About Ellen Weinreb, Founder
Corporate social responsibility pioneer, sustainability recruiter
Ellen Weinreb’s passion for sustainability and CSR dates back well before it was a buzz word. She launched a niche CSR consulting firm upon graduating from Yale with an MBA in 1998; clients include Levi Strauss, Nike, Clorox and Hewlett Packard. In 2005, she founded Sustainability Recruiting, an executive search firm placing sustainability professionals in corporate leadership roles. In 2011, she launched Weinreb Group, uniting her consulting and executive search expertise. She brings 15 years of sustainability and corporate social responsibility experience to her clients.
Ellen got her sustainability and CSR start in the early days of Corporate Social Responsibility – 1996 to be exact. Ellen had recently started business school at Yale. She wanted to find work that bridged her MBA with her previous work building enterprises with coffee farmers and artisans in Cameroon.
Her first week of school she opened the New York Times to read a cover story of Kathie Lee Gifford turning lemons into lemonade. Kathie Lee was the co-anchor of the Regis Phibin’s show with her own line of Wal-Mart clothing. Upon finding her line of clothing was produced in sweatshop conditions, Kathie Lee got on the first flight to Honduras and personally handed out hundred dollar bills. A stunt like that could not be pulled off today-complexities loom large. It is these complexities that Ellen understands and can help her clients navigate as an executive search partner.
Ellen is a regular contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post, and GreenBiz with her own column entitled “Talent Show.” She is a frequent speaker at such conferences as GreenBiz, Net Impact, Fortune Brainstorm Green, UN Global Compact, and Sustainable Brands.
Ellen is the recipient of the Count Me In 2010 Micro to Millions Award for women entrepreneurs.
10 year corporate social responsibility professional
Sharifah started her CSR and sustainability career 10+ years ago as Associate, Labor Law and Human Rights at Business for Social Responsibility, working in Hong Kong and San Francisco. She has worked with dozens of multinational corporations in the apparel, footwear, and financial industries, to specifically improve vendor management relations and general compliance challenges, within increasingly complex global supply chain management systems. She holds a BA from American University and a MA in business and Asian Studies from USF.
Talent developer, human resources professional
Jennifer brings over fifteen years of Human Resources and recruiting expertise to the Weinreb Group. She started her HR career in Silicon Valley high-tech, and quickly moved from the hard-disk industry to on-line publishing and interactive TV.
She loved the ingenuity, creativity and technology these companies offered, but wanted to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, focusing in workforce development and pathways out of poverty. After working at a large family foundation, she did Human Resources management in entrepreneurial non-profits with social missions and most recently worked for a global recruiting firm conducting specialized searches in the HR field.
Jennifer’s speciality is building cohesive teams in rapidly-scaling, changing environments. She has a personal goal of keeping her career in line with her values, and brings her unique skillset to every search she does.