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Cuisine & Conversation: Steaz Connects Women During LA Brunch
What better way to unite and encourage women than by inviting them to retreat to a gourmet restaurant for brunch?! That was the case for a group of women and bloggers who attended a Steaz brunch in LA earlier this month with our company co-founder, Eric, and several members of the newly formed Steaz Women's Wellness Committee.
The restaurant, Akasha, specializes in food made with organic, natural ingredients from sustainable sources, and of course, the ladies could graciously imbibe chilled Steaz Teas to compliment their cuisine and conversation. The event was another effort to support Steaz's recently introduced social change program: SEED, Social Environmental & Educational Discovery. The initiative supports causes important to women through the provision of annual grants to inspirational individuals and organizations who are actively building a healthier world. You can learn more about SEED in our previous post, Planting a SEED for Women's Wellness.
The SEED program is guided by the Women's Wellness Committee. Several members were in attendance at the brunch including Chef Akasha Richmond - celebrity chef, organic food activist, author, and restaurant owner; Jean Weidemann, PhD - founder and president of the Weidemann Foundation and global pioneer of women's development issues; Patty DeDominic - founder of theInternational Women's Festivals and successful entrepreneur and Kathryn Schuett- Editor ofOrganic Processing Magazine, holistic living expert, and industry champion.
The goal behind the event and the SEED program according to Eric is "to inspire and encourage women to dream, achieve and create change in areas that are most important to them." He also spoke during the event about Steaz and the driving principles behind the company. Several of the ladies at the brunch posted a Whrrl story about their mid-day adventure and attendee, Kim Tracey Prince shares her post-event contemplations at House of Prince.
Check back for future posts as we share more about our SEED initiative and the amazing women who sit on our Wellness Committee. We hope our efforts inspire you to grab on to something you believe in. Whether it's big or small, it all makes a difference. So tell us, are there things you've done or ideas you're entertaining to help build a healthier world?
Peace, Love & Steaz ;)
Planting a SEED for Women's Wellness
Steaz's commitment to women's wellness stems from a belief instilled in me by my mother that the strength, resilience and care that women possess are at the heart of building a healthier world. As a company, we aim to support, connect and inspire women to dream, achieve and create change within areas that impact their families, their communities and ultimately, the planet.
It is with this sense of purpose that I am thrilled to announce here first the launch of our very own philanthropic endeavor: the Steaz SEED Initiative (Social, Environmental, and Educational Discovery).
The Steaz SEED Initiative is an integrated program that engages Steaz customers, retailers and industry partners by providing a platform for women to discuss and address issues that matter most to them. Each year, Steaz will recognize inspirational individuals and non-profits that are building a healthier world in areas related to the Mind, Body, Soul and Planet through theHealthy SEEDs Award program.
The Healthy SEEDs Award consists of a financial grant, product donation and mentorship in areas such as marketing, finance and legal. We are very excited to announce that our first Awardees will be recognized next week at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.
Steaz has established a Women's Wellness Committee comprised of leaders representing various disciplines, such as motherhood, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, culinary arts, the organic movement and women's development, to provide guidance and insights, and oversee the Awards program.
The Steaz SEED Initiative will be presented for the first time at the third annual International Women's Festival being held in Santa Barbara, California, this Friday and Saturday, March 5-6. Members of the Steaz community are welcome to attend this event free of charge! Just check the Events page at steaz.com in the next day or two for details and registration info. For more information about the Festival, visit womensfestivals.org.
The Festival celebrates International Women's Day (March 8) and provides a supportive environment for networking and resource sharing. Speakers will address crucial issues facing women today in interactive, multi-cultural and entertaining presentations focusing on the five key areas of women's lives: Personal, Professional, Philanthropic, Political, and Planet.
I encourage you all to attend and to support us in this exciting endeavor. Throughout the coming weeks and months, I look forward to sharing more information with you here about the Steaz SEED Initiative!