Problem solvers see life with an atypical eye. What is clear to us, is cloudy to the broader world. We see potential in the midst of what is broken. We are fixers and intend to make the future bright.
Our responsibility is to translate what is unseen, inspiring others with a new perspective. We are dreamers and doers, choosing to instigate change. We may only be human, but we are decision makers bringing hope to broken communities.
On August 6-7, join 600 entrepreneurs, artists, and activists in Atlanta at Fox Theatre for Plywood Presents, the gathering on social innovation. Learn from authentic practitioners who are doing unthinkable work, while sharing their wisdom and best practices with you. Plus, be integrated with your voice and project into a community known by the problems they solve.Register
Rohan Anderson is a modern-day hunter-gatherer living just outside the historical town of Ballarat in regional Victoria.
Rohan spent much of his childhood on a small farm near Jindivick in regional Victoria where he developed not only an affinity for nature, but also a deep understanding of the role it plays in providing sustenance.
He has taken these lessons into his adult life where he now grows, hunts, fishes, and forages in wild and urban surroundings – procuring food to feed his family. He also documents his adventures on his hugely popular blog, Whole Larder Love, sharing his recipes, slow food philosophies and (sometimes contentious) views with thousands of readers every month.
His first book, also called Whole Larder Love, was released internationally in 2012. A combination how-to manual and cookbook, Whole Larder Love is beautifully illustrated in full colour with Anderson's own photographs which capture his unique dishes, ingredients, gear and rural surroundings in rich and vivid detail.
Describing himself not as a chef, but rather a family cook, Rohan is influenced by rustic, peasant-style cooking, with minimal fuss involved. You won’t find Anderson in supermarket aisles; instead he is usually wandering around his back garden, heading for a river, and traipsing through the bush or local paddocks to find his tucker.
Dale Partridge is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Sevenly.org, a 40+ person socially conscious e-commerce company based in Los Angeles, California.
Each week Sevenly partners with one qualified nonprofit, and donates $7 from every product sold to support that charity’s cause. Since it’s launch in June 2011, Mashable, Los Angeles Times, and Forbes have named Sevenly one of the fastest growing social good start-ups in the country. In less than two years,
Sevenly has given over $2.8 million in $7 donations to charities across the globe. Dale’s best known for his expertise in consumer trends, branding, marketing, and social media. He is a creative leader who is influencing an industry to rethink the models of how we do business today.
Dale started his first company while still a teenager and has partnered and launched a number of successful multi-million dollar organizations since. His personal mission is to lead a generation toward generosity and empower business leaders through the teaching philosophy that people matter.
He is an avid speaker and author of the upcoming book People over Profit. Dale has been featured in various business publications including the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine, INC Magazine, Mashable, MSN Money, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on FOX News, NBC, and other various talk shows.
Dale is a dynamic speaker who leads with authenticity and beautiful design. His speaking philosophy of “speak to people how they need to hear it, not how you want to say it” has earned him trust and credibility with audiences around the world.
In her role as co-owner of Staplehouse Restaurant, Jennifer Hidinger orchestrates the development and execution of all aspects of the restaurant including the design, operational features and all business management. As co-founder and spokesperson for The Giving Kitchen Initiative (TGK), Hidinger oversees brand awareness, community involvement and grant distribution, while providing a personal account in telling the story of TGK on a local and national platform.
Prior to establishing Staplehouse Restaurant and TGK with her late husband Chef Ryan Hidinger, Jennifer Hidinger served as the Manager of Seed Factory, a prominent children’s boutique in Atlanta, GA, assisting in employee training, scheduling, product buying and floor design. Before joining Seed Factory, Hidinger held the position of Account Executive at Austin Kelly Advertising where she managed relationships with clients and vendors including several local and regional clients such as Piedmont Hospital and Papa John’s Pizza.
Hidinger received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Broadcast Communication from Indiana University.
Hidinger lives in Atlanta, GA.
Jeff Henderson is the Lead Pastor of Gwinnett Church, the most recent multi-site location of North Point Ministries. Prior to Gwinnett Church, Jeff served as the Lead Pastor of Buckhead Church, North Point's first multi-site location, for seven years. He also spent 21 years in marketing working with the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens Resorts, Lake Lanier Islands Resorts and most recently for Chick-fil-A, Inc., before embarking for his roles with North Point Ministries. Jeff and his wife Wendy have a daughter, Jesse, and a son, Cole.
With over 10 years of experience spanning marketing, branding, and sales, Jacques Panis joined Shinola in 2010 to direct the company's product development and strategic direction, becoming President in 2013. Prior to Shinola, Panis served as a founding member of Webosaurs and led the interactive division at the Dallas-based animation studio, Reel FX.
Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa.
Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future.
She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs together.
Sid Mashburn began his design career in New York City, starting as the very first men’s designer at J.Crew, which he helped bring from $70M to $200M in 5 years. (He also designed the $10M per annum Barn Jacket.) Following his time at J.Crew, Sid was recruited by Ralph Lauren himself to design at Polo and begin what would eventually became Rugby. He then served as VP of Design at Tommy Hilfiger. Sid helped lead Lands’ End from $1.2B to $2B in 6 years as SVP of Design.
In 2007, Sid moved to Atlanta with his wife, Ann & his five daughters to pursue his own line. Inspired by the beauty and attention to detail of shops in Tokyo & Milan, as well as the end-to-end service tradition of old-school American haberdashers, Sid & Ann opened a single men's shop -- SID MASHBURN -- on the West Side of Atlanta in 2007. The concept was simple: a combination of their own designed-and-produced clothing (shirting, trousers, footwear, accessories, made-to-measure tailored clothing...) and their favorite classic, iconic, and hard-to-find pieces (Globetrotter luggage, Levi’s 501s, Kiton suiting, neon Swiss Army knives, PrimaLuna tube amps, Danish cattle horns, and vintage records…) all in a space designed to feel as beautiful, cool, and welcoming as possible. A women's expansion and full line --ANN MASHBURN--was added in 2010, and e-commerce sites were launched in 2011.
The shops have been named as destinations by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, Southern Living, GQ, Esquire, Travel + Leisure, and Monocle. SID MASHBURN's shop has been repeatedly ranked as one of GQ Magazine’s 25 Best Men’s Stores in the country and Sid was also named by GQ as one of the 10 Most Stylish Men in America.
Sid now leads MASHBURN as Chairman with Ann as Chief Creative Officer. They opened their second flagship men’s & women’s shops in Houston, TX December 2013, and already at work on their third and fourth US locations.
Joy Eggerichs is the creator and Director of Love and Respect Now, serving her generation of 18-35 year olds with practical relationship insights she has learned from her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs, founders of Love and Respect Ministries. Through writing and speaking, Joy is bridging the gap between generations and helping her peers think about relationships now, as opposed to 20 years into marriage.
In 2013 Joy released a 6-week group study called The Illumination Project—this candid conversation with her father filmed in front of a live audience of her peers focuses on asking questions about faith, life, and relationships to gain wisdom from those who have gone ahead and can also serve as a tool for mentorship.
Joy will also be publishing her first book called, “Permanent Vertigo-How life and love cause us to question our own sanity and God’s goodness.” Joy holds a Communication Studies degree from Westmont College and currently resides in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by many young people who share her love of coffee, biking, and minimal hair washings.
Will is Co-Founder of Tegu, alongside his brother Chris. Will oversees Tegu's commercial activities, including its global marketing, sales and distribution platforms, and its product development process. Will and the rest of the USA team operate in Darien, Connecticut. Will earned a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University, where he concentrated in Finance and International studies. Upon graduation, Will joined the Healthcare Investment Banking practice of Goldman, Sachs & Co., in New York. Following two years of mergers and financing work, Will joined Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, a $7 billion investment vehicle, managing investments in the public and private markets. Will joined his brother Chris to form Tegu in May 2008. Will and his wife, Rachel, live in Rowayton, Connecticut, just moments away from Espresso NEAT, Rachel's artisan espresso bar.
Jia Jiang is the founder of FearBuster, a keynote speaker and author of a soon to be released book by Crown Publishing on how to overcome rejection. Several years after Jiang began his career in the corporate world, he took a life-altering risk and stepped into the unknown world of entrepreneurship. His result was everyone's biggest fear - rejection. This became the catalyst that set Jiang on the path to his true calling.
To conquer the fear of rejection, Jiang embarked on a personal quest and started a blog to face 100 Days of Rejection. His journey revealed a world that was hidden in plain sight; a world where people are much kinder than we imagine. He discovered that rejection can be much less painful than we believe, and that the fear of rejection is much more destructive than we know.
Jiang has taken his message to the stage and is now a highly sought-after keynote speaker. His story has been profiled inBloomberg BusinessWeek, Yahoo News, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. Jiang takes his audience on a journey of triumph and self-discovery, and leaves them with actionable teaching skills and a better understanding of the impact of social media in our new world order.
Amy Flurry is author of the popular guide to DIY publicity “Recipe for Press,” designed to strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs and editors. Amy’s twenty years as a contributor to some of the biggest publications on the newsstand including InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Country Living, Design Sponge and Lucky, brings fresh perspective to in-house communications.
In addition to Recipe for Press, Amy co-founded Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives highly crafted installations for Kate Spade, Hermes, Valentino, Cartier and the Victoria & Albert museum. Paper-Cut-Project’s work has been featured in the NYT, Italian Vogue, Nylon, Selvedge and Marie Claire Taiwan.
Amy is also creative director of Parlore, a new project management app and marketplace for interior designers. She lives in Athens, GA with her husband, Alan, and two children.
JEFF SHINABARGER is a social entrepreneur and author of More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity. Jeff has a vision to make Atlanta a center for social innovation and has personally engaged in over 100 start-ups solving problems. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine and Chicago Sun Times. Jeff serves as Creative Advisor to Epoch Missions Gala and the Chick-Fil-A Environmental Stewardship Committee. Many gatherings, universities and corporations invite Jeff to share his insights with their communities including TedX, Pecha Kucha, Creative Mornings, Catalyst, and Q Ideas. Jeff and his wife Andre live in East Atlanta Village and have two children and a boxer named Max.
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The Fox Theatre Egyptian Ball Room is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city. Not only is it on the National Historic Register, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city because it is a real memory maker for the citizens of Atlanta. We call it “The Fox Experience.” We hope you enjoy your experience here at the Fox, Egyptian Ballroom!
5 presenters will pitch their ideas. They will each get 5 minutes to do it, and must do it in 5 slides or less. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5000. Two Runner-Up Winners will receive $1000 each. All 3 winners will get a free invitation to the next Plywood Retreat, plus all winners will receive expert services valued over $10,000 from See. Spark. Go. [PR], Burge & Associates [Accounting], branding, mentoring, finding investment, and more.
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