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Startup Grind Greenwich Hosts Cindi Bigelow (Bigelow Tea Company)
Cindi Bigelow is the 3rd generation President & CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea. Thanks to Cindi’s savvy business moves, Bigelow Tea has experienced unprecedented growth and become the nation’s number one specialty tea company. Headquartered in Fairfield, the company remains a family-owned business and employs 330 people across three manufacturing facilities, producing over 1.6 billion tea bags annually. She holds a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and an Honorary Doctorate from University of New Haven.
Before assuming her role as the third generation president and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea in 2005, Cindi Bigelow spent 20 years in virtually all areas of the company that her grandmother founded. Cindi is instrumental in expanding Bigelow Tea into new channels while building awareness and brand engagement across social media—all to ensure Bigelow Tea is accessible everywhere, 24/7.
As passionate as she is about producing the finest cup of tea, Cindi is equally concerned about community and sustainability issues. She initiated the Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge that has donated over $1 million to local charities and participates in volunteer projects that include Habitat for Humanity’s Adopt-a-Home program. Under her leadership, the company was one of the first in Connecticut to install solar panels to offset energy usage, and she has implemented other innovations that have earned Bigelow Tea the distinction of being a Zero Waste to Landfill company.
Community minded, Cindi initiated the Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in 1987 that has donated nearly $1 million to local charities since inception and Bigelow’s Tea For the Troops Project that donates tea to US service men and women. A passionate advocate for education, Cindi makes frequent classroom appearances speaking to students about business, business ethics and career development, and has been the keynote speaker at the Greenbrier Women in Leadership Conference, among many others. She has served on many boards, including Bridgeport and Fairfield Universities. Numerous awards include Mass Mutual and UCONN Family Business of the Year, Ernst & Young Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year, Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction, 2010 Notable Women in Business Award, and 2012 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry.
6:00 Food and Drinks
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Mix and Mingle