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Helena Speights, Founder & CEO
Helena Speights, CEO and Founder of GreenCityListings.com, is a wife, mother of two, and a full-time sustainability cheerleader.
Helena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, with a minor in Graphic Design/Illustration, from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. Shortly after graduation, Helena relocated to California, where she was introduced to what she calls the earthy-crunchy lifestyle of the Bay Area. She became a vegetarian and a consumer of alternative medicine and natural living.
Since relocating to Atlanta, GA in 2005, Helena has continued her trek with natural living. Her challenges in locating affordable and legitimate natural and organic services within the Metro Atlanta area prompted her to begin keeping a personal list of shops and providers that she could refer to. However, after discovering that many green consumers face the same challenges, she began compile a directory – a one-stop-shop of eco-friendly, natural and holistic services for the green consumer. While promoting green, Helena also sought to give breath to her second passion, small businesses - giving the under-represented, smaller therapist and green business a dedicated platform to display their services. Thus, Helena’s brainchild, GreenCItyListings.com, was born.
In August of 2013, Helena publically launched GreenCityListings.com, with just over 9,700 green business listings. In just 4 short months, GCL skyrocketed to over 15,500 listings in 95 countries and 166 informational articles, including DIY’s, recipes and green resources.
With diligence and determination to make green not only accessible, but mainstream, Helena continuously advocates sustainability and eco-friendly living. She can often be seen visiting local Atlanta area businesses, sporting her branded ‘eco-liscious’ t-shirt, because after all, she says “green is sexy.” She reaches out to and fosters positive relationships with both national and international providers, features monthly green business highlights on GCL, attends and acts as a media sponsor for green events, and partners with like-minded green businesses to promote eco-friendly lifestyles and natural health.
GreenCityListings.com strives to not only be a recognizable, global green force, but also plans to implement hands-on, local programs and initiatives to advocate healthy lifestyles amongst the Metro’s youth.
Helena recently acquired the position of Editor-in-Chief for The Eco Review magazine, published by Fillips International, a long-standing green event and consulting firm in the Metro Atlanta area. In this new capacity, she is able to thrust ‘green’ further into the limelight by not only highlighting green business, but also by chatting it up with green celebrities about their personal greenness, activism and the eco-initiatives that are nearest and dearest to them.
Look for Helena to continue to trail blaze around Atlanta, the country and the globe, leaving her lasting green footprints in all four corners of the Planet.