Meet Irene Liu, CEO/Co-Founder of Chiyo

FOOD CAN BE A JOYFUL AND ADVENTUROUS PART OF YOUR MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY.

TODAY’S GUEST IS IRENE LIU, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF CHIYO, A FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE FOCUSED ON EASTERN FOOD THERAPY AND NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE. FOR EACH STAGE OF MOTHERHOOD, CHIYO WAS CREATED TO HELP MOTHERS FEEL THEIR BEST AS THEY STEP INTO THE MAGICAL CHAPTER OF LIFE THAT IS MOTHERHOOD. CHIYO EMBRACES THE POWER OF NUTRITION AND DOES THE RESEARCH, MEAL DESIGN, AND DELIVERY.

GROWING UP IN A TAIWANESE HOUSEHOLD, IRENE LEARNED EARLY ON THAT FOOD CAN BE MEDICINAL. AND SHE SPENT HER YEARS PRIOR TO CO-FOUNDING CHIYO FOCUSED ON SOLVING HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS. SHE WORKED AT BAIN ADVERTISING, WITH GROCERY AND RETAIL CLIENTS IN CITY GOVERNMENT TO UNDERSTAND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. IRENE ALSO ADVOCATED FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FOOD ACCESS THROUGH NONPROFITS, SETTING UP MOBILE GROCERY ROUTES ON THE CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE.

IRENE AND HER CO-FOUNDER SISTER JEN, ARE FORBES 30 UNDER 30 LIST MAKERS AND ARE CONSTANTLY INNOVATING WITH THEIR NUTRITIONAL MISSION.

in this episode:

[02:08] IRENE PAINTS US A PICTURE OF WHEN SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

[10:04] IRENE’S FAMILY DYNAMIC GROWING UP AND TAIWANESE IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

[16:05] “HEALTHY FOOD JUST EXISTS FOR EVERYBODY. THAT’S LIKE A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT.” – IRENE

[18:10] IT IS SHOCKING TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION AND WOMEN’S BODIES.

[20:34] WHAT MADE IRENE DECIDE TO GO INTO CONSULTING OUT OF COLLEGE?

[28:41] HOW DID THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR JOBS WORK OUT FOR IRENE DURING HER YEARS IN COLLEGE?

[35:38] PRACTICES THAT HELP YOU BE BETTER AT STAYING PRESENT.

[36:53] WHILE WORKING WITH RETAILER GROCERY CLIENTS, DID IRENE USE THEM AS CASE STUDIES WHEN STARTING CHIYO?

[38:27] IRENE’S “MESSY” INTERNAL ENTREPRENEURIAL PROCESS WHEN SHE STARTED CHIYO.

[47:48] WHERE DOES THE NAME CHIYO COME FROM?

[48:44] IRENE TELLS US ABOUT WORKING SUCCESSFULLY WITH HER SISTER.

[51:59] UP AND DOWN MOMENTS IN IRENE’S ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY.

[56:37] FAST FIVE QUESTIONS.

about Irene Liu

IN 2020, IRENE LIU COFOUNDED CHIYO, A FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE FOCUSED ON EASTERN FOOD THERAPY AND NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE FOR EACH STAGE OF MOTHERHOOD. GROWING UP IN A TAIWANESE HOUSEHOLD, LIU LEARNED EARLY ON THAT FOOD CAN BE MEDICINAL, ESPECIALLY THROUGH TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE HEALING FOODS. CHIYO’S STAGE-SPECIFIC MEAL PROGRAMS REIMAGINE FOOD FROM FERTILITY THROUGH POSTPARTUM.

IN 2023 IRENE WAS FEATURED IN THE FORBES 30 UNDER 30 FOOD & DRINK LIST. LIU PREVIOUSLY WORKED IN VENTURE CAPITAL AND CONSULTING, AND IN 2020 WAS INVOLVED IN THE BLOOMBERG HARVARD CITY LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE FOCUSING ON INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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