End Date: Apr 15, 2020 - 03:00 PM UTC
Join us for a virtual keynote session in which we’ll hear from successful, passionate, innovative and mission-driven executives about their unique experience using business as a force for good. You’ll benefit from this exploration of deeply human frameworks developed to help integrate mission and better-for-the-world practices into day-to-day business, even within a fast-changing global market.
Moderated by Robert Craven of Findaway Adventures and led by natural products industry leaders Richa Gupta of Good Food For Good, Angela McElwee of Gaia Herbs, and Sara Young of the Kellogg Company, this session is filled with formative and inspiring storytelling, as well as rich with useful practices, skills, and tools to help you and your company make a positive difference in the world, today.
CEO, Findaway Adventures
As a purpose-driven CEO, Robert Craven is known for building award-winning, high integrity products, brands & businesses and for being deeply focused on making a difference in the lives of other people.
Specializing in the “adolescence” stage of business, Robert has successfully worked with entrepreneurs, private equity, and large CPG companies to facilitate rapid and profitable growth. Most recently, Robert served as CEO at MegaFood.
Currently, Robert is CEO of Findaway Adventures; a company that exists to improve the world by providing more opportunity for young, change-the-world companies and their founders. Findaway Adventures brings money, strategy, and retail expertise to help accelerate young, impactful, consumer packaged goods companies. For this, they take equity stakes in companies, helping them bridge the gap between friends & family money and next level capital.
President, Good Food For Good
Good Food For Good was founded by Richa Gupta, a marketer and mother of a 10 year old girl.
As a working mother, Richa found it very challenging to find packaged food and prepared shortcuts that met her expectations for taste and ingredient quality. Frustrated with being forced to compromise quality for convenience, Richa launched Good Food For Good to make it easy for everyone to eat well and do good.
Inspired by TOMS Shoes, Richa adopted the Buy One Feed One model for her food business. Richa is proud to have made a positive difference in over ¼ million meals and is actively working on reaching her goal of feeding 1 million people by 2020.
President & CEO, Gaia Herbs
With 27 years of experience in the natural products industry, Angela McElwee has had the opportunity to build structure, vision, and teams at many levels – as a retailer, board member, community member, and as the leader of a purpose-driven vertically integrated organization. As the President and CEO of Gaia Herbs, she has stewarded growth, strategy, and the building of a world-class team for North America’s top herbal supplement brand. Deeply committed to purpose-centric work, her leadership has enabled Gaia Herbs to explore what it means to be a business that measures success by a new set of standards, considering people and planet as valued stakeholders, and using success indicators going beyond profitability. In that spirit, Angela led the work to certify Gaia Herbs as a Living Wage Employer in 2016, and as a Certified B Corporation® in 2018.
Angela’s tenure has seen the natural products legacy brand through tremendous growth, innovation, and industry change, all while remaining true to its purpose of connecting plants and people to create healing. She is a passionate advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change and brings that same ethos to her work as a Founding Board Member for Naturally Austin, a nonprofit working to nurture impact businesses in Central Texas, and to her volunteer work with other social impact focused organizations.
Her love affair with the natural products industry began when she was 16 years old working in the supplement aisles of her local health food store. A vegetarian and organic gardener, Angela has been writing poetry for 30 years, and considers herself a lifelong student. When not traveling, burying her nose in a book, or getting her hands in the dirt, Angela can be found at home in the Austin Hill Country of Texas with her husband and their four daughters.
General Manager, MorningStar Farms®, Plant Based Proteins, Kellogg Company
Sara Young is General Manager of Kellogg’s Plant Based Proteins category. She oversees MorningStar Farms®, America's No. 1 veggie burger brand, as well as the new premium sub-brand, Incogmeato™ by MorningStar Farms®, which will offer next-gen meat-like experiences for flexitarians. She is committed to creating the most accessible plant-based protein brand to meet people wherever and whenever they want a delicious meat-free meal. Sara is strengthening the holistic category and portfolio through innovation that attracts more consumers to incorporate plant-based proteins into their routines. As a part of that commitment to innovation and accessibility, Sara is leading transitioning MorningStar Farms® products to be 100 percent plant-based (vegan) by 2021.
Previously, Sara served as Vice President, General Manager, North America Baby Care at Kimberly-Clark, Sara had GM responsibilities for a $2 Billion baby care business where she led a significant reset of the baby care strategy. Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Sara spent 19 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G) leading consumer favorites including Pantene, Crest and Olay.
Sara lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. Her entire family enjoys a flexitarian lifestyle and supports sustainable choices to create a healthy planet.