The MANGO Networks Story and the Team
Mango Networks was founded in 2006 by Lisa Lillelund with the mission of raising awareness and helping people, companies, organizations and schools operate in a more environmentally sustainable way in order to leave the world a better place for future generations.
As an international businesswoman, mother, wife and community activist, Lisa decided to devote her business skills and international experience to helping employ new ways of thinking and operating more sustainably both environmentally and financially. At Mango Networks, we are inspired by many examples of entrepreneurs and companies doing well by doing good.
Our team of women skilled in business, science, communications and design all share a passion for a making a postive impact on the world.
While there are various ways to define sustainability, here are a few of our favorites:
It seems fitting that the first time in the world that the term sustainability, or Nachhaltigkeit as it is called in German, was used was in relation to the forest industry in Germany. The long term planning of forestry seems to us a good analogy for sustainability.
The much quoted United Nations Bruntland Commission definition capture the ideas of sustainability but misses the essence of engagement and "Flourishing" as Dr. John Ehrenfeld likes to define it.
UN definition: "Sustainable development is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
The French call sustainability Developpement Durable. Being durable or long lasting instead of the culture of a disposal, throw away economy makes sense to us!
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." A wonderful way of looking at life quoted from the Great Law of the Iroquis Confederacy and the inspiration for the Seventh Generations products.
We also like the saying: A sustainable enterprise is characterized by financial health and environmental responsibility.
Lisa Wiemer Lillelund, Carina Brorman, Wendy Pabich, Beth Zonis, and Sue Jennings Douglas.
Lisa Lillelund, Founder and President
Growing up in northern Michigan along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan gave Lisa a love of nature, lakes, trees, skiing, and boating. While working in Germany as a young adult, Lisa experienced first hand the ways Germans made daily efforts to live more sustainably with a smaller footprint on the environment. At first she thought it was just her German grandmother being frugal, but Lisa soon realized that everyone brought reuseable shopping bags to the grocery store, took all their empty glass bottles to street corner recycling bins, turned off lights when leaving a room, drove smaller cars and used public transportation whenever possible.
In 2006, Lisa made the decision to use her business experience to open up her own firm to make a positive impact in the world and help companies and organizations leave a smaller footprint.
During the past twenty five years, Lisa has worked in the fields of clean technology, water technology, corporate sustainability, medical testing, sports rehabilitation, healthy aging, international logistics, and automotive parts. Lisa has lived and worked in Europe with senior management positions based in the United States, Germany and Belgium.
Lisa areas of expertise include strategic planning, business development, international communications, sales, marketing, employee engagement, and on-time/on-budget project management.
Lisa is a natural People Connector and enjoys bringing people together to collaborate for the greater good. Creating strategic alliances between businesses and non-profits/NGOS to increase impact is an area where Lisa excels.
Lisa has authored over 60 published articles and produced several events on envrionmental topics. In 2009 she created and hosted the 2009 Solar Fest and in 2008 the Eco Film Festival of Massachusetts.
As a young college graduate form the University of Michigan, Lisa moved to Dusseldorf, Germany where she landed a job with Hitachi Metals and became one of the first female sales representatives in the auto industry in Europe. In June 2010, Lisa graduated from the Executive Program in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Gradate School in San Francisco.
Lisa enjoys travel, foreign cultures, skiing, boating, tennis, film and theater. Lisa is fluent in German with dual German/American citizenship and is highly proficient in French. Lisa serves on the boards of Solar Now, Inc., the Beverly Education Foundation and is an Advisor for the Clean Tech InnoVenture Center of Massachusetts. She lives on the north shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. As an admirer of Native Americans' respect and reverence for our environment, Lisa named her sons Tahoe, "big water" in Shoshone, and Dakota, "friend or ally" in Sioux.
Carina Brorman, European Associate
Carina and her consulting firm are the newest addition to Mango Networks in 2015, advising the team with her vision, strategic planning expertise and European perspective to help us create global solutions. Carina is based in Sweden and travels the globe for work and leisure. Carina and Lisa first met in Brussels, Belgium in ther early 90s where they were the only business women running European headquarter offices in a large business center. With mutual respect for one another as well as a love of adventure, they quickly became close friends and after so many years, are thrilled to finally be able to collaborate to make great things happen.
Carina Brorman has more than 20 years’ experience from various management positions, with extensive experience in change management and developing corporate brands. Carina Brorman has a cross-functional background in various industry sectors such as culture, public service media, energy, defense and security. Those sectors have all gone through substantial transformations, driven by the digital revolution. Another common denominator is the strong political influences that affect these industries together with their complex internal cultures.Carina Brorman has a broad experience as a board member in both state-owned enterprises as well as from the private sector. Examples include the Royal Theatre, Dramaten, in Stockholm, Nordic Morning Plc, Helsinki, and Sparbanken Öresund (banking), Malmö. She is also an appreciated lecturer, moderator and mentor. Carina is a graduate of the University of Lund.
Wendy J. Pabich, Water Advisor
Wendy J. Pabich is an environmental scientist, educator and adventurer obsessed with all things water. As the founder and president of Water Futures, Inc., Wendy works to find innovative solutions to one of the planet’s most pressing problems – the quest for sustainable water. She has taught for MIT and the Sierra Institute and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Parsons Water Resources Laboratory at MIT, an M.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT, an M.S. in Geology from Duke University and a B.A. in Geography (cum laude) from Dartmouth College. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed science journals and speaks frequently to diverse audiences on water-related topics. Her passion for mountains, outdoor adventure and other cultures has taken her to places near and far – including Alaska, Patagonia, and the Himalaya – to explore on skis, on foot and by water. Visit her website at www.waterdeva.com.
Water Futures, Inc. provides strategic advice to help businesses navigate water sector plays; local governments, ranchers and conservation organizations protect and conserve water resources and water rights; and progressive companies reduce their water footprints. Learn more about Water Futures at www.waterfuturesinc.com.
Kath is one of the founders of the U.S. Green Building Council organizing the first meeting in Big Sky, Montana in the 1970s. When she is not travelling the globe working on LEED design projects on various continents, Kath can be found in Montana enjoying time with family and working with the local communities to help incorporate more oeprations and design to reduce the environmental footprint locally. Kath is part of the Big Sky Sustainability Roadmap Team and is an important contributor to the efforts with her wise advice!
Kath holds BSJ and MA degrees from Ohio State University and a doctorate in education from Montana State University.
Beth is a Marketing expert and an active mentor in the Clean Teach Open Competition (formerly Ignite Clean Energy) since 2009; member of Lexington Energy Conservation Committee; member of Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition; member of Massachusetts Audubon Society; and founding member of Green Trade Association. Her clients include Bluesocket Technologies, Boston GreenFest, Enterprise Solar, Greene Lyon and Wellesley College.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Wellesley College; a Certificat de Sciences Politiques from l’Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris; a Master of Business Administration from Boston University; and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine. She is fluent in French and Spanish, with some knowledge of German and Mandarin.
Britt E. Ide
Britt Ide is President of Ide Energy & Strategy a consulting firm for energy, sustainability and strategy helping businesses and policy makers. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a Juris Doctor. She has worked on all sides of energy issues including with associations (AGA, EPRI, EEI), large industrial users (Boise Cascade), large commercial users (Albertsons), electric and gas utilities (Idaho Power,LA Department of Water & Power, PacifiCorp and Columbia Gas), regulators and environmental NGOs. As an Ambassador for the Clean Energy & Empowerment (C3E) initiative at the invitation of the Secretary of the DOE, she furthers the careers of promising women in the field of clean energy. She is also on the Fulbright Roster of Specialists. Britt served as Chair of the Board of Directors of PCS Edventures, a public company providing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education tools. She has a certificate in mediation from Harvard University and her passion is collaborative energy solutions. She loves to mountain bike, ski, read and hike.
Sue Jennings Douglas
Sue Jennings Douglas is a graduate of Brown University, Class with a major in Media and Modern Communications. Sue specializes in strategic public and private partnerships to advocate for educational, environmental and social causes through building effective individual, foundation and corporate relationships.
Sue joined Mango Networks, Inc. in 2008 as Strategic Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the Sponsorship and Underwriting programs for educational events and awareness campaigns for promoting Clean Energy.
Prior to her focus on environmental issues, Sue launched her career in advertising in San Francisco for Saatchi & Saatchi/DFS and then Foote, Cone & Belding Worldwide focusing on consumer research, account planning and creative development for the following blue chip clients: Levi’s, Pillsbury, SC Johnson, Clorox and Hewlett Packard. Always seeking new challenges and driven by a commitment to serve the public good, Sue moved to Washington, DC, to pursue her passion to work in public television and radio. She joined WETA in Corporate Marketing and Foundation Development raising over $ 1 million annually to fund such premier television programs as: The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week in Review, NOVA, Frontline, and top NPR radio programs including: All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Marketplace and Car Talk. Sue worked with a full range of clients from the arts and cultural institutions such as, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, The Washington Performing Arts Foundation as well as leading corporations, foundations and government funders including Boeing and Fidelity Investments.
Lisa Lillelund, north of Chiang Mai in Thailand, at the Elephant Nature Park where she worked to look after elephants that have been rescued from abuse.
While in San Francisco at SOCAP (Social Capital Markets Conference), Lisa enjoys an afternoon of sailing on the Bay.
When she's not working on environmental issues, Lisa enjoys being outdoors and enjoying nature and sports activies. Photo captures Lisa skiing down the summit at the Yellowstone Club in Montana. Lisa coordinates the YC Energy and Sustainability Committte.
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Lisa and Carina in Copenhagen, Denmark
Wendy Pabich enjoying the views of the the Pacific in Santa Monica
Mango Networks helps promote awareness of environmental threats in Patagonia, Chile due to future large scale hydro dam construction. Screening of the documentary Patagonia Rising at the NRDC headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. left to right Water and Nature Advocates: Wendy Pabich, Jonathan Leidich of Patagonia, Scott Douglas of Idaho, Lew Douglas of LA, and Lisa Lillelund.
Britt E. Ide
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