March 7, 2012

8:45 am – 3:30 pm

The Conscious Capitalism Conference challenges the thinking and stimulates the creativity of great business leaders of tomorrow by exposure to great business leaders who have made values-driven choices today.


In partnership with ICOSA Magazine, CESR (The Center for Education on Social Responsibility) proudly presents the third annual Conscious Capitalism Conference: Harnessing the Engine of Business for Social Impact on Wednesday March 7th, 2012 8:45am-3:30pm at Wolf Law, Courtroom 250.

Today's business students get it. They know that "business as usual" is not serving the society in which they will work and live, but may not know how to effect change.

What if they could engage with CEOs who are making the "new fashioned way"?

What if they learned how to fuse the fundamentals of capitalism with integrity, higher standards and consideration of all stakeholders? The Conscious Capitalism Conference challenges the thinking and stimulates the creativity of great business leaders of tomorrow by exposure to great business leaders who have made values-driven choices today.

We have assembled an influential group of business leaders and entrepreneurs who have created remarkable enterprises. These business people and entrepreneurs will speak from personal passion and experience about how they use the traditional tools of capitalism to serve a social need.

It is our hope that the highly selective group of students invited to the conference will be motivated and inspired by these great leaders and will actively engage with conference speakers in the significant time allotted for dialogue.



8:45-9:00 Check-in and Opening Remarks by Dr. Donna Sockell, Director, Center for Education on Social Responsibility
9:00-9:55 Andrew Romanoff
Senior Advisor at International Development Enterprises and former Speaker of the House, Colorado House of Representatives
10:00-11:25 Kent Thiry
Chairman and CEO of DaVita Inc.
11:30am-12:15 Lunch (provided onsite)
12:20-1:15 David Wolf
Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer, BSW Wealth Partners
1:20-2:15 Erin Weed
Award-winning speaker, author and social entrepreneur; Founder and CEO of Girls Fight Back; Former Community Team Consultant at Ashoka’s Changemakers
2:15-2:25 Break
2:30-3:30 CSR Professionals Panel & Closing Remarks by Dr. Donna Sockell, Director, Center for Education on Social Responsibility

Panel Moderator: Dr. Seana Lowe Steffen, Executive Director, Restorative Leadership Institute

Lara Hussain, Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Relationships, Texas Instruments
Melanie Miller, Environmental & Social Responsibility (ESR), Newmont Mining Co.
Kathrine Story, Responsible Livelihood, WhiteWave Foods



Andrew Romanoff

Senior Advisor at International Development Enterprises and former Speaker of the House, Colorado House of Representatives

Andrew Romanoff is a Senior Advisor at International Development Enterprises , an international development organization based in Lakewood, Colorado. Over the last 30 years, IDE has equipped four million rural households in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the technology and training they need to increase their standard of living and climb out of extreme poverty.

Andrew joined IDE after serving for eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives, including four years as the Speaker of the House. Term limits required Andrew to leave the legislature in 2009. He sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Andrew won national acclaim as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America. He led the Democrats in the State House to their first back-to-back victories – and their largest majority – in nearly half a century.

In 2005, Andrew authored the Colorado Economic Recovery Act (Referendum C) and helped build the broadest coalition in state history to pass it. Among his other legislative achievements: the Sudan Divestment Act of 2007, which cut state ties to the regime responsible for the genocide in Darfur; and the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Act of 2008, a billion-dollar plan to repair Colorado’s crumbling classrooms. Andrew also authored laws to protect the victims of domestic violence and child abuse, provide treatment for mental illness and substance abuse, and expand the supply of affordable housing.

Andrew has been honored by more than 40 state and national organizations. The Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation present the William M. Bulger Award to the “legislative leader who has worked to preserve and build public trust in the institution of the state legislature and whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership – integrity, compassion, vision and courage.” In 2006, Andrew became the award’s youngest recipient. Two years later, Governing Magazine named him as a “Public Official of the Year.” Before his election to the legislature in 2000, Andrew worked as an education policy advisor to then-Governor Roy Romer. He was previously an associate at the management consulting firm of Greenberg Baron Simon & Miller, Inc.

Andrew served as a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. He has also taught political science at the Community College of Aurora, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College. He began teaching in Central America and speaks fluent Spanish.

Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a juris doctorate from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.

Kent Thiry

Chairman and CEO of DaVita Inc.

Kent Thiry has been Chairman and CEO of DaVita Inc. since October 1999. DaVita is the largest independent provider of dialysis services in the United States for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Our 36,500 Teammates operate or provide administrative services at 1,777 dialysis facilities in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Net revenue in 2010 was $6.5 billion. We serve more than 138,000 patients in the U.S. every week, almost one out of every three in America.

DaVita’s management philosophy has been discussed in various forums—a Stanford Business School Case Study, a Harvard Business School Case Study, the Wall Street Journal, theNew York TimesModern HealthcareCEO Magazine and several books. Kent has been asked to speak about The DaVita Story/leadership to organizations such as Bain, Accenture, CMS, Bright Now Dental, the Nashville Health Council, KPMG, Abbott, and YPO. He is a regular speaker at top business schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern’s Kellogg, University of Michigan Ross Business School and the University of Colorado.

Mr. Thiry was a partner at Bain & Company from 1987-1991. Mr. Thiry earned his BA in Political Science, with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University in 1978. He earned his MBA, with Honors, from Harvard Business School in 1983, where he was also elected to the Century Club.

He serves on the Board of TPL (Trust for Public Land). Prior Board Seats include Varian Medical Systems and the Chairmanship of Oxford Health Plans. He is a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Advisors, as well as a member of the University of Colorado Business School Board of Advisors.

David Wolf

Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer, BSW Wealth Partners

David Wolf is a managing principal of BSW Wealth Partners and Chief Investment Officer. David leads BSW's investment group, sets firm economic and investment policy, and guides the implementation of client portfolios, including BSW's IMPACT investment strategy. He is particularly interested in understanding how investors can benefit from the rise of China, India and other developing markets, and has an ardor for entrepreneurial endeavors. Prior to joining BSW, David worked with a leading Colorado venture capital firm, and also founded a technology company.

A licensed member of the Colorado Bar, David graduated from the JD/MBA dual-degree program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a BA from DePauw University. While at DePauw, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a visiting student at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. He is a member of the board of directors of the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business, the CU Real Estate Council, the investment committee of Touchpoint Partners, and the advisory board of Greenmont Capital Partners.

David is a dedicated supporter of the University of Colorado and its Leeds School of Business, where he is a frequent guest speaker, a mentor to students, and has established a scholarship for outstanding first-generation college students. He received the 2009 Leeds Young Alumni Service Award and, in 2011, received Boulder's Forty Under 40 Award for business and civic leadership.

Away from BSW, David enjoys earning his turns, bumbling through foreign languages, dorking out on sci-fi, and is an avid attendee of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He has climbed all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks and his passion for rock and ice climbing has taken him to Australia, Bolivia, Cayman Brac, Ecuador, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Japan, Spain, Thailand, and (hopefully!) many more beautiful places to come. His true love, though, is his wife, Norie, with whom he enjoys soaking in onsen, practicing Nihon-go, and sharing life's many adventures!

Erin Weed

Award-winning speaker, author and social entrepreneur; Founder and CEO of Girls Fight Back; Community Team Consultant at Ashoka´s Changemakers

Erin Weed is an award-winning speaker, author and social entrepreneur. Since 2001, her work in women's empowerment, personal safety and international business has been featured on CNN, Fox News, the New York Times and theWashington Post. Erin is the Founder and CEO of Girls Fight Back (GFB), an education company that teaches women and girls to become their own best protectors. Delivering cutting-edge anti-violence training through books, DVDs, online programs, seminars and workshops, the GFB team has reached over 1 million women during the past decade. GFB globalized to countries including India, Pakistan and is currently expanding to several nations in Africa. With an extensive background in PR and media, Erin has worked as a columnist for CosmoGirl magazine and on major documentary productions for History Channel and MSNBC. Her first book, Girls Fight Back! The College Girl's Guide to Protecting Herself, is being printed in its 3rd edition. Erin also works as a business consultant to corporations, communications agencies, non-profits and start-ups. Erin is currently writing her second book about entrepreneurship. Erin’s specialties are entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, social enterprise, international development, violence prevention, higher education, non-profit, corporate social responsibility, public speaking, communications, and media.

Erin is currently a speaker, author and consultant with Erin Weed & Co, where she consults and coaches clients including for-profit companies, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs. For more than 10 years she was founder and CEO at Girls Fight Back! Girls Fight Back (GFB) empowers women and girls to lead fearless lives through personal safetyand self-defense training. GFB is comprised of professional speakers and agencies working together to produce live, motivational keynotes and workshops in cities worldwide. Erin Weed started GFB after the tragic murder of her close friend, Eastern Illinois University student Shannon McNamara, in 2001. GFB has reached one million women in the past decade and Erin has spoken at more than 500 schools, colleges & corporations.

Erin was also a Community Team Consultant at Ashoka´s Changemakers where she co-created and was project lead for the acclaimed 2011 ChangemakeHERS campaign, featuring the most successful female social innovators in the world. She worked with social entrepreneurs around the globe to develop innovative and sustainable ideas for social change and help them get funded by influential foundations and corporations and utilized social media and the web as a portal for open source social impact. She also Interfaced with institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, associations and high-profile individuals to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and worked with media to bring inspiring stories of global innovation to mainstream audiences.

Erin received her B.A. in Speech Communication and Public Relations from Eastern Illinois University.

Her interests include, yoga, entertaining, live music, travel, roller derby and any outdoor activity in Colorado where she resides.

Panel Moderator

Dr. Seana Lowe Steffen

Executive Director, Restorative Leadership Institute

Seana Lowe Steffen, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Restorative Leadership Institute. She formerly served on the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder as the founding director of INVST Community Studies, where she designed and delivered award-winning leadership curriculum focused on developing a more just and sustainable world. In public service, Seana also co-founded Explore Expeditionary Learning School and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Seana brings 20 years of experience as an executive coach, strategic consultant, and change catalyst offering leadership and organizational development expertise to the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors.

As a scholar, Seana conducts participatory action research in the areas of leadership, education, community development, and sustainability. She has published multiple scientific journal articles, book chapters, and her most recent book on Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art. Seana is currently writing a book on restorative leadership and women in sustainability.

Seana received her PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado, and BA degrees in psychology and French from Denison University. In addition, she was a Fellow at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and received her Executive Certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. Seana is also a social-psychologist with certification in Gestalt psychotherapy, and certified in ashtanga and kundalini yoga instruction.