Violeta Edelman

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Violeta grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and her love of gelato is strongly influenced by her Argentine roots. Violeta attended American University where she studied communications. She started her career in production working in television and documentaries at National Geographic. In 2004, Violeta co-founded Dolcezza along her husband Robb Duncan because they wanted to connect people to real food. She currently serves as Dolcezza’s CEO, leading a team of 100 employees, 6 retail shops, 1 production facility and a wholesale program that includes 100 restaurants, and 2500 grocery stores throughout the country.   Dolcezza gelato has been regarded by many, including Saveur, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, to be among the best in the country.   Violeta is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program fellowship award, developed and hosted by Babson College. She is also a mentor within the James Beard Foundation’s women leadership program and Empowered Women International.     Violeta lives in Washington DC with her husband and 3 daughters.