Episode 49: Jenny Foley of Merchandise Warehouse

“I look at the different aspects of what makes a well-balanced person, and apply those same traits to a well-balanced company." Jenny Foley works for a first-class warehousing storage facility that offers multi-temperature storage facilities for the food, grocery, and pharmaceutical industries. But Jenny doesn’t unload shipments or operate a forklift. In her nine years … Continue reading Episode 49: Jenny Foley of Merchandise Warehouse

Episode 48: Heather Clancy of GreenBiz

“Start with what's real. Start with what you know and what you can move on first, and then work it out from there." The Greenbiz 350 podcast is just one part of a 30-year effort by Heather Clancy and her co-host, Joel Makower to highlight businesses that are playing a role in stewarding the planet … Continue reading Episode 48: Heather Clancy of GreenBiz

Episode 47: Wayne Dunn of The CSR Training Institute

“Sustainability and social responsibility are key contributors to business value, not spenders of business value.” Wayne Dunn was a CSR trailblazer before the phrase “Corporate Social Responsibility” was even coined. He holds many prestigious titles within the business industry and the CSR space: a Stanford University Sloan Fellow with an MSc in Management from Stanford … Continue reading Episode 47: Wayne Dunn of The CSR Training Institute

Episode 46: Sonny Jelinek of Jelinek Cork Group

“Sit down and think: ‘What can I do to make sure my business is still here in 100 years and has made a difference in the world?’ Then reverse engineer that process to today.” When customers enter Jelinek Cork Group’s (JCG) retail store, many share their cork experiences - from crafting with wine corks to … Continue reading Episode 46: Sonny Jelinek of Jelinek Cork Group

Episode 45: Alyssa Norwalk of Plenty Lifestyle

I had an idea and a vision, and through purpose and passion it evolved into something that I didn’t imagine. Alyssa Norwalk’s passion lies in the retail industry. After working at a women’s clothing store owned by her mother as a manager and buyer for many years, Alyssa began to form a vision for a … Continue reading Episode 45: Alyssa Norwalk of Plenty Lifestyle

Episode 44: Kristine Garlisi & COMMONS café

That’s what life’s about: feeding people, making them feel good and making them proud of their community. The COMMONS café is a quick service social enterprise eatery located in Staten Island, New York, whose motto is: “Eat Good. Do Good.” Established by the Nicotra family, the restaurant is fulfilling that motto through its local dishes … Continue reading Episode 44: Kristine Garlisi & COMMONS café

Episode 43: Britnie Turner of Aerial

Real estate development can spur action, to where people can have hope in hopeless places. Britnie Turner never planned to go into business. At a young age, she committed her life to wiping out poverty at its roots and to providing hope in places and cultures where abuse and neglect are common place. At 21, … Continue reading Episode 43: Britnie Turner of Aerial

Episode 42: Elena Terán & Leif Fairfield of Ingage

Ingage Partners is finding a way to combine technical skills with something more - like a passion or a purpose. Ingage Partners and Thrive Impact used to co-exist as sister organizations, but after making the decision to combine resources, have been known as one of Cincinnati’s Fast 55 Best Places to Work Since 2011. They … Continue reading Episode 42: Elena Terán & Leif Fairfield of Ingage

Episode 41: Kate Holby of Ajiri Tea

Ajiri Tea has a social mission to create employment for women in western Kenya, and to provide education for Kenyan orphans - all through the sale of tea. In 2008, Kate Holby went to visit her sister, Sarah Holby, who had been volunteering in western Kenya distributing food and medicine to members of the community. … Continue reading Episode 41: Kate Holby of Ajiri Tea

Episode 40: Bill Humphrey of The Rainforest Inn

We have taken almost every conceivable step towards making The Rainforest Inn a place that costs the Earth very little. Bill and Renée Humphrey combined their dreams to live in the El Yunque Rainforest and to manage a boutique hotel after purchasing a small hurricane-ravaged property in 1997. Hoping to one day share the natural … Continue reading Episode 40: Bill Humphrey of The Rainforest Inn

Episode 39: Curt Vander Meer of Endangered Species Chocolate

Whatever brings you joy in business, write it down, and practice that mission each and every day.  Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC), is the leader behind the financial success of the company, but also the driving force behind their mission-oriented approach. ESC has donated a total of $5.5 million to non-profits … Continue reading Episode 39: Curt Vander Meer of Endangered Species Chocolate

Episode 38: Kate Broshears of Ascend Indiana

By 2020, Indiana is positioned to create 1 million new jobs. Filling them is Ascend Indiana's - and Kate Broshears' mission. As the Vice President of External Relations and co-lead of the Ascend Network, Kate Broshears is helping spearhead an Indiana-based movement to help connect the right candidates with the right careers through employer engagement … Continue reading Episode 38: Kate Broshears of Ascend Indiana