Since 2015, the Forum has brought together global leaders and innovators, trailblazers and changemakers to address and take action on the most urgent issues facing our times. COVID-19 is that issue. The 2020 Sun Valley Forum was a platform for immediate action and long-term vision for more resilient communities and economies. The 2020 Sun Valley Forum helped to unlock the solutions we need right now.

The Forum is global in vision, participation and impact, but a community with a local heart. We are looking forward to continuing to come together, whether in Sun Valley or online, to accelerate solutions that make our homeplaces more resilient, and create models for global resilience. The Forum has always included local solutions as key to global change. This year, we are expanding and deepening that commitment. This current challenge is an opportunity; to make a bigger impact, mobilize more capital and work on the projects that our community and communities around the globe need right now.

A New Format and New Focus on Critical Topics


Wellbeing and Equity

Leadership for well-being

Building resilient systems through diversity and opportunity


Ensuring the Security of Our Food and Farms

The power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies

The future of food: vision, innovation, investment

Spark Project: Regenerative agriculture capital project


The Role of Business and Capital in Rebalancing the Human Relationship with Nature

Climate Finance Risk & Opportunity

Corporate leadership for a circular economy


Nature-based and Indigenous Solutions

Nature’s role in a resilient future

Indigenous insights to reset the human-nature relationship

Placed-based education: cornerstone of a relationship with nature

With the shift to a virtual platform, the Sun Valley Forum focuses on addressing local needs with global resources and the rapid advancement of selected projects that have the potential to scale for near-term impact, the Sun Valley Spark Projects. Together, Forum participants gathered expertise and resources around these “shovel-ready” initiatives to accelerate their success. The projects for the Summer Series focused on solutions for building resilience in our communities and beyond.

These intensive working sessions were complemented by inspiring keynotes and panels from those taking the lead on developing resilient communities around the world. The Forum also featured Local to Global conversations that made connections between the work of our local community and global change.


2020 Resilience Now Summer Series Speakers


Mitch Anderson

Founder, Executive Director
Amazon Frontlines

Dr. George Basile

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

Georgie Benardete

Co-Founder & CEO ALIGN17

Johan Bergenas

Senior Director for Public Policy at Vulcan

MARK BRAND

CEO – MB Inc. & A.B.L.F.
Exec Chef – American Refugee Committee
Prof. of Innovation – USC

AIMEE CHRISTENSEN

Founder, Sun Valley Institute
CEO, Christensen Global Strategies

Kristin Coates

Senior Director, SecondMuse

Daniel Dart

Founder & CEO
DEC Projects

Ellen Dorsey

Executive Director
Wallace Global Fund

AMANDA ELLIS

Executive Director
Hawaii & Asia-Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sara Farley

Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Initiative

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands
State of Washington

Ron Finley

Founder, Ron Finley Project

Sherri Goodman

Senior Advisor for International Security, Center for Climate and Security
Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate and Security

PETER HORTON

Writer / Director
Producer / Actor

Ruby HORTON

Sun Valley Youth Council

Mark Hyman, MD

Founder and director of The
UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

MAGGIE KAPLAN

Founder, Executive Director Invoking the Pause

Kellie Lauth

CEO, mindSpark Learning

Dan Lutkenhouse Jr.

President and Executive Director at Hawai’i Tropical Bioreserve & Garden

AMY MATTIAS

Co-director, Local Food Alliance

Lindsay Mollineaux

Executive Director, Environmental Resource Center

NATE MOOK

CEO, World Central Kitchen

Nemonte Nenquimo

Co-founder, Ceibo Alliance

ROBYN O’BRIEN

Vice President
rePlant Capital

TERRY O’CONNOR, MD

Blaine County/ Sawtooth Regional EMS Director
Idaho EMS Physicians Commission
Emergency Physician, St Lukes Wood River Hospital

LILA PRESTON

Partner, Generation Investment Management

LOUIE PSIHOYOS

Photographer & Filmmaker
“Racing Extinction”, “The Cove”

Julia Pyper

Contributing Editor Greentech Media & Host, Political Climate Podcast

GEOF ROCHESTER

Founder
Geof Rochester Consulting

BRUNO SARDA

President
CDP North America

Peter Seligmann

CEO, Nia Tero
Chairman, Conservation International

Dr. Jessie Senko

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

Shawn Shepherd

Director of Development & Strategic Engagement
American Farmland Trust

EAMONN STORE

Founder & CEO
FairShare

BARNEY SWAN

International Director
ClimateForce

Jonathan Webb

Founder & CEO
AppHarvest

LISA WING RN
Head Nurse
Emergency Department
Bellevue Hospital
New York, New York
 
 


2019 Speakers

 
Mitch Anderson

Founder, Executive Director
Amazon Frontlines

Richardson Antoine

Haiti Country Manager
at Thread

Kathy Araújo

Director, Energy Policy Institute
Associate Professor, Boise State University

JOHN BAILEY

Founding Partner
Hawaiian Cloud Forrest Coffee

VIC BARRETT

Co-Plaintiff, Juliana v. The United States of America & Action Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education

JON BONANNO

CXO, New Energy Nexus
California Clean Energy Fund

JODI BOND

Executive Vice President, Head of Global Government & Industry Affairs
Chubb Limited

 

MARK BRAND

CEO – MB Inc. & A.B.L.F.
Exec Chef – American Refugee Committee
Prof. of Innovation – USC

ISAAC BROWN

Executive Director
Business Coalition for Conservation and Climate

JAY BRUNS

Senior Climate Policy Advisor Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington State Insurance Commission

TOM CHI

Founding Member
GoggleX

 

AIMEE CHRISTENSEN

Founder, Sun Valley Institute
CEO, Christensen Global Strategies

MARTIN CHUNGONG

Secretary General
Inter-Parliamentary Union

CHRISTI COOPER

Director/Producer
YOUTH v GOV (a Barrelmaker Production’s Film)

DANIEL DART

Founder & CEO
DEC Projects

 

Amy Davidsen

Executive Director
The Climate Group, North America

Julie Davitz

Head of Impact Solutions
BNP Paribas/Bank of the West

Noah Deich

Executive Director
Carbon180

Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D.

Co-founder & Executive Director
Earthfire Institute

 

AMANDA ELLIS

Executive Director
Hawaii & Asia-Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

MEAGAN FALLONE

CEO and Founder
Barefoot College International

FRANCESCO FEMIA

Co-CEO
Council on Strategic Risks

DANIELA V. FERNANDEZ

Founder & CEO
Sustainable Ocean Alliance

 

Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands
State of Washington

David Gelber

Co-Creator, Executive Producer 
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

ANAKE GOODALL

Chair
Hillary Institute of International Leadership

JEFF GOODELL

Contributing Editor
Rolling Stone

 

Sherri Goodman

Senior Advisor for International Security, Center for Climate and Security
Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate and Security

JONAH GOTTLIEB

Executive Youth Director
National Children’s Campaign

Dayna Gross

Senior Corporate Engagement Advisor
The Nature Conservancy

STEPHENNE HARDING

Senior Campaign Director, Campaign for Nature
National Geographic Society

 

PETER HORTON

Writer / Director
Producer / Actor

Kristen Hull

Founder & CEO
Nia Impact Capital

Brandon Hurlbut

Co-Founder & Partner
Boundary Stone Partners

Dune Ives

Executive Director
Lonely Whale Foundation

 

ELLEN JACKOWSKI

Global Head of Sustainability Strategy & Innovation
HP

DIRK JAMESON

Retired Lt. General
U.S. Air Force

DON JERGLER

Western Region Editor
Insurance Journal

KELSEY CASCADIA ROSE JULIANA

Lead Plantiff, Juliana v.
The United States of America

 

HOLLY KAUFMAN

Founder
Environment & Enterprise Strategies

JENN KENNING

CEO & Co-Founder
Align

Ksenia Koban

Vice President, Municipal Strategist
Payden & Rygel

MIKE KREIDLER

Insurance Commissioner
State of Washington

 

BONNI LEI

AI for Earth Project Manager
Microsoft

Laura Liswood

Secretary General
Council of Women World Leaders

DAVID LIVINGSTON

Deputy Director for Climate & Advanced Energy
Atlanatic Council

RENSKE LYNDE

Co-Found & CEO
Food System 6 Accelerator

 

JAMIE MARGOLIN

Founder Co-Executive Director
Zero Hour, Youth Climate March

LIZ MCCARTNEY

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
SBP

CRISTINE MORGAN, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
Soil Health Institute

JENNIFER MORRIS

President
Conservation International

 

EMILY S. NIEHAUS

Mayor, City of Moab
Founder, Community Rebuilds

TYLER NORRIS

Chief Executive
Well Being Trust

ROBYN O’BRIEN

Vice President
rePlant Capital

DARREN PARRY

Chairman
Northwest Shoshone Nation

 

JOHN PIOTTI

President
American Farmland Trust

MARK PRAIN

Founding Director
Hillary Institute of International Leadership

TIM PROFETA

Director
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

LOUIE PSIHOYOS

Photographer & Filmmaker
“Racing Extinction”, “The Cove”

 

Julia Pyper

Contributing Editor Greentech Media & Host, Political Climate Podcast

Ted Robb

Co-Founder
New Barn Organics

GEOF ROCHESTER

Founder
Geof Rochester Consulting

HENK ROGERS

Founder
Blue Planet Foundation

 

BRUNO SARDA

President
CDP North America

ASHLEY SCHULTEN

Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investing
Global Fixed Income at BlackRock

AUSTIN SHELTON

Director
Center for Island Sustainability

SHANE SKELTON

Partner
S2C Pacific

 

KIRK SIEGLER

Correspondent
NPR’s National Desk

OLAF SLEIJPEN

Director of Insurance Supervision
De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. (DNB)

ERIK SNYDER

Co-Founder
The Drawdown Fund

NATHANIEL STINNETT

Founder & Executive Director
Environmental Voter Project

 

EAMONN STORE

Founder & CEO
FairShare

NAINOA THOMPSON

President
Polynesian Voyaging Society

BENJAMIN VON WONG

Artist/Activist

TATJANA VUJIC

Director of Biogas Strategy
Duke University

 

MATTHEW WEATHERLEY-WHITE

Co-Founder, Managing Director
Caprock

DR. BURTON WEBB

President
University of Pikeville

CAITLIN WERRELL

Co-CEO
Council on Strategic Risks

JUSTIN WINTERS

Executive Director
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

STEVE WYSMULLER

Global Lead Meteorologist
IBM

Jin Yang

Culinary Director
Boise Co-op

ADMIRAL PAUL ZUKUNFT

U.S. Coast Guard

 
 

The Host: Sun Valley Institute

The Forum is the signature event of the Sun Valley Institute, which was founding in 2015 with a bold mission: to be a catalyze for lasting quality of place: SVI builds economic, ecological and social resilience by pioneering transformative solutions, driving awareness, and convening leaders and innovators for impact. The Institute addresses risks and turns them into opportunities, while serving as a resource to others: a think- and do- tank for our changing world. For more information, please visit: www.sunvalleyinstitute.org and follow the Institute on Twitter @SunValleyInst #SunValleyForum, on Instagram @SunValleyInstitute and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunvalleyinstitute/.

Speakers

From government and business leaders to innovators and entrepreneurs, from adventurer-advocates and educators to photographers, authors and filmmakers, past speakers include U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, visionary Paul Hawken and Artic explorer Sir Robert Swan, as well as business leaders from BNP Paribas/Bank of the West, Generation Investment Management, HP, Microsoft and The Weather Company/ IBM and media including The Economist, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

The Location

The Forum will be hosted at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum, Idaho home to the storied Sun Valley resort.


2020 Resilience Now Summer Series Partners

 
 

Past Forum Sponsors