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Welcome! We’re so happy you will be joining us at the 2017 Planet Forward Summit on April 6 and 7 on the George Washington University’s campus in Washington, D.C. Explore the schedule below, check out the inspiring panels we have planned and customize your own two-day schedule. 
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Thursday, April 6 • 11:10am - 11:50am
Visionary: Best Food Innovation Stories

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What are the scalable and inspiring innovations that can change the world within the next five years? Dive into the story of food innovation with world leaders, farmers and entrepreneurs.

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Frank Sesno

Founder, Planet Forward
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability. As SMPA director, Sesno leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in... Read More →

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Katie Dotterer-Pyle

Owner and Dairy Farmer, Cow Comfort Inn
Katie Pyle and her husband, Dave, were both raised on family dairy farms. Katie and Dave decided to start their own dairy farm in 2009 and moved to Virginia where they bought their first 90 cows. After renting two farms in the past five years, the couple purchased a dairy farm in Union Bridge, Maryland where they own a herd of 400 cows. Katie is involved in their milk cooperative’s leadership.
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Rick Leach

President, CEO, World Food Program - USA
Rick Leach serves as President and CEO of World Food Program USA, which proudly supports the mission of the World Food Programme, the leading agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Over his career, Leach has tackled major social issues at a wide range of organizations across the public and private sectors, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has worked with Members of Congress... Read More →
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Shawn Lightfoot

Co-Founder, The Fresh Food Factory and Art-drenaline Cafe
Chef Shawn Lightfoot entered the culinary industry in 1982 under the tutelage of Chef Gary Black, then at Washington, D.C.’s famed Hogates Seafood Restaurant. Chef Lightfoot brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen and hospitality world. He got his degree at The Baltimore International Culinary Institute of Culinary Arts, and he also studied at the famed Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York. As he... Read More →
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Chris Policinski

President, CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Chris has more than 35 years of experience in the food industry. He joined Land O’Lakes, Inc., in 1997 and was appointed president and CEO in 2005.  Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, he held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Pillsbury Company. He serves on the board of several industry groups including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the... Read More →

Thursday April 6, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052