Our Board

Our cross-generational advisory board brings together the expertise of four sustainability leaders from across the U.S. Collectively, they bring unique skills, diverse perspectives and abundant energy to helping the Center for Nature and Leadership serve YOU.

Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider is connecting the world of corporate-leadership and inward-purpose for women of all ages. She is an Agency Administration Leader for State Farm Insurance.

As a guide on the land, she creates opportunities for women to learn about their bio-region and find space for self-empowerment to be born and thrive. Incorporating whole heart practices, intentional actions to ignite our best leadership, and personal authenticity.

Chris also fosters a passion of introducing children to the natural world through their senses. Creating opportunities for kids to self discover a relationship with the living world. Inspiring them, as they flourish and develop into our future stewards of the earth. She dedicates time to community environmental education centers, The Sierra Club, and is an active member of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN).

Chris earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. She also completed undergraduate work at Naropa University Boulder, Colorado in Ecopsychology. Chris is a founding member of the the Generative Council.

Kathy Hipple

Kathy, a graduate of Marlboro’s Sustainability MBA, is a founding partner of Noosphere Marketing, and an adjunct professor at Bard’s MBA for Sustainability, where she teaches Finance and Accounting through a sustainability lens. At Noosphere, she works with mission-driven organizations, financial services and tech firms to advance – and communicate — their ESG initiatives. While teaching Finance, Kathy infuses sustainability and regenerative capitalism into a traditional finance curriculum.

Prior to launching her firm, Kathy had an extensive background on Wall Street, working with international institutional clients at Merrill Lynch, and in local search, where she ran a NYC-based media company with nearly 200 employees and $35 million in revenues and served on the national board of the Local Search Association.

She is a founding member of the Generative Council, a group of women leaders in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. She serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels in Bennington, Vermont; Sawah Bali, in Bali, Indonesia; and The Center for Nature and Leadership, in Telluride, CO. The mother of three, she is a passionate outdoorswoman, a competitive cyclist, and classical pianist.

She is keenly interested in:
– How financial capital can be leveraged to create a flourishing future
– Paradigm shifts
– The outdoors and how it deeply connects us to nature.

Darcy Stallings Winslow

Darcy Winslow is the Managing Partner of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization focused on unlocking the human spirit and building capacity in business, education and marine ecosystems to create systemic change for social, economic and environmental well-being at a scale that matters.

In 2008, Darcy founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on the alignment of organizational values and principles with the development and implementation of practical yet aggressive systemic sustainable design strategies. The Collective consists of experienced practitioners in sustainability, business strategy and leadership, facilitation, organizational management and development, change management, system dynamics, supply chain, marketing and communication.

Before starting her business she worked at Nike, Inc. for over 20 years and held several senior management positions within the business and the Nike Foundation, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999, Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation, Global Director for Research Design and Development and as General Manager/VP for Nike’s Global Women’s Footwear, Apparel and Equipment division.

Darcy received her BS in Exercise Science, studied Sports Medicine, and received her MS in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, and is a 2003 graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Portland Sustainability Institute, Center for Nature and Leadership (and Partner), the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future and the Board of Advisors for Biomimicry Oregon and the Northwest Earth Institute. She is also an Executive in Residence at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She is a lifelong athlete and avid traveler, and splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Crestone, Colorado.

Nicole Hade

Nicole Hade serves as Hamilton Sundstrand’s Sustainability Compliance Specialist for Environment, Health & Safety.  Nicole is responsible for providing support to HS sites globally on issues regarding sustainability, including materials of concern and REACH compliance; lifecycle assessment of products; resource conservation efforts; and integration throughout all levels of HS to ensure the company is strategically aligned to meet the requirements of our customers and stakeholders.

Her role as a strategist in promoting sustainable business practices has allowed Nicole to fully engage with employees at all levels and develop employee based company messaging.

Nicole is also a geologist –her love of nature and its strength to change the structure of the natural world influenced her move from geology to changing the corporate way of business.  Natural changes are on a much different timescale that that of business – in order to help correct and eliminate impacts to the natural world from an ever increasing footprint demand.

Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from William Smith College, an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro College, and an MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

In her free time Nicole kayaks, hikes with her dog, and climbs mountains.  Nicole recently climbed Kilimanjaro – and just got back from the Choquequirao-Machu Picchu trek.  Future goal – finding a way to eliminate and prevent more garbage patches from impacting our oceans.