Forbes welcomes Lori Taylor to its first-ever class of Forbes Next 1000
Lori Taylor continues to receive recognition for her work creating and building The Produce Moms® brand, and helping people incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their daily eating habits. Today Forbes announced their inaugural Forbes Next 1000, and Lori Taylor, CEO and Founder of The Produce Mom’s and produce industry advocate, has been chosen to join the first class of 250 of the 1000 outstanding entrepreneurs. Forbes Next 1000 is billed as “The Upstart Entrepreneurs Redefining the American Dream” and is presented by Square, marketer of software and hardware payment products.
A welcome letter to Lori from Forbes Senior Editor, Maneet Ahuja, declares that the Forbes Next 1000 (#Next1000) “celebrates small business owners across the country on the road to success.” Lori’s profile on Forbes Next 1000 depicts Lori’s story as, “While working in produce sales for the Indianapolis Fruit Co., Taylor had the idea of starting a blog to help its marketing. When the company decided to part with the blog in 2015, Taylor emptied her 401k and borrowed money to purchase it, launching The Produce Moms, an educational forum on public goods that also facilitates direct sales with farmers.”
“I feel like I’ve arrived as an entrepreneur with this recognition by Forbes,” exclaimed Lori. “As I read about all of my other 'classmates' on the Forbes Next 1000, I feel so proud to be a part of small business and start-ups in America, and I feel especially honored to represent the produce industry and the farmers that feed not only the U.S. but the globe!” In December 2020, identified as a noteworthy female entrepreneur, Lori was invited to participate in Forbes Power Women Summit at the recommendation of The Boardlist. Being selected as one of the Forbes Next 1000 allows Lori to participate in programs exclusively designed to grow successful businesses. She recently attended The Forbes Culturally Accountable Summit, a one-day event focused on diversity and inclusion.
The panel of A-list judges of the Forbes Next 1000 includes notables from all walks of success; Sheryl Sandberg-COO of Facebook & Founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org; Russell Wilson, NFL Quarterback & Super Bowl Champion; Ciara, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Alex Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of A-Rod Corp, World Series Champion & baseball legend; Jean Case, Chairman of National Geographic Society & CEO of the Case Impact Network; Ayesha Curry, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, New York Times Best-Selling Author; Carla Harris, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Morgan Stanley; Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, Vice Chairman of Starbucks; Reid Hoffman, Cofounder of LinkedIn & Partner at Greylock; Aileen Lee, Founder & Managing Partner of Cowboy Ventures, board member of All Raise; Lilly Singh, Comedian & Host of NBC's A Little Late with Lilly Singh.
For more about Forbes Next 1000: https://www.forbes.com/next1000/
The Produce Moms® is a widely recognized consumer brand that is devoted to the sales and consumption of fresh produce. Founded by Lori Taylor, The Produce Moms is a community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. Its purpose is to make sure that all moms know that fresh produce is SAFE and HEALTHY. The Produce Moms educates consumers about fresh produce, introduces them to produce brands, engages the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promotes public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. The Produce Moms digital content platform, podcast, television appearances, and consumer products reach millions per month and support its mission to increase produce consumption in both volume & variety. For more information, visit http://www.theproducemoms.com.