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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 3:36 AM

Location: Fare Start Restaurant, Seattle, WA, US
Event start date and time: September 19, 2013 5:00 PM
Event end date and time: September 19, 2013 5:00 PM

Want to have dinner with the CEO of Theo Chocolate? A Director at the Gates Foundation? A VP at PATH? A Director at Splash? The owner of Snoqualmie Ice Cream? CSR leader at Boeing? Program Director at Intellectual Ventures? A Project Manager at Point 32/Bullitt center?

Of course you do. NEXT THURSDAY Sept. 19 at FareStart is your opportunity. Check it out and spread the word about this amazing opportunity to your network.


Join us for a small group dinner with one of our esteemed local leaders who are using their business skills to make a social and environmental impact in their workplace, their communities, and the world. This will be an amazing opportunity to connect directly with Seattle thoughtleaders in a relaxed and informal format, while networking with other chapter members, and using your dollars to make a difference through your contribution to the mission of our host, FareStart.

The ticket price includes dinner, tax, and a non-alcoholic beverage (wine or beer may be purchased separately directly from your server with cash only). When you chose a Special Guest's name you are indicating who you wish to sit with for the entire dinner (Note: You will not have the opportunity to switch tables during dinner, but we will have time for mingling during our informal networking time). We will do everything we can to ensure you are seated with your first or second choice.

Dr. Ayo Ajayi, Vice President, International Development,PATH. Dr. Ajayi leads strategy development and implementation for PATH country programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Before joining PATH in 2008, Dr. Ajayi worked for 16 years with the Population Council, serving as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was Africa regional vice president for Pathfinder International, served as a government health officer in Nigeria, and taught at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ajayi has served on numerous occasions as technical advisor and program evaluator for the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and several other United Nations agencies and private foundations. He is a founding board member of the Burkitt's Lymphoma Kenya Fund and serves on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health and the Positive Action for Children Fund.

Barry Bettinger, Owner, Snoqualmie Ice Cream. Barry is the owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream and has built sustainability and green practices into every aspect of his business. Years before Barry Bettinger began making a name for Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream he managed dairy manufacturing plants in upstate New York.

In 1995, Barry and his wife, Shahnaz, dreamed of working together, and sought out the perfect opportunity. The couple moved to the Seattle area in 1996 and wasted no time purchasing and expanding operations at Snoqualmie Gourmet beginning New Years Day 1997. The Maltby plant and Ice Cream Parlor opened in 2005, greatly expanding the company's capacity for growth. While involved in all aspects of the company, Barry's demand for product quality and consistency rivals none. This is the reason he creates and fine-tunes all the flavors himself.

David, Project Manager, Point32. Joe received his Masters of Architecture at the University of Washington, with a focus on sustainable design and construction. He was the man responsible for screening every material used in constructing the groundbreaking Bullitt Center in Capital Hill, the largest structure ever to qualify for the Living Building Challenge (LBC). He has spearheaded efforts to design a vetting process for meeting the LBC's strict material "red list" exclusion requirements and has quickly become an industry leader in the field.

Joe's prior design experience includes a performing arts theater, multi-unit affordable housing, and commercial core and shell projects. He has also worked in the renewable energy field, where he permitted and installed wind turbines throughout the Rocky Mountain west.

Peter Drury, Director of Development, Splash. Peter leads the development efforts at Splash, a quickly scaling social enterprise that replicates the success of multi-national food service chains to secure clean water for kids globally. Peter is also a popular instructor at the University of Washington, where he teaches leadership & strategy courses for the philanthropic sector.

Peter holds MBA, MSW, and M.Div degrees from Seattle University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University.

David Keogh, Program Director, Intellectual Ventures. David is the program director for Global Good, leading the market assessment, invention, technical, product, and business development program through to commercialization and social impact.

David's career in social entrepreneurship spans the technology and international development sectors. He built the Village Phone ICT businesses in Uganda and Rwanda and established the foundations for the m-banking and m-health programs that followed. David has served as the COO of Landesa and as a director in the Grameen Foundation's Technology Center. He holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

Shyla Miller, Global Corporate Citizenship Program, Boeing. Shyla is Boeing's community investor for environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. Shyla's full bio is coming shortly!

Joe Whinney, Founder, Theo Chocolate. Mr. Whinney has deep roots and profound expertise in the global realm of cacao. After working with cacao growers in the tropics of Central America and Africa for many years, Joe recognized that the environmental degradation of the tropical rainforest and accompanying economic adversity endured by cacao farmers could only be addressed via economic solutions, hence, Theo Chocolate was born.

Elizabeth Clyma, Director and Program CEO Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Liz leads the realization of the new vision for financial support in Global Health – bringing to bear analysis and expertise in business and finance to help Global Health teams plan, make, and manage our investments.

Liz brings to this role nearly 20 years of experience in strategic planning and investment analysis. In her role as Deputy Director, Strategy Planning & Management for HIV and TB, Liz facilitated two major Strategy Refreshes and helped to transform her team's approach to portfolio management in a way that has served as a model for other business teams. Prior to joining the foundation, Liz was a Principal with Bain & Company, where she advised multinational corporations and private equity funds in the US and Europe. She holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton Business School, an MA in Russian Area Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University


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