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August 31, 2023

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 a program in the Alliance's 2023 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on a number of topics, including food safety, global food production and sustainability, food supply chain management, packaging innovations, the impact of food, nutrition and technology on our health and wellbeing, and the crucial role of IT in the food trade.

Ongoing research in biotechnology and food science offers hope to those around the globe who need help gaining access to enough safe and nutritious food to have a healthy future. Research on food quality will also play a primary role in meeting the nutritional needs of people around the world. According to the World Bank Group, high food prices have triggered a global crisis that will drive millions more into extreme poverty—a crucial chance for research to bolster efforts to feed the world. 

Companies in the food and agriculture trade face both new opportunities and challenges as they move forward in these vital endeavors. In addition, they can play an essential role in providing a means for nations to gain access to innovations in biotechnology and food science. The food and agriculture industry is a key sector for the Midwest economy, especially as a generator of new markets and employment. World trade connects Midwestern companies globally—both enabling and boosting initiatives to defeat hunger and malnutrition through advances in biotechnology and food science.

Join Global Midwest Alliance, sponsor, Kerry, and leaders from industry, government and other organizations at host, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as we discuss a number of the important contributions of biotechnology and food science in combating impediments that are holding back progress in world relief and development. The program will feature distinguished keynote speaker, Vivien Sheehan, Global Vice President of Research Development, Applied Health & Nutrition at Kerry Group,  along with expert panelists in the programs Innovation and Growth and Global panel discussions. 

The cost to attend this industry program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. You can attend virtually or in-person for this program.  Please register on or before August 28, 2023.

Novel Ways to Enhance the Safety, Quality 
and Nutritional Value of Food
About Our Sponsors
Kerry is dedicated to making the world of food and beverage better for everyone. Every day, millions of people throughout the world consume foods and beverages containing Kerry's taste and nutrition solutions. The focus on changing lifestyles, the globalisation of food tastes and ever-evolving consumer needs has brought us to a market-leading global position. Today, we are firmly established as a world leader in the food, beverage and pharma industries, with 23,000 staff and 100+ innovation and manufacturing centres across six continents. 

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 Fed 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 not-for-profit educational 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 through 155 groups in 98 countries around the world. 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. For more information, visit

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​Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome and Opening Remarks
​David Oppedahl, Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote Presentation
Vivien Sheehan, Global Vice President, Research Development, Applied Health & Nutrition, Kerry Group

Networking and Coffee Break

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator:  Jim Slama, Managing Director, Naturally Chicago
Michael Campagna, Vice President Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.
Peyman Fatemi, Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Services, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group
Shayna Harris, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Supply Change Capital

Networking and Coffee Break

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel
Moderator:  Susan Bond, Vice President of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Kerry 
Paul McNamara, Professor and Director of AgReach, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dan Ripma, Vice President, S2G Ventures
Perteet Spencer, Co-Founder, Ayo West African Foods 

Closing Remarks
Scott Hagedorn, Ph.D., Owner & Principal Consultant SRH Consulting LLC

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