Henry Frechette is 3BL Media’s Community Architect and directs the company’s social communications strategies. Before joining 3BL Media, Henry received his MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and worked for several large nonprofits and a sustainability consulting company. He is a firm believer that the internet can be a powerful tool for good as well as a complete waste of time, and he has dedicated his career to helping anyone that will listen to understand the difference. When not sitting at his computer, Henry often finds himself wishing he were sitting at his computer… or drinking hot chocolate at Angeline’s.
Naiomi Eliason Co-Founder & CMO
Naiomi is passionate about business for good and social entrepreneurship. As co-founder of SocialEarth, she hopes to help create an information platform enabling those doing good to share their stories with those seeking to move our world forward. Naiomi holds a degree in Entrepreneurial Management & Marketing from the University of Minnesota.
Erik Eliason Co-Founder & CEO
Erik is a serial entrepreneurship who is passionate about big ideas and social innovation. As co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to increase awareness of visionary social entrepreneurs who are disrupting the status quo and expanding human welfare. Erik holds a degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota and is currently a second-year student in the MBA at Harvard Business School.
Tristan Pollock Co-Founder & COO
Tristan is a writer, social change advocate and interactive do-gooder. He is particularly passionate about the promotion of social entrepreneurship via social media and online journalism. Most recently he has worked to increase transparency, online collaboration and social responsibility for Ashoka and Best Buy. Tristan also devises online initiatives and writes for Tech.mn, Hughes Foundation, Techerator.com and other cause- and tech-focused organizations.
Amir Krone Business Development
Inspired by humanity and passionate about preserving its cultures, Amir has taken his first step in the pursuit of social sustainability by joining SocialEarth. A nomad by birth, his travels have taken him to three continents so far, where his eyes and heart have been opened and endowed him with a broad range of perspectives. Coupled with Amir’s degrees in International Business and Entrepreneurial Management, this experience is what he hopes will give readers a captivating look at the businesses changing the world. In the near future, Amir plans to continue his travels and meet social entrepreneurs whose initiatives he can share on SocialEarth.
Mike Shoemaker Creativity
Mike is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a former Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He has studied and worked in fields as varied as sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, economics, leadership development, and business development on four different continents. Mike currently manages strategic alliances for a global consulting firm, is a volunteer and advisor to The Ayllu Initiative, and blogs at Human Ventures. He is a believer in constructive debate and the idea that business must be a source of positive change in our world. Coincidentally, Mike also enjoys comments and emails.
Sundeep is the President and COO of The Extraordinaries. Most recently, Sundeep was a co-founder at richrelevance, a venture-backed startup which powers product recommendations for enterprise-class ecommerce sites, including Sears.com and Burton.com. Prior to richrelevance he was a Product Manager at MySpace, where he owned all “platform” products including search, commerce and photos. Before that, Sundeep was a ProductManager on eBay’s Buyer Activity team, where he earned two awards for his work. Sundeep also serves as an Advisor to several startups, including Kiva.org where he ran marketing and managed several key initiatives from March of 2006 through June of 2007. Sundeep holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Jon is the Founder and CEO of eduFire.com. Previously, Jon has been involved in starting two companies that have been acquired by publicly-traded companies (The 2000Tutor.com Network, acquired by Penton Media in 2001 and Zaadz, acquired by Gaiam in 2007) and a third (LearnOutLoud.com) which is currently operating profitably. A Minneapolis native, Jon graduated from the University of Minnesota and the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has an extensive background in the areas of training and education. He has taught business courses at the University of Minnesota, GMAT preparation courses for Kaplan Education and corporate training sessions for hundreds of technology professionals.
Olivia is the founder of Cause Capitalism. She shows companies how to grow their business by implementing a social mission. After graduating from college, Olivia did a short stint with the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee (an experience which showed her politics was not her calling) before moving to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to work on international trade advocacy. There, she worked with both foreign ambassadors and U.S. small business owners to share their stories around free trade and open markets. She spent a year in the Marshall Islands as a volunteer teacher and journalist before moving to Los Angeles to work with nonprofits and grantmakers. After testing out the corporate, volunteer and nonprofit sectors, she found her home with online startups. She has spent the last year building the advertising and content network for the new wellness site, Intent.com. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations.
Sam is a co-founder of Sustainable Global Sourcing and serves as the firm’s Director of Human Resources. Sustainable Global Sourcing is a social venture focused on women’s economic empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sam is also the founder of Diversity Partnerships, an organization committed to increasing women and minority representation in Fortune 500 companies. Sam brings experience from industry leading companies including Target Corporation and General Mills where he served as a Human Resources Manager. Sam is a recipient of the distinguished Josie Johnson Award for Human Rights and Social Justice which garnished him national recognition from the U.S. Senate. He is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has completed graduate coursework in Fashion Design and Textiles at San Francisco’s Academy of Art.