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Miyoko Schinner – Mentoring the Next Generation of Leadership

Meet the Tesla of the natural foods industry, the queen of vegan cheese, epicurean activist, and mentor of entrepreneurial rock stars .
In this episode I had the privilege of chatting with Miyoko Shinner, Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Creamery, the leading organic plant dairy creamery that’s reinventing the dairy industry. She’s on a mission to empower aspiring and established food and beverage entrepreneurs alike to manifest their dreams, think outside of the box and simple – get out of their own way on their road to success. We discuss her own personal journey of exploration, changes she’d like to see in the naturals industry, and the overall need for mentoring and professional support communities for all levels of entrepreneurs.
“ The biggest obstacle to success can be ourselves.” – Miyoko Schinner

In this episode we learn :
Why it is important for entrepreneurs to understand corporate leadership behavior.
How the lack of diversity of leadership in the Naturals Industry impacts our ability to deliver on the needs of consumers.
The importance of balance in diversifying leadership.
Tips on how to create company cultures that allow women to openly express ideas.
Common missteps women make while climbing the corporate ladder.
Miyoko’s wish for women leaders as they embrace their professional journey.

About Miyoko Schinner:
Miyoko Schinner is founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Creamery, the leading organic plant dairy creamery that’s reinventing the dairy industry. An epicurean activist and leading voice in the future of food, Schinner is known as “the Tesla of the natural foods industry”. Guided by her principles of compassion and justice for all living beings, Schinner pioneered the plant-based dairy revolution by leveraging her vast experience as a chef, former restauranteur, best-selling cookbook author, and a founding board member of the Plant-Based Foods Association. An animal rights advocate, Schinner co-founded Rancho Compasión, a nonprofit animal sanctuary in California that provides home to over 70 rescued farm animals.
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Miyoko’s Creamery – Miyoko’s Creamery is the leading organic plant dairy creamery that’s reinventing the dairy industry. Led by epicurean activist Miyoko Schinner, Miyoko’s has cracked the code to plant dairy by combining old-world cheesemaking artistry and traditions with whole food technology to craft world-changing cheese and butter from plant milk, not cows. Today, Miyoko’s products can be found in more than 15,000 retailers nationwide and in Canada, including Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Kroger and Safeway.
The Plant Based Foods Association: is the single most important trade organization representing the interests of plant-based food companies. We are proud to partner with PBFA in creating a more level playing field for plant-based food companies.
SWEET EARTH Foods: it’s their mission to inspire a modern culinary movement powered by food that’s good in every sense of the word.
Rancho Compasión: they provide a home to previously neglected, exploited, and abused farm animals.
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