On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 MiLLENNiAL partnered with IVY to present
"The New Era of Healthy Living"
a discussion with disruptive social entrepreneurs Ron Finley (The Gangsta Gardener), Izumi Hamagaki (Radical Botanicals), and Gunnar Lovelace (Thrive Market).
The Gangsta Gardener
Best known for his advocacy work in changing legislation to enable parkway gardens in Los Angeles, Ted Talk alumni and MiLLENNiAL mentor, Ron Finley, inspired the audience with his message of purposeful living and conscious eating.
Founder of Radical Botanicals
An alchemic mixtress, Izumi Hamagaki, spoke on the healing power of combining specific fresh juices, herbs, essential oils and hand made bitters to create restorative beverages.
CoFounder/CoCEO of Thrive Market
Speaking from the heart, Gunnar Lovelace, explained the challenges his subscription-based startup, Thrive Market, experienced in procuring capital for what has rapidly become a $100 million eCommerce business that supplies organic, packaged foods to consumers at a substantial discount.
Editor in Chief of MiLLENNiAL
Curating and moderating the evening's event, journalist Britt Hysen, led an inspirational and insightful panel on the new era of healthy living and how we can reclaim our health through sustainable practices.
Bridging the gap between social impact and social interaction, MiLLENNiAL curated a sponsored evening with IVY filled with food, drinks, product sampling, education, and critical thinking.
Beginning with a courtyard reception, 150 attendees gathered to network with their peers during a sunset cocktail hour. Upon entering the venue, attendees were treated to a healthy crudités and sponsored bar.
Radical Botanicals gave out cold pressed juice samples and encouraged members to sign up to win a free detox cleanse set. One-year free membership codes from Thrive Market were set on each seat in front of the stage.
The three successful social entrepreneurs took turns describing their personal journey within the organic food industry and how they navigated the startup process as social entrepreneurs.
The keynotes were followed by a panel discussion led by the Editor in Chief of MiLLENNiAL. An audience Q & A rounded out the program, concluding with a Thrive Market "Private Label" Giveaway Bag.
The panelists spent the remaining time mingling with the attendees and posing for pictures.