Elizabeth Bennett is the founder of Fruitcycle, a social enterprise that makes delicious, healthy and locally sourced snacks with ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. Find out what Elizabeth is up to when she’s not providing yummy treats as well as jobs opportunities for disadvantaged women.
What’s a typical day for you?
There really isn’t a typical day when you’re running a start-up! That being said, we’re generally producing in the kitchen every day for at least four hours. During that time, I’m making sure our process is moving smoothly, pitching in if needed, and writing emails or making calls otherwise. Before or after the kitchen, it’s generally more emails and calls, but also making deliveries, picking up supplies, and/or handing out samples at one of our stores or an event.
What or who is your biggest influence?
My mom, who instilled in me empathy for others and the idea that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
What neighborhood do you live in?
What is your biggest DC pet peeve?
What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?
I don’t have an iPod, but it’s probably a tie between “Brave” by Sara Bereilles and “Roar” by Katy Perry although mash-ups suggest they’re pretty much the same song anyway!
Favorite DC haunt?
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Relax with friends; ideally outside if the weather is nice!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If you couldn’t be a…, what would you be?
I love what I do and small food businesses. If I weren’t running my own, I’d probably be working with other small food businesses in some way. Alternatively, I think I’d enjoy being an adult GED instructor.
Top three favorite movies?
In no particular order – Princess Bride, Pitch Perfect, Pride and Prejudice (it’s kind of a requirement with my name).
Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to invite to a dinner party.
Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen and now LA Kitchen; Madam CJ Walker, an amazing female entrepreneur and the first female self-made millionaire in the US; My grandfather; Nellie Ross, the first female governor and Schroeder Stribling, the Executive Director of N Street Village, Fruitcycle’s non-profit partner.
What was your major in college, and do you use it today?
My major was history, but I started out studying hotel and restaurant administration. I probably use some of that, but wish I remembered more from my accounting classes….
Who do you think is the most attractive person to ever live?
Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I was a Varsity athlete in college