Sharon Rowe is the CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. ECOBAGS® is the original reusable bag brand, sold worldwide, recognized as “Best for The World” by Bcorporation for social and environmental commitments and standards.
Sharon is recognized as a thought leader in social innovation, sustainable and responsible production since 1989. She speaks regularly on building profitable, mission & value aligned businesses, believing that business can be a force for good, a currency for ideas that shape culture. Her speaking engagements are varied, taking her wide and far, from Yale University to Sing-Sing Prison, the Nairobi Center for Innovation in Kenya to 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 featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day Show.
Sharon has received numerous awards, including the National 2012 Enterprising Woman, CBS Radio Women’s Achievement, Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year, 914Inc Westchester Magazine's 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, the Women Presidents' Organization, has served on The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater board and is on the Westchester Collaborative Theatre board. Eco-Bags Products is a certified BCorporation.
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.