S2G VENTURES: Chuck Templeton, Managing Director
Chuck is dedicated to reimagining our food system and implementing a healthy, sustainable alternative.
ONCE UPON A FARM: John Foraker, Co-Founder & CEO; Former CEO, Annie’s
John has spent more than 30 years in the natural and organic food industry running businesses with a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility.
APPLE: Scott Witt, Former Creative Director, Apple and Commercial Photographer and Fashion Entrepreneur
Scott is an award-winning photographer and creative director with a penchant for Japanese denim, black t-shirts, quoting Oscar Wilde, and Swedish cardamom buns.
AEROFARMS: Marc Oshima, Co-Founder & CMO
AeroFarms builds and operates responsible, state-of-the art indoor vertical farms in urban environments.
GOOGLE: Michiel Bakker, Director of Global Food Services
Michiel oversees Google’s Global Food program, focusing on how food experiences can enable teams to be their best, as well as developing global partnerships to explore the broader food systems.
ILLINOIS TECH STUART SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Arjun Chakravarti, Assistant Professor
Arjun leads the laboratory on Behavioral Design in Technology and has been principal and consulting economist at Technomic, a food industry consultancy, since 2007.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: James Guilford, Creator of SPARK
Jay is the creator of Cirque du Soleil’s SPARK, where he designs training, team building, and incentive experiences for large corporate groups.
McDONALD’S: Deborah Wahl, Former CMO
As senior vice president and chief marketing officer of McDonald’s USA, Deborah played a key role in McDonald’s turnaround, reversing sales and comp declines with strategies that resulted in a significant increase in the stock price. In addition to McDonald’s, her CMO experience includes positions at PulteGroup and Chrysler.
SBARRO, CICIS: Sarah McAloon, Former Executive
Sarah was CMO of the Sbarro turnaround team where she helped the brand through Chapter 11 before moving to be part of the Cicis turnaround.
EVE TUROW PAUL: Author, Advisor, Public Speaker
Eve is a journalist, advisor, and author of A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food.
BOULDER FOOD GROUP: Tom Spier, Founder and Managing Partner
Tom is the founder and managing partner of Boulder Food Group. He is also the co-founder of EVOL Foods and was the COO of Bear Naked Granola.
DATASSENTIAL: Jack Li, Haiku Master
Jack is builder at Datassential, where he pioneered the use of menu data to predict trends. Jack leads the Haiku division, bringing artificial intelligence to food companies.
CAMPFIRE, NYC: Mike Monello, Founder and Creative Director
Mike co-created the Blair Witch Project, which inspired him to co-found Campfire, NYC, an agency that has developed and created groundbreaking participatory stories and experiences.
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS: David Palmer, U.S. Restaurants & Packaged Foods Analyst
David is a managing director of RBC Capital Markets and is responsible for the food and restaurant sectors.
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS: Nik Modi, Managing Director
Nik is a managing director for the investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada and covers the beverage, household products, and tobacco industries for the bank.
DAVE SCOTT, INC.: Dave Scott, Six-Time Ironman Champion
Dave is the most recognized athlete and coach in the sport of triathlon. He is a six-time Ironman World Champion and the first inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame. He won his first Hawaii Ironman in 1980 and went on to win again in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1987.