Special Events

Opening Night – Activating our Collective Purpose

Monday, June 6th, 4:45pm


Through the Opening Night sessions, we aim to inspire and set the benchmark for a week of educational, inspiring and sometimes provocative content.

Sustainable Brands Founder & CEO KoAnn Skrzyniarz will kick off the main-stage program by setting expectations for a week of learning, inspiration and collaboration. She will also share highlights from a number of exciting conversations the global Sustainable Brands platform has facilitated and hosted over the last year.

Opening Night Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Nestle

Monday, June 6th, 6:30pm


Join the Sustainable Brands community for a drink and some bites at the annual welcome reception; Say hi to old friends, welcome new community-members and get excited for the week ahead. Make the most of the first night by participating in the Activating Puropse engagement activity during the evening. You’re sure to meet some new SB’ers, who may turn out lifelong friends and colleagues!

Connect Suite Party & Events

Tuesday, June 7th, 7:30pm & continuing all week


The Connect Suites are an exclusive opportunity afforded to our Connect Sponsors, to which they invite SB’16 San Diego attendees to learn, collaborate, relax, and enjoy themselves in their hosted suites on the Executive Suite Lawn at Paradise Point.  See the onsite program and mobile app for specific sessions, parties, and intimate chats of which you can be a part.  Connect with our Suite hosts: Cone Communications, YK Center, International Paper & Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, Shaw Industries, EY, and our very own Sustainable Brands Suite.

SB Innovation Open
Hosted by Target; Co-sponsored by RF|Binder

Semi-finals: Tuesday, June 7th, 12:30pm
Finals: Wednesday, June 8th, 5:15pm


SB Innovation Open, hosted by Target, is a business plan competition unlike any other.  It’s a showcase of creativity, innovative thinking and solution based approaches that seek to make a significant environmental, social and economic impact within the business world.  The SBIO fosters collaboration between early stage eco-entrepreneurs and influential executives. Don’t miss the pitch-offs in Target’s lounge in the Activation Hub, and then the finale on the main stage Wednesday afternoon. Learn More

The 2nd GameChanging Impact Lab™
Hosted by YK Center

Workshop: Monday, June 6 9:00am – 6:00pm


On June 6 YK Center will hold the 2nd Global GameChanging Impact Lab™, reviewing our achievements since the 1st Global GameChanging Impact Lab™ held in May 2015 and creating the roadmap for the future.

In attendance will be about 20 participants, including participants from the 1st lab, YK Center staff, C-level executives, and world-renowned Subject Matter Experts such as:

  • Prof. Yehuda Kahane, Ph.D., Chairman & Co-Founder,YK Center
  • Mathis Wackernagel Ph.D., CEO, Global Footprint Network
  • John Fullerton, Founder and president of Capital Institute, (joining remotely)
  • Andrew Hewitt, Founder & CEO, GameChangers 500, Board Member, Pachamama Alliance
  • Mark W. McElroy, Ph.D., Founder & Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Organizations
  • Barbara Marx Hubbard, Head of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution
  • Prof. Garry Jacobs, CEO of World Academy of Art & Science, (joining remotely)

** Monday, June 6 workshop is by invitation only. If you think you should be there and not sure if you’re on the list, please contact ilan@ykcenter.org

The lab will consist of circle conversations addressing each of the themes of the The New Economy Dashboard (“The 4Dashboard™”): Economic, Social, Environmental, and Consumer Consciousness (ESEC). Each circle will be ignited by a Subject Matter Expert to help facilitate collaboration and ideation.

In the following days, all conference attendees are invited to step into YK Center’s Connect Suite (#711) and participate in one of our 75-minute GameChanging Impact Mini-Lab, each focusing on one of the 4D: Economic, Social, Environmental, and Consumer Consciousness (ESEC).

Purpose is measured by Impact. Participants of GameChanging Impact Mini-Lab will have the opportunity to transition from Purpose to Impact. Please join us!

The lab & circles taking place onsite at SB’16 San Diego will be recorded & broadcasted live and are available to all conference attendees by registration.
Limited seats available – find out more and apply for a circle HERE

See the 2012 Rio special address of Prof. Yehuda Kahane, Chairman & Co-Founder of YK Center, at the International Insurance Society’s Global Insurance Forum.

Please join us on June 6, at 9-10:30pm as Barbara Marx Hubbard, named the “voice for conscious evolution” by Deepak Chopra, will receive the YK Center Achievement Award.


All week


Causeway participants are all focused on bringing positive change to the world through social, environmental, or economic programs, products or services. Through this dynamic group, brands can gain a wider perspective, build deeper relationships, and make greater impact in their sustainability initiatives. Make sure to visit the Causeway inside the Activation Hub to gain a better understanding of how your brand can benefit from joining forces with these “boots on the ground” organizations, working towards a flourishing future.


‘KOMBIT: The Cooperative’ Documentary Night
Hosted by Timberland

Monday, 8:00pm – 9:00pm


Timberland, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance and award-winning filmmakers Found Object invite you to celebrate opening night of Sustainable Brands with a screening of “KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” a documentary highlighting an innovative private/public partnership that is changing the landscape of smallholder farming and bringing new hope to the people of Haiti.


United Technologies

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1000G Engine

Monday – Thursday

“The Green Engine” Live: Hear all about Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1000G engine with Geared Turbofan™ technology, which reduces fuel burn, regulated emissions and noise footprint by double-digits. Visit the SB’16 San Diego app for daily tour information.


Stand Up Paddleboarding & Surfing
Hosted by Sustainable Surf & Glow Hot Yoga

SUP Yoga: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings 6:30am – 8:30am


SUP Demos: Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PARADISE COVE – during the Beach BBQ

Firewire sustainable surf board demo and surf trip: Thursday, 6.30am (*TBC)

*Note: The date may change due to surf conditions, check surfboard in the main lobby for updates

Meet at PARADISE COVE, Travel to MISSION BEACH. Or meet at Mission Beach Park at 7am.
Must be experienced surfer with own wetsuit. Bring vehicle if you have one.

Join our friends at Sustainable Surf, Glow Hot Yoga and Firewire Surfboards, and get up and get moving! How can we locate the conference in such a setting without letting you out on the water? Yes, you’ll be sitting down quite a bit throughout the week filling your brain with fresh content and ideas, but we haven’t forgotten about the well-being of your body. Join our friends at Sustainable Surf and take a Stand Up Paddleboard or surf board out on the bay to enjoy the setting up close.


Toyota Ride & Drive


Monday June 6:

Ride & Drive – 11:00am – 5:30pm
iRoad Demos – 12-1pm, 4:00pm – 4:30pm, 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday June 7 & Wednesday June 8

Ride & Drive – 11:00am – 6:30pm
iRoad Demos – 8:30am – 9:00am, 11:00am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 2:00pm, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Thurs June 9:

Ride & Drive – 10:30am – 2:00pm
iRoad Demos – 8:30am – 9:00am, 11:00am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Toyota is offering test drives of its hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and Prius Hybrid at the Ride & Drive Lounge, and while you’re there, check out a demo of the new i-ROAD.

Morning Yoga hosted by lululemon

Tuesday & Wednesday mornings 7:00am – 8.00am


Clear your mind and get your body moving by joining pre-plenary morning yoga sessions. Join fellow attendees at Pine Hill lawn where mats and yoga instructor will be provided by our friends at lululemon.

The SB’16 San Diego Beachside BBQ & Concert by MarchForth!
Co-sponsored by Goodwill® and Give Back Box®

Wednesday June 8th, 7:30pm


‘Unplug’ your brain and plug in to dance-mode! With the BBQ fired up, the beach fireside pits roaring, and entertainment by MarchFourthon the stage, it will be a night to remember. MarchFourth! is a genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment—a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country, year-round, stealing the festival wherever they appear, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Word on the street: You have to see it to believe it!

If leaning back in an Adirondack chair on the beach with your toes dancing in the water is what gets you amped up, we’ve got you covered as well – the beach is long and the firepits will be lit with s’more stations around, so there is plenty of opportunity for bayside lounging.

Birds of a Feather Dinners and Meet-ups

Tuesday June 7th, 7:30pm


To facilitate meaningful connections, we’ll have sign-up boards for Birds of a Feather dinners, discussions, firepit meet-ups and whatever else you can think of. Grab a sign at registration desk or in the gift lounge and write your topic, meet-up location and time on there, and wait for like-minded attendees to sign up throughout the day. These informal dinners and firepit discussions have proven to be some of the most popular and valuable offerings at SB, year after year.

Send this to friend