Born and raised in Indiana, Katrina Markoff developed an early passion for baking in her family’s kitchen. “I’ve always had strong female influences in my life,” said Markoff. “My mother is an entrepreneur who worked in a male-dominated industry.” This year, Markoff is launching new products and flavors for Wild Ophelia, the diffusion line that highlights regional American foods. The chocolatier plans on expanding the brand’s philanthropic platform—inspiring, encouraging, and empowering female entrepreneurship by donating a percentage of profits to organizations that fund women-owned businesses. Vosges Haut-Chocolat gave its first grant to Chicago’s 1871 WiStem program, which fosters opportunities for women in technology.