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Darcy Olson: Co-Founder
Darcy Olson, co-founder of Let’s Dish!, brings nearly 15 years of experience to the Minneapolis-based company she helped develop. Using her expertise in organizational development, sales management, and the food industry, Darcy partnered with long-time friend and fellow entrepreneur Ruth Lundquist in October 2003 to create one of the country's first retail meal preparation stores.

Although Darcy and Ruth were initially responsible for everything from business planning to ingredient preparation, they now focus on leading the strategic vision and direction of the rapidly growing Let's Dish!, which has grown from five to 175 employees in less than four years. Today, Let’s Dish! is the segment-defining brand with high unit volume as compared to others in the retail food preparation category nationwide and stores currently open or under contract in 15 states.

In 2006, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognized Darcy’s and Ruth’s success by naming them to its 2006 “Top 25 Women to Watch” list, which profiles female business leaders across Minnesota. Darcy has also been a featured speaker at the hospitality industry’s exclusive Elliot Leadership Conference; the 2006 Restaurant Finance Conference; and a variety of local academic, business, and entrepreneurial events. The Let’s Dish! brand has attracted national media attention from publications such as USA Today, Woman’s World, and Real Simple.

Founded through a vision of creating a business that adds value to people’s live, Let’s Dish! has made nearly $50,000 in corporate donations to national and local charitable organizations to date. Darcy also makes it a priority to give back to others in her personal life, staying involved with her local school and community as well as being a devoted “hockey” and “dance” mom for her two children.

Prior to developing Let's Dish!, Darcy managed learning and organizational development at Minneapolis-based General Mills. There, Darcy led strategic planning sessions for management groups and provided leadership training and development for top-performing managers. Before General Mills, Darcy held management and sales positions at The Pillsbury Company, The Nestle Food Company, and Pinnacle Brands.

Darcy graduated from Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing, with a speech and advertising emphasis. She lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Savage with her husband and children. Her free time is spent creating fun with family and friends, whether snuggled around a neighborhood bonfire or on a weekend getaway.

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Ruth Lundquist – Co-Founder


 

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