Check back often for a comprehensive schedule of all education sessions, workshops and events happening at Expo East.

Wednesday, September 12
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Natural Products Business School is a full day of learning and networking purpose-built for emerging brands. The Business School provides an opportunity to connect with an ecosystem of service providers and potential investors, as well as gain impactful insights from a fantastic line-up of industry experts on scaling your...
Speakers
Adam Spriggs

Founder
Nucleus Maximus
Speaker

Alex Hanifin

CEO
Alpine Start Foods
Speaker

Alicia Potter

Founder + Creative Director
Faven Creative
Speaker

Blake Mitchell

Principal
Interact on Shelf
Moderator

Fred Hart

Partner & Creative Director
Interact Boulder
Session Leader

John Grubb

Founder
Summit Venture Management
Speaker

Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO
The FRESHGLOW Co.
Keynote

Michael Movitz

Founder & Managing Partner
The Movitz Group
Speaker

Sashee Chandran

Founder & CEO
Tea Drops
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 12
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9-12
  • Wednesday, September 12, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Yes, industrial hemp-derived, full-spectrum hemp oil (don’t call it CBD) is the hottest product in supplement aisles. But the cannabis revolution is about more than just this cannabinoid. Hemp for everything from clothes to food to, well, victory, is at hand. Learn how to educate customers, how to prepare for...
Speakers
Ashish Talati

Partner
Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLC
Speaker

Courtney Moran

Founding Principal
EARTH Law, LLC
Speaker

Holly Johnson Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer
American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)
Speaker

Jason Sepp

Owner
ShiKai
Speaker

Jonathan Miller

Lexington Member-in-Charge
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Speaker

Morris Beegle

Founder & President
We Are for Better Alternatives: NoCo Hemp Expo, Let's Talk Hemp
Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

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Wednesday, September 12
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Concerned about climate change but not sure what your company can do? Already taking action but seeking to make new commitments and a larger impact? Join industry leaders for a 2 hour climate action summit at Expo East. Get the tools, information and inspiration you need to help your company take meaningful action...

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Wednesday, September 12
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9/10
  • Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Speakers
Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network
Speaker

Francine Schoenwetter

Content Marketing Director, Supply Chain Solutions
Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network
Master of Ceremonies

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 12
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   BCC, Level 300, Outside Terrace
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Part of Natural Products Expo East, the Harvest Festival tabletop event features an array of organic and natural products in a festival-style atmosphere. This innovative outdoor event combines the lively appeal of a traditional farmers' market, with the business-building power of an industry trade show. 

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Wednesday, September 12
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Wednesday, September 12, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Take a break from exhibits and have a drink on us at this community-focused retail summit! Leave with renewed enthusiasm and knowledge about how to bring new retail ideas to life in your store. NOTE: This session requires a Retail Badge + Super Pass or Friday Education Pass to attend.  Agenda 3:30 - 3:35pm   ...
Speakers
Chef Karl Marsh CRC

Chief Culinary Officer
Eat Fit Go
Speaker

Christine Kapperman

Senior Content Director
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Heather Snavely

Vice President, Marketing
PCC Community Markets
Speaker

Joyce Lee

Founder
Nibble
Speaker

Mike Lee

Founder, The Future Market
Co-Founder, Alpha Food Labs
Keynote

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Wednesday, September 12
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Wednesday, September 12, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Competition offers the chance for companies to pitch to experts and investors for the chance to win a valuable prize package, including a free booth at Expo East 2019! Join the semi-finalists as they compete to advance to the Pitch-Slam Finals on Thursday night. Pitch-Slam Application open June 4, 2018 -...
Speakers
Blake Mitchell

Principal
Interact on Shelf
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Cheryl Clements

Founder + CEO
PieShell
Pitch-Slam Judge

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Strategy Officer
MetaBrand
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Denver Lewis

Community and Conference Content Manager
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Elizabeth Moskow

Culinary Director
Sterling-Rice Group
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Gigi Lee Chang

Partner
BFY Capital
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner
Ridgeline Ventures
Pitch-Slam Judge

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Wednesday, September 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9/10
  • Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a screening of the documentary WASTED! Together, through film and discussion, we'll explore why food waste matters and how we can all make a difference in easy and delicious ways.  WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through...
Speakers
Deanna Pogorelc

Senior Content Producer
New Hope Network
Moderator

Sylvia Tawse

Founder & Chief Fresh Officer
Fresh Ideas Group
Panelist

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Thursday, September 13
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton - Eutaw Street
  • Thursday, September 13, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
See parts of Baltimore that you may not normally see during Expo East! Grab your colleagues and your favorite sneakers and join us for an early morning fun run geared toward runners of all abilities!

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Thursday, September 13
8:45 AM - 10:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Thursday, September 13, 8:45 AM - 10:00 PM
Speaker
Carlotta Mast

Senior Vice President of Content
New Hope Network
Keynote

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Thursday, September 13
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Location:   BCC, Levels 300/400
  • Thursday, September 13, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 13
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Thursday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Speakers
Alan Lewis

Government Affairs, Food & Agriculture Policy
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Speaker

John Grubb

Founder
Summit Venture Management
Master of Ceremonies

Mike Lee

Founder, The Future Market
Co-Founder, Alpha Food Labs
Speaker

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Thursday, September 13
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Thursday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Thursday, September 13
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Location:   Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
  • Thursday, September 13, 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of New Hope Network’s Influencer Summit!  Your voice is special, your opinions matter, and you have the power to use your influence as a force for good in the world!  Apply to attend If you would like to be considered to participate at this year's Expo East...
Speakers
Carrie Kocik

Director of Communications
New Hope Network
Facilitator

Denver Lewis

Community and Conference Content Manager
New Hope Network
Facilitator

Jessie Shafer

Editor in Chief, Delicious Living
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Michelle Poler

Founder
Hello Fears
Keynote

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Thursday, September 13
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Thursday, September 13, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speakers
Annie Martin

Business Program Lead
Kiss the Ground
Moderator

Bill Giebler

Managing Editor, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

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Thursday, September 13
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Thursday, September 13, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Enjoy the Pitch-Slam Finals and a networking nirvana of investors, successful brands and service providers. Come for the pitch; stay for the celebration. Together, we’ll toast to the grand innovations in our industry! Pitch-Slam Application open June 4, 2018 - July 20, 2018. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4399525/2018-Expo-East-Pitch-Slam-Application
Speakers
Blake Mitchell

Principal
Interact on Shelf
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Cheryl Clements

Founder + CEO
PieShell
Pitch-Slam Judge

Debbie Wildrick

Chief Strategy Officer
MetaBrand
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Denver Lewis

Community and Conference Content Manager
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Elizabeth Moskow

Culinary Director
Sterling-Rice Group
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Gigi Lee Chang

Partner
BFY Capital
Pitch-Slam Judge

Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner
Ridgeline Ventures
Pitch-Slam Judge

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Thursday, September 13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location:   Eutaw Street
  • Thursday, September 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate the close of day one by enjoying an outdoor party with fellow members of your natural products community.

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Friday, September 14
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton - Eutaw Street
  • Friday, September 14, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Set the tone for the rest of your day! Workouts will include simple movements that can beat up the experts but are safe for beginners.

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Friday, September 14
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Level 300, Outdoor Terrace
  • Friday, September 14, 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
You know the old saying: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Join us on the outside terrace first thing Friday morning for an array of tasty food, networking and fresh air.

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Friday, September 14
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Friday, September 14, 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Speaker
Grant Ferrier

Managing Director
Nutrition Capital Network
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Friday, September 14, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join us as we kick-off Friday programing with a powerful keynote and discussion of the big ideas and innovations that will drive the next decade of organic industry growth and influence.   Community Resource Partners Before and after the keynote, community resource partners will be available to help you with any questions you may have about organic.  Don't...

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Friday, September 14
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Friday, September 14
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 10
  • Friday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Friday, September 14
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Friday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
It is undeniable that entrepreneurial and established brands alike are changing our food system for the better. As a result, a better food future will require better access to diverse capital, new thinking around financials and an understanding that profit and purpose can live together.  Join us as we discuss new...
Speaker
Bill Shen

Managing Director
Encore Consumer Capital
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton Key Ballroom 9
  • Friday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Friday, September 14
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Friday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Friday, September 14
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Friday, September 14, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Join New Hope’s NEXT Data & Insights team and Nielsen’s Growth & Strategy team for an exploration of today’s hottest ingredient trends and where they are on the trajectory from birth to maturity. With new ingredient trends emerging every year it can be hard for retailers, manufacturers, and investors to...

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Friday, September 14
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9
  • Friday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Friday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Having a strong digital marketing strategy is necessary when growing a successful and competitive brand within the natural products industry.   Join us for a Friday afternoon where we'll discuss how to strategically think about and grow your online presence. We’ll explore best practices for tapping into and communicating an impactful brand...
Speaker
Jessica Rubino

Senior Content Marketing Director
Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network
Master of Ceremonies

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Friday, September 14
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 10
  • Friday, September 14, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Organic 1.0 started in the early 20th century when organic pioneers practiced organic agriculture, promoted its benefits and advocated for wider acceptance. Organic 2.0, the phase we're currently in, began in the mid-20th century with government standards and regulations as the focus and the impetus for widespread growth. The goal...
Speaker
Peggy Miars

President
IFOAM – Organics International
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
3:30 PM - 4:40 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9
  • Friday, September 14, 3:30 PM - 4:40 PM
It's no surprise that over the years, more and more people are taking charge of their own health. As natural health enthusiasts, we know that often it's the little changes that contribute to the improvement of one's overall well-being, and the definition of self-care is exactly that. Our presenters will explore...
Speakers
Dr.  Aimee Shunney ND

Medical Advisor
CV Sciences
Speaker

Maggie Frank

National Educator
CV Sciences
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Location:   Level 300, Outdoor Terrace
  • Friday, September 14, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
The Women in Naturals Networking event is the coming together of women and men alike, dedicated to women in the natural products industry looking to network and learn from other professionals. Don’t miss this chance to be among a group of powerful women who are changing the world.

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Friday, September 14
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location:   Eutaw Street
  • Friday, September 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate the close of day two with an enjoyable evening of live music, dancing and all around fun! Between sets, we'll recognize the best in natural and organic retail, with our Retailer of the Year award ceremony. Nominations for Retailer of the Year will be accepted here through Friday, June 8th.  NOTE: Badges are required...

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Saturday, September 15
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Saturday, September 15
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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