Keynote Speakers


Dr. Monica White
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Monica White is an activist, a food cooperative supporter, and the author of the forthcoming book,Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement. Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations that are involved in the development of sustainable community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility.

Michael Sansolo
Retail Food Industry Expert

Michael Sansolo, the long time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and past editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer, offers a diverse and unique view of the changing nature of today’s shoppers and their impact on the food retail industry. Through countless studies and work with some of the world’s most innovative retailers and manufacturers, Sansolo has an excellent perspective on the changing nature of shopping, cooking, eating and competition.