Brien and Soumaya

Alumni Speaker Series: Food and Entrepreneurship

One of the things that unites UWCers across the movement is a keen interest in food and food culture. For many, this interest is cultivated as they spend two years learning about the foods that their classmates eat while they cook meals together in dayrooms and faculty kitchens. A number of UWC-USA alumni have gone on to explore careers in the culinary arts or have started businesses that are food-centered. This Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series event will celebrate and explore the work of two alumnae working with food.

Brien Darby ’04 is the executive director of Cultivate KC, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people grow healthy, affordable food in an urban setting. She works with New Americans as they bring their agricultural skills and experiences to a new country and provides support, training, and advocacy for urban farming initiatives.

Soumaya Merhi ’06 is the CEO and founder of TAQA Snacks, a company in her native Lebanon that sources healthy, local ingredients for a variety of sports snacks. Every day she works with supply chain, marketing, and production challenges for a growing and thriving business.

The session will last one hour and include time for questions for the panelists.

What: UWC-USA Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
When: February 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm MST
Who: Brien Darby ’04 and Soumaya Merhi ’06
Where: Online (register below)

This online event is free and open to all alumni and friends of UWC-USA.



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