Featured Speakers

George Hawkins Founder and President of Moonshot LLC; Executive in Residence at XPV Water Partners; Chair of Isle, Inc. George Hawkins launched his leadership and innovation-focused consulting business, Moonshot LLC, after stepping down as CEO and general manager of DC Water, where he served for 11 years, including several as a board member. During his tenure, he became well known across the water sector for transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-driven enterprise, while tripling its investment in clean water. Hawkins retains an advisory role with DC Water and its non-profit, Blue Drop. He is an executive in residence for XPV Water Partners, the only private equity firm that focuses exclusively on supporting new and innovative water technologies. He also serves as chairman of Isle, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Isle Utilities, Inc., and is on the board of directors of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Previously, Hawkins was director of the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, served as executive director of several non-profit organizations, and held senior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and law firm Ropes & Gray. He holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and has taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute since 1999.

Roy Spence Co-founder and Chairman of GSD&M; Co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute Roy Spence is co-founder and chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. Under Spence's leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world's most successful brands, including Don't Mess with Texas, Southwest Airlines, Walmart, and more. He is also co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Spence is a Gallup Senior Adviser and works with their teams on global strategy and on the mission and purpose of the most important companies and institutions in the world. He is Gallup's expert on purpose and a champion of Clifton’s Strengths Movement. He is a best-selling author and member of the board of directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Spence is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, a University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame inductee, and an American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame inductee.