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Saturday, November 10 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Women in Chocolate: Crushing The Status Quo

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Emily Benson

Theo Chocolate
Emily joined Theo Chocolate in 2016 and focused on the company's supply chain and social impact. Today Emily is the Brand Manager for Theo and manages the company's messaging and brand strategy while also overseeing relationships at origin. Prior to joining Theo, Emily worked in international... Read More →
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Dr. Maricel E.Presilla

Founder and Americas Director, International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting and International Chocolate Awards
Dr. Maricel E. Presilla, a descendant of cacao farmers from the eastern mountains of her native Cuba, has been working on fine cacao and chocolate for the last thirty years,  combining the high academic standards of a professionally trained historian with a cultural anthropologist’s... Read More →
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Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Cook, entrepreneur, artist and chocolatier.
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe, chef, master chocolatier, and ambassador of Venezuelan cocoa is the founder of KaKao, Venezuelan chocolates (2004), Cacao de Origen (2013) and Río Cacao (2017). As an entrepreneur and caterer, she was the owner of more than 15 cafés and restaurants in... Read More →
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Gillian Goddard

Sun Eater Organic Chocolate
Gillian Goddard is a chocolate manipulating activist who spends her time building resiliency in Trinidad and Tobago and the greater Caribbean. She is the Co-Director of ARC TT - The Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago - and the Co-Owner of Sun Eaters Organics - a... Read More →
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Jael Rattigan

Co-Owner, French Broad Chocolate
Jael Rattigan, along with her husband, Dan, lived and worked in the cacao-rich rainforest of Costa Rica for two years. At the restaurant they opened, Bread and Chocolate, they were able to source local chocolate for their handmade desserts, sparking a passion for cacao and all things... Read More →
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Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Chocolate
Chloe Doutre Roussel is an author, consultant, educator and world-renowned expert on all things chocolate. Her seminal book, “The Chocolate Connoisseur”, has been translated into 5 languages. Her relationship with chocolate is a genuine passion and love story and her enthusiasm... Read More →

Jean Thompson

CEO, Seattle Chocolates

Saturday November 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Pier 91