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SFB089 Building an Indulging Career with the CEO of Seattle Chocolates Jean Thompson

| December 26, 2017
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Episode Summary

Jean Thompson is the owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolates and JCoco, a high-end chocolate brand that gives back to the community with every purchase by donating a fresh serving of food to someone in need. Before she took the reigns at Seattle Chocolates she was an early investor of the company and worked at Microsoft in Corporate Communications.

In this conversation, you will learn how Jean got involved with the company, what inspired her to create their line of high-end chocolates, and why it’s important to figure out your ‘Genius Zone.’

What Was Covered

  • 02:40 - Jean’s early career in high-tech and how she got involved in Seattle Chocolates
  • 09:49 - Taking Seattle Chocolates in a different direction with JCoco
  • 11:44 - Giving back to the community with their philanthropic program
  • 15:56 - Big risk, big reward: Seattle Chocolates opens its doors to its customers
  • 20:01 - The Perfect Peanut Butter bar from Seattle Chocolates
  • 22:29 - The benefit of dark chocolates
  • 24:12 - What Jean loves about her new career and the ‘Genius Zone’
  • 28:44 - How to choose a chocolate you will enjoy and feel good about purchasing


"Nobody really wants to have an 800 calorie slice of cheesecake. What they want is a little something sweet to finish the meal and chocolate is just the answer for that."

"Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor."

"One out of every six American is food challenged."

"We opened our tours in February of this year. For the first time in the 25 year history of Seattle Chocolates it’s open."

"150 calories of chocolate is super satisfying. You don’t need to eat the whole thing."

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