Gooder

Diana Fryc

After spending 20 years working in the food, beverage & wellness industry I’ve created this podcast to introduce you to the powerhouse women who have found success on every level. My goal is to give you direct access to their insights and expertise in order to help you make your business ”Gooder”.

The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms
Jul 18 2022
The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms
Brooke Lucy is the Co-owner and Founder of Bluebird Grain Farms, a vertically integrated farm business that produces, processes, and sells ancient and heritage wheat and grains. Brooke is a visionary, educator, people person, and networker. She believes that people deserve access to pure, clean food, and she believes that producers have an obligation and social responsibility to the planet and humankind to grow and deliver sustainable food with minimal water use and a low carbon footprint. Brooke is honored to be an entrepreneurial environmentalist where she can work with the land and integrate her infinite wisdom while driving good food to the people. In this episode… How do nutritious, ancient grains and wheat positively impact the environment? For quite some time, people have been unaware of ancient grains’ and wheats’ importance. In 2005, Brooke Lucy and her husband, Sam Lucy, started their vertically integrated farm business to raise awareness, grow, process, and sell organic ancient grains and heritage wheat varieties. Now, she’s here to share the challenges and lessons they’ve learned while growing and selling heirloom grains.  In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Brooke Lucy, the Co-owner and Founder of Bluebird Grain Farms, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in growing, processing, and selling organic ancient grains and wheat. Brooke explains the fundamental shift in people's demand for ancient grains and wheat, product development and the farming practices they use to grow their grains, challenges they’ve faced, and her advice to new farmers and entrepreneurs.
Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva
Jul 4 2022
Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva
Angela Zeng is the Founder and CEO of Karviva, a wellness beverage brand. Angela has over 17 years of experience within the functional beverage and juice industry. Her passion for natural healing is rooted in her strong belief in traditional Chinese medicine and herbal sciences. Angela's heritage and passion for Eastern medicine, combined with her education and experience in modern medical research, motivated her to create something new for consumers. In this episode… How do you provide wellness through healthy drinks — and run a successful brand? More people want to consume healthier foods and beverages — and it’s up to entrepreneurs to leverage this. Angela Zeng believes that earth has provided us with an abundance of simple, natural, and nutritious plant-based ingredients — not just to sustain life, but to help it flourish. With this in mind, Angela started her beverage brand to take care of people in a natural way. Now, she’s sharing the challenges and lessons she has learned while running her company. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Angela Zeng, Founder and CEO of Karviva, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey running a successful, healthy beverage brand. Angela explains where the idea for Karviva came from, how to manage food waste, the challenges and lessons she learned maneuvering a young, growing brand in the beverage industry, and the impacts of veganism and plant-based foods on the American diet.
How To Succeed in the Refrigerated Snacks Space Featuring Leigh Keith, Perfect Snacks
Jun 27 2022
How To Succeed in the Refrigerated Snacks Space Featuring Leigh Keith, Perfect Snacks
Leigh Keith is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Perfects Snacks, which makes fresh-from-the-fridge protein snacks out of love for optimal health, fitness, and nutrition. Leigh has remained steadfast in building healthy communities from the inside out. In July of 2019, Perfect Snacks gained a majority interest acquisition from Mondelēz International, the global snacking leader. Leigh and Perfect Snacks have been awarded the NEXTY Award from New Hope media, and San Diego Magazine also named Leigh a Woman of the Year finalist. In this episode… Do you have what it takes to succeed in the refrigerated snacks sector? At age 19, Leigh Keith started Perfect Snacks with her family. Now, they’ve revolutionized the billion-dollar protein category. How did they do it? Leigh shares the journey of how Perfect Snacks managed to be successful in creating fresh, grab-and-go snacking options. She says that to succeed in this space, you have to be passionate and expect challenges but have a mindset that every misstep is taking you somewhere. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Leigh Keith, the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Perfect Snacks, to discuss the entrepreneurial journey as a successful refrigerated snacks brand. Leigh talks about Perfect Snacks and some of the challenges of running a business as a young person, their acquisition by Mondelēz International, leadership strategies, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.
How to Successfully Run a For-Good, For-Profit Brand Featuring Suz Hernandez, MamaP
Jun 20 2022
How to Successfully Run a For-Good, For-Profit Brand Featuring Suz Hernandez, MamaP
Suzan (Suz) Hernandez is the Founder and CEO at MamaP, a CPG brand that strives to make Mama Earth proud by offering affordable, eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products in beauty, health, and home goods. Coupled with an MBA from Indiana University and work experience at leading companies like Nike and P&G, Suz has a passion and drive for blending consumer products with purpose, sustainability, and design. Suz is leading the vision, product innovation, and go-to-market for MamaP. MamaP is a triple bottom-line company — focusing on people, planet, and then profits. In this episode… If we take care of Mother Earth, in turn, she’ll take care of us. So, how do you promote affordable and eco-friendly products? After becoming aware of the lack of options in the eco-friendly product space, Suz Hernandez founded MamaP. She shares their journey, challenges, and the lessons they’ve learned running MamaP to encourage other brands that it is possible to have a for-good, for-profit brand that’s eco-friendly. Suz believes that together, people have the power to make a difference and put Mother Earth first. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Suz Hernandez, the Founder and CEO of MamaP, to discuss ways to successfully run an eco-friendly brand. Suz explains the reasons why MamaP exists as a for-good, for-profit brand, the challenges and lessons they’ve learned, and how they’re growing and creating change.
Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks
Jun 6 2022
Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks
Katrina Borisjuk is the Senior Director of SnackFutures and Intrapreneurial Founder and Lead of Dirt Kitchen Snacks Brands, the first business launched under Mondelēz International's Innovation and Venture hub. Dirt Kitchen Snacks is on a mission to make real veggies irresistibly snackable and help consumers get more veggies into their lives. Katrina has been with Mondelēz International and its precursor Kraft Foods for over 15 years. Through several roles in the global growth organization, Katrina has had the privilege to travel the world, gaining consumer insights and international experience through project work across both developed and emerging markets, including Western Europe, Russia, China, and Mexico. Katrina’s current role as an intrapreneur has her growing a startup across both e-commerce and brick and mortar retail from the ground up. Prior to joining the food industry, Katrina worked in investment banking for Bear, Stearns, & Co. and Barnett & Partners LLC in New York. In this episode… Want to maintain a healthy lifestyle by snacking on veggies? Here’s how one intrapreneur is helping you do so. With her love for veggies and passion to provide people with healthy options, Katrina Borisjuk founded Dirt Kitchen Snacks. She shares tips on how they came up with a healthy snacking brand of veggies within a multinational established big brand and how they overcame most of their challenges during the process. So, tune in and learn about intrapreneurship and how you can leverage the advantages you have as a startup in a big company.  In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Katrina Borisjuk, the Senior Director of SnackFutures and Intrapreneurial Founder and Lead of Dirt Kitchen Snacks, to discuss her intrapreneurial journey in the healthy foods industry. Katrina explains the value of intrapreneurship and lessons she has learned, the process and challenges they faced launching a startup during the pandemic, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.
Tips To Run a Healthy Social Venture Featuring Nina Tickaradze, NADI
May 30 2022
Tips To Run a Healthy Social Venture Featuring Nina Tickaradze, NADI
Nina Tickaradze is the Founder and CEO of NADI, a certified women-owned enterprise and social venture with a mission to create jobs for displaced refugees. NADI produces organic juices and healthy snacks that are sold in organic grocery stores and supermarkets across the US. NADI’s products are inspired by ancient Georgian health traditions and old family recipes. Nina is a native of the country of Georgia and was educated primarily in the United States. Nina is the Founder of the Georgia to Georgia Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes relationships between the state of Georgia and the country of Georgia. Nina is also the Co-chair of the Atlanta Tbilisi Sister City Committee and builds stronger business and cultural ties between Atlanta and its sister city of Tbilisi, which is the capital of Georgia. Nina is passionate about the ancient culture of the country of her birth and is an advocate for educating others about Georgia’s history, hospitality, and vibrant food and wine scene. Nina is a Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild. In this episode… Do you have what it takes to run a social entity and achieve its goals? Social ventures come with their challenges, but the benefits of helping communities far outweigh the difficulties. Nina Tickaradze runs a social entity with a mission to create job opportunities for refugees, and at the same time, serve people with healthy product options. Through running this company, she has learned that all businesses need to be unique in terms of their products, have funds, and have a purpose if they want to be successful. Business leaders also need to be in entrepreneurial networks to learn and have the support they require.  In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Nina Tickaradze, the Founder and CEO of NADI, to discuss tips on how to successfully run a healthy social venture. Nina explains the challenges of running a social venture and lessons she has learned as a leader, the importance of being in an entrepreneurial group outside of your organization, and her advice to other women leaders.
The Changing World of Allergens Featuring Catherine Jaxon, Mission MightyMe
May 23 2022
The Changing World of Allergens Featuring Catherine Jaxon, Mission MightyMe
Catherine Jaxon is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Mission MightyMe, a revolutionary food company on a mission to end the food allergy epidemic by making it easy for parents to include peanuts and other common food allergens in their babies’ diets early. Catherine is a mom of three, and her oldest daughter is allergic to most nuts. As a mom who knows what a burden food allergies can be, Catherine is passionate about helping other parents get proactive about preventing them. Prior to founding Mission MightyMe, Catherine was an award-winning journalist with CNN and is still an avid researcher and a journalist at heart. In this episode… Are your kids struggling with food allergies? Would you like to learn proven tips on how to prevent food allergies from infancy? Food allergies are on a rise, especially in the United States. Studies show that about 50% of kids in the US have food allergies. As parents, how do you prevent these allergies? First, you need to know the types of allergen foods. Next, you have to figure out which food your child is allergic to. And finally, you need a solution. There are products being created to help you as a parent prevent food allergies from kids before it gets worse. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Catherine Jaxon, the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Mission MightyMe, to discuss ways parents can prevent food allergies in their children. Catherine explains the importance of introducing microdoses of the allergen foods into babies’ diets early, the types of allergen foods we have, and the products Mission MightyMe creates to help prevent food allergies.
How To Drink Better and Drink Clean Featuring Donna Katz, G’s Hard Ginger Beer
May 9 2022
How To Drink Better and Drink Clean Featuring Donna Katz, G’s Hard Ginger Beer
Donna Katz is the CEO and Founder of G's Hard Ginger Beer, a company that crafts vibrantly flavorful, absurdly aromatic, refreshing, and memorable dry hard ginger beers that are ready to drink and ready to mix. Donna is an Australian native who moved to Napa Valley, California in 2013. In 2014, Donna began dry-farming a small block of grapevines by hand and making restrained-style wines. Donna started fermenting ginger for her own digestive health, often incorporating foraged and seasonal ingredients. She quickly came to realize she was making beverages she couldn’t buy — ones that had no added sugar or sweeteners and were crafted with only real ingredients. In this episode… Are you struggling to find healthy beverages that you can enjoy as a consumer? How can you have a great business catering to these needs as an entrepreneur? What tips can help you achieve these goals on both the consumer and producer side? Many people nowadays are seeking transparency and cleaner alcohol options to support their active and healthier lifestyles. As an entrepreneur, you should view this as an opportunity to come up with a solution for them. That’s why Donna Katz shares her entrepreneurial journey, tips, and lessons she learned as an entrepreneur — and how people can stay healthy. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Donna Katz, the CEO and Founder of G's Hard Ginger Beer, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey in beverages, specifically in the alcohol category. Donna talks about what inspired her to found G’s Hard Ginger Beer, the lessons she has learned developing the company, and the importance of growing through mentorship and industry networks.
Importance of Design Thinking in Innovation Featuring Snehdeep Brar, Lenny & Larry’s
May 2 2022
Importance of Design Thinking in Innovation Featuring Snehdeep Brar, Lenny & Larry’s
Snehdeep Brar is the Head of Technical Services and R&D at Lenny & Larry’s, a company with a strong purpose of sustaining people's energy throughout the day with clean nutrition — without depriving you of your favorite snacks (like cookies). Snehdeep is a CPG leader with an aim to help businesses achieve targets sustainably, through enabling innovation, commercialization, processes, best practices, and capability building. She has worked with developed and emerging brands like PepsiCo, Century Snacks, and Mars. In this episode… What are consumer trends leaning toward in the food and beverage space? How can you gain insight, innovate, and cater to the consumer’s needs? Life is so precious, and that’s why consumers are turning toward healthier options. The good thing is that a lot of companies are advocates for healthy living, like Lenny & Larry’s, and are exemplary, innovative brands. These successful brands learn from challenges, bring that consumer feedback into the innovation process early on, have conceptual thinking, and are quick to come up with ideas.  In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Snehdeep Brar, the Head of Technical Services and R&D at Lenny & Larry’s, to discuss design thinking in innovation within the world of BFY food and beverage. Snehdeep explains strategies to successfully work in different markets, the tools and tactics she uses to be successful, and advice to people working with different brands.
Making a Difference With a Healthy Food Brand Featuring Richa Gupta, Good Food for Good
Apr 25 2022
Making a Difference With a Healthy Food Brand Featuring Richa Gupta, Good Food for Good
Richa Gupta is the President and Founder of Good Food For Good, a Toronto-based, purpose-driven brand on a mission to make it easy for people to eat well and do good. Richa was driven to start this brand by her growing desire to make a difference in the world through food. Richa’s fierce belief in the power of real, whole food and her love for cooking empowered her to create food products that were both nutritious and delicious. Richa is a passionate consumer marketer with over 15 years of experience in Canada, USA, and India spanning consumer packaged goods, retail, and fashion industries. In this episode… How do you bridge the gap between convenience, quality, giving, and consumption? How do you provide food that people feel good about where healthy meets delicious? Richa Gupta says that brand owners should learn as much as they can about their consumers' needs in order to make a product that is tailored to them, thus increasing sales and reducing waste. Additionally, brands need to align their values with those of the community to do good beyond the business. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Richa Gupta, the President and Founder of Good Food For Good, to discuss ways you can provide healthy food to consumers and run a successful business all at the same time. Richa shares her entrepreneurial journey and lessons she has learned, the details of mindful consumption, waste, and recycling, and her advice to other entrepreneurs wanting to make an impact.
Positively Impacting the World With a Brand Featuring Rebecca Hamilton, Badger
Apr 17 2022
Positively Impacting the World With a Brand Featuring Rebecca Hamilton, Badger
Rebecca Hamilton is the second-generation Owner and Co-CEO at Badger, a natural and organic personal care manufacturer, known for its unique company philosophy, pioneering family-friendly benefits, and B Corp community engagement. In addition to her role as Co-CEO, Rebecca leads marketing and sustainability initiatives. She's an advocate for issues concerning the environment, ingredient transparency, and societal change. Rebecca has spoken at the White House, addressed the UN Convention on biological diversity in support of organic and regenerative agriculture, and testified before Congress on behalf of safer cosmetics. Rebecca has also attended the Senate and House briefings on Capitol Hill in support of family-friendly workplace practices and chemical reform. In this episode… How can you run a profitable business and have a positive impact on the world at the same time? Almost everyone dreams of running a business that positively impacts the environment and community and has good returns. As a business owner and advocate for environmental issues, ingredient transparency, and societal change, Rebecca Hamilton knows exactly what it takes to bring about positive change. From mission-aligned partnerships to leadership activism, Rebecca shares her journey to success to inspire other entrepreneurs out there. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Rebecca Hamilton, second-generation Owner and Co-CEO at Badger, to discuss ways to impact the world positively with your brand and have good returns. Rebecca explains how she uses Badger as a platform to enact positive change, impacts the National Women's Business Council has on women in business, and she gives advice to people who want to be advocates and good business owners, brand stewards, and leaders within their organization.
The Sauce Queen’s Tips For Successfully Running a Business Featuring Maria Covarrubias, Cien Chiles
Apr 4 2022
The Sauce Queen’s Tips For Successfully Running a Business Featuring Maria Covarrubias, Cien Chiles
Maria Covarrubias is the Co-founder and Culinary Expert at Cien Chiles, a company that creates sustainable, healthy, and delicious hot sauces that make meals better while making the world a better place to cook them. Maria is an experienced culinary developer with a demonstrated history in the food and beverage industry. She also works at Chosen Foods as a Corporate Culinary Specialist. Previously, Maria worked as a professionally trained chef under Thomas Keller's Restaurant Group, both in Napa Valley and New York City. Maria has been inspired by the flavors, taste, and power of food from a very young age. She finds joy in cooking for her daughter, friends, and family and showcasing fresh ingredients in every meal. For Maria, sourcing fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a priority for everything. In this episode… Is your mission to offer the world sustainable, healthy, and delicious meals — and run a successful business at the same time? Maria Covarrubias, “the sauce queen,” has learned many lessons throughout her career as a successful entrepreneur. Now, she is sharing her insights to help others achieve their goals, eat better, and live a healthy life. To be successful, Maria says entrepreneurs need to have mentors, stop chasing too many opportunities at once, know the ins and outs of the business they want to create, and much more. Achieving success is easier if you learn from entrepreneurs that have already made it. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Maria Covarrubias, the Co-founder and Culinary Expert at Cien Chiles, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey as “the sauce queen.” Maria shares the inspirations behind her sauce ideas, the importance of having mentors in any venture of your life, and her advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators.
Building Beloved Brands No Matter the Category featuring Erika Cottrell, Harbor Wholesale
Mar 28 2022
Building Beloved Brands No Matter the Category featuring Erika Cottrell, Harbor Wholesale
Erika Cottrell is the Vice President of Marketing for Harbor Wholesale. Erika has extensive experience building beloved brands with inspired marketing and innovation that consumers, customers, and employees love. She is a consumer-centered leader leveraging entrepreneurial, mid-size, and Fortune 500 experience to lead the strategic planning, development, and execution of a company’s business objectives. Previously, Erika was the General Manager of the Coffee Solutions Group for The Middleby Corporation and the Vice President of Marketing in the Consumer Foods Division for The J.M. Smucker Company. In this episode… Running a national CPG brand and a distribution company seems like two different playing fields — but they might not be as different as you think. Managing both types of companies requires strong leadership skills, authenticity and genuine concern for employees, and knowledge about the ins and outs of a business. What other skills are necessary to run two different types of companies? Erika Cottrell is here to tell you. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Erika Cottrell, Vice President of Marketing for Harbor Wholesale, to discuss her path in the world of CPG and distribution. Erika shares how her experiences at Smucker’s helped her grow Harbor Wholesale, how she helped Smucker’s smoothly integrate two companies after an acquisition, and why she loves working at Harbor Wholesale.
Enabling Healthy Living featuring Mae Steigler, Organifi
Mar 14 2022
Enabling Healthy Living featuring Mae Steigler, Organifi
Mae Steigler is the CEO at Organifi, a brand that uses the healing powers of superfoods to make healthy living easy, fun, and delicious. Mae is a maker of premium, great-tasting adaptogenic blends. Responsible for the brand's overall alignment, Mae is driven by her passion and responsibility for the development of Organifi’s people and processes. Organifi has been named one of Inc.’s 5000 fastest-growing companies four times and was on Forbes’ “great places to work” list for the last three years. In this episode… Are you struggling to make healthy living the new norm for you and your family? Mae Steigler says that choosing delicious, healthy options doesn’t have to be complicated. As she talks about some of the healing powers that superfoods have, she also shares how her company is empowering others to take action and live healthier lives. Mae believes healthy eating should be for everyone, and that’s why she’s creating content to educate people on its importance. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, Diana Fryc is joined by Mae Steigler, the CEO at Organifi, to discuss how Mae successfully runs an organic brand. Mae explains the impacts of eating organically-produced foods, ways to empower your team to be sustainable, and the importance of educating people on eating healthy. Plus, Mae talks about some of the leadership skills she’s learned and how she helped the company pivot during the start of the pandemic.
Learning to Love Good Fats featuring Suzie Yorke, Love Good Fats
Mar 7 2022
Learning to Love Good Fats featuring Suzie Yorke, Love Good Fats
Suzie Yorke is a Board Member and Founder of Love Good Fats. Additionally, Suzie is a triathlete, 11-time Ironman finisher, yogi, marketing executive, mom of four, and a proud supporter of the LGBT community. Love Good Fats was born out of the pursuit to empower others to embrace a totally new way of eating. Suzie spent years cutting fat out of her diet, only to find that she felt worse than before. After a little research, she learned that sugar and carbs might actually be the culprit. She immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet and never felt better. Now, she's on a fierce mission to spread the word that fat is back and sugar is out. Starting in 2017, Suzie led the launch and expansion of Love Good Fats to exceed $100 million in gross revenue in just over three years. She has received multiple awards, including the 2019 Mompreneur® Startup Award, 2019 WXN Top 100 BMO Entrepreneur Award, The Women of Inspiration 2021 Special Recognition Entrepreneur Award, and 2021 RevolutionHER Entrepreneur Role Model Award. In this episode… Many people spend their grocery trips searching for the little green “fat-free” label. In an effort to live healthy, is cutting out fats really the best answer? Suzie Yorke spent years avoiding butter, hamburgers, and eggs because of the high fat content. She spent her free time running Ironman races and triathlons, so it seemed natural to seek the best possible diet. But amid rising blood pressure and IBS flare-ups, her body gave her a clear warning sign — this is not working. Suzie discovered The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz and flipped to a high-fat, low-carb diet. When she realized the rest of the world needed this same diet, she decided, “Well, we don’t need another book. We need a product.” Thus, Love Good Fats was born. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Suzie Yorke, Founder and Board Member of Love Good Fats, to discuss her journey to produce convenient snacks with healthy fats. Suzie talks about the early days of pitching the idea, finding investors, and how her previous experience with Frito Lay and Weight Watchers gave her the right knowledge to start Love Good Fats. Plus, Suzie opens up about why life on the autism spectrum doesn’t have to limit you.
Chocolate for Change featuring Jean Joyce Thompson, Seattle Chocolate Company
Feb 28 2022
Chocolate for Change featuring Jean Joyce Thompson, Seattle Chocolate Company
Jean Joyce Thompson is many things: mother, entrepreneur, world traveler, and chocolate lover. A native New Englander, Jean graduated from Bates College before embarking on a career in high tech. Between software and chocolate, Jean was raising two children in Bellevue, Washington, and devoting her free time to nonprofit work. After the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake left the Seattle Chocolate manufacturing facility in ruins, Jean took on the job of owner and CEO, relocating the factory and running the daily operations of the company. Jean’s determination, willingness to learn and adapt, and curiosity fueled her as she led the company into a new era. In the process, she grew from marketer to business visionary, and from chocolate eater to chocolate maven with a sense of purpose. In this episode… Chocolate comes in all sizes, shapes, and qualities. It’s thrown around on holidays and binged on a bad day. But does it really have a purpose beyond a sugary treat? Jean Joyce Thompson and her Seattle Chocolate Company are using their creamy and delicious truffles to make a difference. Within the company, Jean is cherishing and empowering diversity among staff members. The new jcoco line of chocolate has donated over four million servings of food to food banks across the US. And of course, the simple gift of chocolate can brighten anyone’s day. In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Jean Joyce Thompson, Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolate Company, to discuss the adventures of the chocolate business. Jean talks about why she bought the company, lessons she learned during the early days, and how the business is building up communities.
Coming Together to Create Change featuring Seleyn DeYarus, Regenerative Rising
Feb 14 2022
Coming Together to Create Change featuring Seleyn DeYarus, Regenerative Rising
Seleyn DeYarus is the Founder and Executive Director of Regenerative Rising. She is recognized for helping galvanize the global regenerative movement. She brings together thought leaders from business, civic, academia, and agriculture networks for shared solutions to extractive models in the food, fashion, and beauty industries. Seleyn designs experiences to accelerate commitments to social and environmental justice, climate action, and building a regenerative economy. From 2009 to 2016, Seleyn served as CEO of Best Organics Inc, a certified B Corp and a leading online organic gift box and brand promotion company. Best Organics worked with social-mission-guided organic brands from across the USA to grow consumer awareness about healthy lifestyle brands one gift at a time. It was sold in June 2016 to Dave Noel, founder of Organic Bliss Baking Company. In this episode… The three biggest impacts on the planet are transportation, clothing, and agriculture. Is it possible for all three industries to work together to make the world a greener place? Absolutely. All life is interconnected and interdependent. Especially food and fashion, since both have major agricultural inputs. Fashion uses flax, linen, cotton, and leathers, and then of course most of our food is raised from the ground up. By leaving the monoculture paradigm behind, we can start having companion crops, like garbanzo and cotton. If these large industries start to collaborate with these types of plot experiments, it raises the bar of experimentation and exploration. What else is possible with an alliance between industry players? In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc is joined by Seleyn DeYarus, Founder and Executive Director of Regenerative Rising, to discuss the benefits of regenerative agriculture. Seleyn talks about why industry leaders need to come together to promote regenerative ideas, common concerns from businesses considering the change, and what she hopes for the future.