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Emerging Leaders in Food & Agriculture

University Club, Denver, CO

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Event Postponed


In light of the current situation with COVID-19 in Colorado and around the country, we are heeding advice from the CDC and the practice of social distancing, and have decided to postpone the Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag event scheduled for March 30. While we recognize that this difficult decision may disappoint some, we hope in the end it proves to be an effective preventative measure.

Currently, we are working with the venue to see what dates may be available later in the year to hold the event. We are also closely monitoring the latest information from the CDC to understand when it is safe for business as usual to resume. We will continue to post updates here and send via email.

Event Summary

Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag aims to train, build community amongst, and honor emerging leaders across the agriculture supply chain in order to ensure that the enormous challenges facing food and agriculture today are addressed by a new generation of innovative, engaged leaders.

University Club

1673 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

Event Details

This action-packed event will include:

   • A full-day tour of food and agriculture operations

   • An awards celebration honoring the Top 20 Emerging Leaders in food and agriculture from across the country

   • Keynote sessions designed to equip emerging leaders with industry knowledge and inspiration

   • Networking opportunities to facilitate fruitful business relationships    

Voting for the Top 20 Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag is now open. Check out our list of incredible nominees and cast your vote today:


Who should attend:

Young/emerging leaders and middle managers working in the agriculture supply chain, from farm to food company. The types of companies these people may come from include:

   • Farm input suppliers

   • Farm equipment companies

   • Bank lenders, agriculture insurance

   • Ag transportation companies

   • Ingredient or food processors

   • Agricultural law firms


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Interested in speaking, sponsoring or exhibiting?  

Contact Sarah at 970-392-4434 •


Preliminary Agenda:

Day 1: August 17

(Subject to change)


1:00 - 2:00 pm - Registration and Opening Coffee

2:00 - 2:15 pm - Welcome

2:15 - 2:45 pm - Opening Keynote: Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture

2:45 - 3:45 pm - PANEL DISCUSSION: Moving Agriculture & Food Forward... Together


3:45 - 4:30 pm - Keynote Address: Leading Through Food Systems Challenges: Allison Kopf, CEO Artemis

4:30 - 4:45 pm - Short break, bar opens

4:45 - 5:15 pm - Top 20 Emerging Leaders Awards presentation

5:15 - 6:30 pm - Networking reception


Day 1: August 18

7:00 am - Tour check in

7:30 am - 4:30 pm - Industry Tour

This all-day tour will begin bright and early in the morning and include a three stops along the food and agriculture supply chain in the region. Stops will include a farm, supply chain operation and food company – each of which will provide an inside perspective on the day-to-day operations, as well as insight into how the operations work toward so sustainable future for the food sector. The bus will deliver you back to downtown Denver in time to get to the opening keynote and awards reception later Monday evening. You won't want to miss this action-packed adventure!



Dedicated in 1895, the University Club of Denver has established itself as a premium destination point for any event looking for a distinctive venue. The building boasts eight banquet rooms, two bars and a number of charming common areas.

The University Club sits on the corner of 17th and Sherman Street, four blocks south of the Capitol and an easy walk to the 16th Street Pedestrian Promenade that is the heart of downtown Denver. 

Attendees arriving from the Denver airport can take the light rail to Union Station and catch the free 16th Street shuttle to reach the U Club. 

Please note that the U Club has a dress code. Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, athletic apparel, tennis shoes and similar clothes are not appropriate. Casual business attire is acceptable.



Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag has secured a discounted room rate of $149.00 at the Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, within easy walking distance of the University Club, exclusively for our attendees. BOOK NOW to reserve your room before the deadline.