08 Oct October 9, 2020 – TV Movie Star Columbus Short, Massage Envy Beth Stiller and New Corporation Joel Bakan
Columbus Short – Television Actor and Author of Short Stories
My book is about evolution, the evolution of man. We have to
constantly be evolving, because if we don’t evolve, we die.
Columbus Short, a film and television actor, producer and singer/songwriter is best known for his role in ABC’s Scandal, Stomp the Yard, Cadillac Records, Armored, and The Losers. Short choreographed and creative directed Britney Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour at the age of 20. His acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served. He then embarked on a career in television, appearing twice in the Disney Channel Original Series, That’s So Raven, as well as ER and Judging Amy. In 2005, Short founded a film and television production company, Great Picture Show Productions, developed from his passion for writing and producing. In 2008, Short won Best Ensemble for Cadillac Records at the Black Reel Awards and was nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance. In 2009, he won the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Cadillac Records. Short’s latest book, Short Stories: The Autobiography of Columbus Short, not only details Columbus Short’s journey from childhood to Hollywood, it shows how even the most checkered of pasts can create a different person with the right amount of will and drive, especially when it comes to fulfilling your true destiny.
Beth Stiller – CEO of Massage Envy
Beth Stiller was promoted to CEO of Massage Envy on November 25, 2019. She is the first female leader of the brand, the largest provider of therapeutic massage and skin care services in the U.S. collectively across its nearly 1,100 franchise locations in 49 states. Beth has more than 20 years of global and domestic experience in retail, branding, merchandising, and management. She is a driver of retail and product innovation with a proven track record of achieving results through motivating teams and influencing positive change. She joined Massage Envy in 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer. In this previous role, she was deeply involved in all facets of commercial and operational strategies and the development and deployment of services, products, and programs to the Massage Envy franchise network.
Joel Bakan – Professor of law at the University of British Columbia and Author of The New Corporation
When you look at B-corps, the standards are not strict at all.
There is no real regulation
Joel Bakan is a writer, jazz musician, filmmaker, and professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. An internationally renowned legal authority, Bakan has written widely on law and its social and economic impact. His critically acclaimed international hit, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, electrified readers around the world and became a bestseller in several countries. The book inspired a feature documentary film, The Corporation, written by Bakan and co-created with Mark Achbar, which won numerous awards, including best foreign documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and was a critical and box office success. Bakan’s highly regarded scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs, as well as textbooks, edited collections, and numerous articles in leading legal and social science journals. Bakan’s recently released book, The New Corporation: How ‘Good’ Corporations are Bad for Democracy reveals how citizens around the world are fighting back and making gains in ways that bolster democracy and benefit ordinary citizens rather than the corporate elite.