Jael Rattigan

March 29, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Asheville Masonic Temple

part of a series on Water


About the speaker

Jael Rattigan, co-founder and CEO of French Broad Chocolate, a certified B Corp located in Asheville, believes in using business as a force for good. What started in 2006 as a mom & pop farmers market stand has grown to a company of 90 talented employees and includes a Chocolate Lounge & Boutique, an experiential Chocolate Factory & Cafe, and soon-to-open craft Creamery & Cafe. French Broad Chocolates has been recognized in many national and international awards, and Jael was the recipient of the WomanUp “Best in Business” award in 2016. Her two sons, Sam and Max, eat chocolate for breakfast, every day.

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Water is Life Though she considers herself more of a land lubber, water has always played prominently in Jael Rattigan’s story. From growing up in Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes, to uprooting and settling on the Caribbean Sea of Costa Rica, to relocating to Asheville and creating French Broad Chocolates—whose namesake is our beloved, ancient river—Jael believes Water connects us all and tells our shared stories.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice… for it is not the same river, and he is not the same man.” — Hericlitus

The metaphor of the river has taken on new significance of late, representing the only constant in life—change. Join Jael as she shares the ups and downs of her story—from effortless floats to threatening white water—through the metaphor of the river.