Most Innovative Women

Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink


These entrepreneuers and idealists are changing the world: transforming food waste into energy, using their "girl-power notions" to help fellow mixologists and more.


 
Sarina Prabasi and Barbara Frost
 

1. Sarina Prabasi and Barbara Frost, Wateraid

As Wateraid CEOs, Prabasi and Frost have helped bring water for drinking and cooking to people in 27 countries.

 
Kathleen Ligocki
 

2. Kathleen Ligocki, Harvest Power

Since taking over as CEO last year, Ligocki has raised $40 million toward producing renewble energy and nutrient-rich soils.

 
Jessica Alba
 

3. Jessica Alba, The Honest Company

Alba's Honest Company sells high-quality, reasonably priced, eco-friendly goods.

 
Serafina Palandech and Jennifer Johnson
 

4. Serafina Palandech and Jennifer Johnson, Hip Chick Farms

Hip Chick's chep-driven, sustainably sourced recipes have resonated with consumers; the company will have expanded their retail offferings from 300 to 1,200 stores by the end of this year.

 
Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero
 

5. Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack

Their bartending competition and networking confab has raised $300,000 for breast cancer charities.

 
Julie Smolyansky
 

6. Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway Foods

Lifeway introduced kefir (and its helath benefits) to millions of people.

 
Leanne Brown
 

7. Leanne Brown, author, Good and Cheap

Creates recipes to help families on food stamps eat well.

 
Danielle Gould
 

8. Danielle Gould, Food + Tech Connect

Mentors connect experts with start-up companies.

 
Lauren Bush
 

9. Lauren Bush, FEED Supper

Mobilizes millenials to give dinner parties for charity.

 
Carla Hall
 

10. Carla Hall, restauranteur and co-host of The Chew

Inspires home cooks with her energy and entrepreneurialism.

 
Cristina Mariani-May
 

11. Cristina Mariani-May, Banfi Vintners

Makes and importants a growing portfolio of wine at all prices.

 
Kara Cissell-Roell
 

12. Kara Cissell-Roell, VMG Partners

Invests in promising health-centric food companies.

 
Pashon Murray
 

13. Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt

Leads the composting and urban farming revolution in Detroit.

 
Kara Goldin
 

14. Kara Goldin, Hint Water

Converts soda addicts into flavored-water fans.

 
Dominique Crenn
 

15. Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn

Crenn serves as a role model for ambitious, boundary-pushing chefs.

 
Bertha Gonzalez Nieves
 

16. Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, Casa Dragones

Makes pioneering, high-end sipping and mixing tequilas.

 
Allison Hooper
 

17. Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery

Teaches goat farmers how to improve their businesses.

 
Jessamyn Rodriguez
 

18. Jessamyn Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen

Trains immigrants and low-income women in food service.

 
Caroline Frey
 

19. Caroline Frey, winemaker

Champions biodynamic farming methods at three wineries in France.

 
Nikiko Masumoto
 

20. Nikiko Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm

Fights food waste and advocates for small-scale farmers.

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