Naturally Proud Network (NPN), the industry's first LGBTQI+ network, and the CEO of Asutra talk about the power and benefits of diversity through inclusive leadership.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

October 30, 2020

Got LGBTQI+? How diverse is your company?

Join the Naturally Proud Network (NPN), the industry's first LGBTQI+ network, as we host Stephanie Morimoto Owner & CEO of Asutra, a women-owned and women-led natural and organic products company. Morimoto, alongside co-owner, brand ambassador and professional tennis star Venus Williams, have created a brand that exemplifies racial and gender diversity.

Find out how unleashing the power of diversity through inclusive leadership can lead to boosting employee engagement, unlocking a greater creative potential, plus attracting and - most importantly - retaining talent.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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