Our Team

Our program is based on the more than 15 years of experience of our trainers and consultants. We are the sustainability ambassador and enabler to help create a “culture of purpose” in your organization.

Jennifer (Miller) Dudgeon

Principle of Environment Program

Jennifer is an accomplished sustainability professional with deep experience in program and project management, setting and implementing organizational sustainability strategy, driving organizational change, building cross-functional teams and communicating with colleagues at all levels. During her 15+ career, she has worked in the USA and UK supporting a number of multi-national Fortune 500 companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and software sectors, integrating sustainability principles throughout each organization.

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Additionally, she has helped local, federal and international governments make more informed policy decisions around energy generation and related environmental policies. While working as CA Technologies Principle Program Manager in Sustainability, she was recognized by a number of organizations for her commitment and success in making the company more sustainable.

Jennifer holds a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certification and is adept at measuring, analyzing and reporting all sustainability metrics. Her expertise also extends to developing and launching employee engagement programs.  She is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard University where she shares her experience implementing sustainability programs in large organizations.

Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. When Jennifer is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and dogs. She is an avid gardener, crossfitter and has just started learning Juijitsu.

Barbara Kurka

Principle of Corporate Culture Program

Barbara Kurka, MS, CPCC, ACC, is an accomplished coach and human resources consultant who brings together more than 20 years of in corporate Human Resources, encompassing executive coaching and leadership training.  Among her areas of specialization is developing a talent management strategy that ensures that an organization defines the right success factors, hires the right people, and keeps these people fully engaged and productive.

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She works with CEOs, key executives, and high potentials on what it means to be a leader and a human being in a business context. Her clients benefit from her significant corporate experience in senior human resources and coaching roles.

She has developed a variety of professional and personal development workshops for organizations, and she has worked with leaders of both large and small companies in such industries as financial services (Sumitomo Bank); consulting (Accenture); media (Katz Media Group); and advertising (Grey Advertising).

Barbara holds a Master of Science from Baruch College and Cornell University; a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach designation from the Coaches Institute; and an Associate Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation.

Find out more about her, go to: http://www.barbarakurka.com/

Kyle Thomas

Principle of Green Hospitality 

Kyle is an award-winner of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 2014 Green Business  of the Year.

Kyle has recently worked with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce to create Green streets: bringing sustainable action to street fairs and community engagements. Before that he was the first Sustainability Director with Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ). He focused on eEnergy, water and waste reduction projects for over 30+ restaurants.  He focused on initiating projects to minimize cost, reduce resources & ultimately the company’s global carbon footprint.

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As Sr. Project Manager, he introduced several projects focused on energy & water demand reduction with data collection, such as the capital LED conversion lighting project with incentives from CE Green Team and NYSERDA, converting over 30 stores in 6 months.  He was the project manager for the NYC Mayor’s Compost Challenge 2013.  He enrolled in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge 2014.  Invited by DEP + Columbia University to manage the NYC Mayor’s water challenge 2015 (demand and usage). The findings from the study will become the guidelines for all future legislation for restaurants in the city.

Mercedes R. Bermejo

Principle of Wellness Program 

Mercedes is a holistic marketing expert with more than 10 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Barcelona University and bachelor’s degree in music from  Barcelona Conservatory.  She was the Head of the European Marketing Division and led a number of cultural analyses, behavior explorations and engagement explorations, and branding projects. In addition, Mercedes holds a 500-hour yoga teacher certification and has eight years of experience in teaching yoga and meditation.

 

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In 2011, she developed a program called InSpiral, which she describes as “a safe and open approach to physical and mental wellness that focuses on mindful movement, meditation and music.” With this approach, she regularly holds retreats and group sessions in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2013, Mercedes led Pro Mujer in Latin America and conducted extensive external audits and initiatives to maximize nonprofit brand recognition and sustainability, transparency for donors, and employee’s health awareness.  She maximized limited resources by using mobile communications for staff in remote areas of Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina and Nicaragua.  Mercedes also won an award for her work on Oxford Health Start, a 360-degree engagement campaign targeting African American and Hispanic Oxford employees. The campaign achieved a 50% increase in enrollment in the Health Start program.

Her past clients include Coca-Cola, HBO Latino, McDonald’s, Nestlé, Volvo, CNN en Español, Lucent Technologies, Nike, American Airlines, Motorola, Apple Computers, JP Morgan Chase, Verizon Wireless, Cablevision, Johnson & Johnson, Ortho McNeil and U.S. Bank.

Danny Arguetty

Wellness Program Consultant

Danny Arguetty M.A. is a nutrition and health counselor, wellness educator, and yoga teacher trainer who has been involved in the health and wellness field for over a decade.

Danny has lead workshops at Williams College, Princeton University, local yoga studios, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Danny works with private clients, leads yoga teacher trainings all across the U.S., and is the author of “Nourishing the Teacher and The 6 Qualities of Consciousness” and “The 6 Qualities of Consciousness: Practical Insights from the Tantric Tradition of Yoga“.

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Danny is a lover of the environment and is passionate about supporting people in living a healthy and vibrant life, now.

Don Heymann

CSR/Sustainability Communications

Don Heymann has 30 years of experience in all facets of communications.

Don’s experience in sustainability communications is deep, having developed CSR reports for such major corporations as Pfizer and PepsiCo, as well as ongoing projects for The Nature Conservancy and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. He also has extensive experience in healthcare/wellness communications for organizations ranging from pharmaceutical companies to medical centers to non-profit advocacy groups.

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Before launching his business, Don worked in corporate communications and as an Account Supervisor with Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations agencies in the world.

In addition to writing and consulting, Don is an adjunct instructor of strategic and marketing communications writing at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. He also conducts effective writing workshops for various organizations and groups.

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, he is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Creative Writing.

 

Stephanie Vanden Bos

Corporate Culture Consultant

Stephanie is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Jersey City. She specializes in the psycho-dynamic treatment of individuals and couples struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, and relationships. Her particular focus is on the basic human needs that men and women require for connection and achievement.

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Stephanie conducts employee psychological assessments and treatment for Harris Rothenberg International, an employee assistance program whose mission is to help employees at all levels with challenges in work and life, in organizations ranging from small businesses and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in international service from American University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in social work from New York University.  In addition, she completed a four-year training program in psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She continues her affiliation with ICP as a clinician in the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. She is part of the faculty and a member of the board at the Institute of Expressive Analysis She is also a member on the faculty panel at Girls Write Now, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting writing skills and professional development for public high school girls in New York City.

Joseph Priest

Chief Editor

Joseph is a writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in both the agency world and corporate world, where he has created and managed a wide range of corporate communications, marketing communications and employee communications for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He lives in Tampa, Fla.

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