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Jeff Hollender

Jeffrey has led Seventh Generation from its humble beginnings to its current position as the leading and fastest-growing brand of natural products for the home, and the leading authority on issues related to making a positive difference in the health of the planet and its inhabitants through our everyday choices.

Jeffrey frequently addresses social and environmental responsibility at regional, national and international venues, and is often asked by other companies to consult on sustainability. His blog, Inspired Protagonist, is a closely-followed resource and guide for spotlighting socially responsible business practices and principles on the global stage. Jeffrey is the author of several books, including What Matters Most and Naturally Clean.


He is a member and former Director of the Social Venture Network, a group of socially-conscious business executives. Hollender currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenpeace Fund; the Environmental Health Fund; Verite; the Advisory Board of Healthy Child Healthy World; and is a member of the Resource Education Foundation of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

As Chief Inspired Protagonist, co-founder, and Executive Chairperson of Seventh Generation, Jeffrey is a well-respected leader in the socially and environmentally responsible communities. An entrepreneur at heart, his first business ventures were rooted in adult education. He began the not-for-profit organizations Skills Exchange of Toronto, a learning exchange that offered practical and professional development classes, and Network for Learning, New York City, an adult education and audio-publishing company; both were social and financial successes. After his tenure as president of Warner Audio Publishing, New York City, Jeffrey acquired a small mail order catalog of energy conservation products, Renew America, which eventually blossomed into Seventh Generation.

An HR Pro, consultant and trainer, Sharlyn is a published author and in-demand speaker who enjoys sharing her business experiences throughout the country. She has recently presented on Strategic Planning at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Sharlyn serves as president of Internal Talent Management (ITM Group, Inc.), a human resources consulting firm located in South Florida.

Sharlyn has been named one of the “Heavy Hitters in Human Resources” and the top ten “Excellence in Human Resources” recipients as compiled by the South Florida Business Journal.  She is the 2005 recipient of the Human Resources Professional of the Year Award presented by the Human Resource Association of Broward County.  In 2008, Sharlyn was one of the recipients of the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur award, which recognizes women business owners for their community contributions.


Sharlyn is a leading advocate of social media in the workplace.  She’s a regular contributor to Mashable and also appears at events as a member of the HR blogging community.  She does live blogging, tweeting (she is known as HR Bartender) and has spoken about workplace social media at many national business conferences and events.

Sharlyn Lauby

E. David Spong, President-Elect of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), spent over 40 years in the aerospace industry. During his career he grew from a single contributor in the engineering and technical disciplines to leading large businesses for Boeing Company. His career culminated as president of Boeing Aerospace Support, leading this $4 billion+ revenue, double-digit margin, and double-digit growth business to a 2003 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for service. Prior to this assignment, as vice president and general manager, Spong led the Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs to receive the 1998 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for manufacturing.

E. David Spong

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