Crystal Chissell will present “Decade for Drawdown” as our Keynote Speaker. Crystal is the Vice President of Operations and Engagement at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Check out this update of Project Drawdown’s influential research, which reveals new opportunities including their 10 Key Insights for possibility and action across sectors. Project Drawdown is known for their data-driven perspective on climate solutions, including how empowering women and girls can help stop global warming.

Lisa Peyton-Claire will speak on our panel “Delivering on Climate, Health & Equity in Our Region.” Lisa is the Founder, CEO and President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. The foundation is a nonprofit that works to improve the health outcomes of Black women, and is currently working to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on Madison’s Black population. “As COVID-19 illuminates the long-standing inequities and gaps inherent in all of our systems, it’s time to take unprecedented steps together as a community to disrupt disparities and build opportunity and prosperity for all.” —Lisa Peyton-Claire

Chef Tory Miller will speak on our panel “Delivering on Climate, Health & Equity in Our Region.” Tory is the owner of Deja Food Restaurant group (L’Etoile Restaurant, Graze, and Estrellón) and was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest in 2012. He seeks to strengthen Madison’s food system by supporting local agriculture, and is a leader of the Madison Area Chefs Network, an organization which works to connect chefs with local farmers and food producers, while encouraging best practices among chefs.

James Edward Mills will speak on our panel “Delivering on Climate, Health & Equity in Our Region.” He is the Writer and Producer of The Joy Trip Project where he shares his perspectives on how to live in harmony with the natural world. The project covers stories about topics from outdoor recreation to sustainable living practices. James is the author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors and the co-writer/co-producer of the documentary film An American Ascent about Expedition Denali.

 Justice Castañeda will speak on our panel “Delivering on Climate, Health & Equity in Our Region.” Justice is the Executive Director of Common Wealth Development, a nonprofit in the Madison area that seeks to help develop young businesses and healthy communities, with a focus on racial equity and community health improvement. His work has explored the intersections of housing policy, economic development and children and family health, looking at the role these intersections play in creating connected thriving communities.

Robin Lisowski will moderate our panel on Delivering on Climate, Health & Equity in Our Region. She is the Director of Research and Innovation at Slipstream, a nonprofit that works on innovative energy efficiency initiatives. In 2019, Slipstream:

  • Saved $72 million in energy costs
  • Saved $16 million in health care costs due to improved air quality
  • Provided $18 million to low-income customers for efficiency improvements
  • And saved 427,154 metric tons of CO2


Join us December 3 to hear from all these speakers, plus local business leaders and our Live Forward Awardees. Learn more and register: