services, energy and utilities, and real estate and construction, Michelle holds her Doctorate from Columbia University in organizational development and leadership, an MPA in China’s international development from the University of Washington, and BSJ in journalism from Ohio University.
Anthony Allen is Chief Impact Officer of the Impact Entrepreneur Center. He is an entrepreneur, consultant, thinker, and writer who helps to define and grow the impact enterprise ecosystem. He is a co-founder and partner in Formata, a unique consultancy that incorporates the impact model into its strategy and leadership toolbox. Anthony is also the co-founder of ARTTN Gallery, a revolutionary online art gallery that encourages visual storytelling that generates both income and impact. Devoted to pushing the boundaries in order to make a difference, Anthony is a frequent blogger on topics related to purpose, profit and partnerships related to growing the impact ecosystem. When not engaged in exploring the boundaries of change, Anthony explores the boundaries of trail systems on both coasts. Anthony holds a BS in Management and an MBA from Quinnipiac University.