A Naturally Boulder Evening with Walter Robb
Former Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Thursday, March 22
Boulder JCC (6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder)
5:15 – 5:45 Mingle over light catering
5:45 – 6:45 Walter Robb address Naturally Boulder, with Q&A
6:45 – 7:30 Mingle over light catering
Please join us for an evening of conversation with Walter Robb to learn more about his journey at Whole Foods Market and to hear his perspective about the changing food retail landscape and the future of the natural products industry.
With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010, was named co-CEO along with John Mackey at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors.
In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven and HeatGenie.
Robb is an ardent organic advocate; he works his own organic garden and has served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion.
Whole Foods Market, the first national grocery chain committed to providing GMO transparency for its customers, offers more than 30,000 organic and 13,500 Non-GMO Project Verified products.
Whole Foods Market has established three independent nonprofit foundations:
Whole Planet Foundation
Empowers the world’s poorest people with microcredit, providing them with a chance to create or expand a home-based business to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Since it was established in 2005, it has funded 2.6 million microloans to help entrepreneurs improve their own lives.
– $69 million funds disbursed
– 760,000 active entrepreneurs
– 87% women entrepreneurs
– 97% repayment rate
Whole Kids Foundation
Dedicated to helping kids eat better — and enjoy it! Supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Given the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods. It provides children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations. Established in 2009, it began by working to improve the food children eat in schools through partnerships, including with Boulder-based Chef Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady.
Whole Cities Foundation
Launched in February 2014, its mission is to improve individual and community health through collaborative partnerships, education, and broader access to nutritious food in the communities it serves. Through deep engagement and rapport building, it seeks first to understand a community’s perspectives, goals and strengths. Then together, they amplify local food access projects.
(On-site registration: additional $5)