Kathleen is a social entrepreneur and certified Climate Reality Leader, having been trained by former Vice President, Al Gore, in March, 2017. She launched The Sustainables Group in 2016 to quantifiably green festivals, music tours, and events, including the Vans Warped Tour, which won "Best Sustainability Strategy for the Music Event" by FEST Forward in 2015 for her sustainability strategy.
She is internationally acclaimed as an industry leader when it comes to global youth culture marketing, research, and sustainable branding as the co-founder of Label Networks, the leader in delivering global youth culture intelligence from opinionated youth environments for clients ranging from Apple Computer to ZICO coconut water. Formerly, Kathleen worked among leading youth culture magazines, including Senior Editor of Powder and Snowboarder Magazines, Editor of Women's Sports & Fitness, and the technical writer for the IMAX movie "Extreme."
She is the co-founder of the non-profit youth-focused foundation, Boarding for Breast Cancer, for which she received a Humanitarian Award from Snow Sports Industries of America. Kathleen was the publisher of the original, music, fashion, sports, and youth lifestyle magazine, W.i.g. Magazine--for Women in General, and has been published by Harper Collins for her book "Pretty Good for a Girl—the Autobiography of Tina Basich, a Snowboarding Pioneer," and is the co-author of an upcoming book on sustainability and youth culture called "#TheSustainables" under contract with Island Press.
Kathleen is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, NY, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with a B.A. in Economics and Emerging Cultural Studies. She is fluent in Swahili. Kathleen also has a Global Sustainability Certification from UCLA.
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Michelle is an eco-inspired creative who has worked for 16 years as a stylist and set designer for commercials, movies and magazines including Surfing and swim previews for Billabong.
She created the eco-inspired decor for the backstage area for OHANA Dana Point, the luxurious glam-ping Safari Tents at Coachella and the exclusive fine-dining catering area for Desert Trip. Her work has also included sustainability designs for the Cousteau Society and eco-village for the Burton US Open.
Previously, Michelle co-founded the creative and interactive space on the Vans Warped Tour, the Ladies Lounge/Girlz Garage, which ran for more than a decade.
Michelle remains a highly regarded trend forecaster for agencies and brands including Lambesis and Label Networks.
The Oregon native and eco-enthusiast and has been with Synergy Global Entertainment since it’s inception in 2008 and has been the SVP of operations and marketing for their touring and destination festivals and GM of the company, selling in excess of 3.5 million tickets to date.
She has produced numerous festivals alongside the company’s founder and CEO including the Oddball Comedy Festival, Ohana Dana Point, Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 30 Must See Festivals’ ‘Lost Highway’, Knotfest and Driftwood Country Music Festival to name a few.