Kathryn Goetzke is the entrepreneur, philanthropist, strategic consultant and global depression survivor and advocate. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind Mood-lites™, a brand that achieved over 35 million dollars in retail sales, was the first to do a nationwide cause marketing campaign for mental health. Kathryn is a pioneer in social impact entrepreneurism, baking it into her company philosophy in 2004 and raising over a million for charities.
As her role as Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, her goal is to share her knowledge, and those of her experts, to create consumer products focused on sensory engagement that ‘Improve Moods’ globally. Armed with an MBA in International Marketing, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and over 20 years of experience with small and Fortune 100 companies, she aims to make a positive impact on happiness, health and hope. Kathryn and/or her products have appeared on BBC, The Today Show, CBS Chicago, The United Nations, and in newspapers and publications around the world. Her Hopeful Minds curriculum, previously Schools for Hope, has been featured globally as an innovation in prevention.Read full bio
Leatrice Eiseman is a color specialist who has been called “the international color guru.” Her color expertise is recognized internationally, especially as a prime consultant to Pantone, the leaders in color communication and specification. She has helped many companies to make the best and most educated choice of color for product development, brand imaging, interior/exterior design, fashion and cosmetics, or any other application where color choice is invaluable to the success of the product or environment. Lee is also involved in color and trend forecasting across multiple industries.
She heads the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and is also executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Lee has been widely quoted in many publications and recognized by Fortune Magazine and the Wall St. Journal as one of the most influential people in the world of color. She is the author of ten books on color.
She is also a sought-after speaker for trade shows, schools, in-house business presentations, and webinars on color trends, the psychology of color and its usage as well as consumer color preferences and also offers classes on those subjects.
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D. started her career as a Physical Therapist after getting her Master’s degree at Duke University, and went on to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has been honored by giving a prestigious TED-x talk, and is frequently interviewed by today’s top media outlets including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Health, MSNBC, USA Today, Today Show, CNN, and National Public Radio. Her book, “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness” is a national bestseller.
Nadim A. Shaath, Ph.D. received his B.Sc. degree (Honors) in Chemistry from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He joined the Chemistry Faculty at the State University of New York at Purchase in 1975. In 1979-1980 he served as the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at SUNY-Purchase and then joined Felton Worldwide, a flavor, fragrance and sunscreen company, as Executive Vice President and Technical Director.
Rachel Herz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and leading world expert on the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the sense of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990. Dr. Herz has published over 70 original research papers, received numerous awards and grants, co-authored severalcollege textbooks, and is an adjunct professor at Brown University and Boston College.
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Scott Mandell is currently President of Chicago area based Cannabistry Labs, and is the founder and former CEO of Chicago-based Enjoy Life Foods, a company dedicated to developing, producing, and marketing great tasting gluten free and allergy friendly food products (2001-2016). In February 2015, Enjoy Life Foods was acquired by Mondelez International, a $34 billion multinational food company in an all-cash transaction. In December 2013, Scott co-founded Mandell Ventures, a family-run business that invests its own capital in early stage operating companies and real estate assets. Prior to starting Enjoy Life Foods (1993–2001), Scott was a Vice President in commercial banking at American National Bank in Chicago (currently JP Morgan Chase).
Scott currently serves on the Board of Trustees (and as Treasurer) of SPOON Foundation, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and is an active alumnus and frequent speaker at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He was named as a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Winner in 2015, was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list in 2008, and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2006. He earned an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA degree from Indiana University (Bloomington).
Beth Pecenka is Director of Marketing at Mercola Health Resources, and past Director at NowFoods. Beth is a P&L strategy and marketing leader with more than 15 years success in high growth, mid-cap manufacturing, food and wellness, retail, and financial services industries.
Dave Lampson is Vice President of Business Development at Launch Marketing, a creative sales and marketing firm with local roots and global reach. They launch products in the world’s largest retail stores and all major global retailers. Headquartered in Bentonville, AR with offices in China, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Minneapolis and Northern California, they have a proximity and perspective unmatched within the retail world.
Kirsten Straughan is a nutritionalist and serves as an advisor to the Factory. She received her undergraduate degree in nutrition and completed her internship at Loyola University Chicago. She is currently Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Nutrition Science Program at University of Illinois at Chicago and a registered dietitian. Previously, she served at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and four years of private practice nutritional counseling work, in addition to many nutritional educational experiences.
Susan Minamyer has a Masters degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Beloit College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and has conducted numerous psychological and behavioral research studies. Susan is a world traveler, cultural explorer and English teacher. She has edited multiple books and authored several papers and articles on moods and sensory experiences. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFred.