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Ben and Jerry

Co-Founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.

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Ben and Jerry Biography

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business: Founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., they built a store-front venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making social responsibility and creative management strengths instead of weaknesses.

Childhood friends who went separate ways after high school, the two reunited in 1977 to fulfill a dream they both shared: running a food business. They eventually settled on ice cream, and one year later, after a bit of research (and a $5 Penn State correspondence course in ice cream making), they opened Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, VT.

The duo soon became known throughout Vermont for rich, unusual flavors and a community-oriented approach to business. They sponsored a "Fall Down Festival" and a free outdoor movie festival, and celebrated their anniversaries with a Free Cone Day. As the company grew, Ben's jobs included scooper and taste-tester, truck driver, marketing director, salesperson and president. Jerry began by making all the ice cream, but as the company expanded into new markets he soon found himself handling everything from distribution to orientation to employee motivation.

With their best-selling "Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip: Lead with Your Values and Make Money, Too," they created a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of "values-led" business, as well as an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the "socially conscience" or "mission driven" corporation.

Today a model for American business success, Ben and Jerry have been recognized for fostering commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities, which awarded them the Corporate Giving Award in 1988 (for donating 7.5 percent of pre-tax profits to non-profit organizations); and by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which named them U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year in 1988 in a White House ceremony hosted by President Reagan.

Bringing all of this to life at the lecture podium, Ben and Jerry's presentation is a rousing tribute to America's entrepreneurial spirit, full of anecdotes and radical business philosophy-and comes complete with servings of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for the entire audience.

Following graduation, the two friends kept in touch while pursuing separate careers. Ben attended Colgate University and Skidmore College but consistently found himself drawn to a less "traditional" jobs as a Pinkerton guard at Saratoga Raceway, night mopper at Jamesway and Friendly's, cab driver, emergency room clerk and, most prophetically, "ice cream man" (complete with his own truck). Meanwhile, Jerry graduated from Oberlin College intending to enter medicine, but two medical school rejections led him to an unfulfilling job as a lab technician in New York City.

Settling on an ice cream business proved to be the winning formula. Ben and Jerry since have been named James Beard Humanitarians of the Year and the Peace Museum's Community Peacemakers of the Year.

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Ben & Jerry's double-dip: how to run a values-led business and make money, too

Ben & Jerry's double-dip: how to run a values-led business and make money, too

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

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Ben and Jerry Biography

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business: Founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., they built a store-front venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making social responsibility and creative management strengths instead of weaknesses.

Childhood friends who went separate ways after high school, the two reunited in 1977 to fulfill a dream they both shared: running a food business. They eventually settled on ice cream, and one year later, after a bit of research (and a $5 Penn State correspondence course in ice cream making), they opened Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, VT.

The duo soon became known throughout Vermont for rich, unusual flavors and a community-oriented approach to business. They sponsored a "Fall Down Festival" and a free outdoor movie festival, and celebrated their anniversaries with a Free Cone Day. As the company grew, Ben's jobs included scooper and taste-tester, truck driver, marketing director, salesperson and president. Jerry began by making all the ice cream, but as the company expanded into new markets he soon found himself handling everything from distribution to orientation to employee motivation.

With their best-selling "Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip: Lead with Your Values and Make Money, Too," they created a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of "values-led" business, as well as an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the "socially conscience" or "mission driven" corporation.

Today a model for American business success, Ben and Jerry have been recognized for fostering commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities, which awarded them the Corporate Giving Award in 1988 (for donating 7.5 percent of pre-tax profits to non-profit organizations); and by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which named them U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year in 1988 in a White House ceremony hosted by President Reagan.

Bringing all of this to life at the lecture podium, Ben and Jerry's presentation is a rousing tribute to America's entrepreneurial spirit, full of anecdotes and radical business philosophy-and comes complete with servings of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for the entire audience.

Following graduation, the two friends kept in touch while pursuing separate careers. Ben attended Colgate University and Skidmore College but consistently found himself drawn to a less "traditional" jobs as a Pinkerton guard at Saratoga Raceway, night mopper at Jamesway and Friendly's, cab driver, emergency room clerk and, most prophetically, "ice cream man" (complete with his own truck). Meanwhile, Jerry graduated from Oberlin College intending to enter medicine, but two medical school rejections led him to an unfulfilling job as a lab technician in New York City.

Settling on an ice cream business proved to be the winning formula. Ben and Jerry since have been named James Beard Humanitarians of the Year and the Peace Museum's Community Peacemakers of the Year.

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  • How to book Ben and Jerry?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ben and Jerry for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ben and Jerry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ben and Jerry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ben and Jerry?

    Booking fees for Ben and Jerry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ben and Jerry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ben and Jerry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ben and Jerry for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ben and Jerry for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ben and Jerry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ben and Jerry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ben and Jerry is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ben and Jerry for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ben and Jerry generally travels from Burlington, VT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joseph Stiglitz, Bill Maher, Ed Rendell, Peter Orszag and Richard Dreyfuss. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ben and Jerry for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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