Day 1 Opening – Grounding Ourselves: Our Times, Our Call to Action

Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
General Minister + President
The United Church of Christ

About John:

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. John began his ministry serving First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ in rural Missouri. He then served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and then Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC prior to his election as General Minister and President. Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year John was ordained in the United Church of Christ. John received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004); his area of focus — white privilege and its effects on the church. With a personal theology shaped in the passionate conviction that God is love and God...
Vanessa Hauc
Senior Correspondent
Noticiero Telemundo

About Vanessa:

Vanessa Hauc is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for Noticias Telemundo. From social, cultural and political events to natural disasters, Vanessa has been a valuable source of information for U.S. Hispanics, reporting the news from right from where it happens. From Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Matthew in Haiti, to the earthquakes in Chile and Japan, to the Chilean miners’ rescue, Vanessa has covered the story. Recently she travelled to Rome to lead a conversation between Pope Francis and children from six countries affected by natural disasters. Her passion for environmental issues inspired her to create the “Alerta Verde” segment to inform and educate the community about the importance of protecting our planet. This segment was widely recognized and, due to its popularity, Telemundo adopted the concept as a company, putting itself at the forefront in the effort to disseminate information about the environment. Vanessa is the...
Meighen Speiser
Executive Director
ecoAmerica

About Meighen:

Meighen is ecoAmerica’s Executive Director, and has helped the organization achieve its mission since 2008. Before joining ecoAmerica, Meighen was the Brand Director for (RED). She was integral to the conception, launch and continued growth of the (RED) brand, and led collaboration with partners (Gap, Hallmark, Windows and more) on all consumer-facing expressions of their (PRODUCT) RED partnership. Meighen also worked at Mattel, Inc. where she held roles in brand and marketing for their consumer products division with over 1,000 worldwide licensees of the Barbie other Mattel brands. Her early career was in financial services, working in strategic and online marketing for American Express and as VP Marketing for Robertson Stephens Investment Bank. Meighen lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Bob Perkowitz
President
ecoAmerica

About Bob:

Bob Perkowitz is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, writer, investor and distance cyclist. Over the past 25 years Bob has been President of direct marketing and manufacturing organizations with revenues ranging to $600 million, including Cornerstone Brands, Smith+Noble and Joanna Western Mills. He currently is Managing Partner of VivaTerra LLC, Chairman of Potenco, Inc., President of Paradigm Management, Inc., a Director of SRAM, Inc., and a partner in Firebrand Partners, LLC and Arqua Equity Partners, LLC. In the non-profit sector, in addition to his work with ecoAmerica, Bob is also on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina and the Queens University Learning Society. He also serves on the Sierra Club’s National Advisory Council and served a Trustee of the Sierra Club Foundation from 2001-2007. Bob received a B.S. in Social Thought from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management....