Mindshare Midwest


The 2019 Mindshare Midwest

Innovating the Food Chain of the Future:

Celebrating the Life and Vision of Dr. Norman Borlaug


April 25-26,2019;
Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel, Peoria, Illinois

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About the Event


Mindshare Midwest brings together world-class business minds from various industries to share ideas and advance real leadership. The focus of the discussion shifts from year to year, similar to the ever-changing and fast-paced business climate you face today.

In 2019, we will be focusing on “Innovating the Food Chain of the Future: Celebrating the Life and Vision of Dr. Norman Borlaug.

We will look at the following Challenges: How do we feed 10 billion people? How do we reduce waste across the Food Chain? How do we feed the global population for the next 100 years?

To do this we must look beyond geopolitical boundaries, competitive mindsets, functional silos, short-term considerations, and operational business priorities

You’ll come away energized, inspired and ready to make an impact.

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Challenges

How do we feed 10 billion people?
How do we reduce waste across the Food Chain?
How do we feed the population for the next 100 years?

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Days

Thursday, April 25, 2019 &
Friday, April 26, 2019

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Mission

Innovating the Food Chain of the Future

Schedule


April 25, 2019 Technical Innovation Forum 9:00am – 4:00pm
09:00am – 10:00am
Registration
10:00am – 10:15am
Introductory Remarks
Steve Thompson, President & CEO, Easterseals Central Illinois
10:15am – 11:15am
Centers of Innovation
Panel Discussion:
Laura Frerichs, Research Park Director & Director of Economic Development, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign;
Alejandro Rooney, Supervisory Research Geneticists, USDA ARS – Peoria
11:15am – 12:00pm
Open Collaboration
Facilitated by Todd Ward, Research Leader, USDA- Peoria
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch & Keynote
Rob Dongoski, Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young
01:00pm – 1:15 pm
Break
01:15pm – 02:15pm
Climate Resilience and Sustainability
Panel Discussion:
Lisa Ainsworth, Principle Investigator, USDA ARS- Urbana;
Allison Jack, Biotic Stress Team Lead, NewLeaf Symbiotics;
Peter Fandel, Associate Professor, Illinois Central College 
02:15pm – 02:45pm
Open Collaboration
Facilitated by Todd Ward, Research Leader, USDA- Peoria
02:45pm – 03:45pm
Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship
Panel Discussion:
Will Hay, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA ARS – Peoria;
Jonathan Hua, Accelerator Manager, THRIVE;
Steve Sinn, President, Lacuna Technologies 
03:45pm – 04:00pm
Summary and Friday Preview
Prasad Parupalli, Digital Technology Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

 

April 26, 2019 Leadership Collaboration Forum 9:00am – 9:30pm
08:45am – 9:15am
Registration for Mindshare Midwest
9:15am – 10:05am
Peoria Innovation Hub
State Rep. Ryan Spain, Illinois General Assembly, 73rd District
Chris Setti, CEO, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Dr. Sarah Ramirez, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Clinical Innovation, OSF Health Care
10:05am – 10:45am
TBD
Tyler Strom, Managing Director, FARM Illinois
10:45am – 11:00am
Break
11:00am – 12:00pm

Open Collaboration

Facilitated by Rob Dongoski, Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young, Tyler Strom, Managing Director, FARM Illinois, & Todd Ward Research Leader, USDA- Peoria
12:00pm – 01:30pm

Lunch Keynote

Co-Chair Remarks
US Rep. Darin LaHood, 18th Congressional District of Illinois
US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, 8th Congressional District of Illinois

 

Introduction of Keynote
Doug Oberhelman, Retired CEO & Executive Chairman, Caterpillar, Inc. 

 

Keynote:
Dr. Robert Easter, UIUC President Emeritus, Dean Emeritus College of Aces, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences
01:30pm – 02:45pm
Break
01:45pm – 02:45pm
GPEDC Farm Forum – “Regenerative Agriculture”
Panel Discussion

Facilitated by Tory Dahlhoff, Rural Development Coordinator, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Bill Davison, Local Food System Educator, University of Illinois Extension
Carol Hays, Co-Founding Partner, ReGenerate Illinois
Michelle Wander, Professor of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois
Harold Wilken, Owner, Janie’s Farm
02:45pm – 03:30pm
Call to Action
06:15pm – 09:30pm
Passage to India, Evening Gala, Dinner & “Banyan Tree Award Presentation to Norman Borlaugh

*Schedule is subject to change.

Speakers


  • Dr. Kimberlee K. Kidwell

    Dean of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

    Michelle Wander

    University of Illinois

  • Carol Hays

    ReGenerate Illinois

    Bill Davison

    Local Food System Educator with the University of Illinois Extension

  • Jonathan L. Hua

    THRIVE AgTech Accelerator Manager and Investor at SVG Ventures

    Dr. William Hay

    Research Plant Physiologist for the USDA at the NCAUR

  • Steve Sinn

    Founder/Owner of Lacuna Technologies, LLC

    Dr. Alex Rooney

    Research Leader, Crop Bioprotection Unit, USDA-NCAUR

  • Dr. Lisa Ainsworth

    Global Change and Photosynthesis Unit, USDA, Urbana, IL.

    Laura Frerichs

    Director of University of Illinois Research Park & Director of Economic Development, University of Illinois

  • Rob Dongoski

    Partner, EY Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

    Dr. Peter Fandel

    Professor of Agricultural & Industrial Technologies, Illinois Central College

  • Dr. Robert A. Easter

    President Emeritus of the University of Illinois & Current Chair of Farm Illinois

    Harold Wilken

    Janie's Farm

Pricing


Tickets for Mindshare Midwest are free, and CPE credits are available.  You can register individual or multiple participants at the same time.

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Sponsors


Individuals and companies can sponsor at the following levels. All sponsorships include tickets to and recognition at both the Mindshare Midwest and the April 26th evening program, Passage to India. Passage to India is a premier event promoting awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in our community and celebrating the rich traditions of Asian-Indian cultures. All sponsors will be recognized in printed programs for both events, on the big screens during dinner, and as a President’s Council Donor in the Easterseals Annual Report.

Thank you to each of our current sponsors.

    • $50,000

    • Transformational

      • Unlimited Participation in Mindshare Midwest and Passage to India
    • Sponsor
    • $25,000

    • Innovation

      • Unlimited Participation in Mindshare Midwest and Passage to India
    • Sponsor
    • $10,000

    • Synergy

      • Unlimited Participation in Mindshare Midwest and Passage to India
    • Sponsor
    • $5,000

    • Collaboration

      • 5 Reservations for CEO Council Breakfast & Executive Forum
        Table of 10 for Passage to India
    • Sponsor
    • $2,500

    • Inspiration

      • 2 Reservations for CEO Council Breakfast & Executive Forum
        Table of 10 for Passage to India
    • Sponsor
    • $1,000

    • Aspiring

      • 2 Reservations for CEO Council Breakfast & Executive Forum
    • Sponsor

Our Sponsors


               

 

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Cabinet Members


Co-Chairs

  • Representative Darrin LaHood, 18th Congressional District

  • Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, 8th Congressional District

 Cabinet

    • Tom Bluth, Caterpillar

    • Tylar Cravens, 13th Congressional District of Illinois 

    • Rob Dongoski, Ernst & Young

    • Deepak Gaddipati, Virtusense 

    • Jeff Griffin, PACC & CEO Council

    • Seshadri Guha, TADA & CGN Global

    • Betty Kelly, Caterpillar

    • Matt Kurth, Morton Community Bank

    • Kamlesh Macwan, OSF

    • Stephanie Moncada, IRCO

    • John Morris, Peoria Riverfront Museum 

    • Prasad Parupalli, Caterpillar

    • Steve Patton, Ernst & Young

    • Rick Pearl, UICOMP

    • Sam Pitroda, The Pitroda Group LLC

    • John Pyatt, 17th Congressional District of Illinois

    • Mark Schauerte, 8th Congressional District of Illinois

    • Vaibhav Shah, Caterpillar

    • Brad Stotler, 18th Congressional District of Illinois

    • Steve Thompson, Easterseals

    • Dan Wendl, Trane Corporation

    • Todd Ward, USDA Peoria IL

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Peoria Center
507 E. Armstrong Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603