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Episode 2 : Hamdi Ulukaya: We Need a New Leadership Playbook

October 5, 2021 | [wpv-post-taxonomy-iterator taxonomy="season" field="views|shortcode|single|wpv-taxonomy-title"][wpv-taxonomy-title][/wpv-post-taxonomy-iterator] | 01:02:25

Leave it to a food maker to change the culture of corporate America. Hamdi Ulukaya’s story reads like a modern-day fairy tale: born and raised a shepherd boy in Turkey, he came to the United States with $3,000 in his pocket and became a billionaire businessman. His unwavering commitment to community has made Hamdi a revered voice of inclusion across the business landscape—a voice that is leading the way in calling for business reform at the highest levels. His bold leadership is the very inspiration for The B Team’s New Leadership Playbook.

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Growing up in the mountains of Turkey, Hamdi’s life wasn’t exactly bucolic, but there wasn’t much to be afraid of. Except for wolves. Luckily, in that society, if a wolf killed the entire flock, the other members of the community would each send one sheep to the affected family.


So when Hamdi learned of an unsuccessful dairy factory in upstate New York that was shutting down, he saw not just a business opportunity for himself, but a societal opportunity to save not just jobs, but the memories that make up a thriving community.


Today, that factory’s success has been the engine of a $2 billion company, Chobani, which means “shepherd” in Turkish, a nod to Hamdi’s roots. In this episode of 10x Bolder, you’ll hear about how he has paid homage to his roots by honoring his commitment to community. Hamdi has also founded a nonprofit called the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a network of more than 180 major companies committed to integrating refugees in their host communities.


MORE RESOURCES

TED Talk, “The Anti-CEO Playbook”

The Tent Partnership for Refugees

Vice documentary, “Moving Humanity Forward”


GUESTS

Hamdi Ulukaya

Episode 2: Hamdi Ulukaya: We Need a New Leadership Playbook

October 5, 2021 | Season 1 | 01:02:25

Leave it to a food maker to change the culture of corporate America. Hamdi Ulukaya’s story reads like a modern-day fairy tale: born and raised a shepherd boy in Turkey, he came to the United States with $3,000 in his pocket and became a billionaire businessman. His unwavering commitment to community has made Hamdi a revered voice of inclusion across the business landscape—a voice that is leading the way in calling for business reform at the highest levels. His bold leadership is the very inspiration for The B Team’s New Leadership Playbook.

Read More

Growing up in the mountains of Turkey, Hamdi’s life wasn’t exactly bucolic, but there wasn’t much to be afraid of. Except for wolves. Luckily, in that society, if a wolf killed the entire flock, the other members of the community would each send one sheep to the affected family.


So when Hamdi learned of an unsuccessful dairy factory in upstate New York that was shutting down, he saw not just a business opportunity for himself, but a societal opportunity to save not just jobs, but the memories that make up a thriving community.


Today, that factory’s success has been the engine of a $2 billion company, Chobani, which means “shepherd” in Turkish, a nod to Hamdi’s roots. In this episode of 10x Bolder, you’ll hear about how he has paid homage to his roots by honoring his commitment to community. Hamdi has also founded a nonprofit called the Tent Partnership for Refugees, a network of more than 180 major companies committed to integrating refugees in their host communities.


MORE RESOURCES

TED Talk, “The Anti-CEO Playbook”

The Tent Partnership for Refugees

Vice documentary, “Moving Humanity Forward”


GUESTS

Hamdi Ulukaya

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