Data and diet combine in this episode as I sit down with Monique Nadeau, the CEO and Co-founder of EatLove. Together, we discuss Monique’s career journey, digital health startup experience, and the importance of personalized nutrition.
Monique’s career journey began in investment banking and politics, two fields that rely heavily on data to inform decision-making and policy. After close family members were diagnosed with diabetes and Celiac disease, Monique saw the challenges in navigating static dietary restrictions amid an individual’s unique needs. She turned to data-driven technology to develop a nutrition platform for all diet types and lifestyles.
“Maybe you’re vegetarian, maybe you’re 100% plant-based, maybe you have a child or yourself allergic to tree nuts… what EatLove does is takes evidence-based science and actually makes it available to you for every eating situation.”
As Monique describes, there is only one dietitian per 5,000 Americans. Given their importance in preventing chronic disease, it is critical that dietitians’ work is accessible to anyone seeking guidance. EatLove collaborates with a team of dietitians so that their recommendations can reach a wider audience.
“We’re powering lifestyle medicine programs at different health systems and medical groups and working on various projects that are not just a one-on-one, but a one-to-many.”
Tune in to the full episode to learn more. Here are the details of our conversation:
[00:02:12] Monique’s career path
[00:03:46] The Hope Street Group and venturing into the health space
[00:06:47] Translating nutrition intelligence to digital health
[00:09:15] Starting a startup
[00:12:30] Finding funds and support
[00:15:25] Challenges in starting a new company
[00:17:42] Startup culture
[00:21:22] Today’s digital health landscape
[00:27:14] EatLove’s innovation
[00:34:47] Tailoring diets to individual needs
[00:40:21] Accessing EatLove
[00:43:29] The future of digital health, AI, and integrated technology
Monique is the CEO and Co-founder of EatLove, a San Francisco-based digital health company specializing in personalized nutrition. EatLove partners with leading health systems, fitness companies, wellness centers, and private practices to deliver scalable, evidence-based nutrition programs that meet individual health needs and preferences.
As co-founder and former CEO, Monique Nadeau led Hope Street Group, a national public policy organization that harnesses technology to mobilize an extensive professional network outside of government to promote economic vitality. Policy areas: health (Affordable Care Act), education, and job creation. Her experience centers on building and growing organizations through deep collaboration with partners from across the country.
Prior, Monique was an investment banker in London, Paris, and New York, and became the youngest Managing Director globally at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Monique’s political work, including advising on presidential campaigns and for other national leaders, has centered on developing moderate, results-driven economic policies.
Monique has a Masters from Harvard University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC, and L’Université Paris-Sorbonne as well as studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Monique served as economic advisor to Senator Mark Warner and political appointee to former Gov. Tim Kaine’s from 2006-2014.
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