We will discuss:
- How the working dynamics have changed in response to COVID-19;
- The implications for managing people inside and outside the work environment, including managing ourselves;
- The increase in use of technology;
- How we have learned to manage work-life balance; and finally,
- The implications for business planning in the face of great uncertainty around market viability and organizational productivity.
This event will not only be a panel discussion, but more like a community town hall. Let’s get together and discuss more as a strong community pulling through as one!
This program will be moderated by Board Member of MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast, Mike Smith.
- Brad Feld, Co-founder, Foundry Group
- Linda Boardman, CEO, Bragg Live Food Products, LLC
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About the Speakers
BRAD FELD, Co-Founder, Foundry Group
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.
Brad is a writer and speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship. He’s written a number of books as part of the Startup Revolution series and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts and Venture Deals.
Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 25 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.
LINDA BOARDMAN, CEO, Bragg Live Food Products, LLC
Linda Boardman is the Chief Executive Officer of Bragg Live Food Products, LLC. She has served as the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer since March 2019, and was president of Branch Brook Holdings since 2013. Branch Brook Holdings is an investment partnership between Swander Pace Capital, Jefferson Capital Partners and United Natural Foods, Inc. that invests in natural and specialty products companies.
Linda currently serves on the board of directors of Branch Brook’s portfolio companies, Oregon Ice Cream (Alden’s Organic) and Reliance Vitamin Company (PlantFusion). Previously, she was a board director of Kicking Horse Coffee Company, and was board president of Frontier Natural Product Cooperative (Simply Organic and Aura Cacia). Prior to joining Branch Brook, Linda was president of Applegate Farms, the leading brand of natural and organic deli meats. She also held senior roles with Whole Foods Market, including leading the company’s private label group. Linda started her career in the food industry at Ocean Spray Cranberries, where she worked in brand management. Linda holds an AB degree from Harvard College.
NEWS: Bragg apple cider vinegar sales surge during coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Food Navigator-USA)
MIKE SMITH, Board Member, MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast
Mike Smith is an advocate of systems thinking, data visualization, transparent modeling and scenario-based forecasting. He has served as a technology executive, investor and advisor to private and public companies leveraging machine learning and advanced analytics to improve business results. Applications range from forecasting consumer behavior under various scenarios, growth in e-commerce, to optimizing direct-to-consumer engagement in wine and other specialty businesses.
Mike taught courses in complex systems analysis and portfolio modeling to top retail lenders around the world, developing new business in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Asia.