Thursday, March 26, 2009

Partnering For Power: Leveraging Private Sector Alliances

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Session Description

Access to private sector funding, supply chains, reach and expertise can help social entrepreneurs develop win/win scenarios. Health Care Without Harm and Kaiser Permanente promote better environmental and safety practices across the health care system worldwide. Root Capital and Starbucks create supply chains which promote development and protect the environment. College Summit and Deloitte equip American high schools to value their students’ success in college. Learn about the pros and cons of partnering with the private sector and how to find the right partner.


When | Where

14:00 - 15:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • J.B. Schramm Speaker
    Co-Chair, College Success Initiative, New Profit
    J.B. Schramm currently chairs the Learn to Earn initiative at New Profit, a venture philanthropy and social innovation organization that provides funding and strategic support to help the most promising social enterprises achieve scale. J.B. leads the organization’s ecosystem innovation work for college access, postsecondary education and career, helping colleagues in the field equip 10+M more Americans for career success by 2025. Forbes named J.B. to its 2012 Impact 30 list of top global social entrepreneurs for his work founding and leading College Summit, the organization President Obama saluted with a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, and the Manhattan Institute. He has been interviewed by, and published in, numerous media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and People. J.B. is a graduate of the Denver Public Schools, Yale College, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
  • Bruce Lowry Speaker
    Director, Policy and Advocacy, Skoll Global Threats Fund
    Bruce Lowry is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. He engages across issues to drive policy change, a key element of scaling response to global challenges. Bruce directs SGTF’s nuclear nonproliferation and climate advocacy work. Prior to the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Bruce spent two years at the Skoll Foundation and nearly a decade in the technology sphere with Oracle and Novell, largely in communications roles. He began his career in the U.S. State Department, serving overseas in Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, and Italy, and in various economic roles in Washington, D.C., working on, among other initiatives, the G-7 process, peace in the Middle East, and nuclear safety. Bruce holds a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and a M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A musician, Bruce chairs the board of Cazadero Music Camp, which delivers music education under the redwoods in Sonoma County.
  • Gary Cohen Speaker
    Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm
    Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address the environmental health impacts related to toxic chemical exposure and climate change. Cohen is Co-Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm (, and Practice Greenhealth ( In 2006, Cohen received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2007, he received the Frank Hatch Award for enlightened public service. In 2011, The New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Cohen an Environmental Merit Award in recognition of exceptional work and commitment to the environment. Cohen was named by the Huffington Post as a Game Changer in Healthy Living, as well as being named an Ashoka Fellow. In 2013, he was awarded the Champion of Change Award for Climate Change and Public Health by the White House. In 2015, Cohen was named a MacArthur Fellow and was a recipient of a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
  • Director Public Affairs, Communications and CSR, Starbucks
    Hans van Bochove (1963) joined Starbucks Coffee EMEA B.V. in June 2007 as Director Public Affairs, Communications and CSR. He is responsible for developing and managing the company’s PAC and CSR programs across the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region (including Russia). Previously, Hans worked at Coca-Cola Enterprises for nine years as Director Public Affairs and Communications. In this capacity he developed a CSR policy and published the first public societal report within the Coca-Cola system, setting a benchmark for the company’s current performance in that field. Hans holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam / Rotterdam School of Management.
  • Kathy Gerwig Speaker
    Vice President, Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente
    As Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kathy is responsible for integrating sustainability into all of Kaiser Permanente’s (KP’s) work for the purpose of reducing health risks associated with environmental factors. Kathy also directs KP’s national Workplace Safety programme. She is responsible for working with labour, management and physicians to align and strengthen KP’s efforts toward the goal of eliminating occupational injuries. Prior to her current roles, Kathy was director of KP’s National Environmental, Health and Safety department. Prior to joining KP, she was an environmental and economic development consultant to businesses and public agencies in the United States and Europe.
  • Willy Foote Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Root Capital
    Willy Foote is founder and CEO of Root Capital, an agricultural impact investor that helps increase incomes and stabilize employment for rural farmers in developing countries by investing in agri-businesses that collect and market the crops of hundreds or thousands of small-scale producers. Root Capital provides these enterprises with a unique combination of capital, training and access to trade partners to help them grow and become engines of impact that transform rural communities. Under Foote's leadership, Root Capital has provided more than $1 billion in loans to 630 agricultural businesses in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Together, these businesses have generated more than $6 billion in revenue, 80 percent of which has been paid directly to the 1.2 million smallholder farmers they serve. Foote serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005; and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, and one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011. He holds an MS in development economics from the London School of Economics and a BA from Yale University.