Join us for the first big Innovation event of 2020 - exploring the future of Innovation! This breakthrough interactive experience will introduce you and your team to new technologies creating breakthroughs in innovation and ready to use today!
The beautiful new Offshore rooftop venue (the "world's largest rooftop") located high-atop navy pier will be our home-base for this HALF DAY interactive, workshop experience. No selling & No pitching - just direct hands-on insights, trend take-aways, and introductions to new ideas and technologies that your innovations team will want to use.
**Please note the NEW date...hopefully on Thursday, April 9th we might even have a bit of spring to enjoy at this amazing location!!
Best in class innovation experts, from Edlong, New Edge, and Gastrograph are joining us to introduce new trends, new tools, new technologies, and new methodologies that enable agile, holistic, and robust ways to innovate within your organization....All before lunch!
Agenda Highlights (download the full agenda HERE):
Accessing the Venue - Offshore is located at the end of Navy Pier - with easy access via valet parking or a direct drop-off location for ride-shares. This is an all inclusive location with plenty of space for networking, taking a quick call, AND engaging with our day's event. We know taking a HALF DAY off to join us can be tough with busy schedules - but this is a venue and event not to be missed!
Joining us for this interactive, hands-on event...
Laurette Rondenet is the President and CEO of Edlong, based in Elk Grove Village, IL. Today Edlong is a global leader in dairy and dairy-free flavors, committed to helping food and beverage manufacturers innovate faster, for authentic-tasting, consumer-pleasing products. Edlong is the only certified woman-owned flavor house (WBENC).
Under Laurette’s leadership, Edlong has experienced unprecedented growth in the highly competitive flavors category. She leads the organization with a commitment to nurturing long-term, integrated relationships with both customers and employees, and in bringing value to the customer with innovative products and attentive service that truly differentiates Edlong. The company’s mission is “To Enrich the Lives of Those We Touch.” This is accomplished everyday through the foods Edlong’s flavors are in, and the people’s lives impacted. Laurette is an exceptional leader who is passionate about every employee having a voice in our work and future, and on a greater lever, feeding the world.
Joel Warady, Strategic Advisor; Frmer General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods
Joel Warady recently ended his tenure as General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly food and snack category that experienced 18 consecutive years of growth under his guidance. In 2015, Joel was part of the two-person management team that successfully negotiated an acquisition by Mondelez International.
In the past few years, he has been ranked as one of the Top 50 CMOs on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine, one of the Top 50 Most Influential CMOs on Social Media by Forbes.com, was included in Brand Quarterly magazine’s list of 50 Marketing Thought Leaders Over 50, and most recently recognized as Twitter’s Most Influential Marketers by AgencySpotter. Post-acquisition, Joel was tapped to provide valuable insights to the Mondelez management team in helping them create best practices on how best to merge the culture of emerging brands whose foundations are built on trust and transparency, while taking advantage of the global expertise that a large multinational can bring to the business. He played varying roles in Mondelez’s investments in Hu Kitchen, Perfect Snacks, and Uplift Foods.
Denny Moy, Innovation Director, Enjoy Life Foods
Denny has spent his entire career in CPG F&D industry and most of his life obsessing with new ways to tinker & reinvent new & unique food experiences. He believes that at the heart of food are relationships and finding a new way to tell an ageless story is the essence of what ignites our love for food. An industry veteran with marketing and innovation roles across brands and companies like Lipton®(Unilever), PillsburyTM(General Mills), Tropicana®(Pepsico), Kellogg’s® and most recently served as Director of Innovation at Enjoy Life Foods (Mondelez®), where he helped multiple award-winning new products Protein Bites & Breakfast Fruit & Oat Ovals. Within each role of his career, Denny has made it a personal & professional mission to contribute back to making a positive social and or environmental change in the industry including leading efforts with Rainforest Alliance, No Kid Hungry & Feeding America among others.
Prior to entering the CPG side of food & beverage, Denny worked for his family restaurant business at the early age of 8 as well as starting his first LLC business in food delivery at the age of 16. In his personal life, he is married to his loving wife Bethany and enjoys seeking new adventures with his three children Clementine, Truman & Ellis who inspires his creativity as much as they test his patience.
Pam Henderson, Founder and CEO, NewEdge
Pam Henderson, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of NewEdge Inc., a company that acts as a growth strategy and innovation partner. Pam pioneered Opportunity Thinking™ principles, a new approach to innovation that helps organizations create sustainable growth. This methodology has been applied across industries, transforming companies both large and small, from start-ups and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.
Originally on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Pam later worked with the national laboratory system to commercialize early stage technologies. Her book “You Can Kill an Idea…But You Can’t Kill an Opportunity!”, a Wiley publication, has been translated into Mandarin and Korean and is in its fourth printing. She publishes widely on market insight, business and innovation strategy, and design and has received recognition in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, NPR.
Jason Cohen, Founder & CEO, Analytical Flavor Systems/Gastrograph
Before starting Analytical Flavor Systems, Jason was the Founder and Executive Director of The Tea Institute at Penn State, which oversees 20+ researchers in 5 fields of study in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tea. Jason did his research in sensory science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence - eventually developing the Gastrograph system after 3 1/2 years of research. Jason is a professional coffee, tea, and beer taster, and when he is not trying new products, he enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, and fencing.
We appreciate the support and partnership of our member company, Edlong, in helping us to present this event:
Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
1 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel (312) 525-9653