Thursday, December 5, 2019

(Lory Student Center Ballroom C/D, unless noted otherwise)

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12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


EPA Smart Sectors Roundtable Discussion

(Optional pre-Summit session, open to the public)

Please join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an agriculture and food production Smart Sectors roundtable discussion prior to the start of the Summit program on Thursday afternoon.

The roundtable is focused on identifying practical solutions to various environmental regulatory, permitting, and compliance challenges to achieve improved environmental outcomes.

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2:30 p.m.


  • Interim Dean Dr. James Pritchett

Panel Discussion - Telling Our Story

Storytelling is one of the most important traditions we possess and has arguably never been more important for bridging the trust gap between consumers and modern agriculture. This discussion will feature inspiring examples and strategies that use the art of storytelling to connect, educate and create change.

  • Krysta Harden, Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy, Dairy Management Inc.
  • Polly Ruhland, Chief Executive Officer, United Soybean Board
  • Daphne Taber, Customer Experience Practice Area Lead, Slalom Consulting
  • Moderator - Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture

4:00 p.m.

Update - CSU at the National Western Center

  • Jocelyn Hittle, Senior Director, Sustainability and Denver Programs, Colorado State University System

4:10 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 p.m.


Keynote Address/Q&A - The Call for Innovation

Saswati Bora, Head of Food Systems Innovation, World Economic Forum

A review of the global forces – macroeconomic, environmental, political, social, technological, financial – that are demanding a relentless focus on innovation in agriculture

Presentation slides

5:15 p.m.


Opening Networking Reception

Friday, December 6, 2019

(Lory Student Center Ballroom C/D, unless noted otherwise)

7:30 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome 

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Address/Q&A - Answering the Call for Innovation

Dr. Robb Fraley, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company

Dr. Fraley will share his perspective on the importance of agricultural innovation to the industry's past, present and future, and look forward to the disruptive thinking and technologies that are responding to the global grand challenges we face.

Presentation slides

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break 

10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion - Come to the Table

Agriculture is at the cusp of a new and exciting era when fundamental relationships are being reimagined – cultivating diverse perspectives and partners can help foster the ideas and energy to meet our grand challenges. How do we manage and leverage diversity in all its forms as a catalyst for game-changing innovation while remaining agile and profitable?

  • Erin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
  • Philomena Morrissey Satre, Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • Dr. Quentin Tyler, Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University; Advisory Board Chair, MANRRS
  • Moderator - Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow and Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness at CSU

12:00 p.m.

(Lory Student Center Ballroom B)

Lunch Buffet/Networking

1:00 p.m.

Leadership Discussion - Building an Innovation Mindset

Why are some organizations routinely successful at innovating while most others struggle? This discussion seeks to “crack the code” of innovation, exploring unique leadership approaches to designing culture, teams and processes to foster discovery and disruption across a diverse spectrum of agribusiness.

  • Jodi Benson, Chief Innovation, Technology and Quality Officer, General Mills
  • Florian Schattenmann, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President - Innovation, Research and Development, Cargill
  • Moderator - Angela Ichwan, Senior Director Technical Lead, The Annex by Ardent Mills

2:30 p.m.

Networking Break 

3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion - Innovation for a Resilient World

Our climate is shifting, inspiring innovative approaches for resilient food and ecological systems for the betterment of people, animals, plants and society. The discussion will showcase innovators from across the agricultural value chain who share a commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit while feeding the growing global population.

  • Sarah Bohnenkamp, Sustainability and Leadership Communication Consultant/Coach
  • Candace Laing, Vice President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Nutrien
  • Martha Montoya, Founder and CEO, Ag Tools
  • Moderator - Jasmine A. Dillon, Assistant Professor of Beef & Dairy Agroecosystems, College of Agricultural Sciences, CSU

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, CEO and President of the US Dairy Export Council; CSU Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center

5:30 p.m.

(Lory Student Center Theatre)

Networking Event - Innovative Women In Agriculture 

(Optional post-Summit session, open to the public)

A unique opportunity for students to connect with and learn from inspiring female leaders from our Summit program and audience.



Industry professional - $100

University faculty/staff - $50

Government/nonprofit - $50

Student - $10