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Shannon Allen

Creator of grown™ & Wife of Ray Allen

Biography

Shannon Allen is the creator of grown™, the first 100 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certified fast-food restaurant with a drive thru on the East Coast. Shannon and her husband, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, have five children, and Shannon created grown after searching unsuccessfully for an organic, nutrient-dense meals-on-the-go for her children, including middle son Walker who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Read More >

The Allens are passionate advocates for research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes in honor of Walker and the millions of children and adults living with this potentially life-threatening medical condition. The grown concept evolved, in part, from Shannon’s television show, The Pre-Game Meal, which was inspired by 18 years of preparing optimal game-day meals for Ray. The show featured professional athletes and chefs preparing healthier versions of tailgate food in hopes of inspiring soccer moms, student athletes, and sports fans alike to embrace a healthier diet and exercise.

After opening the doors to their flagship grown location on a busy stretch of highway in South Florida, the concept has expanded to include more than six units, including three non-traditional locations in sports arenas, and a location inside a Walmart Supercenter in Orlando. grown has become widely recognized as a market disrupter for providing convenience without compromise and for stretching the perceptions associated with traditional fast-food options. Shannon and her team’s passionate mission is to provide busy people everywhere with delicious, freshly prepared, nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a scratch kitchen using strictly USDA organic certified ingredients and delivered with the optimal conveniences to which we’ve all grown accustomed.

Shannon speaks regularly about developing grown, building a business as a black woman, and inspiring others to live their dreams. Most recently Shannon has spoken at NFLPA Pitch Day,
Harvard’s Menus of Change, The Organic Center Summit, New England Produce Council and Organic Produce Network, Bacardi S.H.E. Summit, NBA Wives Association’s Women’s Empowerment Summit, and the Better Food Movement Conference. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Your Big Idea: From Concept to Reality

Speech Topics

Your Big Idea: From Concept to Reality

Shannon Allen shares the journey of searching unsuccessfully for an organic, nutrient-dense meals-on-the-go for her children, including middle son Walker who lives with Type 1 Diabetes, to creating of grown™, the first 100 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certified fast-food restaurant with a drive thru on the East Coast. Shannon shares how she made her idea a reality, building and leading a dedicated grassroots team into a powerhouse of innovation and advocacy for healthy eating and lifestyle.

How I Became the Grown Woman: Personal Advocacy & Leadership

What happens when you are one person with a revolutionary idea? Shannon Allen talks about the curiosity of finding a way to solve a global issue, singular leadership, team building, being a Black female leader, and successfully pitching and executing her idea to fruition. This talk explores creativity, research, commitment to a singular idea and purpose, and a journey from idea to success.

In Conversation with Shannon & Ray Allen: Jewish Heritage, History & Beliefs

Shannon and Ray Allen talk about their  to Tikkun Olam, beliefs around social justice based in ancient Jewish heritage, and L'dor V'dor the inter-generational commitment and passing of beliefs and tradition. Shannon and Ray sit in conversation to discuss their foundational social justice beliefs in these ancient concepts, dedication to philanthropy, and their work with organizations including the Holocaust Museum, the Anti Defamation League, and the Museum of Tolerance. In keeping these Jewish faith ideas and identities alive, the Allens focus on healing and making the world better.