An Evening with Honest Tea

  • Honest Tea 4827 Bethesda Avenue Bethesda, MD, 20814 United States

Please join Net Impact and Mentor Capital Network for an evening with Honest Tea. Led by Seth Goldman, "TeaEO" of Honest Tea, you will have the opportunity to hear from the Honest Tea leadership, sample Honest Tea’s newest drinks, and mingle with fellow Net Impact members and staff of the Mentor Capital Network. Tea and refreshments will be provided.

This event is a great opportunity to get an in-depth, behind the scenes view of one of the most exciting and innovative companies around. After initial mingling and introductions, we will have senior staff from Honest Tea, Net Impact, and the Mentor Capital Network stationed around the room to facilitate introductions and conversations between smaller groups of attendees. This will allow our guests the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and students, hear several different perspectives on Honest Tea, engage with Net Impact leadership about the upcoming conference (or any topic of your choosing), and learn more about the exciting ideas coming out of the Mentor Capital Network.

This is a great event that Honest Tea helps us host every year. It continues to grow in size and is always a big hit. We hope you will be able to join us! Please register for access to the event on Eventbrite.

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About Seth Goldman and Honest Tea: Seth Goldman co-founded Honest® Tea in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Over the past eighteen years the company has thrived as consumers have shifted toward healthier and more sustainable diets.  In March 2011, Honest Tea 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.  Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling ready-to-drink organic bottled tea and Honest Kids® is the nation’s top-selling organic children/youth beverage.  The brands are carried in more than 100,000 outlets in the United States, including all Wendy’s and Chik-fil-A restaurants.  In 2016 Honest Tea’s distribution will be expanding to Europe.

In 2016, Seth 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 where Seth has served as a board member since 2012.  Beyond Meat is a company on the cutting edge of plant protein research and development, with a goal of providing plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of animal meat. 

In addition to offering a range of lower-calorie beverages, Honest Tea has been recognized as the first company to launch an organic bottled tea (1999) and a Fair Trade Certified bottled tea (2003).  Today every Honest Tea variety is certified organic and Fair Trade.   The company has initiated community-based partnerships with suppliers in India, China, Paraguay and South Africa.  In 2015 Seth was named the #1 Disruptor by Beverage World, and Beverage Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine; he was also inducted into the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame.  Seth has also been recognized by the United States Healthful Food Council with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape by providing options that are healthier for both the body and the planet.

Seth serves on the advisory boards of Ripple Foods, the Yale School of Management, the American Beverage Association, and Bethesda Green (a local sustainability non-profit he co-founded).  He graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.  Seth and Barry are the authors, along with graphic artist Soongyun Choi, of The New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottlewhich was published by the Crown Business division of Random House in September, 2013.  The book, told in comic book form, captures their efforts to create a mission-driven business in a profit-driven world.  Seth lives with his wife and three sons near Honest Tea’s Bethesda, MD headquarters in an eco-friendly house.

Honest Tea and Net Impact: Since Honest Tea was founded, the company has hired at least one summer intern from Net Impact every year to join our team and help us continue exploring how business and sustainability can work together. Each year the MBA intern is tasked with helping manage projects close to Honest Tea's mission while getting a glimpse of what life is truly like inside a mission-driven, entrepreneurial company. Seth, who was a founding board member of Net Impact, is now a member of the Net Impact Advisory Board.

About Mentor Capital Network (MCN): The MCN (formerly known as the William James Foundation) was founded in 2002 to support social entrepreneurs who were turning their passions into for-profit businesses. The MCN is best known for their sustainable business plan competitions, and also manages mentor networks and early-stage funding networks for firms that have built a social and/or environmental value into how they make money. More than 500 of the companies that the MCN has supported have launched, making the world a better place just by being in business. Learn more at http://www.mentorcapitalnet.org.

Directions: In the spirit of sustainability, we encourage you to use public transportation.

  • METRO: Bethesda (Red line). Walk South on Wisconsin Ave for one quarter mile. Turn right (West) on Bethesda Ave. Honest Tea is another 0.2 miles on the right.
  • PARKING: If taking public transportation is not possible, street parking is available nearby