New Ventures Principal and Innovation Leader - PwC
Mitra M. Best is an entrepreneur, technologist, and innovation leader. As Principal in PwC New Ventures, she identifies and incubates technology-enabled businesses aligned with solving critical challenges faced by organizations, the ecosystem of stakeholders, and the workforce.
Mitra’s commitment to fueling innovation through diversity inspires her leadership of several initiatives inside and outside PwC. She is a frequent speaker at corporate conferences inspiring women entrepreneurs, and is an ardent supporter of academic programs to promote women in STEM.
Mitra holds Bachelor degrees in Computer Science & Linguistics from UCLA, Graduate Management Certificate in Innovation & Strategy from MIT, and an Innovation Masters Certificate from Stanford University. She is a lifelong learner who values continued education as an imperative for growth and development.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice - OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources
Greg Hitzhusen is a Lecturer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University; he was the founding Director and now serves as Board Chair of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. His work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities; his teaching focuses on environmental communications and religion and ecology.
He is a member of the Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability Across the Curriculum at Ohio State, and serves as Faculty Fellow for the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholars program at OSU. Dr. Hitzhusen was previously the national Coordinator and cofounder of the NatureLink program at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF); co-founder of the Outings Club and Creation Spirituality groups at Yale Divinity School; Associate with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; and Land Stewardship Specialist for the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs.
Greg has a B.S. in ecology (Cornell, with honors), an M.Div. concentrating in ecotheology (Yale, cum laude), and a Ph.D. in faith-based environmental education (Cornell). He has taught courses on creation care and outdoor ministry at Yale Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary; he also spent many years teaching outdoor skills, aquatic ecology, and geology for NWF’s Wildlife Camp and Teen Adventure programs in North Carolina and Colorado, and developing and instructing outdoor leadership, fishing, and canoeing courses for Cornell Outdoor Education.