Meet Katie Cantrell who leads by doing what matters every day. She has led food policy workshops with universities, government agencies, and Fortune 500 corporations for more than a decade. Katie is now spearheading the Greener by Default initiative to implement plant-based defaults in corporate food service. Katie holds a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley.
We asked Katie to share how her passion drives her purpose, what that means to her, and a few tips on how you can make your passion into a career.
I’m now the Director of Corporate Outreach for the Better Food Foundation. I work to flip the norm in corporate food service — rather than having meat as the default so that people have to specially opt into veg options, we make plant-based the default and give people the choice to opt into meat and dairy. I’m passionate about my work because it’s an easy and painless way to make a large impact on people’s food choices and change the perception of what food is “normal.” I’m also the founder and Board Chair of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.
How has doing what you love and living your purpose changed your life?
When I was the Executive Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, people often asked if it was hard to deal with such a depressing topic on a daily basis. But to me, it’s empowering and uplifting to know that I’m taking meaningful action every day, to devote my life to something I’m passionate about, and to be part of a huge network of like-minded people.
Would you like to share any advice for those looking to make their passion into a career?
Get connected! Go to events, join mailing lists, volunteer, meet as many people as you can who are passionate about the same thing and integrate yourself into the community. You’ll make wonderful friends, find inspiration, and very likely learn about volunteer and job opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible to you.