Public Transit At Its Finest: Charles Stephens and Zipcar

Charles Stephens will be one of two green panelists at this year's Social Impact Summit. Charles is the General Manager of Zipcar’s Chicago market, which includes nearly 600 vehicles serving the car sharing needs of tens of thousands of "Zipsters" in 300 locations around the Chicagoland area.  Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing service with approximately 850,000 members and 10,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Northern Illinois University has recently implemented its very own Zipcar station right on campus. 

Zipcar is a green alternative to car ownership that reduces emissions and saves hundreds in annual vehicle expenditures.  With social responsibility on the rise, it is not hard to understand Zipcar's growth success.  Benefits of Zipcar allows one to:

  • Drive cars by the hour or day. Gas & insurance included.
  • Choose from sedans, hybrids, vans and more.
  • Become a member for as low as $6/month.

Prior to Zipcar, Charles was the VP Operations at Threadless, a crowd-sourced design and apparel company that draws its strength from its global online community of artists and designers.  Before Threadless, Charles held strategy roles at performance marketing agency Performics and Gap Inc. Direct, the e-commerce channel of Gap Inc.  These steps on the client side were preceded by a career in consulting with A.T. Kearney and Ernst Young. Charles is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, as well as its undergraduate program.

We are excited to host Charles as a keynote panelist at the 2014 Social Impact Summit to learn more about how Zipcar continues to make an impact on today's environment and ways each of us can do the same.