Cultural-rooted startups get a modern twist with Megan Meza's Bandida Horchata Cold Brew Coffee and Kayla Castañeda's Agua Bonita real fruit aguas frescas. In this virtual Fireside Chat, Megan and Kayla will talk with branding expert, Maureen Ballatori about:
Megan Méza is the founder of Bandida, a dairy-free Horchata Cold Brew Coffee. Bandida is special because they use coffee breaks to break the glass ceiling by partnering with diverse women at every step: from coffee growers, product photographers, down to their accountants. Megan comes from a marketing & strategy background where she's helped companies like Coca-Cola and Mondelez find better ways to unlock customer value.
Kayla Castañeda, co-founder & CEO of Agua Bonita, lives by the mantra "when life gives you lemons, make aguas frescas". With a passion for eco-friendly practices and entrepreneurship, as well as 8+ years in corporate CPG, she works to amplify Latinx culture by bringing a traditional drink to the modern market.
They'll be interviewed by Maureen Ballatori, owner of the national food, beverage, and ag agency, 29 Design Studio who has helped her firm's clients impressively scale their brands.
29 Design Studio
Founder and CEOSee Bio
Maureen Ballatori is an innovator. She excels at leading initiatives that involve smart creative, brilliant strategies and united communities. As Founder & CEO of 29 Design Studio, a branding and marketing agency, Maureen develops solutions to clients' brand-building challenges. As a Partner in the Metro Collective, a collection of shared space communities, Maureen fosters relationships across Upstate NY and beyond.