Co-Founder/CEO of Uncommon Cacao Group. The company believes farmer prosperity is a key ingredient in good chocolate. They boldly embrace transparent trade to build authentic, long-term relationships across the chocolate supply chain.
How has the pandemic affected you?
I travel globally to meet with and educate cacao farmers, so that had to come to a pause, and also became a new mother in 2021.
Management during Pandemic at the personal, professional, mental, emotional, or physical level:
While it is difficult for my business to cover additional employee benefits, I choose to offer paid family leave and am an activist for this directly with Congress members so that more CEOs will offer paid family leave and flexibility. My team and I produced a video to share my personal “Pandemic SuperMom Story” and discuss how I immediately adopted the new company value of “balance.”
Message for International Women’s day: Play and rest counterbalance grit and courage, and it’s crucial to prioritize what’s most important in both work and life and establish boundaries for these priorities. For my company, flexibility and remote work win, and I’ve noticed happier and less burnt-out employees, from women and families in the cacao supply chain. I want to invite other employers to take a look at what works best for THEIR employees.
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