Future of Food Speaker Series

Leveraging the transformative power of our industry in the pursuit of environmental and social benefit

(L-R) Jordan Rubin/Founder Ancient Nutrition, Chris Mann/CEO of Guayaki, Miyoko Schinner/CEO Miyoko’s Kitchen, Ken Lee (CoCEO Lotus Foods), and Lara Dickinson/Executive Director of OSC2  keeping it light at Future of Food: The Climate Connection.

OSC²’s latest program, Future of Food, features a combination of live events and webinars with progressive leaders in the new food movement.  Our commitment to social good and climate beneficial action sets the tone for this candid yet informative series.  We will be examining emerging trends and featuring innovative thinkers that are driving systemic change in our industry.  Stay tuned here for an upcoming schedule of in-person and online programming or sign up today for our mailing list to receive periodic updates and announcements as we release new content.

Future of Food: The Climate Connection from Michael Anzalone on Vimeo.

Next Event:

OSC2 and Naturally Bay Area present…

Consumer, Company, And Industry-led Climate Strategies In Action
Featuring the Climate Collaborative

with special guests,
Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Caryl Levine, CoFounder/CEO Lotus, Foods
Mike Forbes, EVP & General Manager, California Olive Ranch

Sponsored by New Resource Bank and Sensiba San Filippo


Wednesday, October 17, 2018: 4:00pm-8:00pm


David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


Afternoon Climate Workshops & Happy Hour (4:oopm – 6:30pm)
~ Free!
Evening Program (6:30pm-8:00pm):
~ $10 OSC2 Members (Discount Code: OSC2NET)
~ $10 Naturally Bay Area Members (Discount code: NBADisco)
~ $20 Non-Members

Eventbrite - Future of Food: Climate Wins

About the Program

Join OSC2 and Naturally Bay Area for a special follow up to Global Climate Action Summit, with special content from the Climate Collaborative. The event will feature afternoon workshops on implementing packaging and agriculture programs, a happy hour, and an evening leadership program focused on ramping up climate action within our industry.

One month out from the Global Climate Action Summit in California, we’ll be reflecting on the summit’s key takeaways and our industry’s role in responding to the global climate crisis. Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt from the California Department of Food and Agriculture will join us to share her perspective on climate change.

You’ll also hear updates on the Climate Collaborative, including insights from their new Tracking Progress Update. The project has just surpassed more than 300 businesses making over 1100 commitments—if you haven’t signed up to action yet, we hope you’ll take some time to join your peers and do so now at https://www.climatecollaborative.com/take_action.

We’ll then convene an all-star CEO panel to talk about some examples of the ways our industry is already leading the way on responding to climate change.

Preliminary Agenda

4:00pm Climate Collaborative Workshop – General Assembly
4:45pm Climate Collaborative Workshop – Packaging and Agriculture Breakouts
5:30pm Happy Hour
6:30pm Future of Food: Climate Wins – Evening Program
8:00pm Event Ends

Stay tuned for speaker announcements and a full event agenda!

Speaker Line-Up:

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Jenny Lester Moffitt is a 5th generation California farmer and Undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she was Deputy Secretary from January 2015 – February 2018. Appointed to these positions by Governor Jerry Brown, Jenny works to engage stakeholders on issues that affect ranchers and farmers, including climate change, land use, water policy, and food security. Prior to joining CDFA, Jenny spent 10 years as Managing Director at Dixon Ridge Farms, her family’s organic walnut farm and processing operation. Growing up on the farm she would later help manage, Jenny learned firsthand the importance of taking care of the land and the people that farm it – and the value in fostering economic growth and well-being. As a farmer and policymaker, Jenny understands the critically important role agriculture plays in sustaining our environment, rural communities and economy.
Caryl Levine, CoFounder/CEO of Lotus Foods
Caryl is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO behind Lotus Foods, one of the most innovative, organic and fair trade specialty rice brands in the country. After a 17-year career fundraising in higher education, Levine now leads Lotus Foods marketing and sales and is primarily responsible for the image and positioning of the Lotus Foods brand, the development of all packaging and merchandising materials. Recipient of the 2014 Specialty Foods leadership award for vision, Levine has been an invited speaker around the world and most recently at the 2015 World Food Prize, the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative mid-year meeting, the 2013 Social Venture Network Conference and the 2012 Bioneers Conference.  Levine is a founding member of the Whole Grain Council and a member of the Social Venture Network. She holds a MPA in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.

Mike Forbes, Executive Vice President and General Manager of California Olive Ranch

Mike leads a 12 person team responsible for building the California Olive Ranch brand, creating a national distribution presence, and delivering superior customer service.  Under Mike’s leadership the brand has gained presence in over 15,000 stores and has been recognized by Cooks Illustrated, Food & Wine, the New York Times, and other leading food authorities.

Mike discovered California Olive Ranch on a wine tasting trip to Napa Valley and has been enamored ever since!  He loves working for a company that is so focused on creating a quality product and building a California Olive Oil Revolution that mirrors what happened in the wine industry.

Prior to California Olive Ranch, Mike held Marketing roles at General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and Fortune Brands.  In these roles he launched over 15 new products, identified new consumer insights, and created multi-million dollar integrated marketing campaigns.  Mike also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he helped a diverse array of companies, school districts, and museums on strategy issues.

Mike holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA with Honors from the University of Wisconsin.  Mike lives in Oakland, California.  In his spare time, Mike enjoys cooking, hiking in the hills around the Bay Area, and playing with his new baby girl.

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