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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.

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