Keynote Speakers 2017-07-20T16:25:05+00:00

Keynote Speakers

As the Academy celebrates its Centennial, it’s also planning for a promising second century. This year’s line-up of extraordinary keynote speakers will inspire us with their visions of the future. Come ready to learn about the trends for food and dietetics and leave re-energized with fresh, new perspectives.

Opening Session

Saturday, October 21

4 – 6 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

How Media Influences Healthcare Today

Named a “pop culture icon” by USA Today, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is perhaps the most media-savvy physician working today. Gupta is a broadcaster, writer, podcaster and web-contributor, all of which places him in a unique position to examine why certain health-related stories make the headlines and others don’t.

In this presentation, he takes a hard look at the media’s role in conveying sometimes frightening medical information.

About Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Multiple Emmy® Award Winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine and HIV/AIDS.

Gupta’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2009, “Fit Nation” followed the progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspired each other while training for a triathlon. The program is now in its sixth year.

Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Member Showcase

Monday, October 23

10 a.m. – noon

Speaker: Kimbal Musk

Why Food is the New Internet: The Future of Food

Global Food represents a $4.8 trillion market. This is an incredible opportunity for our generation. According to Kimbal Musk, our society needs young, hungry, smart people innovating food from all angles: technology, data, automation, organic farming, responsible sourcing, opening real food restaurants, promoting gardening and so much more.

In this session, Musk will discuss how we can take advantage of this opportunity to impact the food chain with real food. The work is meaningful and the results incredible.

About Kimbal Musk

Leading Entrepreneur, Environmentalist and Thought Leader in the Future of Innovation in Technology and Food Sustainability

Kimbal Musk is the Co-Founder of The Kitchen, a growing family of businesses that pursues an
America where everyone, everywhere has access to real food. His restaurants source food directly from local farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year. His non-profit builds Learning Gardens in schools around the U.S. reaching hundreds of thousands of students every school day. His urban, indoor vertical farming accelerator, seeks to empower thousands of millennials to become real food farmers.

Kimbal is on the board for Chipotle, Tesla, and SpaceX.

Follow him on Twitter @Kimbal and Instagram @KimbalMusk.

Closing Session

Tuesday, October 24

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Michio Kaku

The Future of the Mind

Dr. Michio Kaku illustrates the stunning breakthroughs being made in neuroscience, which are finally beginning to unravel the mysteries of the most complex object in the known universe: the human brain. Dr. Kaku will take us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, explaining how the brain functions and how technologies will change our daily lives.

He will present a radically new way to think about “consciousness” and provide fresh insights into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness. Learn how what was once solely thought of as science fiction has become a startling reality.

About Dr. Michio Kaku

Theoretical Physicist, Best-Selling Author, and Popularizer of Science

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today. He is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, commerce, and finance based on the latest research in science. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City Univ. of New York and has been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. He is the author of several international best-sellers. Dr. Kaku also does considerable public speaking on international radio and TV. He also hosts his own national weekly radio program which airs in 130 cities in the US and also the KU national satellite band and internet, called Science Fantastic.