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

Alice Pang

Associate
McCarter & English
Speaker

Alicia Potter

Founder + Creative Director
Faven Creative
Speaker

Benjamin Levy

Vice President
Echo Capital Group
Speaker

Blake Mitchell

Principal
Interact on Shelf
Session Leader

Bob Burke

Principal
Natural Products Consulting
Speaker

Carlotta Mast

SVP of Content & Insights
New Hope Network, Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network
Speaker

Elena Rosenblum

Accelerator Director
Union Kitchen
Speaker

Eric Pierce

Vice President of Business Insights, NEXT Data & Insights
New Hope Network
Speaker

Fred Hart

Partner & Creative Director
Interact Boulder
Session Leader

Hema Reddy

Founder & CEO
Crafty Counter Brands
Speaker

Jenna Blumenfeld

Senior Food Editor
New Hope Network
Master of Ceremonies

Jeremiah McElwee

Senior VP Merchandising and Product Development
Thrive Market
Speaker

John Grubb

Founder
Summit Venture Management
Speaker

Kavita Shukla

Founder & CEO
The FRESHGLOW Co.
Keynote

Lisa Hyman

Co-Founder
goodDog
Speaker

Margarita Wallach

Partner
McCarter & English
Speaker

Max Kabat

Co-Founder
goodDog
Speaker

Megan Bent

Founder & CEO
Harbinger Ventures
Speaker

Michael Movitz

Founder & Managing Partner
The Movitz Group
Speaker

Poorvi Patodia

CEO & Founder
Biena Snacks
Speaker

Sarita Lopez

Owner & Founder
Green-Go Cactus Water
Speaker

Sashee Chandran

Founder & CEO
Tea Drops
Speaker

Tim McCollum

Co-Founder/Co-CEO
Madecasse LLC
Speaker

Tom Spier

Founder & Managing Partner
Boulder Food Group (BFG)
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
There’s almost nothing that nature’s most nearly perfect plant cannot do. 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...
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

John Roulac

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
Nutiva
Speaker

Jonathan Miller

Lexington Member-in-Charge
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Speaker

Laura Lagano MS, RDN, CDN

Co-Founder
Holistic Cannabis Academy
Speaker

Matt Storey

Director of Global Business Development
CW Hemp
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
Join New Hope Network, the Climate Collaborative and brands, retailers and distributors in the natural products industry for an afternoon of inspiring world-class speakers and conversations. You'll hear insights on how natural products companies can help move the needle on climate change, examples of how climate-friendly innovations can reduce your footprint and help your...
Speakers
Alexandra DySard

Environmental & Community Partnership Manager
MOM's Organic Market
Speaker

Hammad Atassi

CEO
American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)
Speaker

Jerry Taylor

President
Niskanen Center
Keynote

Joanne Sonenshine

Founder + CEO
Connective Impact
Moderator

Katherine DiMatteo

Executive Director
Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA)
Moderator

Rebecca Hamilton

Second Generation Family Owner & Co-CEO
W.S. Badger Company
Speaker

Stanley Minnick

Energy Services Manager
Organic Valley
Speaker

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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
Bill Giebler

Managing Editor, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Moderator

Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network
Speaker

Darrin Peterson

Founder & CEO
LifeSeasons
Speaker

Francine Schoenwetter

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

Paul Stamets

Owner, Founder & Director of Research
Fungi Perfecti
Keynote

Steve Myers

Senior Editor
Natural Products Insider
Speaker

Todd Runestad

Ingredients & Supplements Editor
New Hope Network
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 12
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), American Botanical Council (ABC), and American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) will host the annual HerbWalk at the late James (Jim) Duke's Green Farmacy Garden. Attendees will be guided by a faculty of renowned herbalists to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs and their traditional uses...

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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
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

Karl Marsh CRC

Chief Culinary Officer
Eat Fit Go
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.
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

Daniel Karsavar

Chief Problem Solver
Solutiontopia
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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

Kellam Mattie

VP Marketing & Innovation/ CMO of VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands)
Coca-Cola North America
Pitch-Slam Judge

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner
Ridgeline Ventures
Pitch-Slam Judge

Mitchell Stevko

CEO
Growth CEO Advisors
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Orion Brown

Founder & CEO
The Black Travel Box
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Perteet Spencer

Principal, Brand Growth Solutions
SPINS
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sarah Nathan

Incubator Program Specialist
Chobani
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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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
Amanda Hartt

Market Research Manager
New Hope Network
Moderator

Ricardo Perdigao

CFO & COO
Sambazon
Speaker

Sylvia Tawse

Founder & Chief Fresh Officer
Fresh Ideas Group
Speaker

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Wednesday, September 12
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
You are invited to THE Expo East Kick-off Event! Don’t miss the Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Leadership Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Columbus Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Join us to celebrate #OrganicLeaders who’ve crafted winning recipes for leadership. Each award winner has...

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

  • Location:   Baltimore Harbor Waterfront
  • 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! Participating in the run? Fill out the sign-up form to get a bib number and be entered...

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Thursday, September 13
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Thursday, September 13, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Growth in the natural and organic products industry continues to outpace conventional, as companies large and small find innovative ways to meet changing consumer demand. Growth is just one piece of the industry’s story, however, and this session will explore how companies can—and are—using their growing might to create positive...
Speakers
Carlotta Mast

SVP of Content & Insights
New Hope Network, Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network
Keynote

Cynthia Barstow

Marketing Faculty, University Of Massachusetts Isenberg School Of Management
Founder & Executive Director, Protect Our Breasts
Keynote

Gina Asoudegan

Vice President, Mission & Innovation
Applegate
Keynote

Hank Cardello

Senior Fellow & Director, Food Policy Center
Hudson Institute
Keynote

Maryellen Molyneaux

Founder & Managing Partner
Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)
Keynote

Meghan Ayles

Influencer Networking
Protect Our Breasts
Keynote

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Thursday, September 13
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9
  • Thursday, September 13, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Consumers are now savvier than ever about health, nutrition and environment and are demanding more transparency on the products they put in their bodies. As they move from a "me to we" mentality, products must not only deliver organic and non-GMO certifications, they must provide additional validation that they are...
Speakers
Madhavi Reese

VP of Brand
Whole Foods Market
Speaker

Nova Sayers

Senior Business Development Manager
NSF International
Speaker

Tracy Favre

Global Director
Quality Assurance International
Speaker

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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 - 11:30 AM


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

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Thursday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The retail and distribution landscape is changing extraordinarily fast, quickly exposing brands to new challenges and also many exciting new opportunities to get healthy products into the hands of consumers. To better understand changing consumer purchasing habits and opportunities at retail and online, we've enlisted the help of natural and...
Speakers
Alan Lewis

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

Blair Kellison

CEO
Traditional Medicinals
Speaker

Brandon Barnholt

President & Chief Executive Officer
KeHE Distributors
Speaker

Claire Morton

Senior Industry Analyst
New Hope Network
Speaker

John Grubb

Founder
Summit Venture Management
Master of Ceremonies

Marshall Hayes

CEO
Amplio Digital
Speaker

Mike Lee

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

Sujean Lee

Chief Operating Officer
Momofuku Milk Bar
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
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

In light of the government’s termination of the industry-led effort to establish a research and promotion order for organic, learn about bold plans to GRO organic through voluntary mechanisms that advance organic priorities.  Join OTA’s CEO, Laura Batcha, and other thought leaders for a conversation about how the industry can continue...
Speakers
Laura Batcha

CEO & Executive Director
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Melissa Hughes

Chief Mission Officer/General Counsel
Organic Valley
Speaker

Perry Clutts

Owner & Operator
Pleasantview Farm
Speaker

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Thursday, September 13
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Organic is a system that strives to protect the health of farm workers  – not only through rejecting the use of toxic, persistent chemicals – but more broadly by implementing solutions that benefit crops and the people whose labor produces them.  During this session, scientists from The Organic Center will discuss...
Speakers
Ann Thrupp Ph.D.

Executive Director
Berkeley Food Institute
Speaker

Lori Wyman

North American Representative
Global Organic Textile Standard
Speaker

Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center
Moderator

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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
Andi O'Conor

SpeakCoach
Featured Speaker

Anjali Shah

Founder
The Picky Eater
Discussion Leader

Berto Calkins

Founder
Tatted Vegan
Discussion Leader

Carrie Kocik

Director of Communications
New Hope Network
Facilitator

Cynthia Samanian

Founder
Hidden Rhythm
Speaker

Denise Lambertson

Founder & Chief Connector
LMS
Speaker

Denver Lewis

Community and Conference Content Manager
New Hope Network
Facilitator

Haile Thomas

Founder + CEO
HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth)
Speaker

Jessie Shafer

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

Lisa Fennessy

Founder
This Organic Girl
Discussion Leader

Max Lugavere

Filmmaker, Health & Science Journalist
Author, Genius Foods
Keynote

Michelle Poler

Founder
Hello Fears
Keynote

Yumna Jawad

Founder
FeelGoodFoodie
Discussion Leader

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Thursday, September 13
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Thursday, September 13, 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...
Speakers
Eric Pierce

Vice President of Business Insights, NEXT Data & Insights
New Hope Network
Speaker

Sarah Schmansky

VP, Growth & Strategy
Nielsen
Speaker

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Thursday, September 13
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Organic is the most highly regulated food system in the world. Come hear the latest from the individuals at the center of regulatory affairs for this $50 billion sector. Topics will include a review of issues slated to come before the National Organic Standards Board, a discussion of Farm Bill process...
Speakers
Jennifer Tucker

Deputy Administrator
USDA National Organic Program
Speaker

Jenny Cruse

Coordinator
Accredited Certifiers Association
Speaker

Lisa de Lima

Vice President of Grocery
MOM's Organic Market
Speaker

Megan DeBates

Director of Legislative Affairs & Coalitions
Organic Trade Association
Speaker

Rick Collins

Executive Vice President of Sales
Clif Bar & Company
Moderator

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

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 11/12
  • Thursday, September 13, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Regenerative Agriculture. We hear the term at nearly every turn, but what does it mean and how can our community take meaningful action toward achieving healthier soil and a more regenerative food system?  In this three hour session, we explore the questions, challenges and opportunities in regenerative ag via experts in...
Speakers
Andrew Pittz

Farmer-in-Chief
Sawmill Hollow Family Farm
Speaker

Annie Martin

Business Program Lead
Kiss the Ground
Moderator

Bill Giebler

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

Chris Kerston

Director of Public Outreach & Events
The Savory Institute
Speaker

Dan Stangler

Business Unit Director
Annie's
Speaker

Gina Asoudegan

Vice President, Mission & Innovation
Applegate
Speaker

Jeff Moyer

Executive Director
The Rodale Institute
Speaker

Neil Blomquist

Innovation & Business Development
Natural Habitats
Speaker

Rick Polito

Editor in Chief, Nutrition Business Journal
New Hope Network
Speaker

Robby Sansom

CFO/COO
Epic Provisions
Speaker

Sara Harper

Founder & CEO
Grounded Growth
Speaker

Sara Newmark

Vice President of Social Impact
FoodState
Speaker

Thomas Harding

Founder
Lehigh Valley Organic Growers
Speaker

Tyler Lorenzen

President
PURIS
Speaker

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Thursday, September 13
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

It is a fascinating time for organic at the marketplace. The retail landscape is radically transforming, and every segment is affected. Hear from experts in every section about the current trends, and how brands and merchants are adapting in response.
Speakers
Brian Dey

Sr. Merchandiser & Natural Stores Coordinator
Four Seasons Produce
Speaker

Mark Squire

Owner
Good Earth Natural Foods
Speaker

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Principal
NCP Content & Consulting
Moderator

Tracy Miedema

Vice President, Innovation & Brand Development
Presence Marketing
Speaker

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Thursday, September 13
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for an update from members of OTA’s Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force. Convened in 2017 in response to the discovery of fraudulent organic ingredient imports, the task force has created a suite of tools and best practices to help brands and traders mitigate the risk and occurrence...
Speakers
Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield
Speaker

Ken Dallmier

President & Chief Operating Officer
Clarkson Grain Company
Speaker

Kim Dietz

Senior Manager, Environmental, Natural & Organic Policy
J.M. Smucker Company
Moderator

Sam Raser

Procurement
Grain Millers
Speaker

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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! The 2018 Expo East Pitch-Slam Application is now closed. Semi-Finalist will be announced early August.
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

Daniel Karsavar

Chief Problem Solver
Solutiontopia
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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

Kellam Mattie

VP Marketing & Innovation/ CMO of VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands)
Coca-Cola North America
Pitch-Slam Judge

Luke Vernon

Managing Partner
Ridgeline Ventures
Pitch-Slam Judge

Mitchell Stevko

CEO
Growth CEO Advisors
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Orion Brown

Founder & CEO
The Black Travel Box
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

Perteet Spencer

Principal, Brand Growth Solutions
SPINS
Pitch-Slam Judge

Sarah Nathan

Incubator Program Specialist
Chobani
Pitch-Slam Mentor & Selection Committee Member

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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
Tazz Tucker embodies the Kill Cliff Warrior Nation lifestyle with his life-long dedication to fitness. Tucker, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, is the founder of Zealously Fit, where he focuses on weight-loss and muscle gain through online, in-person, and competition preparation training. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Tucker has...
Speaker
Tazz Tucker

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Zealously Fit
Training Instructor

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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
Expo East's Investor Orientation presented by Nutrition Capital Network is the investor’s guide to walking the show, headlined by a summary of the biggest M&A and financing transactions in the Health & Wellness, Nutrition and Natural Products industries in the past year.  The session also features an orientation to Expo East with...
Speakers
Amanda Hartt

Market Research Manager
New Hope Network
Speaker

Grant Ferrier

Managing Director
Nutrition Capital Network
Speaker

Mike Burgmaier

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital
Speaker

Nick McCoy

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Whipstitch Capital
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
  • Friday, September 14, 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Organic Community Resource Fair Before and after the Friday Keynote, don't miss your chance to network with and ask questions of a variety of community resource partners. These leading organizations all possess a variety of information and insights about organic farming, policy, certification, and much more!    Stop by between 8:30 - 9:00am and 10:00 - 10:30am to...

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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.   Organic Community Resource Partners Before and after the keynote, don't miss your chance to network with and ask questions of a variety...
Speakers
Andrew Bahrenburg

National Policy Director
National Young Farmers Coalition
Featured Panelist

Cate Hollowitsch

Community Engagement Manager
Organic Valley
Featured Panelist

Karen Washington

Co-Owner & Farmer
Rise & Root Farm
Keynote

Philip Taylor

Founder
Mad Agriculture
Moderator

Steve Geest

Vice President of Wellness
MOM's Organic Market
Featured Panelist

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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
Whole Cannabis products and individual Cannabinoids can nourish, heal and stimulate the body, the CNS, and the Endocannabinoid System. It is important to understand the differences between various Hemp Oil and marijuana products available for health and recreational use and how to use them safely for oneself and family members....
Speaker

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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...
Speakers
Ben Lee

Managing Director
CircleUp Funds
Speaker

Bill Shen

Managing Director
Encore Consumer Capital
Speaker

Carlotta Mast

SVP of Content & Insights
New Hope Network, Informa Global Health & Nutrition Network
Moderator

Douglas Raggio

Managing Partner
Bias & Blind Spots
Speaker

Jane Miller

Founder, JaneKnows.com
CEO, Lily's Sweets
Master of Ceremonies

Jordan Buckner

CEO & Co-Founder
TeaSquares
Speaker

Lisa Curtis

Founder & CEO
Kuli Kuli
Speaker

Mark Thomann

Managing Director
Spiral Sun Ventures
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
Attorneys with Venable LLP, the Official Legal & Regulatory Partner of Natural Products Expo East 2018, invite you to attend an informative and interactive educational workshop on current developments that can or will affect your company within the natural, organic, and healthy products industry. Whether you are new to the...
Speakers
Claudia Lewis

Partner
Venable LLP
Speaker

Heili Kim

Partner
Venable LLP
Panelist

Michelle Jackson

Partner
Venable LLP
Moderator

Steven Marshall

Partner
Venable LLP
Speaker

Todd Halpern

Partner
Venable LLP
Keynote

Todd Harrison

Partner
Venable LLP
Keynote

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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
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

New to the organic industry? Join us to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around. 
Speakers
Graham Rigby

Chief Innovation Officer
Organic India
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Johanna Mirenda

Farm Policy Director
Organic Trade Association
Moderator

Mike Dill

Food Safety & Compliance Manager, Organic Trade Policy Analyst
Organically Grown Company
Speaker

Stephen Walker

Operations Manager
Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA)
Speaker

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Friday, September 14
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a deep dive into the latest science on organic and best practices for soil health. We will explore the latest science and trends on key soil health issues: How do you measure soil health improvement? How can standards drive improvement in practices related to soil health? 
Speakers
Ali Kelley

Associate Marketing Manager
Annie's
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Doug Crabtree

Owner / Operator
Vilicus Farm
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Michel Cavigelli PhD

Lead Scientist
USDA Agricultural Research Service, Farming Systems Project
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Tracy Misiewicz

Associate Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center
Moderator

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

It is a time of profound change in the retail industry. Some of the changes include retail models: online, in-person, hybrid.  How are brands fixing their mix? At the same time, brands are responding to demand for transparency and communicating with consumers across a number of platforms, all while embracing a...
Speakers
Elizabeth Crawford

Senior Correspondent
Food Navigator-USA
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John Foraker

Co- Founder & CEO
Once Upon A Farm
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Marci Zaroff

Founder & CEO, Metawear
Co-Founder, Good Catch & BeyondBrands
Speaker

Tyler Lorenzen

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

Blockchain technology has the potential to bring organic to the forefront of transparency throughout the supply chain. Join us to enhance your understanding of what the technology is, what it can (and probably can’t) do, and hear about early forays into its implementation.
Speakers
Cynthia Barstow

Marketing Faculty, University Of Massachusetts Isenberg School Of Management
Founder & Executive Director, Protect Our Breasts
Speaker

Jennifer Tucker

Deputy Administrator
USDA National Organic Program
Speaker

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  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9
  • Friday, September 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker
Dr.  Karen Jensen ND

Author
Speaker on Behalf of Natural Factors
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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...
Speakers
Bryan Gray

Senior Marketing Manager
New Hope Network
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Cynthia Samanian

Founder
Hidden Rhythm
Speaker

Denise Lambertson

Founder & Chief Connector
LMS
Speaker

Jessica Rubino

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

Kate Finley

Founder & CEO
Belle Communications
Speaker

Kate Weidner

Founder & Owner
SRW
Speaker

Kunal Kohli

Co-Founder & COO
BOU Brands
Speaker

Michelle Lorge

VP of Marketing
Simple Mills
Speaker

Rachael Shayne

Senior Director Partnerships, Sales & Marketing
Vivabox
Speaker

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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
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The inner aisles of the supermarket are increasingly challenged by consumer demand for all things fresh. Non-perishables are challenged to “fresh-ify” their appearances, and packaged goods are making their way into areas of the store traditionally reserved for items with shorter expiration dates. How is ecommerce responding? What’s next? How...
Speakers
Kate Brown

Founder & President
Boulder Organic Foods
Speaker

Melody Meyer

President
Source Organic
Moderator

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

  • Location:   Hilton, Key Ballroom 9
  • Friday, September 14, 3:30 PM - 4:30 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
The Friday Community Benefit Concert on Eutaw Street will bring together the natural products industry, benefit Baltimore City’s youth, honor the Retailer of the Year AND feature live music by headliner Matisyahu! Not only will we be enjoying incredible music, and dynamic networking, but we'll be actively participating in loading up...

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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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