× Peter Bergen
Peter Bergen
CNN National Security Analyst
Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

Award-winning journalist and producer Peter Bergen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on foreign policy, national security, and the new generation of terrorism that threatens the West and its economic interests. CNN’s national security analyst, he is one of the few people to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face and the best-selling and award-winning author of five books. His latest is United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists, following up his New York Times best-seller Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – From 9/11 to Abbottabad. It was named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2012” by the Washington Post and made into an Emmy-winning HBO documentary. He is writing a new book about the Trump administration’s national security team and the policies they are implementing.

When Bergen reports on national security, Congress, the White House, and those who need to be “in-the-know” sit up and listen. He has traveled repeatedly to the Middle East and South Asia and testified before multiple congressional committees about national security and terrorism-related issues. He is heavily connected in the geopolitical world, having interviewed senior While House officials, Congressmen, Navy SEAL operators, senior officers around the world, and more. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Inc. speakers bureau, Bergen offers audiences a straight-from-the-source, insider’s perspective our nation’s growing geopolitical challenges and how they have the potential to affect American business.

Best-Selling Books and Writing. In addition to United States of Jihad and Manhunt, Bergen is also the author of New York Times best-seller The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (2011), which was called “one of the most important accounts on the subject to appear in years” by the New York Times. He also wrote the New York Times best-seller Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know, both of which were named one of the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post and turned into Emmy-nominated documentaries.

Bergen has written on national security issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, and many, many other domestic and international publications. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. He has also worked as a correspondent or producer for several documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery, and CNN.

National Security Expertise. Bergen is Vice President of Global Studies & Fellows at New America in Washington, DC, and is a research fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies and has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field.

× Michael Dykes
Michael Dykes
President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association in January 2017. In this role, he represents members that make more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

Since joining IDFA, Dykes has been a strong advocate for the importance of global competitiveness to the future of the U.S. dairy industry. He has made preserving trade partnerships with Mexico and improving Canadian market access for U.S. dairy exports in all future trade agreements a priority for IDFA.

Prior to assuming his role at IDFA, Dykes served as vice president of government affairs for Monsanto, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a portfolio of U.S. government relations strategies and programs that included agricultural biotechnology policy. He led Monsanto's office in Washington, D.C., and served as the company's primary point of contact for elected officials, regulatory authorities, U.S. farm organizations, key industry participants, trade associations, international organizations and embassies. He directed the company's efforts in state and local government affairs, in addition to government affairs in Mexico and Canada.

Dykes is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Practitioners. He has served on the Farmhouse Fraternity board for 3+ years. He is also a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and has served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21).

Dykes grew up on a small dairy and tobacco farm in Kentucky. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University. He also attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

    
× Jeff Eggers
Jeff Eggers
Strategic Advisor, Organizational Performance Expert, Executive Director
McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

As a senior policy advisor, security professional, and leadership consultant, Jeff Eggers leverages 20+ years of experience managing strategic efforts and leading high-stakes, high-performing teams during his time with the White House, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy.

White House Commissioned Officer. A former Special Assistant to the President for National Security affairs for President Obama, Eggers was responsible for oversight of critical and sensitive aspects of U.S. foreign and national security policy. Six years of White House experience, to include four years as the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Credited with the mediation and resolution of the 2014 Afghan presidential electoral crisis, Eggers facilitated a political agreement which resulted in a unity government and peaceful inauguration. As a result, he was presented with the Samuel Nelson Drew Award by President Obama for “Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace.”

Organizational Performance Expert. A researcher in behavioral science and consultant on leadership and organizational performance, Jeff now leads McChrystal Group’s Leadership Institute, managing engagements with Fortune 500 clients requiring assistance with organizational performance, leader-development and culture shaping. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jeff worked with a diverse mix of clients across varying industries, to include an NBA franchise where he helped with leader succession planning. He has taught courses in change management, leadership, and public policy for organizations such as U.S. intelligence agencies, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also an Adjunct Senior Analyst for the RAND Corporation, where he recently completed a study on “Adaptability in Large Organizations” for the U.S. Air Force.

Special Operations Background. Jeff retired from the U.S. Navy following a successful 20 year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive operational and combat leadership experience. Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command. Jeff also served as a strategic advisor on national security matters, to include the mid-2013 change of mission in Afghanistan, enabling an end to the U.S. combat mission and shifting emphasis to Afghan security forces. He also shepherded the negotiation and signing of the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategy Partnership Agreements and served as a Strategic Advisor to General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of NATO ISAF—a broad coalition of over 100,000 U.S. and parent national personnel assisting the Government of Afghanistan to promote sustainable security.

Nonprofits and Boards. Jeff is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, conducting research on the intersection of behavioral science, organizational design, and complexity toward novel solutions that revitalize American prosperity through mitigation of cognitive error and more rational U.S. policy-making. In this role he has served as an expert witness to the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is also a member of the NationSwell Council, a forum for advancing innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in America. Finally, Jeff is a board member of the Special Operations Fund, non-profit that cares for and assists the families of special operations veterans killed in action.

Accomplished Publisher. Eggers has published in esteemed academic journals and media outlets such as Fortune, Foreign Policy, Politico, U.S. News and World Report, amongst others. His most recent publication, “Forget Technology. The Real Military Edge Comes from Promoting Smart People” was featured in Defense One.

Speaking Topics:

  1. Leadership for the 21st Century
  2. Humility, Purpose and the Myth of Heroic Leadership
  3. Leading Innovation
  4. The Behavioral Science of Organizational Performance

 

× Marci Rossell
Marci Rossell
Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of SQUAWK BOX

Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Her animated style was honed when she served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. She takes complex economic issues, often dull in the button-down business press, and makes them relevant to people's lives, families and careers.

Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Marci served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, one of the nation's largest mutual fund companies.

Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Marci began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Marci earned a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002. She brings a world of experience--from Main Street to Wall Street--when discussing the U.S. economy, international events and movements in capital markets. Her creative, thought-provoking commentary will ring in the audience members' ears well after she leaves the stage.

× Peter Sheahan
Peter Sheahan
Founder & Group CEO
Karrikins Group
Best-Selling Author, and Global Business Leader

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With over 120 staff, in 24 cities, across nine countries, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in the rapidly-changing marketplace.

Peter, and his firm Karrikins Group, have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books including business best-sellers Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and Matter.

Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

× Heather Soubra
Heather Soubra
Chief of Staff
International Dairy Foods Association

Soubra serves as a strategist, consultant and director of the association’s initiatives based on the priorities of the president and CEO, Michael Dykes, D.V.M. Soubra manages day-to-day operation of the executive office facilitating collaboration and inclusiveness across the organization to accomplish strategic goals. Soubra serves as the executive office liaison with IDFA members and members of the IDFA governance structure. She also handles IDFA program development and execution, including the annual Dairy Forum, the summer internship program, and managed the successful implementation of IDFA’s new governance structure.

A graduate of George Mason University, Soubra earned her degree in intercultural communication. She also is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington where she earned certification in corporate etiquette and international protocol. She is fluent in Arabic.

Hamdi Ulukaya× 
Hamdi Ulukaya
CEO & Founder
Chobani, Inc.

Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Along the way, he helped to make Greek yogurt a household word and opted to share his business success with Chobani’s employees, many of them immigrants like himself. Chobani has been a shining example of how thinking differently and showing compassion for others can lead to success and profitability. He’ll share his perspectives on leadership, innovation, corporate culture and what he does every day to keep Chobani and his employees on a path for excellence.

Portalatin_David× 
David Portalatin
Vice President, Industry Advisor-Food
The NPD Group

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national analyst on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home. In his role as vice president, food industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, personal characteristics, and their usage of restaurants and other foodservice outlets. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.

Portalatin’s diverse background and experience gives him an in-depth understanding of consumer behavior and purchase patterns. Prior to his current role, he was NPD’s industry analyst in the automotive aftermarket, motor fuels, and convenience retailing industries. Portalatin held various positions in petroleum marketing, convenience retailing, and foodservice wholesale distribution before joining NPD in 1999.

He is a frequent featured speaker at food industry events and corporate conferences/meetings with distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. Portalatin also serves as a media source for a wide variety articles on food and beverage consumption trends and how these trends impact the food industry. His comments have appeared in USA Today, CNBC, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and other nationally-recognized media outlets.

Chen_Sandy× 
Sandy Chen
Senior Industry Analyst
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness of Rabobank

Sandy Chen is a Senior Industry Analyst, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness of Rabobank, based in Shanghai, China, covering Chinese dairy industry. Sandy joined the bank in February 2013. Sandy provides research, market intelligence and strategic business advice to Rabobank’s local and global corporate clients through working closely with the bank’s product teams. Sandy has 20 years of experience in investment research and industry research, having previously worked with Citigroup Global Markets Asia, ING Barings Shanghai and Jardine Fleming Securities Shanghai. Sandy has a Master’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Shanghai International Studies University. Sandy is also a CFA Charterholder.

Ryan_Stan× 
Stan Ryan
President & CEO
Darigold, Inc.

Stanley Ryan is President and CEO of Darigold, a global dairy ingredient and consumer products cooperative based in Seattle, Wash. Prior to joining Darigold in February 2016, Ryan served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Bulk Shipping (Nasdaq: EGLE) based in New York City.

Ryan brings 25 years of international leadership experience from Cargill, Inc., where he served in a number of executive and general management roles. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Corporate Platform Leader responsible for co-leading all of Cargill’s global agricultural supply chain businesses (soft commodities), based in Shanghai, China. In 2010, he was President/Managing Director for Cargill Food Ingredients Australia/New Zealand in Sydney, Australia. From 2006 to 2010, Ryan was the President/Managing Director of Cargill Refined Oils Europe based in Schiedam, The Netherlands. From 1999 until 2006, he was stationed in Minneapolis, Minn., as President of Cargill’s North American Dressings, Sauces and Oils business. In 1998, Ryan was General Manager of Cargill’s Brazil Refined Oils in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Between1992 and 1997, he served as General Manager for Cargill’s Venezuela Refined Oils business in Caracas, Venezuela, and for Oilseeds Processing in Sidney, Ohio.

Ryan joined Cargill in 1989 at its global headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., and worked in the Strategy and Business Development function until 1992.

He earned two master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in 1989 – an MA in international relations and MBA.

He received his bachelor's degree in economics and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame in 1984. Ryan resides in Seattle with his wife and daughter.

Suber_Tom× 
Tom Suber
President
Suber Global LLC

Tom retired from the U.S. Dairy Export Council in 2017 after 21 years as its first president, where he guided dairy’s export growth from 3% of total U.S. milk solids production to 15%. Representing U.S. farmers and processors, his executive responsibilities included strategic planning, marketing, trade and regulatory policies, and issues/crisis management. He was staff lead for Globalization at the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, whose strategic plan by Bain & Co. galvanized industry efforts to become a more consistent export supplier.

Suber served on numerous boards including the Dairy Research Institute, U.S. Agricultural and Export Development Council, two U.S. government policy advisory committees (APAC and ATAC), and the Food & Agricultural Export Alliance.

Currently, he is the principal of Suber Global LLC, a strategic trade consulting firm, and on the board of Great Lakes Cheese Company.

Tom has a Master’s of Foreign Service from Georgetown University's and a Bachelor’s in history and Asian studies from Colorado State University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Cary, and has two grown sons.

× Mekala Krishnan
Mekala Krishnan
Senior Fellow
McKinsey Global Institute
McKinsey & Company

Dr. Mekala Krishnan is senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, based in Boston, MA.

Her research focuses on various topics related to inclusive growth and economic development, including globalization, productivity growth in advanced economies, climate risk, and women’s role in labor markets. Her most recent research has focused on the future of globalization including the evolution of global value chains, prospects for emerging markets, and the impact of services trade, intangible assets, and digital globalization on value chains. Mekala is a frequent speaker on these topics at global conferences as well as with executives at Fortune 500 companies. She has authored numerous articles and her work has been cited in leading business publications, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.

Mekala is a member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings focused on improving productivity measurement, on a taskforce supporting Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.

Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

Irina Starikova × 
Irina Starikova
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Irina is one of the leaders in IT transformation and infrastructure for McKinsey. Drawing on deep expertise in next-generation infrastructure, cloud computing, and digital enablement, Irina advises both companies that are using and companies that are developing these IT products and services to enhance innovation and productivity. Her primary focus is on the technology, healthcare, and consumer industries. Examples of her recent work include the following:

•  working with a global technology company to develop a long-term IT strategy to cut costs, improve effectiveness, and transition to a next-generation IT infrastructure

•  helping a large healthcare provider to develop its infrastructure demand and capacity-management capabilities, as well as optimize its data-center strategy and cloud adoption

•  implementing lean IT principles to boost performance for a large industrial IT organization, resulting in a 25 to 30 percent gain in productivity

•  developing a cloud strategy for a large financial-services company and helping put it into practice, including developing a new operating model to provide more flexible services and reduce cost

Irina is an active contributor to McKinsey's research, including leading McKinsey's enterprise cloud-infrastructure survey that studies trends in enterprise cloud adoption. She is also one of the authors of McKinsey's 2017 Women in the Workplace research, in partnership with LeanIn.Org and the Wall Street Journal. This research series aims to identify gaps in female leadership and proposes actionable steps toward a more equitable workplace.

Roberto-Uchoa× 
Roberto Uchoa de Paula
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Roberto Uchoa is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in the Chicago office. Roberto leads McKinsey’s Agriculture Practice globally and our consumer operations work in North America. As an advisor to agricultural and food and nutrition companies, Roberto brings on-the-ground experience in the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe to help global agricultural, consumer, and retail companies as they pursue growth, integrate acquisitions, and drive improvements in organizational performance and health.

Since joining McKinsey in 1997, Roberto has built extensive expertise designing growth strategies and delivering performance improvements across commercial and supply-chain operations. Working with companies across the globe, he has led efforts to assess value-chain vulnerabilities and growth opportunities in the dairy, protein, row-crops, oilseeds, and starch and sweeteners sectors. Roberto also supports complex post-merger situations, defining integration approaches and ramping up value-capture teams.

Roberto earned his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in Brazil and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ludovic-Meilhac× 
Ludovic Meilhac
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Ludovic Meilhac is a procurement and supply management expert partner at McKinsey & Company in the Stamford office. He co-leads the McKinsey Food Institute and is a core member of McKinsey’s Consumer Operations practice. Ludovic has over 25 years of experience in procurement and sourcing globally and helps both companies and national governments develop world sourcing strategies and design manufacturing solutions for milk and dairy ingredients. Among other work, Ludovic has helped shape the 2020 vision for French milk and fruit procurement, design solutions for oversupply of local fluid milk in China, and optimize COGS on dairy and flavor for an ice cream manufacturer.

Prior to McKinsey, Ludovic spent 13 years at Danone sourcing all fluids and dairy ingredients for North America, while also serving as a board member on the Quebec Dairy Council. He also spent 5 years at Coca Cola/Glaceau in manufacturing and sourcing. Ludovic earned his Master’s in Automation from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris in France and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Christina-Adams× 
Christina Adams
Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company

Christina Adams is a leader in McKinsey & Company’s consumer goods practice, with deep experience across commercial optimization, growth strategy, and optimizing portfolio and network complexity. She regularly looks at topics relating to how food and beverage consumer goods companies can adapt and grow in the changing consumer and retail landscape.

Christina started her career at Procter & Gamble working in brand management in Cincinnati, Ohio. Christina earned both her B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University. She is a native Oklahoman.

× Dan Zagzebski
Dan Zagzebski
President & CEO
Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.


Dan Zagzebski is the President and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese, a natural and processed cheese manufacturer and packager. Dan has been with Great Lakes Cheese for 15 years, serving as President and CEO since 2015. He is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. His focus on infrastructure and innovation has enabled the company to be a leader in cheese packaging and manufacturing in the United States.

Prior to his current role as President and CEO, Dan held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Sales and Product Development. Dan joined the company when Great Lakes Cheese purchased Lemke Cheese and Packaging in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he was co-owner and CEO.

He earned an MBA from University of Notre Dame and a BS in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Dan enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time in nature. He and his wife, Dana, have three children and a beloved two-year-old granddaughter.

× Thierry Clement
Theirry Clement
President & CEO
Lactalis American Group


Thierry Clement is CEO of Lactalis North America and Chairman of Lactalis American Group, both part of the largest dairy company in the world, Lactalis Group.

In his role, Thierry is responsible for all Lactalis Group operations within the US and Canada, supporting brands which include, but are not limited to, Galbani®, Président®, Parmalat®, Black Diamond®, Cracker Barrel®, Stonyfield®, siggi’s®, and Karoun®.

Thierry has spent a majority of his 30-year career in the food industry, first with Nestle and then joining Lactalis, where he has held various positions including Factory Manager, Technical Manager, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and President before moving into his current role. He leads a team of 5,500 people within his zone and is responsible for nearly 20% of Lactalis Group’s annual revenue.

Thierry is a native of France and father of three. He currently resides with his wife near the Lactalis American Group headquarters in Buffalo, NY.

× Ron Dunford
Ron Dunford
President & CEO
Schreiber Foods


Ron became Schreiber's eighth President and Chief Executive Officer on Sept. 29, 2019.

Ron has spent more than 35 years in the dairy industry with senior executive roles in operations and sales. He joined Schreiber in 1996 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003.

In the community, Ron has been closely involved with CP Center of Northeast Wisconsin. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mentors International and Utah State University Center for Entrepreneurship. In the dairy industry, Ron served on the Board for International Dairy Foods Association and as Chairman of the National Cheese Institute.

Ron and his wife, Dana, have two married sons and are the proud grandparents of three. Away from work, you will find Ron in the mountains skiing, trekking or biking.

× Mario Lozano
Mariano Lozano
President & CEO
Danone North America


Mariano Lozano is President & CEO of Danone North America, a public benefit corporation. Prior to this he served as President and CEO of The Dannon Company. From March 2009 to December 2013, he was General Manager of DANONE Brazil. He started his career in various sales functions at Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes, a leader of the Argentinean beer market, and was then appointed Sales Director of Pillsbury Argentina. He joined DANONE in March 2000 as General Manager of Logistica La Serenisima, the company in charge of sales and distribution for DANONE and La Serenisima products in Argentina. From 2004 to 2006 he was General Manager of DANONE Slovakia and from January 2006 to May 2009 General Manager of DANONE Clover (Pty) in South Africa. Mariano is an Argentinean citizen and holds an Industrial Engineer Diploma from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

× Jerry Kaminski
Jerry Kaminski
Chief Operating Officer
Land O'Lakes, Inc.


Jerry serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc. In this role, Jerry leads efforts across the organization to develop, implement and monitor growth strategies and platforms consistent with the collective vision for Land O’Lakes. In addition to continuing to have oversight for the international businesses in South Africa, Kenya, China and Canada, Jerry also has overall responsibility for SUSTAIN, Crop Nutrients, International Development, Fuel for Growth, Ecommerce and Corporate Strategy.

Jerry comes to the COO role after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of International. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the total Dairy Foods Business/Retail and foodservice divisions, in addition to, Global Dairy Ingredients. Jerry joined Land O'Lakes in 2007. Before joining Land O’Lakes, he served as a vice president and general manager at General Mills, where he held various leadership positions in the retail and business-to-business segments. He also served as president and chief operating officer at Sparboe Foods. Jerry holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

× Lino Saputo, Jr.
Lino Saputo, Jr.
Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Saputo


A graduate of Concordia University with a B.A. in Political Science, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. joined Saputo in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant. Over the next few years, he started rising through the ranks, managing a plant in Ontario and holding various administrative and marketing positions. In 1993, he became Vice President, Operations, and in 1998, Executive Vice President, Operations. From July 2001 to January 2004, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company’s Dairy Products Division (USA). Since March 2004, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In 2011, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the Board, and since August 2017, he serves as Chair of the Board.

× Phil Plourd
Phil Plourd
President
Blimling & Associates, Inc.


Phil Plourd is President of Blimling and Associates, Inc. and President of the services division of Dairy.com. He has been involved in dairy market analysis, research, forecasting and risk management activities for 20 years. Phil draws on that experience to lead an expert team of 16 committed to helping clients find better ways to do business. He is a popular speaker who engages audiences on a variety of topics.

Phil resides near Madison, Wisconsin with wife Rhonda and daughters Rebecca and Leah. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County and his family is involved with the Madison Public Library Foundation.

× James De Jong
James De Jong
Director, Dairy Economics & Risk
Glanbia Nutritionals


James De Jong is the Director of Dairy Economics and Risk for Glanbia Nutritionals. Prior to joining Glanbia Nutritionals in 2018, James spent over 4 years with Hilmar Cheese Company doing risk management, market analysis and various business analysis for cheese, whey, and milk powder. Before Hilmar Cheese, he spent over 3 years with Rabobank’s Food & Agriculture Research and Advisory (FAR) engaging in industry analysis and authoring reports on dairy, US rice, and North American forest product.

James sees his biggest strength as understanding the nexus between dairy markets, dairy risk management, Federal Milk Marketing Orders and milk pricing systems, business analysis, and how these fit together to influence financial outcomes of milk processors. James holds a Masters of Public Administration from California State University Stanislaus.

× Catherine de Ronde
Catherine de Ronde
Senior Economist
Agri-Mark, Inc.


Catherine de Ronde joined Agri-Mark in March 2017 as an Economist. She is responsible for watching dairy market trends, forecasting milk prices, and working on state and federal legislation affecting Agri-Mark members. Catherine believes in the importance of telling the dairy farmer story and communicating the economic benefits and issues to the public and policy makers. Catherine was previously employed as the Agricultural Economist with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. While with the Department, she worked with a variety of agricultural industries, most notably the dairy industry. She was responsible for administering the state’s Dairy Farmer Tax Credit Program, which distributes a maximum of $6 million dollars to the state’s dairy farmers in years when farm milk prices fall below the cost of production. Catherine holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut.

× Lucas Fuess
Lucas Fuess
Director of Dairy Market Intelligence
HighGround Dairy


Lucas Fuess has spent a lifetime in dairy, growing up on his family’s 200-cow farm in Upstate New York. Lucas graduated with distinction in research from Cornell University, where he studied Animal Science and International Agriculture. Lucas started his career as a Dairy Analyst at Glanbia Nutritionals and was soon promoted to the Dairy Economist role after completing Master’s Degrees at Purdue and Indiana Universities. In 2018, Lucas joined HighGround Dairy as Director of Market Intelligence, leading HighGround Dairy’s best-in-class global dairy market analysis group. Lucas resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA and was recently named to AgGrad’s “30 Under 30” list.

× Kathleen Noble Wolfley
Kathleen Noble Wolfley
Senior Economist and Research Specialist
Blimling & Associates, Inc.


Kathleen Noble Wolfley is the Senior Economist and Research Specialist at Blimling and Associates.

× Danielle Quist
Danielle Quist
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel
International Dairy Foods Association


Danielle Quist works with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered foods labeling and sustainability issues. She also serves as the association’s legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.

Quist comes to IDFA from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), where she worked for nearly 14 years, most recently as senior counsel for public policy. She also was co-lead for AFBF’s legal advocacy program, winning cases, resolving issues and securing policy outcomes for farms, ranches and the entire agricultural community. Before that, Quist worked on Capitol Hill as a counsel on the House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs. She also was an associate at Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Quist earned her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She is a member of the D.C. and New York Bars.

× Jim Watson
Jim Watson
Senior Analyst – Beverages Research
Rabobank


Jim is working as a Beverage Analyst in New York with a focus on soft drinks.

Jim is a CFA and former equities analyst with deep knowledge of the consumer food and beverage space. Prior to joining Rabobank he spent 10 years covering beverages at HSBC.

× Martin Hahn
Martin Hahn
Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP


Martin Hahn uses his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry to navigate clients through the myriad regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table.

He recognizes the demands placed on his clients and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

Martin's career has touched on almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. He helps clients anticipate new trends and develop the data that is needed to distinguish their products from others on the market. With his understanding of science and technology in the food industry, Martin provides assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He also assists clients in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance, as well as, tracks and keeps his clients apprised of the latest trends in class action law suits and helps clients anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. He understands Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

× Sara Wyant
Sara Wyant
President
Agri-Pulse Communications


Sara Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is recognized on Capitol Hill, as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country.

The newsletter and website she founded, Agri-Pulse, include the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs.

In addition, Wyant publishes early morning news summaries Daily Harvest and Daybreak, providing busy readers with a quick overview of the latest farm, food, and rural policy news each weekday. She frequently speaks at farm and commodity associations around the country.

In 2015, Wyant was named to the Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She has been awarded a producer communications award from the United Soybean Board, and Oscar in Agriculture award for excellence in agricultural reporting from the American Agricultural Editor's Association and a leadership award from Agriculture Future of America. She is currently President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Foundation. In 2013, Wyant was recognized for outstanding service to agriculture by the Missouri Farm Bureau.

× Jerry Hagstrom
Jerry Hagstrom
Founder and Executive Editor
Hagstrom Report


Jerry Hagstrom is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, book author and commentator.

The American Journalism Review has named Jerry Hagstrom one of its “unsung heroes” of American journalism for “sterling work in the shadows” covering agriculture, and the Crikey, an Australian website, has called him a "rogue journo" for investigative stories that revealed the Australian Wheat Board had given kickbacks to the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in order to maintain its wheat sales. In 2000, the National Farmers Union named Mr. Hagstrom Agricultural Communicator of the Year, and he has won awards from many other farm groups. Mr. Hagstrom also won first prize in commentary from the North American Agricultural Journalists and has served as its president.

In addition to his own daily Hagstrom Report, he writes a bimonthly column of commentary for National Journal Daily, both of which reach a national policymaking audience. He reaches farmers, ranchers and agribusiness throughout the country with his work for DTN/Progressive Farmer news service in Omaha, the weekly Agweek newspaper in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Capital Press of Salem, Ore., which has editions in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state.

Mr. Hagstrom appears frequently on C-SPAN to discuss farm issues, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation program Farming Today. He has also lectured before major trade groups and at universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (often referred to as Sciences Po), and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, the prestigious training school for French civil servants.

× Matt Herrick
Matt Herrick
Senior Vice President, Executive and Strategic Communications
International Dairy Foods Association


With over 18 years of experience—much of it navigating consumer, regulatory and legislative issues surrounding food, agriculture and nutrition—Matt will lead IDFA’s communications and reputation management activities, with a particular focus on refreshing IDFA’s brand and demonstrating value to members across dairy manufacturing and marketing. Matt brings a results-based approach to strategic communications planning, implementation and reporting, and has strong relationships with media, policymakers, and thought leaders in the food space.

Matt comes to IDFA from The Rockefeller Foundation, where he served as Managing Director, Communications, for one of the world’s most renowned institutions with a legacy in global food security. Prior to that, Matt was Senior Vice President with Story Partners public affairs in Washington, DC, where he founded and managed the agency’s food, nutrition, and trade practice, working with trade associations, food companies, and foundations. He served in the Obama Administration, first as press director and spokesperson for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and then as communications director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Tom Vilsack. Matt also led communications and media relations for Oxfam America, served as speechwriter and spokesperson for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service as a civil servant, and worked as a newspaper and magazine reporter. He holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

× Kelly Bengston
Kelly Bengston
Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Global Sourcing
Starbucks Corporation


Kelly Bengston is the senior vice president, chief procurement office. In this role, Kelly is responsible for enhancing Starbucks enterprise-wide functional strategic sourcing and supplier relationships, creating consistent global sourcing processes, developing a sourcing talent management program, and building a values-based approach to working with suppliers across all categories of the business.

A respected leader inside and outside Starbucks, Kelly has held numerous leadership positions during her 9+ years with Starbucks, including direct and indirect sourcing, store development, and commercialization. Most recently, Kelly served as vice president of Starbucks Global Supply Chain’s Strategy & Deployment team, a new team created under Kelly to support Starbucks supply chain’s aspirations of becoming digitized, strategically aligning resources against priorities, and building capabilities through long-term capacity planning and supply chain intelligence.

Kelly attributes much of her success over the years to her ability to create flexible, high-functioning, and creative teams that unlock possibilities through shared value relationships, cross-functional collaboration, autonomy, and supply chain management excellence.

Kelly holds a B.S. in Management from Central Washington University. She also gives back to her alma mater by serving on the university foundation board and chairing their board development committee.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Kelly gained broad experience in packaging, product development, manufacturing, and project management at Macy’s, Bensussen Deutsch, Cranium and Hasbro. She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her favorite beverage is Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew.

× John Dardis, Ph.D.
John Dardis, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability
Glanbia Nutritionals


Dr. John Dardis is Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability with Glanbia, a global nutrition company. Based in Illinois, John oversees Glanbia’s public policy and sustainability agenda providing strategic leadership across a diverse range of businesses that are part of Glanbia’s growing footprint in the United States. He represents Glanbia on a range of industry organizations including serving as a board member of the US Dairy Export Council.

John previously served as Ireland’s First Secretary for Agriculture, Food and the Marine at the Irish Embassy in Washington DC where he managed Irish agri food trade interests including involvement in the TTIP negotiations. John holds an honors degree in agricultural science from University College Dublin, and a Ph.D. in wheat breeding from UCD. He worked at NC State University as a visiting scientist. John is a 4th generation farmer with a farm in County Kildare, Ireland.

× Sheri Flies
Sheri Flies
Assistant Vice President, Global Sustainability and Compliance
Costco Wholesale Corporation


Sheri Flies is the Assistant Vice President of Global Sustainability and Compliance at Costco Wholesale. Flies has been a member of the Center for Business Ethics’ Advisory Board since its inception. Her work at Costco Wholesale in the areas of compliance, private label sourcing and now sustainability illustrates not only the importance of social responsibility at Costco but also how one’s personal commitment to higher standards in business can be a catalyst for change.

× John Allan
John Allan
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards
International Dairy Foods Association


John Allan directs all aspects of IDFA's food safety training initiatives, leads efforts related to product safety issues and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs. He engages on behalf of IDFA members with 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc., and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Allan also helps represent IDFA’s international trade interests through his seat on the U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Trade Representative Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade of Processed Foods, as well as through engagement with the International Dairy Federation and the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

Prior to joining IDFA, Allan was the director of regulatory and international affairs for the National Yogurt Association, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and AFFI’s affiliated associations: the National Frozen Pizza Institute, Frozen Potato Products Institute and the Frozen Food Foundation.

Allan also has regulatory and technical affairs experience in the infant formula industry and has worked for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization helping develop Codex international food standards. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Master of Science in food science and technology.

× Lone Jespersen, Ph.D.
Lone Jespersen, Ph.D.
Principal
Cultivate


Lone Jespersen is a citizen of Denmark with permanent residence in Canada since 2000. Lone holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering and started her career as Research and Development Engineer at Dan-Foam A/S in 1996. Lone continued her work in the automobile industry as Engineering and Operations Manager for Woodbridge Foam in 2000. In 2004 Lone joined Maple Leaf Foods as a Six Sigma Black Belt and continued her passion for food science and safety in her former role as Director, Food Safety Strategy. In her role Lone was responsible for the execution of the Food Safety strategy at Maple Leaf.

× Laura Dunn Nelson
Laura Dunn Nelson
Vice President, Food Safety and Global Alliances
Alchemy Systems


Laura Dunn Nelson is Alchemy's Vice President of Business Development. She brings over 30 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, food service, and retail operations. She has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their food and workplace safety programs. Laura is a graduate of University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.

× Beth Hughes
Beth Hughes
Senior Director, International Affairs
International Dairy Foods Association


Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. Hughes is a cleared advisor serving on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Processed Foods. She also oversees IDFA's trade committee, as well as programming for the annual International Sweetener Colloquium. In collaboration with other dairy and food industry associations, Hughes has worked with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to promote and protect U.S. dairy interests in free trade agreements and held briefings on Capitol Hill about the importance of preserving the use of common food names.

Before joining IDFA, Hughes served for five years as manager of international policy for the USA Rice Federation. She developed and implemented international trade policy and promotion activities to support the U.S. rice industry and help small- and medium-sized U.S. enterprises in overseas export markets. She also analyzed domestic and international rice trends and prepared comments relating to non-tariff and technical barriers, such as sanitary and phytosanitary barriers.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University.

× Cary Frye
Cary Frye
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
International Dairy Foods Association


Cary Frye leads the association's regulatory team covering the areas of food safety, food defense, federal standards of identity, labeling, international Codex Alimentarius standards, nutrition policy, environmental and worker safety. With extensive experience in dairy product processing and quality assurance, Frye has served IDFA member companies for almost 20 years, representing member companies on food labeling and standards of identity, ingredient technologies, nutrition and health issues, and product safety.

She is active on domestic and international regulatory issues. As an active participant of the International Dairy Federation, Frye chairs the United States affiliate to IDF and is a member of the IDF Standing Committee on Standards of Identity and Labeling. She has been active in international standard-setting, advising U.S. delegations on Codex standards and has served as the head delegate for IDF at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling. She has also served on the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments’ Executive Board and Liaison Committee, and chairs the Conference’s Program Committee.

Her work has been published in professional journals and textbooks, including "Dairy Processing and Quality Assurance" and "Manufacturing Yogurt and Fermented Milks," published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and “Beverage Impacts on Health and Nutrition,” published by Humana Press.

× Ambassador Gregory F. Gregg Doud
Ambassador Gregory F. "Gregg" Doud
Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)


Gregg Doud serves as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador, in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 1, 2018.

Prior to Ambassador Doud’s nomination, he was the President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he had served since 2013. Previously, Ambassador Doud was a Senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran. He was part of the team that crafted the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, and his portfolio of issues included international trade, food aid, livestock and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Ambassador Doud was a 4-H member and a Kansas State FFA officer. He received a B.S. in agriculture (animal science) in 1989 and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1991 from Kansas State University, and he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. In 2012, he was named the

Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Kansas State University Agriculture Alumni Association, and in 2017, he received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Department of Agricultural Economics.

× Brian P. Sylvester
Brian P. Sylvester
Special Counsel
Foley & Lardner LLP


Brian P. Sylvester is Special Counsel at global law firm Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses his practice on Food & Drug Law. He previously served as a Regulatory Attorney at the USDA for 5 years. Brian guides companies through every stage of the production and distribution lifecycle – from premarket clearance through manufacturing, advertising, labeling, recalls and unanticipated regulatory scrutiny. He has particular experience with innovative foods and biotech products that do not squarely fit within the current regulatory framework, leveraging his experience as a former USDA lawyer to advance his clients’ business goals. Brian received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Cornell.

× Ryan Pandya
Ryan Pandya
Co-Founder and CEO
Perfect Day


Ryan Pandya is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Perfect Day, a food company on a mission to create delicious animal-free dairy products, while leaving a kinder, greener footprint on the planet. Ryan studied Chemical & Biological Engineering at Tufts University, where he contributed to seminal research on tissue engineered meat at the Kaplan Lab before graduating and going on to work at MassBiologics, a small biopharmaceutical company in Boston, MA. He realized that the same technology used in the pharmaceutical industry could solve other world issues, including one that was particularly personal to him – the need for better dairy alternatives.

Perfect Day is now pioneering a new and more sustainable era in dairy by using fermentation to create dairy products from the very same proteins (casein and whey) found in cow’s milk, but made without the cow. Named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2019, Ryan is committed to making delicious, nutritious food that does less damage to our planet.

× Frederic Seppey
Frederic Seppey
Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)


Frédéric Seppey is Assistant Deputy Minister of the Market and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Frédéric's responsibilities include agriculture and agri-food sectoral competitiveness, trade negotiations and the department regional operations.

Prior to his current assignment, he held several management positions (most recently as Canada's Chief Agriculture Negotiator) with AAFC and at the Canadian section of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council. During his 25-year career in the Public Service, Frédéric also worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance and the Treasury Board Secretariat.

× Christopher Doering
Christopher Doering
Senior Editor
Food Dive


Christopher is a senior editor of Food Dive. Before joining Industry Dive, he covered food and agriculture for USA Today and commodities for Reuters. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism. Christopher was born in Milwaukee and is a Brewers, Packers and Royals fan. When he's not working for Industry Dive, he can be found running, swimming and spending time with his wife and five-year-old son.

× Aaron De Smet
Aaron De Smet
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company


Aaron De Smet is Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. De Smet counsels leadership teams as they transform their organizations to improve performance, organizational health, speed, and agility. He is also an expert on organizational design, corporate culture, leadership development, team effectiveness, capability building, and transformational change.

Much of Aaron’s work focuses on helping large distributed organizations to achieve growth, innovation, productivity, and organizational agility. He serves clients across several industries, including agriculture, biotechnology, chemicals, energy, financial services, and healthcare.

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  • IDFA’s Dairy Forum is the premier event for dairy food executives to connect with other industry leaders, advance their knowledge, and to discover new perspectives on issues that are important to our industry. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene at Dairy Forum 2020 to explore, discover, and experience the POWER OF DAIRY.

    Dairy Forum 2020 will help us understand how to unlock the POWER OF DAIRY to seize opportunities and navigate challenges in our industry.

    Dairy Forum 2020 features a powerful program filled to the brim with thought leaders, renowned experts and industry leaders who will share their insights and perspectives on a wide variety of relevant topics to advance dairy’s growth and prosperity in the years ahead.

    Sessions include:
    1. Leadership for the 21st Century
    2. How to Turn Challenge into Opportunity & Disruption into Competitive Advantage
    3. Economic Forecast for 2020 from Leading Dairy Economists
    4. The New Corporate Citizen: Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, & Accountable Capitalism
    5. Geopolitical Landscape: What Is Happening in the World & Why Does It Matter to Your Business?
    6. Trade Update
    7. Redefining Sustainability in the Dairy Industry
    8. C-Suite Talks
    9. McKinsey & Company Trends Analysis
    10. How to Ride the CBD Wave
    11. The Impact of Cellular Agriculture on Dairy
    12. Strengthening Food Safety Plans & Practices
    13. And much more!

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    Sunday, January 26
    8:30 a.m.
    Morning Golf Tournament
    Location: Westin Kierland Golf Club
    Sponsored By:
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    1:00 p.m.
    Afternoon Golf Tournament
    Location: Westin Kierland Golf Club
    1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Registration
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    IDFA Executive Council Meeting (invitation only)
    5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
    Chairman’s Reception (invitation only)
    Location: Vista Morada Patio
    Sponsored By:
    Bank of American Merrill Lynch
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Chairman’s Lecture – Leadership for the 21st Century
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    During the U.S. conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jeff Eggers witnessed first-hand the troubles legacy institutions have when facing smaller, newer, and more adaptable enemies. Having served as both a leader of high-performing teams and an advisor to leaders at the highest levels of the U.S. government including to the President, he now focuses on building modern models for leadership and organizational performance that draw on lessons learned as a Navy SEAL, in the White House, and from his extensive research into behavioral science.

    Eggers looks at why humans have a “terrible track record of predicting conflict and change”—and how to better prepare for the accelerating effects of societal, technological, and business transformation—as well as what roles leadership and culture play in developing of winning teams. He presents a roadmap for leadership in an unpredictable world and prepares companies to fight complacency, embrace rapid change, and drive innovation from the top down.
     

    Host: Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, IDFA

    Chair:
    Dan Zagzebski Dan Zagzebski
    Chairman, IDFA Executive Council
    President & CEO, Great Lakes Cheese, Co., Inc.
     
    Speaker:
    Jeff EggersJeff Eggers
    Organizational Performance Expert
    Executive Director
    McChrystal Group Leadership Institute
     
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception
    Location: Marshall’s Outpost Pavilion
    Sponsored By:
    Bank of American Merrill Lynch
    Monday, January 27
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    President’s Breakfast – The Power of Change
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    How do we work together to unlock the POWER OF DAIRY—to seize opportunities, navigate challenges, and redefine the future of our industry? IDFA President and CEO Michael Dykes assesses the dairy foods and consumer landscape over the next decade and lays out a plan of advocacy, education, and network-building that will help us shape the dairy industry and set a new standard within food and business.
     

    Host: Cary Frye, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Michael Dykes Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
    President and CEO
    International Dairy Foods Association
     
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    General Session The Power of China
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    The trade war between the U.S. and China is reshaping the world, creating significant economic uncertainty and market challenges. For U.S. dairy, the Chinese market represents a potential $23 billion market opportunity in the next 10 years - but that outlook has dimmed as of late. These expert panelists will discuss the overarching issues driving this power struggle and the impact on the U.S. dairy industry in the short- and long-term.
     

    Host: Beth Hughes, Senior Director, International Affairs, IDFA

    Moderator:
    Tom Suber Tom Suber
    President, Suber Global LLC

     
    Panelists:
    Sandy Chen Sandy Chen
    Senior Dairy Analyst, Rabobank
     
    Mekala Krishnan Mekala Krishnan
    Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company
     
    Stan Ryan Stan Ryan
    President and CEO, Darigold, Inc.
     
    Sponsored By:
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    10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    Networking Break
    Sponsored By:
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    10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
     
    Insights into the Global Dairy Economy
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1
    What are the most important things an organization can do to position itself for growth into today’s global dairy market? What are the strategies that other companies have used to successfully navigate this challenge, and what can we as an industry do to help reduce the “friction” in the system to encourage innovation and investment in the dairy sector? A panel of dairy industry experts will explore each of these issues and provide practical insights that will help you position your organization for future success.
     

    Moderator:
    Phil Plourd Phil Plourd
    President, Blimling & Associates, Inc.

     
    Panelists:
    James De Jong James De Jong
    Director, Dairy Economics & Risk, Glanbia Nutritionals
     
    Catherine de Ronde Catherine de Ronde
    Senior Economist, Agri-Mark, Inc.
     
    Lucas Fuess Lucas Fuess
    Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, HighGround Dairy
     
    Kathleen Noble Wolfley Kathleen Noble Wolfley
    Senior Economist and Research Specialist, Blimling & Associates, Inc.
     
    CBD – Is There a Market for Dairy?
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 4

    Dairy companies seeking to offer CBD (cannabidiol) in dairy products are caught between Congressional authorization of industrial hemp and the Food & Drug Administration’s statements prohibiting CBD as an ingredient in food and dietary supplements. This panel will provide insight into how the regulatory landscape may change and what dairy companies considering CBD ingredients need to consider before diving in.

    Moderator:
    Danielle Quist Danielle Quist
    Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Martin Hahn Martin Hahn
    Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP
     
    Jim Watson Jim Watson
    Senior Analyst, Beverages Research, Rabobank
     
    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch Session – How To Turn Challenge Into Opportunity & Disruption Into Competitive Advantage
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    The fact that the world is changing is not new to anyone. The more important question is: What do we need to do in the face of change? How do organizations respond meaningfully to it? Whether you are dealing with disruptive technology, shifts in customer expectations, or changes in regulation, as a leader you must apply an innovative approach to effectively navigate disruptive forces.

    In this provocative, research-based session, Peter will inspire you to:
    1. Embrace change and break free from thinking that made you successful in the past but could undermine your success in the future
    2. Re-think competitive advantage and leverage intangibles to manufacture tangible points of difference in your market
    3. Improve your margins by driving non-sexy innovation and finding new ways to innovate across the value-chain

    Host: Thomas Wojno, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Member Advancement, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Peter Sheahan Peter Sheahan
    Best-selling Author & Founder and CEO
    Karrikins Group
     
    Sponsored By:
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    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    General Session What Shapes American Food and Beverage Consumption Behavior
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    In the food and beverage industry, foresight about the future of how people will eat and drink and deep insight about what consumers are doing right now can make all the difference to your growth trajectory. Join David Portalatin, Vice President, Food Industry Advisor, with the NPD Group for a briefing on the research organization’s comprehensive annual report on Eating Patterns in America. Key topics covered in the report include in-home versus away-from-home consumer behaviors, the fresh and clean eating movement’s sustainability, the consumer mindset behind health and wellness, the changing American household, where foods are sourced and the infringing threat of alternative channels, and much more.
     

    Host: Thomas Wojno, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Member Advancement, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Portalatin_DavidDavid Portalatin
    Vice President, Industry Analysis-Food Sector, The NPD Group
     
    Sponsored By:
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    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
     
    How the Media Covers Food: Trends & Stories Shaping the Food Economy
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1
    CBD-infused milk products. Animal welfare. Amazon-Whole Foods. Hear from leading journalists who cover the business of food and food policy talk about the major stories, federal policy impacts, and consumer and business trends shaping the food economy. Thought-provoking and educational, this panel is designed to spark conversation about the business of food and policies shaping the industry.
     

    Moderator:
    Matt Herrick Matt Herrick
    Senior Vice President, Executive and Strategic Communications, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Christopher Doering Christopher Doering
    Senior Editor, Food Dive
     
    Jerry Hagstrom Jerry Hagstrom
    Founder and Executive Editor, Hagstrom Report
     
    Sara Wyant Sara Wyant
    President, Agri-Pulse Communications
     
    The Power of Women in Dairy: Insights for Dairy Forum
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 4
    Women in the Workplace 2019 is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America, including dairy companies. Since 2015, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company have published this report annually to give companies and employees the information they need to advance women and improve gender diversity within their organizations. The most recent report found more women are becoming senior leaders. Hear how the results translate to the dairy industry, and learn how companies from all sectors are making progress and what more needs to be done.
     

    Host: Cary Frye, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Irina-Starikova Irina Starikova
    Partner
    McKinsey & Company
     
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    PAC Steering Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom A
    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    ProFood Tech Exhibitor Council Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Kirkland
    4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    Press Briefing (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom B
    4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
    Conference Partner Session Rabobank
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1
    Rabobank
    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
    International Trade Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom E
    4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
    State Association Executive Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom A
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Communications Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom B
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Women in Dairy Reception (invitation only)
    Location: Vista Morada Patio
    5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
    ProFood Tech Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom C
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Journalist Reception (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer’s Ballroom Terrace
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    PAC Reception (invitation only)
    Location: The Scotch Library
    Tuesday, January 28
    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Registration
     
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    Breakfast Session – Economic Forecast for 2020: A Roadmap for Businesses in the Trump Era
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    One of the most-trusted names in financial reporting, Dr. Marci Rossell breaks down America’s current financial future as well as our place within the global economy. Looking at how we got here (including an overview of post-recession global growth), what businesses could expect as the Trump Administration continues, and what priorities organizations need to focus on in both the short- and long-term, Dr. Rossell provides an essential roadmap for executives and consumers alike. She will also cover the growing public distrust of economic institutions and capitalism, as well as how financial crises can be prevented in the future.
     

    Host: J. David Carlin, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Marci Rossell Marci Rossell
    Former Chief Economist for CNBC & Co-Host of Squawk Box
     
    Sponsored By:
    Amcor
    9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
    Networking Break
     
    Sponsored By:
    TC Transcontinental Packaging
    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions
     
    Sustainability Moving Forward for Dairy
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1
    The dairy industry has implemented a wide range of sustainability programs on the farm and at the plant, making sustainability a priority for many dairy brands. Retailers and some dairy companies, however, are reconsidering what sustainability means and reviewing corporate programs to identify gaps and move the dairy supply chain toward higher levels of sustainability. In this session, representatives from major retailers and brands discuss what is driving the next generation of sustainability programs and what it means for dairy.
     

    Moderator:
    Danielle Quist Danielle Quist
    Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Kelly Bengston Kelly Bengston
    Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Global Sourcing, Starbucks Corporation
     
    John Dardis, Ph.D. John Dardis, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability, Glanbia Nutritionals
     
    Sheri Flies Sheri Flies
    Assistant Vice President, Global Sustainability and Compliance, Costco Wholesale Corporation
     
    Cultivating a Culture of Food Safety
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 4
    Now approaching the 10-year mark since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, the dairy industry is now facing a new paradigm in Food and Drug Administration inspections. However, truly ensuring food safety requires more than having a compliant food safety plan and surviving an FDA inspection. Even more fundamental to long-term success is a strong food safety culture. Does your company have one? In this session, hear from industry experts on how to protect your brand reputation, your company and your consumers by instilling a true food safety culture.
     

    Moderator:
    John Allan John Allan
    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Lone Jesperson, Ph.D. Lone Jespersen, Ph.D.
    Principal, Cultivate
     
    Laura Dunn Nelson Laura Dunn Nelson
    Vice President, Food Safety and Global Alliances, Alchemy Systems
     
    10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
    Networking Break
     
    Sponsored By:
    Blimling and Associates & Dairy.com
    11:00 a.m. – Noon
    Concurrent Sessions
     
    The Trade Policy Horizon
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1
    The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has entered into force while talks with the European Union continue. Will bilateral agreements flourish or will the multilateral system make a comeback? These trade experts will discuss what’s on the horizon for trade policy.
     

    Moderator:
    Beth Hughes Beth Hughes
    Senior Director, International Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Ambassador Gregory F. Doud Ambassador Gregory F. "Gregg" Doud
    Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)
     
    Frédéric Seppey Frédéric Seppey
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
     
    Alternative Proteins – Making Whey and Milk Without the Curds and Cows
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 4
    Today cellular culture agriculture companies are producing alternatives for meat, fish, eggs and dairy proteins like casein and whey. The process used by Perfect Day for making animal-free milk protein without a cow starts with a fungus that is genetically modified and then fermented to make casein identical to the casein found in cow’s milk. These cell-based dairy proteins are considered vegan, greener and identical to milk. But will they be easily commercialized or embraced by consumers, and how will FDA regulate its safety and labeling?
     

    Moderator:
    Cary Frye Cary Frye
    Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Ryan Pandya Ryan Pandya
    Co-Founder and CEO, Perfect Day
     
    Brian P. Sylvester Brian P. Sylvester
    Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
     
    12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
    Lunch Session – Making Sense in a World of Trouble (Geopolitical Landscape)
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    Peter Bergen reflects on the state of global security in a world where insecurity is on the rise. With more than 20 years of investigative reporting from the world’s hot spots, Bergen shares how these crises are impacting Western business interests around the world, as well as ordinary citizens at home, and he looks at whether the U.S. government and world leaders are doing enough to combat growing threats. He offers business audiences a look into these converging security matters and where they may lead, offering an optimistic sense of what lies ahead.
     

    Host: Heather Soubra, Chief of Staff, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Peter Bergen Peter Bergen
    CNN National Security Analyst & Best-Selling Author of Manhunt
     
    Sponsored By:
    Farm Credit
    1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
    General Session An Armchair Conversation with Chobani's CEO & Founder, Hamdi Ulukaya
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years. Along the way, he helped to make Greek yogurt a household word and opted to share his business success with Chobani's employees, many of them immigrants like himself. Chobani has been a shining example of how thinking differently and showing compassion for others can lead to success and profitability. He'll share his perspectives on leadership, innovation, corporate culture and what he does every day to keep Chobani and his employees on a path for excellence.
     

    Host: Heather Soubra, Chief of Staff, IDFA

    Speaker:
    Hamdi Ulukaya Hamdi Ulukaya
    CEO & Founder
    Chobani, Inc.
     
    Sponsored By:
    Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
    3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
    Conference Partner Session – Tetra Pak
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 1

    Tetra Pak
    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    NextGen Leadership Roundtable (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer's Ballroom C
    Speaker:
    Aaron De Smet Aaron De Smet
    Senior Partner
    McKinsey & Company
     
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Economic Policy Committee Meeting (invitation only)
    Location: Trailblazer's Ballroom A
    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Closing Reception
    Location: Northern Sky Terrace
     
    Wednesday, January 29
    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    Breakfast Session – The Power of Resilience in Dairy
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    Building on the presentation from last year, A Winning Formula for Growth in Dairy, McKinsey will continue to explore how to position for success in an evolving dairy landscape. This will include a perspective on the extent of disruption across the value chain, a self-assessment tool on preparedness to react and respond to disruption, and techniques to build corporate resilience.
     

    Host: Neil Moran, Senior Vice President, Finance, Administration & Trade Show, IDFA

    Speakers:
    Christina Adams Christina Adams
    Associate Partner
    McKinsey & Company
     
    Lucovic Meilhac Ludovic Meilhac
    Partner
    McKinsey & Company
     
    Roberto Uchoa de Paula Roberto Uchoa de Paula
    Senior Partner
    McKinsey & Company
     
    9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Closing Session  The Power of Leadership
    Location: Kierland Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    McKinsey & Company's research shows that the global dairy market will continue to evolve due to changing market and consumer dynamics. Amidst a complex global trade environment and an intensifying competitive landscape, U.S. dairy companies must face the challenge of achieving growth. A distinguished panel of dairy leaders will provide a follow-up discussion of the implications and applications of the research presented by McKinsey & Company.
     

    Host: Matt Herrick, Senior Vice President, Executive & Strategic Communications, IDFA

    Moderator:
    Michael Dykes, D.V.M. Michael Dykes, D.V.M.
    President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association

     
    Panelists:
    Thierry Clement Thierry Clement
    President and CEO
    Lactalis American Group
     
    Ron Dunford Ron Dunford
    President and CEO
    Schreiber Foods
     
    Jerry Kaminski Jerry Kaminski
    Chief Operating Officer
    Land O'Lakes, Inc.
     
    Mariano Lozano Mariano Lozano
    President & CEO
    Danone North America
     
    Lino Saputo, Jr. Lino Saputo, Jr.
    Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
    Saputo, Inc.
     

    Registration fees for Dairy Forum are based on your company's IDFA membership status. For more information about membership, please email membership@idfa.org.

      Regular
    After Oct 11th
    Member Processor / Gold Business Partner $1,695
    Producer / Farmer
    Dairy producers and farmers directly engaged in the production of farm milk. This rate will also include employees of non-processing co-ops that are not eligible for membership.
    $1,695
    Business Partner $1,995
    Non-Member $2,595
    Government
    Government employees who work directly for a local state, federal government agency or legislative body. Government contractors are not eligible for this rate.
    $375
    University
    Faculty members are welcome to register at the discounted rate. Students must present proof of enrollment along with the registration form.
    $375
    Morning Golf Tournament / Afternoon Golf Tournament $275
    Companion / Spouse
    Reserved for non-industry companions. Includes access to Chairman’s Lecture and evening receptions.
    $175
    News Media
    Credentialed members of the news media are welcome to register at a special rate by contacting mherrick@idfa.org. News media must present credentials to qualify.
    N/A

    The fastest and easiest way to register is online. If a paper form is required to submit a check payment, please download the registration form.

    FAQs

    Q: Registration substitutions
    Registration is non-transferable from one company to another; however, substitutions within companies are welcome at any time. Please email registrar@idfa.org if you would like to make a registration substitution.

    Q: Registration Cancellation Policy
    Registration cancellations received in writing will be accepted prior to December 20, 2019 for a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after December 20, 2019, will be eligible for a 50 percent refund, less the processing fee. Your Dairy Forum registration fee is non-refundable after January 10, 2020. Substitutions may be made without penalty. All cancellations and substitutions must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Golf Tournament Cancellation Policy
    All golf tournament cancellations will receive a full refund before December 20, 2019. No tournament refunds will be issued after December 20, 2019. All cancellations must be received in writing at registrar@idfa.org.

    Q: Attire
    Attire is business casual although we encourage attendees to dress comfortable for evening receptions which may be held outdoors. The average temperatures in Scottsdale, Arizona in January are 68°F high and 46°F low.

    Q: Affiliate Events
    Affiliate events are defined as non-IDFA sponsored events that take place before, during or after Dairy Forum. These include, but are not limited to, business meetings, receptions, dinners, group activities, and other social functions. If you are interested in reserving space at the conference hotel for an affiliate meeting or event, please contact mlembke@idfa.org. Space is limited and requests will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.

    Questions: If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process, please contact IDFA at (202) 220-3557 or registrar@idfa.org.



    Dairy Forum 2020 will be held at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (800) 354-5892. When making a reservation you will need to reference the access code in your registration confirmation email to receive the discounted room rate of $299 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is January 2, 2020 or until rooms sell out. We have reserved a large block of rooms, but once all the rooms have been booked, we cannot guarantee that additional space will be available.

    The Westin Kierland Resort
    6902 E Greenway Pkwy
    Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
    (800) 354-5892
    https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxws-the-westin-kierland-resort-and-spa/Hotel Website

    Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/2020idfadairyforumMake a Reservation at the Westin

     



    If the Dairy Forum 2020 room blocks reach capacity at The Westin Kierland Resort, we have arranged for additional capacity at the nearby Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. You may make your hotel reservations online or directly with the hotel by calling (800) 288-6127. When making a reservation you will need to reference the access code in your registration confirmation email to receive the discounted room rate of $229 per night plus applicable taxes. The deadline to secure a room is January 2, 2020 or until rooms sell out.

    Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
    16770 N Perimeter Drive
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
    3 miles from The Westin Kierland Resort
    (800) 288-6127
    https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxno-scottsdale-marriott-at-mcdowell-mountains/Hotel Website

    Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/49948959Make a Reservation at the Marriott

    Hotel Reservation Policy: You must register for the Dairy Forum to be eligible for the conference discounted room rates. All registrants will receive a registration confirmation email that will include the access code needed to complete your hotel reservation. Only one reservation is permitted per registrant. If a hotel guest is not registered for Dairy Forum, IDFA reserves the right to cancel the guest room reservation without notice.


    Both golf tournaments will be held on Sunday, January 26th at the Westin Kierland Golf Club.

    8:30 a.m. Morning Golf Tournament
    shotgun start (shamble)
    1:00 p.m. Afternoon Golf Tournament
    shotgun start (scramble)

    Golf Tournament Registration Fee: $275
    Registration includes: greens fees, cart fees, practice balls, light breakfast or boxed lunch, beverages and service fees.

    What is the difference between scramble and shamble golf tournaments?
    In a scramble, each golfer in the foursome takes a shot from the tee. From that point, the team decides who has the best drive, and all players advance forward to that spot to take their second shots. This process continues, with the best shot being taken each time, until a member of the team is able to hole out. The team’s score for that particular hole is recorded as the number of team “strokes” it took to get the ball in the cup.

    A shamble is slightly different in that only the best drive (or tee shot) is used for each team member’s first shot. From that point, normal stroke play ensues as each player plays his or her own ball, and each golfer is responsible for holing out in the fewest number of shots. Thus, a scramble continuously uses the best shot from the group, while a shamble uses only the best drive.

    Golf Tournament Sponsors

    Advanced Process Technologies
    ChemTreat
    PolyPack
    RSM US LLP

    As we focus on advancing the Power of Dairy for our industry, make a stronger connection with your customers and prospects by delivering your company’s message directly to conference attendees. As a sponsor, you will be able to:

    CONNECT WITH INDUSTRY DECISION MAKERS. Dairy Forum 2020 is the premier conference for leaders in the dairy industry. With nearly 1,000 executives and decision makers, Dairy Forum is the place to be heard and seen.
    SHOWCASE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S EXPERTISE. Dairy Forum 2020 promotes a productive and interactive atmosphere where dairy leaders come to seek new ideas, discuss important industry issues and collaborate on finding solutions.
    DEMONSTRATE YOUR LEADERSHIP. Sponsorship is one of the best ways to brand your organization as a thought-leader and to highlight your commitment to advancing the dairy industry.
    Interested?
    CONTACT: Melissa Lembke | (202) 220-3512 | mlembke@idfa.org

    Sponsors
    (VIEW ALL OUR SPONSORS)

    Sponsorship Opportunities       (DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP PROSPECTUS)

    PREMIER SPONSORSHIP – $45,000

    The Premier Conference Partner receives the most visibility and more benefits than any other Dairy Forum 2020 sponsorship. Our Conference Partners also enjoy exclusive opportunities for strategic business connections and access to industry leadership.

    PREMIER SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two complimentary registrations to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Exposure leading up to, during and post-event through IDFA’s marketing channels
    3. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    4. Option to host a session on Monday or Tuesday afternoon
    5. Private meeting room at the conference hotel
    6. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    7. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    8. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    9. Option to provide promotional materials to attendees
    OPENING RECEPTION (EXCLUSIVE) – $27,500

    Make a great and lasting impression by being one of the first sponsors to welcome attendees to Dairy Forum 2020 at the Opening Reception. Be a key part of generating the excitement and enthusiasm as industry colleagues and friends reconvene and reconnect. The energy is palpable as attendees mingle with old friends and begin to make new contacts, all in anticipation of the week that lies ahead.

    OPENING RECEPTION (EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIP) BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    OPENING RECEPTION (SHARED) – $16,000

    Share the spotlight at the Opening Reception with another sponsor and get the same exposure for almost half the price!

    OPENING RECEPTION (SHARED SPONSORSHIP) BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    CHAIRMAN’S LECTURE – $25,000

    Get maximum bang for your buck by sponsoring the best-attended session at Dairy Forum 2020. The Chairman’s Lecture is Dairy Forum’s popular kickoff event and always features a highly respected and well-known guest speaker. Past speakers have included former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, former Congressman Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, General Michael Hayden, and Karen Hughes, former Counselor to President George W. Bush.

    CHAIRMAN’S LECTURE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    3. Two prime seats at the Chairman’s Lecture
    4. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    5. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    6. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    7. Option to provide promotional materials to session attendees
    LUNCH SESSION – $25,000

    Gain maximum exposure by sponsoring a Luncheon at Dairy Forum 2020. Always well attended, the meal functions feature guest speakers and are a great opportunity to gain added visibility among dairy executives enjoying conversations with industry colleagues.

    LUNCH SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. One complimentary registration to attend Dairy Forum 2020
    2. Two prime seats at Luncheon
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    6. Option to provide promotional materials to Luncheon attendees
    REGISTRATION LOUNGE – $17,500

    The Registration Lounge guarantees your company name will be one of the first things every attendee sees as they arrive at Dairy Forum 2020. The prominent placement of the lounge also ensures that attendees will spend time there throughout the conference, having impromptu business meetings and gathering for social interaction and networking. If you’re looking for visibility, the Registration Lounge is a good choice for your sponsorship dollars.

    REGISTRATION LOUNGE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. A lounge in the registration area with company branding
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    SALON DINNER – $15,000

    Our salon dinners are a special evening of good food and great conversation with high-level executives and top thought leaders. IDFA will host salon dinners throughout Dairy Forum 2020 to meet and preview our top speakers in an intimate and exclusive setting. Salon dinners are by invitation only.

    SALON DINNER SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Three invitations to the salon dinner
    2. Live recognition at the salon dinner
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    5. Option to provide promotional materials to dinner attendees
    BREAKFAST SESSION – $10,000

    Start the morning off right with a Breakfast sponsorship at Dairy Forum 2020. Breakfast sessions feature guest speakers and are a great opportunity to get your message out to industry leaders before they start their day of education and networking.

    BREAKFAST SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two prime seats at Breakfast
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    5. Option to provide promotional materials to session Breakfast attendees
    CLOSING RECEPTION – $10,000

    Sponsoring the Closing Reception gives your company a featured presence at Dairy Forum 2020. Your logo becomes one of the final images attendees will remember as they look back on a productive conference. The wisdom of the ages invented the phrase “save the best for last” for a reason!

    CLOSING RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    WI-FI – $10,000

    Wi-Fi is every conference attendee’s connection to the outside world, which means they’ll be accessing Wi-Fi frequently throughout the event. Why not be there to greet them when they do?

    WI-FI SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company featured on Wi-Fi connection page
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contact
    HOTEL KEY CARDS – $9,000

    All attendees at Dairy Forum who stay at the conference hotel will see your company’s logo printed prominently on their hotel room key cards. Your name will be the first thing they see as they head out in the morning and the last thing they see as they turn in for the night.

    HOTEL KEY CARD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo on every hotel key card, distributed to guests upon check-in
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    MOBILE APP – $9,000

    The Dairy Forum App offers unique, detailed content through an easily downloadable application to attendees’ personal mobile devices. The app provides a great opportunity to highlight your brand before, during and after the conference. Attendees will be accessing the app often to see conference schedules, the current attendee list, session information and speaker bios, and to receive event notifications and social media updates. The app also enhances attendee networking and allows private conversations. This sponsor is featured prominently as users navigate the app.

    CONFERENCE MOBILE APP SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Banner ad on the bottom of every page in the app that can be linked to a customized landing page or website
    2. Pre-event email featuring the app to all Dairy Forum 2020 registrants
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NOTEPADS – $9,000

    One of the most well-used and highly appreciated handouts at any conference is a simple notepad. Always handy for jotting down new ideas, critical follow-up reminders and contact information for new customers, the notepad is a basic tool of the conference trade. When your company logo is printed on the cover of those notepads, people will “take note.”

    CONFERENCE NOTEPAD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Notepads distributed to all Dairy Forum 2020 attendees
    2. Company logo printed on notepads
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    CHAIRMAN’S VIP RECEPTION – $7,500

    The Chairman’s VIP Reception, hosted immediately prior to the Chairman’s Lecture, includes special, invited guests, making it an unequalled opportunity to network with some of the most influential decision makers of the dairy industry.

    CHAIRMAN’S VIP RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Two invitations to the private Chairman’s VIP Reception
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    GENERAL SESSION – $7,500

    General sessions are highly promoted prior to the conference and are open to all attendees giving your company name recognition and visibility to the leaders of the dairy industry. Session topics include critical issues including dairy policy, disruptive technology, market outlooks and current trends.

    GENERAL SESSION SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    4. Option to provide promotional materials to session attendees
    LANYARDS – $7,000

    Every attendee at Dairy Forum is required to display a name badge to enter sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang from lanyards that can be emblazoned with your company branding. Imagine the visual impact of 1,000 of your industry colleagues sporting your company name throughout the entire conference.

    REGISTRATION LANYARD SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo printed on registration lanyard
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    COFFEE BREAK – $6,000

    Treat Dairy Forum attendees to a coffee break to jump-start the day and rejuvenate them between sessions. There’s nothing quite like a complimentary beverage to make people take note of your generosity and spark an interest in your company.

    COFFEE BREAK SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    2. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    3. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    4. Option to provide product donation
    ONSITE PRINTED PROGRAM – $6,000

    The on-site printed program is distributed to every attendee at Dairy Forum. The printed program is a primary reference tool for everyone at the conference. Want to know where the next session is happening, or the background of a speaker or presenter? The printed program has the answers. Having your company name and logo front and center virtually guarantees that every attendee will think of your company many times throughout the course of the event.

    ON-SITE PRINTED PROGRAM SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsor logo on front page of the on-site program
    2. One full-page ad in the on-site program
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    NAME BADGES – $4,500

    Every attendee at Dairy Forum is required to display a name badge to enter sessions and conference events. Those name badges hang can be emblazoned with a company logo. Imagine the visual impact of 1,000 of your industry colleagues sporting your company name throughout the entire conference.

    NAME BADGE SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Company logo printed on name badges (co-branded with Dairy Forum)
    2. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    3. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    4. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    GOLF TOURNAMENT (SHARED) – $4,000

    Golf tournaments are extremely popular among corporate executives, and dairy professionals are no exception. So popular in fact, that we’re hosting two of them on the same day! Participation in Dairy Forum golf tournaments is always high as golfers use this time in the sun to relax and do some informal business. This golf package will give your organization some great exposure to thirsty golfers and golfers looking to win big.

    GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:
    1. Sponsorship of a golf tournament beverage cart
    2. Sponsorship of the longest drive or closest-to-the-pin contest
    3. Recognition on conference materials, event signage and conference website
    4. Live recognition throughout Dairy Forum 2020
    5. Listing in IDFA’s email newsletter to over 15,000 industry contacts
    6. Option to provide golf balls, towels, tees or other items to players
    PENS – $4,000

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    Speakers will be announced below as they are confirmed. General Session Speakers
    Christina Adams
    Christina Adams
    Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Christina Adams is a leader in McKinsey & Company’s consumer goods practice, with deep experience...    MORE
    Peter Bergen
    Peter Bergen
    CNN National Security Analyst and Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

    Award-winning journalist and producer Peter Bergen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on foreign policy, national security...    MORE
    Sandy Chen
    Sandy Chen
    Senior Industry Analyst, Rabobank

    Sandy Chen is a Senior Industry Analyst, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness of Rabobank, based in Shanghai, China...    MORE
    Thierry Clement
    Thierry Clement
    President & CEO, Lactalis American Group

    Thierry Clement has been appointed President and CEO of Lactalis American Group since May 2017...    MORE
    Ron Dunford
    Ron Dunford
    President & CEO, Schreiber Foods

    Ron became Schreiber's eighth President and Chief Executive Officer on Sept. 29, 2019. Ron has spent more than 35 years...    MORE
    Michael Dykes
    Michael Dykes
    President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., a long-time government affairs strategist, agricultural policy expert, and veterinarian, became...    MORE
    Jeff Eggers
    Jeff Eggers
    Strategic Advisor, Organizational Performance Expert, Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute

    As a senior policy advisor, security professional, and...    MORE
    Jerry Kaminski
    Jerry Kaminski
    Chief Operating Officer, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

    Jerry serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Land O’Lakes, Inc. In this role, Jerry leads efforts across the organization ...    MORE
    Mekala Krishnan
    Mekala Krishnan
    Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

    Dr. Mekala Krishnan is senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm ...    MORE
    Mariano Lozano
    Mariano Lozano
    President & CEO, Danone North America

    Mariano Lozano is President & CEO of Danone North America, a public benefit corporation. Prior to this he served as President and...    MORE
    Ludovic Meilhac
    Ludovic Meilhac
    Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Ludovic Meilhac is a procurement and supply management expert partner at McKinsey & Company in the Stamford office....    MORE
    Portalatin_David
    David Portalatin
    Vice President, Industry Analysis,-The Food Sector, The NPD Group

    David Portalatin is the NPD Group's national analyst on all aspects of food and beverage consumption...    MORE
    Marci Rossell
    Marci Rossell
    Former CNBC Chief Economist and Co-Host of SQUAWK BOX

    Marci Rossell electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture...    MORE
    Stan Ryan
    Stan Ryan
    President & CEO, Darigold, Inc.

    Stanley Ryan is President and CEO of Darigold, a global dairy ingredient and consumer products cooperative...    MORE
    Lino Saputo, Jr.
    Lino Saputo, Jr.
    Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer , Saputo, Inc.

    A graduate of Concordia University with a B.A. in Political Science, Lino A. Saputo, Jr. joined Saputo in 1988...    MORE
    Peter Sheahan
    Peter Sheahan
    Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group
    Best-Selling Author, and Global Business Leader

    Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is internationally...    MORE
    Tom Suber
    Tom Suber
    President, Suber Global LLC

    Tom retired from the U.S. Dairy Export Council in 2017 after 21 years as its first president...    MORE
    Roberto Uchoa de Paula
    Roberto Uchoa de Paula
    Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company.

    Roberto leads McKinsey’s Agriculture Practice globally and our consumer operations work in North America...    MORE
    Hamdi Ulukaya
    Hamdi Ulukaya
    CEO & Founder, Chobani, Inc.

    Hamdi Ulukaya is a Turkish immigrant who turned a business dream into a billion-dollar enterprise in a few short years...    MORE
    Concurrent Session Speakers
    John Allan
    John Allan
    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards, International Dairy Foods Association

    John Allan directs all aspects of IDFA's food safety training initiatives, leads efforts related to...    MORE
    Kelly Bengston
    Kelly Bengston
    Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Global Sourcing, Starbucks Corporation

    Kelly Bengston is the senior vice president, chief procurement office. In this role, Kelly is...    MORE
    John Dardis
    John Dardis, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability, Glanbia Nutritionals

    Dr. John Dardis is Senior Vice President for Policy & Sustainability with Glanbia, a global nutrition company. Based...    MORE
    James De Jong
    James De Jong
    Director, Dairy Economics & Risk, Glanbia Nutritionals

    James De Jong is the Director of Dairy Economics and Risk for Glanbia Nutritionals. Prior to joining Glanbia...    MORE
    Catherine de Ronde
    Catherine de Ronde
    Senior Economist, Agri-Mark, Inc.

    Catherine de Ronde joined Agri-Mark in March 2017 as an Economist. She is responsible...    MORE
    Aaron De Smet
    Aaron De Smet
    Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Aaron De Smet is Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. De Smet counsels leadership teams as they transform...    MORE
    Christopher Doering
    Christopher Doering
    Senior Editor, Food Dive

    Christopher is a senior editor of Food Dive. Before joining Industry Dive, he covered food and...    MORE
    Ambassador Gregory F. Gregg Doud
    Ambassador Gregory F. "Gregg" Doud
    Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

    Gregg Doud serves as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator...    MORE
    Cary Frye
    Cary Frye
    Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

    Cary Frye leads the association's regulatory team covering the areas of food safety, food...    MORE
    Sheri Flies
    Sheri Flies
    Assistant Vice President, Global Sustainability and Compliance, Costco Wholesale Corporation

    Sheri Flies is the Assistant Vice President of Global Sustainability and Compliance...    MORE
    Lucas Fuess
    Lucas Fuess
    Director of Dairy Market Intelligence, HighGround Dairy

    Lucas Fuess has spent a lifetime in dairy, growing up on his family’s 200-cow farm in Upstate...    MORE
    Jerry Hagstrom
    Jerry Hagstrom
    Founder and Executive Editor, Hagstrom Report

    Jerry Hagstrom is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, book author and commentator...    MORE
    Martin Hahn
    Martin Hahn
    Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Martin Hahn uses his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws...    MORE
    Matt Herrick
    Matt Herrick
    Senior Vice President, Executive and Strategic Communications, International Dairy Foods Association

    With over 18 years of experience—much of it navigating consumer, regulatory...    MORE
    Beth Hughes
    Beth Hughes
    Senior Director, International Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

    Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and import and...    MORE
    Lone Jesperson, Ph.D.
    Lone Jespersen, Ph.D.
    Principal, Cultivate

    Lone Jespersen is a citizen of Denmark with permanent residence in Canada...    MORE
    Laura Dunn Nelson
    Laura Dunn Nelson
    Vice President, Food Safety and Global Alliances, Alchemy Systems

    Laura Dunn Nelson is Alchemy's Vice President of Business Development. She brings...    MORE
    Kathleen Noble Wolfley
    Kathleen Noble Wolfley
    Senior Economist and Research Specialist, Blimling & Associates, Inc.

    Kathleen Noble Wolfley is the Senior Economist and Research Specialist...    MORE
    Ryan Pandya
    Ryan Pandya
    Co-Founder and CEO, Perfect Day

    Ryan Pandya is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Perfect Day, a food company...    MORE
    Phil Plourd
    Phil Plourd
    President, Blimling & Associates, Inc.

    Phil Plourd is President of Blimling and Associates, Inc. and President of the services division...    MORE
    Danielle Quist
    Danielle Quist
    Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, IDFA

    Danielle Quist works with members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered foods...    MORE
    Frédéric Seppey
    Frédéric Seppey
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

    Frédéric Seppey is Assistant Deputy Minister of the Market and Industry Services Branch...    MORE
    Irina Starikova
    Irina Starikova
    Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Irina is one of the leaders in IT transformation and infrastructure for McKinsey. Drawing on deep expertise in next-generation infrastructure...    MORE
    Brian P. Sylvester
    Brian P. Sylvester
    Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

    Brian P. Sylvester is Special Counsel at global law firm Foley & Lardner LLP where...    MORE
    Jim Watson
    Jim Watson
    Senior Analyst – Beverages Research, Rabobank

    Jim is working as a Beverage Analyst in New York with a focus on soft drinks...    MORE
    Sara Wyant
    Sara Wyant
    President, Agri-Pulse Communications

    Sara Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a communications...    MORE
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