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Alyssa Newman

Newman learned to swim before she could walk. As an avid surfer, the ocean and it’s health has always had an important place in her life. She received her degree in Sustainable Development at University of California Santa Barbara and worked in marketing for the first LEED certified student housing project at the school. Her time there solidified her passion to grow communities around events with the environment in mind. She then received her MBA at San Diego State University and pursued a career in the music industry. She has been the digital marketing and creative director for over 10 music festivals a year, including CRSSD Festival and Under the Big Big Sky, building brands from the ground up both online and offline.

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Kat Hoelck

Hoelck is a designer and educator whose work is at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics. After graduating from Parsons in 2011, Kat worked as a garment designer at a few household names before coming to understand the scope of the impact that the industry has on people and the planet. Kat teaches Design Communications in the Parsons AAS Fashion program and is focused on instilling sustainability literacy to tomorrow's designers. She believes it is the industry’s duty to be creative in eliminating waste and building regenerative systems for a more livable future for all. Her work influences production from the top down as well as from the bottom up by informing and affecting consumer habits.

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Alexis Ren

Ren is an American actress, entrepreneur, model, singer and internet celebrity. She is one of the most recognizable influencers in the world, and an advocate of empowerment for young women through authenticity, spirituality, mental health, and utilizing social media to make positive impact. The now 23-year-old represents a new generation of women that are not afraid of being seen and heard. Ren is creating her own category of what it means to be a modern woman. Growing up, she saw how broken society's relationship with nature is, and is now aiming to help create a world where people and planet live in harmony. She uses her creativity to inspire acceptance, self-respect, and love by sharing her stories, ideas, and flaws. She uses her authenticity to connect to girls all around the world.

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Jhánneu Roberts

Jhánneu is a Los Angeles based sustainability blogger and influencer who has built a successful lifestyle brand around showing how low waste living can be inclusive and accessible to all. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Jhánneu has always wanted to make a difference in communities like hers but didn’t know how. She graduated with a degree in Theater from Claremont McKenna College in 2016 and found a way to combine her talents and need to make a difference in the world. With over 54k combined social media following she is able to reach those who want to start a low waste lifestyle but don’t know how to start. Jhánneu also spends her time working on her blog, Low Waste Beauty — a low waste beauty blog that is focused on making sustainable beauty more inclusive. In her down time you can catch her learning new video editing tricks and reading books on entrepreneurship.

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Jessica Schwarz

Schwarz, a strategic business executive with an emphasis in Retail, is Future Prosperity’s COO. After receiving her business degree from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, she spent 10 years at Bloomingdale’s, advancing her way through the organization in multiple Buying, Planning, Business Development, and Store Director positions. Recognized for her interpersonal nature and her analytical expertise, she maintains a keen ability to stay agile and relevant in today's dynamic business environment. Looking inward, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she realized she needed to make a major shift and change the trajectory of her career towards something more purposeful. Mother of 2, she understands the desperate state the world is currently in, and is now committed to promoting regenerative living for all.

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Vanessa Black

Black is a Social Entrepreneur & Commercial Director passionate about climate, culture and impact. As a storyteller and systems thinker, her purpose-driven work is dedicated to building a happier and more humane world through mass media. Levering her documentary background into the commercial world, Black has carved a niche in the branded impact space working with major brands to create real change in the world using story and data. Black has directed spots and campaigns with Google, Unilever, Athelta, Gap and UnderArmour among others. Through her personal drive she has collaborated with Al Gore, Jane Goodall, The United Nations, Film45, teen activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez along with scores of passion projects including conflict journalism during the Ukraine Crisis.Black’s work has earned widespread media recognition, landing in top publications such as National Geographic, VICE, Rolling Stone, HuffPost, Mic, Upworthy, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, i-D Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, BBC and more.

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