TeaEO of Honest Tea to Speak at Distinguished Leaders Series

September 23, 2010
Seth Goldman to Deliver Remarks at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Tea Tasting to Follow Talk

 
WHAT:        
Seth Goldman, TeaEO of Honest Tea, will speak at the Distinguished Leaders Series at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The event is open to the public.
 
The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with the school’s undergraduate and graduate students. 
 
WHEN:         
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:      
Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Lohrfink Auditorium
Washington, D.C.
 
RSVP:          
RSVP online at http://sethgoldman.eventbrite.com/.
 
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.
 
BACKGROUND
Seth Goldman is co-founder, president, and TeaEO of Honest Tea. An entrepreneur at heart, Goldman started with lemonade stands and newspaper routes, created a non-profit urban service corps, and nearly pursued a prize-winning biotechnology idea before he started Honest Tea in his kitchen in 1998. Since then, the company has initiated community-based partnerships with suppliers in India, South Africa, and Argentina, and has created marketing partnerships with City Year, Terracycle, the GM Saturn VUE Greenline Hybrid, and Jamis Bikes. In addition to being named one of The Better World Shopping Guide's “10 best companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental record,” Honest Tea recently received Greenopia.com’s coveted 4-Leaf Rating as “the greenest beverage company.”

Over the past 10 years, the company has thrived with a 66 percent annual compound growth rate, as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets. In 2008 The Coca-Cola Company purchased a minority interest in Honest Tea, fueling further growth as Honest becomes the first organic and Fair Trade brand to move into the world’s largest beverage distribution system.
 
Before launching Honest Tea, Goldman worked at Calvert Group, managing the marketing and sales efforts for the nation’s largest family of socially responsible mutual funds. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Management. In 2009, Goldman was the recipient of Net Impact’s 2009 Member Achievement Award. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was named Ernst & Young's 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mid-Atlantic region.
 
SERIES SCHEDULE:
The Distinguished Leaders Series began in September with Terry Semel, chairman and CEO of Windsor Media and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc. The remaining events in the fall series include:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Lohrfink Auditorium: Panel discussion on the Role of Capital Markets in Job Creation featuring Tom Adams, CEO of Rosetta Stone; Reena Aggarwal, Robert E. McDonough Professor of business administration and professor of finance, McDonough School of Business; Lawrence Leibowitz, COO, NYSE Euronext; Kevin Plank, founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of Under Armour;  Kevin Warsh, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; and moderated by Gillian Tett, managing editor of the Financial Times
  • Monday, Oct. 4, 9:15 a.m., GU Hotel and Conference Center: Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief, Huffington Post; Eric Hippeau, CEO, Huffington Post; Kara Swisher, co-executive editor, All Things Digital, The Wall Street Journal
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., Fisher Colloquium: Naina Lal Kidwai, group general manager and country head of the HSBC Group in India
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.