Innovating Philanthropy:Panera’s Social Experiment
Panera Bread visionary Ron Shaich has spent his career trying to change the way America eats by focusing on choice and a high quality, self-esteem-building experience. Since its founding, Panera has grown to 1600 bakery-cafes around the country, including its recent self-esteem-building experience, Panera Cares Community Cafes – non-profit cafes to address food insecurity.
Ron’s vision was to launch a “pay-what-you-can” cafe and see whether the community would support it. If the concept succeeded, the Panera Bread Foundation would have a platform to leverage all of Panera’s expertise and resources to fight food insecurity at scale.
Ron will share his passion for expanding the Panera Cares Community Cafe concept to make a difference in the world and how Panera is engaging offline communities, as well as social media and word-of-mouth, to fight food insecurity and ignite a social movement. As the concept continues to prove its success, it might be the best choice he’s ever made.
Additional Supporting Materials
http://tedxstlouis.com/speakers/ron-shaich-panera/; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-stoiber/how-do-you-innovate-digni_b_870730.html; http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/corporations_must_become_socia.html; http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/corporatio
- Ron Shaich, Founder, Chairman, Co-CEO, Panera Bread
Linn Parrish, Vice President, Public Relations, Panera Bread
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