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Building a B Corp: A Panel Discussion

Sarita Parikh
Jomanity, Cofounder

Sarita is the cofounder of jomanity, a social platform to help people, at scale, build more joy, more humanity, and be better, every day. She has a wake-up-at-3AM passion for advancing technology toward the common good.

Christopher Marquis
Cornell University, SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise

Christopher Marquis ( is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University. His research and writing focus on how businesses are creating a more resilient and sustainable capitalism by focusing on the elusive triple bottom line of environmental, social and financial performance. Prior to joining Cornell, he worked for 10 years at Harvard Business School where he developed an award-winning course on social entrepreneurship. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed academic articles and more than 50 Harvard business cases on topics related to sustainable business, and has earned awards for scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association. Marquis earned a PhD in sociology and business administration from the University of Michigan

Alejandro Fenn
Jukko, Global Gaming Initiative, COO, Head of Partnerships

My life mission will always be to empower people to create a better future and to help the companies doing the most good take over the world.

Lee Wallace
Peace Coffee, CEO & Owner

Lee Wallace is the owner and Queen Bean of Peace Coffee, a company on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience with communities around the globe. A rare CEO whose area of expertise resides in, in her words, “that intersection between mission and money,” she is a sought-after writer and speaker as well as a recognized leader and expert in multiple fields: social enterprise businesses, fair trade enterprises, and specialty coffee importers. Lee sits on the Research Advisory Council for the Specialty Coffee Association, and holds active leadership roles in the Climate Collaborative, and the B Corps movement. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, puttering around in her garden and hanging out with her dogs Ruby and Felix.

Are you building a business as a force for good? One that balances purpose and profit? B Corps are driving a global movement of business as a force for good. Join us for a panel discussion with three Minnesota B Corp founders and hear about their journeys becoming B Corps, benefits and challenges, and their recommendations for businesses considering B Corp certification.