At BlogHer, our mission to support and promote female founded businesses takes center stage at #BlogHer19 Creators Summit. Each year, we proudly present The Pitch, a competition for female entrepreneurs to bring awareness to their passions and endeavors. Sponsored by CAULIPOWER, on September 19th, three women will pitch their product or service and their business plans to a top-tier panel of judges and the #BlogHer19 Creators Summit attendees.
This year, our lineup of judges does not disappoint! We’re thrilled to welcome our judges, Jacquelyn De Jesu, Agatha Achindu, Sarika Doshi, Alison Wyatt Koplar, and Cate Luzio to the main stage. These judges range in careers from all different fields including technology, media, fashion, lifestyle, design, literature, marketing, ecommerce, and more. They have experience in building a business from the ground up, are leaders at notable companies, have received awards and praises from top outlets, and are working toward more female representation in the workplace and the world.
Did we mention Gail Becker of CAULIPOWER is this year’s emcee? For those who saw Gail at #BlogHer19 Food, you know you’re in for a real (gluten-free) treat! Gail was inspired to create a business to serve her two sons who were diagnosed with celiac disease. After tirelessly seeking celiac-friendly and tasty food options for her boys, Gail took 90 minutes to make a cauliflower pizza crust and CAULIPOWER was born. CAULIPOWER is now the #1 “Better For You” pizza in America and the #8 frozen pizza brand in the country. Did we mention CAULIPOWER has also a female CEO, female COO, and female CFO?
Join us in welcoming these fantastic women to #BlogHer19 Creators Summit! We can’t wait to see what they have in store for our pitchers. We look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks!
Meet our Emcee and Judges!
Gail Becker is the Founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods. Already well known in professional circles, Gail’s career reached the highest levels of media, politics, and business – including executive roles at Warner Bros. and The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. But as a mom of two boys with celiac disease, Gail was not happy with the gluten-free options available to her family. Who wants pizza that’s full of sugar and chemicals, takes 90 minutes to make and doesn’t taste like pizza? Seeing that the food industry offered no nutritious solutions for busy, foodie families to enjoy together, Gail took matters into her own hands and launched CAULIPOWER in early 2017. CAULIPOWER has disrupted one of grocery’s most stagnant categories and is now the #8 best-selling frozen pizza brand in the US. Gail is a passionate advocate for new entrepreneurs, women in business, and making vegetable-forward nutrition accessible and delicious to all.
Jacquelyn De Jesu is the Founder and CEO of DEEJAYZOO, a female focused design and innovation company. Her first product launch, flagship brand, and team’s current focus is SHHHOWERCAP, a fashion forward reinvention of the shower cap that has been optimized for both form and function. As an advertising creative Jacquelyn spent over a decade building brands at some of the world’s top agencies (BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Co: Collective, 360i, HUGE). She has lead the creative work on accounts across a range of categories such as YouTube/Google, VICE, Altoids, 5Gum, Orbit, Midol, Cheerios, Miller Lite, Olay, and Clinique. Throughout her career, Jacquelyn has been driven to create disruptive ideas by finding power in simplicity and a beautiful execution. In 2013, she channeled this same passion and set out on a mission to create a shower cap that wouldn’t feel like a sacrifice of aesthetics or functionality. After over a year of meticulous development, SHHHOWERCAP was born. In less than two short years, her patented invention has grown into a multimillion dollar company. The unparalleled growth of SHHHOWERCAP has been fueled by the power of thoughtful design in both the brand and the product itself. She has been featured in VOGUE, FastCompany, The New York Times, FORBES, Co: Design, PSFK, Allure, Wired, Nylon, InStyle, ELLE, TheDieLine, Refinery29, and more.
Agatha Achindu is a wellness entrepreneur, speaker, and educator who specializes in helping American families thrive, by transforming the way they live and feed their children. As the founder and Vice President of Marketing of Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of fresh-frozen organic food for kids, she is devoted to making healthy food convenient and accessible for busy parents and families. A Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach and yoga instructor, she furthers her mission by building a brand that amplifies her message of whole living for modern times.
A voice of authority in her field, Agatha has appeared in notable media outlets such as the Today Show, CNN, CBS, Forbes, Fortune, and People Magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post. A sought after speaker, she is known for delivering passionate talks on a variety of topics, including organic food and farming, children’s health and nutrition, business development, women’s empowerment, and more. As a married mom of three, her wellness empire represents what it means to live a whole, full, and vibrant life that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
Sarika Doshi currently leads strategic brand and marketing partnerships for Walmart Stores and eCommerce. Prior to Walmart, Sarika founded and sold a digital content brand, Rank & Style, where she led strategy, e-commerce, public relations, business development and fundraising efforts. Rank & Style was named ‘Best of the Web’ by InStyle and earned the ‘Founders of the Future’ award from Hearst and Sarika was listed as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company”. Before launching her company, Sarika was a member of the management team at Axiom, a venture-backed growth company and practiced corporate law in London and New York. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and J.D from University of Michigan.
Alison Koplar Wyatt is a veteran of the start-up world, having helped build companies like Goop, Refinery29 and Girlboss. She is also a business builder, advisor, and an investor in female founded businesses. She recently linked arms with Rebecca Minkoff as Founding Partner of Female Founder Collective – an organization designed to build resources and connections for the exact types of businesses Ali has funded and grown. Ali was one of the first employees at Refinery29, growing the businesses from a few hundred thousand in revenue to well into the tens of millions in four years, securing a spot for Refinery29 on the Inc 500 three times in a row. She left Refinery29 to become founding CRO at Goop, where she launched the business in the US. And then she then turned to joined forces with Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso to launch Girlboss, which today hosts thousands of women at cross-country rallies and galvanizes women while transacting via B2B and consumer business lines. As investor, her investments include The Wing, Tia Clinic, The Wonder, Good Mylk, Forward Space, Summersalt, Hatch Collection, Social Studies, Refinery29, Girlboss, Goop, Happy, Not Perfect, iFundWomen, Virtue Health and Heymama Co.
Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate offering members unparalleled programming from workshops with dynamic leaders to a pioneering speaker series. This 15,000 square foot space in NYC includes a rooftop deck (opening Fall 2019) and two floors of open workspace, conference rooms, fitness studio, beauty bar, locker room, lactation room, podcast studio and much more. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc. and on the Advisory Board for Girls Inc. NYC. She also serves on the Board of WaterAid. Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services, and prior to starting Luminary had global roles at HSBC and J.P. Morgan. Cate is also a Forbes and Fast Company contributor.