The 2017 Building a Healthier Future Summit features a wide range of industry, policy, academic and nonprofit leaders, all committed to making healthier choices easier for busy families and kids. See below for the full list.
Entrepreneur, Media Influencer, Super Model, Star.
Entrepreneur, Media Influencer, Super Model, Star.
Cindy Crawford is known to the world as one of the original supermodels who defined that pivotal moment when fashion models became stars in their own right. Cindy used her fame as a springboard to launch a career that has spanned almost three decades and resulted in an exceedingly successful and trusted brand representing beauty, fashion, fitness and home. Cindy’s staying power in a notoriously fickle industry can be credited to her professionalism, business savvy and dedication to every endeavor. These attributes in particular have made Cindy a force to be reckoned with in support of children’s health.
Founder & CEO
Center for Youth Wellness
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician, mom and Founder & CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), where she is leading the national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to children exposed to significant Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress.
She serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative championed by the Clinton Foundation (in association with Next Generation) to improve the lives of children ages birth to five years.
She earned her MD at UC Davis School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Founder and CEO
Chairman, President and CEO
Principal Financial Group
As Chairman, President and CEO of the Principal Financial Group®, Daniel J. Houston is responsible for overall management of the company. Houston joined PFG fresh out of college in 1984 as a group representative, and has worked his way up to his current position by serving in numerous capacities over three decades, assuming his current role in 2015. Houston sits on several boards, including that of the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), American Council of Insurers (ACLI), Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), Iowa State University Business School Dean’s Advisory Council and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
Senior health correspondent, Vox.com
Julia Belluz is a Canadian award-winning journalist covering medicine and public health for Vox.com. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, the British Medical Journal, the Medical Post, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Slate, the Times (of London), the Economist, and other publications. Outside of reporting, Belluz speaks regularly at health care and journalism conferences around the world. She is a fellow and guest lecturer at McMaster University. She holds an MSc. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.
Twitter @JuliaOfToronto and Linkedin.
Matthias Berninger has been with Mars, Inc. since 2007, when he joined the company’s Mars Europe division following a 13-year political career in his native Germany. Since 2009, he has served as Corporate Staff Officer, Public Affairs, with responsibilities for the central Public Policy and Programs team and the Public Affairs teams in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. He also leads the global trade team within Mars, Incorporated. He has extensive experience working on the company’s Health and Nutrition strategy for food and snack foods.
Jeffrey Breslin leads Under Armour’s global investments in youth through the UA WIN program, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to ensure all youth have access to the life-altering impact of sport participation. Prior to joining Under Armour, Breslin spent 10 years leading program development at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Youth on the Move in Community
Elijah Brooks is the Director of Youth On The Move, which offers programs in football, basketball, karate and after-school tutoring and GED services to more than 275 young people living in Harlem, New York.
Known as Coach Brooks by youth and elders alike, he served 18 years as a volunteer football coach before becoming Director. He is committed to providing youth in Harlem with access to safe and healthy choices, alternatives and outlets that enable them to grow to their full potential.
Coach Brooks previously served as a law enforcement professional for 20 years with the New York City Police Department.
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
McGovern Medical School
Cornthwaite is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys the cultural diversity and dialogue that food inspires. She encourages changing lives one meal at a time, with an understanding of the role food plays in wellness.
Fatima De La O
Cooking Matters showed her how to use less salt, more vegetables and more creative ways of preparing healthier meals for her family, as well as how to change her grocery shopping habits to allow her to save money. Now, she and her family are eating healthier, more nutritious meals that help them all to maintain a healthier weight.(click to close)
President and Executive Director
Whole Kids Foundation
Senior Food and Agriculture Reporter
Director of Community Relations
Associate Director, Public Policy
As Associate Director, Public Policy, Karin Gillespie leads the Changing Diabetes Policy function at Novo Nordisk, serving as Co-chair for the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance and US Project Lead for Cities Changing Diabetes. She is also responsible for developing and leading research that underpins Novo Nordisk’s diabetes advocacy work. Previously, Gillespie was a Senior Consultant for Elayne Howard & Associates, a Philadelphia-based healthcare strategy firm. She has been published in numerous professional journals and authored a book on shaping healthy eating habits in young children. Gillespie holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School.
Celebrity Chef and Founder
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chef, PBS TV Host, Cookbook Author
Pati Jinich is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., a cookbook author and mom to three boys. She is also TV Host of the James Beard and Emmy nominated PBS series, “Pati’s Mexican Table,” now in its 5th season. Originally trained as a political scientist, she worked as a policy analyst at the Inter-American Dialogue but switched careers in 2006 when she formally jumped into the kitchen to explore and share Mexican cuisine, while breaking down its myths and preconceptions. Her first cookbook Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home-Cooking published in 2013.
Award-winning nutrition expert Ashley Koff, RD, helps create better health fueled by better nutrition. From her earliest days as an ad executive, Koff mastered the skills needed to develop targeted nutrition marketing messages that directed people to better choices. Her highly successful approach helps people reach their better health goals by identifying and making Better Not Perfect choices more often. She has made appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, The Today Show, Fox and ABC News and been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She lives in Washington DC with her dog, Rerun.
Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist who has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition industry for the past 17 years. His early work involved hands-on Research and Development in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He is a frequent lecturer on the human microbiome at medical and nutrition conferences and health summits and a regular expert guest on national and satellite radio. He is currently involved in six novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Lighting Science Group
Senior Vice President
Previously, she led Ahold USA’s Merchandising Support Services and worked as chief of staff for the global CEO, supporting him in the development of Ahold’s Reshaping Retail Strategy, Better Everyday Promises and Ahold Balanced Scorecard. Additionally, she supported Ahold USA’s COO in the implementation of this strategy at the US company.
National Senior Program Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Janie Wilson is a seventh grade student from Peabody, MA. She believes cooking with family and friends can be a fundamental tool in a child’s education and make memories that last a lifetime. In 2014, she was the Grand Prize winner in the Uncle Ben’s Ben’s Beginners cooking contest, earning a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for her elementary school and a $15,000 cash prize for her family. In 2015, she competed on Food Network’s Chopped Junior and was featured on the cover of Chop Chop Magazine. Janie hosts, produces and edits her own cooking show on Peabody Access Communication Television.
Talk Show Host
Wolfe was the first-ever lifestyle and fitness correspondent on NBC’s Today show and recently wrote her first book, Thinner in 30, outlining a 30-day diet and fitness plan.