MBArk 2019 Expo East Agenda


MBArk EXPO EAST 2019 AGENDA

Here is the tentative schedule for MBArk, with activities, dates and times subject to change.  Other activities may be added as we get closer to the show.

Thursday, September 12

Main Show Floor Opens
10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center

Walk the Floor with CEOs
2:00-2:30, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center – meet at Honest Tea booth 1222  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

  • Get a head start on your Expo experience by walking a part of the show floor with an industry expert!
  • Join a small tour group led by either Seth Goldman (Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat and Co-Founder, Honest Tea – at 2:00),  or Mark Retzloff (former CEO, Horizon Organic) or Paddy Spence (CEO, Zevia) at 4:00

Natural Products Pitch Slam Finals
4:30-6:00 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Key 7-8 Ballroom  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

  • Great opportunity for the entrepreneurs and investors among you to see how the industry is looking at the next great thing

MBArk Welcome and Orientation Dinner
6:30-9:00 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Key 2 Ballroom  SEE MAP BELOW

  • Introduction to the event and the industry by Joe Dobrow
  • Informal chance to meet your fellow MBArk participants
  • Group photo in your b-school logo gear

Friday, September 13

On both Friday and Saturday we hold a mix of scheduled activities and free time so that participants can set up meetings with individual brands,  roam the show floor, attend educational seminars, try food samples, and network with their favorite companies. Some activities have not been finalized yet and are not included on this schedule.

MBArk CEO Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Key 2 Ballroom

  • Our showcase event!
  • During the 8:00 hour, hear presentations from some of the industry’s legendary leaders:
    • Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Organic
    • Paddy Spence, CEO of Zevia (HBS)
    • Danielle Vogel, Founder and Owner of Glen’s Garden Market
    • John Haugen, Founder and General Manager of General Mills 301 Brand Elevator (UCLA Anderson)
    • Luke Vernon, Managing Partner of Ridgeline Ventures (Colorado Leeds)
  • During the 9:00 hour, we’ll rotate tables frequently so you can meet with our speakers and other special guests, currently schedule to include:
    • Sara Axelrod, Sustainability Marketing and Innovation Manager, Land O’Lakes (Texas)
    • Ibraheem Basir, Founder and CEO, A Dozen Cousins (Wharton)
    • Linda Boardman, CEO of Bragg
    • Michele Burchfield, CEO of Blume Honey Water
    • Zach DeAngelo, CEO of Rodeo CPG
    • Elizabeth Giannuzzi, Co-Founder of Siren Snacks (Stanford GSB)
    • John Grubb, Managing Partner of Summit Venture Management (Yale SOM)
    • John Haugen, Founder and General Manager of General Mills 301 Brand Elevator (UCLA Anderson)
    • Dan Horan, Founder and CEO of Five Acre Farms (Yale SOM)
    • Aarti and Aditya Kaji, Co-Founders of Taali (HBS)
    • Amy Kirtland, EVP of Natural and Fresh at KeHE Distributors
    • Sarah Kraft, Managing Partner of Flock Accelerator
    • Jen Krupey, VP of Marketing at Cali’flour Foods
    • Nicole Ledoux, Co-Founder of 88 Acres (Harvard Business School)
    • John Maroon, CEO of Maroon PR
    • Jane Miller, CEO of Lily’s Sweets  (SMU Cox)
    • Hillary Murray, Founder and CEO of Lumi Juice (Virginia)
    • Liz Myslik, CMO of Fresca Foods and CEO of Fresca Brands (Kellogg)
    • Cassie Nielsen, VP of Talent at VMG Partners
    • Ricardo Perdigao, CFO and COO, Sambazon
    • Ryan Pintado-Vertner, Founder and Principal of Smoketown (Berkeley Haas)
    • Kirsten Quigley, CEO and Co-Founder of LunchSkins
    • Michael Recht, Managing Partner of Towerbrook Capital (Kellogg)
    • Mark Retzloff, Founder of Horizon Organic and a member of the Hall of Legends
    • Ramon Romero, Managing Partner of Isanatur
    • John Roulac, Founder and Chief Hemp Officer of RE Botanicals
    • Nancy Rosenzweig, Founder and Principal of ValuesAligned Capital  (Northeastern)
    • Annie Ryu, CEO of The Jackfruit Company
    • Miyoko Schinner, CEO of Miyoko’s
    • Shauna Sadowski, Head of Sustainability, Natural and Organic at General Mills (Tufts)
    • Jim Slama, Founder and CEO of FamilyFarmed
    • Subi Terhanian, CEO of Uncle Harry’s

Main Show Floor Opens
10:00 a.m.

Booth Visit with TJ McIntyre, CEO of Bobo’s
11:30 p.m., Convention Center booth 443  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 

Booth Visit with Amy Kirtland, EVP Natural and Fresh at KeHE
12:45 p.m., Convention Center booth 1534  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 

Sustainability Small Group Focus Session with Alyssa Harding, Executive Director of the Sustainable Foods Trade Association, and Sara Axelrod (Texas McCombs), Sustainability Marketing and Innovation Manager at Land O’Lakes
3:00-4:00 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Key 2 Ballroom  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Entrepreneurship Small Group Focus Session with Betsy Foster (Houston), Global VP of Business Development at Whole Foods Market; Tim Sperry, President of The Tim Sperry Group; Hillary Murray (Virginia Darden), Founder and CEO of Lumi Juice; and Rob Dalton (Babson Olin), Co-Founder of 88 Acres
4:15-5:00 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Key 2 Ballroom  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Diversity in Naturals Networking
5:30-7:00 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, Level 300 Outdoor Terrace  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

MBA Alumni Cocktail Hour
6:30-8:00 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Key 2 Ballroom

  • Eat, drink, rewind, trade stories
  • Join MBA alumni and learn about their career paths

Saturday, September 14

On both Friday and Saturday we hold a mix of scheduled activities and free time so that participants can set up meetings with individual brands,  roam the show floor, attend educational seminars, try food samples, and network with their favorite companies. Some activities have not been finalized yet and are not included on this schedule.

MBArk Case Study Breakfast
8:00-10:00 a.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Key 2 Ballroom

  • Help problem-solve in real time for The Soulfull Project with Co-Founders Megan Shea (Chicago Booth) and Chip Heim

Main Show Floor Opens
10:00 a.m.

Booth Visit with Drew Martin, VP of Sales at Oatly
11:00 a.m., Convention Center booth 1905  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 

Booth Visit with Catalina McCallum (Wharton), Brand Manager at Annie’s
12:00 p.m., Convention Center booth 635  OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 

MBArk Wrap-Up Meeting
2:30-3:30 p.m., Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Key 2 Ballroom

Main Show Floor Closes
4:00 p.m.