Our History

“ Jeff Klein, Michael Strong, John Mackey, Philomena Blees in 2009


Peace Through Commerce (“PTC”) and Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (“AWE”) were originally created as programs by FLOW in 2006, along with a third program called “Conscious Capitalism” (see www.consciouscapitalism.org).

FLOW, or Freedom Lights Our World, is a nonprofit corporation that was Co-Founded in 2005 by John Mackey, CEO and Co-Founder of Whole Foods Market, and Michael Strong, visionary and educator to promote entrepreneurial solutions to world problems.

PTC separated from FLOW to become its own free-standing, independent non-profit organization on November 9, 2010, committed to creating a world of evolving consciousness and peace for all.  That first new board of directors were:

  • Joyce Beck
  • Philomena Blees
  • Felora Derakhshani
  • Nitsan Gordon
  • Barbara Jenkins
  • Teri Johnson-Sapp

To find out more about PTC's origin and history, click here.


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