Ted Ning is the Executive Director of the LOHAS Conference, Executive Editor of the LOHAS Journal and www.lohas.com. LOHAS stands for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability and describes a $209B market for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. With the growing consciousness on health and environmentalism there is a strong desire for companies and individuals to align themselves with values that have deeper meaning and purpose – i.e. LOHAS values. Ted promotes the expansion and awareness of this marketplace and is in a unique position to examine trends and is able to identify overlapping interests from various LOHAS market sectors. He is also able to provide perspective about how responsible business practice should be presented and branded to the consumer. Furthermore, he can provide case study examples of companies that have transformed their business operations to become ‘green’ which have resulted in profitability and healthier work environments. Ted has been with LOHAS for 7 years and has been invited to speak internationally about the market to Universities, private and public companies and other business conferences. He is a contributing writer to various national and international business publications including Huffington Post, American Spa magazine and Organic Style Taiwan and MyLOHAS. He also serves on several boards promoting sustainability, organic living and micro-credit enterprises.
Ted grew up in the mountains of Colorado the first of six children where his family developed a nonprofit that helps impoverished women in Vietnam and Guatemala through micro credit financing and currently has over 5,000 loans in the field. He has been involved in community outreach and nonprofit work from a young age. His parents were very involved in humanitarian work following the Vietnam War and he has adopted sisters from Vietnam and Korea. He received a degree in International Relations at the University of Colorado where he started the first University Freestyle ski team. He also lived in Japan and was a ski coach during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Ted has a love for educating others and received a Masters degree in adult education from Regis University. He has lived overseas in Asia where he assisted in nonprofit work and studied Asian languages. Ted is not adverse to difficult times and knows what it is like to hit rock bottom. It was during a personal crisis that he came upon the concept of LOHAS. Since then he has embraced his work wholeheartedly and does not consider what he does a job but rather a calling. He, his wife and his French Bulldog currently reside outside of Boulder Colorado where he walks his talk; he rides his bike to work, is a member of a community supported organic farm where he gets his meals, recycles and composts to reduce their waste, and lives in a green built home powered by solar.
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