HORIZON21c Agenda & Attendees


4:30 PM     Reception begins

5:15 PM      VC Perspectives

Network with peers while hearing from major agri-food venture capital players on the next big “thing” related to new companies, services, and trends reshaping the future of food and agriculture.

Ron Meeusen, managing director & Nick Rosa, managing director, Cultivian Sandbox, Host

Matt Walker, managing director, S2G Ventures

Pat Morand, president & Lee Strom, principal, Open Prairie Ventures

Dave Russell, venture partner, Lewis & Clark Ventures

Matt Plummer, principal, The Yield Lab


8:00am     Registration, coffee/tea & fruit/pastries 

8:30am     5-Minute Survey: The New and Future Consumer

8:40am     Table Introductions

Name Affiliation
One way in which you are, and/or are not being impacted by the New and Future Consumer?

9:00am     Opening Interview & Large Group Conversation

Who is the New and Future Consumer, What Do They Want, and Why Should I Care?

Dave Donnan, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney

9:30am     Guest Perspective & Large Group Conversation

Title TBD

Linda Mallers, CEO and President, FarmLogix LLC
Dave Donnan, Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney

10:10am    Welcome

About Last Night…and Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Robert Easter, Board Chair, Illinois Agri-Food Alliance; President Emeritus, University of Illinois

10:15am    BREAK

10:30am   Three (Hard) Questions & Large Group Conversation

Inflecting the System: How, Why, Toward What?

Sanjeev Krishnan, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director, S2G Ventures
Ron Meeusen, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox

11:15am     Small Group Table Discussions

Topic(s) TBA

11:45am    Small Group Table Discussions Reports

Noon          Lunch

1:00pm      5-minute Survey #2: The New and Future Consumer

1:10pm      Interview:

Production Disruption?: Threats & Opportunities Posed by The New Consumer

Rob Dongoski, Partner, Agribusiness, Ernst & Young LLP

1:45pm     Guest Perspective & Large Group Conversation:

Title TBD

Mark Rainey, Chief Marketing Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Rob Dongoski, Partner, Agribusiness, Ernst & Young LLP

2:30pm     BREAK

2:45pm     Panel

The Body, Mind, Menu Connection

Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier & Host of ‘Check Please!’
Stephen Hanauer, Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Bethany Doerfler, Clinical Dietitian, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

3:45pm     In Conclusion:

How Does a Leader Lead? What Next?

4:15pm     Closing Remarks


Executive Director, Advocates for Urban Agriculture
Chief Operating Officer, AgLaunch Initiative
Senior Partner, A.T. Kearney
Co-Founder & CEO, Aker
Chief Marketing Officer, Archer Daniels Midland
VP – State Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland
CEO, Basil’s Harvest
Sourcing Coordinator, Bon Appetit Management Company
Senior Program Officer,
Chicago Community Trust
VP, Strategic Initiatives, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
Executive Director,
Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Vice President, General Counsel, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc.
Managing Partner, Clareo
Managing Director, CME Group
Executive Director, Commodity Research and Product Development, CME Group
Manager, Commodity Research and Product Development, CME Group
Vice President, CoBank
Chief Risk Officer,
Compeer Financial
Lead, Land Stewardship, Delta Institute
Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, Ernst & Young
CEO and Founder, FamilyFarmed
Head of Business Development,
Farmer’s Fridge
Chief Growth Officer, FarmLogix
Chief Operating Officer, FarmLogix
Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Sr. Vice President,
FLM Harvest
Founding Principal, Foresight Design Initiative
Director, Fresh Taste
Executive Director, Global Philanthropy Partnership
President, Global Philanthropy Partnership
CEO, Gourmet Gorilla
Chief Business Development Officer,
Gourmet Gorilla
Chief Operating Officer,
Grow Good Foods
Director, AcreValue,
Grow Forward
Hatch Ag Group, LLC
Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation
CEO, Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation
Managing Director, Illinois Agri-Food Alliance
Field Editor, Illinois AgriNews
President, Illinois Farm Bureau
Young Leader Chairman, Illinois Farm Bureau
Executive Director of Operations, News and Communications, Illinois Farm Bureau
Associate, Illinois Farm Bureau
District 2 Director, Illinois Farm Bureau
Director of Sales and Marketing, Illinois Restaurant Association
Director Industry Relations, Illinois Soybean Association
Director Strategic Market Development, Illinois Soybean Association
District Director,
Illinois Soybean Association
CEO, Illinois Soybean Association
Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
Farmland Protection Manager,
Kane County
Executive Director, Kane County Development Department
Director of Conservation Programs, Kinship Foundation
Venture Partner, Lewis & Clark Ventures
President and CEO, Liberty Prairie Foundation
CEO, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Director, Industry Solutions, Microsoft
CEO, MightyVine
Clinical Dietitian,
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Clifford Joseph Barborka Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
President, Open Prairie Ventures
Managing Director, S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth)
Vice President of Culinary, SAVOR Chicago McCormick Place
Director of Culinary Services, SAVOR Chicago, McCormick Place
Founder, Sente
IL Farm to School Network Coordinator,
Seven Generations Ahead
SLoFIG Owner of Terra and Vine Restaurant,;Host of Check Please!; Master Sommelier, Terra and Vine, \’Check Please!\’
Program Manager, The Hatchery Chicago
Upper Sangamon River Watershed Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Principal, The Yield Lab
Associate Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Tyson Ventures
Dean, College of ACES, University of Illinois
Director of Planning, College of ACES, University of Illinois
President Emeritus, University of Illinois
Professor and Head, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Director, University of Illinois Research Park
Special Projects Coordinator, University of Illinois Research Park
UpField Group
President and Treasurer, Walter S. Mander Foundation