Sarah Polon is the founder of Soupergirl, a Washington D.C.-based company that sells healthy, vegan soups with locally-sourced ingredients.  It was Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that inspired Sarah to quit her job and start a food business to educate her community on the importance of connecting with the food they eat and properly nourishing their bodies. Today, Soupergirl has two brick-and-mortar shops and delivers soups all over the country. The company has been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS. You can find the company’s soups on shelves in Whole Foods, Walgreens, and several other large grocery stores. After she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 Sarah worked for a couple of startups, including the skincare brand, Blue Mercury, and even dabbled in standup comedy for a number of years before identifying a mission that aligned with her values. Tune in to this episode to find out how Soupergirl Sarah Polon turned her American History degree into a successful food business! 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What it’s like to work at a startup (7:03)
  • How Sarah got into standup comedy (9:17)
  • Why Sarah was drawn to the food industry (10:37)
  • Why soup (11:34)
  • How reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma changed her perspective on food (14:00) 
  • How to find your passion (16:11) 
  • What it was like to start a business during a financial crisis (19:15)
  • What is the story behind Soupergirl’s quirky soup names (21:31)
  • How the Soupergirl team brands their soups (23:14)
  • Why you should buy (and eat!) Soupergirl soups (25:18)
  • What it’s like to work at Soupergirl (26:27)
  • How to land your brand in major grocery stores (26:55)
  • How to start a business of your own (29:06)
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