Speaking Reviews

“Jeffrey is that all to rare visionary in possession of both the relentless will and profound intellect needed to truly realize large-scale social change. His tremendous success in combining a profitable bottom line with his deep belief in the positive role business can play in building a better world speaks for itself. His relentless passion, transparency, dedication, and constantly evolving thinking serve as great exemplars of what a true social entrepreneur is, and what he or she can accomplish. The world needs more people who think and act as he does.”


— Gabriel I. Brodbar
Director, Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and organizer of NYU Reynolds Speaker Series.


“Jeffrey is one of the most passionate, incisive, provocative, and thought-provoking business leaders I’ve come across in my years as a business journalist. When he speaks to a crowd—particularly about sustainability and capitalism–you can feel the room being refreshed by someone willing to be so candid and politically incorrect in the most productive way possible.”

— Danielle Sacks,
Senior Writer,
Fast Company and
organizer of the Fast Company,
Fast Forward Conference.

“Students in my MBA classes at Columbia Business School and at Oxford University’s Said School of Business found Jeffrey to be one of the most compelling speakers among the host of “star entrepreneurs” we had during the courses. In particular, they appreciated his willingness to talk honestly about the challenges – and the rewards – of starting and growing a business. They also fully welcomed that Jeffrey engaged with them as future business leaders who will be grappling with some of the practices and systems in the financial world that compromise companies’ ability to incorporate fully environmental and social obligations that any company must fulfill in today’s world.”

— Dr. Pamela Hartigan
Director of the
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
at the Said Business School
- The University of Oxford.

“Jeffrey Hollender has been one of the true visionaries in American business overt the past quarter century. More importantly he has walked the talk and built a business that has had wide-spread influence throughout the consumer goods industry. Jeffrey is extremely engaging and sincere as a speaker, and most importantly has a message that truly matters.”

— Peter Senge
is the director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He is the author of the book The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years.

““Jeffrey definitely stands out as one of the memorable speakers who I have seen over the last few years. He is both effective at get his point across and thoroughly entertaining. He has the ability to make complex ideas simple and accessible by using everyday examples which you can connect with both intellectually and emotionally. Jeffrey’s energetic personality along with his honest, approachable and humorous style warms up the audience and maintains their interest and attention throughout his talks. His ability to engage people’s thoughts while entertaining them is the reason that he is a meaningfully memorable speaker. However, as important as his ability to speak is what he is saying – his point of view on sustainability is pivotal, visionary, inspirational and essential in today’s corporate environment. I first saw him speak at a Fast Company event last spring and immediately after the talk I asked him to come speak at Smart Design because I knew his point of view is essential in shaping the way designers should be thinking as they create new consumer experiences.”

— Anthony Di Bitonto
Vice President,
Industrial Design