Vanessa Dew cofounded Health-Ade Kombucha in 2012 alongside her best friends and husband-and-wife team, Justin and Daina Trout. As chief sales officer, Dew brings an invaluable knowledge of sales and marketing amassed from years spent at a major pharmaceutical company. Through her expertise in channel penetration and people management, Dew has led Health-Ade’s sales team to boost availability in key channels and markets, while cultivating the Health-Ade brand as a whole. The brand is now available in 45,000 stores, including Whole Foods, Target and Trader Joes.
“Starting Health-Ade was a complete exercise in following your dreams, hard work, tenacity, and humility,” says Vanessa. “Having other female entrepreneurs to call friends and confidantes has been one of the most nourishing things for my professional self over time. Additionally, I am all about building other people up, especially women trying to make their mark in this world. If given the choice to support a female-owned business or not, you better believe I am voting with my dollars to support a woman.”
Vanessa received her BS in Biochemistry from UC San Diego and an MBA from the University of Southern California. She gives back to the community as a USC Marshall Mentor, advises several emerging CPG companies, is an active board member of the Asian Business Association (ABA), and has spoken about her entrepreneurial journey from Singapore to NYC. She also sits on the Advisory Council for Goldhouse and has been awarded the A100 Most Impactful Asians and NextGen Innovation Award. She likes cooking, traveling, experiencing the food scene in LA and beyond, staying active, and enjoying all that life has to offer with her husband, Kevin, their children, Oliver and Audrey, and pup, Dubu.Find her on Instagram | LinkedIn