Dr. June Jo Lee, VP Strategic Insights, The Hartman Group
Her areas of expertise include the cultural apparatus of food, eating occasions, food culture trends, and Health + Wellness. Current and past clients include Starbucks, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Hershey’s, Nestlé, Campbell’s, Heinz, Safeway, Dairy Management Inc., National Council of Farmer’s Cooperative, Daymon, Bunge, Johnson and Johnson and Seventh Generation.
She has spoken at industry conferences for the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard School of Public Health, United Fresh Produce Association, Food Marketing Institute, Cooperative Grocer Network, Natural Products Expo West, and many client Consumer Days.
June has worked at The Hartman Group for nine years. She has a Master’s in East Asian Studies from Harvard and a Master’s in Korean Studies from Yonsei University.
Michael Dimock, President Roots of Change
Michael has focused on agriculture and food since 1989. He was a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness, farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors. Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their latest book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012. Michael’s love for food systems grew from experiences on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he worked in television and documentary film production and was a campaign worker for California Governor Jerry Brown. Michael received a BA in History with Honors at UCLA in 1983 and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1988.