Since Bill & Kitty Job arrived in Xiamen in 1987, their vision and innovative techniques have virtually transformed the global glass industry, and at the same time they've brought about changes to Fujian as well by providing employment opportunities to villagers in impoverished mountain regions.
The Meixia company, Xiamen’s first solely foreign-owned enterprise, grew from a modest investment of $10,000 in 1988 to an estimated worth of over $2 million by 2000. A 1992 Wall Street Journal recognized Bill Job as a “pioneer business spirit and innovative artist,” and a leader in the stained glass industry.
Gray leads Birmingham Technology Group, a manufacturing innovation company based in Birmingham, Alabama, which seeks to reinvigorate Birmingham’s rich manufacturing heritage by providing world class custom fabrication and other manufacturing services. Gray brings broad experience working with investors and companies to fix and build businesses in need of improved growth, strategic direction, or operational efficiency.
Kelli Renee Thompson a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and has heart for fair trade businesses. Her trip to Malaysia in 2003 was the most illuminating. She met people from all over the world who were doing social entreprenuership.
Khalilah Cooper is the leader of Service Innovation & Design at Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is responsible for ensuring the guest experience at Chick-fil-A remains best in class by developing and deploying innovative service processes and tools.
Artie Sposaro serves as an Experience Leader on the Service Innovation & Design team at Chick-fil-A Corporate. He leads the front end of the innovation process for projects in Urban and Mall restaurants and consults to service design more broadly.
Kerry & Annie Hilton are Kiwis with a particular bias towards the poor, oppressed, the lonely and the outcast. In 1999 they moved to Calcutta, India and naively found an apartment on the doorstep of the city’s largest red light district, a place where poverty is no stranger.
Michelle is the Founder of Hazel & Deene and The Foundry Marketplace. She began her career in finance working as a wealth manager at Linsco Private Ledger. She created and transitioned 3 successful businesses prior to Hazel & Deene.
As President/CEO of James Alan Salon & Spa in Seattle, Washington and a small business consultant extraordinaire, Matthew Fairfax is leading the next generation of entrepreneurs toward their financial goals.
He is the former Chair of both the Dale Turner Family YMCA and the Center for Human Services, a multi-service agency providing support to families and youth.
Our schedule will be updated regularly. We're planning inspiring plenaries, informative (and interactive) workshops that focus on the real needs of freedom businesses, one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry experts, and plenty of networking opportunities!
Site visit to Cambodia: Get an inside look at freedom business on the ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! We'll visit freedom businesses of varying sizes - in different industry sectors - to develop a more thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities for freedom business. Innovators welcome! Space is limited. Contact us for more information.