Keynote speaker Julius Walls is the former CEO of Greyston Bakery, a $7 million social enterprise, which pioneered an apprentice program with over 65 at-risk employees in Yonkers, New York. In a CBS news feature, Walls said, ”I wanted to show that people that are homeless, if they’re given the chance and the right training, could not only work in our labor force but can produce the high niche items of our society.” Walls’ efforts to provide jobs for at-risk communities have been nationally recognized.
Today Walls is the pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Yonkers, NY and the President of Greater Centennial Community Development Corp, the nonprofit arm of a 5000+ member church. Rev. Walls has worked in business, academia, and the church, serving as VP for a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company, as an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools at NYU and BGI and serves on several local and national non-profit and government boards. He is the co-author, with Kevin Lynch, of Mission, Inc. The Practitioner’s Guide to Social Enterprise.
September 10, 2015 at the Posner Center for International Development.