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Saturday, October 20 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Bioneers Awards Dinner
Join Kenny Ausubel, Nina Simons, Joshua Fouts and the Bioneers community of leadership for a rousing celebration and mythic meal (designed by Chef Scott LaCrosse with food provided by conscious companies supplying fresh, local, sustainably grown produce) to honor these true Bioneers heroes and sheroes: Patrisse Cullors; Jacqueline Garcel; Gar Alperovitz; Ecuador's Ceibo Alliance leaders: Emergildo Criollo, Hernan Payaguaje, Alicia Salazar, Nemonte Nenquimo and their ally and partner, Mitch Anderson, founder of Amazon Frontlines; Kevin Powell; Edna Chavez

Separate admission: $90, click here


Keynote Speakers
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Gar Alperovitz

Co-Founder The Democracy Collaborative
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of the Next System Project, has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, professor, scholar, activist, policy... Read More →
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Kenny Ausubel

Founder and CEO, Bioneers
Kenny Ausubel, CEO and founder (in 1990) of Bioneers, is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, author and filmmaker. Co-founder and first CEO of the organic seed company, Seeds of Change, his film (and companion book) Hoxsey: When Healing Becomes a Crime helped influence... Read More →
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Edna Chavez

Edna Chavez, an 18-year old activist from South Central Los Angeles and an entering freshman at Cal State LA, has lost many friends and family member to gun violence. She was a key participant in the March for Our Lives event and has become a leading gun control advocate and student... Read More →
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Emergildo Criollo

Ceibo Alliance
Emergildo Criollo, a member of the Kofán nation whose people and family suffered horrific tragedy as a result of the Texaco oil company’s devastation of their ancestral lands, co-founded the Ceibo Alliance along with members of three other indigenous nations. Currently Treasurer... Read More →
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Patrisse Cullors

Co-Founder, #BlackLivesMatter
Patrisse Cullors, a Los-Angeles native artist, organizer and scholar who, in 2013, co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, which has grown into an international organization with dozens of chapters fighting anti-Black racism, has won many awards including The Sydney Peace Prize Award (2017... Read More →
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Joshua Fouts

Executive Director, Bioneers
Joshua Sheridan Fouts, Bioneers Executive Director, is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work facilitating meaningful understanding between cultures. With a background in anthropology, Joshua has worked with peoples of Malaysia... Read More →
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Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

CEO, Latino Community Foundation
Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF), has, at LCF, helped create one of the largest networks of civically engaged Latino philanthropists in the country, led highly effective Latino voter engagement campaigns and collaborated with Google to launch... Read More →
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Nemonte Nenquimo

Ceibo Alliance
Nemonte Nenquimo, raised in the traditional Waorani community of Nemonpare in Ecuador, is one of the founding members of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, which works to defend Indigenous people's lands and rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Nemonte is also passionately... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
Hernan Payaguaje, from the Siekopai community of San Pablo on the Aguarico River, comes from a long lineage of healers. One of the first of his people to attend university, he is a founding member and Executive Director of the pan-tribal frontline Indigenous group, the Ceibo Alliance... Read More →
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Kevin Powell

Writer, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood
Kevin Powell, a leading figure in the movement to redefine manhood and in contemporary American political, cultural and literary life as well as in the hip-hop arena, is the product of a single mother, absent father and severe poverty in his youth. In spite of those challenges he... Read More →
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Alicia Salazar

Ceibo Alliance
Alicia Salazar, born on the Putumayo River on the Ecuador/Colombia border, in the ancestral territory of her people, the Siona, emerged as a leader in her tribe’s resistance to the predations of oil companies. She is the Ceibo Alliance’s General Coordinator, where she works to... Read More →
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Nina Simons

Founder, Bioneers
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and its Chief Relationship Strategist is also co-founder of Women Bridging Worlds and Connecting Women Leading Change. She co-edited the anthology book, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and her next book, Nature, Culture & The... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, has spent the past 15 years supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples across the Americas. In 2011 he moved to Ecuador to work on clean water projects with Indigenous communities living downriver from contaminating... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom, Embassy Suites