The former CEO of General Electric is highly regarded for his track record of success and his commitment to building leaders and teams.
Named as one of the "100 Greatest Living Business Minds" by Forbes magazine in 2017, Welch has been called "The CEO of CEOs." He began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960 and in 1981, became the company's eighth chairman and CEO. During his 20-year tenure as CEO, the company's market capitalisation rose from US$13 billion to over US$400 billion. In 2000, he was named "Manager of the Century" by Fortune magazine. Today, he serves as executive chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute.
Also featured on ONE18's mainstage will be Professor Robert Wolcott and Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou.
Wolcott is clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He won "Teacher of the Year" from Kellogg's EMBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He is also a managing partner with Clareo, a foresight and growth strategy consultancy serving global corporations.
The author of "Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation," Wolcott is a regular contributor to Forbes on the impact of technology on business, society and humanity. His work appears in MIT Sloan Management Review, strategy+business, the Harvard Business Review (online), the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, Businessweek, the Financial Times (European Edition), The New York Times and numerous overseas publications.
Wolcott is an angel investor, and he currently serves on advisory boards for ZF, a US$40 billion German automotive supplier, and H-Farm, the leading technology ecosystem in Italy.
Barrangou is the TR Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University, where his work focuses on the evolution and function of CRISPR-Cas systems and their applications in food manufacturing.
Recently, he received the 2016 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, the 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award, the 2017 NAS Award in Molecular Biology and the 2018 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. He is also the former chairman of the board of directors of Caribou Biosciences, a co-founder and member of the scientific advisory board of Intellia Therapeutics, and a co-founder and chairman of the scientific advisory board of Locus Biosciences.
Prior to his position at North Carolina State University, Barrangou spent almost a decade at Danisco and DuPont working on research and development as well as mergers and acquisitions in the food industry.
"This is the most impressive lineup of mainstage speakers that we have ever had," said Aidan Connolly, vice president of corporate accounts and chief innovation officer at Alltech. "If you are ready for ideas that could fundamentally change your business, ONE18 in Kentucky is the only place to be this May."
The transformative power of ideas is the underlying focus of over 50 topics slated for discussion at ONE18. Twelve sessions, covering all major agriculture sectors, as well as brewing and distilling, business, and health and wellness, will set the stage for an epic exchange of ideas between thought leaders and knowledge seekers.
Held May 20–22 in Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech's conference has become known as a nexus of global agriculture. The event, now in its 34th year, draws 4,000 people from more than 70 countries.
The conference experience extends beyond comprehensive presentation content, with attendees invited to embark on area tours throughout the Bluegrass and network with peers from across the globe. They will enjoy first-class cuisine in the city that Zagat named one of the "30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America in 2017" and dance the night away at the annual Kentucky Night celebration, held in the Alltech Arena at the world-famous Kentucky Horse Park.
Learn more and register at one.alltech.com for a savings of US$400 before March 31. Join the conversation with #ONE18 on Twitter, and follow the ONE18 Facebook event page for updates.