C-Suite Secrets: A Culinary Trailblazer’s Recipe for Leadership Success

Transparency Talk with Trustwell

Episode 14 | November 28, 2023

In this podcast episode of Transparency Talk with Trustwell, host Katy Jones interviews Mary Wagner, a trailblazer in the culinary and product development industry, known for her expertise in food research and development. The discussion centers on corporate governance, leadership, and the importance of diversity and equity in the food industry.

The episode explores the imperative of diversity and equity within leadership roles in the food industry. Mary articulates key leadership skills critical for success, emphasizing honesty, approachability, and the ability to contribute meaningful value.

Whether you are a seasoned professional seeking to elevate your career or an aspiring leader aiming for boardroom positions, this podcast offers pragmatic advice and a comprehensive understanding of navigating the complex dynamics of the culinary and product development landscape.

About Mary Wagner

Mary K. Wagner is a distinguished executive leader and board director known for her innovative product development, research management, risk mitigation, crisis handling, and expertise in food quality and safety. With a strong background in global retail and consumer packaged goods, she currently leads MK Wagner and Associates Inc., specializing in innovation and food safety solutions.

Mary serves on the boards of various notable companies, including Premium Brands Holdings, Griffith Foods International, Jones Dairy Farm, and BlueNalu. She also chairs the Food Safety Advisory Board for Ecolab.

Previously, she held senior roles at Starbucks Coffee Company, Mars, Inc., E&J Gallo Winery, Taco Bell, and General Mills Inc., contributing to their growth and success.

In addition to her corporate roles, Mary has been actively involved in various nonprofit organizations, demonstrating a passion for youth and education. She holds numerous certifications and memberships, including those from the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD), National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and Women Corporate Directors, among others.

Mary holds degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota, along with a certificate from Harvard, demonstrating her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.