Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.
Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked-about, and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a store front venture into an ice cream and business marvel by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses.
With his best seller, Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: How to Run a Values Led Business and Make Money Too (co-authored with Cohen), Greenfield created both a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of “values-led” business, and an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the “socially conscious” or “mission driven” corporation.
Jerry Greenfield was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Merrick, Long Island. It was there that he first met Ben in junior high school, and the two have remained close friends ever since. Greenfield graduated from high school with a National Merit Scholarship under his belt and enrolled at Oberlin College to study pre-med.
At Oberlin, Greenfield got his first taste of the ice cream industry when he took a job as a scooper in the college cafeteria. After graduation, he worked as a lab technician in New York and lived with his school buddy Ben in an apartment. In 1977, the two decided to fulfill a dream they both shared: running a food business together. The two eventually settled on ice cream, and later opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont in May 1978.
Ben and Jerry soon became known throughout Vermont for their rich, unusual flavors and community-oriented approach to business. Jerry began by making all the ice cream, but as the company expanded into new markets, he soon found himself handling everything from distribution to orientation to employee motivation.
Today a model for American business success, Greenfield and Cohen have been recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities (which awarded them the Corporate Giving Award in 1988 for donating 7.5 percent of their pre-tax profits to non-profit organizations through the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation), and by the U.S. Small Business Administration (which named them U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year in 1988 in a White House ceremony hosted by President Reagan).
Survivor Winner, Philanthropist and Motivational Speaker
Ethan Zohn is the 2002 winner of the reality television show Survivor. With his 1 million dollar prize money, Ethan co-founded Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children, a tailor-made SKILLZ curriculum, about HIV/AIDS prevention. Since it’s founding GRS has caught the attention of (and now partners with) Nike, the Gates Foundation, FIFA Futbol for Hope, (RED), Elton John Foundation, Daimler Chrysler and DeBeers, and ‘graduated’ over 340,000 youths. By the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the organization’s goal is to graduate one million African youths from the program.
In August 2008, Ethan officially launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED an international, youth-led movement to raise money and build awareness for his foundation and mission to end HIV/AIDS in Africa, by embarking on a world-record-breaking 550-mile journey on foot, from Boston, MA, to Washington, D.C. – dribbling a soccer ball the entire route. Ethan is also the national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner city kids participate in educational soccer programs. Other extensive charity work includes the Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), Autism Speaks, Global Conservation Act, St. Jude Hospital, and Maccabi USA.
In May—less than 30 days after his diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was made public on the cover of People Magazine—Ethan was asked to serve as National Ambassador for “Stand Up 2 Cancer” and Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation. Most recently, Ethan spearheaded the national awareness and fundraising campaign called “Survivors Stands Up 2 Cancer”, an alliance between CBS, Survivor and SU2C.
In recognition for his charitable work, Ethan has been awarded the Nkosi Johnson Community Spirit Award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, the Heroes Among Us Award from the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Health Department, and the Auxilia Chimusoro Award from the U.S. State Department in Zimbabwe. In addition, he was awarded The 2007 Peace Abby “Courage of Conscience,” the 2008 A Caring Hand’s “Philanthropic Achievement Award,” and was named one of People Magazine’s “Helpers of the Year” in 2005.
Ethan resides in New York City.
Executive, Author, and Leadership & Networking Speaker
Juliette Mayers is a marketing executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She is an author, award-winning leader, and a passionate community advocate. Juliette is emeritus Board President of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), a $150 million anti-poverty organization and the largest community action agency in the country. In 2010 Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick appointed her to the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (MWIB), a statewide policy making board where she currently chairs the MWIB Employer Committee. Mayers is also a Corporator of Eastern Bank and serves on the Simmons School of Management’s Business Advisory Council.
A networking guru, Mayers is the author of A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking, Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business! which was featured in a variety of media outlets including WCVB-TV, CBS, The Boston Globe, Harlem World and Exhale Magazine. Known for her dynamic and interactive presentation style, she is a sought-after speaker on a variety of leadership, marketing and networking topics.
Mayers is an alumna of Simmons Graduate School of Management where she earned her MBA and Northeastern University where she graduated with a BS in Marketing. A native of Barbados, West Indies, Juliette is married to attorney Darryl Mayers, her husband of twenty-two years. She is the mom of two fabulous teen daughters.
Author and Leadership Speaker
Justin Jones-Fosu is an international speaker, young-award winning entrepreneur, and author. He is the President/Chief Inspirational Officer of Justin Inspires International, LLC where he speaks 50-60 times a year for corporations, colleges, and youth. He recently launched his second book: “Finding Your Glasses: Revealing and Achieving Authentic Success,” which challenges the reader to find his or her own prescription for a successful life.
Justin obtained his MBA specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. While on campus, Justin was the President of three organizations, a Fraternity leader, and a member of the glamorous Golden Key International Honour Society. He has also gained valuable leadership experience with three Fortune 500 companies as well as by consulting with individuals and small business on strategy, leadership, diversity and organizational development. In 2008, Justin was named as one of EBONY Magazines “30 Young Leaders on the Rise” and has been featured in SMART CEO Magazine, the Baltimore Business Journal and other publications. Being a former weekly radio host, Justin continues his passion for current events and how they can positively shape our lives.
If you only remember a few things about Justin, it’s that he is madly in love with his wife and loves being a daddy. He believes that these are more important than any accomplishments, recognition, or accolades!
Motivational Speaker and Presentation Skills Coach
Stacey Shipman helps individuals develop their speaking and leadership presence. As a speaker, writer and mentor she teaches a practical and integrated approach to confidence, connection and influence when addressing groups, one-to-one or in writing. As a result, the people she works with achieve more success and satisfaction.
In addition, Stacey is a writer specializing in wellness, small business and memoir. She is the author of the Networking for Small Business and Feel Your Best Instead of Stressed.
Stacey has been featured in the Patriot Ledger, IDEA Fitness Journal, WickedLocal Randolph, South Shore Living Magazine, the Boston Globe, Psychology Today‘s Minding the Body Blog, Boston Magazine’s 2012 South Shore supplement, and Toastmasters Magazine as a stress and wellness expert, entrepreneur and community leader. In 2011 South Shore Stars named her one of their 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders.
Active in the community, Stacey sits on the board of the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, is the co-founder and past-President of the Hanover Toastmasters, past-President of the South Shore Women’s Business Network and is a member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.
When not working Stacey enjoys yoga, writing, hiking, travel, walking the beach or relaxing at home or in the backyard with her husband Michael and their two cats, Luli and Habibi.
Bruce Poon Tip
G Adventures Founder
Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of G Adventures and is the author of the New York Times and International Bestselling book Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business.
A global leader in sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Bruce has spoken multiple times at the request of the United Nations and World Bank, presented at the headquarters of Apple and Google, and delivered keynote speeches at TED events and leading entrepreneurship conferences around the world.
In 2012, Bruce was inducted into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame, alongside Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines), Anita Roddick (The Body Shop), and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream).