2023 Schedule

Tentative Agenda

registration and all events are at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, 995 Regent Drive in Boulder, except as otherwise noted; times and topics subject to change

Wednesday, January 4

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. – arrive at University of Colorado

  • 1:00-5:30 p.m. – field trips; destinations include the brand new Colorado State University Spur Center and Agricultural Experimentation Station in Denver, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Eco-Cycle/Boulder County Recycling Center in Boulder, and Celestial Seasonings in Boulder

  • 6:00 p.m.: Carbon-Free Kickoff with best-selling sustainability author Andrew Winston

  • 7:00 p.m.: optional small group dinners at Boulder restaurants with CEOs

Thursday, January 5

  • 8:45-9:30 a.m.: networking breakfast

  • 9:30-10:25 a.m.: sessions 1 and 2
    • The Future of Food with John Grubb of Summit Venture Management
    • The Market for Impact Jobs with recruiters Diana Mercer of ForceBrands and Pam McCoy of Creative Alignments
  • 10:30-11:25 a.m.: sessions 3 and 4
    • Food Entrepreneurship with Ben Fenton of BFG Partners, Michele Burchfield of Blume Honey Water and Paloma Lopez of Future Fit Foods
    • The Regenerative Revolution with Gene Kelly of Colorado State University and organic pioneer Mark Retzloff
  • 11:30-12:25 p.m.: sessions 5 and 6
    • Surprising Sustainable Innovations: Stone Paper and Hydrogen Energy with Jurriaan Kamp of Kamp Solutions
    • Logistics and Innovation with Amy Kirtland of KeHE Distributors
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: networking lunch

  • 1:15-2:30 p.m.: sessions 7 and 8
    • The Generational Transfer of Well with Jane Miller of Rudi’s, Terry Tierney of Daiya Foods, and legendary Celestial Seasonings founder Mo Siegel
    • (presentation TBD by National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
  • 2:35-3:30 p.m.: sessions 9 and 10
    • Funding Food, Ag and Sustainability with Andy Whitman of Loft Growth Partners and Mindy Montgomery of CoBank
    • With Honest Tea and Just Ice For All with Seth Goldman (remote), followed by small group Zoom session with Seth
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m.: break

  • 3:45-4:40 p.m.: session 11
    • Behind the Scenes in the Struggle for Sustainable Operations with Roma McCaig of Clif Bar
  • 4:45-5:40 p.m.: sessions 12 and 13
    • So You Want to Start a Clean Energy Business? with Drew Torbin of Black Bear Energy
    • What Does a Sustainability Director Do? with Darcy Shiber-Knowles of Dr. Bronner’s
  • 5:40-6:30 p.m.: dinner

  • 7:00 p.m.: keynote address by Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine at CASE Auditorium, 1725 Euclid Avenue in Boulder

Friday, January 6

  • 8:45-9:30 a.m.: networking breakfast

  • 9:30-10:25 a.m.: session 14
    • Finding That Inner Drive: The Latest in Autonomous Transportation with Luke Schneider (remote) and Ellice Perez McIntosh (in person) of Refraction AI
  • 10:30-11:25 a.m.: session 15
    • In Pursuit of Circularity with Jeannie Renne-Malone of VF Corporation (in person) and Jenn Blazejewski of Timberland (remote)
  • 11:30-12:15 p.m.: sessions 16 and 17
    • Packaging Solutions with Sara Axelrod of Ball Corporation and Paloma Lopez of Future Fit Foods
    • The State of Sustainability with Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m.: networking lunch

  • 1:00-1:45 p.m.: sessions 18 and 19
    • (presentation TBD by Doug Radi of Sweet Loren’s)
    • The Fairphone Story with circular economy innovator Sean Ansett
  • 1:50-2:45: sessions 20 and 21
    • Perspectives on our Progress with Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Organic
    • Reframing the Narrative of Sustainability with LeeAnn Kittle of Denver Public Schools
  • 2:45-3:00: wrap-up with Kathryn Wendell of Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and Joe Dobrow of MBArk

  • optional afternoon to explore Boulder
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.: optional reception and screening of Generation Growth – documentary about Stephen Ritz
    • separate $12 ticket: go to
    • at CASE Auditorium, 1725 Euclid Avenue in Boulder




Here are the full agendas from MBArk2Boulder 2020 and 2019.