Traditional cheese-making & scientific innovation with Karen McAthy

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Meet Karen McAthy; CEO & Co-Founder of Lumi Foods.

Karen’s building the future of food journey began about 7 years ago with Blue Heron Creamery and has since evolved into Lumi foods. The continued mission is to accelerate humanity’s transition to a just, sustainable, animal-free food system by inspiring consumers to re-imagine dairy, starting with cheese. Marrying traditional cheese-making methods with scientific innovation, Lumi Foods elevates the taste, texture, and performance of plant-based cheeses. Building on the foundation of Blue Heron Creamery, Lumi Foods looks to an exciting future creating avenues to lasting consumer change. Sink your teeth into this exciting, appetizing, and most importantly sustainable evolution of plant-based cheese journey!  

Lumi Foods CEO & Co-Founder Karen McAthy highlights and discusses: 

  • How they utilized emergent food technology and strategic partnerships to advance their mission. 
  • Employing a diversity of plant sources in the creation of dairy-alternative products while being able to focus on minimizing environmental impact.
  • How Lumi Foods legacy brand, Blue Heron Creamery, set the stage for Lumi in creating innovative cultured plant-based cheeses while employing a science-forward approach and traditional methods in seeking to create a new cheese tradition.

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you need in business. Michelle shares her story of why she wasn’t able to be herself at home and the story of how her kids “walked through the fire with her”.


On this interview you will learn:
– The importance of looking at the people who are propelling your career
– Preparing and planning for when things go wrong
– Understanding culture
– What the business world expects of women
– Being judged as a women raising money
– The power of stopping the ??? at the end of your statements (hesitancy)
– A POWERFUL secret that will vastly improve your leadership
– What it takes to be a Vice-President of a company
– The reality of rising through the ranks of a company (Game Of Thrones-esque battles)
– The 3 L’s of Leadership
– Critical secrets to partnerships