June 19, 2018
In its 8th year, FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is the Midwest’s premier event for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to learn, connect, cultivate ideas and drive innovation in Chicago’s booming Good Food landscape. Businesses in FamilyFarmed’s network, which includes the Good Food Accelerator, have generated over $50 million in financing. Insightful presentations and panel discussions, a live pitch competition, dynamic networking and a Financing Fair will make up this year’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. This year’s conference will feature insightful presentations and panel discussions from industry leaders including John Foraker, Co-Founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm & former CEO of Annie’s Homegrown; Brandon Barnholt, President and CEO of KeHE Distributors; Bill Weiland, Owner of Presence Marketing; Kaitlin Smith, Founder and CEO of Simple Mills, Megan Klein, CEO of Here.co, Glenn Pappalardo, Vice President International of RXBAR (at Kellogg Company); Tony Olson, Owner and CEO of SPINS and Sergio Eleuterio, General Manager, Springboard Brands at The Kraft Heinz Company to name a few.
2018 CELEBRATE MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA
September 11, 2018
The Inaugural Celebrate Manufacturing Leadership Awards gala will bring Midwest manufacturing executives together to celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest who have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement in the manufacturing industry. The honoree will be announced soon.
INDUSTRY FOCUS: MANUFACTURING SECTOR INNOVATION, GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY & GLOBALIZATION
October 24, 2018
Join Global Midwest Alliance for a program featuring a discussion examining the projected growth in the manufacturing industry. Production is estimated to grow 2.8% in 2018, 2.6% percent in 2019 and 2% in 2020. The challenges and opportunities presented through growth will require technology, people, and processes to support scaling up. We will hear from keynote speaker, Rick Mattoon, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, about local, regional and national policies and economies having a direct impact on the manufacturing industry's environment and vibrancy. His unique perspective will help manufacturers understand whether the current industrial growth is sustainable, and if so, for how long. This program will also feature multi-panel discussions on topics such as human resources and the skilled labor challenge, MRP/ERP solutions, business and factory automation, finance, supply chain and business intelligence. Hear from and network with industry leaders, C-suite executives, manufacturers, government officials, and the innovators and users of new technologies so that you may gain a better understanding of how scaling up for growth may hold the key to unlocking unseen potential in your manufacturing and processing operations.
EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ROUNDTABLE: MANUFACTURING SECTOR
October 24, 2018
Executive Briefings are events open to Global Midwest Alliance partners and stakeholders BY INVITATION ONLY. The briefings bring together a select roundtable group of 10-12 C-Suite executives who share a common industry focus to network, discuss issues and trends, collaborate on solutions and provide thought leadership which will drive the Alliance’s industry programming.
2018 MIDWEST FOOD MATTERS LEADERSHIP GALA
The 4th Annual Midwest Food Matters Leadership Awards gala will bring Midwest food executives together to celebrate and recognize companies and individuals in the Midwest who have made significant contributions to the growth and improvement in the food industry. The honoree for 2018 Honoree will be announced soon.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY NETWORKING RECEPTION
Holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2019. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides to Midwest.innovators and entrepreneur.
2019 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCH
January 8, 2019
Global Midwest Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host a discussion focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2019. Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity.