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Founder & CEO, Bee Downtown
Fourth generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is a dynamic leader who started her
entrepreneurial journey at just 22 years old. Leigh Kathryn inspires, motivates, and moves audiences
through her unique and captivating storytelling ability. She is a strong advocate for women and strives to use her platform to empower and transform leadership and environmental stewardship in an ever-changing global economy. She is part of the TED speaking community, a 2017 Southern Living Southerner of the Year, a 2018 INC Magazine-30 Under 30 Rising Star, and most recently named to the exclusive Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, she spent her younger years on her family farm where she fell in love with agriculture. As the Founder and CEO of the rapidly expanding company Bee Downtown, she has made a name for herself in the historically male dominated industries of both entrepreneurship and agriculture.
Her company, Bee Downtown, installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses to help rebuild sustainable honeybee populations while simultaneously providing year-round employee engagement and leader development programming to many of the largest corporations in the world.
Leigh Kathryn’s enthusiasm and authenticity has earned Bee Downtown contracts with partners
including Delta, Chick-Fil-A, COX Enterprises, Invesco, AT&T, MetLife, Cisco, Burt’s Bees, Georgia Power and many more. Bee Downtown’s 300+ hives house more than 12 million honeybees creating hundreds of thousands of acres of healthy pollinator habitat. The company has been featured by
Forbes, BBC, Inc. Magazine, The Weather Channel, National Geographic, The New York Times, Southern Living Magazine, and more.
Notable 2019 Public Speaking Partnerships Include:
• Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Panelist
• American Heart Association Keynote Address
• NC State University Homecoming Keynote Address
• HB Hospitality 6 session Keynote Address
• NC Works Partnerships Annual Conference Keynote Address
• Durham Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day Keynote Address
• Lenovo Accelerate Panelist
• Raleigh, NC TEDx Speaker