Keynote Speakers: Monday

Gillian Tett

Managing Editor & Columnist (US), Financial Times

Wide expertise in economics. Expert on the derivatives that are at the heart of the current financial crisis. Winner of two prestigious awards for her coverage of financial markets in the current crisis. Author, The Silo Effect and Fool’s Gold, Gillian Tett explains how capital markets and politics created the European financial crisis. An award-winning journalist and preeminent authority on capital markets, she is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press and has won many prestigious journalism awards for her coverage of capital markets.

In recognition of her work, Gillian has won several awards, including the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year 2012, the Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008, and the Wincott prize in 2007. Gillian also received The British Academy Presi­dent’s Medal 2011, which rewards service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences, specifically for her insightful journalism contributing to public understanding.

Most recently, she was recognized as Columnist of the Year at the 2014 Press Awards. Gillian Tett is Managing Editor (US) and columnist at the Financial Times. In her previous role at FT, she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets. Her twice weekly column earned her recognition as Columnist of the Year at the 2014 Press Awards. Gillian Tett has a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French and Russian and has studied Japanese and Tajik.

William Rosenzweig

Dean and Executive Director, The Food Business School

Dean and Executive Director of The Food Business School, William Rosenzweig has spent his career as an educator, serial entrepreneur, and venture investor. Will was founding CEO of The Republic of Tea, the company that created the premium tea category in the U.S. As an entrepreneur and investor, Will helped grow Odwalla, LeapFrog, Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries, Winetasting.com, Yummly and Brand New Brands, a functional food incubator he founded in 2004.

In 2007, Will co-founded Physic Ventures, the first venture capital firm supporting early stage companies in health and sustainability, including Revolution Foods, Pharmaca, Recyclebank, and Yummly. Will is co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, named one of the 100 Best Business Books of all time. His work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Sound Money, Business Week, USA Today, and
the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2010, Will was honored with the Oslo Business for Peace Award for his accomplishments in the area of ethical business. In 2014, he chaired a US national commission on health promotion and the prevention of chronic disease. In 2016, Will was recognized as one of the 7 shapers of the future of food by Bon Appetit magazine.

A long-time faculty member at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, Will developed the country’s first MBA courses in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Venture Development. As Dean and Executive Director of The Food Business School, Will works with industry experts and academic leaders to create experiential educational programs that enable entrepreneurs and innovators to
deliver impactful solutions to address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities.

Heidi Vesterinen

Financial Analyst, Exane BNP Paribas

Heidi is a Financial Analyst at Exane BNP Paribas, a leading equity broker in Europe. Her focus is on Consumer Ingredients – a sub-sector that she created some ~10 years ago to raise awareness of the “hidden heroes” within the CPG sector among institutional investors.

Heidi covers a number of publicly listed companies in the space, including Givaudan, IFF, Symrise, Chr Hansen and Kerry Group. Her product exposures are diverse, including flavors, fragrances, cultures, enzymes and colors (among others). Most recently, she has been leading the debate on the relative merits (and demerits) of focused vs more integrated ingredients strategies, as well as the shift towards ‘natural’ solutions.

Prior to joining Exane BNP Paribas ~6 years ago, Heidi was a Financial Analyst at J.P.Morgan. She started her career in corporate finance at UBS, where she advised on a number of corporate transactions including Symrise’s public listing and Croda’s acquisition of Uniqema.

Heidi lives in London (UK) and has a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Keynote Speakers: Tuesday

Jamie Notter

Founding Partner, WorkXO

Jamie is a founding partner at WorkXO where he helps leaders create stronger cultures and upgrade their workplaces, based on a deeper understanding of their organizational genetic code. He began his career in the international conflict resolution field, running training programs in areas of ethnic conflict in the 1990s. He transitioned into organizational work, initially as a diversity trainer and consultant, and later leading his own management consulting practice, where he specialized in helping systems work through their most difficult conversations. In the end, he realized that it all came back to culture, so that is his focus today.

Before founding WorkXO with Maddie Grant and Charlie Judy in 2016, Jamie worked with Maddie at Culture That Works LLC. Jamie and Maddie have written two books together (When Millennials Take Over, and Humanize), and Jamie continues to love blogging, even though it’s passé. An accomplished and sought-after keynote speaker, Jamie carries a master’s degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown, where he serves as adjunct faculty.

Barb Renner

Vice Chairman & US Leader, Consumer Products, Deloitte LLP

Barb Renner is vice chairman and the US Consumer Products Leader, Deloitte LLP. She has more than 27 years of professional experience serving large multinational clients through a variety of leadership roles. Barb works directly with consumer, retail and industrial product clients focusing on their regulatory environment, supply chain, technology and processing environments. Her clients include large US based public and private companies, in addition to a number of complex non-US based corporations.

Barb’s prior leadership roles include many within Deloitte Tax LLP’s multistate tax practice: regional multistate leader, manufacturing leader, and the multistate leader for the Minneapolis office. She has held leadership roles with Deloitte’s Women’s Initiatives and Diversity and Inclusion. Barb is currently on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest, American Heart Association-Go Red Executive Leadership Team and FMI Industry Collaboration Council.