Opening Session Featured Speaker:  Walter Robb

Walter​ ​Robb’s​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​organic,​ ​all-natural​ ​produce​ ​began​ ​over​ ​40​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​gaining​ ​experience as​ ​a​ ​retailer,​ ​farmer​ ​and​ ​consultant​ ​throughout​ ​his​ ​career.​ ​As​ ​the​ ​former​ ​Co-CEO​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Fortune​ ​500 Company​ ​Whole​ ​Foods​ ​Market,​ ​Robb​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​strive​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​accessible,​ ​healthy​ ​products​ ​to consumers​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country. 

Robb’s​ ​long​ ​and​ ​varied​ ​entrepreneurial​ ​history​ ​began​ ​in​ ​1976​ ​when​ ​he​ ​opened​ ​the​ ​local​ ​grocery​ ​store Mountain​ ​Marketplace​ ​in​ ​Weaverville,​ ​California.​ ​Over​ ​15​ ​years​ ​later​ ​he​ ​sold​ ​the​ ​store​ ​to​ ​Whole Foods,​ ​joining​ ​the​ ​team​ ​as​ ​the​ ​local​ ​owner​ ​and​ ​operator.​ ​Robb’s​ ​savvy​ ​business​ ​expertise​ ​was recognized​ ​and​ ​two​ ​years​ ​later​ ​he​ ​was​ ​promoted​ ​to​ ​President​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Northwest​ ​Pacific​ ​Region. 

From​ ​there,​ ​Robb​ ​gradually​ ​climbed​ ​the​ ​chain​ ​of​ ​command,​ ​as​ ​Executive​ ​Vice​ ​President​ ​of Operations​ ​and​ ​Chief​ ​Operating​ ​Officer​ ​and​ ​Co-President.​ ​From​ ​2010​ ​through​ ​2016,​ ​Walter​ ​served as​ ​co-CEO​ ​alongside​ ​Whole​ ​Foods​ ​founder​ ​John​ ​Mackey.​ ​Within​ ​the​ ​role​ ​he​ ​oversaw​ ​the​ ​operations of​ ​six​ ​of​ ​Whole​ ​Foods​ ​Market’s​ ​twelve​ ​regions,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​purchasing,​ ​marketing,​ ​distribution​ ​and quality​ ​standards. 

In​ ​late​ ​2013,​ ​Robb​ ​was​ ​appointed​ ​director​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Container​ ​Store.​ ​He​ ​currently​ ​sits​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Whole Planet​ ​Foundation​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Regents​ ​for​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Pacific.​ ​He serves​ ​as​ ​Chairman​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Whole​ ​Kids​ ​Foundation​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​for​ ​the Retail​ ​Industry​ ​Leaders​ ​Association. 

Robb​ ​is​ ​an​ ​ardent​ ​organic​ ​advocate;​ ​he​ ​works​ ​his​ ​own​ ​organic​ ​garden​ ​and​ ​has​ ​served​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Board of​ ​Directors​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Organic​ ​Trade​ ​Association​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Organic​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​Promotion. 

He​ ​graduated​ ​Phi​ ​Beta​ ​Kappa​ ​from​ ​Stanford​ ​University​ ​in​ ​1976​ ​and​ ​is​ ​a​ ​proud​ ​father​ ​and​ ​grandfather with​ ​two​ ​sons,​ ​a​ ​daughter,​ ​and​ ​four​ ​grandchildren. 

Keynote Luncheon Speaker:  Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and he was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet.

Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.