Why did you choose to serve Whole Latte Love Cafe?
I met Beth through a mutual friend. At the time, I had just left Hattie Larlham after 10 years developing social enterprises for them. Beth was looking for advice as she formed her cafe idea, and I had experience in that area. I know the model she is implementing will work, and I wanted to help however I could.
What do you bring to the table?
10+ years in the industry. During that time, I built many social enterprises, including 11 cafes, an organic farm, a vending business, and other smaller programs. These businesses employed over 200 adults with developmental disabilities in the community in various roles, training them with skills that could transfer into community employment. Prior to that, I was a Vice President at a national fabric and craft retailer where I was responsible for $1B in sales in 900 stores nationwide.
Employment and Title
Hattie Larlham, Vice President; Community Living and Jo-Ann Stores, Vice President, Sewing Division