Workshop 1: We Work for Food: How Women Will Transform the Foodieconomy
Lisa Raiola, President & Founder, Hope & Main
For many leaders in the food industry, the future is now and it is a future without a blueprint. Businesses that survive and thrive in a post-Covid world, will need to retool and create food systems that have never existed before. The pandemic has accelerated nascent industry trends and provided radical permission to test and explore new approaches to tackling urgent challenges in that face our food systems such as food access and security; food sovereignty and equity; as well as innovations in plant-based and more sustainable foods for our planet.
Who are the women-- especially the Black, Latina, Asian and Indigenous women-- transforming our food systems with their courageous ideas and future-forward businesses? I will tell their stories... beginning with my own.
It was the poet, Ranier Maria Rilke who said: “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” The women I have met at Hope & Main, the women whose stories I will share, have faced down greater and greater life challenges to achieve their dreams of launching a food business. What they have built is resilient and innovative and gives us an inspiring glimpse of the new future.