NEW YORK--(Happy Family founder, CEO and chief mom Shazi Visram, has been selected as a member of the Young Global Leader Class of 2013 by the World Economic Forum. As the visionary behind leading premium organic food brand Happy Family, Visram was recognized for her commitment to ensuring that children and families worldwide have access to proper nutrition. Visram is among only 199 young leaders from 70 countries who have been honored by the organization for their professional accomplishments and commitment to society.)--
“I am honored to join this network of thought leaders and work to contribute to a community that tackles a wide range of world issues, including increasing access to affordable healthy and nutritious food.”
The Young Global Leaders Class of 2013 is composed of honorees from all sectors of society, with 50 percent from business and 50 percent from arts and culture, academia, civil society, government, media and nonprofits; 42 percent are women. This year’s class includes U.S. recording artist will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Thomas J. Bollyky, Clinton Foundation Board Member Chelsea Clinton and CBS News President David Rhodes.
“Since launching Happy Family in 2006, I have committed myself to establishing the brand as a mission-driven, mom-owned and -operated company that is dedicated to bringing all children the best nutrition possible,” said Visram. “I am honored to join this network of thought leaders and work to contribute to a community that tackles a wide range of world issues, including increasing access to affordable healthy and nutritious food.”
As a Young Global Leader, Visram joins a community of selected, tested and proven leaders who are making change through collective action. The group consists of leaders from diverse backgrounds who are united by a shared purpose to realize a better future, with areas of focus ranging from climate change and disease prevention to eradicating poverty. Active members include key figures and executives of the Boston Consulting Group, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Microsoft Research, Princeton University, the United Nations and Yahoo! Inc.
Visram’s induction to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, comes on the heels of her inclusion as among the “Women Who Started Amazing Companies” by Forbes. The publication also featured Happy Family in its annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Visram and the brand have also been recognized numerous times over the past few years for growth and leadership in the category by Inc., Fast Company, Ernst & Young and American Express, and the company has translated that success to make a difference in the world through partnerships with charitable organizations including Project Peanut Butter, FEED Projects and SPOON Foundation.
About Happy Family
Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and privately owned and operated by moms, Happy Family™ is a leading premium organic food brand delivering optimal nutrition for the entire family. Constantly innovating and bringing new products to market, Happy Family was the first organic brand to develop a complete line of nutrient-rich foods for babies’, toddlers’ and kids’ growing bodies. Happy Family products are consistently recognized for superior taste and nutrition. In 2011, founder and CEO Shazi Visram earned the title of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for New York. The brand earned a place among America’s most promising companies by Forbes, was recognized as one of the fastest growing organic food companies in the nation by Inc. magazine for two years running, and was named “Rockstar of the New Economy” by Fast Company in 2012. With every product sold, the company supports Project Peanut Butter, a nonprofit that feeds starving children in Malawi and Sierra Leone. For more information, visit http://www.happyfamilybrands.com, http://www.facebook.com/HAPPYFAM and https://twitter.com/HAPPYsuperfoods.