Karyn Calabrese, CEO 0f Karyn’s, a company specializing in raw foods and vegan meals, is the featured Entrepreneur of the Week on this week’s edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke.
A vegan for more than 25 years, Calabrese not only wanted to share her healthy lifestyle with others, she wanted to change the hippie, tree-hugger image often associated with vegetarians. As a result, Calabrese, whose businesses (www.karynraw.com) are based in Chicago, has launched a complete line of products (vitamins and beauty items), services (spa, chiropractic, and acupuncture treatments), and restaurants. The 15-year-old Karyn’s Fresh Corner is considered the oldest raw food restaurant in Chicago. Karyn’s Cooked offers a wide range of cooked and raw international vegetarian dishes that range from Thai skewers to pizza. Her latest, Karyn’s on Green (www.karynsongreen.com), is a multilevel restaurant, bar, and lounge that opened last year.
Our Power Player segment features Whirlpool International President Michael Todman, recently named Corporate Executive of the Year by Black Enterprise. Todman, recognized for his leadership role in boosting the financial performance of the home appliance giant, shares his strategy to take Whirlpool’s 13 brands, including KitchenAid, Admiral, Amana and Maytag, global. Todman is also listed among the Black Enterprise 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.
Also this week on the Black Enterprise Business Report, Greenpath Debt Solutions Financial Counselor Eric Salazar separates fact from fiction about your credit score in our Wealth for Life segment, and Monif Clarke, CEO of Monif C. Plus Sizes, reviews the latest trends in plus-size designer fashion in Executive Style.
Black Enterprise Business Report is the award-winning weekly, half-hour program offering a mix of one-on-one Power Player interviews with top Black corporate executives, Wealth for Life discussions on personal finance, Entrepreneur of the Week profiles of successful small business owners, Quick Tips providing actionable advice from top business leaders, and Executive Style featuring the hottest lifestyle trends and luxury living for today’s consumer.