JULY 2009 GRAHAM HILL HOSTS GREEN LEADERS GLOBAL MEMBER BITES
By Emma Grady on 8.09.09
New York Cityentrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders are uniting through Green Leaders Global, an intimate networking group designed to inspire collaboration and action to further the environmental movement. With over 300 members in the five boroughs of New York City, the organization plans to go global this year. Members meet through cocktail hours and dinners with featured hosts and business to business introductions.
Green Leaders is more than cocktails and organic treats catered by The Cleaver Co., and not just another Green Drinks, which has short face-time and numerous attendees. Each member has a plenary sharing session, with Founders Marissa Feinberg and Jennie Nevin, of Green Spaces, to tailor membership to suit their individual needs. Exclusive to members, gatherings are intimate with 15-30 attendees and allow partnerships and collaborations to evolve naturally. Members are also listed in a directory, which features their accomplishments and current projects.
Green Leaders Global Events
The most recent “Member Eats”, as they are called, was held at TreeHugger founder Graham Hill’s Mahattan apartment on July 27, 2009. Discussion touched on Green Leaders’ annual theme “how the natural world affects economics”. Fabien Cousteau, explorer, oceanographer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, hosted a cocktail hour at ABC Carpet & Home on June 2, 2009, where he spoke to the aquatic ecosystems affect on the global economy. Past speakers have included Paul Mankiewicz, founder of The Gaia Institute and Wendy Brawer of Green Map System.
Marissa Feinberg, co founder and executive director, speaks to the future of Green Leaders Global.
“Our group has always operated locally, but has been focused on what’s happening globally. We have a wonderful foundation of leaders in the five boroughs of New York City. And this year, we will expand our leader network to other cities around the world. We also have a new initiative called FestivalEco that will welcome our global members to New York in 2010. The concept involves the intersection of where exhibition meets conference and gala meets performance. A celebration circus for global good!”
Movers and Shakers Make Up Membership
Feinberg notes that leaders often work to the point where they become isolated. As a group, individuals can accomplish their goals collectively. Notable members include Paulette Cole, CEO of ABC Carpet & Home, Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Co., Debera Johnson, director of sustainability at the Pratt Institute, Marc Alt, president of Marc Alt + Partners, Diane Hatz, founder of Sustainable Table, Davide Berruto, CEO of Environment Furniture, and many other innovators in the green movement.
Visit Green Leaders Global for membership inquiries.