by Kaylee Hultgren | June 01, 2008

Mary Tribble“Event planning allows us to make an impact and create positive change in the world.”

Mary Tribble, president of Tribble Creative Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based multimedia production company, was honored this year as a “green business leader” by the Charlotte Business Journal. Her most recent accomplishment: co-founding the Charlotte Green Team, a group of more than 30 community leaders dedicated to producing sustainable events and business practices.

When did you first begin to tackle environmental issues? Ten years ago, I began traveling to remote places like Tibet, Mongolia, Africa and Peru. The fragility of those environments woke me up to the threat to our planet. As I began to ponder the impact our industry has on the environment, I knew it was time to change the way we do business.

Do you have a mentor or role model? The Dalai Lama, who, despite years of repression and exile, still speaks of the Chinese with kindness and compassion. I was lucky enough to see him teach at his exiled home in India a few months ago. His teachings of love and compassion should be a model for all world leaders.

What do you like most about event planning? I like that it allows us, as professionals, to make an impact and create positive change in the world.

What celebrity would make the best planning partner? Bono, who has used his career and celebrity to impact the world in a positive way. We could create a rockin’ fundraiser together.