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Influential Women in Food: Ria Dake, Balchem

Sept. 22, 2022
In our second installment of our Influential Women in Food Series, we're talking to Ria Dake, Sr. Business Director for Balchem, about how her knack for networking has helped her help others throughout her career.

With us today is Ria Dake, Sr. Business Director, Balchem. This self-described introvert has been described by others as a ‘Master of Connection.’ We dig in to that juxtaposition by first talking about Ria’s career evolution and how one mentor early on helped Ria with a decision that would change her career path forever. We talk about what it means to be a ‘Master of Connection’ and how Ria used her knack for networking to help build Balchem’s Women of Impact Network, a company-wide affinity program with more than 200 members spanning multiple sites and remote locations. 

Join us as Ria explains the how and the why behind the Balchem Women's Impact Network and what she’s learned about herself since co-founding the program in 2018. We talk about formal and informal mentorship, while capping things off with the advice Ria has received – and provided – throughout her career so far. 

Follow along in this episode through the topics timestamped below

Introduction & role 2:13

Career progression 3:14  

On being a 'Master of Connection' 7:02

Balchem's Women of Impact Network 8:57

Mentoring and helping others 13:17

Advice received at the start of career that is still used today 15:43

Advice for those coming into the food & beverage industry 16:56

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About the Author

Erin A. Hallstrom

Erin Hallstrom oversaw our digital content strategy for the Food Processing brand from 2008-2023. She is now the Associate Director of SEO Strategy for Endeavor Business Media, where she holds technical certifications in both website analytics and search engine optimization. Most recently, she was named the 2022 Marianne Dekker Mattera Award Winner

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