FUTURE OF FOOD: unWastedAuthentic brands taking collective action in the fight against climate change
Join us for an inspiring conversation with visionary leaders from the modern food movement, as they share the evolution of their climate beneficial businesses. We’ll hear personal stories of struggle and perseverance around utilizing non-petroleum based packaging alternatives that are biodegradable or highly recyclable, and reducing food waste by addressing upstream and downstream by-product utilization.
To kick off the evening, we’ll hear updates from the recently launched Climate Collaborative, a community of businesses joining forces to create pathways to action, to connect companies to resources, and to work together to create climate beneficial solutions.
The program will be led by Lara Dickinson, CoFounder and Executive Director of OSC2.
Light refreshments will be served.
FeaturingMathieu Senard, CoFounder, Alter EcoPatrick Wyman - Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods NorCal/RenoDaniel Kurzrock, Founder, ReGrainedPlus special guests
Note: 6pm Doors & Elbow Rubbing / 7pm Program Begins
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About the Speakers
Lara Jackle Dickinson, Co-Founder & Executive Director of OSC2 & Founder Pluot Consulting
Lara co-founded OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community), to work with mission drive leaders toward regenerative food and agriculture solutions. In this capacity, she launched the Compostable Packaging Collaborative, the Climate Collaborative and Climate Day for the Natural Foods industry. She also runs Pluot Consulting where she deploys her 20 plus years of natural products experience to work on executive level marketing, sales, and strategic planning with some of the most mission driven food companies in the world.
Lara was the CEO of LightFull Foods, VP Marketing & Retail sales at Numi Organic Tea, and VP of Marketing at the Balance Bar Company leading up to it’s acquisition by a major CPG company.
Lara received an MBA from Cornell, a BS in Finance from the University of Southern California and completed graduate work at Oxford. She lives in Piedmont, CA with her husband, three young children and 10 chickens.