2011-2012 Season

Goodwill, A Social Enterprise for the 21st Century

 Jim  Gibbons

Jim Gibbons
President & CEO
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

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Today there are thousands of new social enterprises. Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, will discuss how Goodwill has been running a complex social enterprise long before the term was coined and how companies can learn from the philosophy of being both market-driven and customer-focused. Gibbons will discuss how long-standing self-sufficient business models create job opportunities and economic energy in local communities. He will also discuss Goodwill’s role in corporate social responsibility and what businesses can do to change their core identities in order to promote social good. The first person who is blind to graduate from the Harvard MBA program, Gibbons will also address his own personal story, the advocacy and support that was given to him, and his triumphs through the power of work.
  • Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: The Westin Book Cadillac


 Dorothy E. Deremo

Dorothy E. Deremo President & CEO
Hospice of Michigan


Speaker Biography

Jim Gibbons   
Jim Gibbons currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International, an internationally recognized leading social enterprise. He is also a past President and Chief Executive Officer of National Industries for the Blind (1998-2008). Prior to joining National Industries for the Blind, Mr. Gibbons worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Campus Wide Access Solutions—a wholly owned AT&T subsidiary. While at AT&T, Mr. Gibbons also held various leadership positions in marketing and operations. Mr. Gibbons has received several prestigious awards and recognitions including the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, the 2009 Young Presidents’ Organization Social Enterprise Leadership Award, SmartCEO 2010 ECO CEO award for organizational commitment to the environment and the Purdue 2007 Outstanding Industrial Engineer of the Year award. He was also appointed by President Obama in December 2010 to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Mr. Gibbons holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.