Reimagining the Food Business
in Flyover Country

A one-day virtual forum on Tuesday,
November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30  p.m. ET

Join selected CEOs, entrepreneurs, CPG and foodservice executives, venture capitalists, and players in the government, scientific, educational and NGO communities to rally and network around the goal of reclaiming leadership of the food and agricultural industries that are vital economic, social and cultural engines for the heartland.

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Speakers and panelists:

Forum Schedule:

Why We're Here

10 - 10:10 a.m. ET
Dale Buss

Restoring Primacy

10:10 - 10:40 a.m. ET

Food is a growth business. How can Flyover Country regain our rightful share? Or have we lost our historical edge to the coasts?

Panelists:

 

Jeff Grogg,

Founder, JPG Resources

Aaron Renn,

Publisher, Heartland Intelligence

Luke Saunders,

Founder & CEO, Farmer's Fridge

 

Moderator:

Dale Buss

Feeding Our Ecosystem

10:45- 11:30 a.m. ET

How startups, VCs, Big Food and universities 

can work together to restore our region's greatness. Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis lead the way. 

Panelists:

 Brett Brohl

Managing Partner,

Bread and Butter Ventures

 Dennis Pruitt

VP Business Development,

Missouri Partnership

 Alan Reed

Executive Director, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

Kishan Vasani,

CEO, Spoonshot

Moderator:

Kathleen Gallagher

Executive Director

5 Lakes Institute

Gaining from Diversity

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. ET

Women and BIPOC entrepreneurs are making a home for innovation in Flyover Country, leading trailblazing startups across the region.

Panelists:

Brian Albert 

Co-Owner & Chief Managing Officer, Amped Kitchens

Riana Lynn,

CEO, Journey Foods

Michelle McBride 

Founder & CEO, GoodSport

Moderator:

Dale Buss

CPGs Rewrite Their Playbooks

12:15 - 1 p.m. ET

Big food and beverage companies based here still dominate the industry, but they've been altering their strategies to remain vital.

Panelists:

Ken Harris

 Managing Director,

Cadent 

D'Anne Hayman

VP, Global Innovation Platforms, Kellogg

 

Brigette Wolf

Global Head, SnackFutures,

Mondelez International  

Moderator:

Dale Buss

With breaks from 11:30 - 11:40 and 1 - 1:20 ET.

Ag Tech Levels the Field

1 :20 - 2:05 p.m. ET

An explosion of innovation on the farm is transforming agriculture across Flyover Country and boosting our global predominance.

Panelists:

Matt Crisp

 CEO, Benson Hill

Weston McCary 

Director of Precision Agriculture, N.W. Kansas Technical College

Mike DiPaola 

Chief Commercial Officer,

Taranis Global

Moderator:

Dale Buss

Alt-Meat:
Boon -- Or Bane?

2:10 - 2:55 p.m. ET

Cultured 'meat' is all the rage with investors and many consumers but creates a dilemma for Flyover Country. How can we address it?

Panelists:

Rob Dongoski

 Food & Agriculture Leader,

EY

Seth Goldman

 Co-Founder,

Eat the Change

 

Moderator:

Julian Mellentin

 Publisher,

New Nutrition Business

Storage Comes Out of the Cold

3 - 3:30 p.m. ET

There's no hotter economic-development play now than food storage. This is a great opportunity for Flyover Country. 

Panelists:

Tim Derickson

 Food & Agribusiness Lead, JobsOhio

Larry Gigerich

 Executive

Managing Director,

Ginovus 

Jeff Rivera,

 Chief Operating Officer,

Lineage Logistics

Moderator:

Dale Buss

All About
"The Narrative"

3:35 - 4:10 p.m. ET

Storytelling to consumers is transforming the food and beverage business. Yet here's where companies and brands in Flyover Country can excel.

Panelists:

 Chad Hancock,

Chief Design Officer,

Puris Holdings

 

John Harsch

 President, Sustainable Environmental Consultants

 Julie Smolyansky

 CEO, Lifeway Foods

Moderator:

Dale Buss

Where Do We Go From Here?

4:10 - 4:30 p.m. ET
The Honorable Eric Holcomb
Governor of Indiana
Dale Buss

To register for this unique one-day event, please click the button below: 

Forum passes are $495 each and available through Tuesday, November 9.

The first three morning sessions package is available for $145.

Or you can join for the five afternoon sessions for $195. 

Single session passes are also available for $95 each. 

A forum pass includes:

 

  • Access to all eight live sessions

  • Ability to chat and interact with panelists and speakers

  • A downloadable PDF workbook and notes sheet 

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