Sheryl O'Loughlin, Guest Innovator at the CIA's Food Business School

Sheryl O’Loughlin

CEO, REBBL; Author, Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

“Over the course of the past few years, I’ve thought a lot about how to be on this wild ride of entrepreneurship without overdoing it. How to keep your head, and not be too swept away by the ups and downs, but also how to keep your heart in the game.”

Sheryl O’Loughlin is an accomplished entrepreneur, CEO, and board member with 30 years of experience leading fast-growing, innovative consumer products companies.

Sheryl currently serves on the board of directors for Pet IQ Inc. (NASDAQ: PETQ), pet medication and wellness, Farmer Focus, organic, human-raised, traceable chicken and Miyoko’s Creamery, a plant-based cheese and butter. She is also an advisory board member of S. Martinelli and Company, a multi-generational family-owned, premium juice company.

In 2018, Sheryl co-founded the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I) Collaborative, a project of OSC. In 2018, she co-founded the Women on Boards Project and had served as the Board Chair. Both non-profits focus on supporting and advocating for a more inclusive industry and economy to drive innovation, growth, profitability, and justice.

From 2015 to 2019, Sheryl was CEO of REBBL, the first plant-based, super herb adaptogen beverage company. In partnership with Not for Sale (NFS), a nonprofit dedicated to co-creating a future without human trafficking. Under Sheryl’s leadership, the company grew revenue 23-fold and increased margin by 20 points via increased velocity, distribution, and innovation. REBBL donated $1 million to NSF and worked toward a regenerative, just supply chain.

Earlier in her career, Sheryl served as the CEO of Clif Bar and Company, a family-owned company. As CEO, Sheryl grew the company from $100 million to $200 million in revenue in less than three years. She led the concept development and introduction of Luna, which became a $70 million business in three years and continues as a core brand in the company’s portfolio. She led the company to profitably become a pioneer in purpose-driven business. She went on to co-found and serve as CEO for Plum, Inc., a healthy, organic food company that aims to nourish kids “from the highchair to the lunch box.” In 2013, Plum was successfully sold to Campbell Soup Company.

After Plum, Sheryl was the executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She held a faculty position at Sonoma State University, where she taught hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs.

In 2017, Sheryl introduced her first book, Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart (Harper Business) focused on the mental health of entrepreneurs. The book was featured in Fortune, Conscious Company, Inc., Forbes, and Huffington Post, among others.

Sheryl earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and her Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Courses, Events & Writings

INNOVATION INTENSIVE: Scale Up Your (Authentic) Food Business

The Scale Up Your (Authentic) Business intensive gives you the know-how and tools to make the leap into mainstream, sustainable scale, in a capital efficient manner, while staying true to who you are.

Sheryl O'Loughlin, Guest Innovator at the CIA's Food Business School
Sheryl O'Loughlin - Reaching for Sustainability (SEC 2014)

Sheryl O'Loughlin will present what she learned from leading and creating companies that are committed to the core to sustainability. She will explore how we, together, continue to drive the sustainability movement forward so that it, one day, becomes the way business gets done.

Women's Strengths - Sheryl O'Loughlin (FOSS - Stanford)

Sheryl O'Loughlin, Co-founder Nest Collective and CES, Stanford talks about what unique strengths of women that help them with their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

Sheryl O’Loughlin, CEO of REBBL, former CEO of Clif Bar, Co-founder of Plum, and serial entrepreneur, offers insights about launching and growing a business while maintaining a fulfilled life.