Executive Webinar Series

4 CEOs

This Fall, Curion’s Executive Webinar Series is pleased to present 4 powerful CEOs who are thought leaders and strategists with a track record of leading some of the largest CPG companies in the world, with some of the most recognized brands. They each have their own story of finding success and lessons along the way.

4 Perspectives

Host Paul Earle, innovation and design professional, faculty member at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and contributor to Forbes, will sit down (virtually) and have a casual fireside chat with each of these 4 CEOs as they discuss predictions of the future, plans for innovation, the growth of ecommerce, learnings from their own career journeys, and much, much more.

4 Inspirations

Gain inspiration from leaders who have been through it and share an “insider’s view” into what they’re facing, the moves they’re making, and how they’re guiding their companies through these uncharted waters. This is an invite only, exclusive, non-recorded webinar for you, and you don’t want to miss it!

CJ Frailegh

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11am CT

CJ Fraleigh
Co-Founder of Entrepreneurial Equity Partners

CJ has an extensive track record as an investor and operating executive focused on building and leading consumer goods businesses. From 2005 to 2011 CJ served as CEO of Sara Lee North America, where he significantly improved its profitability, increased its rate of innovation and streamlined operations. Prior to that, he held the position of VP of Colas at PepsiCo, where he started his career and held progressively responsible positions. CJ also served as General Manager of GMC, Buick, and Pontiac for General Motors Corporation, where he worked to relaunch the Cadillac brand and has been credited with turning the brand around. He served as Chairman and CEO of Shearer’s Foods until 2017, a leading contract manufacturer and private label supplier for the snack industry. Here, he led a number of acquisitions over doubling the size of the business.

CJ currently holds the position of Co-Founder of Entrepreneurial Equity Partners and serves as Executive Chairman of Sara Lee Frozen Bakery. He also is currently on the board of Daniele International, a manufacturer of meat products. He previously was an active investor and board member of Gehl Foods, Nonni’s Biscotti, Darden, Sabre Holdings, and Shearer’s Foods.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 11 am CT

Stephanie Leffler
CEO, OneSpace

Stephanie Leffler has a long history of success in entrepreneurship. Currently, she serves as CEO of OneSpace, which provides a suite of tools to help CPG brands win top positioning on digital ecommerce platforms like Amazon. OneSpace helps CPG brands increase organic search visibility, improves rankings, monitors all product listings to increase sales across multiple online retailers at scale. The origins of OneSpace began in 2008 with the founding of Juggle.com, a crowdsourcing platform that in June of 2011, launched to the public and became OneSpace.

Stephanie began her entrepreneurial journey with the founding of MonsterCommerce, an ecommerce platform providing SMB’s with ecommerce software, design services and SEO. The company grew to serve over 8,000 businesses and exceed $20 Million in annual revenue. She led the sale to NetworkSolutions and served as SVP of Channels and Partnerships.

Past Webinars

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11am CT

Casey Keller
CEO, JDE Peet’s Coffee

Until recently, Casey Keller served as CEO of JDE Peet’s Coffee, the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea group by revenue, serving approximately 130 billion cups of coffee and tea in more than 100 developed and emerging countries. With a portfolio of more than 50 leading global, regional and local coffee and tea brands, one of which is Peet’s Coffee, Inc., where he previously served as CEO.

Prior to joining Peet’s, Casey was the Global President of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company from 2016 through 2017, responsible for growing sales and profit of the $6 billion subsidiary of Mars Inc. and managing the integration of Wrigley into Mars. Before that, he was Wrigley’s President of North America and the Americas. Casey began his FMCG career with Procter & Gamble and HJ Heinz, building many brands across categories and markets. He also served as president of Alberto Culver USA from 2008 until the company’s acquisition by Unilever in 2011.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 1pm CT

Jaime Schmidt
Founder, Schmidt’s Naturals

Jaime Schmidt is an entrepreneur and the founder of Schmidt’s Naturals, a global brand of natural personal care products that she started in her kitchen in Portland, Oregon in 2010. Jaime is known for modernizing natural personal care products, including the customer-favorite deodorant, and bringing them to the mainstream market. Under her leadership, Schmidt’s saw rapid growth year over year and eventually became a household name lining the shelves of retailers including Target, Costco, Whole Foods, Walmart and CVS across 30 countries. The brand was acquired by Unilever in 2017, and Jaime continues to support their global expansion.

Today, Jaime is focusing her efforts on helping emerging entrepreneurs pursue their own dreams. Jaime is the co-founder of Color, an investment portfolio that supports diverse and underrepresented founders, and in spring 2020 Jaime launched the Entrepreneurial Dream Project, a grant fund and mentorship program supporting early stage entrepreneurs impacted by the economic recession. This September, Jaime recently released her first book entitled “Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms,” a personalized guide on how to put your business on the map, turning your passion into profit.

 

You will receive a copy of the presenting executive’s book, Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms