Huge thanks to everyone who participated and donated to the Greenhouse Scholar’s raffle this week. WhiteWave successfully raised $500 for the education-based non-profit organization. Also a big congratulations to all the riders – what a great achievement for a great cause! Each dollar raised/donated will go to help support, inspire, and drive extraordinary, but under-resourced college students to truly change the trajectory of their families and low-income communities forever.Image By: Greenhouse Scholars
Recently, Karyl Innis from the Innis Company, led a discussion at WhiteWave around women and leadership, specifically, what often inhibits women’s career growth and/or promotions, factors at play throughout a woman’s career, and 8 solutions to start implementing today to grow your leadership. Innis works with leading organizations worldwide to enable executive and corporate employees to build stronger, more distinguished careers.
While women are in the “pipeline” to success they have they often come up against three potential issues that Innis terms the “leaky pipeline effect”:
1.The inability to enter 2. Getting stuck in the middle 3. Being locked out at the top
Karyl Innis’ 8 Solutions to Prevent the Leaky Pipeline Effect and Grow Your Leadership:
1. Get Comfortable with Power- Pursue power and use it as a tool.
2. Be Intentional- Know what you are seeking and ask for it.
3. Face Your Fears- Don’t be afraid to do what is uncomfortable, those are the times you grow the most.
4. Identify and Build Strategy- Network and build relationships with those that will provide resources and support for professional/career growth.
5. Act With Power- Don’t think of power as a negative manipulative force, instead use your confidence/ presence to better position yourself for success.
6. Don’t Cede the Hill- Don’t surrender your power by giving up too soon, instead take on the hill one step at a time.
7. Practice- We’ve all heard “practice makes perfect.” That maxim applies to leading too. Practice your leadership traits and give yourself time to grow into your new or future role.
8. Leverage your Individual and your Collective Power- After you identify and get comfortable with your power, utilize it alongside the power of those in your circle/network to better leverage yourself.
In preparation for the upcoming Venus de Miles ride, Keith Bailey from Pearl Izumi share his best tips for fueling up for a ride and top necessities with our team. His experience includes personal training, being the captain of the Bike Medical MS Safety Team, and competing for charities across the country.
Before the ride
- A 1% drop in hydration adversely affects performance, making adequate water intake leading up to the ride crucial
- Your pre-ride meal should have a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. For high endurance rides, Keith recommended a pre-ride meal with ingredients like oats and quinoa, egg, nuts, berries and bananas.
During the Ride
- Water to start and water throughout, targeting a rate of 16 oz per hour
- Avoid hard foods/bars during ride
- Use sugar and electrolyte supplements to provide instant and sustained energy during your ride, such as Vega’s sports gels
- Try to avoid ‘coasting’ during your ride, remember, a body in motion stays in motion! When you stop peddling or moving around (even at rest stops) your mind thinks you’re done, its starts to tell your body and muscles it doesn’t have to work anymore. Trying to get going again after that only makes it feel like your starting all over.
- After you cross the finish line its important to replace lost nutrients. For this Keith recommends having a protein shake along side a meal balanced with protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
- Keith’s motto, “H20 till you go”, is the easiest way to manage your water intake and assure your getting enough after your ride
- Take a nap! Sleeping is when the recovery process begins and your body can strengthen itself and repair any damage.
And a Few Gear Tips and Riding Essentials
-Remember to replace helmets after EVERY crash and at least every two years
-Always carry a patch kit, Keith’s kit has a tire iron, CO2 cartridge, multi-tool and sunblock
-Cycling shoes are recommended to increase the use of your up stroke and to provide the fullest circular motion while riding
-Absolutely no headphones, not only will you not be able to hear traffic but it also throws off your balance
-Wear a Road ID, this can be in the form of a wrist band and/or an app in your cell phone. Be sure to include any medical or emergency contact information
-As a rule of thumb, flashing lights are best for roadways while solid lights are best used on paths
This week at WhiteWave we had a special visit from Kayann Short, owner of Stonebridge Farm and author of A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography. She shared her farm’s mission and ways in which community-supported agriculture (CSA) is good for the land, communities, and our overall health.
7 Ways You Can Support Small Farms and Your Communities:
1. Memberships– Become members at your local farm or organize groups to support through volunteering or visiting your local farmers market.
2. Events- Check out events held at Stonebridge or local farms near you that you can get involved with.
3. Education- Visiting or supporting small farms can be a great way to help kids understand and respect where their food comes from.
4. Food Swapping- If you grow your own garden, swapping produce with your neighbors can be a fun alternative to grocery shopping.
5. Environmental Advocacy- Find a program or cause that interests you and see how you can help.
6. Preservation- Join the conversation on ways to help protect the future of small farms.
7. Eat more Veggies- Compared to meat, vegetable production uses about 47% less water per ton. #DoPlants
Horizon Organic has announced the four recipients of the 2016 Horizon® Organic Producer Education (HOPE) Scholarships, an award that encourages young people to pursue careers in the organic food community. The students, each of whom will receive $2,500, are children or grandchildren of Horizon’s nearly 700 family farmers.
In 2007, Horizon became the first national organic dairy brand to offer a scholarship program focused on supporting the next generation of organic leaders. Today, the organic industry continues to see growing consumer demand for organic foods, due in part to concerns about the effects of pesticide use and growth hormones, the impacts of antibiotic resistance, and increased awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
This year’s four scholarship recipients are:
Mia Brown (Gouverneur, N.Y.), age 19, is the daughter of Horizon producers Gary Jr. and Colleen Tweedie of Beaver Creek Farm. Mia is a two-time HOPE Scholarship recipient. She will begin her sophomore year at Morrisville State College in New York this fall, seeking a degree in animal science. Mia is working toward her life-long goal of owning her own dairy farm and educating others about the importance of organic agriculture. She now has six Brown Swiss and four Holsteins.
Kristen Davis (New Sharon, ME), age 18, grew up on Silver Valley Farm and graduated from Mt. Blue High School where she served as the president of the Franklin County 4-H Dairy Club and was selected 2015 Maine Dairy Princess. Her father, James Davis, and her uncle, Richard Davis, own and operate Silver Valley Farm together and they have shipped to Horizon Organic for nine years. Kristen will begin her freshman year this fall at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, where she will study Mass Media with a focus on Marketing Communications. Kristen plans to use her degree to advocate for organic agriculture.
Sadee Mehuren (Searsmont, ME), age 18, is the daughter of Horizon producer Glendon Mehuren of Faithful Venture Farm. Sadee will begin her freshman year this fall to pursue a degree in Animal and Veterinary Science at University of Maine. She hopes to one day raise her own dairy cattle and continue to compete in dairy cattle shows while educating the public on facts about organic farming.
Summer Spaulding (Bethel, VT), age 18, is the daughter of Horizon Producers James and Tina Spaulding of Good Oak Farm. Summer will attend The College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont this fall to pursue a degree in Social Services. The Spaulding family regularly opened their home to struggling youths, which had a profound impact on Summer’s desire to help others in need. Through social work, Summer intends to guide children and adults in nutritional values and goals. Spending her childhood on an organic farm has helped Summer understand how consuming organic products affects well-being for people, animals, and the planet.
The 2016 HOPE Scholarship recipients were chosen by a committee of organic industry leaders, including: Tracy Favre, organic inspector and former chief operating officer, Holistic Management International (HMI); Steve Gilman, policy coordinator, Northeast Organic Farming Association – Interstate Council; Margaret Scoles, executive director, Independent Organic Inspectors Association; Faye Jones, farm policy coordinator, Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship; Bob Scowcroft, a long-standing organic advocate who has served in various leadership positions for 35 years; and Glenda Yoder, associate director, Farm Aid.
Today, we unveiled new sustainability commitments in our 2014-2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The report, which is available here, highlights our passion for producing food responsibly and our unrelenting focus on using our resources to make a positive and lasting impact on our planet. In addition to announcing 2025 environmental targets, we fulfilled our 2016 commitment to source 100 percent of the cocoa powder used to produce our North American brands, expanded our 100 percent sustainable cocoa commitment to our European Alpro brand, and pledged to reduce sugar in Alpro products by 12.5 percent by 2020.
In the past two years, we’ve reduced waste to landfill by 52 percent and water use by 6 percent. And through our commitment to continuous improvement, by 2025, production across all brands will require 20 percent less water and energy and result in 20 percent less waste and greenhouse gas emissions per pound of product.
At WhiteWave, we aim to change the way the world eats for the better®. Our 2014-2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report outlines this vision and activities in key areas:
- Cultivating a Responsible Food System: Our environmental achievements to date, including: resource conservation, efficient operations, responsible sourcing and sustainable agriculture
- Illuminating Better Options: Our commitment to quality, food safety, transparent labeling, consumer education and sustainable packaging
- Empowering Employees: Our initiatives to inspire employees through meaningful engagement, diversity & inclusion, and philanthropy
These are just some of the many ways our brands – and, more importantly, our people behind them – are changing the way the world eats for the better by producing food responsibly and caring for people and the planet.
Yesterday we had Andrea Suponcic visiting from Greenhouse Scholars to share with us about their annual fundraiser Venus de Miles. Colorado’s largest women’s non-competitive road ride will be taking place August 27th in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Prospect Park in Longmont Colorado. This celebration of sisterhood and community benefits Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit that helps support extraordinary college students from low income communities with scholarship, mentorship, and resources they need to be successful throughout college. WhiteWave is excited to be assembling their team of riders and volunteers for the event, click here to register your team today!
In support of our Value “Integrity to Produce Food Responsibly”, WhiteWave had a Lunchtime Takeover today, focusing on the theme of sustainability. We heard from our Corporate Sustainability group, and Eric Lombardi, Executive Director for Eco-Cycle International, spoke about how we can help to make a positive impact as a corporation and as individuals.
And we want to extend a special thank you to Growing Gardens, 36 Commuting Solutions, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, The Xerces Society, and Source Office’s Green Purchasing Program, who gathered in our lobby to share about their partnership with WhiteWave and ways we can further our commitment to a sustainable future! Be sure to check out the photos below.
WhiteWave is taking another exciting step in its journey to change the way the world eats for the better – we have just entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Danone. Based in Paris, France, Danone is a leading global food company committed to helping people adopt healthier choices and lifestyles and bettering the planet for current and future generations – making it a perfect cultural match with WhiteWave.
Danone’s experience in fresh dairy products, water, and nutrition will be complemented by WhiteWave’s expertise in plant-based foods and beverages, organic dairy, fresh foods, and coffee creamers and beverages. Together, we will be able to offer a more diverse product portfolio to more consumers in more places around the world. You can learn more about this news on the WhiteWave website.