Iona College Series on Ethical and Moral Leadership to Feature CEO Cindi Bigelow of Bigelow Tea

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cindi Bigelow, third-generation President and CEO of family-owned
Bigelow Tea, will speak on ethical and moral leadership in the business
world on May 5 as part of Iona College’s series, “Advancing Ethical and
Moral Leadership,” sponsored by the College’s School of Business.

Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., who launched the series to
give practical examples of ethical leadership for young people, said
Bigelow and her family-owned business are known for being committed to
good business practices and integrity.

“Cindi and her family clearly exemplify the type of business ethics that
we want to instill in students,” he said. “And Bigelow Tea, U.S. market
leader of specialty teas that produces more than 1.7 billion tea bags
annually, offers a perfect example of a company that is successful and
ethical in its practices, proving that success and ethics are not
mutually exclusive.”

Cindi holds a BS degree from Boston College, an MBA from Northwestern
University, Kellogg School of Management, and an Honorary Doctorate from
University of New Haven.

Dr. Charles Cante, Interim Dean of the business school, said, “Bigelow
Tea is known globally for its corporate social responsibility,
sustainability initiatives and work with veterans.”

Before being named CEO in 2005, Cindi spent 25 years in all areas of the
company her grandmother founded in 1945. Headquartered in Fairfield,
Conn., Bigelow Tea is the national market leader of specialty teas and
maker of “Constant Comment”® tea. The company employs 350 people across
three manufacturing facilities.

Cindi has led the company’s greening efforts. Initiatives to conserve
water and natural gas have earned Bigelow Tea the designation of being a
“Zero Waste to Landfill” company.

Cindi initiated the Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which has
donated $1.2 million to charities since 1987, and Bigelow’s Tea for
the Troops Project
has donated 4 million tea bags to U.S. service
men and women.

The Iona lecture series kicked off last year with a talk by William
McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief
speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

President Nyre said, “We believe our students and our nation greatly
benefit in learning though the experiences of others how to navigate our
complex world where ethics and values often conflict with business
situations and decisions.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20
miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of more than
3,900 students and an alumni base of more than 40,000 across the world.
The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to
academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s
School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a highly
acclaimed distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools

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Iona College
Todd Wilson, 914-637-2686
Director, College Marketing & Communications (MarCom)