People, Planet, Purpose, Profit: Business as a Force for Good
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Have you ever wondered what’s in that shower gel you use every morning? Or what’s so special about essential oils? Or how in the world to create a business that’s committed to doing good in addition to doing well?
Susan Griffin-Black will join Wednesday Morning Dialogue on June 12 to tell us all about EO Products, the natural body care product line she created with her partner 23 years ago.
Ms. Griffin-Black is the co-founder and co-CEO of EO Products, the California-based parent company of two leading personal care brands: EO® and Everyone for Every Body™. For nearly 25 years Susan has been a pioneer of the personal care industry, and has built a successful, exemplary company rooted in responsible business practices. She is an expert on safe, healthy personal care products and essential oils. In addition to her leadership in EO Products, she is involved with numerous advisory boards including Turning Green and Bay Cycle Project.
Founded in Potrero Hill (yes, in a garage) and then moved to Marin, EO Products now formulates, manufactures and markets natural and organic bath, skin and hair products right here in San Rafael in a 40,000 square-foot space that once was a Lucasfilm studio. The company’s success is very much informed by Susan’s commitment to people, the planet, a purpose – and profits. All of EO’s products are cruelty-free, as well as synthetic-, GMO- and gluten-free. And her business practices are consciously designed to lessen the environmental load both for the planet and for our bodies.
Please join us on June 12 to hear this inspiring entrepreneur discuss her successful business, her forward-thinking philosophy on female leadership, and her advice to “get really good at not going out of business.”
"It's too hot! Nobody told me it's going to last as long as it feels like it's lasting. And sneezing is a new experience."
The “Unmentionables” of Menopause
Straight Talk About Women’s Health and Aging
Dr. Briana Sinatra, ND
Who likes to talk about those unwanted changes in our health after menopause? No one! But why not?
Perhaps it’s because American society doesn’t particularly honor our elders. Or because long-held social taboos surrounding aging and sex prevent us from addressing these problems.
To compound matters, the healthcare industry overwhelmingly favors male subjects in medical research. (For example, why hasn’t Big Pharma developed a Viagra for women?) Is there anything new out there to alleviate our woes?
On May 8, Wednesday Morning Dialogue will welcome Dr. Briana Sinatra, ND, to tackle some of the health and lifestyle issues that trouble us in our post-menopausal years. She will address topics such as urinary incontinence, libido loss, weight gain — and that maddeningly stubborn abdominal fat that makes fashion after menopause all about camouflage.
Dr. Sinatra was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia. Her passion for Natural Medicine took her to Seattle, Washington, where she attended medical school at Bastyr University and completed a 5-year, dual-degree program obtaining her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Before moving to California, she held a family practice in an integrative wellness center in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Briana currently runs her practice out of the Luma Center in Petaluma. She has been supporting clients for more than 10 years and has a passion for treating Women’s Health, Fertility and Pediatrics.
Let’s open the door and shed some daylight on the health issues that trouble us as we grow older. We all know the topics can be delicate, intimate and sometimes embarrassing. Since we are an all-female group, though, we will be in a safe place to hear this lady doc and ask our questions.
Do join us on May 8 to listen and learn as Dr. Briana Sinatra shines some light into the dark corners of our post-menopausal lives.
For the PowerPoint presentation, click here or go to Past Programs 2019 in Library.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Creating Resilient Neighborhoods -- Less Carbon, More Community
Founder, Executive Director
After three years of decline, US carbon dioxide emissions rose sharply last year – an estimated 3.4% in 2018. That’s the biggest increase in eight years. Around the world, students in 100 countries went on strike on March 15 to call for action on climate change and protest adults’ lack of concern for their future. The concern is both global and local.
Tamra Peters is taking action personally to reduce carbon dioxide levels in Marin, community by community. She is founder and executive director of Resilient Neighborhoods, a program that enables residents and neighbors to come together to lower their collective carbon impact and to create communities resilient to the impacts of climate change through personal and local actions.
In honor of Earth Day 2019, Ms. Peters will join us on April 10 as our Wednesday Morning Dialogue speaker. She created Resilient Neighborhoods and conducted the first successful pilot in 2011. You’ll hear about her motivating mission of building resilience into our communities by decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, fortifying the local economy, supporting local agriculture, conserving resources, and emergency planning.
Ms. Peters is the founder of Resilient Neighborhoods and the recipient of the 2017 Marin Conservation League’s Environmental Leadership Award, the 2017 City of San Rafael Citizen of the Year Award, and Certificates of Special Recognition from Congressman Jared Huffman and the California State Legislature to honor her work in Marin County to combat climate change. In February 2019, Resilient Neighborhoods was a recipient of MCE Clean Energy’s Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award. Ms. Peters has been a Marin resident for more than 30 years.