WinS (Women in Snacks) Engagement Program featuring Angie Bastian, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP and Laura Maxwell, PepsiCo – Frito-Lay North America 

Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

*The presentations will be followed by round table discussion groups


Sunday, March 31 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Co Founder 

“Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co-founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She and husband Dan founded their snack company in their Mankato, MN garage in 2001 as a means of creating a college fund for their children. Their gluten free, non-GMO, whole grain popcorn is proudly sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide with a product presence in Canada, South Korea, Peru, Japan, the Caribbean and Mexico. The company is constantly innovating and is one of the fastest growing and most successful popcorn brands in the market today. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is loved by fans as an empowered, spirited brand that represents authentic, real food that delivers on the attributes of clean, transparent labeling and great taste experience.

The company has twice won Star Tribune’s Top workplace honors. Angie’s Boomchickapop is the 2015 ACG BOLD Award for corporate growth. She and Dan share Connect Business Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year. Girl Scouts honored her as a Pioneering Trailblazer and she is a 2015 Inductee to the Minnesota Women’s Business Owner’s Hall of Fame. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, quoted in Forbes Magazine and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show. Her products have been recognized and awarded by numerous national publications and media. The business attracted significant investment as Dan and Angie built the company and was recently purchased by Conagra Brands.



Sunday, March 31 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Optimization
PepsiCo – Frito-Lay North America 

Laura is currently Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Optimization for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. In this role, Laura has responsibility for driving strategy and execution across Frito-Lay’s field and contract manufacturing operations, in areas including quality and food safety; manufacturing; service and distribution; fleet; productivity; and sustainability. Additionally, Laura has responsibility for the commercial agenda in Supply Chain including supply management and innovation commercialization.

Laura has held a variety of roles over the course of her 29-year career with PepsiCo. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and joined the company as an operations resource where she spent 17 years in field manufacturing roles prior to coming to Frito-Lay headquarters. Laura’s previous roles include Director of Manufacturing, Vice President of Marketing Services, Vice President of Supply Chain Growth and Commercialization, and Senior Vice President of Business Transformation.  Laura also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, and frequently speaks with collegiate and high school-level students, helping them find ways to overcome perceived barriers to reaching their career goals. Laura and her husband, Marty, have two daughters, Maddy (22) and Molly (19).