Seth Goldman - Co-founder Honest® Tea , executive at Coca-Cola
Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea with one of his professors at the Yale School of Management. In the 18 years since Seth began experimenting with the concoction in his kitchen, Honest® Tea (and affiliated product line Honest Kids®) has become the nation’s top-selling ready-to-drink, organic bottled tea. Its brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s and Chik-fil-A restaurants. This year, distribution will be expanding to Europe.
Don’t miss Goldman’s fascinating account of how he quit his job at a mutual fund company to grow a start-up that in 2011 was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea’s mission by becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world's largest beverage distribution system.
Goldman has transitioned to a new role at Honest Tea as TeaEO Emeritus and Innovation Catalyst for Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands business unit. This transition allows him to take on an additional role as Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, a privately held California-based enterprise engaged in plant protein research and development, with a goal of providing plant-based, protein-rich foods.
Goldman has a long list of awards and honors. A popular Ted Talk presenter, he serves on numerous advisory boards including the Yale School of Management, the American Beverage Association, Ripple Foods and Bethesda Green (a sustainability non-profit he co-founded).
Last year, Goldman was named the #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine. Last year he was also inducted into the Washington, DC Business Hall of Fame. He has also been recognized by the United States Healthful Food Council with a REAL Food Innovator Award.
Goldman and Honest® Tea co-founder Barry Nalebuff, with graphic artist Soongyun Choi, authored the New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottle. The first 25 people to arrive at the lecture will receive a free copy of the book.
The Chaplin Tyler Executive Leadership Lecture Series brings leaders from the business, non-profit and government sectors to the University of Delaware campus to share their experiences and insights with students, faculty and the business community. Several times each year, the Lerner College’s Graduate and Executive Programs office invites these leaders to spend a day engaging in an open exchange of ideas and perspectives.
The series, which is supported by the Chaplin Tyler Endowment Fund, is dedicated to the memory of Chap and Elizabeth Tyler, their commitment to education and their determination to help young people achieve success in the business world.
Learn more about the the history of this event by viewing the Chaplin Tyler Lecture Archive.