ABOUT

Barb Brown
Principal & Co-Founder

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Barb is a 25+ year veteran in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Many would say she’s even a pioneer in the industry having founded one of the first consulting firms focused in this now burgeoning field. Known for applying common sense principles, Barb tries to live and lead by these principles. Follow your instincts. Do what’s right. Respect your elders. Honesty is the best policy. Treat people the way you want to be treated. It’s the example she gives the BrownFlynn team and how she expects the team to serve its clients. The team describes Barb as setting the bar high—both for them and the Firm’s clients. By doing so, Barb ensures clients are satisfied while upholding BrownFlynn’s established reputation for delivering sustainable value. Her high expectations allow BrownFlynn to guide its clients to do good, do well, and win—for themselves, their shareholders, their stakeholders, their communities, and, ultimately, the world.

Barb is Principal-in-Charge of several clients, including Cleveland Clinic, Eaton, General Motors, Forest City, KeyCorp and many more. Recognized as an expert in the industry, Barb is a sought after speaker, author, and thought leader. Look for Barb’s blog posts on the Firm’s monthly column on GreenBiz.com called Shift Happens, and, stay tuned for a book she is co-writing with her business partner, Margie Flynn.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • B.A. in Communications, John Carroll University

  • Completion of GRI-Certified G4 Training

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Cornerstone Capital, Inc., Global Advisory Committee

  • Board of Directors, John Carroll University

  • Global Reporting Initiative, Organizational Stakeholder, 1st U.S. Certified Training Partner, Community Leader

  • International Association of Business Communicators, “The 500 Club”

  • National Investor Relations Institute, Cleveland Chapter Officer

  • U.S. Social Investment Forum, Member and Annual Meeting Committee

  • United Nations Global Compact, Signatory

  • The Conference Board Business and Sustainability Conference, organizer and presenter

  • EcoVadis, U.S. Training Partner

  • Ethisphere, BELA member, contributing columnist and speaker

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Ethisphere, speaker and member of Business Ethics Leadership Alliance

  • The Conference Board Business and Sustainability Conference, organizer and presenter 2008–2014

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Alumni Medal recipient, John Carroll University

MY PROJECTS

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