FoodLogiQ's “In the Spotlight” series features talented team members who play an important role in our company’s success. Today’s spotlight is on Emily Dunn, who joined FoodLogiQ in 2018 as a Business Development Representative. Emily brings her personal experience growing up on a farm and a background in healthcare to advance our mission to connect the world's supply chain.
Q. Tell us about your previous experience and how it led you to FoodLogiQ?
I grew up on a family-owned and operated chicken and beef cattle farm in central Virginia. Growing up on a farm certainly provided me with many great memories, a number of experiences I have yet to share with my parents, and a variety of stories that entertain everyone I know! I was pre-med in college and focused my studies on the science of human nutrition, foods, and exercise. After college, I went on to obtain my board-certification and a Masters in Athletic Training. This all led to a career in healthcare and a deeper desire to improve the health and safety of our population. I ended up at FoodLogiQ because mapping our food supply chain is a high impact way to make these improvements.
Three generations of Dunn farmers at Circle D Farm.
Q. What is a typical day like for you at FoodLogiQ?
There is no typical day, which is one of my favorite things about this job. Each day is different and poses new challenges. Some days are filled with reaching out to prospects or being a part of initial calls with new organizations. Once I've started a conversation with someone, I love being able to explore how our solutions can solve real problems companies are having. The best days include brainstorming with team members and learning more about how our platform can impact the food industry.
I really enjoy the cross-collaboration at FoodLogiQ. No matter what my question, is I can find someone (or a team of folks) willing to help me find the answer. Being able to share my creative thoughts, suggestions, or general observations has been an amazing bonus. Everyone at FoodLogiQ has the same goal to create a powerful experience and product, which creates an exciting atmosphere.
Q. What is your personal "why?" What drives you? What are your personal goals?
I spent a couple of seasons working on the sideline of Virginia Tech football games, and as you enter the field from the tunnel, there is a sign that states, “For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence." I am not sure there was a Eureka moment; however, I have always been drawn to roles and professions that allow me to problem-solve, be inquisitive, collaborate with others, and make a difference.
A big personal goal: always forward, never back. I constantly want to acquire new skills, improve existing skills, figure out how to utilize my strengths to drive my "why," and empower those around me.
Q. What do you do in your down time? Do you have any special hobbies?
I enjoy being outdoors, so I am always looking for reasons to enjoy being out and about. After being in the northeast, I was longing for the warm, sunny days and excited for the fall weather. I'm totally a foodie at heart, so I enjoy cooking and trying all kinds of new food! It is nice to spend quality time with my dog, Diesel, friends in this area, and, being a nerd at heart, do something each day to continue my educational journey.