Conference Speakers

Darcy Winslow is the President and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change, an international non-profit focused on advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change in order to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing.

The Academy designs, develops and delivers a range of programs to support, coach and build community among emerging and existing leaders who are at the pioneering edge of systems change work. Unlike conventional leadership training organizations, the Academy’s approach fosters deep understanding of the powerful connection between change within the individual and changing the systems in which they work.

Darcy also worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Global Director for Research Design and Development, General Manager/VP for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment division, and Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation.

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and a writer focusing on the themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher and counter-cultural intellectual. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in mathematics and philosophy and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. His books include “The Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” (North Atlantic Books 2013) and his most recent “Climate – A New Story” (North Atlantic Books, 2018).

Melanie Goodchild is moose clan, Anishinaabe, from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation. She is the founder of Turtle Island Institute, an Indigenous social innovation think & do tank and she is a Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience. She is a PhD candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo where her work focuses on Indigenous knowledges, systems thinking and complexity. Melanie works as an advisor to several social and environmental change initiatives including NASA’s Earth Sciences Capacity Building Program.


Conference Facilitator

Monica Pohlmann is a Principal with Reos Partners , an international social enterprise that has 20 years of experience in putting collaboration at the center of problem solving to drive impact on complex challenges.  Monica is passionate about building the social infrastructure of sustainability—the collective capacity to gain insights into complex challenges and discover new solutions that can be co-created and co-implemented. 

She has extensive experience in guiding multi stakeholder initiatives aimed at addressing a range of complex challenges. She is project leader of the Emergency Aid Lab, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is focused on college student success. She provides strategy and design leadership to the Engineering Change Lab, as well as to the Rocky Mountain Institute’s eLab Leap, a Social Lab based in New York State focused on ensuring that low income households and communities benefit from a clean energy future. 

Monica holds a post-graduate certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University; a Masters of Environmental Design (Sustainable Community Planning) from the University of Calgary; and a B.S. from the University of Guelph


Session Leaders

Darcy Riddell is Director of Strategic Learning with the McConnell Foundation, where she supports learning across foundation initiatives and social innovation capacity-building programs. She is a leader in building the global field of systems change practice and philanthropy. Over the last 20 years Darcy has worked as a strategist, campaigner and process designer to advance social change and sustainability with non-profit leaders, environmental advocacy organizations, and across sectors. She completed a PhD from Waterloo, focused on disruptive social innovation in Canadian forest campaigns, and has published on systems change strategies, evaluation, and scaling impact.  Darcy sits on the board of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, and is an advisor to the Energy Futures Lab and Social Innovation Canada. She is an instructor for SFU’s Certificate in Social Innovation in Vancouver, B.C., where she lives with her two children.


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