Eric's Perspective

Eric’s Perspective: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks

Episode 8

In this episode, Eric sits down with his lovely wife Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks at their residence where they discuss her great love of African American art… how being of African descent lead her to study African American art to help her connect with her history and heritage and how art enriches her life and work environment. They discuss the power of art as a weapon to tell a story beyond the history textbooks and make the world a better place. 

Guest Bio: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is the President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, maker of ECOS® Laundry Detergent and over 200 other environmentally friendly products that are safer for people, pets, and the planet. Made with plant-powered ingredients, ECOS® cleaners are thoughtfully sourced, pH balanced, readily biodegradable, easily recyclable, and never tested on animals.

Kelly has been recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement and in corporate social responsibility. She is outspoken in her commitment to sustainability in her products, her facilities, and her employment practices. Under Kelly’s leadership, Earth Friendly Products achieved carbon neutrality at all four of its manufacturing facilities in 2013 through a series of major sustainability initiatives, including the switch to 100% renewable electricity. She has been instrumental in making Earth Friendly Products a model for green business practices and a leader in the green cleaning products market.

About Eric’s Perspective: A podcast series on African American art with Eric Hanks

Eric Hanks — African American art specialist, owner of the renowned M. Hanks Gallery, and commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; offers his perspective on African American art through in-depth conversations with fellow art enthusiasts where they discuss the past, present & future of African American art.

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