WATCH: Dream BIG & Keep Smiling with Zolli Candy's 15-year-old Founder & CEO Alina Morse!
Hey #Heartbreakers! I had the most amazing time as the Host & Musical Guest for USA Girl Scouts Overseas' (first-ever!) Virtual Cookie Rallies this year! How is your Cookie Season going?!
It's time to meet our Cookie Rally Goal-Setting Gal! Sophomore High School student Alina Morse invented candy that cleans your teeth after a trip to the bank with her dad when she was 7. Discover how Alina started Zolli Candy, learn about the candy-making process, and how this teenpreneur went from having an idea to creating a plan to being the (now!) 15-year-old Founder and CEO of the Fastest Growing Candy Company in America.
Zollipops® are "the Clean Teeth Pops™" that help protect your teeth from cavities and are a favorite with dentists & loved by kids! And did I mention they're a delicious vegan, all-natural, sugar-free candy?! Alina was one smart cookie when she brainstormed her candy company idea!
Now sold at 25,000 retailers, she is the youngest vendor to the #1's: Walmart (#1 Retail), Kroger (#1 Grocer), CVS (#1 Drug), & Amazon (#1 Ecommerce) and was the youngest person to ever appear on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine in 2018. Zolli Candy is even sold internationally, including China, Korea, France, the UK, Germany, the Philippines, and more!
In my interview, Alina shares what it was like to pitch her very first retailer - Whole Foods Market - at 9-years-old, tips for reaching your BIG cookie sales goals (and any goals in life!), the power of your smile and teamwork, how to get free Zolli Candy for your entire school (SAY WHAT?!), and much, much more!!
Alina is a perfect example of how to #FollowYourHeartsDream™! Alina truly proves that with "passion, drive, and an amazing team of people" you can do anything.
Get to know Alina as we play..."Before the Cookie Crumbles!" - WATCH ON YOUTUBE:
More Fun Facts about Alina:
- Alina was a Daisy Girl Scout and is still a Daisy at heart (did you see her super cute Daisy vest during our interview?!)
- Alina has a passion for cute and unique earrings & wore a special pair of Daisy earrings for our interview! SO perfect!
- Alina is friends with a fellow teenpreneur Mikaila Ulmer, the Founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade (who also happened to be one of our Cookie Rally Special Guests!)
- Alina delivered a TED Talk, "Why I eat candy to avoid Cavities"
- Alina was the youngest ever keynote speaker at Advertising Week (2019) alongside Serena Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Bethenny Frankel
- And...Alina closed out 2019 by InStyle Magazine naming her one of 50 Badass Women Changing the World alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, who invited her to the White House twice as the exclusive candy for the annual Easter Egg Roll
(Did I mention she's only 15-years-old?!)
Alina has even created a nonprofit foundation in coalition with Zolli Candy, called the Million Smiles Initiative, which has committed to giving away 4 million smiles (aka lollipops!) to help fight America's most chronic childhood disease - tooth decay.
There's no doubt about it, smiles have amazing powers and the magic in a child's smile is truly undeniable. But with childhood tooth decay ranking as America's single most chronic childhood disease, children's smiles are an endangered species! When Zolli Candy's CEO Alina Morse heard this news she knew she had to use her Zolli-powers for good and began her mission to save the smiles with the Million Smiles Initiative! The Million Smiles Initiative is educating, inspiring, and helping kids across the U.S. smile!
Teachers, Principals, and Educators can sign up to receive free Zolli Candy for their entire school - Learn more!
Alina looking pretty in pink for the release of her Valentine's Day Edition Zollipops!
Alina in NYC recently to film a segment for The Dr. Oz Show (with Barbara Corcoran of ABC's Shark Tank!) - what a Girl Boss!
Meeting Alina on Zoom to film our interview for Cookie Rally! Can't wait 'til we can pose *together irl* with our Zollipops soon!
Have an AMAZING Cookie Season - You've got this, Girl Scouts!!! And like Alina says, "Keep Smiling!"
Stay tuned for more inspiring interviews from USA Girl Scouts Overseas' Cookie Rallies coming soon to my YouTube Channel! YAY!
love, the girl with the big pink heart™
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