The 9th MBArk program took place on September 14-16, 2017 at Expo East in Baltimore, with 32 participants from 15 different schools. This included our first-ever MBArkers from Virginia/Darden, Columbia Business School, Emory/Goizueta, Carnegie Mellon/Tepper, and Pittsburgh/Katz. This version of MBArk also included presentations by two companies who are hiring MBArk students as project consultants: The Soulfull Project and Glen’s Garden Market.
We held the largest MBArk program ever at Expo West in Anaheim on March 9-11, 2017! This also marked the debut of the Natural Talent Career Fair – the first such event ever staged at one of the Natural Product Expos. The CEO Breakfast was a big highlight of the program, with presentations delivered by Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, Mark Retzloff of Horizon Organic, Seth Goldman of Honest Tea, Betsy Foster of Whole Foods, John Haugen of General Mills 301 Brand Elevator, Kirsten Tobey of Revolution Foods, Terry Tierney of Daiya, John Foraker of Annie’s, Blair Kellison of Traditional Medicinals, Paddy Spence of Zevia, and many others.
On September 22-24, 2016, we ran the MBArk program at Expo East in Baltimore. This was the first time for MBArk at East, and it was a smashing success – with 25 students representing 14 different schools in attendance, and a kick-ass group of CEO speakers including Paddy Spence of Zevia, Greg Steltenpohl of Califia Farms, Naomi Whittel of TwinLab, Walter Robb of Whole Foods Market, Matthew Sade of Kite Hill, Hillary Lewis of Lumi, Mark Retzloff of Horizon Organic and Alfalfa’s, Kirsten Quigley of LunchSkins, Linda Boardman of Branch Brook Holdings, and Nikhil Arora of Back to the Roots.
On March 11-12, 2016, 30 MBA students from 15 different schools came together for the MBArk program at Expo West – our largest and most successful program ever! Also participating were 7 MBA alumni, and 22 CEOs or top executives from 17 different companies around the natural products industry – not to mention an inadvertent drive-by from the legendary 87-year-old Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill, who told the group that if they create companies with the goal of selling them, and pursue traditional business school tactics, “I’ll haunt ya’!”