Born in the Historic Pullman District, Leah grew up around the food distribution industry in Chicago. Her mother handled everything from paper goods to fruit, vegetables, and dairy products. She learned everything about the food industry through her mother. Leah noticed there was little availability to fresh food in under served communities. In effort to bring healthier foods to these communities, she set up shop and sold fresh fruits and vegetables in her front yard. It quickly caught on and in 2013, Synergy Foods was created. Synergy Foods isn’t just a produce mart, their goal is to build a community through food, connecting individuals and educating people on how to shop healthy.

What do you wake up thinking about?

I wake up thinking about the things that I have to accomplish for the day. I review my schedule in my head, breaking it down by the hour. That puts my day into perspective.


What's your morning ritual?

I generally roll over still half asleep shifting through my cover and pillows for my phone to call my mom. We literally start EVERY DAY saying “Good Morning” to each other. I then check twitter for the days controversial news and music highlights. I turn on some music while I get dressed before hanging out on the back porch while making breakfast.

How does social media play into your daily life?

I try not to be a social media whore, but sometimes it’s so hard not to get lost in the sauce. There is such an over load of content that I feel obligated to be aware of everything that’s “trending.” Because of social media the access to information is quicker, it allows you to be in real time of what’s happening (i.e. Periscope, Facebook Live, Twitter) giving you a chance to actively participate. I use various social media platforms for my business. They allow my to reach segmented demographics of potential customers. It’s kind of like social media is the middleman introducing you directly to new customers.

Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

I think it's different for everyone. I feel more connected because I'm very open about myself on social media & open to cultivating new in person friendships with my online friends.

What is most important to you in life?

My family is most important to me. Also, growing my business so that it can be passed down to my future children and generations to come.

Follow Leah: @synergyfoods