Session 1 Panelist Bios
Environment and Sustainability: Creating a Business with Capital and Compliance in a Global Economy, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Beth Ahner, Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Daniel Goldman '87, President and CEO, GreatPoint Energy
Pamela Marrone '78, CEO/Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
David Quigley '95, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
David H. Quigley’s practice covers an array of environmental matters including transactional, enforcement litigation, regulatory compliance, lobbying and legislative development. Quigley’s transactional experience covers a broad spectrum (including the traditional negotiation of representations, warranties, and the transfer of environmental liabilities in the M&A and financial restructuring contexts) but focuses on environmental due diligence. Quigley developed an environmental due diligence model for use in the foreclosure of commercial properties and has managed environmental due diligence in connection with acquisitions totaling over $1 billion in assets. With respect to environmental litigation, Quigley litigates complex lawsuits filed under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) provisions and manages the discovery associated therewith (including arguing related motions in federal court). Quigley’s regulatory compliance practice focuses on issues arising under the solid and hazardous waste regulations. More specifically, he counsels companies with respect to the requirements governing the storage and disposal of hazardous materials, as well as the remediation of their release. In addition, Quigley counsels private and public entities with respect to cost recovery actions under CERCLA.
Quigley advises clients on policy issues associated with the Clean Air Act’s emission regulations and ozone depletion provisions, global climate change, and issues related to the public supply of drinking water and the public funding of water treatment and infrastructure projects. He represents clients regarding these issues before members of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Defense.
Teaching the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs, Center for Transformative Action and Cornell Hillel Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative
Christina Blacken '10, Campaign Associate, dosomething.org
Originally from Utah, Christina Blacken made the trek to the east coast to attend Cornell University, earning a degree in Policy Analysis and Management-also known by her fellow Cornellians as "PAM" (not to be confused with the cooking spray). After exploring the world of law she made the decision to follow where her heart is and rock social causes at DoSomething.org in the campaigns department, and couldn't be happier. If she isn't out exploring New York City or performing (yes, she sings in a cover band!) she's finding the next best ways to link awesome organizations to young folks passionate about social change.
Katie Broadbent '09, FarmCity Revival
Katie Broadbent is one of the founding employees of FarmCity Revival, a new social enterprise that will connect schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and food manufacturers in New York City with nutrient-rich, regionally grown fruits and vegetables. Beginning the summer of 2012, FarmCity Revival will aggregate, wash, sort, chop, and repack fresh, local produce, making it as convenient as products coming in from other parts of the country and the world. FarmCity Revival was founded by Andy and Andrea Potash (both ’66), with the goal of creating 100 long-term jobs for people who are rebuilding their lives after periods of incarceration. Since graduating from Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences in 2009, Broadbent has worked with the Potash family and learned to evaluate business concepts for both social and economic impact, built brands and campaigns, and learned when (and how) to move on from a failed business.
Edie Feinstein '12, 2012 Fellow, Venture for America
Edie Feinstein is a senior at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations. On campus, she keeps busy as a Hillel Campus Entrepreneur, a production assistant at the Cornell Daily Sun, and with Sigma Delta Tau sorority and the Cornell Gourmet Club. Feinstein is also an avid foodie and world traveler. Check out her culinary adventures at http://eatingwithedie.wordpress.com. Her travels include trips to the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Igor Khokhlov, Campus Entrepreneurs Director, Cornell Hillel
Igor Khokhlov graduated from Hebrew Union College (HUC)– Jewish Institute of Religion with a Masters in Religious Education. He is currently writing his thesis for his second MA in Jewish Non Profit Management at HUC in LA. Involved with various non-for profit companies in Russia, Israel and United States, Khokhlov came to Cornell Hillel in 2010 as a part of his MA internship requirements. Since then he has been getting to know students, and developed his fundraising skills. Khokhlov directs the Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative at Cornell Hillel.
Eric Maimon '12, Campus Entrepreneur, Cornell Hillel
Eric Maimon is from Brooklyn, NY, and has received his associates degree from CUNY Manahattan before transferring to the School of Hotel Administration, where he is currently a senior. At CUNY Manhattan, Maimon was the founder of the Transfer Club, which guided students through the transfer process and helped bridge the gap between two, and four year colleges. At Cornell, Maimon serves as the President of Hotelie Entrepreneurs and is an intern at Hillel, a Jewish non-profit that focuses on creating a sense of community on college campuses. Maimon has spent his last four summers working for the Jersey Express, on the business side of soccer. He is also on the National Leadership Council of Practice Makes Perfect, a nonprofit that empowers students through education by providing them with guidance and resources that are beyond the reach of their inner-city classrooms. Maimon plans on pursuing his passion for entrepreneurship by starting a soccer management company after graduation.
Women Entrepreneurs, College of Human Ecology
Moderator: Murem Sharpe '70, Founder/CEO, Evoca
Murem Sharpe is CEO and founder of Evoca, a leading global web and mobile service for creating and publishing digital audio and video content used in eCommerce, the media, marketing, education, publishing,
and advocacy. Subscribers range from Discovery Communications to Save the Children Foundation to language educators. Sharpe has led products and services businesses in the software, hardware, and outsourcing industries. At Fortune 500 corporations and tech startups she has held senior management, operations and strategy positions. For VC and angel-backed tech ventures, Sharpe positioned the companies for growth in B2B and B2C markets and successful M&A. She represents Evoca at the Global Network Initiative and Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center. Sharpe has served on boards of NGOs and a publicly traded company. She is producing a digital book about money and politics: “How to Buy a Seat in the U.S. Senate: For Yourself or a Good Friend.” Sharpe holds a BA in government from the College of Arts & Science at Cornell and an MBA in strategy and marketing from the Yale Management School. For Cornell, she has served on University Council, as chair of the advisory council of Entrepreneurship@Cornell [then EPE], as founding vice chair of the President’s Council of Cornell Women [PCCW], on the Committee on Alumni Trustee Nominations [CATN], and as a CAAAN volunteer. Sharpe is married to Tom Sharpe, Engineering ’69 and is mother of Emily Sharpe, Arts &Sciences’05 and Eric Sharpe, SCAD ’07.
Miki Agrawal '01, Founder, Slice, The Perfect Food; Founder, Prance Wear LLC
Websites: www.sliceperfect.com, www.prancepants.com
Miki Agrawal is the founder of the highly acclaimed local/natural pizza concept- SLICE (www.sliceperfect.com)- with a flagship location in the West Village of Manhattan. Her restaurant was named “The Upper Crust” by Time Out NY and “Top 10 Pizzas” by Where NY and was featured on the show “Recipe For Success” on The Food Network. She opened SLICE at age 25 in New York City without any experience in the restaurant business and in the most competitive restaurant marketplace in the world. She has multiple expansion plans and has partnered up with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh to open SLICE LAS VEGAS in the summer of 2012. Miki is soon publishing a historical recipe book entitled Give Pizza Chance with fun facts about the history and evolution of pizza. Miki is also the Co-Founder of PRANCE, a new technology and line of comfortable period underwear that will help 2 billion women across the globe manage their menstruation without worry and with a 1 for 1 giveback mission. Miki has also been featured in The New York Times , ABC, CBS, NBC, The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Fox Business, New York Magazine, Daily Candy, Time Out NY, Las Vegas Sun, PMQ Magazine among many other major publications. She attended Cornell University and played Division 1 soccer, she was named all-League every year, was the host of the Campus tv show “Campus Insights” and was ranked Cornell’s “Top 30 Most Influential People at
Cornell” out of more than 18,000 students.
Allison Fishman '94, Author/TV Host, The Wooden Spoon
LinkedIn: Allison Fishman
Allison Fishman is the host of Blue Ribbon Hunter on Yahoo.com, and in 2011, Fishman released her first cookbook, the well-received You Can Trust a Skinny Cook. In 2009, Fishman co-hosted Lifetime’s show Cook Yourself Thin, where she helped women cook more healthfully for themselves and their families. From 2006 to 2008, she co-hosted TLC’s Home Made Simple, where she traveled across the United States to
teach families basic cooking techniques. Fishman is a Contributing Editor for Cooking Light as well as a television spokesperson for the brand. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show and CBS’s The Early Show. She is currently at work on her second cookbook in collaboration with Cooking Light, Lighten Up, America! In 2005, Fishman founded The Wooden Spoon Cooking School in Brooklyn, New York, where she helped her students gain kitchen confidence by giving them the skills to cook healthy meals at home. Fishman graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development in 1994. Following graduation she was a dot com marketing professional for eight years and worked with CNET, EarthWeb, Viant in New York and San Francisco. During a sabbatical, she wrote for Wired, Silicon Alley Reporter, Business 2.0, and took cooking classes. It was during that time that she learned that she loved cooking and writing and wanted to make a change So she enrolled in culinary school and in 2001, graduated with honors from the Institute for Culinary Education. She has her Masters in Food Studies from New York University and lives in Montclair, NJ.
Leslie Josel '85, Founder/CEO, Order out of Chaos
LinkedIn: Leslie Josel
Leslie Josel, Founder/CEO of Order Out of Chaos, launched her organizing consulting and relocation specialist firm in 2004. Originally focusing her practice on the chronically disorganized (individuals with ADD, Hoarding, etc.), she expanded her business in 2007 to include a relocation and estate clearance division as well as senior move management services. Josel is a member of the National Association of
Professional Organizers (NAPO), has been awarded their Golden Circle distinction and holds her Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Specialist certifications from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). She is the only certified hoarding specialist in Westchester County and Connecticut. Josel is the district liaison for her son’s SEPTA (Special Education Parent-Teacher Association), and teaches organizational skills to middle and high schoolers throughout Westchester. Recently, she launched her first product, an Academic Planner, as a tool to teach time management to students.
Known nationally as an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, Josel has appeared on TLC’s hit television show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, the Cooking Channel’s television special, “Stuffed: Food Hoarders”, A & E’s “Hoarders” and other national television and radio shows. She is frequently quoted in mainstream news media such as the Washington Post, New York Newsday, MORE magazine and Westchester magazine and many other print media. Josel speaks and teaches nationally on organizational issues, special needs children and women’s entrepreneurship.
Josel lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband Wayne and their two children, who help her hone her organizing skills every day.
Debra Wein '90, President and Founder, Wellness Workdays
Innovative Solutions to Today's Healthcare Needs, College of Engineering
Moderator: Dale Lazar '74, JD '77, President, Cornell Engineering Alumni Association; DLA Piper
Fred Dinger III '83, President and CEO, ENTrigue Surgical, Inc.
Fred Dinger graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and received a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida in 1988. He has over 25 years experience ranging from product engineering to corporate management. His expertise has been applied to both large and small medical device companies that were in need of significant change or complete turnaround. Dinger is currently the President and CEO for ENTrigue Surgical, Inc. Prior to ENTrigue, he served as President and CEO for C2M Medical and OsteoBiologics; and held executive positions with A-Med Systems, Xomed Surgical, and Linvatec. Dinger holds numerous device and method patents as inventor and serves on the board of directors for several privately held
medical device companies and a faith based charity.
Cynthia Reinhart-King, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Reinhart-King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. She is Thrust Leader of Project 2 of the Cornell PSOC, directing the investigation of the physical and chemical cues in tumor cell migration. Prior to coming to Cornell, she obtained her undergraduate degree at MIT in Chemical Engineering and Biology where she was awarded the Randolph G. Wei Award for outstanding undergraduate research. As a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering, she held a prestigious graduate Whitaker Fellowship. She then worked as an individual NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester. Reinhart-King's research expertise is in the area of cell mechanics and vascular cell signaling. Her lab uses a multi-disciplinary approaching drawing from cell and molecular biology, biophysics, chemistry and mechanics to quantitatively examine the physical mechanisms of tissue formation and disease progression.
Chris Schaffer, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Chris B. Schaffer is an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1995 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2001, both in Physics. His research centers on the development of optical tools for in vivo manipulation and quantitative imaging of biological structures and the use of these tools to study the role of cortical microvascular lesions in neurological disease. As part of Cornell's Physical Sciences - Oncology Center, he will use the optical techniques his lab has developed to study the arrest of circulating tumor cells in the microvasculature and their invasion into parenchymal tissue.