2020 Speakers

Lisa Lorimer

MamaSezz, co-founder & CEO

Lisa Lorimer is the co-founder and CEO of MamaSezz Foods, a whole food plant-based meal delivery company available nationwide in the U.S. Prior to MamaSezz, Lisa spent over 24 years as the owner and CEO of the Vermont Bread Company, supplying certified organic breads, rolls and English muffins to supermarkets and natural product stores, including private label for Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. She sold the company to a private equity firm and retired (or so she thought…) and went back to school to get her MBA from The Darden School of Business at UVA. She is the co-author with her s/hero Margot Fraser, founder of Birkenstock USA, of the book Dealing With the Tough Stuff: Practical Wisdom for Running a Values-Driven Business. Lisa is married with kids and a dog and a cat, and she lives with three generations of her family in Vermont.

2019 Speakers

Kit Crawford

Clif Bar & Company, co-owner & co-CEO

Kit, along with her husband Gary Erickson, is owner and co-CEO of Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks for people on the go. Kit and Gary also run Clif Family Winery in Napa Valley and venture firm White Road Investments.

Clif Bar and Company sells its trademark Clif Bars and Luna Bars in 14 countries. In 2013, Kit and Gary stepped down as co-CEOs but remain board co-chairs.

“We’re working to run a different kind of company: The kind of place we’d want to work, that makes the kind of food we’d like to eat, and that strives for a healthier, more sustainable world – the kind of world we’d like to pass on to our children. And those aren’t just words. They’re our mission statement.” – Kit Crawford


Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Social Venture Circle, Executive Director

We are delighted to welcome Val as a True Confession speaker. Of Cherokee ancestry, Val is the Executive Director of Social Venture Circle, which builds and serves communities of informed impact investors and business leaders to make social, economic, and environmental change.

She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in the tribal government sector.  Val has raised and structured over $3 billion in capital for tribal nations and holds seven FINRA registrations.  She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important social impact documentaries to the screen for which Val produces, writes and directs.

Val was inducted into the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame in 2008.  She was recently appointed to the Board of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and will be teaching a Stanford course on Entrepreneurship for Race and Social Equity in 2019.  Val earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA, has been married to former NFL football player Curt Mohl since 1982 and the couple has three children: Courtney (Stanford ‘07), Derek (California Lutheran ‘12) and Chelsea (Stanford ‘20).


Kate Torgersen

Milk Stork, Founder and CEO

Joining SVI Bay Area for Women as one of our True Confession keynote speakers, Kate is the founder and CEO of Milk Stork, the first and only breast milk travel solution for working moms. Milk Stork was inspired by all the breastfeeding super moms who work, travel, and love their babies like crazy. The reality is that most moms are working moms. And, for moms who return to work after maternity leave, the commitment to breastfeeding comes with numerous daily challenges. As working moms, we are faced with enough tradeoffs and compromises. Providing our babies with the best possible nutrition — breast milk — shouldn’t have to be one of them.

Kate’s story of mom-led innovation and entrepreneurship has been covered in outlets such as TIME, Forbes, People, NPR’s Morning Edition, Fortune, Scary Mommy and Babble. In 2016, Kate was named one of Red Tricycle’s “Power Moms in Food”. And, in 2015, Milk Stork was recognized as one of Business Insider’s “19 Coolest New Businesses in San Francisco”.

Kate is a full time, working mom of three kids who was committed to breastfeeding all of her children for the recommended 12 months. After facing the challenging logistics of pumping for her twins during a four-day business trip, Kate created the first breast milk delivery service to lighten the load—both physically and emotionally—for hardworking, business traveling, breastfeeding moms.