B-Talks by Leen
B-Talks by Leen – Maurits Groen, WakaWaka
Maurits Groen from the company WakaWaka is a Dutch communication advisor, activist and entrepreneur who deals with environmental and development issues. In this podcast Leen Zevenbergen and Maurits Groen will talk about the current crisis and the impact that it has both personally as for the business.
B-Talks by Leen – Joe Kenner, CEO Greyston
Joe Kenner is CEO from the New York based B Corp Greyston. One of the first B Corps in the US. Joe joined Greyston in 2018. His innovative leadership, experience, and ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders ensures that they deliver the best services possible to southwest Yonkers. In this podcast Leen Zevenbergen and Joe Kenner will talk about the effect of the corona crisis on Greyston bakeries, on the lives of its employees and how the unique concept of “open hiring”, that was introduced by Greyston, helps them through the crisis.
B-Talks by Leen – Soledad Lama, Comaco
Soledad Lama from the Chilean company Comaco is a very enthusiastic Chilean entrepreneur who ‘’inherited’’ her company from her father and is building it into a thriving B Corp. She is by many seen as a role model for Chilean people. Soledad and Leen spoke about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis in Chile, how she is handling that in her company and what effects she thinks this has on young millennials in her country Chile.
B-Talks by Leen – Sofia de Meyer, Opaline
This B-Talk is with Sofia de Meyer, founder and CEO of the Swiss B Corp Opaline. Opaline produces pure fruit juice, directly from farmers in Switzerland to the market. Sofia talks about the current crisis and the effects it has upon her life and business.
B-Talks by Leen – Francesco Mondora, Mondora
Francesco Mondora, an Italian sustainable entrepreneur and B Corp Leader, speaks about his company Mondora, his organic farming activities and his partnership with the Pope in the famous project “The Economy of Francesco”.
B-Talks by Leen – Robert Eden, Chateau Maris
The B-Talk with Robert Eden, founder of Chateau Maris in the South of France, is exceptional. Robert is an expert of the soil as the core ingredient of our food and of our lives. He is a very active B Corp, with a strong view on necessary interdependence.
B-Talks by Leen – Mele-Ane Havea, Small Giants
This B-Talk gives a fabulous insight into the Australian view of the current challenges we are going through and Mele-Ane Havea from Small Giants gives us a superb view on the hope that she sees in the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.
B-Talks by Leen – Rosie Brown, COOK
Rosie Brown, one of the leaders from the UK B Corp COOK, is a passionate supporter of the human element in a company. COOK does not have employees but team members that have given the company an immense support in these challenging times. Rosie came from a family of three talented brothers, one of which was the founder of COOK, and another was the founder of B Lab UK. Rosie found her way and passion in the great work she has been and is doing at the food company COOK, which grew over the past 20 years from 80 to 1200 team members.
B-Talks by Leen – Elizabeth Soubelet, Squiz
Elizabeth Soubelet is a French entrepreneur with her roots in Texas. Moved to Paris some 20 years ago, where she and her husband created Ma bonne etoile, which means my lucky star. Because she was always busy with her 5 children, feeding them fruit in little plastic patches was not very environmentally friendly. So she invented a product called Squiz, which can hold little portions of fruit in a complete circular way.
Elizabeth has a very optimistic and definitely energetic view on the future, which becomes very clear in this B-Talk.
Just recently Elizabeth became a Board member of B Lab France, where she takes care of the small and mid-size companies. Definitely worth listening!
B-Talks by Leen – Amy Clarke, Tribe Impact Capital
Amy Clarke is a phenomenal leader, challenging the financial system in the UK. She founded Tribe Impact Capital, better known as “The Tribe” and has become a close ally to the regulator in their joint try to change the financial system for good. Standing very close to nature, Amy has built a very transparent and different business model and in 2016 became a B Corp. This B-Talk provides a very inspirational moment with a very inspirational woman.
B-Talks by Leen – Ernesto Moreno, Yuxta
Great B Corp Leader from Costa Rica, Ernesto Moreno, started his first company when he was 19 years young. After a huge adventure with the production of billions of plastic bottles, his daughter asked him about the sustainability of these products. That was a turning point in his business life. From bottles Ernesto went to Yuxta, an initiative that created a new company that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. Ernesto Moreno is also Founder of Sistema B Central America.
B-Talks by Leen – Maria Paz Cigarán, Libelula
‘’BEING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE IS WHAT COUNTS.’’ Words from the inspirational Peruvian Maria Paz Cigarán, Leader of the Lima based B Corp Libelula. Her whole life Maria Paz has been helping others to connect with global climate change. At a very young age she represented the government of Peru in the global climate discussions. She tells us all about this global struggle and the situation in Peru, caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
B-Talks by Leen – Josefa Monge, Cumplo
“A LEARNING PLATFORM TO ENABLE EVERYBODY TO STUDY” was the advanced dream of Josefa Monge, when she founded the company e-class. Josefa lives and works in Santiago, Chili and runs the B Corp Cumplo. Cumplo is a fintech company that enables crowdfunding for small and midsized companies. Not very welcome in the financial community in the beginning, but now a solid partner of the regulator. Josefa is a Board member of Sistema B Chili as well.
B-Talks by Leen: Anne Pleun van Eijsden, 2 Generations
Companies should pay for their pollution! An intergenerational exchange of opinions. Anne Pleun van Eijsden is the Founder and CEO of a ground-braking company that produces paper from different sources, with much less pollution during the production process. Lively she tells about her company and her dreams, mixing her ideas from her young generation with the ideas of my generation. As leader of a B Corp she wants to change the world.
B-Talks by Leen – Eduardo della Maggiora, Burn to Give
Chilean B Corp receives a huge 8.5 million dollar investment. In this super inspiring B-Talk with Eduardo della Maggiora, CEO and Founder of the Chilean B Corp Burn to Give we learn how his company has built an impressive service and product for the global community. Starting as a company giving calories to people who need them, coming from people who need to burn them in the gym, the company has evolved to much more than only physical health. Raising a huge Round A of financing on the basis of its phenomenal success is unique in the Latin American country.
B-Talks by Leen – Jessi Baker, Provenance
Using blockchain technology as a force for good. Jessi Baker, Founder and CEO of the blockchain technology company Provenance, tells us about her challenges during Covid-19, her personal developments from a Phd to becoming an entrepreneur. Jessi was inspired by Anita Roddick from The Bodyshop and is very passionate about creating a company with a strong social and environmental impact.
B-Talks by Leen – Arnoud Raskin, Mobile School
What can we learn from street-children who face live threatening challenges every day? Arnoud Raskin, Belgian B Corp entrepreneur, worked with them for many years, developed a mobile school for these children, but found out that learning is a two-way street. His amazing story can be listened to in this podcast on B-Talk.
B-Talks by Leen – Sriram Bharatam, Kuza
How African companies leapfrog over most Western companies with new technology. Famous Kenian entrepreneur Sriram Bharatam has built a public health solution and is using that technology to now develop micro learning all over Africa. His company Kuza is doing digital innovation all over the continent.
B-Talks by Leen – Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, 4G-Capital
African B Corp 4G-Capital provides micro loans for tens of thousands of African entrepreneurs. Founder and CEO Wayne Hennessy-Barrett started in the British military but wanted a better purpose in his life. Now his purposefull B Corp has 120.000 active clients who they help with 4th Generation technology in providing capital and knowledge. This B-Talk tells you his story.
B-Talks by Leen – Vava Angwenyi, Vava Coffee
Treat all African farmers well and help them through this difficult period. Entrepreneur and Founder of Vava Coffee, Vava Angwenyi has built a coffee training facility in Kenya, supports farmers and became a B Corp. Listen to her story in this B-Talk #20.
B-Talks by Leen – Chris Marquis, Cornell University
The world needs a Systemic Change, based upon the SDG’s. Listen to Professor Chris Marquis from the New York based Cornell University. Chris just launched his famous book “Better Business”, describing B Corps as an example of how companies can make the world a better place.
B-Talks by Leen – Marcel Fukuyama, Sistema B
Phenomenal growth of the number of B Corps in Latin America. The organization that supports the B Corps is B Lab, which is called Sistema B in Latin America. The leader of Sistema B is Marcel Fukuyama, who passionately tells us about the Systemic Change that the B Corps are bringing to the world.