Chairman of the Board
Malcolm Avner guides restless, evolving and inspired business leaders to make their work more meaningful, enjoyable and effective. In the process of coaching over 300 business owners / senior leaders, he developed the AWARE Business System™, a means to transform lives, build businesses, and facilitate the emergence of a conscious organization. Malcolm is an insatiable student of human nature and impassioned Founder of Conscious Capitalism San Diego. More at www.LifeAndBusinessOnPurpose.com.
Daniel Friedland, MD
Co-Chairman of the Board
Dr. Daniel Friedland is an expert on the science and practice of Conscious Leadership. He helps leaders and their organizations discover how to transform stress into strength and thrive with greater levels of success and significance in consciously multiplying their positive impact in the world. “Dr. Danny” wrote one of the first textbooks on Evidence-Based Medicine, which has provided him with skills to apply science-based solutions to leadership growth and development. His most recently published book is, Leading Well from Within: A Neuroscience and Mindfulness-based Framework for Conscious Leadership.
Having served as the President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and Founding Chair of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, he understands the challenges of leadership and the growth it asks. He currently serves as the CEO of SuperSmartHealth, where he provides keynote addresses, workshops, online programs and executive coaching to cultivate Conscious Leadership. You can find more information about “Dr. Danny,” the programs and services he offers, as well as a free excerpt from Leading Well from Within, at SuperSmartHealth.com.
Founder of King & Company, a San Diego-based culture consulting firm, DJ King’s passion is to make a difference in people’s lives. Since so much of our lives are spent at work, the focus of her work is supporting purpose-driven companies to create and sustain cultures where people are enlivened, engaged, inspired and motivated. She believes that creating an exceptional employee experience will result in an outstanding customer experience, and a world-class brand.
Although she loves travel in general, DJ is an Italiaphile. Her favorite thing is to hang out in an Italian piazza, drinking cappuccino (or red wine) and conversing with the locals in Italian on any topic.
Denise Pirroti Hummel
Denise Pirrotti Hummel, J.D., is a recovering attorney and serial entrepreneur. Her first business, Universal Consensus, LLC., a cross-cultural firm, was acquired by Ernst & Young where Denise became a Principal from 2014 to 2016. Her new venture, Lead Inclusively, Inc. is a leadership consultancy focused on the connection between inclusion and innovation. Denise’s passion is connecting enterprise organizations with environmental concerns, running innovation labs that help leaders to enable the diverse ideation of their team members to solve problems in the entire business ecosystem. The company’s tagline is “leveraging entrepreneurial creativity for intrepreneurial strength.” www.leadinclusively.com
Kori’s purpose is to help create environments where health can thrive. Organizations and communities thrive when their people thrive. People thrive when their physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and social environments are whole and healthy.
As Co-owner and Director at LEAD the difference, Kori primarily focuses on the healthcare environment. She collaborates and engages healthcare leaders to utilize a more human-centered approach to selection, team experience, patient experience, and overall organizational strategy. Through The Human Value Institute, Kori focuses on research and education based around Human Capital contribution and value. She is curious about how humans create value in organizations and how organizations support and measure this value.
Traveling, balancing cross-fit with yoga, and playing with her retired racing greyhound contribute greatly to her happiness.
Director of Membership
Bill recently relocated to the San Diego from Chicago, IL. Where he held a variety of management positions with ACCO Brands over his 35 year career. Bill comes with a goal of giving back his talents. He has always been an advocate for a conscious business environment. He and his wife Barbara are excited to make San Diego their new home. Bill loves sports and the outdoors; especially fishing, golfing and long walks on the beach.
Director of Technology
Mikel is the founder of TinyFrog Technologies, a San Diego-based web design & development company. He has a passion for marketing, technologies and incorporating conscious practices into his business. When he is not working Mikel enjoys throwing pottery, practicing yoga, hiking, meditating and spending time with his dogs and his wife (not necessarily in that order).
This combination allows him to understand the design attributes that help convey the cultural nuances and thus accurately portray the intent and feeling of CSEE. Mikel provides the technical and design infrastructure that is essential to scale and communicate effectively.
Director of Partnerships
Danielle has been a conscious leader for more than two decades in New York City and San Diego, working with both not-for-profit organizations and for-profit business, domestically and internationally. She is currently the Vice President of Mth Degree, Inc. a purpose-driven strategic brand and marketing agency that creates purpose-centric brands, as well as, digital and retail experiences that influence the hearts and minds of people. Putting people and the planet first, she has been involved in giving back to the community since she was thirteen and her passion has not waned, as she is also on the Board of Directors for Include Autism, a San Diego-based 501 (c) 3 organization and a Tennis Coach at the Border View YMCA.
Director of Alliances
Amon Rappaport is a purpose-driven brand and communications strategist who helps companies and causes tell great stories that benefit business and the world. As Chief Storyteller of Rappaport Communications he advances corporate responsibility and creates brand value for clients including The White House, Schneider Electric, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The Conservation Fund and a group of leading automakers. He previously led global marketing communications at BSR, a sustainable business network and consultancy, where he launched BSR’s new brand identity and consulted with clients including Wells Fargo and the Campbell’s Soup Company.
Director of Volunteers
Dr. Mehrad Nazari is the Founder of Enlightened Negotiation®, an education and consulting firm dedicated in promoting elevation of human interactions and unification of personal, professional and spiritual lives. For over thirty years, Dr. Nazari has been the President and CEO of California Real Estate Services, a high profile real estate investment brokerage and consulting firm based in La Jolla, California. As an adjunct professor of International Business Negotiation, he taught for ten years at United States International University in San Diego. He is also the co-founder of the Raja Yoga Institute and has been a spiritual guide, teacher, and practitioner of yoga and meditation for over twenty-five years and has and continues to study with some of the spiritual masters of our time. He lives in San Diego with his wife Michele and their dog Sophie. For more information about his work you can visit his website at www.enlightenednegotiation.com.
Ad Hoc/Special Projects
Sarah Emerson is a well-respected transformational leader with a track-record of creating and institutionalizing nationally and internationally-scaled programs in the private, public and non-profits sectors. Sarah currently serves as the Director of the Women Empowered Initiative at PCI (Project Concern International), a $70 million integrated health and development organization that serves 7 million people annually in 16 countries.
At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Sarah completed her Executive Education Certification in Non-Profit Financial Stewardship. Previously, she completed certificate programs in Negotiation from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and in Project Management from the Project Management Institute. Sarah holds bachelors’ degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Prior to moving to San Diego in fall 2013, Sarah lived in Kenya, Tanzania, Iraq, New York City and Los Angeles, and is originally from Arizona.