Celebrating Danyel O’Connor – A Mentor At Heart

As we kick off 2024, we are excited to recognize the first of 12 women who won the Females in Food Spotlight Award. This award is more than just a token of recognition; it’s a celebration of the achievements and unwavering dedication of these women. It’s a testament to their resilience, creativity, and passion, which have not only catapulted them to the top of their respective fields but have also inspired countless others to dream big and reach for the stars.

Join us in celebrating the first recipient, Danyel O’Connor. Danyel is more than a name in the food and beverage industry; she is an inspiring CEO and symbol of mentorship, empowerment, and leadership. 

Danyel’s belief in mentorship and visibility as key tools for female representation is not just a philosophy; it’s a practice she has embodied for years. Her dedication to mentoring women, especially working mothers, has created ripples of positive change. Her recent participation as a panelist at Naturally Minnesota’s “Women in CPG” event underscores her commitment to building a supportive network for women.

“Danyel represents the best of the best, always ready to uplift others with her wisdom and experience.” – A mentee’s testimony.

Her tenure at Good Foods saw increased profitability and significant growth. Her passion for sustainability led her to spearhead strategic planning initiatives and collaborate with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Now, as the CEO of Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Danyel is applying her vast experience to spearhead growth in the brand’s CPG business. Her strategic insights have already marked significant impacts across commercial strategy, marketing, and product innovation.

Danyel’s influence isn’t confined to boardrooms and business strategies; it extends into her local community. Along with her son, she volunteers at The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County, WI, demonstrating her belief in giving back and making a difference at the grassroots level.

As a leader, Danyel not only breaks barriers but also builds bridges for other women in the industry. Her journey and achievements are a beacon of hope and inspiration, showing what can be accomplished with passion, dedication, and a willingness to support and uplift others.

Danyel’s story is a testament to the power of mentorship, the importance of visibility for women in the food and beverage industry, and the incredible impact one individual can have in paving the way for future generations.

We congratulate Danyel O’Connor on her well-deserved recognition and look forward to witnessing her continued impact on the industry and beyond. As we celebrate Danyel’s incredible achievements and contributions, let’s also extend our warmest wishes to her as January is her birth month! Happy Birthday, Danyel! May this year bring you as much joy and success as you’ve brought to the industry and those around you.

For more career resources, networking, and job opportunities, check out our membership community Females in Food. Our mission is simple – to advance women into senior leadership positions across every segment of the F&B industry and close the gender gap.

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