Featured Member: Alice Shopland, founder, Angel Food

What kind of work do you do/business do you run?

I founded Angel Food, a New Zealand company focusing on vegan cheese alternatives, way back in 2006.

What do you love about it?

I love that our products make a practical and positive contribution every day, making it easier for people to either go vegan and stay vegan, or simply to eat vegan more often.

What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?

I want to see veganism become mainstream. It won’t solve all the world’s problems but it’s a great start!

Why are you a member of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network?

I’m excited to be in touch with likeminded women around the world. So much change is needed, and effective collaborations will enable us to speed up that process.

What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?

The first time I saw our products on supermarket shelves was pretty amazing!

How do you handle failures, fear and disappointment?

Failure and disappointment – I figure out what went wrong, and try a new approach.

Fear – procrastination. Followed by a mix of boldness and blinkers.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Hang in there, you’ll find your tribe and your happy place!

What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?

Optimism and determination

What brings you joy?

Loving and being loved.

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