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May 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program in the Alliance's 2017 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on food safety, policy changes, science-based opportunities, global food production and sustainability, and food supply chain management in an era of transparency.

Food waste occurs along the entire supply chain from farm fields and animals to harvest, while in transit, storage, production, distribution and even consumption. Juxtaposed with these major losses that occur in food supplies through waste, the world faces a growing population where enormous problems exist in malnutrition along with the very real threat of greater food insecurity in the near future. Yet, this situation offers many innovative opportunities for businesses to create value, develop new technologies and uses for food waste, and provide additional jobs across the Midwest and around the globe. Through innovation and imagination, firms can provide sustainable solutions that will help feed the world.

Global Midwest Alliance will explore these themes on May 24 during this exciting morning program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The program will feature a keynote speaker from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a group leading the charge in the U.S. to reduce food waste. We will present two panel discussions with distinguished speakers from across the supply chain, including a panel that will address the role of innovation, both within firms and across sectors, in reducing food waste. Another panel discussion will focus on opportunities for business growth and global openings to meet worldwide needs through reduction of food waste and promotion of sustainable practices.  

Join the Global Midwest Alliance and network with leaders from industry, government and other organizations as we pursue solutions to the food waste challenges facing the world.

For more information about food waste and efforts to overcome its impacts on the world, please visit these websites:  or

The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. 

Seats are limited.  Please register on or before May 22, 2017.
Gleaning 2.0: Reducing Food Waste
for a Food Insecure Planet​
About Our Sponsors
Abbott Nutrition is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 70,000 people. Connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews.

Griffith Foods Worldwide, Inc. is a family-owned, privately held global developer and manufacturer of food ingredient systems. Griffith teams collaborate daily with our customers to create signature and unique food products which will entice consumers' experiences... taking Food Beyond Boundaries™! 

Established in 2011, the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a world-class food science research institute that produces knowledge-based outcomes in the areas of food safety, food defense and nutrition for stakeholders in government, industry and academia. 

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally. Recently ranked #17* for client service excellence among firms servicing Fortune 500 clients, the firm has risen more than 50 spots in Am Law's annual firm ranking over the past five years. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries.The firm can be found at www.polsinelli.comPolsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California. *2017 BTI Client Service A-Team Report.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 100 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group's products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies' access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

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Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome and Opening Remarks 
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Presentation: Top Five Innovations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in the 21st Century
Elise Golan, Ph.D., Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Innovation and Technology Panel
​Moderator: John D Yerger, III, President & CEO, Advanced Diamond Technologies 
Stephanie Davis, MBA, PMP, Promotions Director, Supply Chain Management, HAVI
Cory Peter, President, 101 Inc
Meghan Stasz, Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Networking and Coffee Break 

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Moderator: David Donnan, Senior Partner, Global Leader Food & Beverage Sector, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Enrique Gonzalez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Genius Foods 
Suela Sulo, PhD, MSc, Senior Manager, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Abbott Nutrition Research & Development

Questions and Closing Remarks

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