Honoring Trailblazing Women in the Nutrition Industry

MARCH 7, 2024

First award to recognize female leaders in the dietary supplement and functional food industry  

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association in the dietary supplement and functional food industry, and Radicle Science are partnering to establish the Trailblazing Woman Award, the nutrition industry’s first award to honor the achievements of bold women in the wellness space.  

“We’re very excited to announce this award during Women’s History Month. These are the very women who are shaping both the history and future of the industry—and thus impacting consumer health in meaningful ways. Considering more women use supplements than men, it’s critical to support female leaders in the industry and help close the gender gap that currently exists,” shared Pelin Thorogood, Cofounder and Chairwoman of Radicle Science.  

The annual award will recognize a woman who has shown brilliant leadership, mentorship, and commitment to the industry. The award aims to celebrate her accomplishments and inspire future generations of female leaders.  

“CRN is pleased to team up with associate member Radicle Science to present the Trailblazing Woman Award,” said Gretchen Powers, vice president, marketing and member experience at CRN. “CRN member companies are leaders in the dietary supplement and functional food space, committed to the highest quality standards and ethical best practices to provide consumers with products that are safe, beneficial, and essential to their health and wellbeing. This award will honor the excellence of women within these companies who have elevated the industry through their work.”

Criteria for nomination include spearheading initiatives to increase women's presence in executive and leadership roles, breaking barriers, fostering diversity, advocating for women's empowerment, and contributing to women's health research.

Nominations are open through Sept. 13, exclusively for CRN members. A panel of judges, comprising three CRN representatives and two from Radicle Science, will review the nominations and select five finalists. CRN members will then anonymously vote for the winner from the five nominees.

The recipient of the award will be announced in October, and will receive a $2500 grant, which can be used for leadership and board training, mentorship opportunities, and career development. The recipient will also be featured in a Fast Company article, and will have opportunities to appear in webinars and talks organized by Radicle Science, CRN, and their partners. 

The establishment of this annual award reflects Radicle Science and CRN's commitment to acknowledging and celebrating exceptional leaders within the industry.

Learn more about the award and access the nomination form here: www.crnusa.org/trailblazer

About CRN:
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 180+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics.  Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn.

About Radicle Science: 
Radicle Science created the “Proof-as-a-Service'' category, offering wellness products history’s first easy path to clinically prove their true effects beyond placebo.  Named “World Changing Idea” by Fast Company, the B-corp conducts history’s largest clinical trials on supplements and natural products leveraging an AI-driven, automated, standardized and virtual approach. The result is clinical proof at unprecedented affordability, speed and scale across diverse populations and conditions. Now, any wellness product can access Proof-as-a-Service throughout their lifecycle to develop truly effective products, market strong health claims, increase customer loyalty, and win trust among retailers, doctors, and investors. Learn more at www.RadicleScience.com.