Bill Golderer is a pastor, serial social-impact founder, committed citizen and trusted convener. In the last decade, he driven collaboration across the sectors of faith, education, nonprofit, government, performing and visual arts and the private sector to make the Philadelphia region more faithful, generous and just. Bill is the Founder of Broad Street Ministry in Center City Philadelphia which drives cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness and hopelessness. He is also a Co-Founder of the Rooster Soup Company the nation’s first for profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that will create jobs and return revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.
Author, activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, and became a pioneer in the local food movement, as well as a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and the nationwide (BALLE) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2001). In her retail career, Judy founded Black Cat, which featured locally made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970, Judy cofounded the original Free People’s Store, now well known as Urban Outfitters (to which she is no longer affiliated). Judy’s memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Judy was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Judy continues her work to build a sustainable locally-based economy and mentors the next generation of entrepreneurs in Philadelphia. Judy is the SustainPHL 2016 Sustainable Pioneer award recipient.
Nic Esposito is the Zero Waste and Litter Director for the City of Philadelphia. After serving Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) for 4 years as the PowerCorpsPHL Project Manager and then PPR’s Sustainability Manager, he was brought on by the Managing Director’s Office to take on this challenge of creating a coordinated public and private sector plan to address Philadelphia’s litter problem while setting Philadelphia on a path to Zero Waste by 2035. Nic is also a writer and founder of the non-profit independent publisher and writer’s workshop The Head & The Hand. And he serves his community as the President of the East Kensington Neighbors Association and co-manager of Emerald Street Community Farm. Nic is the SustainPHL 2016 Unsung Hero award recipient.
In his role as the Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Saleem Chapman has a considerable number of wins under his belt. As the brawn behind SBN’s sustainable business policy platforms, Saleem has quickly found his place navigating the political landscape and actively mobilizing both policy-makers and local businesses. His overall upbeat demeanor coupled with talent and a drive to create real change has made Saleem one of our strongest advocates in the sustainability community. Saleem helped push SBN’s 5-tiered Good Economy Challenge platform forward, and worked with Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez to introduce two tax credit bills benefiting small and sustainable businesses in Philadelphia that could push our city towards becoming the “B Capital of the world”. Saleem is the SustainPHL 2016 Local Advocate award recipient.