Orin Smith, President and CEO of Starbucks Corporation
Smith is president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Coffee Company,
based in Seattle, Washington. He joined Starbucks as vice president and
chief financial officer in 1990, when the company had 45 stores located
mostly in the Pacific Northwest. He managed the companys initial
public offering in July 1992. In 1994, he became president and chief operating
officer and has headed all business activities since that time. In June,
2000, he became president and chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Orin spent 14 years with Touche Ross &
Co. (the company is now called Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu) in the management
consulting division, where he was
partner-in-charge of the Northwest practice for several years. He was
later the executive vice president and chief financial officer of two
transportation companies. Orin has also taught at several universities
and served two Washington State Governors as the Director of Management
and the Budget.
Orin serves on the board of directors of Conservation International,
a global nonprofit organization that works to protect plant and animal
diversity in the Earths biodiversity hotspots, major tropical
wilderness areas, and key marine ecosystems. Starbucks formed a partnership
with Conservation International in 1998 to preserve areas of high biodiversity
and to provide economic opportunities for small-scale farmers in Chiapas,
Mexico. Based on the success of the work in Chiapas, the partnership
has been expanded to replicate the initiative in other coffee growing
regions of the world.
He also serves on several nonprofit boards in the Seattle area, including
the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Business
and the UW Medicine Board of Directors. Orin holds a BA from the University
of Washington and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He was honored
with an HBS Alumni Achievement Award in 2002.
Julius Walls, Jr., CEO of Greyston Bakery and VP of Enterprise
and Jobs Development at Greyston Foundation
Walls Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Business for
Greyston Foundation and President and CEO of the Greyston Bakery. Greyston
Foundation is a values driven network of not-for-profit and for-profit
organizations founded to help transform the lives of individuals, families
and communities. Greyston Foundation operates several self-sufficiency
programs in Yonkers, New York. This includes permanent housing and support
services for the formerly homeless, low-income and working families;
a quality childcare program; an Adult Day Health Care center for individuals
living with HIV/AIDS; a community gardens project and a residential
program for homeless or very low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Foundation owns and operates, Greyston Bakery, a for-profit enterprise
that has been producing the finest cakes and tarts for twenty years.
The Greyston Network includes 175 staff, working in entry-level, supervisory
and management positions.
Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Walls attended
high school and college seminary before deciding to pursue a career
in business. He studied business at Baruch College and began his career
at a mid-size CPA firm where he worked in the accounting department.
Soon after, he joined a chocolate manufacturing company and rose to
the position of Vice President of Operations. While at the chocolate
company, Mr. Walls founded his own chocolate company, Sweet Roots, Inc.,
Sweet Roots was marketed as the only chocolate bar manufactured using
exclusively African cocoa, produced by an African-American and sold
primarily in the African-American community for fundraising by schools
and other organizations.
Mr. Walls first worked with Greyston Bakery to bring its cakes and
tarts to the White House in 1993. In 1995, Mr. Walls joined Greyston
as a marketing consultant in the position of Director of Marketing.
Mr. Walls was appointed General Manager and CEO of the bakery in November
1997 adding the position of position of Vice-President, Business Enterprises
for Greyston Foundation in January 2000.
A core ingredient in Mr. Walls' life and therefor his career is his
spiritual practice. He encourages employees to actively bring their
whole self to work, including their cultural and spiritual selves. His
manner of being has motivated employees to be their most productive
at work as well as supported their personal growth. Mr. Walls serves
as the Vice-Chair board on the Workforce Investment Board in Yonkers.
He is also the Vice Chair of the board for the SEA-Change and serves
as a board member on the Yonkers Chambers of Commerce, the YMCA-Yonkers,
Artisan Baking Center and Groundwork's, Inc. Mr. Walls has spoken extensively
throughout the country on the topics of Social Ventures and Social Purpose
Businesses, Spirituality in the Workplace and Business Development in
the Inner City.
Mr. Walls resides in Yonkers with his wife, Cheryl and three children.
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Gary Erickson, CEO of Clif Bar
resistant to labels, Gary Erickson is heralded nationally as a visionary
entrepreneur who believes there is more to business than the bottom
lineeven though his company, Clif Bar Inc., has done well by the
bottom line, having been selected four straight years to Inc. magazines
list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.
Clif Bar Inc. has won numerous awards honoring the company for its
treatment of employees, commitment to the environment and support for
important causes such as the fight against breast cancer. Committed
to running a private company that values ethics instead of shareholder
return, Gary is in demand as a speaker at leading food industry, green
business and college campus events. He is the author of a forthcoming
book, RAISING THE BAR: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business:
The Story of Clif Bar Inc. (September 2004, Jossey-Bass).
Gary started his company as a small bakery. Today, Clif Bar Inc.
is one of the nations leading makers of all-natural energy and
nutrition foods. Based in Berkeley, Calif., the company is named for
Garys father, Clifford, who spent many years on hiking and skiing
adventures with his son in Californias Sierra Nevada mountains.
Gary began his professional baking career in 1986 when he co-founded
Kalis Bakery of Emeryville, Calif., which made and distributed
calzones and gourmet cookies. In 1992, Kalis introduced the
first Clif Bars to the public. The company was renamed Clif Bar Inc.
Gary has been cooking and baking since high school under the watchful
eyes of his mother and grandmother. Prior to establishing Kalis
and later Clif Bar Inc., he spent a decade overseeing the design and
production of bicycle saddles. His work earned high praise and an
exhibit in New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. Gary holds a business
degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
With Clif Bar Inc., Gary created his dream job, combining his love
of the outdoors, cycling, business, good food and social responsibility.
He strives to share that dream with employees and the public, and
to encourage other companies, by example, to view social responsibility
as part of their mission. Garys vision can be seen in the companys
use of all-natural ingredients and its generous contributions to many
causes and non-profit organizations.
Award-winning journalist and author David Batstone writes we
sorely need business leaders who bring integrity and passion to the
way they go about business. No one fits that bill more ably than Gary
Others have recognized that, too. In 2003, Health
magazine named Clif Bar Inc. the Healthiest Company for Women to Work
in the United States. Fortune Small Business selecting Gary as one
of the Best Bosses in America.
An experienced outdoor adventurer, Gary is an accomplished rock climber,
cyclist, mountain biker, skier and backpacker. He has biked the French
and Italian Alps, trekked in the Himalayas and competed in 24-hour
mountain bike events. Gary can also be found at home in Oakland, Calif.,
cooking eclectic dishes for his family or playing jazz trumpet.
Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of Seventh Generation and author of "What
Hollender is President and Corporate Responsibility Officer of Seventh
Generation the 16 year old company that is the leading brand of natural
household products in the United States.
Hollender is a member and former Director of the Social Venture Network,
he was a co-founder and a Director of Community Capital Bank, a New
York financial institution that invests in affordable housing and community
development and the former Chairperson of Vermont Businesses for Social
Responsibility, with almost 500 members, the largest state organization
of its kind.
Jeffrey frequently addresses social and environmental responsibility
at regional, national and international venues. Speaking engagements
have included such varied groups as the Harvard Environmental Forum,
the Green Festival, the World Resources Institute, Nike Apparel Group,
the Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Summit on Sustainable
Growth, the Businesses for Social Responsibility national conference
and many others.
He is the author of the best-selling book: How to Make the World
a Better Place: A Guide for Doing Good. His new book: What Matters
Most - How a small group of pioneers are teaching social responsibility
to big business - and why big business is listening was released
in December 2003. For more information see the website www.whatmattersmost.biz.
Thomas M. Chappell, CEO and Co-Founder of Tom's of Maine and
President of the Saltwater Institute
Chappell left the corporate world for Kennebunk, Maine, in 1968, where
with his wife Kate, they raised their five children. Since co-founding
Tom's of Maine with her in 1970, he has dedicated himself to creating
a company that produces innovative, natural care products in a caring
and creative work environment. The company now produces over 100 products,
including a full line of ADA-accepted fluoride toothpastes, shampoo,
deodorant, mouthwash, flossing ribbon, soap, and cough, cold and wellness
products, which are sold throughout the world and on the companys
Tom wrote his first book, The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit
and the Common Good, in 1993, which set a practical yet powerful
new agenda for ethical and profitable business leadership in the 1990s.
In the fall of 1999, Tom published his second book, Managing Upside
Down: The Seven Intentions of Values-Centered Leadership (William
Morrow & Co.). This book is an insightful step-by-step guide outlining
Toms management philosophy of leading with ones values by
integrating the organizational, financial and social components of a
business. Coinciding with the books release, Chappell founded an educational
non-profit, The Saltwater Institute, with the mission of researching,
developing, and marketing experience-based learning models for values-centered
leadership in organizations. The books and Institute reinforce Chappells
long-standing belief that one can operate a profitable, successful business
while acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
A 1966 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., with a BA in
English and 1991 graduate of Harvard Divinity School with a Masters
in Theology, Tom hopes to set an example of ethical business standards,
and leadership for others. He was a recipient of the 1990 New Englander
Award sponsored by the Small Business Association of New England; the
1991 Entrepreneur of the Year from CNBC; and was awarded the 1995 Socially
Responsible New England Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneur
of the Year Institute. Tom's of Maine has been named one of the 100
best companies in the U.S. for working mothers by Working Mother magazine,
and one of the Top 10 healthiest companies in Health magazine. In 1992
Tom's of Maine received the prestigious Corporate Conscience Award for
Charitable Contributions from the Council on Economic Priorities and
is listed on the Honor Roll in the CEP's Shopping for A Better World.
In 1993 the Chappells were presented with the New England Environmental
Leadership Award and the Governor's Award for Business Excellence. In
1997 Chappell was a recipient of the Caring Institutes Award for
One of the Most Caring People in America.
He is active in the Episcopal Church of Maine and was a deputy to
the 1991, 1994, and 1997 Triennial General Conference of the Episcopal
Church. Likewise, Tom participates in many cultural and philanthropic
organizations, among them the Dean's Council for Harvard Divinity School,
the Advisory Council for the Center for the Study of Values in Public
Life at Harvard Divinity School, The Nature Conservancy of Maine, and
the Washington National Cathedral National Advisory Group. In 2000 Chappell
was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Former Clinton Administration
Appointee, Goodwill Ambassador for the Fulbright Program
Mayor Fulbright has spent the majority of her adult life in the fields
of education and the arts. From 1997 until 2000 she was the Executive
Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,
whose mission is to encourage partnerships between the public and
private sectors in order to enhance cultural life in America. Prior
to this position she served as "Unofficial Ambassador" for the 50th
anniversary of the Fulbright Program and in that capacity she traveled
to numerous countries on all five major continents and all over the
United States to speak about the importance of international education
exchange and the pivotal role played by the Fulbright Program.