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Center for Responsible Business & Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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The Center for Responsible Business & Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership present:

The Daily Table

Peterson Series & Impact Speaker Series, Spring 2014

Speaker: Doug Rauch, founder of The Daily Table and former president of Trader Joe's
Date: February 20, 2014
Time: 12:30PM-1:30PM 
Location: Wells Fargo Room (C420), Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Lunch will served to registered attendees

About the Event:
Between 30-40% of food produced in the US is wasted.  Meanwhile, 49 million Americans struggle regularly with hunger.  The Daily Table, a new nonprofit opening in Massachusetts this spring, aims to turn these two wrongs into a right. It will sell fresh-cooked, healthy meals at competitive fast food prices, in a neighborhood where such options are scarce.  It will use produce donated by grocery stores due to cosmetic defects or slightly passed expiry dates—produce that is still nutritious and edible but is currently being sent to the landfill by the ton.

Come hear from founder and former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch as he shares experiences from the early days of starting a mission-driven business.  You will learn about:

  • His professional journey from 31 years at Trader Joe’s to The Daily Table
  • How to choose the right business model for your organization, including whether to go down a for-profit or nonprofit route
  • How to collaborate with and get buy-in from diverse stakeholders on a complex, community-based project

About the Speaker:
Doug RauchDoug Rauch spent 31 years with Trader Joe's Company, the last 14 years as President, helping grow the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. In 1996 he moved to Boston to successfully bring Trader Joe’s to the east.

He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker. He retired from Trader Joe’s in 2008. Doug is CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc.; a recent Senior Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative; Trustee at Olin College; Chairs the Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies. Much of his time is currently spent working on The Daily Table, an innovative non-profit solution to the issue of “food waste” and hunger/obesity by bringing high quality, nutritious food at affordable prices to the underserved in our inner cities.


About the Peterson Series & Impact Speaker Series:
Each semester, the Center for Responsible Business partners with business and thought leaders to bring a series of events around a topic of corporate responsibility or sustainability.  
Spring 2014’s Peterson Series theme is, “Leaders in Sustainable Food and Beverage.” For more about the theme and other events in this semester’s series, please visit this page.

The Center For Nonprofit and Public Leadership’s Impact Speakers Series brings thought leaders and practitioners from the social sector to Berkeley-Haas to share their insights and experiences with students, alumni, and community members. This yearlong speaker series, open to the public, tackles cutting-edge issues and explores best practices for social impact.

About the Event Host:
This event is co-hosted by the Center for Responsible Business & the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership.

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When & Where

Wells Fargo Room, Cheit Hall (Room C420)
2220 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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Center for Responsible Business & Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership

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