PITTSBURGH, PA — (Jan. 26, 2021) Leah Lizarondo, Founder and CEO of Food Rescue Hero, will speak at The Female Quotient’s Equality Lounge @ Davos 2021 this Wednesday, January 27, at 4:30 p.m. EST. The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting is 100% virtual this year, allowing anyone to sit in on conversations that usually happen in Davos, Switzerland.
In a session entitled “The Critical Role of Women’s Leadership in Global Recovery and Resurgence,” Leah Lizarondo will join Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, and Kah Walla, Cameroonian Presidential Candidate, Activist, and Opposition Leader.
Lizarondo is an expert on using technology to address global problems like food insecurity, food waste, and climate change. The app, Food Rescue Hero, powers food rescue organizations in 12 cities, helping 19,000 volunteer drivers to redistribute more than 39 million pounds of food from the waste stream to people experiencing food insecurity. In 2020, Food Rescue Hero was named one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and Lizarondo spoke about the technology with actress Elizabeth Banks at NowThis NEXT.
The Female Quotient is the official Equality partner at Davos, bringing together global leaders from the public and private spheres to discuss the most pressing topics of today, including the impact of the pandemic on gender equality, pay parity, and the future of work. Other Equality Lounge® speakers include social entrepreneur Amanda Nguyen, actress, dancer, and CEO Julianne Hough, best-selling author Eve Rodsky, and leaders from Facebook, NBCUniversal, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase & Co., SAP, Johnnie Walker, Visa, and more.
Equality Lounge sessions are open to the public with online RSVP. Sessions run Tuesday, January 26 through Thursday, January 28. Leah Lizarondo will speak on Wednesday, January 27, from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. EST.
About Food Rescue Hero: Food Rescue Hero is a technology platform that enables food recovery and hunger relief organizations to launch and scale food recovery. In the United States, 40 percent of food produced is wasted while one in five people goes hungry. Food waste is also one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Focusing on the logistical challenges of retail food recovery, Food Rescue Hero addresses the challenges of food waste, food insecurity and climate change through technology-coordinated, community-powered networks. Through the app, volunteer drivers are alerted when surplus food is available nearby to be picked up and delivered to a household in need or nonprofit serving people experiencing food insecurity. Since its launch in 2016, the app has redirected more than 39 million pounds of perfectly good food and mitigated more than 12 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Food Rescue Hero was piloted in Pittsburgh and now measurably impacts food insecurity with 10 partners operating in 12 cities. In support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2, 12 and 13, its goal is to scale food recovery in 100 cities by 2030.