Writing a New Chapter
I want you to know am closing a chapter of my life and turning the page of a new one. After 10 years of being at the center of an incredible movement I have decided to take the position of CEO for Innovators International – a collective of 50 international companies that focus on transforming corporate ecosystems for innovation to occur. I am thrilled about this move and feel it will take the skill set I have developed from LOHAS to the next level. The LOHAS conference will not happen in 2014 but that is not to say it is gone. It may come back in another form with someone else leading it. I am excited about my move but also have a sense of sadness as I depart and feel that we all have been a part of something amazing and would not change my experiences for the world.
We took a small little concept that was initially created in a little Colorado town and transformed it into a global movement. LOHAS was part of the first wave to have discussions around sustainable and conscious business before many corporate green teams were developed and green oriented conferences became part of the social norm. We had a hand in pushing mainstream to embrace the LOHAS lifestyle. Now LOHAS has become a part of everyday thinking. In fact if one not involved in some sort of sustainability personally or professionally then THEY are the odd one! This is something that not only is happening in the U.S. but it is happening globally as LOHAS has crossed oceans and expanded to other continents where other cultures have adapted the concept eager to connect and communicate on next steps to make the world a better place.
Is my departure from LOHAS a departure from the space? My answer is no. Sustainable and social responsibility are paramount for success in today’s world. I intend to bring the experiences I have learned from leading LOHAS and the ideas that have been developed where ever I go. I will be around – online and attending various events. My wife and I still have a small LOHAS focused subscription box service called Yuzen Box (http://www.yuzenbox.com/) that is great for anyone seeking to discover natural and organic spa products or need a gift for a special someone.
LOHAS will always be in my heart. I look forward to when our paths cross again and hope you continue using and sharing the special spark that only you carry.