6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unwind after work with your Bay Area World Bicycle Relief community and the WBR team to discuss how local entrepreneurs and employees think about integrating impact into their work.
Featured speakers, including Mark Gainey, co-founder of Strava, Helen Russell, CEO and co-founder of Equator Coffees, and Dave Neiswander, CEO of World Bicycle Relief, will share insights from the field that highlight cross-sector collaborations that deepen individual and institutional impact.
The evening’s conversation will be moderated by a special WBR guest, Joy Basu, and opening remarks will be made by Karin Campbell from Accell Group. Your ticket includes Sufferfest hosted beer, Clif Family Wines, Equator coffee, and small bites prior to the program.
We look forward to seeing you!
Mark Gainey has been building successful companies for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as the co-founder and chairman of Strava, the world’s leading app for athletes. Founded in 2009, millions of athletes worldwide have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. Mark also co-founded Kana Communications, an enterprise software firm, in 1996 and served in various capacities, including CEO, president, and chairman. He has offered his expertise to a wide array of companies over the years, joining the boards of Alter-G, BoardVantage, Daum, Clari, and Coaching Corps. Mark holds an AB from Harvard University.
Helen Russell is the co-founder and CEO of Equator Coffees & Teas. From its humble roots in a Marin County garage, Equator continues to grow, thrive, and stay faithful to its values under Helen’s guidance. Under her leadership, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for its values-driven approach, award-winning coffee, and impactful action around issues of environmental sustainability and economic empowerment.
Helen has led Equator’s commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach that spans more than two decades. Through Helen’s guidance, Equator has deepened its relationships with the local community by opening five retail locations in the Bay Area. In 2011, Equator formalized its commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making it the first California coffee roaster to do so. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming the company the “National Small Business of the Year.”
Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.
Dave joined World Bicycle Relief (WBR) in 2007 and was appointed CEO in January 2018 after serving over 9 years as Africa Director of the organization. Based in Zambia for 6 years and South Africa for 3+ years, Dave helped to build the foundational elements of the organization including program design, partnership engagement, geographic expansion and the Buffalo Bicycle social enterprise strategy. Prior to joining WBR, Dave had a 15-year career in investment banking and was a Senior Vice President at FBR Capital Markets in Washington, D.C. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Joy Basu is passionate about bringing private sector solutions to social sector challenges. She is currently a Senior Advisor at Stanford University on Food Systems for the Future. Joy was the first Chief of Staff at TPG Growth, where she served as an architect of TPG’s impact fund, The Rise Fund. She was The Rise Fund’s inaugural impact sector lead for food and agriculture.
Prior to joining TPG, Joy was a consultant at McKinsey & Company; she focused on agricultural development, working with businesses and donors to improve agricultural productivity and investment in emerging markets. Joy served as project manager to the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture, a collaboration amongst multinational companies to improve the social, environmental, and economic impact delivered by the private-sector. Joy has also closely supported long-term strategic projects for the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, as well as Starbucks Coffee Company.
Joy earned a JD and MBA from Stanford University with a certificate in public management and social innovation; while at Stanford, she served as an Arbuckle Fellow, President of the Women of Stanford Law, and on the Afghanistan Legal Education Project. Joy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. Born and raised in Illinois, Joy strives to be a thoughtful global citizen with strong Midwestern roots.
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