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The Rising Tide Summit brings together thinkers and innovators to find rapid solutions for the host of issues facing our ocean. The general theme emerging from the summit included the need to mobilize and organize for our ocean. From the threat of single-use plastic to working with businesses, both small and large, bringing together entrepreneurs, industry influencers and corporate partners will help to accelerate adoption of transformative technology, drive market growth and profitable coll ...
 
Vipe Desai is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience working with startups, non-profits and serving on corporate boards. The Army of Gamechangers podcast is a collection of conversations focused on pulling the best career and leadership advice from Vipe’s vast network of contacts to help you on your personal, professional and leadership journey.
 
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On this episode, I’ve got General Mark Hertling who shares lessons from his almost 40 years of service in the military. General Hertling's experience started at the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 and since then has seen him move up the ranks with service with intergovernmental and coalition initiatives, working with the Executive and Legislative bra…
 
Alison Teal, Time Magazine’s Female Indiana Jones, and O Magazine’s Oprah Of Adventure, travels the world seeking out the greatest myths, mysteries, and legends on earth. A lifelong explorer and professional filmmaker she shares her films and photos through her blog, Youtube, and social media. With a mission to educate through entertainment, Alison…
 
Co-Founder and former CEO of Quiksilver, Bob McKnight joined us for a Q&A where we discussed the early stages of building the Quiksilver brand but also how it pioneered some key environmental initiatives. The brand has now restructured and is launching the Boardriders Foundation as a way to give back to the communities involved in surfing.Supported…
 
Matt Mulrennan (Moderator) Director, Ocean Initiative, XPRIZE FoundationLiane Thompson (Speaker) CEO, AquaaiScotty Schmidt (Speaker) CEO, Primary OceanLindsay Cruver (Speaker) Director of Research and Development, Catalina Sea RanchDescriptionBy 2050 the planet will have 9 billion people and the demand for food will be 60% greater. One of the chall…
 
Ryan Ashton (Moderator) Director of Development, Aquarium of the PacificDescriptionKris Primacio (Speaker) Executive Director, International Surf Therapy OrganizationSean Swentek (Speaker) Executive Director, A Walk On WaterSteve Mount (Speaker) Former Commanding Officer, Wounded Warrior Battalion - West, USMC (Retired)Anxiety, stress, and depressi…
 
Melissa Aguayo, Advocacy and Education Director, The 5 Gyres InstituteTrash Blitz evaluates plastic pollution throughout the watershed and near shore environments using both citizen and rigorous science. Results from the pilot project will be used to create a toolkit for other cities to follow. Melissa will share how the toolkit will help cities ma…
 
Tim McOsker (Speaker) AltaSeaAltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is working on building the world’s most innovative ocean research campus on the waterfront in San Pedro. The institute’s vision is to turn to the ocean to develop solutions for some of the planet’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and global food security…
 
Evelyn Wendel, Founding Director, WeTapAccess to potable water is an important foundation for thriving civilizations. In modern urban sprawl, well maintained public drinking fountains is a much overlooked yet critical element to healthy environments. With strong, civic tap water access and robust climate and public health policy discussions, integr…
 
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff (Speaker) Founder & CEO, Lincoln Sarnoff ConsultingChristian Cullinane (Speaker) Managing Director - Consumer Brands, Xeros Technology Group PLCDerek Sabori (Speaker) Sustainability Advisor/Educator, KozmBrands are eager to embrace new recyclable synthetic fabrics to achieve greater sustainability in performance textiles. But…
 
Angela Sun (Moderator) JournalistRyan H Harris (Speaker) Founder, Earth TechnologiesSurfing is tightly connected to ocean healthy. But shaping surfboards also creates a considerable amount of toxic waste, that is until now. Enter Earth Technologies, recognized as the first zero waste surfboard factory. This breakthrough is reshaping how surfboards …
 
Nancy Downes (Moderator) Southern California Campaign Manager at Oceana, OceanaKurt Bjorkman (Speaker) General Manager, The Ranch at Laguna BeachZach Weisberg (Speaker) Founder and CEO, The InertiaMike Matey (Speaker) VP Marketing , ReefThe Pacific ocean and coast sustains our economies and communities. That’s why California, Oregon, and Washington…
 
Peter Abraham, Founder of Abraham Studio, has spent the last 30 years creating high profile marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands. Red Bull, Nike, Toyota, lululemon, and Whole Foods have all depended on Peter to generate impact and results with his work. His experience spans TV commercials, huge live events like the LA Marathon, and advising C…
 
For this episode of Army of Gamechangers, I spoke with Aspiration CEO Andrei Cherny. Andrei’s resume spans industries and positions which include author, business consultant, prosecutor, Navy reserve officer, and White House aide. Clearly, Andrei hasn’t had a career, he’s had many careers.Andrei puts this belief in practice as the CEO of Aspiration…
 
On this episode my guest is Jamie Parker the President and CEO of Jaybird, the pioneer in wireless headphones technology. Jamie has also held numerous leadership roles at Nike and joins me on this episode to share insights from his experience throughout Nike to his role at Jaybird.Three key takeaways:- Start with the consumer. - Connect passion wit…
 
On this episode my guest is legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg, CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment. Over the course of his career, Leigh has represented over 300 athletes, holds the NFL record for 8x 1st overall & 62x 1st round pick, secured $3 Billion in contracts & given $750M to charity. And if that’s not enough, Leigh is often credit…
 
On Wednesday August 22, local Orange County community members and experts led a forum to discuss how a healthy ocean impacts their lives and how they can work with their elected leaders to protect the California coast.Get involved and join the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast at DefendThePacific.org.…
 
On this special episode of the Rising Tide Summit podcast we are joined by Nathaniel Stinnett, the founder of the Environmental Voter Project. He’s been hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine and he’s focusing on getting get more environmentalists to vote in every election. On this episode we l…
 
On this episode my guest is Megan Henderson. She's a co-anchor of “KTLA Morning News” here in Los Angeles and she shared career insights gained across her time reporting and anchoring to editing and producing. In addition, Megan is also active with a number of charities and we’re going to talk about the role that philanthropy has played in her care…
 
Matt Martelli opens up about his career and leadership insights on this episode of the Army of Gamechangers podcast. From skateboard films, to producing Gymkhana--the most successful viral automotive video franchise, and now working to build one of the most exciting sports properties with The Mint 400 off road race series, Matt is one of the most c…
 
Wing Lam and his brothers have helped fuel the action sports lifestyle. Together, they founded Wahoo's Fish Taco and now have more than 70 locations serving up tasty grinds they encountered from surf trips south of the border.I caught up with Wing just as they were getting ready to launch their 30th year anniversary to discuss career and leadership…
 
With a career spanning more than three decades, drummer John Tempesta has built a body of work that's deservedly earned him a place among the music industries most popular and well-respected players. Perhaps best known for his tenure with Rob Zombie - both in White Zombie and with Rob's solo project, John has worked his way up through the drumming …
 
Today’s guest is Adrian Grenier. And if his name sounds familiar, its probably from his notable role as Vincent Chase from Entourage. But Adrian’s not just known for his acting. He’s also an environmentalist and entrepreneur. In 2015, he launched the Lonely Whale Foundation, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change…
 
Princeton Tigers Head Coach Courtney Banghart is my guest on this episode. She's been recognized as Coach of the Year in 2015 by the United States Basketball Writers Association and was also named by Fortune Magazine as one of the worlds 50 great leaders for taking charge of a mediocre team that had never made the NCAA Tournament while ensuring pla…
 
Executive Chef Rob Wilson believes that "Food is love" and with that type of outlook, it's no wonder he was named "Chef of the Year" in 2008 by Chef Magazine. His culinary path has included serving as executive chef at Montage Laguna Beach and at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach.Most recently, Rob pivoted into the role of Executive Chef at …
 
This panel will explore businesses with green initiatives baked into their DNA. Panelist will discuss the challenges of renewable manufacturing, how the products are marketed alongside an eco message, and what opportunities and challenges businesses face while trying to compete and stand out in a sea of sameness.Panelists: Katherine Terrell, Founde…
 
This presentation will share the strategies employed to create a public-facing campaign that gave rise to the global straw movement and the behind the scenes efforts Lonely Whale engaged in to create a platform for positive change upon which Starbucks could announce its commitment to eliminating non-recyclable single-use plastic straws. The reasons…
 
With previous generations failing to foresee the prevailing plastic pollution crisis, a new generation has come together to demand we address this issue head-on. Utilizing advocacy platforms built by leading plastic pollution organizations, youth are connecting across the globe to amplify their voices and efforts.…
 
Launching a Mobile Age for the Ocean Economy with Matt Mulrennan, Director of the Ocean Initiative at the XPRIZE Foundation.Learn about how the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative is inspiring solutions to the oceans grand challenges. Hear from winning teams in XPRIZE's Big Ocean Button Challenge – a mobile app development competition to turn ocean data into t…
 
Why Businesses Should Support Ocean Friendly Legislation with Lisa Kaas Boyle, Environmental Attorney and Legal Policy Expert.The talk will focus on how legislation can level the playing field by requiring best management practices to reduce ocean pollution, thereby taking away cost incentives to rivals undercutting with polluting materials and pra…
 
Today’s consumers are looking for more than great products or services. They want to feel connected to you, your brand promise, and your social values. In this insightful and entertaining workshop, discover the power of connecting three critical factors: TEAM, BRAND, and CAUSE.You’ll learn pivotal one-degree strategies to bring these three areas in…
 
Age of Activism: Rise of Brand Citizenship with Jim Moriarty, Director of Brand Citizenship at 72andSunny.While forces converge in front of our eyes, activism is red-lining and shifting the game for brands large and small. Sugar-high, ephemeral marketing is no longer enough - people are demanding to know why a brand exists.This is good news for bra…
 
Getting from Conservation to Commercialization: Creating the Business Case for Ocean Innovation with Ann Carpenter, CEO at Braid Theory and Jack Baric, Media Consultant for AltaSea.By Vipe Desai | Entrepreneur & Philanthropist and CEO and Founder at HDX Hydration Mix
 
Conscious Capitalism: How Clean Water and Healthy Beaches Drive Our Economy with Chad Nelsen, CEO of Surfrider Foundation.Join Surfrider CEO, Chad Nelsen as he discusses the value of our coasts to Californie's economy with business leaders in the hotel, residential and commerccial real estate industries.…
 
Changing the Narrative to Solve Climate Change with Kevin Whilden, Co-Founder at Sustainable Surf & Eddy Garcia Founder, Living Earth Systems.How can we change the narrative around climate change, so that more people and business are actively engaged in finding solutions?Most discussion around climate change uses negative imagery to inspire action,…
 
Turning The Tide Towards Greener and Bluer Business Practices in the Restaurant World with Sarah Sikich, Vice President, Heal the Bay.With the rising societal awareness and demand for socially and environmentally conscious business practices, many restaurants and food purveyors are updating their practices to improve sustainability.Learn about what…
 
Dr. Marcus Eriksen will share the newly published BAN List 2.0, a snap shot of the top 20 plastic products polluting the land and waterways in the US, but also an in-depth look at the role of bioplastics in society.BAN List 2.0 outlines what the "Better Alternatives Now" should be in order to keep our land and sea free of plastic pollution.…
 
Space exploration in the 20th Century gave rise to a massive aerospace industry in California.It all started with our mission to put a man on the moon and today we take for granted the cell phones in our pockets, laptops on our desks, and satellite televisions in our living rooms – all products that few could imagine and which were made possible by…
 
On this episode, my guest is Secretary Leon Panetta. He’s dedicated his life to public service for more than 50 years that span several different public office positions, such as Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as a U.S. Representative from California. And a…
 
On this episode I’m joined by the master of metal, Jose Mangin, the host of Sirius XM Satellites Octane channel. And boy does he have a story - not only is it inspiring but you’ll learn that he's been driven by a deep love of hard rock and heavy metal music.He’s given the genre a platform and along the way he’s turned his passion into an empire tha…
 
Passion runs deep with Bob McKnight and in this episode he shares the the ups and downs of what he learned from selling board shorts out the back of his car into becoming the CEO of a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company that drove the growth of the global action sports industry. And he's still just as stoked today as he was when he started…
 
I run across some amazing people and this series of shows is my way to learn more about the work these people are doing but also to share something that I think you'd want know about. I like to find entrepreneurs that have interesting stories but also are doing something different. And today my guest is Jim Riley from Baja United Wines. Now you mig…
 
Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books. As an author, speaker and agent for social change, it is Kevin’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals - from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren - to embrace their spirit of play and creativity …
 
Have you heard about this idea called Switch to Zero? If not, you’re about to hear what surfer/shaper Ryan Harris is working on to eliminate the toxic waste that comes from manufacturing surfboards. You may not believe what you’re about to hear but I assure you, it’s ground breaking. And if you love to surf and care about the ocean, you need to pay…
 
Rodney Bullard is an Air Force veteran, former federal prosecutor, current head of Chick-Fil-A community affairs, and now an author. In addition to talking about career and leadership advice, I really enjoyed catching up with him and also talking about his new book, Heroes Wanted, Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out.SPONSORED BY HDXMIX.C…
 
Surfer, environmentalist, author of Punk Rock Dad and frontman for the band Pennywise, its Jim Lindberg. In this episode we jump into the business of Pennywise and its not much different than running a small company.SPONSORED BY HDXMIX.COMBy Vipe Desai | Entrepreneur & Philanthropist and CEO and Founder at HDX Hydration Mix
 
On this episode I have Tracy Cioffi, Chief Marketing Officer of Mod Pizza, the fastest growing fast casual restaurant chain in the U.S.. Her insights on career and leadership can be applied at every level of your professional journey. Her 2018 word of the year is "Self-Full" and the meaning behind it is something we can all learn from.SPONSORED BY …
 
Winter is coming my friends! My guest on this episode is Nick Sargent, President of Snowsports Industries America. He shares about the newly combined Outdoor Retailer and SIA Trade Show along with actionable insights he's gained from his professional journey. Leadership is not easy but being a good listener and leading by example are just a couple …
 
Scott Van Vliet who up until recently was the GM for Alexa New Initiatives is my guest on this podcast. He dropped some solid career and leadership advice but also shared where he’s headed to next so buckle up, this episode is coming in hot and heavy.SPONSORED BY HDXMIX.COMBy Vipe Desai | Entrepreneur & Philanthropist and CEO and Founder at HDX Hydration Mix
 
In this episode I"m joined by my good friend Izzy Tihanyi who I’ve known for about 30 years. She and her sister, Coco, started Surf Diva to get more women surfing, and they’ve done exactly that. They honed in on a niche and went for it. And I can say the surf lineup is a better place because of what they’ve done to empower women and get them in the…
 
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