Skip to main content
Join Joe Dobrow' 92 for a special, SOM-only happy hour prior to his panel discussion about his new book, Natural Prophets, at Powell's. This event is Free and includes appetizers provided by SOMAA. When: Wednesday, April 2, 5:30-6:30pm Where: Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, 210 NW 11th Ave, Portland. Register: http://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/hh-dobrow About Joe Dobrow: Joe Dobrow has been at the marketing helm of some of the most progressive brands of the last two decades. He is particularly well known within the natural foods industry, having served as the head of marketing for Fresh Fields, Whole Foods Market, Balducci's and Sprouts Farmers Market. He was also a top marketing executive at Flexcar (now known as Zipcar), and Discovery Channel. During a richly varied 28-year career that has also included stints in sports, media and non-profits, he has been hired by, and worked directly with, some of the country's most iconic business and sports executives – including AOL Co-Founder Steve Case, Whole Foods Founder and CEO John Mackey, Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Cowens, and legendary cause marketer Carol Cone. Dobrow has steered companies through the tectonic shifts in the marketing industry: going from traditional old style advertising and FSIs, to the customization of database marketing, to the new reality of "pull marketing" that dominates the landscape in a social media-centric world. His particular expertise is a layered style of marketing that is driven by data and substantive content (see www.BrickwallStrategy.com). He has written articles for many newspapers and magazines, is a former radio sportscaster, has lent his voice to many commercials and multimedia projects, and served as public address announcer at numerous sports and special events, including the dedication of the US Botanic Garden in 1994, where he introduced President Clinton and six First Ladies. He has also become something of an unwitting expert on the realities of the "new economy," having repeatedly been involved in the 21st Century boom-and-bust cycles of startups, turnarounds and mergers. He has frequently lectured about the topic, and has now developed an interactive teaching seminar and website called "The Layoff Game" (www.TheLayoffGame.com) to help managers learn how to deal with the gut-wrenching challenges of planning and implementing layoffs. Dobrow holds an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University (where he trained under the late John L. Thomas), an MBA from Yale University (where he studied with preeminent Western American historian Howard R. Lamar), and served as the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Additional Information

  • Contact

  • Location

    210 NW 11th Ave Portland, Oregon