Hosted by Quinn Founder, Kristy Lewis, The Be Better. Do Better.™ podcast showcases people fighting for change, questioning, seeking, learning, and doing things differently, for the better, despite how flippin’ hard it might be.
Episode 6: Denise Woodard, CEO, Partake Foods
Denise Woodard is the Founder and CEO of Partake, a line of nationally distributed allergy-friendly snacks inspired by her daughter’s experience with food allergies. Launched in 2017, Partake’s first product — 10 flavor varieties of delicious, nutritious, allergy-friendly cookies — can now be found in more than 6,000 retailers including Target, Sprouts, and Whole Foods Market. In December 2020, the company closed a Series A round of funding led by investors including Rihanna, CircleUp Growth Partners, FF2032 and Marcy Venture Partners. Of the $7.5 Million Denise has raised, more than 50% has come from Black investors. In January 2021, Partake released a 5-in-1 Baking Mix followed by a Brownie Mix in February—both are available on partakefoods.com. Prior to launching Partake, Denise spent a decade in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies and is the first Black woman to raise more than $1 Million publicly for a CPG food startup.
Episode 5: Robyn O'Brien, rePlant Capital
Robyn is a globally recognized voice in the food industry. She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and Bloomberg, and in 2020, Forbes recognized her on its Impact 50 List for her work in agriculture.
Her TEDx talk (based on her book, The Unhealthy Truth, Random House) exposes the shortcomings in the food system. It has been watched by millions, translated into dozens of languages, and influenced policy, legislation, and product formulation in the food industry. Prior to founding rePlant Capital, Robyn advised CEOs and executives at multinational CPG companies, startups, and farm organizations and worked on a team that managed $20 billion in assets
Episode 4: Bayard Winthrop
Bayard Winthrop is on a mission is to craft high quality apparel, ethically and responsibly, right here in the United States. His company, American Giant, seriously makes THE best hoodies and sweatpants, pandemic tested and approved! Bayard is on a quest to take on the globalization of the apparel industry, starting where the cotton is grown and manufactured on one of two US based production facilities. Bayard and American Giant aren’t stopping there, their Delta Project highlights the work of activists, entrepreneurs, authors, and artists who are driving change and seeks to bring diverse perspectives together and remind us of all that we have in common.
Episode 3: Philip Taylor
Kristy chats with Phil Taylor, the Founder and Executive Director of Mad Agriculture, which works alongside farmers to advance regenerative agriculture through farm planning, financing through their recently launched Perennial Fund, and crop + carbon markets.
In a lively and introspective conversation on a sunny afternoon in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO, Kristy and Phil discuss race, social issues, humanity, morning rituals, and a big vision for a better future through farming and beyond.
Episode 2:Steve Tucker
Twenty years ago, Steve Tucker inherited his grandfather’s farm in Western Nebraska. Since then, he was worked endlessly to learn and improve how he farms. Today, we’re at that very farm talking to Steve about how we’re working together to plant 85 acres of sorghum, aka milo, using regenerative ag practices. Steve and I have a lot in common, we’re each hopelessly optimistic or some might say, just a little crazy. We both have a passion for dramatic film scores and we love Interstellar, particularly the corn chase scene.
Episode 1: Dave Vetter
Today, we’re chatting with regenerative organic farmer and all around super hero, Dave Vetter. Dave is a real legend in regenerative agriculture, these farming practices can actually reverse global warming by improving the health of the soil.
Dave and I have known eachother for 9 years, he supplies the organic corn in our popcorn, and honestly Quinn might not exist without his belief in our vision. If you’d like to support the future of farming and the Dave’s non-profit, The Grain Place Foundation, click here. Also, since we’ve all finished Netflix, add Dreaming of a Vetter World to your must watch list.