EDGE Keynote Series

Sunday Women Leaders Forum

Create a Business that Solves a Problem, Not an Added Accessory in a World of Mass Consumption

Sunday, September 15 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ashley Tyrner
Chief Executive Officer
Farmbox Direct
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Farmbox Direct is a door-to-door service that brings the freshest vegetables and fruits directly from organic farms to literally to any door. Sounds like your typical online shopping service-you select your items and the next day or two you receive your product. Right? Not really.

Ashley Tyrner (a single mom on food stamps) was on a mission to solve the overwhelming food desert problem in America. The concept of shipping fresh produce wasn't the issue as much as getting the product to people in food deserts.

Around the clock, Ashley operates with a clear conviction that all people should have access to organic food. Working tirelessly to disrupt the food policy space, Ashley has been recognized by the Obama administration partnering with Michelle Obama's executive director, Sam Kass of the Let's Move! Campaign, to extend EBT/SNAP benefits, which currently must be used in person at a point of sale, online.

Monday Keynote Session

Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas

Monday, September 16 | 8:45 am - 10:00 am

Jeremy Gutsche
Chief Executive Officer
Trend Hunter
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Uncover your innovation blind spots-and see how you and your organization compare to the world's top innovators!

Failure to adapt or to recognize opportunities to innovate is a core problem threatening business today. People and organizations often don't notice how close they are to better ideas, tend to resist change or don't know how to evolve. In this opening keynote session, attendees will learn how to identify innovation blind points and will gain tools and techniques to implement meaningful change.

Highly engaging and humorous, Jeremy Gutsche's educational lessons are drawn from the untold experiences of reclusive billionaires and ordinary people alike, who achieved remarkable feats by simply seeing and seizing the opportunities that others overlooked. Learn to recognize patterns and clues that will lead you to be a better investor, better innovator, better creator and a better adaptor.

Change is the only constant variable, both in life and in business. Join Jeremy Gutsche as he unpacks how individuals and organizations can become idea generators and world-class changemakers. You will be better and faster.

Tuesday Keynote Session

The Gig Economy and the Millennial's Journey to Change the World

Tuesday, September 17 | 8:45 am - 10:00 am

Seema Bansal
Venus ET Fleur
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Chieh Huang
Chief Executive Officer
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Eric Termuende
NoW Innovations
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Felisa Higgins
Clinical Associate Professor
and Associate Dean
Smeal College of Business
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The age of disruption continues as the largest generation of youth in history make up almost 50 percent of the global workforce. Roughly 100 million startups are launched each year in the US alone - and on average, millennials will start their first business between the ages of 20 and 35.

E-Commerce is the natural go-to for startups and young entrepreneurs. How do we leverage millennials, the 'pioneers of the subscription economy', to uphold a transparent supply chain in the age of mobile shopping? How are young entrepreneurs influencing supply chain? How will young entrepreneurs change corporate conversation and culture?

This panel of innovative millennial entrepreneurs will address the many facets of the entrepreneurial journey in the 21st Century. These successful young professionals will also discuss the working landscape they envision for the future and how they plan to effect change in the world.

Moderator Contest

For EDGE 2019, CSCMP held a video contest to select the moderator for the Tuesday Keynote Session. After two rounds of video submissions, Felisa Higgin's energy, knowledge and public speaking skills impressed the EDGE committee and she was selected as the winner. Watch her winning video

Wednesday Keynote Session

Going After Your Goals for the Right Reasons

Wednesday, September 18 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sarah Thomas
National Football League

Sarah Thomas is a woman of many firsts - she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. Sarah is also the first permanent female NFL official, and made post-season history during the Patriots/Chargers 2019 AFC Divisional championship by being the first woman to officiate a playoff game.

In the closing keynote session, Sarah will share essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, as well as vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry.