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Dean's Leadership Speaker Series Presents: Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender

The School of Business Administration Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series is proud to welcome Co-Founder and Former CEO of Seventh Generation Jeffrey Hollender on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the Livak Ballroom of the Davis Center.

Mr. Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. He is the co-founder of Seventh Generation, a leading natural product brand known for authenticity, transparency and progressive practices. Seventh Generation was established in 1988 in Burlington, Vt. and remains an independent, privately held company distributing products to natural food stores, supermarkets, mass merchants and online retailers in both the U.S. and Canada. 

Mr. Hollender is also the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm. He considers himself a "born entrepreneur."

“I am delighted to welcome Jeffrey Hollender to speak at the Business School’s Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series,” said Dean Sanjay Sharma. “Jeffrey’s entrepreneurial background and focus on social entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility sets a great example for our students as we help them develop the knowledge required for success in today’s complex global economy.”

Mr. Hollender has published several books including 2010’s The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. He is the board chair of the Greenpeace Fund US and co-founder and board chair of the American Sustainable Business Council. He also is a member of the Board of Health Care Without Harm and Verite, a leading workers’ rights organization. 

The Dean’s Leadership Speaker Series provides our students with an unparalleled view of the current trends facing business leaders today. Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge and resources to become responsible managers who are engaged and passionate about building better organizations and a better society.