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“In order to have people love you, sometimes you have to have people hate you as well. And it’s the lovers and the people who will be passionate about your business and your brand—those are the ones you want to keep day after day.”

 

Break out your favorite pint and get ready for a little “Pivot and Chill,” because this episode is our coolest yet. Dena Wimette, Ben & Jerry’s Head of Product Innovation, joined us to discuss her enviable role in bringing new and exciting ice cream flavors to market. Believe it or not, the job isn’t all chocolate swirls and marshmallows (though there is a fair share of that). Dena must balance upholding Ben & Jerry’s strong progressive values, satisfying an intensely passionate fanbase, and being on top of the public’s changing tastebuds. Satisfy your craving for exclusive insights and learn a bowlful about running a values-driven brand in this tasty interview.

About the Speaker

Dena Wimette is the Head of Product Innovation for Ben & Jerry’s, a global ice cream brand well-known for its creative flavors and product quality. Dena has been with Ben & Jerry’s for over 14 years, having served in multiple brand, innovation, and communication roles. In 2019, she was asked to lead the company’s product innovation efforts. In her role, Dena applies an integrated approach to innovation weaving the Ben & Jerry’s progressive three-part mission (Human Rights & Dignity, Social & Economic Justice and Environmental Protection, Restoration and Regeneration) with its ingredients and flavors. Dena has a BA in Psychology from the University of Florida and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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Your Host
Mark Jeffries
Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author and Keynote Speaker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. Mark has spoken in front of more than 100,000 event delegates, published two books, appeared on Network TV numerous times and has launched an innovative e-learning course, “The Art of Business Influence - Selling without Selling.”