2020 Schedule

Details of the 2020 lineup have not been finalized yet, but will roughly follow the schedule shown below.

Thursday, January 2, 2020:

  • 1:00-5:00 pm: bus tours of food production, farm and retail facilities around Colorado, which may include (still tentative) Boulder Botanic & Bioscience, Coors, Altius Indoor Vertical Farms, Danone’s “Greenhouse” research & innovation facility, ePac, Haystack Mountain goat cheese, Whole Foods Market, Fresca Foods, and more
  • 6:00-7:00 pm: opening keynote by Hunter Lovins, sustainability pioneer and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • 7:00-9:30 pm: small group dinners around Boulder hosted by CEOs


Friday, January 3, 2020:

  • 8:15-9:00 am: breakfast, networking
  • 9:00-10:00 am: Entrepreneurship Panel 1: From Concept to Reality with Denis Ring, Founder of OCHO Candy and creator of the Whole Foods 365 and Safeway O Organic private label lines
    9:00-10:00 am: Purpose in the Food Industry with Dr. Mark Meaney of CU Boulder and Matt Lindsey, Director of CSR at Charlotte’s Web
  • 10:00-10:45 am: CBD Industry Innovations with David Gumner, CMO, and the team from Boulder Botanical & Bioscience
  • 11:00-12:00 pm: keynote address by Peter Burns, President and CEO of One Brands
  • 12:00-12:45 pm: lunch, networking
  • 12:45-1:45 pm: Disruption in the U.S. Consumer Ecosystem with John Grubb, Founder of Summit Venture Management
  • 1:45-2:45 pm: Finding that Next Great Job in the Food Industry with Leah Haney, CPG Recruiter at Creative Alignments, and Soley Van Lokeren, Director of Human Resources at Zevia
    1:45-2:45 pm: Entrepreneurship Panel 2: The Nitty Gritty of Co-Packers, Brokers and Distributors, with TBD
  • 3:00-4:30 pm: Natural Talent Food Sampling and Career Networking Fair
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Retailing and Etailing with Mark Retzloff, industry legend and Founder of Alfalfa’s Market, and Ryan Lewis, CEO of EarthHero.com
    4:30-5:30 pm: Financing & Investment Panel with Susan Graf, food industry financing expert, and TBD
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: The Beyond Meat Phenomenon with Amanda Duran, Sales Director (West) of Beyond Meat, and Doug Radi, CEO of Good Karma Foods
    5:30-6:30 pm: Food Packaging Innovations with Dustin Steerman, Managing Partner and VP of Sales, ePac
  • 6:30-7:30 pm: dinner, networking
  • 7:30-9:00 pm: optional outdoor ice skating party at WinterSkate Louisville
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Saturday, January 4, 2020:

  • 9:00-10:00 am: Trends in the Natural Products Industry with Carlotta Mast, Market Leader at New Hope Network
    9:00-10:00 am: Ag Tech Innovations with Sally Herbert, Founder and CEO of Altius Indoor Vertical Farms, and Tyler Huggins, Co-Founder and CEO of Emergy Foods
  • 10:00-11:00 am: The World of Regenerative Ag with Phil Taylor, Executive Director of Mad Agriculture, and Mark Retzloff
  • 11:15-12:15 pm: Keynote by Stephen Ritz, Founder of the Green Bronx Machine
  • 12:15-1:00 pm: lunch, networking
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Sustainability Panel with Sara Axelrod of Land O’Lakes, Nancy Schoemann of Natural Habitats, and Kristen Tetrick of Lucky’s Market
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conversation with Carlotta Mast and TBD
  • 3:00-3:15 pm: Wrap-up

For more information on the speakers, go to https://mbark2boulder.com/2020-speakers/.

Here is the schedule from MBArk2Boulder 2019.