Original Thinkers Climate Cafe Guests

The Climate Café is a FREE deconstructed panel discussion on climate change being held at Stowe Cider on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2pm area business leaders will join Original Thinkers Festival Founder, David Holbrooke, for a freewheeling conversation about how/where/if/when climate affects them personally and professionally.  All are welcome and all are encouraged to pipe in with their perspective! 


Who’s confirmed to be at the Original Thinkers Climate Cafe?? 


Peter Bourne (Bourne’s Energy) has been at the helm of Bourne’s Energy for almost 50 years. During his tenure, alternative energy equipment and fuels have been among his greatest successes. Bourne’s is the leader in Vermont on better environmental solutions to heating homes and small businesses.  From biofuels to wood pellets to heat pump systems, Bourne’s is invested in encouraging expanded local employment while reducing our carbon footprint and keeping our customers safe and secure.






Evan Chismark (Ranch Camp) is an artist, entrepreneur, and bike advocate from Waterbury Center, Vermont.  As co-owner of Ranch Camp in Stowe he very happily wears many hats each day.  Evan originally hails from the Granite State but is proud to call Vermont his adopted home.  








Bridget Conry (High Fidelity) is an herbal practitioner, educator, advocate and entrepreneur based in Burlington, VT. For the last 10 years, her focus has been on cannabis; she helped create and operate Vermont’s first vertically integrated medical cannabis dispensary and was a founding partner of Ceres Project Management, a consulting firm servicing cannabis businesses in the Northeast.  She views cannabis through the lens of the complete herbal apothecary and believes that it can be a gateway to explore optimal health. 

Bridget also has over 20 years of experience in the food industry with management positions at The City Bakery and Greenmarket in NYC and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Haven Cafe & Bakery in the Berkshires. This fall, she is launching her new business, High Fidelity, which combines her passions for plant medicine, cafe culture and the arts.



Mark Ray (Stowe Cider) is the owner/head cider maker and President of the Vermont Cider Association. When Mark moved to Vermont with his family, he recognized the value of using local and sustainable ingredients in his ciders and the rest is history.








Jenna Sereni (HandsDown), an Influencer Marketing innovator and pioneer, is known as the original creative inventor for the first ever influencer marketing company, WHOSAY (co-founded with CAA and acquired by Viacom CBS now Paramount). Today, Jenna continues to pave the way into the future of influence as the Founder of HandsDown, the shopping and discovery platform that allows users to share what they “hands down” can’t live without and discover what they’ve been missing, from people they trust the most, their communities and friends.

Jenna boasts reputation-building career milestones from launching the Shopper Marketing Division at Viacom CBS to leading teams to award-winning accomplishments such as WHOSAY’s Digiday Content Marketing Team of the Year Award in 2016, and becoming a finalist in 6 categories and audience choice at the Shorty Awards in 2018. Jenna is also a member of Comcast Ventures Mastermind Network, is Advisor to Emmy’s Organics, and the US Launch Advisor of Digital Currency Group’s Luno. Jenna resides in Vermont, which has recently become a stomping ground for budding tech companies and brands.