Keynotes

 

Theresa Carrington

CEO, The Blessing Basket Project

Theresa Carrington is an innovator, humanitarian and an unlikely change agent. Prior to founding The Blessing Basket Project®, Theresa was a journalist who achieved numerous honors, including nine Mid America Emmy awards, over the course of her 20+ year career. Today, with partnerships with companies like Whole Foods Market®, the Project works with almost 3,000 Artisans across seven countries including Ghana, Uganda, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Guinea, Indonesia, and most recently, Kenya. By selling their products to more than 170 retail locations nationwide, The Blessing Basket Project® has already paid the U.S. currency equivalent of more than $2.5 million to the Artisans it serves.


 

Steve Voorhees

CEO, WestRock

As WestRock’s CEO, Voorhees is responsible for leading the company’s strategy to build a global presence and brand. Previously, he was CEO of RockTenn, having served in various executive leadership roles, including president, chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief administrative officer. Before joining RockTenn, Voorhees was in operations and executive roles at Sonat Inc., a diversified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Voorhees earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in economics and mathematics from Northwestern University.

Speakers

John Mack

Director of Business Development
and Government Affairs, FORCAM, Inc.

John Mack is the Director of Business Development and Government Affairs for FORCAM, Inc., a German software company headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to FORCAM, he spent over 30 years in the financial services industry as a partner of Bear Stearns and Company in New York and was responsible for their international sales efforts.

Mack also served as president and managing director of Bersec International and was a senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and Lincoln Financial Advisors. He received the “Five Star Professional Service Award” from 2012-2014 for his work with Orange Financial.

Spencer Cobb

Director of Strategic Sales, Cytellix

Spencer Cobb leads strategy and business development with Cytellix, the cyber security division of Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI). IMIRI is a leading cyber security company that secures over 7 million devices with customers including the U.S. Army, Missile Command,

Defense Information Systems Agency, and Department of Homeland Security. For the last 20 years, Cobb has been helping some of the biggest companies in the world protect themselves from emerging cyber threats originating from nation states, hacktivists and organized crime syndicates. He resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children and is a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia.


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