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Tuesday, February 28

8:35am PST

Opening Keynote: Driving Industry Change
Following the extraordinary upheaval of the pandemic, enterprises quickly realized there is no more “business as usual.” And in no industry is that truer than foodservice and hospitality. While massive numbers of veteran workers departed -- never to return, multiple generations of employees entered (or re-entered) hospitality roles, each looking for more than just a job. Younger workers particularly require meaningful employment, equity, flexibility, and accountability from their companies. But everyone wants a competitive and livable wage plus a sustainable career path. Meet Saru Jayaraman, the founder and president of One Fair Wage, who will share her efforts, experience, and the promising results of improving wages and opportunities for restaurant team members.

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Saru Jayaraman

Founder & President / Director, One Fair Wage / Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley
Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), which grew into a national... Read More →

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Christian Siglin

Beverage Director & Operating Partner, Fernside Bar
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Mikey Knab

Former Restaurant Owner and Hospitality Advocate
Mikey started working as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old. He worked his way up through all positions in restaurants, eventually working as Director of Operations for the Meza Family Restaurant Group, which he helped expand from one small unit in the Kensington neighborhood of... Read More →

Tuesday February 28, 2023 8:35am - 9:15am PST

4:05pm PST

Tuesday Closing Keynote: The Truer Vision
Jackie Summers’ and Dr. Hoby Wedler’s collaboration seems to have been preordained. As the first Black licensed distiller in America and the founder of Sorel Liqueur, and facing his own challenges, Jackie has devoted years to advocating for differently abled, disadvantaged, and marginalized people. Hoby, blind from birth, earned his PhD in organic chemistry, is a sensory expert, entrepreneur, and educator. These two have now professionally partnered to create a unified front to combat systemic barriers of all kinds. Toby has brought his gifts in chemistry and sensory literacy to improve the quality of Sorel – a complex blend of botanicals and now, the most awarded liqueur of 2022 - while scaling production. According to Jackie, the product not only tastes better, it’s less expensive to deliver. Imagine have a common desire to make the world more accessible while building a better brand.

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Jackie Summers

Creator and Founder, Sorel Liqueur
An acclaimed author, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Jackie Summers is the founder of JackFromBrooklyn Inc. and the creator of the award-winning Sorel Liqueur. After being diagnosed with a spinal tumor and given a small chance to live, Jackie Summers not only beat those odds, but... Read More →
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Hoby Wedler, Ph.D.

Chemist and Food and Beverage Entrepreneur, Hoby Wedler
Dr. Hoby Wedler is an insightful, disarming, and passionate thinker who loves to bring people together to help them see new possibilities. With the heart of a teacher, Hoby helps turn dreams into realities. Hoby has been completely blind since birth. He is a chemist, an entrepreneur... Read More →

Tuesday February 28, 2023 4:05pm - 4:55pm PST
Pacific Jewel Ballroom San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina
Wednesday, March 1

10:25am PST

Closing Keynote: Drinking Our Way to a Cleaner Planet
Join Marian Leitner (Founder and CEO) and Elizabeth Banks (Chief Creative Officer) of leading canned wine company, Archer Roose, as they discuss the importance of sustainability within the wine category as well as the company’s own efforts to “drink their way to a cleaner planet” one canned wine at a time! Marian and Elizabeth will delve into various relevant topics such as the following…
  • Importance of thoughtful alternative packaging due to global warming
  • On-premise challenges such as staffing, margin protectors/enhancers, fast to service, 1-on-1 inventory management
  • How Archer Roose’s efforts around sustainability work to align with their wider mission to create a better future for our planet while democratizing the wine industry
  • The interview-style discussion is designed to create an “aha” moment for businesses to think outside the bottles
  • Elizabeth will speak about what attracted her to AR, how it aligns with her brand ethos, the importance of sustainability in her line of work, and how that translates to her life

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Marian Leitner-Waldman

Co-Founder and CEO, Archer Roose Wines
Marian Leitner-Waldman is the founder and CEO of Archer Roose Wines, one of the fastest growing wine companies in the U.S. She is on a mission to democratize fine wine by making the wine industry more inclusive and leveraging format to fit the lifestyles of modern consumers. Her emmy-award... Read More →
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Elizabeth Banks

Actress, Producer, Writer and Director
Actress, producer, writer and director Elizabeth Banks is known for roles in both comedy and drama, as well as film and television. Her work includes stand-out performances in projects including The Hunger Games franchise, Love & Mercy, The LEGO Movie and Mrs. America. She is... Read More →

Wednesday March 1, 2023 10:25am - 11:15am PST
Pacific Jewel Ballroom San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina
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