Engage monthly with industry leaders who are actively choosing diversity, equity and inclusion for sustainable growth in challenging times.
It’s becoming harder for leaders to prioritize JEDI in the face of competing company priorities, fading momentum, and ongoing economic challenges.
Leaders are struggling to bring their organization’s mission, workforce policies and fiscal requirements together in a way that centers human-centric, inclusive, equitable (qualitative) practices in order to ensure financial stability and on-going, sustainable innovation.
Research shows that JEDI can drive real progress, even in challenging times.
“Inclusion and diversity are at risk..—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination…Leaders will need a great deal of resolve and resilience as they seek to navigate an economically and socially viable path toward a “next normal.”
What can you do to ensure JEDI remains a core business objective during the “downturn”, and beyond?
Join our CEO safe space!
The JEDI CEO Action Initiative is a facilitated, virtual program for Leaders in the natural products industry to discuss, connect, debrief and inspire each other. Get inspiration from executive peers in a structured, conversational space to share knowledge, collaborate on solutions. Meet monthly with CEO peers who believe justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are necessary to ensure sustainable and innovative growth; to hear practical advice on how to use your innate strengths and moral compass as a leader to advance JEDI in hard times.
Engage with other leaders like you
Talk about lessons learned from mistakes, share some laughs with other CEOs who are also struggling to prioritize diversity and inclusion practices at their companies.
Decrease risk and sustain your company using innovative, tested ideas from industry peers
The business case for JEDI is relevant in all conditions. Learn practical solutions from peers and industry practitioners.
Connect in an exclusive peer-to-peer network
Be a part of an exclusive peer-to-peer network of leaders who are committed to practicing the principles of equity and social justice in their own organizations.
Be inspired to create the future together
Meet once a month with CEOs in the natural products industry who are striving for the same goal as you.
Fundamentally change how the natural products industry interacts with society, nature, our environment and other species.
Sign up now and join other CEOs who are striving for the same goal as you: creating an inclusive environment within their company and leading with authenticity.
Former Participating Brands
What you’ll learn
4 sessions over 4 months - Experience cross company learning with 10-15 activated leaders that meet virtually.
History & The Road Forward
Why Now? Current Environmental Challenges & What the Data Says
Why Now? Climate + Social, Political Challenges & Solutions
Final Sharing & Community Commitments
CEOs deliver lessons, learnings, & applications. Share refined J.E.D.I plans. CEOs make a J.E.D.I Community Commitment. Accountability
Meet Your Facilitator & Guest Speakers
Expert Small Group Facilitator | EdD | VP of Operations, Membership & Belonging at One Step Closer & J.E.D.I Collaborative
Cynthia Billops is an inspired, “human-first” champion of people, projects and organizations with a goal of implementing systems and practices that use diversity, belonging and inclusion as catalysts to ensure sustainable, socially responsible, profitable growth.
She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Mills College; is an enthusiastic believer in proactive risk-identification and mitigation using Powerful Non-Defensive Communication and has spent the last few decades guiding groups as they define, ramp-up on and launch complex IT, Web/SaaS and "Culture Shift" initiatives - resulting in:
- structurally efficient
- opportunity enhancing
- revenue generating
Projects and Programming that support, engage and "level up" all individuals while also, positively, contributing to organizational capacity, resilience and financial stability.
Throughout her career, Cynthia has guided executive leaders through periods of great change, accelerating growth and expansion within the constraints of broader economic and environmental challenges. She has experience as Founder, Executive Director, Executive coach, and Board trustee; for start-ups, nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Her unique understanding of the challenges (and opportunities) faced by developing organizations combined with her determination to ensure open doors and “on-ramps to opportunity” for persons living in and coming from systemically marginalized communities; help her collaboratively create systems and processes that lead to sustainable growth, better staff retention and higher profits due to optimization and efficiency gains.
JAMES D. WHITE
Former Jamba Juice CEO, Founding Cohort Leader, Author of Anti-Racist Leadership
James D. White is a transformational leader with over thirty years' experience as a CEO and operating executive in the consumer products, retail, and restaurant industries, as well as an experienced corporate director and adviser with twenty years of experience on more than fifteen public and private boards.
White currently chairs the board of the Honest Company and is Executive Chair of the startup Air Protein, in addition to several other boards.
As Chair, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice, he led the successful turnaround and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global healthy-lifestyle brand.
In his recently published book, Anti-Racist Leadership: Transforming Corporate Culture in a Race Conscious World, James gives leaders a practical solution to achieving their diversity and inclusion goals, sharing actionable guidance and “how-to” advice.
What you’ll gain
- A community of accountability partners and changemakers to support you in your J.E.D.I journey
- An improved action plan for implementing J.E.D.I principles and strategies
- Practical tools and resources to drive J.E.D.I work based on your specific company challenges
- Knowhow to drive action that leads to systemic change in your company
- The ability to speak and lead with authenticity and integrity on J.E.D.I within your company
- Exposure to best-known practices through lived experience, case studies and industry experts
- Identify as a CEO, President or Founder of a natural products company
- Made a public commitment to J.E.D.I or in the development of making one
- Are able to articulate your commitment or general internal plan for implementing J.E.D.I principles & practices
- Have an open mind & embrace vulnerability
- Friday, April [Date TBD], 10-12pm PT
- Friday, May [Date TBD], 10-12pm PT
- Friday, June [Date TBD], 10-12pm PT
- Friday, July [Date TBD], 10-12pm PT
This is a 4-month facilitated program that meets once a month.
This program is for CEOs, Founders & Presidents leading natural products, food or CPG-based companies who are fully invested in making JEDI a key part of their brand & mission.
We encourage you to apply especially if you are from a marginalized background. We aim to make the circle as diverse as possible across a number of different intersections, such as race, ethnicity, sexual identity, companies, and geography.
OSC Members: $1500
General Public: $2500
**Scholarships are available. Please request a scholarship when you submit your application.