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Monday, October 16
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Room:   Main Entrance, Sheraton Hotel
  • Monday, October 16, 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Shuttle service is provided. Shuttle will pick up participants from the Sheraton Main Entrance at 1:00pm on Monday afternoon.  RSVP required for participation.

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Monday, October 16
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • Monday, October 16, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join fellow Esca Bona change-makers on a get-your-hands-dirty service project at an Austin area community garden. Not only will you build new bonds with your fellow attendees, you'll be supporting El Buen Samaritano and their continued contributions to the Austin community. Shuttle service is provided. Shuttle will pick up attendees from the...

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Monday, October 16
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Room:   Capitol View Terrace, Sheraton Hotel
  • Monday, October 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Garage is our opportunity to showcase pioneers who are making a better food future possible. We've gathered those obsessed with challenging prevailing headwinds through bold ideas, audacious missions and game-changing innovation. This is a space we've held for community and collaboration.  So, join us for a beer and conversation with some of the best and brightest brands,...

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Monday, October 16
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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  • Room:   The Backyard, Sheraton Hotel
  • Monday, October 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Making bold changes is about courage. Courage to be vulnerable. Courage to stand up. Courage to have difficult conversations. Join us for a welcome dinner filled with networking, collaboration and connection. We’ll explore what it will take to shift the status quo and tap into the passion that will be...
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Shen Tong

Managing Partner
FoodFutureCo
Keynote

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Tuesday, October 17
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • Room:   Capitol View Terrace, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
The Garage is our opportunity to showcase pioneers who are making a better food future possible. We've gathered those obsessed with challenging prevailing headwinds through bold ideas, audacious missions and game-changing innovation. This is a space we've held for community and collaboration.  So, join us for breakfast and conversation with some...

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Tuesday, October 17
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
"Our intention creates our reality." - Wayne Dyer In order to challenge the status quo, we'll need to channel our intentions. Start your day with clarity in this quick rise-and-thrive morning meditation. 
Speaker
Zoe Mantarakis

Owner
We Love Zoe Yoga
Instructor

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Tuesday, October 17
8:15 AM - 8:25 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 8:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

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Tuesday, October 17
8:25 AM - 8:30 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 8:25 AM - 8:30 AM
Through art, we’ll explore compassion, empathy and understanding. Join us for a poetic examination of the complexities and power of our relationships with food. By digging deeper to understand food narratives, we hope to spark conversation on the future of a truly inclusive food system.
Speaker
Lauren Nixon

Food Educator
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
Esca Bona is not your average “sit and get” conference during which only the speakers do the talking and your only job is to listen. Carlotta Mast, one of the Esca Bona creators, will share a few thoughts on what to expect from this year’s Esca Bona and how you...
Speaker
Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 8:40 AM - 9:00 AM
Building a bridge to a future in which everyone has access to healthy, nutritious, sustainably sourced food means understanding the true barriers to access and attitudes that currently divide us. We’ve created a film for our Esca Bona community to help build empathy with those currently outside the natural food world, and...
Speakers
Ashley Alsup

Founder & Chief Strategist
Boulder Strategy House
Speaker

Kim Johnson

Founder & Chief Documentarian
Boulder Strategy House
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
There exists confusion amongst consumers, retailers, brands, and non-profit organizations around food labeling, food waste, and ways that each impact food access in the United States.   Eric Pierce, Director of Business Insights at New Hope Network, will share with you research that explores the topic of food expiration dates and the opportunity...
Speaker
Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Join us as we explore the link between food waste, food access and food labels. Together, we'll seek solutions based on new data from consumer, retailer, manufacturer and community organizations. With a panel of diverse perspectives, we'll examine systems-based thinking and creative solutions to inspire change in how the industry...
Speakers
Dan Kurzrock

Co-Founder & Chief Grain Officer
ReGrained
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Director, Strategy & Insights, NEXT
New Hope Network
Moderator

Judith Ackerman

Business Development & Marketing Officer
Metro Caring
Speaker

Sherene Chou, M.S., R.D.

Nutrition Consultant
LA Kitchen
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Through art, we’ll explore compassion, empathy and understanding. Join us for a poetic examination of the complexities and power of our relationships with food. By digging deeper to understand food narratives, we hope to spark conversation on the future of a truly inclusive food system.
Speaker
Lauren Nixon

Food Educator
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Who says you need to have a mat and a studio to practice mindfulness? Together, let's take 10 to breathe and stretch.  Once you feel re-centered, networking and connection encouraged. 
Speaker
Zoe Mantarakis

Owner
We Love Zoe Yoga
Instructor

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Tuesday, October 17
10:30 AM - 11:05 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 10:30 AM - 11:05 AM
How do we activate true change and galvanize consumers around a mission-centric message? Influencers can play a large role in guiding consumer choice and sustaining purpose-driven campaigns. In this conversation, we'll take a look at real-life examples of influence for good and provide tangible ways that brands can partner with influencers...
Speakers
George Bryant

Head Caveman
Hugs & Bacon
Speaker

Justin Perkins

Founder, Olomomo Nut Co.
VP Strategic Partnerships, Care2.com
Moderator

Kate Geagan

Food & Nutrition Consultant
Kate Geagan Nutrition
Speaker

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 11:05 AM - 11:25 AM
The future of food will need to evolve in order to meet growing consumer demand. Emerging innovations in urban agriculture and technology are redefining opportunities to create plenty. In this session, we’ll hear from two pioneers of the new food movement and how non-traditional approaches to agriculture may serve a...
Speakers
Marc Oshima

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
AeroFarms
Speaker

Michael Hanan

CEO
Agua Dulce Farm
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
11:25 AM - 11:35 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 11:25 AM - 11:35 AM
Local Roots believes that the key to a sustainable food future relies on a low-risk supply chain and creating opportunities for local food production. Using technology, they are out to tackle food insecurity by addressing common problems like shelf life, price, and barriers to entry for local farming opportunities. The...
Speaker
Kipp Stroden

Brand Architect
Local Roots
Speaker

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Tuesday, October 17
11:35 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Room:   Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 11:35 AM - 11:45 AM
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

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Tuesday, October 17
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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  • Room:   Creekside Patio, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
A sustainable future of food is both socially equitable and economically viable. In order to understand what healthy food access for everyone looks like, we must begin at the root.  To dig deeper, we’ve created an interactive discussion that transforms difficult conversations into those of deep engagement, empathy and empowerment.  Where there...
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Discussion Leader

Allison Hagey

Counsel
BraunHagey & Borden LLP
Discussion Leader

Ashley Alsup

Founder & Chief Strategist
Boulder Strategy House
Discussion Leader

Beth Manos Brickey NTP

Founder
Tasty Yummies
Discussion Leader

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Discussion Leader

Dan Harris

Partner
BraunHagey & Borden LLP
Discussion Leader

Debra Stark

Owner
Debra's Natural Gourmet
Discussion Leader

Eric Schnell

Co-Founder
BeyondBrands
Discussion Leader

Jon Marshall

Vice President
VMG Partners
Discussion Leader

Judith Ackerman

Business Development & Marketing Officer
Metro Caring
Discussion Leader

Kim Johnson

Founder & Chief Documentarian
Boulder Strategy House
Discussion Leader

Lauren Nixon

Food Educator
Discussion Leader

Leah Segedie

Creator
ShiftCon, Mamavation
Discussion Leader

Marc Oshima

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer
AeroFarms
Discussion Leader

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Discussion Leader

Michael Hanan

CEO
Agua Dulce Farm
Discussion Leader

Rob Holden

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
New Resource Bank
Discussion Leader

Sherene Chou, M.S., R.D.

Nutrition Consultant
LA Kitchen
Discussion Leader

Tom McDougall

Founder
4P Foods
Discussion Leader

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Tuesday, October 17
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

  • Room:   Main Entrance, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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Tuesday, October 17
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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  • Tuesday, October 17, 1:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Within the natural products industry, there exists a new breed of superheroes, ones with daunting challenges, disruptive attitudes, and a passion to grow, create and provide healthy, nutritious food. Join entrepreneurial dynamos alongside industry change-agents to share your challenges, find solutions, and create high-impact partnerships. Together, we'll leverage the collective talent and...
Speakers
August Vega

CEO
MALK Organics
Presenter

Bill Shen

Director
Encore Consumer Capital
All-Star Advocate

Emma Andrews

BA, RHN, NPDP Co-Founder & Director of Education
Pineapple Collective
All-Star Advocate

Genevieve Gilbreath

Director of Programming and Development
SKU
All-Star Advocate

George Milton

Founder & Chief
Yellowbird Sauce
Presenter

Janica Lane

Managing Director
Piper Jaffray & Co.
All-Star Advocate

Jim Slama

CEO
FamilyFarmed
All-Star Advocate

Jon Mills

Chief Strategic Officer
Seal the Seasons
Presenter

Max Rivest

Co-Founder & CEO
Wize Monkey
Presenter

Mike Lee

Founder
Studio Industries, The Future Market
All-Star Advocate

Morgan Woolf

Nut Roaster
Turtle Haus
Presenter

Raj Patel

Writer & Activist
Keynote

Rob Sinclair

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands
Discussion Leader

Serafina Palandech

President & Co-Founder
Hip Chick Farms
Presenter

Tom McDougall

Founder
4P Foods
All-Star Advocate

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Tuesday, October 17
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Capitol View Terrace, Sheraton Hotel
  • Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Garage is our opportunity to showcase pioneers who are making a better food future possible. We've gathered those obsessed with challenging prevailing headwinds through bold ideas, audacious missions and game-changing innovation. This is a space we've held for community and collaboration.  So, join us for a beer and conversation with some of the best and brightest brands,...

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Tuesday, October 17
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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  • Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Real and lasting change happens at the grassroots level with strong leaders; leaders who are committed to their mission of fixing our broken food system and ensuring healthy food access to all. Come together to nurture, inspire and mingle with fellow Esca Bona change makers - the-boots-on-the-ground heroes who disrupt, educate and provide access...

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Tuesday, October 17
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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  • Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
And you thought by year three of Esca Bona you had figured the schedule out---wrong!  Join us for something fun, something different and surely something uniquely Austin with the inaugural Explore Austin Bar Crawl!  Join fellow Esca Bona changemakers on a trip to some of Austin's best bars you'll never forget...

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Wednesday, October 18
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

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  • Room:   Capitol View Terrace, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

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Wednesday, October 18
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Master of Ceremonies

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Wednesday, October 18
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Collaborative problem solving was the focus during The Fix on Tuesday. What did we learn about how to employ this technique to our own business challenges? Fix facilitator Rob Sinclair will lead us through the highlights and takeaways.
Speaker
Rob Sinclair

Conscious Business Catalyst
Conscious Brands
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
What is truly at the root of an inclusive food system? And how, in a foodie city like Austin, is a large percentage of the population food insecure?  Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin, will discuss his understanding of the current state of food equity in the city and what...
Speaker
Edwin Marty

Food Policy Manager
Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
Keynote

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Wednesday, October 18
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Through art, we’ll explore compassion, empathy and understanding. Join us for a poetic examination of the complexities and power of our relationships with food. By digging deeper to understand food narratives, we hope to spark conversation on the future of a truly inclusive food system.
Speaker
Lauren Nixon

Food Educator
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
9:05 AM - 9:35 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 9:05 AM - 9:35 AM
According to recent Census findings, not only is the median age of farmers and ranchers increasing in the U.S., but new farmers are also leaving the profession at a higher rate than industry veterans. What’s to happen if there comes a day when we have no new farmers and the...
Speakers
Andrew Pittz

Farmer-in-Chief
Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
Speaker

Danielle Nierenberg

President
Food Tank
Speaker

Elizabeth Candelario

Managing Director
Demeter
Moderator

Lorig Hawkins

Owner
Middle Ground Farm
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
9:35 AM - 9:40 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 9:35 AM - 9:40 AM
What can a new, regenerative approach to the supply chain do to address issues of pricing and help more people get access to healthy products? Join Galit Laibow in exploring a case study in sourcing and how more companies may address food insecurity by rethinking their business model.
Speaker
Galit Laibow

Co-founder & CEO
Foodstirs
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM
In this conversation, we'll explore the difficulties of changing food distribution systems and consumer behavior alongside Austin organizations. Join us to discuss: The meaning of "good" food across different organizations The role of government in improving public health  Scalable solutions for communities 
Speakers
Andrea Abel

Executive Director
Farmshare Austin
Speaker

Anneliese Tanner

Food Service Director
Austin Independent School District
Speaker

Carmen Llanes Pulido

Executive Director
Go! Austin / ¡Vamos! Austin (GAVA)
Speaker

Joy Casnovsky

Deputy Director
Sustainable Food Center
Speaker

Robyn Metcalfe Ph.D.

Director
Food+City
Moderator

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Wednesday, October 18
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Room:   Austin Sheraton at the Capitol
  • Wednesday, October 18, 10:20 AM - 10:30 AM
An equitable food future depends on strong communities. Join Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez as they explore the role of business in creating jobs and supporting a community that thrives. From where you raise funds to how you grow your team, good food starts with good jobs and good money. 
Speakers
Alejandro Velez

Co-Founder
Back to the Roots
Speaker

Nikhil Arora

Co-Founder
Back to the Roots
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

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  • Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Who says you need to have a mat and a studio to practice mindfulness? Together, let's take 10 to breathe and stretch.  Once you feel re-centered, networking and connection encouraged. 
Speaker
Zoe Mantarakis

Owner
We Love Zoe Yoga
Instructor

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Wednesday, October 18
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
With so much change and uncertainty in the future of food, one thing is for sure: the future of food will take big and small players working together to create a food system that's better for people, planet, and profit. In this talk, we will discuss the ways that big and...
Speaker
Mike Lee

Founder
Studio Industries, The Future Market
Featured Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
In this session, we'll explore real-life examples of industry players both big and small who are working together to pioneer a future where trust, transparency and collaboration thrive.
Speakers
Errol Schweizer

Co-Founder
Good Catch
Moderator

Katie Forrest

Founder/Chief
Epic Provisions
Speaker

Taylor Collins

Founder/Chief
Epic Provisions
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
As the man who led the sale of Annie’s to General Mills and then continued to grow the Annie’s brand inside the large food CPG company for three years, John Foraker knows as much as anyone in the natural industry about how big and small food companies can work together...
Speakers
Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Moderator

John Foraker

Co- Founder & CEO
Once Upon A Farm
Keynote

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Wednesday, October 18
11:50 AM - 12:05 PM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 11:50 AM - 12:05 PM
Where does courage come from? One industry leader shares a personal journey into courage and thoughts on how one courageous act can spark an entire tribal movement.
Speaker
Robert Craven

CEO
MegaFood
Speaker

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Wednesday, October 18
12:05 PM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   Capitol Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel
  • Wednesday, October 18, 12:05 PM - 12:30 PM
The time has come for us to say goodbye. But before we do, let’s each share one change or courageous act we feel inspired to pursue following Esca Bona.
Speakers
Adam Butler

Co-Founder & Collaboration Chief
The Butler Bros
Discussion Leader

Kim Johnson

Founder & Chief Documentarian
Boulder Strategy House
Discussion Leader

Marty Butler

Co-Founder & Creative Chief
The Butler Bros
Discussion Leader

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