Basic Info

Name:
Cornelia Guest
Contributor Status:
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Initial Contribution Date:
08/31/2014
Primary Location:
New York, NY, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Non-Profits / Philanthropy
Personal Career Headline:
Founder of Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies
Business Description (One-Liner):

Philanthropist

Experience Timeline:
21-30 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Cornelia Guest has been passionate about animals and nature since she was a child. Her passion is reflected in every aspect of her life including her philanthropy, animal activism, and business enterprises.

In 2009 she founded Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies, catering high-end charity and  entertainment events with healthy, vegan dishes. Her mission is to encourage and inspire people to be conscious of the diet choices they make in their daily lives.

Daughter of American fashion icon CZ Guest and polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, Cornelia has been able to use her media attention and professional contacts to support Humane Society of New York, and was named by Donna Karan as one of the Women Who Inspire. Cornelia is also an advocate for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality and hosted their fall 2010 event with Mayor Bloomberg.

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How did you get into the industry?:

I have always been rescuing or helping animals since I was a child, as it’s so important to me to give back.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

Animals have been a huge inspiration to me; I remember reading about Elsa the Lion in Born Free and I wanted to be just like Joy Adamson. Dian Fossey who did such incredible work with gorillas their conservation was also a great inspiration for me.

I love a chocolate chip cookie and saw no reason I couldn’t make a cruelty free one.  All proceeds from my cookies go to the Humane Society of New York.  As for my line of cruelty-free handbags, I wanted to create an intelligent bag alternative for people- one that was under $300 dollars, while also being beautiful, elegant & functional.

“One of my favorite things in the world is a warm chocolate chip cookie. So I decided to make my own. Not too sweet, not too large, no animal products… just right. And I only wish I could eat just one! I tested these cookies on so many of my friends, and I never saw anyone who did not come back for more. A percentage of the sales of Cornelia Guest Cookies goes to the Humane Society of New York. I’m on their board and am honored to work with them. They are lovely. They take such wonderful care of so many critters, a cause so dear to my heart. Critters and chocolate chip cookies…what could be better.”

What's next for the Business in the near future?:

Expanding the Cruelty Free world of Cornelia Guest

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business? Greatest Accomplishment?:

Greatest achievement as a philanthropist:

I love when my cookies sell out, knowing that the proceeds will be benefiting all the critters at the Humane Society of New York.

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Favorite People/Role Models?:

Aileen Mehle, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

Italy

What Else To Know

One food and drink on earth, what would you choose?:

Red Wine & Cornelia Guest Cookies

What literature is on your bed stand?:

Moveable Feast, Hemmingway – my favorite. Also Rita Mae Brown’s Nine Lives to Die.

Tell Us More:

Define a great philanthropist. 

Any person that has passion & love for the philanthropy that they are involved.

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