The co-founder and CEO of Pantheon Enterprises, Laura Roberts is a leading force behind the company's business development and expansion plan. Since 1999, Roberts has directed an extensive reorganization of the company, including development of its executive management team; protection of its IP; automation of its manufacturing operations; and a clear definition of its marketing and distribution strategy. Additionally, she secured the necessary financing to commercialize the chemical technologies throughout multiple worldwide distribution channels. Under Roberts's leadership, Pantheon has expanded globally and realized tremendous success in several markets with award-winning products.

Dubbed "The Toxic Avenger" by Forbes Magazine, Roberts formed Pantheon Enterprises with a fierce commitment to shattering the myth that green technologies were less effective and more expensive. Its mission continues to be to develop and commercialize products that help increase financial growth while at the same time sustaining human health and safety.

Roberts's efforts in driving the corporate mission and vision resulted in Pantheon Enterprises being recognized multiple times as Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies.
A summa cum laude graduate of Northern Arizona University, Roberts is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and for two successive years enjoyed the distinction of being the University's highest ranking scholar. She is also a graduate of the highly regarded business executive program at MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition, she is a graduate of the Integral Leadership Program at the Stagen Institute.
Roberts serves on the Board of Directors for Conscious Capitalism, an organization focused on promoting higher purpose in business. She currently holds board positions with Church World Services (CWS), an organization dedicated to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world, and Beyond Benign, an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students.

Roberts is a member of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a global network that unites young, successful chief executives in more than 125 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™.

Roberts has previously held board positions with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the March of Dimes, the Arizona Business Leadership Group, and the Advisory Committee for Northern Arizona University's NAUTeach Program, which is committed to increasing the number and quality of math and science teachers. She also served on the Leadership Council for Pachamama Alliance, an organization committed to sustainability and social justice, and the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honors at the University of Houston.


 



Roy Spence
Co-Founder & Chairman
GSD&M
Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M

Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company based in Austin. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, "It's Not What You Sell, It's What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose." And, most recently he authored "The 10 Essential Hugs of life," a collection of heartwarming reminders about the need for gratitude, love and goodness.

Under Roy's leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world's most successful brands like "Don't Mess with Texas," Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, L.L.Bean and the Clinton Foundation. Roy has been a trusted advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. His counsel has also been sought by U.S. presidents and leaders in the State Department.

Roy has received a lifetime achievement award from the Austin Advertising Federation and was named Adman of the Century by Texas Monthly magazine. He was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2012.



Walter Robb
CO-CEO
Whole Foods Market
Walter Robb, CO-CEO, Whole Foods Market

With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010, was named Co-CEO along with John Mackey at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. He is on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Whole Kids Foundation.

Robb is an ardent organic advocate; he works his own organic garden and has served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is a proud father and grandfather with two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.




Patrick Terry
Founder
P. Terry's Burger Stand
Patrick Terry, Founder, P. Terry's Burger Stand

Patrick Terry along with his wife, Kathy founded P. Terry's Burger Stand in July of 2005 at the corner of Lamar and Barton Springs in Austin, TX.   As the first restaurant in Austin to offer all-natural beef and chicken along with fresh cut french fries, P. Terry's quickly established itself as an alternative to regular fast food fare.  Today there are nine P. Terry's locations with four more planned in 2015, all in the Austin area.  

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Patrick began his career in advertising at Tracy-Locke/BBDO in Dallas where he worked on the accounts of Philips Petroleum, Ben Hogan Golf and Frito-Lay.  Patrick came back to Austin in 1985 as the Director of the Texas Sesquicentennial  Commission where he oversaw Texas' 150th birthday in 1986. Before opening P. Terry's he created Rizano's Italian restaurant with two locations which he sold in 1993.

Patrick is married to Kathy, they have two children, Kate and Caroline.




Michael Hsu
Principal Architect
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Michael Hsu, Principal Architect, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, formerly Michael Hsu Design Office, was formed in 2005 with the goal of producing locally-engaged, design driven architecture and interiors in Austin.  Hsu's work has yielded head-turning structures for beloved brands such as Amy's Ice Creams, Uchi and Uchiko, P. Terry's Burger Stand and the ZACH Theater, leading to a 2013 ABJ cover story that deemed Hsu as the designer of Austin 2.0.




Alejandro Ruelas
CMO and Managing Partner
LatinWorks
Alejandro Ruelas, CMO and Managing Partner, LatinWorks

Alejandro Ruelas has been an important player in the world of multicultural marketing for the last two decades. His track record as a thought leader in the space dates back to his days as head of ethnic marketing at Anheuser-Busch; a record that has continued through his role as co-founder of advertising agency LatinWorks.




Terry J. Lundgren
Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer
Macy's, Inc.
Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer, Macy's, Inc.

Terry Lundgren became chairman and CEO of Macy's in January 2004 after having served as president and chief merchandising officer since 1997. Lundgren began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Bullock's, a Los Angeles-based division of Federated. He held positions of increasing responsibility over the next decade and ultimately joined Neiman Marcus in Dallas, where he served briefly as executive vice president and shortly thereafter was named chairman and CEO. Lundgren led Federated's acquisition of The May Department Stores Co. in August 2005 to double the size of the company. Today, Macy's Inc. is a premier national omnichannel retailer with more than 840 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.




Ingrid Vanderveldt
Founder
Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020)
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Founder, Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020)

Ingrid Vanderveldt is the founder and chairman of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020, Vanderveldt Global Investments and Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC. She is on a mission to empower a billion female entrepreneurs and just announced the first big step: $100 million in credit available to women. From 2011 to 2014, Vanderveldt was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dell Inc. and she created and hosted CNBC's original primetime series "American Made."




Joseph Kopser
CEO and Co-Founder
RideScout
Joseph Kopser, CEO and Co-Founder, RideScout

Since the app launched in 2013, RideScout is in over 69 cities in the U.S. and Canada. It earned the 2014 U.S. DOT Data Innovation Award and Kopser was recognized as a White House Champion of Change. RideScout was acquired in 2014 by a subsidiary of Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz. Prior to RideScout, Kopser served in the Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star.




Laura Roberts
CEO and Co-Founder
Pantheon Enterprises
Laura Roberts, CEO & Co-Founder, Pantheon Enterprises

Laura Roberts is the co-founder and CEO of the dynamic chemical company Pantheon Enterprises. Dubbed "The Toxic Avenger" by Forbes Magazine, she formed Pantheon Enterprises with a fierce commitment to shattering the myth that green technologies were less effective and more expensive. Before being steered into the business world after her father died, she was an elementary school teacher and staunch critic of business and capitalism.