Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship
Presented by Windham Grows
Thursday & Friday, June 6 & 7, 2019
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
How can we connect a community of like-minded individuals
seeking to expand women’s roles in farm and food systems?
The goal of Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship 2019 is to bring together women and men in the farm and food industries and provide them with the tools, resources, and mentorship needed in growing socially responsible businesses. The Summit aims to create a positive change in our communities and revolutionize the future of food. This year has been an especially powerful year for women, and we want to invite you to partner with us in bringing voice to women entrepreneurs.
The Future of Women in Food Entrepreneurship Summit provides a forum for food and agriculture entrepreneurs to network and get focused resources and specialized expertise they need to build great companies. We know that deep, resilient, local, and regional economies weave a strong fabric of social and economic systems that bind together communities, markets, and ultimately the world.
Executive Director, Honor the Earth
Stacey Vanek Smith
Co-Host, The Indicator from Planet Money; Correspondent, Planet Money
Prior to coming to NPR, Smith worked for Marketplace, where she was a correspondent and fill-in host. While there, Smith was part of a collaboration with The New York Times, where she explored the relationship between money and marriage. She was also part of Marketplace's live shows, where she produced a series of pieces on getting her data mined.
Smith is a native of Idaho and grew up working on her parents' cattle ranch. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and creative writing. She also holds a master's in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.
Principal Founder, Breakthru Beverage Group
Heifer International, Head Farmer at Heifer Ranch
Managing Director, Baldwin Investment Management, LLC
Entrepreneur, co-founder of MamaSezz Foods
Prior to MamaSezz, Lisa spent over 20 years as the pioneer owner and CEO of the Vermont Bread Company, supplying all-natural and certified organic breads, rolls and English muffins to supermarkets and natural product stores in the Northeast, including private label for Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. She sold a majority stake in the company to a large private equity firm and worked with them to create the first national certified organic bread company. Lisa went back to school to get her MBA and on one day in April 2014, her final paper was due at 9:00 am and at 9:01 it hit the WSJ that the business was sold to a public company.
Lisa is the co-author with Margot Fraser, founder of Birkenstock USA, of the book Dealing With the Tough Stuff: Practical Wisdom for Running a Values-Driven Business. She has served on numerous boards including Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Chittenden Bank, The White House Project, VBSR and the Women’s Freedom Center. She has an MBA from the UVA Darden School of Business and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner-President Management Program. Lisa lives with her three generations of her family in Brattleboro, VT.
Communications Director, Cooperatives for a Better World
President + Conductor, Bluebird Hospitality
Udi Mandel Butler
Sustainable Development Program Chair, School of International Training
Udi Mandel Butler grew up in Rio de Janeiro and the United Kingdom, and is now a resident of Putney, Vermont. He is Chair of the Sustainable Development program at the School of International Training where he is co-developing a new MA program in Sustainable Development and Regenerative Practices. Udi’s work focuses on regenerative practices for ecologies and communities and the role and possibility of higher education to offer hopeful futures. This later work has included a critique of current higher education systems and a collaboration with alternatives that are emerging from social and ecological movements and indigenous communities across the globe offering innovative practices around sustainable development and regeneration. To this end Udi has co-founded with Kelly Teamey and others the Enlivened Learning project and the Ecoversities Alliance – an international alliance of places of learning and higher education committed to social and ecological justice and regeneration. Across these strands of work he has combined social research, historically contextualized and critically ethnographic, with more co-creative and collaborative methods of inquiry. At the same time, he has experimented with creative forms of communication, which, in addition to published articles and books, has involved such formats as documentary filmmaking, collaborative publications, and collaborative exhibitions. Udi received a PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MS in International Development from the University of Bristol, and an MFA from the University of Edinburgh and has held faculty appointments at EARTH University (Costa Rica), the University of Bristol (UK), and the University of Oxford.
Director of Partnerships, Hungry Harvest
Within Hungry Harvest, Stacy Carroll created “HarvestRX,” a farm to patient food access platform that supplies preventative health programs with affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables, delivered. To date, Hungry Harvest has recovered and delivered 9 million pounds of surplus and cosmetically imperfect produce while donating 700 thousand pounds to our hunger relief partners.
Carroll holds a masters degree from Wagner College and has spent the majority of her career consulting for the hospitality and consumer food industries.
The Organic Gourmet
Chef-Owner, The Perfect Wife Tavern
Clean Yield Asset Management
Karin started her career in sustainable investing in 1997 as a social research intern at Trillium Asset Management while pursuing her masters at Tufts University. After graduation she spent 10 years with KLD Research & Analytics, where during her tenure as Index Manager the number of sustainability indices grew from 2 to more than 30, and the assets under management licensed to those indices increased ten-fold to over $11 billion. Prior to joining Clean Yield in 2013, Karin worked as an independent consultant.
Karin is a vice president of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, council member of the Vermont Women’s Fund, on the executive committee of Slow Money Vermont. She enjoys being a guest lecturer on sustainable business and investing at local business schools and a judge for impact investing and social entrepreneurship contests.
From 1994-1997 Karin served as a livestock production volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Kenyon College and MALD in economics and environmental policy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Karin is trilingual in English, Spanish and German.
Karin is a recovering endurance athlete who now enjoys hiking and biking in the summer, telemark skiing and Nordic speed skating in the winter and Crossfit year round. Having grown up on an organic sheep farm in Etna, New Hampshire, Karin is thrilled to be back in the Upper Valley.
Founding Owner True North Granola
Freund's Farm Market
Social, Economic, Environmental and Racial Justice Activist
Jamila Gaskins is a social, economic, environmental and racial justice activist. She grew up in Kent, OH exploring the woods and climbing trees and running after her older brother hoping to get into a football game. In 2018 she graduated from Antioch University, Los Angeles with an MA in Urban Sustainability. While at Antioch Jamila worked in cooperative development learning firsthand the challenges faced by people in under-served communities, with English as a second language and those who are possibly undocumented who are trying to bring healthy food to their community. Throughout her program, she investigated how worker-owned cooperatives and community land trusts could be tools for improving community health and wealth. She eventually expanded to explore the relationship to the land; resilience, the ability of people to survive and adapt and to understand the ways in which past policies, beliefs, and practices impact the present. Her thesis, entitled “How Did Forced Migration and Forced Displacement Change Igbo Women's and Their African American Environmental Identity,” won the 2018 Library Research Award, best graduate paper, social science.
Deborah Leta Habib
Co-creator, Seeds of Solidarity
Former CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative & 2018 Democratic Candidate for Governor of Vermont
Addie Rose Holland
Co-Founder, Real Pickles
Director of Investment & Philanthropy, Vermont Community Loan Fund
Principal, Karlin Strategic Consulting LLC
Director of Operations, Redex Industries
Owner & CEO, Pete and Gerry’s Organics
Global Director of Social-Purpose Impact, Ben & Jerry’s
Christine Ng, Ph.D.
Manager & Principal Engineer, Nutrition & Technology Solutions, General Mills
Center for Women & Enterprise, Vermont Director
Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke, Martina Anderson & Liz Knapp - Nutty Steph's
Martina Anderson is a nomad coming all the way from Austria that finally settled with her two children in Vermont. She has a background in Special Education and is all about Inclusivity and building community through relationships.
Liz Knapp lives in Adamant with her two kids and a dog and a cat. She has been intimately involved with the local food movement in Vermont in a variety of ways for over 15 years, including (but not limited to) running her own farm, advocating for policies that would strengthen family farms, and building relationships between local farmers and small businesses.
Co-founder, Milk Money VT
Dr. Amber Sciligo
Manager of Science Programs, The Organic Center
Co-founder, Milk Money
Program Manager of the Vermont Farm Fund
Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Founder, The Williams Agency
Attorney, Wright Jones PLC
Founder & Executive Director, Strolling of the Heifers
Strolling of the Heifers %22Windham Grows%22 Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Co-Founder and Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital
Slow Living Summit Coordinator
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Come and discover Brattleboro!
The Summit takes place in the non-traditional conference surroundings of Main Street, Brattleboro — a small community in southern Vermont, long renowned for its commitment to healthy, local, sustainable living and technology, for its vibrant communities of visual and performance artists, craftspeople, poets and writers, and for the diversity of its shops, restaurants and galleries. In turn Brattleboro is a gateway to the Green Mountains and Vermont.
Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of supporting
and sustaining family farms and local food systems by connecting people with healthy local food. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also organize a Vermont Farm/Food Business Planning Competition, and we publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.
Strolling of the Heifers, the organizer of the Summit, is a non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, with the mission of connecting people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems and healthy, sharing, connected and resilient communities. We do this through a variety of year-round programs. Best known is our annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Slow Living Expo, which takes place during “Stroll Weekend” immediately after the Summit. We also publish the annual Locavore Index ranking the 50 states in terms of their commitment to local food, and other projects and events.
In a major new initiative to further our mission, in November 2013 we acquired a prominently-located downtown Brattleboro building, the Robert H. Gibson River Garden (where Summit lunches and receptions take place), which has 4500 square foot of open space used since 2001 for public events, performances, lectures and exhibits. Under our stewardship of this community resource, we plan to maintain the public uses of the building, but also to create exhibits and programming that are related to our own focus areas of local food, food systems, and healthy sustainable living — a Farm/Food Education Center.