The Millennial Manager

We’ll be investigating some of the challenges associated with being a millennial in management. This workshop focuses on younger managers, and managers looking for a new perspective. We’ll cover tips for holding space and confidence in a Management team with well-tenured peers, and managing a team with tenured employees. We’ll also explore and share creative management techniques. BIO: [Read More]

Continuing the Conversation on Harnessing the Power of an OPEN Mind

Join keynote speaker Margi Simmons in continuing the conversation for powering your best, most productive self. In this session, you will flex your leadership, communication and collaboration muscles. Through experiential exercises and facilitated conversation, she encourages you to build small shifts into every-day behavior to help quiet the inner critic and foster habits of gratitude, authenticity, and trust. In this compelling workshop, Margi will inspire you to focus your mental and emotional energy intentionally and choose to actively co-create the [Read More]

The FOUR P’s – Quadruple Bottom Line Business

Learn how one retailer is introducing a fourth “P” – Purpose – to their bottom line. Melissa Elkins, sustainability coordinator for the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA, will share what tracking People, Planet, and Profit metrics look like in practice, as well as the evolution of adding Purpose to their organizational framework. BIO: Melissa has worked for the Community Food Co-op, located in Bellingham, WA, since 1996. Since 2012, she has been the Co-op’s Sustainability Coordinator when [Read More]

Burn Bright Not Out

We sell the best food on the planet. We get to live our values through our work. We’re committed to doing the best job possible and yet we can feel burdened with the weight of all our obligations and responsibilities to where the vision and motivation that led us into our work begins to fade and the feeling of burnout can become a regular part of our daily work life. Sound familiar as you’re reading this while eating lunch [Read More]

Practical Time Management Just-In-Time

We have X hours in a day to get X things crossed off the ever-growing to-do list. Most of us end our days with having done less than we thought we should/could/would. In this workshop, we’ll explore some theory and practical tools around time from the perspective of lean whole systems thinking. Using a tool called a Kanban Board we’ll explore how the theories of Just-In-Time and Single-Piece-Flow can be applied to project, task, and email management. The immediate [Read More]

Old Label, New Landscape: Understanding Fair Trade in the Produce Department

Once most common on coffee and chocolate, fair trade labels are making their way into the produce department. This panel will look at this fast-growing market sector from multiple perspectives along the supply chain. From plantations in Honduras to small-scale farmers in Ecuador, to multinational operations that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border, what does “fair trade” mean in the context of produce? Join us for a discussion on opportunities, challenges, and future possibilities. BIOS: [Read More]

Joining the Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC)

The word “regenerative” is popping up everywhere. With the new Regenerative Organic Certification, retailers and brands will need to learn how to communicate the reasons and as well as the concept of “regenerative organic” to their customers and help them understand the why of regenerative. This workshop will share: The details of the ROC certification, and  how to get involved as allies How to communicate the concept to your customers The inspirational story of Biggest Little Farm, which is [Read More]

Points of Intersectionality, Creating Inclusive Policies Within our Businesses, Agencies, Cooperatives, and Communities

Diversity and inclusivity are more than buzzwords and talking points, they are policies and practices that have the power to strengthen our teams and working environments while increasing the market penetration of our products and services. As we operate in a rapidly changing marketplace, new tools are needed to analyze the plans of our commercial businesses, associative organizations, community cooperatives, and governmental agencies, to ensure we not only keep pace but are leaders in our respective fields. In this [Read More]

Family Scale Organic Farming: Rural Revitalization and a Solution to Climate Change

Organic family farmers across North America are using innovative management practices to face the challenges of climate change, soil degradation and economic strife in the food system. Done properly, small-scale family organic farming can mitigate climate change and provide additional ecological value, such as clean water, clean air, soil erosion protection and economic revitalization for rural communities. Learn how Farmer Direct Organic is prioritizing real organic family farmers using innovative farming methods and sequestering carbon to mitigate climate change through regenerative [Read More]

Solsara: Relational Skills for Real Life

Being human is simple, right? Apparently not. We often go through our days holding tension; we’re tight, constricted, isolated, afraid of what others might think, a fraction of our true selves, only partially expressed, and wanting more. This practice simplifies all that noise. One part spiritual practice (who am I?), one part relational lab (how do I connect with others?), and one part social action (what the hell are we doing here?), this practice clears the cobwebs, veils, and [Read More]

Fresh Connections: Transparency in the Retail Environment

  As the demand for sustainable, organic, and socially conscious products continues to grow the demands on retailers and wholesale suppliers to provide the highest quality goods at the most competitive prices continue to increase as well. How do we offer access to fresh healthy foods to most people in our communities and still support the people who grow it? Is this even possible? The group will explore the value of embracing transparency in the supply chain order to differentiate [Read More]

Earth, Humans & Fungi: A Shared History

This presentation is about Fungi (Mushrooms), its history with the planet, and importance to humans cross-culturally around the world. Seven important species will be cited and their value in support of our own immune health discussed*. Information presented is based on the work of Paul Stamets, D.Sc. recognized mycologist, author, speaker and environmentalist. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease BIO: Robin Yeager [Read More]

Brewing Coffee: What’s in your cup and how did it get there?

In this workshop, we will go through a short overview of Equal Exchanges coffee supply chains from seed to cup. After that, we will focus on the cup, where we will do a hands-on tutorial of different brewing methods and techniques and give you some tips on how to create the best cup of coffee wherever you are. BIOS: Shawn Seebach grew up in a small town in MN with a beautiful Food Co-op, the place where she learned [Read More]