The Only Way Forward is Together

Sure Feels Good to do Good and Live Well

Our Mission

Every individual and every business impacts the planet and the lives of the people on it. We only have one Earth, and if we are going to survive, we have to live in a way that is cooperative, compassionate, and sustainable.

 That means that we each take actions every day to ensure a life of dignity for all people, protect the planet that sustains us, and support those who make sustainable living possible.

 At Grow Ensemble, our mission is to make sustainability and better-for-the-world business practices the norm for both individuals and businesses, to support an impact economy. Our focus is accelerating the cultural shift that leads to consumer expectations of sustainability and fair practices of the companies they engage with. 

For us, this means spreading awareness of social and environmental issues we face, highlighting the companies and organizations providing solutions to these issues, and inviting our community to engage with these solutions daily.

 We have to keep growing in our impact, and the only way forward is together.

about-page-people-planet-graphic-v2How Do We Feel About the Planet?

Big fans. When we think about every single component of the ecosystems that work together to make life possible, how can we not be obsessed with making sure it’s protected! We simply cannot recreate the complex, intricate systems that all life relies on, so we have to preserve the one we have. 

It’s a no-brainer.

How Do We Feel About Humans?

Love ‘em. Human connection is such an amazing opportunity and necessity. And as humans, that connection exists between all of us. We love the beautiful ideas, thoughts, and creations humans can share. 

Each human has the potential to positively impact the world. That means taking care of the planet we all need and making sure all humans have the security and resources to thrive. In fact, what could possibly be more important than that?

Says Who?

one-percent-logo-small-1We are a 1% for the Planet Member, donating 1% of our top-line revenue to environmental nonprofits since 2019. We’ve also been a Certified Climate Neutral business, since early 2020 (you can read more about our Climate Neutral Certification if you’re interested). 

Best of all, this is just the beginning! We are actively pursuing our B Corporation Certification and plan to achieve a qualifying score by the end of 2020 (read more about our B Impact Assessment process to see how it’s going).

We want to write about the issues and solutions you care about. If there’s a question you have or a topic you want us to explore, let us know!

The Grow Ensemble Team


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Cory Ames

CEO & Co-Founder

Cory is from Spokane, WA in the beautiful PNW, but now lives in San Antonio, TX.  

Cory took up digital marketing on the side in college at Gonzaga University and has continued deepening his knowledge of this skillset ever since. 

Before starting Grow Ensemble, Cory was the CEO Firegang Dental Marketing, where he oversaw the company’s 100 client accounts. 

Cory loves to read, write (over at, and get outdoors with his beautiful wife and pup! 


Annie Bright

Co-Founder & Director of Partnerships

Annie is from Corpus Christi, TX and now lives in San Antonio.

Annie is a life-long student. After getting her law degree, she decided to pursue a master’s degree at the Fletcher School at Tufts.

In addition to her schooling, Annie has quite the smorgasbord of professional experience: she worked in advertising, taught English and Government at a Spanish high school, and was a writers’ assistant in reality TV.

Most importantly, Annie is passionate about impact. Her impact experience has been primarily with refugees, immigrants, and individuals experiencing homelessness.  


Milou Jones

“The Podcast Pup”

Milou is a podcast junkie, and it’s her enthusiasm for the medium that makes our Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast so compelling week after week. 

She also loves fetch (can’t get enough of it), licking plates, and sunbathing. 

It Takes a Village to Spread the Word

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Rebecca Berry

Lead Developer & Project Manager

Alma Rominger

Operations Manager

Our Contributing Writers

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Rebecca Cruse


Sam Shonfeld


Melissa Zepeda


Ken Briggs


Jacqueline Goodwin

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