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Please note that selecting sessions of interest on the SCHED.ORG program does not register you for the event.

Advance Registration
closes October 20th at 5pm. 
On-site registration will be available starting on Friday, October 23 at 12:00pm in the lobby of the Humanities Building.

Mara Fleishman

Chef Ann Foundation
In 2001, Mara Fleishman turned her passion for healthy and sustainable food into a career by taking a position leading the marketing efforts for Whole Foods Market on the East Coast and in Europe. For nearly six years, she worked to raise awareness of the importance of eating fresh, healthy food. After a move to Boulder, Colorado, Fleishman decided to join her kindergartener for lunch at school one day. Shocked by the highly processed, high-sugar lunch that she and her daughter were served, she began her crusade to reform school food. While Fleishman worked with a small group of concerned parents and administrators to change their local school food program, she was also working on WFM’s first national initiative to support school food reform, then in her role as Global Director of Partnerships.

In 2013, Fleishman left her position with Whole Foods Market to work on school food reform in a full-time capacity as the Executive Director of the Chef Ann Foundation. With three kids ranging from ages four to thirteen, Mara brings a parent’s awareness to her work and writes about school food through that lens. Her current and archived blog posts are available on The Lunch Line.

In all, Fleishman has nearly 20 years of experience working in the natural products industry and is dedicated to educating people regarding the benefits of healthy food and sustainable business practices. She is a participant of Google Innovation Lab for Food Experiences—a global collaborative network for leading thinkers and doers in the food space that apply their knowledge and passion towards imagining and shaping the future of food.