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Opening Keynote | Tuesday Morning Keynote

 Opening Keynote Address
Monday, February 25

 Dr. Morgaine Gaye
Food Futurologist

MorgaineDr. Morgaine Gaye is a Food Futurologist and director of bellwether; Food Trends, the first food trend research compendium.  She has her own health-food product range of functional food blends called Dr. Gaye, which are sold globally on-line.

Morgaine looks at food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding and geo-political perspective.  Her work involves running ideation sessions, consulting to food companies, developing new products and ideas; writing articles/trend reports for PR and ad agencies; giving public, university and corporate lectures on specific food trends, developing new ideas for food-related TV and radio programs and doing research on all elements of the eating experience from mouth-feel to olfactory perception.  She consults to leading blue chip food companies and manufacturers, delivering bespoke trend briefings and NPD ideation.

Morgaine is a frequent media contributor in print, radio and TV.  A number of her academic research papers have been published.  She is a guest university lecturer in UK and Sweden and is on the reviewing panel for the International Food Design Conference and yearly academic journal.  As part of the EU Commission, Morgaine was the chair at the Brussels Parliament for 2015.  As part of TED X 2016, Morgaine's talk was "It Doesn't Make Any Scents."  She is currently writing a book "A Taste of Things to Come" about food trends and why they matter.

 Tuesday Morning General Session
Tuesday, February 26

 John Frehse
Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Frehse_JJohn Frehse speaks around the world on a variety of best practices in the labor management field.  His experience covers a wide array of strategic issues, from analytical resource deployment modeling to implementation planning and execution, as well as tactical problems ranging from scheduling to increasing employee satisfaction and morale.

He is Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group, LLC, a leading provider of operational and labor strategy consulting services.

Previously at Merrill Lynch, Frehse is uniquely versed in the economical modeling of flexible labor strategies within seasonal and variable environments, and how to minimize adverse costs through performance management.  He has implemented solutions with Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries, balancing operations and labor savings with employee morale initiatives, and generating more than USD 150 million in cost savings.  He focuses on industries that do no work the traditional 9-to-5 schedule.

He has written numerous white papers and articles, and Booz Allen has awarded the Leading Idea of the Week to his strategy papers twice.  He serves on the advisory board of for their Workforce Management Practice.


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