Women shine in the supplement space

Women of the CRN community shine in the supplement space, moving forward legal, scientific, innovation efforts, and more

I wrote this article for LinkedIn as part of my content marketing strategy for raising awareness of leadership opportunities for women in the dietary supplement industry related to being part of the association’s member community, and the impact of the association’s work.

Catching up after a busy few days behind the scenes of member experience for the Council for Responsible Nutrition—helping my colleague Edward Wyszumiala prepare for meetings with industry leaders in Utah next week and on-boarding newly approved members, collaborating with CRN’s newest hire Sauda Johnson, CGMP, DES on the association’s annual events, and much more—I finally had some time to reflect through the lens of Women’s Health Month on the news-packed week (well-captured by Elise Hall in CRN’s member newsletter) and I am so awestruck by the array of impacts being made by women and for women.

CRN SVP and General Counsel Megan Olsen sat down with VP of Comms Jeff Ventura to discuss the latest news of the association’s litigation over age-restrictions on certain supplements in the state of New York moving forward on CRN’s argument that the law violates the First Amendment rights of supplement marketers and retailers.

The video is a must-watch for all! Megan’s expert insights are critical to understanding progress being made in the case and bringing clarity to a complex topic. (Megan is co-chair of the highly-anticipated CRN/ACI Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum in New York June 25–26 with Taneesha Routier J.D. of XYMOGEN.)

Meanwhile, CRN’s Government Relations lead Julia Gustafson was in Sacramento meeting with California legislators, as the association is tracking similar age-restriction proposals across multiple states (as CRN members were updated in an alert this week).

I loved seeing Kim Drabik of CRN member company Plexus Worldwide , also chair of our Communications, Marketing, and Media Outreach Committee, interviewed for Danielle Masterson’s latest NutraWomen Wednesday! Kim shared about her experiences across a range of disciplines throughout her career, sparked by her interest in science and the exciting launch of IronWoman, an iron supplement specifically formulated for the unique needs of women with a novel approach pairing the probiotic L. plantarum strain with cysteine and vitamin C to create a combination that offers superior iron absorption.

CRN’s Profiles in Leadership series featured Dr. Nora K., CEO and Founder of CRN member company Nuritas, a company that aims to disrupt how ingredients are discovered and to revolutionize their application in everyday health.

Liz Cummings with CRN member Nicholas Hall Group of Companies was featured in a CRN Q&A discussing blending science and consumer trends to propel supplement innovation.

Speaking of innovation, CRN members learned first of the association’s “Innovation Exchange” in this week’s newsletter. Innovation Exchange is a fast-paced session comprising six 25-minute presentations on the “Innovation Exchange” stage, followed by “table time” where attendees can engage with presenters directly, taking place as part of CRN’s annual conference Oct. 9–11 in Salt Lake City.

As a founding association partner with Women In Nutraceuticals, CRN was proud to see this group showcased at Vitafoods Europe with a reception and a panel discussion moderated by Heather Granato on “Research essentials for powHERing success in formulating and marketing food supplements for women,” along with so many CRN member companies on site at the last show in Geneva. WIN will host a webinar for its members, “Building your Personal Brand” Wednesday May 22 at 10 am ET.

CRN Science & Regulatory Affairs team lead Dr. Andrea Wong and Erin Storer, Manager, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, are currently at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting with representatives from CRN member companies Balchem Human Nutrition and Health, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., dsm-firmenich, Kemin Human Nutrition and Health, OmniActive Health Technologies, and Pharmavite.

The CRN Foundation’s Prenatal Nutrition Center at ACOG provides valuable educational materials focused on key ingredients in prenatal supplements, addressing nutrient gaps that are prevalent during pregnancy.

When it comes to supporting women’s health and wellness, CRN has a strong history of advancing science and policymaking. Resources and publications from CRN and CRN-International symposia, led by SVP International & Scientific Affairs Dr. James Cedric Griffiths, present valuable information on nutrition and lifestyle considerations for women across the life course—including webinars on demand.

REMINDER: CRN has partnered with Radicle Science on the Trailblazing Woman Award! We know we have an amazing pool of potential nominees. Have you nominated anyone?

So proud of the CRN team and our member superstars that inspire us to keep working toward our mission to protect and advance a climate conducive to responsibly developing, sourcing, manufacturing, and marketing science-backed dietary supplements, functional food, and their ingredients, for better health and nutrition for all!