Josephine Fairley – Founder of Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate

Jo Fairley is one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. After becoming the the UK’s youngest-ever magazine editor, at the age of 23, she set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 1991 when she co-founded Green & Black’s Chocolate, now a $100 million a year brand.

Jo is a highly-acclaimed motivational speaker, sharing the inspirational story of Green & Black’s and sharing her business insights with audiences from financial institutions to FTSE 100 companies, universities and more across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and USA.

Jo contributes to a wide range of publications from The Mail on Sunday’s YOU Magazine to Telegraph Online, and is author over 20 books including Sweet Dreams: The Story of Green & Black’s. She works as a brand consultant for a wide range of start-ups and household names.

As Jo explains: ‘I like to work closely with speaking clients to deliver the message which will most resonate with their audience, focusing on the lessons from the Green & Black’s journey which are most appropriate for any specific event – from an entrepreneurial slant, as a woman in business to an ethical and environmental angle, CSR, branding – or simply the extraordinary rollercoaster journey of Green & Black’s from a Portobello Road bedroom to a global ethical brand. When I was building Green & Black’s, I never regretted taking time out to hear an inspirational speaker – and I truly love being able to do that for others, now.’