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Shepard Workshop 2015
Sustainable Ag Lecture Series - Spring 2016:

Sustainability in Retail

A panel discussion about sustainability initiatives within the retail food industry with representatives from Grocery Outlet, Ralph's, and Whole Foods

Co-sponsored by Cal Poly's Agribusiness Department and the Center for Sustainability

Tuesday, May 10th
4 - 6 pm
University Union Bldg 065 - Rm 220
Free and open to the public

Kendra Doyel
Vice President of Public Relations and Government Affairs
Ralph's Grocery Co. and Food4Less divisions of the Kroger Co.

Ms. Doyel has been recognized by Progressive Grocer as a Top Women in Grocery Rising Star, received the Power of One Award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, was named Advocate of the Year by the California Grocers Association in 2012 and 2014, and inducted into the Clovis Hall of Honor for Business and Industry. She serves on the executive committee of the Los Angeles Central City Association, the board of directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Los Angeles Summer Night Lights Advisory Board and is a member of the board of directors of the Discovery Science Center in Orange County, THINK Together and the University of New Mexico Alumni Association. She has a strong passion for gang reduction in inner cities, working with Homeboy Industries to develop creative and sustainable ways to support programs that provide jobs and education.

James Parker
Senior Coordinator for the Global Perishable Procurement Office
Whole Foods Market (GPP)

Mr. Parker's office oversees the large scale sourcing, purchasing, distribution, forecasting, and accounting of over half of the fresh raw product (produce, floral, seafood, and meat) sold in all the stores. GPP is also responsible for insuring the industry and in house regulatory and product standards are met. James joined Whole Foods Market in 1986 where he initially focused on retail department design, marketing, and merchandising- helping open more than 60 stores throughout the US. He has since expanded his interests to include the production and purchasing side of the business for fresh produce and floral as well as land and sea based animal proteins. For James, fresh food is “still life- a physical manifestation of our seasonal cycles. Fresh food connects us to our world in a way that is dynamic and ever changing. It is a way for us to celebrate the changing seasons and our changing world in a positive way every day.” James is also a painter, and a fresh food chef and advocate.

Eric Lindberg
Co-CEO, Grocery Outlet

After receiving a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Hampden-Sydney College in 1993, Eric Lindberg began his career in the international search and recruiting business. He spent 3 years between Atlanta-based MSI, Intl. and their London office, SCI, running their IT Search and Placement Division. In 1996, he joined Grocery Outlet, where he advanced through several positions over a decade including Operations, Retail Marketing, and Procurement. Eric Lindberg was promoted to Co-CEO in 2006.


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