American Honoree

Chairman, Board of Directors
Rodale Inc.

Maria Rodale is Chairman of the Board of Rodale, the authoritative source for trusted content in health and wellness worldwide. Founded in 1930 by Maria's late grandfather as a small publishing business, Rodale today is a multi-media company that reaches more than 70 million people globally through its magazines, books, video and web sites.

While Maria's grandfather is recognized as the pioneer of the organic movement in the United States, she recalls that her grandmother was the one getting her hands dirty at the Pennsylvania family farm. She observed her grandfather's creative vision and grandmother's work ethic, as well as her own father's intellectual passion and mother's inspiring words. Maria set out to bring these qualities to her life as a mother, philanthropist, author and businessperson.

For the past decade, Maria has focused on driving long-term strategic initiatives at Rodale, publisher of magazines like Men's Health, Prevention, Women's Health, Runner's World and Organic Gardening to name a few, and books such as “The South Beach Diet” and “An Inconvenient Truth”. She helped steer the family business through many transitions, while remaining true to the company's mission: to inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them.

Maria is also the author of four books, an expert in organic issues and has received numerous awards for her work in promoting "healthy living," children's issues and the environment.