30 Nov '12, 6pm

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, 56, cofounder of the Passport Foundation and founder and president of the Forsythia Foundation . The big idea : Provides strategic funding in the environmental health field (in Forsythia’s case, this includes green chemistry solutions to toxic chemical contributors to disease). Bio: The Stanford-educated Carlson spent many years as an athlete, coach, and advocate for women in sports, then worked at Stanford’s business school before shifting her focus to toxic issues. Aha moment(s) : As a young woman, Carlson worked as a tennis coach in New York’s Hudson River Valley, near a petroleum company that was later discovered to have buried barrels of PCBs. Once married, she struggled with infertility and wondered whether PCBs, which had been associated with a higher risk of reproductive problems, might be to blame. “But doctors get almost no environmental health training,” she s...

Full article: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-phila...

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