2019 Financing & Innovation Conference Speakers 

Dave Donnan

Partner Emeritus and Former Head of Global Food and Beverage Team, A. T. Kearney

Kim Feil

Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, ASPIRE Healthy Energy Drinks

Andrew S. Friedman

Managing Partner, Pin High Capital; Founder, SkinnyPop Popcorn

Charlotte Flinn

President, Flinn Consultants; Chair, FamilyFarmed Board

Anu Goel 

President, Client Growth Solutions, SPINS

Seth Goldman

Executive Chairman, Beyond Meat; Founder and former “TeaEO,” Honest Tea

Andrew Henkel

Senior Vice President, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS

Evan Hyman

Director, Emerging Business, Ingredion Incorporated

Tera Johnson

Founder and Director of Food Finance Institute; Founder of teraswhey™

Jim Kirk 

Publisher & Executive Editor, Crain’s Chicago Business

Laird Koldyke 

Managing Partner, Winona Capital

Andrew Lutsey

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Scott Mandell

President, Cannabistry Labs; Co-Founder, Enjoy Life Foods

Alex Manno 

Customer Insights & Growth Solutions Analyst, KeHE Distributors

Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content and Insights, New Hope Network; Board President, Naturally Boulder

Matt Matros

Founder, Limitless; Founder, Protein Bar and Kitchen

Tracy Miedema

Vice-President, Innovation & Brand Development, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence

Stephanie Morimoto

Owner & CEO, Asutra

Kimbal Musk

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green, Square Roots

Jay Owen 

Managing Partner, DOM Capital Group

Shelby Parchman 

Growth & Advancement Strategist, Good Food Accelerator; Managing Partner, InUrban Strategies, LLC

Rahul Pasarnikar

President, CRED Enterprises; Director of Business Development, Chicago CRED

Katie Paul 

Vice President of Category Management and Growth Solutions, KeHE

Cristina Rohr 

Vice President, S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth)

Luke Saunders

Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

Kurt Seidensticker

Founder and CEO, Vital Proteins

Jim Slama

Founder and CEO, FamilyFarmed and the Good Food Accelerator; Co-Founder, Naturally Chicago

Katlin Smith

Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Pete Speranza 

Business Development Principal, General Mills’ 301 INC

Brigette Wolf

Head of SnackFutures Innovation, Mondelēz International