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The Importance of Having Accelerator Programs for Latino Entrepreneurs Featuring Junea Rocha, Brazi Bites

The Importance of Having Accelerator Programs for Latino Entrepreneurs Featuring Junea Rocha, Brazi Bites

September 19, 2022

Junea Rocha is the Co-founder and CMO of Brazi Bites. Junea founded Brazi Bites with her husband in 2010 in the hopes that Americans would love Brazilian Cheese Bread (pão de queijo) as much as they did. After appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2015, Brazi Bites grew a passionate, cult-like fanbase, and in the years since has expanded to thousands of freezer sections nationwide. In her time running Brazi Bites, Junea has gained experience in all areas of the business, while remaining deeply passionate about sharing their delicious creations with the world.

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Are you a startup struggling to achieve success? Have you thought of joining an entrepreneur accelerator program?

It is not easy to make a business viable — many barriers can take you down. That's why Junea Rocha relied upon many people in her journey growing Brazi Bites. She now has a thriving brand and is passionate about helping others achieve success. With the launch of the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program, Junea is uplifting minority entrepreneurs, giving them a network of support, and helping them reach their biggest goals.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Junea Rocha, the Co-founder and CMO of Brazi Bites, to discuss how she's helping entrepreneurs succeed through the Latino Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. Junea talks about the program, the industry gap she’s trying to reduce, how the program will help startup leaders achieve success, and the criteria for joining the program.

Finding Balance for Work-Life Harmony Featuring Zahira Marmar, Hrbvor

Finding Balance for Work-Life Harmony Featuring Zahira Marmar, Hrbvor

August 22, 2022

Zahira Marmar is the Founder and Chief Tea Brewer at Hrbvor, a line of organic herbal teas formulated for function. She is a wife and a mom of three who’s on a mission to share the protective health benefits of herbal tea with families everywhere. Zahira was also the Co-founder of St. Maarten Garden Artists, where she designed and maintained organic vegetable and herb gardens for private clients, schools, and resorts. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master's in community regeneration.

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How can you have work-life harmony even when you’re running a business?

Growing up, drinking herbal tea was a way of life for Zahira Marmar. After moving from St. Martin to New Jersey with her family, she could not find herbal tea in any store. That's when she started to brew tea for her family, which later caught other people's attention. Discovering that it could be a great business opportunity, she took the risk with a mission to empower families nationwide to get healthy with herbal teas. Now, Zahira shares how she overcame the challenges of running a beverage brand and gained the work-life harmony she needed.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Zahira Marmar, the Founder and Chief Tea Brewer at Hrbvor, to discuss work-life harmony while running a beverage brand. Zahira talks about her herbal tea company, Hrbvor, tips for having work-life harmony, and the mistakes and lessons she learned in her entrepreneurial journey.

Empowering Underrepresented CPG Founders Featuring Katrina Tolentino, Naturally Network

Empowering Underrepresented CPG Founders Featuring Katrina Tolentino, Naturally Network

August 15, 2022

Katrina Tolentino is the Executive Director at Naturally Network, a national community for natural, organic, and better-for-you consumer packaged goods. Katrina creates opportunities and experiences that foster connections between diverse groups to build a stronger ecosystem. She has over 17 years of experience in launching and scaling organizations and programs through partnerships, program and experience strategy, and community engagement. Prior to Naturally Network, Katrina was the Executive Director at Naturally Austin, where she launched the M/O Fellowship, a six-month program that supports CPG founders of color.

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Where can diverse CPG founders gain the resources and connections needed to succeed?

Diverse — and often underrepresented — groups have the power to take the industry to another level. In order to do so, there needs to be communities and networks that can support, coach, point them in the right direction, and help them access the resources they need to thrive. Through the incredible stories of brands that have already succeeded despite the barriers, Katrina Tolentino is sharing how networks in the CPG industry are working to support marginalized voices and leaders.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Katrina Tolentino, the Executive Director at Naturally Network, to discuss how they help underrepresented CPG founders succeed. Katrina explains what Naturally Network does for the CPG industry, how the M/O Fellowship helps CPG brands prosper, and the partners and people she’s looking up to as advisors in the program.

Tips To Succeed in the Beverage Industry Featuring Becca Schepps, Mortal Ventures

Tips To Succeed in the Beverage Industry Featuring Becca Schepps, Mortal Ventures

July 25, 2022

Becca Schepps is the Founder and CEO of Mortal Ventures, a brand that produces beverages that fight death. Becca founded Mortal Ventures after she was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic, on a mission to make kombucha that was low in sugar and high in bubbles. Prior to founding Mortal Ventures, Becca worked as a Freelance Creative Director across many industries, working with clients such as The Feed, Yasso, One Bar, Stages Cycling, Carrots, and more. Becca has extensive ad agency experience across all types of media.

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What does it take to run a successful beverage brand?

The beverage industry is a male-dominated industry, so, how did the Founder of Mortal Ventures, Becca Schepps succeed? She decided to be completely unconventional and turn kombucha on its head. Now, Becca’s here to share her journey as an entrepreneur in the beverage industry, the challenges, and the lessons she learned running her business.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Becca Schepps, the Founder and CEO of Mortal Ventures, to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and tips to succeed in the beverage industry. Becca explains the importance of natural brand accessibility, how she balances her personal and professional life, how her history as a creative director influences her leadership style, and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms

The Importance of Ancient Grains and Wheat Featuring Brooke Lucy, Bluebird Grain Farms

July 18, 2022

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.

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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

Running a Successful Wellness Beverage Brand Featuring Angela Zeng, Karviva

July 4, 2022

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.

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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

How To Succeed in the Refrigerated Snacks Space Featuring Leigh Keith, Perfect Snacks

June 27, 2022

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.

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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

How to Successfully Run a For-Good, For-Profit Brand Featuring Suz Hernandez, MamaP

June 20, 2022

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.

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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.

Fueling the Path To Feeling Better Featuring Tara Staten, Bulletproof

Fueling the Path To Feeling Better Featuring Tara Staten, Bulletproof

June 13, 2022

Tara Staten is the Marketing Director at Bulletproof, where they believe that the right nutrients can help you tap into your potential. By creating products that fuel a path to greatness, Bulletproof helps you feel your best every day. Tara's passion for delighting customers with better-for-you products motivated her to lead microbiology lab work to develop and market new products in the fast-paced CPG world.

In this episode…

Want to provide healthy food and beverage options? Do you have what it takes to push the boundaries in this field?

Marketing Director at Bulletproof, Tara Staten, shares her entrepreneurial journey of how they challenge the nutrition norms to create healthy products that help people live their best lives. She shares her leadership style, challenges, and lessons she has learned in leading a successful CPG brand. Don’t miss out!

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, host Diana Fryc sits down with Tara Staten, the Marketing Director at Bulletproof, to discuss ways to run a healthy, successful food and beverage brand. Tara explains the lessons she has learned that have contributed to her success, the leadership style she uses and how it has evolved with time, the importance of having mentors, and advice to leaders.

Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks

Intrapreneurship in the Veggies-As-Snacks Industry Featuring Katrina Borisjuk, Dirt Kitchen Snacks

June 6, 2022

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.

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