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October 12, 2010
Innovation And Balance: Inspiring Tales From Entrepreneur Moms
Come be inspired by these fabulous Bay Area women who have found a way to turn their budding ideas into successful businesses. Find out how they managed to build their business while managing the joys and demands of raising a family. Be prepared to leave with a greater sense of what each one of us is capable of and renewed enthusiasm to tackle challenges in pursuing your dreams.
Kristin Groos Richmond is the co-founder and CEO of Revolution Foods, a company focused on transforming school lunch by providing healthy, fresh, delicious meals and nutrition education to all students. Revolution Foods is improving the health profiles of school communities who serve students with the least amount of access to healthy choices, where oftentimes school breakfast, lunch and snack are the only reliable meals of the day. The communities served by Revolution Foods are also often battling the highest rates of obesity and related disease. Through serving students the highest quality balanced meals and teaching them to engage in healthier decisions, school partners have reported higher attention levels in class, less disciplinary problems, an increased interest in healthy food, and weight loss amongst their students. Revolution Foods has established key strategic partnerships with healthy food suppliers including Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, Niman Ranch, and local farmers in order to deliver on its promise of all natural, fresh meals for students. Revolution Foods has served over 7 million meals since inception and today works with over 220 education programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Colorado and Washington D.C., serving close to 45,000 students. These programs include K-12 charter schools, school districts, preschool Head Start programs and after school programs. Revolution Foods is committed to fair employment standards and has a workforce of over 250 professionals who all receive livable wage, full health benefits and ownership in the company. The company has raised approximately $20 million to improve health in schools from double bottom line venture capital funds, and foundations.
Prior to founding Revolution Foods, Kristin’s career spanned from education reform to corporate finance. She began her career on Wall Street as an investment banker at Citigroup. After spending four years in corporate finance, Kristin moved to Nairobi to co-found the Kenya Community Center for Learning (KCCL), one of the first special education schools in East Africa. Kristin led fundraising and development, operations and finance for KCCL and also taught physical education, geography and life skills. She remains an active board member of KCCL. Kristin also served as a Vice President at RISE, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting and retaining quality teachers in public schools. While at RISE, Kristin helped schools serving low income students implement strategies to locate, attract and retain the best and brightest teachers. She also played a large role in expanding the organization from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago and Los Angeles. Kristin is an Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders In Public Education Fellow and an Education Pioneers Fellow. She has a BS from Boston College and an MBA from UC Berkeley where she serves on the Board of the Global Social Venture Competition. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve and two sons, Watts and Caleb.
Lisa Quinn is an Emmy award-winning TV host, set dresser, author and busy mom of Scarlett Elizabeth and Silas Cash. She is a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Life and PARADE magazines; has appeared on Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, HGTV and Oprah; designed sets for the National Geographic Society and the Discovery Channel; and starred in her own one-hour special for the Fine Living Network. A Memphis, TN native, Lisa launched her first residential consultation business from her home in West Palm Beach, Florida. The business grew, and in 1997 Lisa Quinn, Inc. relocated to San Francisco and evolved into a Design Entertainment firm specializing in residential and commercial staging, set design for television and film, and television production.
She can be seen in the Bay Area on ABC-7's The View from the Bay. Home with Lisa Quinn is nationally syndicated on the Live Well HD Network. Lisa's latest book is “Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets” (Chronicle Books). Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.
In the tradition of Erma Bombeck and Peg Bracken, author Lisa Quinn—Emmy Award-winning television host and recovering Marthaholic—gets real on the follies of housekeeping. Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets is a crash course in Slacker Chic 101 that will have over-extended women everywhere laughing out loud and throwing in the towel—the dishtowel, that is. Full of shortcuts and tricks for cleaning, decor, and entertaining, such as: the top 10 things you have to clean if you have company coming in 30 minutes; interior finishes that hide the most dirt; 17 meals made from a deli chicken; and much more, this wickedly funny guide helps women create the life they want without all the hard labor—and without compromising style.
Always big on big ideas, Jessica makes masterminding seem like something one should do at least twice before breakfast.
Jessica used her drive and vision to pay her way through Stanford, where her friends will tell you she once retook a class in Econometrics after getting a B+. Which she explains simply as trying to make up for poor marks in underwater basket weaving. After joining two successful tech startups out of college, she attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, from which she co-founded the venture-backed and now world’s leading wedding site, WeddingChannel.com—at age 24. If you think that’s young entrepreneurship, you should have seen her swell lemonade stand.
She’s been recognized for her business savvy on Oprah, and in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes.
Chat with Jessica for about five minutes and you’ll know how utterly passionate she is about re-envisioning the home business opportunity for the modern woman. Because, well, nine-to-five just doesn’t flatter most busy moms. And she ought to know. She describes herself as a “mom working,” putting her role as Charlie (5) and Tatum’s (2) mom first.
Never settling for good enough, Jessica recently ran a marathon because, when she got to her half marathon goal mark, she thought halfway sounded an awful lot like wimping out. How very Stella & Dot. Jessica’s love of travel has taken her rock climbing in Thailand, to cooking school in Italy, and on safari in Africa. Not to mention, to the living rooms of all the fabulous girlfriends she’s met as our inspiring and dynamic founder.
Guilty Pleasure: Hotsy totsy boots—from current faves, chocolate brown suede stacked heels, to newest addition mustard brown buckle-ups.
Things she finds beautiful: Brains, wit, work ethic, her daughters’ happy shrieks as they play in ocean waves, and their dreamy daddy, Chad.
Personal motto: "Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." –Cecil Beaton
Lizzie Bermudez brings more than 18 years of experience in broadcast journalism to the 7Live team. As our resident expert in Pop Culture, she applies her Emmy award winning skills to every subject that viewers are curious about.
Lizzie is the creator of the buzzworthy LizzieBtv.com, a video blog that shares tips and insight about juggling parenthood for today's modern mom. A leader in the video blogging industry, Lizzie is a sought after public speaker, and travels the country sharing her tips on real life parenting, social media and creating online video content.
Lizzie got her start reporting at a public access station (a la' "Wayne's World") in Bishop, California. After a number of stints at TV stations across the country, Lizzie arrived back in the Bay Area as ABC7's Morning News Anchor. You might remember Lizzie (actually 'Elizabeth' at the time) from her coverage of some high profile national stories. She provided daily live reports during the Scott Peterson murder trial, and was one of the few reporters allowed access to Bay Area families who lost loved ones on 9/11.
Lizzie graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. When not surfing the web, she enjoys the beach, sneaking in some shopping, and savoring some delicious bites. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. Although her girls would disagree, Lizzie claims to be just a real mom — not a super mom.