Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Hanson Bridgett: Sustainable Business Leadership Forum-The Future of Sustainable Business

June 29, 2017 @ 5:30 PM8:00 PM PDT


The Future of Sustainable Business

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

5:30 – 6:00 pm Registration & Networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm Program
7:30 – 8:00 pm Dessert and Networking

Over the past three decades, the sustainable business movement has grown from a nascent network of pioneering leaders and companies (e.g. Organic Valley, Birkenstock USA, Ben & Jerry’s, The Body Shop) to a burgeoning movement that is impacting and influencing the global economy.

In this expanding movement, what does the future of sustainable business look like? How can business leaders position themselves and their companies to continually break new ground? What are some of the best practices business leaders can follow to stay true to the values their businesses were founded on, while working through the myriad of challenges businesses face (e.g. scaling, investor relations, workplace culture)?

Join Teresa Pahl (Partner, Hanson Bridgett) for a lively discussion with two innovative, sustainable business leaders: John Roulac (Founder & CEO, Nutiva) and Brian Durkee (COO, Numi Organic Tea).


John Roulac

Founder & CEO


John W. Roulac is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the world’s leading organic superfoods brand of hemp, coconut, chia, and red palm superfoods.

A longtime advocate for healthy people & ecosystems, with expertise ranging from home composting and natural healing to forestry, hemp, and regenerative agriculture, John has authored four books on environmental topics, including Backyard Composting, with combined sales of more than one million copies. In the fall of 2012 John founded GMO Inside, a group dedicated to educating people on the dangers of GMO foods.

Nutiva via its 1% of sales program has donated over $4M to groups promoting sustainable ag including VoteHemp and the HIA. John is also co-producer of the Kiss the Ground movie scheduled for a 2018 release.

Brian Durkee


Numi Organic Tea

Brian Durkee is an impact-driven business leader, an educator, and an advocate for change. He serves as Chief Operating Officer for Numi Organic Tea, where he has led the company’s award-winning sustainable and socially responsible initiatives, including advancements in packaging, fair trade practices, and creating direct relationships that foster improved standards of living in the developing nations were tea is produced.

Brian is also a Board Member for the Numi Foundation and OSC2’s Packaging Coalition, an instructor in the Design Strategy MBA program at CCA, and an advisor for many emerging food companies. He holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College and a B.S. in Systems Management from University of San Francisco.

In Partnership with:

These events (and their attendees) may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded by Hanson Bridgett LLP. By attending, you consent in perpetuity to any and all use of your image, voice, or other participation in the event in any such recording.


Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco)
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
+ Google Map
+1 415-777-3200