As a girl, Helene Godin by no means had an Easy Bake oven, nor did this register as a deprivation. She’d have been the final one to anticipate that someday she’d create the dominant chain of gluten-free bakeries within the Northeast, which is what her By the Way Bakery has rapidly grow to be, rising to four local places up to now and discovering its approach into 47 Whole Foods Markets and counting.

As a substitute, back so she will be able to keep in mind, Godin wished to be a lawyer. She was an authorized-minded Hermione Granger, kind of kid I image handing over an unsolicited authorized transient for further credit score in Junior Excessive.  However in 2010, after a staggeringly profitable 22-year authorized profession, together with stints as exterior counsel for Columbia Records (later Sony Music), in-home counsel for Reader’s Digest and NBC, and General Counsel for Audible, the place she and her workforce facilitated the sale of the lot-liked firm to Amazon, she landed, lastly, as counsel for Bloomberg’s information operation and rapidly knew that her dream-come-true had run its course.

It solely took four days of publish-lawyering retirement for Helene to search out herself, and she tells me, “bored out of my skull.” In a try to hold her sanity, this non-home goddess signed up for one of many individual enrichment lessons–“why not? I used to be bored”–she may discover regionally, which turned out to be “Vegan Baking Bootcamp.” She additionally took her first leisurely go to a grocery store in years (“I hadn’t executed greater than sprint in and again out in years, virtually with the engine working”), a visit that set her enterprise antennae tingling; gluten-free merchandise have been getting what struck her as an inordinate –or, she began to assume, ordinate–quantity  of shelf space in her native grocery.