YWSE is led by a Board of Advisors ("Board"), responsibilities include:
- Ensuring the regular occurrence of content-rich meetings and retreats
- Membership development
- Curriculum development and workshop facilitation
- Setting goals, direction and activities of the group consistent with YWSE's mission and vision
Sara Ellis Conant is Sara Ellis Conant is a leadership coach and strategy consultant for world-changing executives and entrepreneurs who are raising children. Sara's clients lead companies, corporate divisions, and not-for-profits to create significant social and environmental impact. She offers workshops on the topics of life/work balance, personal sustainability, and optimizing productivity through self-care. Previously, Sara was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting on the leadership team that launched Deloitte's services for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Sara is cofounder and Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs and also serves on the board of RSF Social Finance. Sara has a BA and an MBA from Stanford University. She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michelle Lapinski, Founding Principal of SustainBiz, has over ten years of experience working within or with Fortune 500 companies and their supply chains, particularly in the food and agriculture and consumer products industries. Her experience and services span strategy, environmental issues, stakeholder relations, communications, social/labor issues/standards, facilitation and training. Prior to starting SustainBiz Michelle served as Director, Advisory Services (consulting) for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she lead the Food & Agriculture, Consumer Products and Transportation Teams. Previously she was also BSR’s Manager of Environment and Climate Change.
Previously Michelle was the Global Environmental Health and Safety Manager (EHS) at Gap Inc., where she co-developed their corporate social responsibility program, including standards and procedures to promote improved factory conditions and reduced environmental impacts in 3500 suppliers in over 50 countries, setting corporate environmental priorities and issues management and communication for CSR. Michelle is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco where she created the masters course Strategic Corporate Environmental Management and founder of EcoTribe. Michelle holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from USF, a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Biology from JohnsHopkins University and is a Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow. Her role as a founding Board member of YWSE has been one of her most valuable experiences.