Beth Ford

Beth Ford

Beth is the group executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O'Lakes, Inc., holding responsibility for the Purina Animal Nutrition and U.S. Dairy Foods businesses. As well, Beth has accountability for all supply chain, operations, IT and R&D functions across the Land O'Lakes enterprise.

In her 30 years in business, Beth has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies in six different industry sectors including Energy (Mobil Oil), Consumer Packaged Goods (Pepsi/Pepsi Bottling Group), QSR (Perseco), Publishing (Scholastic and Hachette), Chemicals (International Flavors and Fragrances) and now Food Production and Agribusiness (Land O'Lakes).

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth earned an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a BBA from Iowa State University. She remains involved in both universities, sitting on the Deming Center Board of Advisors for Columbia Business School and the Dean's Advisory Committee for the College of Business at Iowa State. Beth also sits on multiple non-profit and industry boards including Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Children's Theater of Minneapolis and SCM World. She is the 2016 Chair of the Go Red for Women event for the American Heart Association in Minneapolis.

Beth sits on the Board of Directors for Clearwater Papers, Inc., and PACCAR, Inc.

Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon
Cindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and author who has traveled the world sharing her provocative insights on business, customer service, and courage. She has advised thousands of leading entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals on how to shape high performing teams. Solomon has also helped clients like the Mayo Clinic, Raytheon, Alaska Airlines, KeyBank, Oracle, and Google create long lasting, profitable relationships with their employees, their leaders, and their customers. She has authored two best-selling books: The Rules of Woo: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Capturing the Hearts and Minds of Today’s Customers and Creating a Culture of Courage.

Solomon will share her insights on Courageous Leadership for Women: The Unwritten Rules of Success.  Gleaned from over 5,000 interviews, Cindy will share the secrets to creating courage in your work, your organizations, and your life.  Known for her hilarious delivery and thought provoking content, you'll leave energized and with a clear action plan to build your courage skills!

Solomon holds a BS in Business from Indiana University.