Networking Night November

PLUS: Meet Mission Driven Organizations and Companies that Give Back

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

5:30 - 7:30 PM @ Sterling-Rice Group




From the center of the natural products industry comes Naturally Boulder’s Networking Night!


November 13, 5:30-7:30 PM


Sterling-Rice Group
1801 13th St, Boulder
(ground floor offices)


Naturally Boulder’s Networking Nights are THE place to meet, connect and collaborate with 150-200 of the most passionate, pioneering leaders and companies in the Colorado natural products community.

November’s Theme:

Networking Night + Meet Mission Driven Organizations and Companies that Give Back


Learn from the Experts

  • Brook Eddy, Founder, Bhakti Chai
  • Kate Brown, Founder, Boulder Organic Foods
  • Cat Zummer, Training and Development Specialist, Organic India
  • Kelleen Zubick, No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength
  • Judith Ackerman, MetroCaring
  • Mara Fleishman, Chef Ann Foundation


Members: FREE  Non-members: $10

Presenter Biographies

Brook Eddy, Founder, Bhakti Chai
An interest in community development led Brook Eddy to India in 2002 to research a movement based on the principles of Bhakti, or devotion through social action. While there, she fell in love with fiery masala chai and it enveloped her senses in a way that she couldn’t forget years after returning home. Seeing an opportunity in the U.S. market for fresh, preservative-free, craft-brewed, ginger infused spicy chai – or Third Wave Chai, Brook concocted her own chai recipe and Bhakti Chai was founded as a mission driven company devoted to vibrant flavors and sustainability. Bhakti is now a national beverage brand and not only a leader in the chai category, cold brewed coffee chai, artisan tea, and but now breaking into other beverages with the launch of the first ever-natural sparkling tea. A business leader with a social impact lens, Brook is responsible for implementing all business strategies for building a national brand with over 15 sku’s including: new customer acquisition, marketing, product development, operations, innovation, facility development, branding, finance, social media, human resources, zero-waste manufacturing, sustainable sourcing, charitable contributions, innovation, B Corporation, Fair Trade, and NonGMO certifications, public relations, fund development, grassroots organizing, positioning, investor relations, and corporate growth. She also collaborates with brands like Noosa and Avery Beer to bring other Bhakti inspired products to market. Brook Eddy has a graduate degree in Social Policy and Non-Profit Management from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in Honors Psychology. She has spent her career working for social change through nonprofits, businesses, and NGOs. She also had a brief stint as a personal chef, writing coach, and non-profit consultant. She is the mother of twelve-year-old twins; practices yoga and chess, is a travel and spicy food enthusiast, a youth soccer coach and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Kate Brown, Founder, Boulder Organic Foods
Kate Brown is founder of Boulder Organic Foods, LLC and has been developing the brand Boulder Organic since 2006. Boulder Organic is a national brand of organic and gluten-free fresh soups that are nationally distributed through natural and conventional grocers. It is Kate’s sincere passion to bring affordable, fresh, organic food to the marketplace. Kate is active in the community as Vice-Chair on the Board of Elevations Credit Union, a Director on the Board of Community Food Share, and an advisory member of the Center for the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado. Additionally, Kate is an enthusiastic member and sponsor of Naturally Boulder, and a member and mentor for the CU Women’s Council. Mentoring women who aspire to business and leadership positions is the primary motivation for Kate’s mentoring and community involvement. A Colorado native, Kate makes her home and professional life in Boulder, enjoying the community of natural product entrepreneurs. Her passions include travel, hiking, snow sports, golfing, irreverent humor and interesting people.

Cat Zummer, Training and Development Specialist, Organic India
Cat Zummer is the Training and Development Specialist at ORGANIC INDIA. She received a BA in Environmental Studies with a special focus on society and policy from CU Boulder. Cat heads B Corp efforts and leads sustainability initiatives at the ORGANIC INDIA office and recently wrote a grant for installation of an electric vehicle charging station. She is passionate about promoting a holistic healthy lifestyle that respects, honors, and elevates our planet and all who reside here.

Kelleen Zubick, No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength
Kelleen Zubick is the Colorado State Director for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is focused on ending childhood hunger.
Share Our Strength Colorado works in partnership to promote access to federal nutrition programs, and, as one of three SNAP-Ed implementing agencies in Colorado, to offer Cooking Matters courses and tours that focus on nutrition and food skills education in 54 counties. Share Our Strength Colorado also engages in policy, systems and environment work to promote conditions that increase access to healthy food for vulnerable Colorado families. Learn more at   For over 20 years, Kelleen has worked in senior positions in the social sector. Prior to joining Share Our strength in 2014, Kelleen was co-founder and Principal Consultant for Mission Spark, a social impact consulting group partnering with private foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies on strategy and leadership development and on evaluation approaches. In this capacity, Kelleen spent two years researching and building strategy for summer food access on behalf of Hunger Free Colorado. She also developed the statewide peer mentor program in agritourism for the Colorado Office of Economic Development. Kelleen grew up in Brazil where she distributed food to vulnerable families every day, and this experience fuels her passion to address hunger and food access in America.  Kelleen is a member of the Colorado Double Up Food Bucks Advisory Committee and serves on the steering committee for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger and recently served as Chair, Nutrition and Food Skill Sub-Committee for the Denver Office of Economic Development’s Food Vision and Systems Plan. She has been a recent guest speaker at the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research and the Colorado Regional Hunger Summit and was a panelist for the Social Innovation Fund National Grants in Food Access. Kelleen’s professional memberships include Slow Food, Partnership for a Healthier America, and The Root Cause Coalition.

Judith Ackerman, MetroCaring
Judith joined Metro Caring, a dignity- and health-focused hunger-prevention organization serving the Denver metro area, in December 2016. As Business Development and Marketing Officer, she directs corporate support campaigns that enable free, nutritious food access for Denver’s food-insecure. Last year, Metro Caring provided more than 60,000 individuals with over a week’s worth of free, healthful groceries per visit. Judith also organizes community events and collaborates with strategic food industry partners to reduce food waste. A lifelong food lover, Judith brings her relationship building and strategic planning experience, and her passion for good food, to Metro Caring. Prior to working for Metro Caring, Judith spent over 15 years leading the event and marketing strategy for various Fortune 500 financial services organizations including Morgan Stanley, and most recently Goldman Sachs. Along with corporate strategy, programming, and event execution skills, she brings to Metro Caring a passion for helping others. She has been a nationally recognized fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since 2011. And prior to working full-time for Metro Caring, Judith volunteered in the organization’s Fresh-Foods Market, helping shoppers find their preferred groceries and helping to make unfamiliar items more approachable.

About MetroCaring:
Metro Caring is Denver’s leading frontlines hunger-prevention organization. Simultaneously fighting hunger and promoting sustainability, Metro Caring annually receives over 2.6 million pounds of nutritious food (35% fresh fruits and vegetables) – a majority of which would otherwise have gone to waste. Metro Caring’s holistic approach to ending hunger includes a free, fresh-foods market, nutrition and gardening education, and tools for self-sufficiency such as the Seeds for Success job-training program, financial literacy education and state-wide ID procurement. Over 400 weekly volunteers contribute to daily operations.

Mara Fleishman, Chef Ann Foundation
After becoming involved in school food as a concerned parent, Mara Fleishman
served on the Chef Ann Foundation board of directors since the organization was
founded in 2009 to focus on solutions to the school food crisis. She later transitioned
to Executive Director in March of 2013, and now Chief Executive Officer. Mara has
nearly 20 years of experience working in natural products including 12 years with
Whole Foods Market, where she served most recently as National Director of
Partnerships. In addition to CAF, she has held board seats at The Growe Foundation,
the Kitchen Community, and Naturally Boulder. Mara’s background in marketing
and partnerships, combined with her expertise in natural and organic food and her
advocacy efforts to improve school food, uniquely position her to lead the national