Every year, as a child, Michele Buck and her family would tour the Hershey Factory less than an hour away from their home. Together, they would stare at the conveyer belts full of chocolates and devour the sweet treats. Michele never imagined these special moments would foreshadow her future.
Fast-forward a half century, as Michele finds herself in the prestigious seat as the first woman CEO of Hershey, one of America’s most storied companies. In a recent interview with Food Dive, Michelle joked it was meant to be. Really though it took a lot more than fate to get her to where she is today. Hard work, sacrifice and her constant battle against gender norms helped lead her to success.
Always holding herself to high standards, Buck is a true inspiration. She’s not afraid to take the reins of the storied 126-year-old company and turn it into what she calls a “snacking powerhouse.”
Some of her other accolades included being named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2017. She is also a member of the elite club of women CEOs running Fortune 500 companies—there are just 32 of them.
Read more to see how Buck was able to persevere and perfectly shift her strategy in order to keep Hershey and its stockholders afloat in the face of the pandemic.