True leadership comes from curiosity, an open mind

A leader’s education never ends, and lessons can be learned from all stakeholders in a business, says Anand Swaroop, president, Cepham Inc.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

April 7, 2022

Anand Swaroop, president, Cepham Inc., started his career as a bench scientist with a goal to get into academia. Instead, he found himself first in pharmaceuticals and then his current home in supplement ingredients. His scientific education taught him that life is full of discovery, and everyone has something to teach him. “Once you look at these things with an open mind,” he said, “you realize you can learn from everyone.”

This mindset has helped Swaroop in his leadership journey, and it has been essential during labor concerns the health and nutrition industry—and many other industries—has faced in the past two years. In this video with Sandy Almendarez, senior content director, Informa Markets, Swaroop speaks about leadership principles and building relationships. He covers:

  • The burnout people are feeling as they work from home, and how technology can address it.

  • How the supplement industry must consider the health of its workers as well as the health of its consumers.

  • How he relaxes and takes care of himself (hint: he says he’d love to talk about jazz music with anyone in the industry!)

Swaroop will be speaking more about leadership in the SupplySide East education session, “Leadership during labor disruptions,” on Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Learn more and register here.

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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