LT TOP PICKS: Impactful Leaders

Our July theme is all about leadership and we asked our Leadership Team to provide a list of some of impactful leaders from their respective fields that inspire them.
Check out our top picks and add yours in the comments below!

Mindy Lubber, CEO, Ceres

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Mindy S. Lubber is the President and a founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 120 institutional investors managing about $14 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies. Read More.

Jay Cohen Gilbert, Founder, B Lab 

Despite having no game, Jay Coen Gilbert co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing for most of his 13 years there and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth. Read More.
**Note: Jay was recently announced as a keynote speaker for the  2016 Net Impact Conference

Jessie Newman, AVP Communications & Community Affairs, BJ’s Wholesale Club

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“Jessie, is a remarkable leader: high energy, great spirit, concerned for others, highly productive. She partners on projects and focuses on what is right for our members, team members and communities. Her team reflects her positive approach. I am constantly impressed by the variety of projects she and her team can tackle to better serve our communities — Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Read to a Child, etc..” – David Atkins, Category Management & Own Brands/Private Label Executive, BJ’s Wholesale Club. Read More.

Sean Becker, President, Spark Plug Power

Spark Plug Power, which started out of Greentown Labs, integrates solar generation with cutting edge battery technology to create a competitive ancillary services provider for the SmartGrid and reliable services for host sites. Aside from being an innovator in the energy storage space, Sean recently organized a “Battery and Brews” event at Greentown, providing a chance for all those whoare working in this fast growing sector the chance to network and share ideas to further spur progress. Read More.

Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC140213141219-kathrin-winkler-emc-cso-headshot-620xa

Kathrin Winkler is senior vice president, corporate sustainability and chief sustainability officer for EMC Corporation. Winkler provides the vision, strategy and leadership for the company’s global sustainability initiatives. In 2010, she appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet to provide insight into how information technology is contributing to energy efficiency. Ms. Winkler is a Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and a member of the Advisory Councils of the Product Stewardship Institute and the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.
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Mandy Cabot, Co-Founder and CEO, Dansko

In 1990, Mandy Cabot and her husband Peter Kjellerup co-founded Dansko, a leader in innovative comfort footwear. Since the discovery of their first product in a tiny store in Denmark, Dansko (literally translated as “Danish shoe”) now generates annual sales of over $150 million. Today their offering includes sandals, boots, heels, flats, healthcare apparel and many types of clogs. In 2012, Mandy and Peter redeemed all of their shares in Dansko to form a new ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), resulting in 100% employee ownership. Read More.
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