Chicago’s Addie Gundry Makes Inc.’s 2021 Female Founders 100 List

October 6, 2021

Designer of world’s first and only self-sanitizing diaper changing table joins prestigious group 


Female founders 100 Honoree

CHICAGO (September 29, 2021) – Pluie founder and CEO Adia (Addie) Gundry has been named to Inc. magazine’s prestigious Female Founders 100 list of trailblazing women. Gundry designed and patented the world’s first and only self-sanitizing diaper changing table in 2020. 

A relatable public parenting horror story inspired Gundry to leave her successful culinary career that included being a Food Network Star finalist, editor for Martha Stewart Living, cookbook author, and culinary products innovator, and found Pluie. “I was out to lunch with my 10-month-old son, and he had a diaper blowout in the middle of the restaurant,” recalls Gundry. “The changing table in the women’s restroom was dirty and left a lot to be desired, and the men’s room didn’t even have one. I thought, ‘there has to be a better solution’.” 

Gundry’s ‘better solution’ is unlike anything the diaper changing table market has ever seen, an industry that hasn’t changed since its founding in the 1980s. Using patented UV-C light technology known to kill 99.9% of germs and innovative design, Pluie tables self-sanitize after every single use, feature a retractable safety strap that won’t collect dirt when not in use, and include an attached diaper bag handle to keep bags and purses from being placed on a contaminated surface. 

Pluie is committed to Changing the Table™ by making sure all parents and caregivers on the go have a clean, safe and comfortable option in every public restroom. “The health and safety of our loved ones is always top of mind, but this pandemic has made it even more so. Parents and caregivers taking their children out in public are looking for clean, safe ways to care for them at the grocery store, museum, airport, doctor’s office, stadium, and more,” says Gundry. “Public facilities are more concerned than ever with the health and safety of their guests. We’ve all become accustomed to seeing premium touchless hand dryers and self-flush toilets in public restrooms, but when it comes to the diaper changing tables, it’s clearly been an afterthought.” 

The White Sox’s stadium, Guaranteed Rate Field, was an early adopter of Pluie, installing it in their Mothers’ Nursing Rooms. Other Chicagoland area facilities featuring Pluie include the pediatric wing of the Angel Harvey Family Health Center, Lake Forest Rec Center, Northwestern Children’s Practice, Inovasi Restaurant Group, Abt, The Children’s Center of Lake Forest, and more. 

Inc. editors received thousands of nominations for their fourth annual Female Founders 100 list, ultimately selecting the most exceptional and diverse group of women who powered through adversity and changed the world. The final list honors entrepreneurs of every age, background, and geography – from early-stage founders with world-changing ideas to women who have taken companies public – in a vast range of global industries including tech, retail, finance, fitness, health care, consumer products, food, and more. Gundry joins the ranks of Stacey Abrams, Rihanna, Shonda Rhimes, and many more. “The 100 women highlighted on this list are inspiring, creative, tenacious, and trailblazing role models in entrepreneurship. What’s more is they were able to achieve success during one of the toughest years ever. That’s something certainly worth celebrating,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. 

The printed magazine hits newsstands October 5.

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