February 7th, 2013
Bloom! is Seattle’s showcase evening of innovative speakers working in sustainability: social, environmental, and economic. Eight speakers will have eight minutes each to inspire us with their stories, and the bar will have all night to inspire us with their cocktails. February 7th’s event had a serious rockstar lineup talking about the likes of nuclear power, cupcakes, commercial and residential development, food forests, and re-inventing the toilet. Full bios below.
Videos of each of the past Bloom speakers are up on our YouTube channel, BloomSeattleVideos.
Do you have an interesting story at the intersection of local, sustainable, and innovation? Read here to learn more about what we’re looking for. Or, are you interested in sponsoring Bloom? We’d love to hear from you!
Brian Geller, Founder & Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District
Brian Geller is the Founder and Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private partnership of property owners, managers, design professionals, King County and The City of Seattle to create America’s first High-Performance Building District. Brian previously worked for ZGF architects as a sustainability specialist, overseeing sustainable design of major projects at the Seattle office, including Seattle’s King Street Station and Nintendo of America’s new corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA. In 2008, Brian won the national Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Brian has a Masters Degree in Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College.
Marja Preston, President, Asani LLC
Marja Preston, President of Asani, leads the development team for the Grow Community project. With over 15 years experience in urban planning and development, she manages the Asani team from project concept through sales. Prior to joining the Asani management team to manage the entitlement and marketing of the Island Gateway project, she worked with a variety of private urban planning firms and public agencies, managing land use and environmental permitting on behalf of clients ranging from residential development companies to large public utilities. Marja’s educational and professional background also includes work on innovative finance and investment strategies for international conservation. In her free time she has continued to author an annual report on the investment strategies of international endowments over the last four years.
Jody Hall, Founder, Cupcake Royale
Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, built her business around creating and inspiring community connection, as well as making damn good cupcakes and coffee…and now ice cream! Hall, a graduate of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business, worked with Starbucks and REI before going out on her own. Cupcake Royale & Verite Coffee was born in 2003. Much of her strategy around how to treat employees, such as providing health care and offering a profit sharing plan with her management team, along with giving back to the community, decisions to source locally, respectful to the environment, and most importantly, setting a vision with a strong purpose and core values, came from her upbringing at Starbucks. Hall has made two trips to the White House and has met President Obama, who it should be noted, loves her Salted Caramel cupcakes, in her efforts around health care reform and impact on small business. Celebrating its 9th year in business, Cupcake Royale has 6 shops in neighborhoods all around the Seattle area, with 80 employees.
Jeff Latkowski, Director of Innovation, Terrapower
Dr. Jeff Latkowski is the Director for Innovation at TerraPower, LLC. He received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. Jeff spent a couple of decades working on laser fusion energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and joined TerraPower just last summer to lead development of alternate reactor designs and technologies. He specializes in systems engineering and design. Although he doesn’t fly as often as he would like, Jeff is an instrument rated private pilot, loves to play competitive volleyball, and has coached his sons’ baseball teams for about 10 seasons so far.
Steve Moddemeyer, Principal, CollinsWoerman
Steve Moddemeyer leads CollinsWoerman’s Sustainable Development practice. He is a thought leader with more than 19 years of experience leading governments, planners, architects, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability. He specializes in creating tools and alternative strategies that lead to resilient infrastructure systems for cities and large developments. He has extensive experience with complex public/private development issues and the development of sustainable strategies for major capital improvement projects. As a consultant, Steve lead the creation of the global program called Cities of the Future for the International Water Association. This has taken him from Stockholm to Singapore, Istanbul to Rio de Janeiro. Steve recently completed sustainable infrastructure strategies for a 17,000 unit development in Qingdao, China. He also lead the Sustainable District Study for the Yesler Terrace redevelopment in Seattle where his team of technical and economic experts developed cost effective and sustainable district strategies for water, energy, and solid waste.
Carl Hensman, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Carl Hensman is a Program Officer on the Science and Technology Initiative in the Bill & Melinda Gates Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Team. He currently manages a science and technology portfolio of investments in the area of developing world sanitation. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation Carl was an Energy Program Manager for King County, WA focusing on resource recovery in the Wastewater Treatment Division. Additionally, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer for an energy storage development company, as Chief Scientist/Engineer, Principal and Director on the Board of a third party R&D development and consulting company, focusing on the energy industries. Carl has also been an employee of DowElanco, Exxon and British Coal, Adjunct Faculty at Clemson University, served on the National Coal Council, and the NCC Coal Policies Board.
Glenn Herlihy, Cofounder, Beacon Food Forest
Glenn Herlihy is a cofounder of the Beacon Food Forest, as well as a Seattle-based Sculptor and Permaculture Designer/Builder. Glenn has worked in the landscape business for 23 years while co-founding New Volute Inc., an architectural/garden sculpture business receiving commissions from Washington State Arts Commission, 4 Culture, Seattle Arts Commission, and numerous private patrons. He is a community activist and organizer. He helped to create the Jefferson Park Alliance responsible for the revitalization of Jefferson Park, a 50 acre park on Beacon Hill WA, along with the Beacon Mountain Playground and eventually the Beacon Food Forest. His main interest is in creating beauty by combining his skills in visual arts and landscape design for public benefit.
Ellie Kemery, Cofounder, MakerHaus
Ellie Kemery is the Founding Partner at MakerHaus, an incubator for innovation with over 10,000 sq feet of prototyping and education space. She is dedicated to providing Seattle's creative community with access to equipment and education that is currently inaccessible, while at the same time creating opportunities for people to cross-pollinate with like-minded individuals from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. She is very active in the design community and is currently a committee member for both ARCADE NW and The Seattle Design Festival. As a seasoned strategist, Ellie has worked with brands such as Under Armour, Microsoft, HTC and Frito Lay. She also spent several years working for Nike managing events and product launches.