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MONDAY / OCTOBER 10, 2016 / 12:30 PM


In this session, you will hear four 15-minute, thought-provoking talks that will leave you challenged and inspired.


Suzy Badaracco| President | Culinary Tides, Inc.

Suzy Badaracco is a toxicologist, chef and registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminalistics, an Associates degree in Culinary Arts and a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition. Suzy has worked as a trends forecaster for food industry clients since 1992. She has been trained in military intelligence, chaos theory and predictive analysis techniques used by both corporate and government bodies and has been practicing trends intelligence and predictive forecasting for more than 14 years. Using these techniques she has been able to successfully predict and profile government, technology, adversary and ally, food, flavor, consumer, industry and health trends.

Jennifer Klawin| SVP, Brand Strategy, West Coast | BuzzFeed

Jennifer Klawin is SVP, Brand Strategy for BuzzFeed’s West Coast where she oversees a growing sales team and advertising strategies. Jen has more than 15 years of experience consulting top global brands on digital and social marketing campaigns. Previously, Jennifer served as the Director of West Coast Sales for Tumblr and a client partner at Facebook. She also spent 7 years at Yahoo! growing relationships with key clients in the automotive, entertainment and retail space. Jennifer began her career in NYC working for several publishing companies including Meredith Corporation and Working Woman Magazine.

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Cecily Sorenson| VP, Corporate Communications | Firehouse Subs

Cecily Sorensen is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Firehouse Subs. On a daily basis, she leads the strategic direction of public relations, crisis communications, internal communications, government affairs, and special events for the brand that is fast approaching 1,000 restaurant locations in the United States and Canada. Cecily graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and a Master’s in Mass Communication.

Patrick Sugrue | CEO | Saladworks

Patrick Sugrue brings more than 20 years of experience in the food industry and extensive executive expertise to his role as President and CEO of Saladworks. Patrick began his career in consumer packaged goods at The Gallo Winery and The Coca Cola Company. He continued his successful career in the food industry as Chief Operating Officer of Honey Baked Ham, President and Chief Executive Officer at Fearman’s Pork, Inc. and as President and Chief Operating Officer at Sofina Foods. The Detroit native has also worked closely as a consultant with several private equity groups and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Imvescor Restaurant Group. Patrick is committed to empowering franchisees and driving unit-level profitability and top line revenue as well as providing global brand leadership.