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Gary Hirshberg      

Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm

Gary Hirshberg is CEO of the Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institutes and Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer. He is also Founder and Chair of two non-profit advocacy organizations: Organic Voices and the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership.

The author of "Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World," Hirshberg frequently speaks on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business.

Hirshberg has previously served on the Boards of many organic and natural brands including Annie’s, Applegate, Blue Apron, Forager Project, Honest Tea, Late July, Orgain, Peak Organic Brewing, Sambazon, Sweet Earth Foods, Sweetgreen and UnReal chocolates and currently serves on several corporate boards including My Forest Foods (plant-based bacon), Tacombi (Mexican taquerias and products), Uncle Matt’s Organic (organic juices and beverages), Wildgood (plant-based ice cream) and Willa’s (organic oat beverages).

He has received 12 honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2015 Champion for Children Award from Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA. He is an Edmund Hillary Fellow in NZ where among his current projects, he is establishing an Organic Entrepreneurship Education Centre on a farm that he and his wife own near Motueka.

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