Sharon Rowe is the CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc., which she founded in 1989. In 2010 the company became a certified BCorporation.
ECOBAGS® is the original reusable bag brand. Sold worldwide, it is recognized as “Best for The World” by BCorporation for social and environmental commitments and standards.
Sharon is a thought leader in social innovation and sustainable and responsible production. She speaks regularly on building profitable, mission- and value-aligned businesses. Sharon believes that business is a currency for ideas that shape culture and can be used as a force for good. Her speaking engagements have taken her wide and far—from Yale University to Sing-Sing Prison and from the Nairobi Center for Innovation in Kenya to the Social Venture Institute conference in the Hudson Valley.
She has been featured in Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, on NPR – Air America, and in the award-winning documentary, “BagIt.” ECOBAGS® were also featured on The Oprah’s Winfrey Show’s first Earth Day episode in 2007.
Sharon has received numerous awards, including the National 2012 Enterprising Woman, CBS Radio Women’s Achievement, Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year, 914Inc-Westcheser Magazine Most Accomplished Women, the Women’s Enterprise Development Center’s Lilian Vernon Award, and The Westchester Collaborative Theatre’s Most Valuable Player.
Sharon is an active member of the Social Venture Network and the Women’s President’s Organization. She has served on The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater board and is on the Westchester Collaborative Theatre board.
Sharon lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband Blake, a musician and teacher. Her two grown children, Eva and Julian, are living out of state, pursuing their interests. Eva, a civil engineer is focused on sustainable design. Julian, a cartoonist published in The New Yorker Magazine, contributed to this book.