Monica Jain, the San Francisco, California-area resident who co-founded Fish 2.0 in 2013, is no. 29 on Conscious Company Media's list of 35 women who've changed the world. Melissa Garren, the chief operating officer and chief scientist for Pelagic Data Systems, also in San Francisco, is no. 6.
Conscious Company's second annual list is meant to bring attention to women who are transforming business and, simultaneously, the planet for the better. The magazine notes that, as recently as 1995, there were zero female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and, in 2017, women made up an all-time high of just 6.4% of the list, though the percentage has since dropped to 4.8%.
At the top of the magazine's list is Rahama Wright, the CEO of Shea Yaleen, a Washington, D.C.-area business that sells cosmetic products made from shea butter, a healthier and environmentally better alternative to synthetic products.
Jain's Fish 2.0 is an every-two-year competition, pairing up innovation-inspired entrepreneurs in the seafood space with investors. It kicked off in October with a meeting in Australia, as reported by Undercurrent News. The previous competition winnowed down an initial field of 184 companies from around the world to 39 finalists before picking eight that split up $40,000 in cash. Contestants were also given mentorship opportunities, free advisory services and other prizes.
Last year fish waste was one of the key focus areas. This year aquaculture innovation is an important theme.
"Monica Jain believes we can balance our love of seafood with our love — and need — for diverse sea life in healthy oceans," Conscious Company reports.
Garren is "a marine biologist on a mission", the magazine reports. In 2014 she helped found Pelagic Data Systems, a company that has developed vessel tracking technology and data analytics, documenting when a fishery’s product brought to market was legally caught.