As the president of Un-Marketing, he has transformed how corporations like PepsiCo, Century 21, Fidelity and Microsoft do business with radical insights on how to engage better with customers through social and viral marketing. Named a top 5 social media power influencer by Forbes.com, Scott elevates the conversation by putting the focus back on what matters most to current and potential buyers, values like trust, authenticity, relationships and service.

Kendra Doyel

Vice President of Marketing, Ralphs Grocery Co., CGA Chair Kendra Doyel is Chair of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors. She was named vice president of merchandising for Ralphs Grocery Co. in January 2019. She previously served as senior director of human relations for The Kroger Company’s Ralphs and 4 Less/Food Co. divisions. Doyel began […]

Ron Tite

Trained at the legendary Second City, Ron Tite has always blurred the lines between art and commerce. He has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.

Chip Conley

The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s.

Michael Tchong

Always pushing the innovation envelope, Michael is a leading advocate of easy-to-use digital tools and superior customer experiences. The rapid growth of technology and innovation have made him a sought-after catalyst for the advancement of both ecosystems. He is also an adjunct professor of innovation at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches how to correctly interpret the dynamics of Ubertrends and the opportunities they present.

Miyoko Schinner

Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s, Miyoko Schinner, sparked the rise of the multi-million dollar plant-based cheese revolution by engineering a proprietary technology for making dairy from plants. Earning the title “the Queen of vegan cheese,” the bestselling author, chef, and entrepreneur has dedicated 30+ years to affecting social change and sustainability through veganism and activism.

Karen Howland

Karen Howland is a Managing Director with CircleUp Growth Partners. She has 15 years of investing experience across both the public and private sectors, and across all different elements of the consumer landscape, including retail, direct-to-consumer and consumer products.

Shawn Lange

Shawn Lange brings more than 20 years of domestic and global experience in the industrial automation industry. Most recently, he led his start-up, L2F Inc., to #2 in engineering and #237 overall on the 2016 Inc.5000 list of fastest growing private companies.

Diana Medina

Diana Medina joined Inmar in September 2017 as the director of e-commerce solutions. She leads the development of innovative e-commerce solutions to help Inmar’s retail partners compete and stay ahead in the digital retail environment.

John Bajorek

John directs a multidisciplinary team who create retail solutions for domestic and international client brands. His thorough understanding of shopper experience begins with insights and strategy, and continues through branding and a holistic approach to 360 marketing, retail environments, channel strategy and the spectrum of digital touch points.

Scott Riefler

Scott is currently chief science officer for SōRSE Technology, an innovation leader of materials development for edible product forms within the cannabis space. He joined SōRSE Technology in June of 2017, he and his team have developed a key water born platform for cannabinoid oils for the beverage and food industry.

Roy Eduardo Kokoyachuk

Roy Eduardo Kokoyachuk is a Managing Partner at ThinkNow Research. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on growth strategy and implementation in multicultural markets.

Charlotte Blane

Charlotte Blane, Senior Managing Consultant, for Gallup has more than a decade of experience advising at the intersection of people and profit. Charlotte’s expertise lies in the development and implementation of human strategy, including the selection, development and engagement of employees as well as the engagement of customers.


Kevin has introduced innovative cross-merchandising plans, inspired learning, grown leaders, and spearheaded store design and remodel efforts—all with a focus on the customer. Kevin serves on the board of directors for Raley’s Food For Families and is a past chairman of the California Grocers Association.

Karen Tynan

The last decade, Karen’s specialized in defending employers in the workplace safety arena and defending sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuits for California employers including construction companies, transportation companies, wineries, and media companies. Recent notable successes include a 2017 defense verdict in a sexual harassment case in Napa County for a large construction company as well as successful settlement of Cal OSHA citations with a 90% reduction in fines for willful and serious citations issued out of Oakland for a large San Francisco based company in 2018.


Robert Rodriguez has significant experience handling a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour class actions, claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination. He also has experience providing in-house legal advice regarding complex labor and employment issues.

Ismael Moreno

Director of Loss Prevention, Gelson’s Markets Ismael is a regional executive with over 25 years of experience in the field of Asset Protection and Law Enforcement. Ismael has been part of Multi-Industry Retail Loss Prevention Departments, managing locations in multiple states throughout the Western US. Ismael is also a Reserve Police Officer in Los Angeles implementing […]

David George

Managing Partner, Calibration Group David E. George, CFE, CFI is managing partner of Calibration Group, LLC. Previously, he served as vice president over Asset Protection for Dollar General Stores, a company with more than 12,200 stores in 43 states. While serving Dollar General, David was responsible for the Asset Protection field team, the Asset Protection corporate […]