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  • Elisabeth Leamy, journalist, author and Dr. OZ consumer and investigative correspondent View Full Bio

    Elisabeth Leamy is a nationally-known journalist, author, speaker and spokesperson. After 20-plus years of speaking into a camera to millions, she loves speaking to live audiences of thousands. After all, when you communicate through a camera, you don’t know if you’re giving your viewers what they need, but when you speak in person, the feedback is immediate and electrifying.

    Elisabeth’s inspirational keynote is "Lights, Camera, Action: 10 Secrets to Career Success.” She also speaks on “How to Pitch so the Media Pays Attention” and “A 13-Time Emmy-Winner Teaches You To Craft Vibrant Videos” plus “How To Save BIG Money Instead of Small.”

    Meanwhile, Elisabeth’s TV career continues. She joined the Dr. Oz show in 2013 as a consumer and investigative correspondent. And she hosts the You Tube show “Free For All,” which uncovers fantastic free offers for consumers. Elisabeth is a featured Money Columnist for ABCNews.com. Previously, she was the Consumer Correspondent for ABC News, contributing to Good Morning America, World News, Nightline and 20/20.

    Elisabeth is the author of two books. Her most recent is “Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands.” Her first book was “The Savvy Consumer: How to Avoid Scams and Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money.”

    Before going national, Elisabeth worked at local stations in Washington, DC, Tampa, FL and Bakersfield, CA. She has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards and four Edward R. Murrow Awards.

    Elisabeth prepared for all this action with a Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s in Rhetoric and Mass Communication from The University of California at Berkeley. She grew up in Marin County California and now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and young daughter.

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  • Jim Mulhern, president and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation View Full Bio

    Jim Mulhern joined the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013 and recently took over as president & Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2014. He is a veteran agriculture and food policy strategist with over 30 years of experience working with Washington, DC legislators, regulators, and the media.

    Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in agricultural journalism. He began his career managing communications for a five-state Midwest dairy marketing cooperative, and has worked on dairy policy issues throughout his entire career.

  • Dr. Marcia Endres, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of dairy science, University of Minnesota View Full Bio

    Dr. Marcia Endres is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota with an extension/research appointment. Her research interests include dairy management, welfare and behavior. She has studied how various housing and management systems that can influence health, welfare and performance of dairy cattle.

    In recent years, Dr. Endres has also conducted research and outreach on precision dairy technologies, including individual cow behavior sensors, automated calf feeders and robotic milking systems. She has published over 190 popular press articles, 65 scientific abstracts, 70 conference proceedings and 38 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. She represents the University of Minnesota on the National NC-1029 Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare committee and has been a member and chair of the Animal Behavior and Well Being and the Production, Management and Environment Joint Program committees for the American Dairy Science Association Annual Meetings. She is a member of the National Dairy Animal Care Review Panel for the Center for Food Integrity. She was also a director for PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) and served on their Dairy Welfare Guidelines Review Committee. 

    Dr. Endres received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.Sc. from Iowa State University, and a Veterinary Medicine degree from University Federal of Parana, Brazil.

  • Mike Reidy , senior vice president of corporate affairs, Leprino Foods View Full Bio

    Mike Reidy is a senior vice president of corporate affairs at Leprino Foods and is responsible for a combination of supply chain and administrative responsibilities, including procurement, product management, transportation, legal, policy, tax, finance and other corporate affairs. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Leprino Foods Company produces, markets, and sells the highest quality dairy food ingredients, including Italian-style cheeses to pizza chains, frozen food manufacturers, foodservice distributors, and retail and foodservice shredders, and whey, lactose and related products to the nutrition, confectionary and other industries.

    Since joining Leprino Foods in 1994, Reidy has held a variety of leadership positions including SVP of Administration - Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Supply Chain.

    Before joining Leprino Foods, Reidy worked at Price Waterhouse for 18 years as a partner in the Audit group, serving a wide variety of public and private clients with both domestic and global operations. In addition to his role at Leprino Foods, Mr. Reidy is on the board(s) of the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Cheese Institute, having served each as a past chairman multiple times.

  • Chuck Ahlem, dairy farmer, Hilmar Jerseys, Hilmar, California View Full Bio

    Charles “Chuck” Ahlem is the owner and operator of Charles Ahlem Ranch in Turlock, Calif. with 4,000 Jersey milking cows and 1,100 farming acres. In addition, he is a founding partner of Hilmar Cheese Company, which annually produces more cheese from its Hilmar, Calif. site than any other facility in the world.

    Chuck briefly served as the undersecretary of the California of Food and Agriculture under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2004 to 2005. He is well-versed in modern farming practices and techniques and farming regulations in California and nationally.

  • Bruce Feinberg, global animal health and welfare officer, McDonald’s View Full Bio

    Bruce joined McDonald’s in November 1998, as senior director, US quality systems and was responsible for providing leadership in the development and deployment of quality systems for U.S. food suppliers and distributors. While part of the US business, Bruce served on several McDonald’s councils, including: Global Quality Leadership Board, Animal Welfare Council, Socially Responsible Food Supply Initiative, Global Food Improvement Team’s and was responsible for developing McDonald’s Guiding Principles and Global Standards for Animal Welfare.

    Since joining the global team in 2003, Bruce has led enterprise initiatives focusing on improving the customers experience and enhancing brand protection. Bruce currently serves as global animal health and welfare officer for McDonald’s Corporation, responsibility for directing McDonald’s Global Animal Health and Welfare team, consisting of 40+ individuals representing academia, McDonald’s global protein supply partners and McDonald’s subject matter experts from each of its four geographic business units. The group focuses on species specific improvement and prudent antibiotic use. The mission of this global team is to balance what the science says with what the customer expects, driving meaningful and enduring improvement in the health and welfare of those animals in the supply chain, throughout their lives.

    Prior to McDonald’s, Bruce has held leadership positions with H. J. Heinz, Anheuser Busch Companies Frito Lay and PepsiCo Restaurants, now YUM Brands.

    Bruce is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Animal Science, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland for International Animal Welfare, Ethic and Law. He and his wife Karen reside in the Chicago area.

  • Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. , president and CEO of the American Humane Association View Full Bio

    Dr. Robin Ganzert is the president and CEO of the American Humane Association, an organization dedicated to the protection of animals and children. Under Dr. Ganzert’s leadership, the American Humane Association has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” by CharityWatch and achieved the prestigious “Gold Level” charity designation from GuideStar. She has grown the number of farm animals protected by American Humane Association’s “Humane Heartland” program by over 900%, now certifying more than 1 billion farm animals — about 10 percent of the nation’s entire livestock production.

    Dr. Ganzert has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC World News Tonight, Fox and Friends, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren as well as other local and national television programs. She has been a guest on The Diane Rehm Show, Sean Hannity’s radio show and many other radio programs. She has written for or been quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Foxnews.com, USA Today, Fast Company, Boston Globe, The Tennessean and other news outlets.

    Previously, Dr. Ganzert was the deputy director of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and prior to that, as Wachovia’s national director of philanthropic strategies.