Our Planet Talks with OXO and Big Green


OXO & Big Green

May 4, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time) 

On May 4, join us for Our Planet Talks! We’re talking about OXO’s 1% for the Planet membership journey—including how they developed an effective giving strategy. One of their supported nonprofit partners, Big Green will join the conversation to share details about how this unique partnership is coming to life. Don’t miss out!


About our guests

Karen Schnelwar, OXO

Karen Schnelwar is the VP of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing at OXO, the consumer products brand known for establishing a human-centric, universal design-driven consumer goods paradigm. At OXO, she looks after brand, marketing and identity design across the holistic consumer journey. Prior to OXO, she spent 20 years in the branding world as head of strategy at several boutique and networked brand consultancies, working to define brands and portfolios across categories. Karen has worked with iconic and disruptive global brands, creating powerful brand strategies for brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Taylor Swift, Wolfgang Puck, The Wall Street Journal and Clairol. She has a passion for mining insights, building brands and bringing them to life.

Indigo Teiwes, OXO

Indigo is a sustainability and corporate responsibility professional with over 20 years experience working on issues from climate change to social labor compliance and everything in between. Her work has spanned industries as wide ranging as finance, hospitality, retail, green building, and consumer products. When the sustainability movement was just emerging in the late 1990s, she directed the research program for the first global mutual fund that selected investments based on their integration of social and environmental responsibility issues into their business strategies. The success of the fund during her nine-year tenure underscores the importance of good strategy and strong execution of initiatives in the sustainability and corporate responsibility realm to drive business value. Today, she leads the Corporate Responsibility program for both brands in the Helen of Troy Housewares’ division -- Hydro Flask and OXO -- and spends as much time as possible in the Cascade Range of Central Oregon.

Melissa Chananie, Big Green

Prior to joining Big Green team, Melissa served two AmeriCorps service years working on communications, fundraising, and outreach with Our City Forest, an urban forestry nonprofit in San Jose, CA and Assuring Better Child Health & Development, an early childhood organization in Denver. Between her two years she spent time traveling and organic farming in Nepal and Thailand. Melissa received her BA in English from Lehigh University in 2013 and currently volunteers on the board of Greenleaf, a local Denver youth leadership & food justice organization and urban farm.