CEO, Produce Marketing Association
She started as a part-time service clerk. She’s since been named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, a Supermarket News’ Power 50, Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing and The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year. Cathy works tirelessly to help PMA members more effectively engage with each other and consumers. Prior to PMA, Cathy was the president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and remains an active board member for a variety of nonprofits in children’s health, the food industry and female leadership development. Cathy enjoys cycling, surfing and photographic adventures with her husband and daughters.
Author, Video Producer and Content Guy for MorningNewsBeat.com
Kevin Coupe has been a working writer all his professional life. For the past two decades, he’s been bringing a wealth of experience, sharp storytelling skills, provocative and contextual insights, unique worldview and serious levity about the world of business and consumers to audiences everywhere. With his book, Retail Rules! 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success, he gives advice on management, marketing, customers, and operations from his unique view of the world of retail. And he is the co-author of The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies, which uses film narratives to teach about leadership, marketing and surviving the workplace. For 17 years, he’s had his own website/blog – MorningNewsBeat.com where he provides “business news in context, and analysis with attitude” to some 35,000 worldwide subscribers. Kevin also is an adjunct faculty member of Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership in Oregon, where he has been teaching a summer marketing course for five years. At present, Kevin is working on a sequel to The Big Picture, a novel, and a screenplay (that he describes as being a “black comedy about forward buying, just-in-time deliveries and slotting allowances”).
Professor, Medical Robotics & Human Augmentation, Georgia Tech
Dr. Jaydev P. Desai is currently a Professor and BME Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in August 2016, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He completed his undergraduate studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1993. He received his M.A. in Mathematics in 1997, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 1995 and 1998 respectively, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He has over 160 publications, is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Robotics Research, and Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Medical Robotics. His research interests are primarily in the area of medical robotics, image-guided surgical robotics, grasping, and cancer diagnosis at the micro-scale. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE, and ASME.
Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback & Five-Time NFL MVP
Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as one of the leaders in nearly every statistical passing category and the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. Honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005, Peyton was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013. Off the field, he serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board, and continues to maintain a strong relationship with St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital (Indianapolis), which in 2007 was renamed the “Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.” He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.
Tony Award-Winning Actor & Musician
Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, Leslie Odom Jr., has taken the entertainment world by storm across a variety of media – spanning Broadway, television, film, and music. A Grammy Award- winning recording artist, Odom, Jr.’s recent accolades come from his Tony Award-winning performance with Broadway Musical smash hit Hamilton. He made his Broadway debut in Rent and starred in the stage adaption of Leap of Faith. He has been seen on the big screen starring alongside Johnny Depp in Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. This spring, Odom, Jr. added the title of “Author” to his resume with the release of his book – FAILING UP: HOW TO TAKE RISKS, AIM HIGHER, and NEVER STOP LEARNING. The book brings together what Odom, Jr. has learned in life so far. FAILING UP is about unlocking your true potential and making your dreams come true even when it seems impossible.
Inventor & Founder, The Pelling Lab
Scientist, professor, entrepreneur and TED Senior Fellow, Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers. The lab uses low-cost, open source materials and methods to explore speculative living technologies of the future. He has, for instance, created human body parts made from plants and grown living skins on LEGOs — innovations with the potential to replace prohibitively expensive commercial biomaterials. Pelling’s work has been in the international media spotlight for many years, with recognition in outlets such as Wired, Huffington Post, NPR, Scientific American, Popular Science, BBC, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle and others, as well as numerous highlights in the Canadian media and Scientific media.
Motivational speaker & Author, Hollywood career coach, Mentor
Mr. Robinson is widely regarded as one of Los Angeles’ top acting instructors and career coaches, shaping the careers of numerous stage, screen, and sports celebrities. He is featured in Leslie Odom Jr.’s recent book Failing Up. He is CEO and owner of Brady, Brannon & Rich, one of the nation’s most successful commercial talent agencies. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, It All Begins With “I”, the New Rules of Thinking and the Simple Secrets to a Rich, Joyous and Fulfilled Life. He is also an award-winning director, having directed countless professional productions across the country in film, television and stage. As an actor, singer, composer, and voice artist, he has appeared on hundreds of stages around the world and has starred in motion pictures.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Taylor Farms
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion
Transformative trends expert, Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine
As editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, a publication focused on how emerging technologies affect the world, Greg Williams is the leading authority on technology trends and the ways they impact business and society. As the moderator of the Forum for the Future: Today’s Disruptions, Tomorrow’s Opportunities, Greg’s experience helping global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies across the energy, banking, and retail sectors, will help our audience understand the complex changes ahead and translate them into business insights for our industry. Those who embrace these changes will emerge stronger on the other side of the disruption.
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