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David McWilliams | Keynote Speaker

Many tried-and-tested theories come up again and again in global economics. These are the philosophies and formulae that our leading economists use as the foundation of their own musings and studies. But there are situations in which these theories fall short, and our…

Keynote Sessions

Planet of Plenty: We’re in this Together

Speaker: Dr. Mark Lyons
Based on Alltech's belief that agriculture has the greatest potential to positively impact the earth, Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, launched the company’s Planet of Plenty™ vision in 2019.

Clearing the Air: Debunking the Myths of Agriculture

The general public has a complex relationship with agriculture, blaming the industry for global warming one day and hailing farmers as heroes the next. How can we tell our story and maintain a positive and informed perception? Dr. Frank Mitloehner has taken on the negative narrative about agriculture with clear communication and data, successfully illustrating the relationships among human activities, animal digestion, food production and atmospheric chemistry. What will insights from the global lockdown reveal about the impact of agriculture?

Farming, Food and the Shifting Horizon

Speaker: Jack Bobo

The agricultural landscape was rapidly changing even before the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the global food supply chain. The way we produce, distribute and consume food will soon look very different. What lessons can we take away from this to guide how we feed the planet in the future? As the CEO of Futurity, Jack Bobo makes it his business to stay ahead of the trends and detect the disruptors that trigger them. He joins us to share his insights on the challenges and opportunities awaiting us in the next era of agriculture.

In the Market: How the New Consumer Checks Out

Speaker: Jessica Adelman

There is no denying that consumer trends have an impact on the way we produce and sell food. Does the consumer who would normally purchase a premium product continue to be choosy in a post-COVID-19 world? Or did empty shelves alter their perspective? Jessica Adelman has held numerous leadership positions in the food, retail and agriculture sectors, including most recently as group vice president of corporate affairs for The Kroger Co., serving as chief corporate affairs officer, chief communications officer, chief sustainability officer and president of both Kroger Foundations.

Currency and Confidence in an Uncertain Market

Speaker: David McWilliams

David McWilliams knows how to make economics accessible with a bit of humor and historical context. As the global economy reacts to the disruption caused by COVID-19, how can we avoid a devastation greater than the pandemic itself? Will business decisions become more dependent on trust than price? Ranked among the most influential economists in the world, McWilliams examines operational risk, human behavior and how to successfully adapt to shifting markets.

Innovation in Isolation: An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Strength, Creativity and Connectivity

Speaker: Cady Coleman

Cady Coleman spent a total of 180 days on the International Space Station, taking “working remotely” to another frontier. A chemist with a doctorate in polymer science and engineering, Coleman is a pioneer in the research of materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid physics. She is passionate about the importance of inclusion, collaboration and innovation in problem-solving. She knows what it takes to defy expectations and keep a team centered on a shared mission. Join us for a captivating discussion of life in space, resilience and staying connected from any realm.

Keynote Speakers

Cady Coleman

Retired NASA Astronaut

David McWilliams

Economist and Professor

Jessica Adelman

CEO, ESG Results

Jack Bobo

CEO, Futurity

Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Professor and Air Quality Specialist

Dr. Mark Lyons

President and CEO, Alltech

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