Health Food Entrepreneur John Mackey to Speak at Yale

John Mackey, founder and CEO of the supermarket chain Whole Foods, will be making two public addresses at Yale on February 10.

At 11:45 a.m., he will discuss “Conscious Capitalism” in the General Motors Room of Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. 

At 4:30 p.m., he will give a talk titled “A Vision of Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Eating in the 21st Century,” in Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Mackey built the Whole Foods empire from a vegetarian food store he and a partner started in 1978 in a garage in Austin, Texas. Today, Whole Foods has more than 270 stores in North America and the United Kingdom, and sells such diverse products as hand-made soap, organic cotton clothing, grass-fed beef and a rich variety of organic and non-organic produce.

In 2008 when Esquire magazine named Mackey as one of the 75 most important people of the 21st century, it wrote: “He took a cult concept embraced primarily by foodies and hippies–that fresh, local, organic food was better for you than the stuff you bought from the Safeway–and turned it into a national religion.”

Mackey’s visit to Yale is sponsored by the Gordon Grand Fellowship, with additional support provided by the Yale Sustainable Food Project.

The Gordon Grand Fellowship, which is co-sponsored by Morse College and Yale School of Management, was established in 1973 to promote dialogue and understanding between business leaders and students in Yale College and Yale School of Management. The fellowship honors Gordon Grand, Yale College Class of 1938, who was president and CEO of the Olin Corporation. For questions, call (203) 432-2317.

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