Buckeye Summit
Convening for change


April 14, 2016 | The Ohio Union
8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Buckeye Summit is a new paradigm for engagement.

The summit is an interactive town hall, with break-out sessions and group discussions where you will contribute your energy, your insights, your passion and your ideas for tackling the complex issue of food security. We can’t wait for a great discussion.

Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone

Stone has devoted his career to "making change real." An expert in organization development, his experience includes work with NASA, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Economic Forum. At the Buckeye Summit, he will moderate the discussion between thought leaders and volunteers.
8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

Participants will be seated at pre-assigned tables with others who view food security through a similar lens. They will be able to self-select from one of the following lens during a pre-summit survey:

  • Health, Nutrition, and Human Development
  • Food, Farming, and Environment
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Food Policy

8:55 a.m.

Call to Order

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Presenter

Michael V. Drake

Michael V. Drake | @OSUPrezDrake

President, The Ohio State University
Ohio State’s 15th president, Drake has made community engagement, including working toward food security, part of his 2020 Vision for the university. “We can solve critical issues of our time. Our collective efforts can and will transform lives.”

9:10 a.m.

What is food security and why is it a critical issue in our society today?

9:30 a.m.

Table Group Discussion #1

Why is it important for Ohio State to make a significant effort to address food security?  Why was it important for you to be a part of this effort?

10:00 a.m.

Report Out on Discussion #1/Keypad Voting

10:20 a.m.


Why Ohio State? Why Food Security? Why Now?

Sheldon Retchin

Sheldon Retchin | @sheldonretchin

Chief Executive Officer, OSU Wexner Medical Center
Executive Vice President of Health Sciences, The Ohio State University
Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin serves as executive vice president of Health Sciences of The Ohio State University and chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center. A board certified internist with qualifications in geriatric medicine, Dr. Retchin is a recognized expert in health policy and healthcare delivery. He is one of the nation's most respected and prominent academic medical center leaders.
Bruce McPheron

Bruce McPheron | @medflygenes

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, The Ohio State University
Before becoming interim provost in December, McPheron served as the vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He is an Ohio State alum, with a bachelor’s degree in entomology.
Jill Clark

Jill Clark

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Professor Clark’s research is agrifood system policy and practice, centering on community and state governance of food systems, the policy process, and community engagement. Current funded research focuses on food democracy, opportunities for connecting food security and agricultural economic development through local policy initiatives, healthy food access, and policy to support the growth of small and mid-size farms engaged in the food system.

11:00 a.m.

Table Group Discussion #2

Looking through your table’s “lens,” what are one or two of the most critical issues related to food security that need to be addressed in our local communities, our nation, and our world?

11:40 a.m.


11:50 a.m.

Change tables

12:10 p.m.

Report Out on Discussion #2/Keypad Voting 

12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Keynote Presentation

Catherine Woteki

Dr. Catherine Woteki

Dr. Wotecki coordinates programs in a mission area that includes the Agricultural Research Service, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Agriculture Library and National Arboretum. She was the first undersecretary for food safety at the USDA; and held positions in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Academy of Sciences’ Food and Nutrition Board.

1:20 p.m.


Patricia Cunningham

Dr. Patricia Cunningham

Director, Social Change, Office of Student Life
Dr. Patricia F.R. Cunningham II is a three-time graduate of The Ohio State University, having received her BA in Women's Studies (with a minor in Black Studies); a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs; and, a doctoral degree in Cultural Foundations. She oversees Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection that involves projects in different neighborhoods in Columbus that have a high poverty rate.

1:35 p.m.

Table Group Discussion #3

What are two or three ways we could leverage the power of Buckeye Nation’s alumni and friends and our external partners to address food security?

2:05 p.m.


2:20 p.m.

Report Out on Discussion #3/Keypad Voting  

2:35 p.m.


Diana Aviv

Diana Aviv | @diaviv

Chief Executive Officer, Feeding America
Diana Aviv has led nonprofit organizations in their efforts to serve low-income and vulnerable people in the U.S. for more than 30 years. In June 2015, Diana took over as Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization and third largest U.S. charity, according to Forbes. The Feeding America network provides more than 3.6 billion meals to more than 46 million people across the U.S., and supports programs that improve food security and stability for the families it serves.

3:10 p.m.


Personal Commitment 

3:20 p.m.

Table Group Discussion #4

What am I going to do to address food security?

3:35 p.m.


3:50 p.m.

Closing Presentation

Matt Habash

Matt Habash | @Mid_OHFoodbank

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Matt Habash became Executive Director of Mid-Ohio Foodbank in 1984. The Foodbank procures and distributes food to more than 625 food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school programs, shelters and senior housing. Matt also serves on numerous Boards including Mount Carmel Health System, Chair; the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Chair; Health Policy Institute of Ohio; Authentic Leadership in Action in Nova Scotia; and The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center.

4:05 p.m.

Closing Presenter

Michael V. Drake

4:10 p.m.

Reception/Poster Session 

5:00 p.m.

Summit Concludes