Hope Lawrence is the founder of the Hudson Henry Baking Company, a granola business she started in 2012 and named after her two sons, Hudson and Henry. What began at the Charlottesville City Market grew to a coveted brand that was sold across the country. Her “Hudson Henry Granola” has won 6 sofi awards, which are like the Oscars of the packaged food industry, and was featured on The Today Show as one of Kathie Lee and Hoda’s favorite things.
In 2022, Hope sold the business and moved her family from Palmyra to Keswick in order to be closer to all things Charlottesville. She has been an instructor with CIC’s signature program, it’s 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop, for many years and has always loved to “talk shop” with entrepreneurs. She is working on her passion project – “Small Batch Empire” where she helps cpg founders grow and organize their businesses and thrive as entrepreneurs.
A graduate of James Madison University, she is a member of Women For Madison and a member of the Amethyst Circle. Before “the granola years”, she was a Product Manager for Standard & Poor’s in NYC and Fitch Ratings in London. She was also a finance committee member of the Specialty Food Association and remains an active member.
Hope’s hobbies include reading, traveling with her family, and playing video games with her teen sons (if you can’t beat them, join them). Her ideal day is hanging out with the boys, baking cookies, and reading a good book…ideally on a snowy day.