Betsy is a mother, social entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist. She created a Declaration of Interdependence based on gender equality and interdependence between men and women. The declaration also speaks about our responsibilities—not just our rights—as citizens. It addresses the rights of nature, our responsibility to future generations and the need to get money out of politics.
Betsy’s new business enterprise, It’s Time Network, employs the values of love, partnership and interdependence to support an inclusive, long‐term civic engagement movement. It’s time to evolve democracy and to build economies that share prosperity and care for each other and the earth. The It’s Time Network inaugural Partnership Summit, It’s Time 2015 to Elevate Women’s Leadership, will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 1‐3, 2015. The Summit will bring together organizations and thought leaders who are creating innovative solutions to advance women’s leadership and to work in partnership with men to shape a just, regenerative and interdependent future.
While devoting time and energy as a wife and mother, Betsy is also deeply committed to community and social justice causes. In 2003, she founded a highly successful eco‐conscious retail business, ReStore Our World, in Telluride, Colorado, designed to promote solutions to the challenges we face in our world. The cutting edge retail concept was a key inspiration for Tom Shadyac’s documentary, I AM.
Betsy is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges, and the Social Venture Network, which supports and empowers diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good. She served on the Board of Trustees for the annual Bioneers Conference, a pre‐eminent environmental and social justice organization. She is an active member of the Women’s Donor Network and chaired its initiative, “Women United For.” She manages Faraway Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation, and recently ended her time as a board trustee at Mark Day School in San Rafael, California.
Her recent speaking engagements include the OECD Global Forum on Women’s Leadership in Public Life, the 10th and 11th annual Interdependence Day Forums, The Social Venture Network Spring Conference, WhatMatters Most; and the 11th Annual AREDAY Summit. Betsy currently lives in Marin County, California with her husband John McKinney (www.columbiabiogas.com) and her 16‐year‐old daughter, Maria Rose McKinney.
Betsy gave a TEDxWomen’s talk calling for a national and global
campaign to advance women’s leadership across all sectors.