Best for the world: Stories & Lessons from Leading the B Corp Movement

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ballroom

From this panel discussion, participants will learn how some of the biggest companies in the B Corp community have scaled their businesses and achieved unicorn status while maintaining a firm commitment to the B Corp principles of using business as a force for good.

Panelists: Jeff Golfman (Raw Office), Phillip Haid (Public Inc.), Shraddha Sekhon (Lucky Iron Fish), Ben Janzen (Kindred Credit Union). Attending the panel via live video: Rebecca Hamilton (W.S. Badger Co, Inc.), Saskia Van Gendt (method products, pbc.), Mike Bronner (Dr Bronners), Vincent Stanley (Patagonia)

Jeff GolfmanJeff Golfman (Raw Office)

Jeff is the Founder and President of The Raw Office which is an online drop ship re-seller of more than 75,000 eco-friendly office supplies for consumers and businesses. 
An active philanthropist, Jeff founded Green Kids Inc., an environmental education touring theatre charity for Children, which has inspired over 1.5 million students in over one thousand schools, since 1991. He has served as the volunteer President of Green Kids for the last 27 years.
Recognition for his contributions to creating a better world include: The 3M Environmental Innovation Award, The Federal Business Development Bank’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, The Sustainable Development Award of Excellence, The Globe Award for Environmental Excellence, The Canadian Printing Award, The Brightlane Entrepreneur Award and the Giving Back Award.

Phillip HaidPhillip Haid (Public Inc.)

Phillip Haid co-founded PUBLIC in 2008 to disrupt the way companies think about doing “good”. Driven by a passion to prove that social impact is a key business driver to achieve profit with purpose, he set out to build a hybrid company – part consultancy/part creative agency– designing social purpose brands, community impact strategies and social change programs and campaigns. As CEO, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative growth of the business, including oversight on some of PUBLIC’s North American clients including: Tiffany & Co., NBCUniversal, Airbnb, The Body Shop, TD Bank, Sephora and The World Bank. Phillip is also a columnist for Fast Company writing on “profit with purpose”.

Shraddha SekhonShraddha Sekhon (Lucky Iron Fish)

Shraddha Sekhon leads digital marketing and e-commerce at Lucky Iron Fish. In this role, she’s responsible for online advertising, digital partnerships, and an ongoing website redesign.
She has been providing outsourced digital marketing services to early stage consumer products companies, with a focus on companies that integrate social purpose into their products.
Shraddha has post-graduate diplomas in both Digital Marketing (UBC) and also International Development (St. Francis Xavier). She completed a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University.

Ben JanzenBen Janzen (Kindred Credit Union)

Benjamin Janzen’s work at Kindred Credit Union focuses on the development of programs, products and services that inspire peaceful, just, and prosperous communities. At Kindred, his leadership has contributed to the credit union becoming a certified B Corp, a living wage employer, a solar power generator, a provider of new accounts for refugees, and the first financial institution in Canada to offer all their guaranteed investment certificates as socially responsible investments. 
Benjamin is a past recipient of national and international credit union young professional awards and is currently a member of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Community Impact and the World Council of Credit Union’s Young Professional committees.
A dynamic speaker with a background in non-profit leadership, teaching, and music, Benjamin is a devoted husband, proud father of four, and is passionate about the impact cooperation can have on creating vibrant communities and a better world.

Rebecca HamiltonRebecca Hamilton (W.S. Badger Co, Inc.)

Rebecca Hamilton is a second generation owner and co-CEO (Collaborative Executive Officer) at Badger, a natural and organic personal care products manufacturer known for its unique company philosophy, pioneering family-friendly benefits, and B Corp community engagement. The Company has received numerous awards and recognition including landing a spot on Forbes’ “Small Giants 2017: America’s Best Small Companies” list.
In addition to her role as Co-CEO, Rebecca leads new product innovation and development, companywide quality assurance and regulatory affairs, and sustainability initiatives. She is an advocate for issues concerning the environment, ingredient transparency, and societal change, and has spoken at the White House, testified before Congress on behalf of safer cosmetics, and routinely attends Senate and House briefings on Capitol Hill in support of family-friendly workplace practices and chemical reform. Rebecca also spearheaded the passing of Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire, a for-profit status that incorporates the pursuit of positive environmental and social impact in addition to profit.

Saskia Van GendtSaskia Van Gendt (method products, pbc.)

Katrina is passionate about maximizing employee potential through personal wellness. Throughout her work experience, she has seen that this not only increases employee engagement, psychological safety and overall happiness but directly corresponds to a business’s overall success. Westwood International is a a consulting collaborative that’s reimagining what it means to lead wisely in a global age. We develop leaders who are wise inside and smart outside through human-centered programming that emphasizes emotional intelligence and fosters community, while tackling real business challenges.

Mike BronnerMike Bronner (Dr Bronners)

Michael Bronner is President of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of other organic body care and food products. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soap maker. Under the leadership of Michael and his brother David, the brand has grown from $4 million in 1998 to over $111 million in annual revenue in 2017.
Michael and David established Dr. Bronner’s as a sustainable leader in the natural products industry by becoming one of the first body care brands to formulate with hemp seed oil in 1999 and to certify its soaps, lotions, balms, and other personal care products under the USDA National Organic Program in 2003. Both actions resulted in high-profile litigation with government agencies, DEA and USDA respectively, that Dr. Bronner’s ultimately won, cementing Dr. Bronner’s activist orientation in the natural products marketplace.

Vincent StanleyVincent Stanley (Patagonia)

Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key executive roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership; and Patagonia Books. He currently serves as the company’s Director, Patagonia Philosophy, is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management, and a visiting executive at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara.