Laura Flanagan, CEO of Ripple Foods and Adam Lowry, co-founder of Ripple Foods discuss building brands with purpose in a changing market and the value of impact and measurement for purpose driven companies including becoming a B-Corp and the Ripple Effect. Both Laura and Adam dish on tactical tips for women in leadership and entrepreneurs.
Laura Flanagan is the CEO of Ripple Foods, a leader in branded plant-based foods and beverages. Laura joined Ripple in October 2019 and is focused on accelerating the company’s revenue and profit growth through innovation, marketing, expanded distribution and optimized supply chain. Ripple’s mission is to make plant-based foods delicious, offering foods and beverages that taste great, are nutritious, and are good for both people and our planet. Prior to Ripple, Laura was the CEO of Foster Farms, the largest branded poultry producer in the western United States. Laura was CEO from 2016-2019, and drove the highest growth rate and market share levels in nearly a decade, while outperforming the industry in every key metric. Laura currently serves on the Board of Directors for two public companies: Callaway Golf, the leading brand of golf equipment, and Core-Mark International, the largest distributor of food and broad line products to the convenience store channel. Prior to Foster Farms, Laura held several leadership roles at ConAgra Foods and PepsiCo. Laura earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1996.
Adam Lowry is co-founder & co-CEO of Ripple Foods. Ripple is disrupting the $100+ billion dairy market with plant-based milks that are high in protein, low in sugar, and delicious.
Prior to Ripple, Adam was co-founder and Chief Greenskeeper of Method Products, PBC, the leading innovator in sustainable home cleaning products. Adam has also worked as a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, where he developed software products for the understanding of climate change. Adam has been honored as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and received the 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative. Adam is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Adam serves on the boards of urban agriculture company AeroFarms and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which creates and preserves the nation’s marine sanctuaries.
Adam is the author of two business books, including “The method Method, Seven Obsessions that Helped Our Scrappy Startup Turn an Industry Upside Down”. He holds a B.S., Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.