Join us to connect and learn from LOHAS entrepreneurs. Listen to an interview of a founder of a LOHAS success story. We will ask about their personal journey and their startup. They will share successes and failures. You will also be able to ask questions & provide feedback so we can learn from everyone's perspective. Network with entrepreneurs, your peers, your target clients, your tribe, and learn from an experienced entrepreneur who will share their story and advice based on their own unique experiences. Come to be part of this great entrepreneurial culture!
5:30 Meet and Greet/Networking
6:10 Kim Coupounas Co-Founder GoLite, Interviewed by Ted Ning Mr LOHAS
7:00 Member Introductions & Announcements
Kim Riether Coupounas
values-centered visionary leader, public speaker, & entrepreneur
Kim Coupounas is a values-centered visionary leader, public speaker, and entrepreneur who is a passionate advocate for the environment and a firm believer in the power of the corporation to do good in the world. She serves as Director of B Lab Colorado where she is leading a collaborative effort to make the state of Colorado the leader in modelling a better way to do business, serving and building the Colorado Certified B Corporation and benefit corporation community and engaging all Colorado businesses to measure their impacts on workers, communities, and the environment. B Lab Colorado is partnering with a wide range of companies, organizations, business associations and incubators, university programs, and foundations to achieve mission with the intent of building a regional multi-stakeholder effort that can be replicated in other states and regions.
Prior to B Lab, Kim served as Chief Sustainability Officer of GoLite, the premier global manufacturer of lightweight, innovative and responsible apparel and equipment designed specifically for outdoor athletes. Kim and her husband founded the company in 1998, and she served as GoLite’s Chief Executive Officer until 2008. She is also past Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the trade association representing the $646 billion active outdoor recreation industry and has served on the Advisory Council of the OIA Sustainability Working Group (SWG), a collaboration of over 200 companies in the outdoor and apparel industries. The SWG created the OIA Eco Index, now called the Higg Index, a groundbreaking tool that enables apparel manufacturers to quantify sustainability practices and product impact throughout the supply chain. She has also served as a founding board member and Chairman of the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association Political Action Committee.
Kim is an accomplished public speaker on sustainability, leadership, and entrepreneurship and a frequent guest lecturer at universities and organizations around the world. She earned an A.B. Cum Laude in Philosophy from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She conducted graduate work at Pembroke College, Oxford University as a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar. Among her deep passions are time spent with her family, trail running, hiking, singing, doing yoga and martial arts, drinking great wine, and climbing mountains.
Ted is widely regarded as the epicenter of all things LOHAS leading many to affectionately refer to him as ‘Mr. LOHAS’. He is a change agent, trend spotter and executive director of the LOHAS. Ted is renowned for leading the annual LOHAS Forum, LOHAS.com and LOHAS Journal the past 8 years. He has worked closely with executive teams pursuing environmental, social and wellness innovations at corporations including Coca-Cola, MINI, Mohawk Flooring, Rancho La Puerta, Jurlique, Macy’s, Ecobonus and Natureworks. He is uniquely positioned to have a large picture understanding of macro trends affecting the LOHAS market that can indirectly affect how a company conducts business in the future and assess new opportunities. He has been instrumental in the development of the global LOHAS concept that has spread rapidly throughout the world as an identifier of elevated and deeper connection with planet, people, profit and healthy living. Ted is a highly sought international speaker on LOHAS market insights and presents frequently to Universities, business associations, and companies. He is a contributing writer to various national and international business publications including Care2.com, Spa Business UK, American Spa magazine, LOHAS China and Organic Style Taiwan. He also serves on several boards promoting sustainability, education, social entrepreneurship, racial integration and micro-credit enterprises.
Ted grew up as an outdoor enthusiast in the mountains of Colorado where his family developed a nonprofit that helps impoverished women in Vietnam and Guatemala through micro credit financing and currently has over 5,000 loans in the field. He has been involved in community outreach and nonprofit work from a young age. He has a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in adult education from Regis University. Ted has a strong passion for teaching and igniting the spark of insight in people. He has lived overseas in Asia where he assisted in nonprofit work and studied Chinese. He also lived in Japan and was a ski coach during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. He, his wife and his dog currently reside outside of Boulder Colorado. For more information visit www.tedning.com