June 21, 8:15am - 10:00am PDT. Hosted at Iron Fireman Collective
part of a series on Wonder
About the speaker
Through her own story of starting Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Kim Malek explores the ongoing wonder about the purpose of our lives and how to make our time here mean something. The ongoing creative wonder of staying true to one’s values when all the advice and the stereotypes point in other directions. And how she’s used Salt & Straw to see and create wonder in a world that’s craving a connection to a positive way forward. How our creative communities can act as the conscience of the world by seeing, creating, and sharing the wonder of our world…shaping a new reality.
An industry leader, innovator, and disrupter, Kim Malek is the CEO and Co-Founder of Salt & Straw, based in Portland, Oregon. Beginning in May 2011, Malek took Salt & Straw Ice Cream from a humble ice cream cart to a fast growing, family-run company with scoop shops now in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California. Salt & Straw ice creams are also available in New York City at select partners such as Daily Provisions and is served on first-class flights on Alaska Airlines. Malek and her cousin and head ice cream maker Tyler Malek have built their business around making unbelievably delicious ice creams designed to tell the narrative of artisans, meaningful food movements, and important social causes. The company creates a unique menu in each city that changes every four weeks, makes ice cream by hand in small batches and designs a generous store experience that’s personalized and welcoming. She also created the kind of company that helps strengthen its surrounding communities by supporting neighborhood causes like childhood hunger and equal rights. Her vision and leadership at Salt & Straw has caught attention of many, from Disney to Union Square Hospitality Group’s Founder & CEO Danny Meyer to Vice President Joe Biden.
Prior to launching Salt & Straw, Malek held positions at Starbucks Coffee, Yahoo!, adidas and Gardenburger in marketing, community outreach, and product management and development. She also worked on an online music service in conjunction with Bono of U2 at (RED) and with Seattle’s Cupcake Royale, specializing in retail marketing and management and bringing new, epicurean trends to market. After this chapter, she set out to fulfill her longtime dream of opening her own ice cream shop, cashing in her 401k, and working to build a place that would become the happiest part of people’s day.
An active community member, Malek currently serves on the board of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing at OHSU, and will soon join the advisory committee of the Oregon Innocence Project. She is also spearheading a new mentorship program for burgeoning businesses and piloting new community-based hiring programs in partnership with local non-profit and government groups such as the United Way, Gateway to College, and local state Parole Boards. Due to her leadership and accomplishments with Salt & Straw, Malek has received the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, was recognized by Basic Rights Oregon as an Equality Advocate Honoree, named to Inc Magazine’s 100 Female Founders list of entrepreneurs, was included on Cherry Bombe’s list of inspiring, creative and hardworking female leaders, The Cherry Bombe 100 and recently was included in Nation’s Restaurant News’ The Power List 2019 because of work in setting foodservice trends today and shaping them for tomorrow. In 2017, Malek was asked by Vice President Joe Biden to interview him as part of his “Promise Me, Dad” nationwide book tour.
Kim currently lives in SW Portland with her partner and three children. On April 30, 2019 Kim and Tyler will share what they have learned and prove at home cooks can create their own original flavors inspired by seasonal ingredients and local flavors, makers and dishes through the release of the company’s highly anticipated debut cookbook, Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook. Follow Kim on Instagram at @kimberlymalek.
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