Michelle Klieger

Inspiration and solutions come from unexpected places. Be open and keep looking!   Michelle Klieger is the founder of Stratagerm Consulting, based outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Stratagerm provides strategic guidance to agricultural businesses facing external challenges related to supply chain optimization and input selection. From a young age, Michelle aspired…

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Claire Smith

Instead of being ashamed that you don’t know everything about business already, own it and use it as an excuse to learn everything you can from everyone you meet.   Claire Smith grew up in rural Michigan on a large family farm. After graduating from University of Michigan with a…

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Chris Rawley

Get to know your customers. It’s essential to produce a product that works for each side of an investment.   Chris Rawley is an entrepreneur who wants to connect people to the world’s food system by making it easier to invest in production agriculture. Chris is the founder and CEO…

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Kenneth Wu – CEO of Milk and Eggs

An ounce of proactiveness is worth a pound of reactiveness. Kenneth Wu is the founder and chief executive officer of Milk and Eggs where he oversees the company’s vision and growth strategies. There he manages investor relations in addition to leading business development. Kenneth is a serial entrepreneur with nearly…

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Billy Crawford – Founder & Principal Designer of Club Botanic

  Don’t get weighed down by mistakes, learn from them and move-on. Next to his dog Kennedy, flowers are Billy’s big passion. It took a few decades to weave this passion into his professional life, but in 2013, after loving an introductory course in floral design, he turned flowers into a…

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Michael Helmstetter – Co-Founder of TechAccel

Study the pathways that others have taken to success. Dr. Michael Helmstetter serves as Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel LLC). TechAccel leverages the technical expertise, regulatory infrastructure and the global distribution network of the world’s leading agriculture and animal health companies by matching sourced technologies…

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Matthew Crisp – President and CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems

Surround yourself with diverse thinkers who don’t always agree with you, and create an environment that encourages them to challenge you and colleagues and reveal blind spots. Matthew Crisp is an accomplished executive with a strong background in the rapid growth and early commercialization phases of technology companies. Prior to…

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Lakesha Rose – Founder and CEO of Rose Phillips Online

STAY FOCUSED! Just keep trying and adjusting and never give up. Lakesha Rose is the Founder of Rose Phillips Online, a multimedia platform that showcases the best in Chicago living. Lakesha has been part of Chicago’s thriving interior design industry for more than 15 years as founder of L Design…

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Chad Falkenberg – CEO and Founder of Soilworks

Do it right, right now. Chad Falkenberg is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Soilworks, LLC. The soil stabilization and dust control company’s headquarters is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Although Chad’s original passion was to become a nuclear physicist, his path ultimately steered him to become an entrepreneur….

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