jeff henderson

Award-winning chef, bestselling author and creator of Food Network's reality series, The Chef Jeff Project, host of Family Style with Chef Jeff and the star of Flip My Food with Chef Jeff

Wednesday, January 15
Mirage Event Center, Expo Stage

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, and then as an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs the encouragement to reinvent their life. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places – prison – Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation.

The creator of Food Network's reality series, The Chef Jeff Project, host of Family Style with Chef Jeff and the star of the nationally syndicated series, Flip My Food with Chef Jeff , he is also the best-selling author of two books.

mike lee

Co-Founder and CEO, Alpha Food Labs and Founder, The Future Market

Tuesday, January 14

Mike Lee is the co-founder and co-CEO of Alpha Food Labs, a food innovation company that helps companies create innovation strategies and new products that are better for people, planet, and palate. Mike is also the founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores what our food system could look like in the next 5-25 years.

Through Alpha Food Labs and the Future Market, Mike and his team have worked on various innovation strategy and product development projects with companies that include Campbell’s, Danone, Barilla, Google, Applegate, and more. Mike’s experience in food design & innovation has covered a wide range over the past 14 years. Prior to Alpha Food Labs & The Future Market, Mike led product development initiatives on the Innovation & New Ventures team at Chobani. Mike focused on building out their savory platform and drove food design from consumer insights, to ideation, to food and brand development, to business planning and production.

Mike is the grandson and son of Chinese restaurant owners in Detroit and was raised in those kitchens. He has a business degree from the University of Michigan and design from the Parsons School of Design. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

david parker

Executive Vice President, FLM Harvest

Tuesday, January 14

David is executive vice president of FLM Harvest. He has spent his entire 38‐year career helping individuals and organizations improve their performance. Before joining FLM Harvest, he was an original management team member of ABG/Adayana. Specializing in strategic planning, sales and marketing, financial management, value‐based solutions and branding initiatives, his focus is on the people side of the business. David is a nationally known speaker and facilitator, having delivered over 3,000 presentations, workshops and planning sessions for small, large and Fortune 500 companies. His focus is on the entire agribusiness value chain with a special emphasis on ag retail.

Erik qualman

Technology and Digital Leadership Expert, Author of Socialnomics

Wednesday, January 15
Grand Ballroom

#1 best selling author and keynote speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 30 million people this decade.His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.

What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube helped Qualman be listed by Forbes and Fortune as a Top 100 Digital Influencer and How to Sell on LinkedIn is becoming mandatory reading for sales teams. His business books are used in over 200 universities and he has received an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking work. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.