Breakfast session – Entrepreneurs and the triple bottom line
All successful entrepreneurs are ambitious, motivated, determined and persistent. Some entrepreneurs are also committed to leveraging these qualities to help make the world a better place. In this session, learn how entrepreneurs create shared value and offer innovative solutions to pressing social problems by managing to a triple bottom line – people, planet and profit.
Deborah K. Holmes
EY Americas Director, Corporate Responsibility
Deborah K. Holmes established and leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) function. Focused on skill-based volunteerism in the “3Es” (education, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability), CR enables firm partners and employees to build skills while making a difference in their communities. Ms. Holmes joined the firm in 1996 to direct, develop and advance women, work that was featured in Fast Company and Business Week and led to Ms. Holmes being named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow. Ms. Holmes earned her BA and JD from Harvard University. She lives in New York City with her college sweetheart and her two school-aged sons.
Founder & CEO
John Roulac is the founder and CEO of Nutiva, the fastest-growing superfoods company on the planet. A leading entrepreneur of the organic food movement, John has made it his life mission to revolutionize the way the world eats. In keeping with this mission, Nutiva has brought into the public awareness such superfoods as coconut, hemp, chia and red palm oil. John has founded five nonprofit ecological groups — including GMO Inside and the Nutiva Nourish Foundation, which donates 1% of Nutiva’s annual sales to sustainable agriculture and environmental programs. To date, the foundation has donated more than $2 million.
Kari Warberg Block
Founder & CEO
Kari Warberg Block, CEO, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on growing ideas, products, companies and people through a sustainable approach. Her company, earthkind®, has the mission to “preserve the good and prevent the rest,” by providing proactive, natural alternatives to protect the spaces in which we live, work and play from pests and odors. Kari is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Class of 2012, and has since realized 300% growth for her retail CPG manufacturing company using a scalable, lean, mean and green business model to deliver triple-bottom-line results. earthkind® is a WBENC-certified Women Business Enterprise and an SBA-certified Women-Owned Small Business.
President and CEO
Beth Williams is President and CEO of Roxbury Technology Corporation (RTC), a remanufacturer and distributor of environmentally friendly toner and ink cartridges and eco-friendly office imaging products and solutions. RTC is committed to providing sustainable printing solutions that are good for the environment, the economy and the customer’s bottom line. RTC is a strategic diversity partner of Staples, Inc. and is their preferred supplier of their DPS brand remanufactured toner and ink imaging supplies. 2011 awards include: WBENC’s Shining Star Award; the President’s Award from both GNEMSDC and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; and, finally, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New England Social Entrepreneur Award.