Courtney Boyd Myers is the cofounder and co-CEO of akua (formerly Beyond The Shoreline), a sea greens company that sustainably harvests ocean kelp for food products. In 2017, her company debuted three flavors of kelp jerky (Sea Salt, BBQ, and High Thai’d) that are now available at online retailers and expanding to specialty grocers. Her presentation about the venture won a judge’s choice award at Austin’s Foodbytes conference. To ensure an ethical supply chain, Boyd Myers currently advises GreenWave, a nonprofit that encourages underemployed fishermen to farm kelp sustainably, some of which she uses in her products.
Boyd Myers is a global community ambassador to Summit, an invite-only events company that hosts networking and inspirational gatherings for entrepreneurs, creatives, and other industry leaders. In 2017, she helped organize Summit LA, which included Jeff Bezos, Malcolm Gladwell, Brené Brown, and Jessica Alba, among attendees. She is also an investor in Unframed Ice Cream, a Cape Town-based vegan dessert company that is expanding internationally.