Future of Food: The JEDI Mindset on Nov 7!

October 29, 2019 by dev_team

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Introducing a Positive Conversation About Diversity in Your Company

Event Description

To further the purposeful shift toward a vibrant, regenerative economy, it is imperative that we focus the natural products industry’s attention on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). Diversity of perspectives within leadership, management, and workforce improves innovation output and helps companies reach communities that would otherwise remain underserved.

The JEDI Collaborative, an OSC² project, of industry peers and experts is leading a pathway for this work for the natural products industry and framing the business case for embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into our entire food ecosystem. Our intent is to take a positive, forward look vs. “fix what’s broken” position. We seek to understand the deeper issues and to devise an outline for the best solutions. We will clarify the systemic issues that require courage and thought leadership and define immediately controllable issues we all can address as an industry and in our day-to-day operations. We will develop a step-by-step approach to serve as a model to facilitate and inspire the industry to commit and take action. We will develop a reporting tool to demonstrate the impact of the project on progress. We believe the benchmark reporting will result in an increase in productivity in an increasingly multicultural marketplace.

Join us for a talk with CEO’s and JEDI experts about prioritizing this work in your own company and how to get started. We’ll also share more about the JEDI Collaborative and how you can benefit and participate in this natural product industry collaborative.


  • Nikki Silvestri – CEO and founder of Soil and Shadow
  • Sheryl O’Loughlin – former CEO of Rebbl, co-founder of JEDI Collaborative and Women on Boards Project
  • Steve Naccarato – CEO of Nutiva
  • Facilitated by Lara Dickinson – Executive Director & Co-founder of OSC2, co-founder of JEDI Collaborative

Full Schedule
5:30pm Doors Open
6:00pm Leadership Panel Begins
7:30pm Community Reception
8:30pm Event Ends

Tickets: Advanced ticket purchased required. Tickets will not be available at the door. 

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