once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit
— e.e. cummings
Caroline Cotto
Caroline Cotto

Hi, I'm Caroline (柯若蘭)

When I was a junior in college, I decided, with no previous Chinese language experience, to move to Shanghai, China for a semester and study intensive Mandarin. As the only beginning level student in the program, I was the only one without a Chinese name. Since traditional Chinese culture prizes intentionality in name giving, my teacher waited weeks before settling on 柯若蘭, which means "to be like an orchid."

Orchids grow almost everywhere in the world, have the largest variety of documented flower species on record, and are incredibly resilient. Like an orchid, I'm a global go-getter with a wide range of interests, and I'm not afraid to take the road less traveled.     In fact, I crave it. 

Food, culture, and innovation are the passions I've built my career around. I'm currently the COO of Renewal Mill, a next-generation ingredients company that’s upcycling the byproducts of food manufacturing to reduce food waste. Previously I’ve been a Techstars Associate with the inaugural Farm to Fork Accelerator, an apprentice on an organic farm outside Siena, Italy, and the first Women@HubSpot Program & Brand Manager (and former Culture Content Creator) at HubSpot where I focused on inbound recruiting, employer branding, and diversity and inclusion programming. Previously, I served as a Fulbright Fellowship grantee in Taiwan, as a communications and nutrition program assistant at the UN World Food Programme in Cambodia, and as an intern at the White House for the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative. 

A Georgetown University graduate with a degree in health sciences, I care about sustainability, entrepreneurship, and the Jesuit ideal of social justice. Originally from Cape Cod (the few, the proud), I'm a global nomad who loves hiking, cooking, and planning my next adventure. 

ADventureR. Adaptable. Action Oriented.

I share a birthday with the Ancient Chinese Philosopher Confucius,
and his Ideas are guiding principles in my life:  

"Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more."
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"Your life is what your thoughts make it."

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"Worry not that no one knows you;
seek to be worth knowing."

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