Naaap Pgh Asian American Women In Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Leah Lizarondo

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NAAAP PGH will be taking a brief break from our speaker series this August, but in September we have some big news! Leah Lizarondo will be joining us as our next speaker in our series. Leah has been a rock star in the Pittsburgh startup scene. Here is some more info on her:
Leah Lizarondo is Co-Founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue works to eliminate
hunger and promote a healthy environment by rescuing viable food about to go to waste and
redirecting to nonprofits that serve those who are food insecure. 412 Food Rescue is an innovative
approach to food recovery with rapid response reverse logistics model that utilizes technology to
aggregate and automatically match food donors and beneficiaries. The organization works with a
network of dedicated volunteers and deploys a scalable technology and replicable model designed to
eliminate food waste at the retail level.
Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with
Highest Distinction and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and
sustainability. She has also trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her
Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.
She began her career as a product manager in Southeast Asia, working in consumer packaged goods
and technology before moving on to her passion in food and health advocacy. She has a track record
of leadership in nonprofits in New York and Pittsburgh. She is interested in social innovation and
technology and mines her experience launching startups as she works to establish 412 Food Rescue.
Leah is an active advocate for food, health and innovation in Pittsburgh. She is also the founder of
The Brazen Kitchen, an award-winning blog and Pittsburgh Magazine weekly column.
Leah is currently Editor-at-Large for NEXTpittsburgh, covering social innovation. Leah’s work has
been featured in print and online publications including MSN’s Re:Discover Series, NPR,,
GOOD Magazine online, and local media. The Brazen Kitchen won the 2013 National City & Regional
Magazine Awards.
Leah has delivered numerous talks in the field of food policy and innovation. In April 2014, she gave
the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” The video can be accessed on

As usual, this event is free for all to attend, and will be streamed live via facebook for all NAAAP chapters to view. Please bring a friend. We hope to see you at the HYP club for this great event!
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By: NAAAP-Pittsburgh

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