HATCH CONSULTING FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
VISION | DEVELOPMENT | RESOURCES | HANDS-ON SUPPORT
VISION | DEVELOPMENT | RESOURCES | HANDS-ON SUPPORT
to do what you do best. We will collaborate with you to define goals, challenges, and opportunities for your situation.
and learn from those who have been there who can share first-hand experience, insight and advice.
with someone who is accessible and approachable and will provide the tools you need to be successful.
When just seventeen, Janet Davas wanted to change the world by helping people. She got off to a great start by choosing the University of Texas in Austin — progressive even then — and especially progressive for Texas. But she got off track one night after attending a college mixer of potential oil industry types and changed her major to Petroleum Land Management. She earned her BBA in 1979 with honors. Janet then managed to be the first woman hired by one of our major domestic oil companies in the role of Petroleum Landman.
Janet’s detour lasted almost thirty years which she spent in the private energy sector in various project management and consulting positions. This work took her back and forth from Texas to Louisiana including several stops in New Orleans. Then Hurricane Katrina struck her beloved city of New Orleans and she chose to return and pick up the thread of helping people.
She began as a volunteer at Café Reconcile, a food service-based mission for at-risk youth in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. After a short while, she went on payroll at Café Reconcile as Director of Development and was then named Interim CEO. By now she had been bitten by the bug of helping people and set out on her own to expand services to even more disconnected youth in New Orleans.
The ReFresh Project | Growing Communities | Whole Foods Market
Liberty’s Kitchen – The ReFresh Project
ReFresh Breaks Ground | Whole Kids | Whole Foods Market
The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an accounting framework that incorporates three dimensions of performance: social, environmental and financial.
This differs from traditional reporting frameworks as it includes ecological (or environmental) and social measures that can be difficult to assign appropriate means of measurement. The TBL dimensions are also commonly called the three Ps: people, planet and profits.
As a double bottom line company, L+M Development Partners measures its success not only in financial returns but also by the positive impact it makes. It has been intriguing for me to observe a nonprofit taking the same approach, albeit from a different direction. I have been impressed with the innovative business approach undertaken through Janet’s leadership and her ability to combine both business and mission for the betterment of the young people and the community which Liberty’s Kitchen serves. With Janet’s launch of Hatch, LLC, I will be eager to see what types of unique projects she will be applying this same innovative approach to, and further, do hope to include her expertise in some of L+M’s own projects – helping to deepen our commitment to the positive social impact we can make in our communities together.
Throughout my involvement with the ReFresh Project in New Orleans, I have been impressed by Liberty’s Kitchen’s use of business development and earned income in support of its mission. Under Janet’s leadership, Liberty’s Kitchen has grown to have multiple lines of foodservice business ranging from its production partnership with Whole Foods Market to its School Nutrition Program where hundreds of low-income children receive healthy, freshly prepared meals daily. However, Janet never loses sight of the true purpose of operating these businesses. Not only do they generate revenue in support of mission, but they also provide real world training environments for the youth they serve – as well as the additional social impact of feeding children healthy, fresh food. Janet’s impact will live on through the many lives touched by Liberty’s Kitchen. Now with the launch of her consulting business Hatch, many others will be impacted by her ability to bring together the common goals of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations for the greater good.
Since its inception, I have been captivated by the growth, progress and impact of Liberty’s Kitchen – and the sheer determination of its founder Janet Davas to build a strong organization that is dedicated to its community and especially to the youth it serves. There are very few tangible paths for New Orleans youth to break the cycles of poverty and joblessness. Liberty’s Kitchen not only provides a tangible path, but “doubles down” on its mission impact by providing transformational training and nutritious meals to children in need. As a model member of Catalyst Kitchens, Liberty’s Kitchen serves as a premier example of the impact food-service social enterprise is having on communities across the country.”
It is a true pleasure and honor for me to write a few words of support for my friend Janet Davas, an entrepreneur and leader with a wonderful heart and a great sense of purpose in the world. Over the past couple of years we worked together as part of the Refresh project in mid-city New Orleans, and I can tell you Janet is a wonderful teammate and someone who cares deeply about both people and community. Her incredible work in founding and opening Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans has touched so many lives, including mine. Thank you, Janet.
Several months ago, I began with an idea for a business providing healthy food choices in the Pre-K school market in Charlotte. Recognizing that this idea might be a real opportunity to increase healthy food choices in Charlotte’s daycare and school settings, I decided to reach out to my network to help identify someone that could help me turn this opportunity into reality. Charles Thomas, Executive Director of Queen City Forward, highly recommended Janet Davas for this project and after our first phone conversation, I knew it was the perfect match! Ninety days later, I had a complete business plan with a carved out concept, operational and marketing plans and three years of financial forecasts. My “vision” was now a living and breathing plan! I would highly recommend Janet to any social entrepreneur- she is smart, savvy, passionate, and an extremely inspiring mentor.