Females in Food is excited to announce that Alyssa Badger Simek will be joining our team as President. Alyssa brings 15 years of Food and Beverage industry experience focused in risk management across dairy, softs (cotton, cocoa, coffee, and sugar), and grains. In addition to her new role with Females in Food, Alyssa also serves as Vice President of Global Operations and Insights for HighGround Dairy. She has spent her career advocating for women in agriculture and has served as an instrumental member and ambassador to the Females in Food Community for the past three years. Her commitment to building and cultivating communities is most notable from her success in cultivating a global network and community for women in the Dairy Industry, which will now become the “Women in Dairy Division” within Females in Food.
In this new role, Alyssa will work alongside our founder and CEO, Angela Dodd by providing daily support to our members, delivering curated programming, and leading our corporate partnership relations.
Alyssa commented, “for much of the past 15 years of working in the commodities industry, it has been difficult to find true community and mentorship with other women as I have been surrounded primarily by men. While I am thankful for the men that were [and continue to be] allies for me over the years, I found it to be increasingly important to not only build strong relationships with other women, but also empower them to grow and succeed within the F&B industry. Since my very first conversation with Angela, I knew that her ambition to drive change in this industry was both genuine and purposeful. I also knew that I had to be a part of this community as her vision quickly became reality and started to make a true difference each day in this space. I could not be more excited to officially be by her side helping to close the gender gap at the top”.
Angela Dodd, CEO and Founder of Females in Food remarks, “I am honored to [formally] have Alyssa by my side as we continue to grow the community, our industry partnerships, and numerous initiatives that are focused on helping women connect and advance across our industry sectors. Alyssa joining the team is a true testament to the power of our FIF network and community which is centered around women coming together across our industry sectors to offer support, insights, and peer mentorship. She has supported me and the women in this Community from day one, and I couldn’t be happier to have her leadership on the team as we work to change the future of food”.
Introducing the Women in Dairy Division:
Individuals participating in the Women in Dairy Division can expect monthly calls focused around building knowledge within the sector. Given Alyssa’s background in Risk Management, there will be strong focus on dairy market fundamentals and price behaviors, but members will also receive additional virtual meetups geared toward advancing leadership skills and other industry insights. Join the Community and get involved by visiting our website.
About Females in Food:
Founded in 2019, the Females in Food Community is a first-of-its-kind home where female leaders in the food and beverage industry can foster meaningful connections, access highly-vetted resources and learn from industry trailblazers so their careers can soar. With a mission to close the gender gap that exists in the C-suite across every sector of the food and beverage industry, Females in Food deploys a 360-degree approach to talent development and gender diversity by offering a cultivated community, skill building and mentorship programs, networking events, industry insights, and job search tools. It also acts as a trusted partner to organizations to help increase gender diversity through talent connection, consulting programs, and data insights. Learn more and get involved by visiting https://femalesinfood.community