MEET THE MEMBERS!

February 2021 – January 2022

FORUM LEADER: Megan Barnhart

Meg Barnhart is the Founder / Co-Creator of Zen of Slow Cooking (Yogini, LLC), a Certified B Corp that manufactures a line of globally inspired, premium spice blends using from-scratch recipes crafted for slow cookers and pressure cookers.

In 2018, Meg received an award for Business Leadership from the Specialty Food Association. In 2020, Zen of Slow Cooking became a Certified Women Owned Business.

In 2012, Meg and her business partner, Jane McKay came together to create a simple way for families to come together over a healthy meal. Their award winning, Multi-Cooker spice blends are sold nationwide and every packet is packaged and shipped with care by adults with developmental disabilities.

In 1995 Meg’s son was diagnosed as developmentally delayed and her world was forever changed by her new found passion for advocacy. ZOSC has partnered with Planet Access Company, a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

At Zen of Slow Cooking they believe in the power of sitting down and having a conversation over a shared meal. On their packets and blog you will find simple recipes to make and share with your family and friends.

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FORUM CATALYST: Consuelo Martinez-Quattrocchi

Coming from a background where enjoying food & wine with family and friends is one of life’s true pleasures, Consuelo Martínez-Quattrocchi believes great tasting food can also be good for us, that organic quality is better for us and our environment.

After 30+ years in international consumer product sales and global distribution, Consuelo left the corporate world to become one of the founders and managing partner of Villa Graziella Organic.

Sharing a passion for food and wine, Consuelo and her certified organic partners believe great tasting food and wine can also be good for us, and that both can thrive together. They believe organic quality is better for us and our environment. Not a passing fad, it is a path to a healthier, more sustainable life.

Since successfully launching her business in 2016 and a new product line during a pandemic, Consuelo reached her audiences by creatively providing quality zoom tastings and how-to cooking videos.

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FORUM MEMBER: Laura Garofalo

Laura Garofalo is an employment attorney for employers and the founder of Laura Garofalo Law, LLC. With the combined experience as a Human Resources professional and over 15 years in employment law, Laura has a unique perspective and understanding of a company’s employment law issues, and the impact those issues have on business operations.

Laura counsels businesses on their day-to-day workplace issues and Human Resources practices, policies, and procedures; conducts workplace investigations; and conducts a variety of workplace training, including harassment, creating and maintaining a respectful workplace, and managing employees within the law. Laura also works with companies on a secondment basis when their professionals take a leave of absence or other needs arise.

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FORUM MEMBER: Kathryn Schutz

After spending 20 years in the finance industry, Kathryn Schutz decided to pursue her true passion–travel and wellness! She started Kathryn Theodore Travel, a luxury travel advisory firm that redefines the trip-panning experience.

Kathryn Theodore Travel specializes in creating unforgettable group travel experiences for clients who want to be present and enjoy every moment of their trip.

Kathryn believes in the connection between mind, body and spirit and maximizing these connections by weaving in elements of wellness. The vacation experience is created with a balance between activity and rest, between rejuvenation and maintenance, between spontaneity and structure.

Clients of Kathryn Theodore Travel are treated with VIP status while their team handles any problems that arise.

Kathryn believes travel is life-changing and it is her delight to help clients plan bespoke journeys.

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FORUM MEMBER: Megan Sullivan

Megan Sullivan has a desire and tenacity for multi-tasking. Having 17 years of experience in the corporate world and 6 years as a high school teacher–all while pursuing her undergrad and working on two master’s degrees–has led Megan to her dream.

Megan co-owns Wood Statements, a company that specializes in custom-built wood furniture. Their clients range from hospitality and corporations to higher education and residential homes. They imagine, build, and refine products from solid wood that enhance and bolster spaces. Clients like Tommy Bahama, Raising Cane's and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises have entrusted Megan’s company with transforming their locations. They pride themselves on being the kind of people you’d be proud to invite to sit at your table, as a partner, friend and advocate for your brand.

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FORUM MEMBER: Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson is a Real Estate Broker and Private Investor that prides herself on buying and selling for her clients as if trading were her own. With over 30 years of residential management experience across three states under her belt, Robin has learned the ins and outs of the business to perfect her talent for real estate. She works with properties from the Lake Shore to the North Shore and has the ability to transform any place to an amazing location.

Real estate investors find Robin’s knowledge and resources invaluable. Services include staging, contractor referrals, and most importantly Robin’s input on a property. Clients quickly become repeat clients after experiencing the care and integrity that Robin brings to the buying and selling experience.

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