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Thursday, November 8
 

8:00am

9:00am

Day 1 Welcome

Speakers
avatar for Esther Bobbin

Esther Bobbin

NW Chocolate (Un)Conference Director
Esther Bobbin is a passionate global explorer and thrilled to be part of the chocolate community. The path that brought her to chocolate came by way of the tech industry. Her career highlights a diverse background in market research and strategy, software implementation, and budget... Read More →
avatar for Brian Cisneros

Brian Cisneros

Founder and Executive Producer, NW Chocolate Festival
Brian created the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2008 to showcase craft chocolate makers and educate chocolate lovers from all walks of life. In 2014, Brian developed the first industry conference for the cocoa supply chain based on participant-driven dialogue and shared outcomes... Read More →
avatar for Maya Townsend

Maya Townsend

Founder / Lead Consultant, Partnering Resources
I'm passionate about helping groups and organizations find their collective voice. I use deep participation to engage people in critical conversations about the issues they care about. Ask me about creating a vision, developing your business plan, and working through conflict.


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Underground Floor

10:00am

Morning Break
Morning 30 minute break

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
30 Minutes

10:00am

Professional Speed "Dating" Mentorship
Reserve your 15 minute one-on-one slots with a variety of chocolate, cacao, and business experts. Sign-up by clicking on the  "Mentorship Sign-up" button above.


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Saw Mill Room

10:30am

Building Relationships with Importers for Cacao Supply
Speakers
avatar for Stasi Baranoff

Stasi Baranoff

Director of Global Operations and Sourcing, Uncommon Cacao
Stasi is the Supply Chain Manager at Uncommon Cacao, focused on sourcing high-quality cacao from partners we trust and ensuring social and economic impact in our supply chain. Before Uncommon, she was the Program Director for Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importer’s NGO in Rwanda... Read More →
avatar for Gino Dalla Gasperina

Gino Dalla Gasperina

Founder, Meridian Cacao Company
Cocoa Beans! Logistics! Financing!


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Dovetail Room

10:30am

Investment Strategies for Chocolate Companies
Moderators
avatar for Gwen Straley

Gwen Straley

Executive Director, 3rd Creek Foundation
I lead 3rd Creek Foundation, a small foundation focused on global poverty alleviation through grant-making and impact investing. I am also a wealth advisor with 3rd Creek Investments, Inc. and board member of 3rd Creek Ventures, an early stage angel investor. I work on planning and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Autumn Martin

Autumn Martin

Autumn Martin is a 4th generation Washingtonian, proud of her northwest roots and draws much of her inspiration from the wilderness of her home. She began her career as pastry chef at the world-renown Canlis Restaurant in 2002, then moved on to head chocolatier of the country’s... Read More →
avatar for Todd Masonis

Todd Masonis

Co-founder & CEO, Dandelion Chocolate
avatar for Valentina Vitols

Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Underground Floor

10:30am

Cacao Beans For Craft Chocolate
Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Rooftop

10:30am

Open-space: Participant-selected topic

This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
2nd Floor- Parlor House Room

10:30am

Open-space: Participant-selected topic

This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
3rd Floor- Klondike Room

10:30am

Exploring the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting's origin profiling system
Speakers
avatar for Maricel E. Presilla, Ph.D

Maricel E. Presilla, Ph.D

Dr. Maricel E. Presilla, a descendant of cacao farmers from the eastern mountains of her native Cuba, has been working on fine cacao and chocolate for the last thirty years, combining the high academic standards of a professionally trained historian with a cultural anthropologist’s... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
4th Floor- Harbor Room

10:30am

FCCI Protocol for Cacao Grading
Speakers
avatar for Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla D. Martin, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Carla is a social anthropologist whose current research focuses on ethics, quality... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Open Room

10:30am

Variable Control Methods in Craft Chocolate Making
Speakers
avatar for Brian Mikiten

Brian Mikiten

Founder, Casa Chocolates
Brian Mikiten has spent the last 25 years as the owner of an engineering and programming firm designing, building and installing large scale integrated control systems utilizing microcontrollers, PLCs and PC based systems. He recently sold his company and has been making craft chocolate... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
1st Floor- Square Room

12:00pm

Lunch Break
This is a lunch break intended for attendees to use this time to network and grab a delicious meal nearby. Lunch is not provided by the (Un)Conference.

Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
2 hours

2:00pm

2:00pm

Build a Brand, Make an Impact, Be Authentic
Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Parrs

Carolyn Parrs

CEO/Founder, Mind Over Markets
Carolyn Parrs is the CEO and founder of Mind Over Markets , a brand marketing andmessaging company in Seattle and Santa Fe. Since 2003, MOM has helped thousands ofentrepreneurs, mid-size energy companies & the utility market build counterintuitivesustainability communications strategies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Briaan Barron

Briaan Barron

Senior Brand Manager, Seattle Chocolate Company
Briaan L. Barron is the Senior Brand Manager (and occasional packaging designer) for jcoco, a culinary-inspired chocolate brand with a mission to fight hunger in the U.S. She brings diverse experience, vibrant taste and an affinity for underrepresented voices to her work as a marketing... Read More →
avatar for Emily Benson

Emily Benson

Brand Manager, Theo Chocolate
Emily joined Theo Chocolate in 2016 and focused on the company's supply chain and social impact. Today Emily is the Brand Manager for Theo and manages the company's messaging and brand strategy while also overseeing relationships at origin. Prior to joining Theo, Emily worked in international... Read More →
avatar for Alysha Kropf

Alysha Kropf

Program and Marketing Director, Ecole Chocolat
Alysha Kropf is the Program and Marketing Director at Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts. Founded in 2003, Ecole Chocolat offers a portfolio of programs for chocolate making - mastering techniques and recipes while gaining the expertise and business knowledge needed... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1st Floor- Square Room

2:00pm

Factory Design for Chocolate
Speakers
avatar for snooky robins

snooky robins

cocoamojo
Engineer, builder, machine designer, real-stuff fabricator, friend of chocolate makers and makers of all things chocolate, I am fortunate to have the privilege of providing process and machine support, and plant design and construction to a broad variety of chocolate makers, small... Read More →
avatar for Terry Wakefield

Terry Wakefield

Principal, Catalyst4Change
Chocolate maker, chocolatier, former chief chocolate officer, food scientist/engineer with a deep knowledge and appreciation for both the art as well as the science associated with consistently make great chocolate products.


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4th Floor- Harbor Room

2:00pm

Sourcing Practices for Craft Chocolate

Speakers
avatar for Kate Cavallin

Kate Cavallin

Country Manager Ecuador, Ecom
Kate began her adventures in cocoa as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she worked with a cooperative of organic cocoa farmers. With her house right next door to the processing facility of the coop, she literally lived and breathed cocoa. During her time in the... Read More →
avatar for Greg D'Alesandre

Greg D'Alesandre

Chocolate Sourcerer, Dandelion Chocolate
Greg has been working with chocolate for over twenty years, and making chocolate for the last decade. He started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with "borrowed" equipment from the physics lab. He's been with Dandelion Chocolate for 5 years as partial owner and Chocolate... Read More →
avatar for Dan Rattigan

Dan Rattigan

Co Owner, French Broad Chocolate
Dan Rattigan, and his wife and partner Jael, founded French Broad Chocolates in 2007, after returning from two years living and working in Costa Rica. Started as a confectioner, they transitioned the company bean to bar between 2012 and 2014. Dan has been organizing shared purchasing... Read More →
avatar for Emily Stone

Emily Stone

CEO & Founder, Uncommon Cacao


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Underground Floor

2:00pm

Cacao Beans For Craft Chocolate
Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rooftop

2:00pm

Open Space Participant Driven Session -How to expand to a wider consumer audience- Chloe
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2nd Floor- Parlor House Room

2:00pm

Open Space Participant-selected topic - Small Batch Chocolate Machinery - Nick Xidis & Kerry Beal
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4th Floor- The Lumber Yard

2:00pm

Taste with Color: Chocolate Finished Product Sensory Evaluation
Speakers
avatar for Hazel Lee

Hazel Lee

Chocolate Consultant, Devoted To Fine Chocolate
Hazel Lee is the creator of Taste With Colour®: The Chocolate Tasting Flavour Map which was launched in 2017 to help chocolate lovers identify flavours in craft chocolate. Hazel is also a part time Chocolate Consultant, member of the Academy of Chocolate, judge for the Academy of... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
5th Floor- Open Room

2:00pm

The Science of Sugar for Chocolate

Speakers
avatar for Bill Fredericks

Bill Fredericks

The Chocolate Man
Bill Fredericks, Chocolate Man, has been educating and consulting on all things chocolate for three decades. Few chocolatiers in the Pacific Northwest have not benefited at some point from his expertise. His shop, Chocolate Man, opened in 2012 in Lake Forest Park, where Bill teaches... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
5th Floor- Dovetail Room

2:00pm

Professional Speed "Dating" Mentorship
Reserve your 15 minute one-on-one slots with a variety of chocolate, cacao, and business experts. Sign-up by clicking on the  "Mentorship Sign-up" button above.


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Floor- Saw Mill Room

3:30pm

Afternoon Break
Afternoon 30 minute break

Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
30 Minutes

4:00pm

Sustainable Cacao Quality Practices
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Fernandez

Amanda Fernandez

Director, Palladium
Amanda Fernández is a Director at Palladium, providing strategic direction to economic growth programs globally, including USAID’ Peru Cocoa Alliance, for which she serves as Project Director. Ms. Fernandez has been in the economic growth field for more than 25 years as a donor... Read More →
avatar for Jose Iturrios

Jose Iturrios

Director, Peru Cacao Alliance
Peru Cacao Alliance is a public-private initiative supported by USAID and excuted by Palladium, that seeks to increase yields in three regions in Peru (San Martin, Huanuco and Tingo Maria) in order to improve 20000 families' livelihoods. The Alliance is also articulating farmers and... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Major

Raymond Major

Peru Cacao Alliance, Cacao Specialist


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
4th Floor- Harbor Room

4:00pm

Countries in Conflict: How to be an Ally in Cacao & Chocolate

Moderators
avatar for Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla D. Martin, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Carla is a social anthropologist whose current research focuses on ethics, quality... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Benson

Emily Benson

Brand Manager, Theo Chocolate
Emily joined Theo Chocolate in 2016 and focused on the company's supply chain and social impact. Today Emily is the Brand Manager for Theo and manages the company's messaging and brand strategy while also overseeing relationships at origin. Prior to joining Theo, Emily worked in international... Read More →
avatar for Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Cook, entrepreneur, artist and chocolatier.
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe, chef, master chocolatier, and ambassador of Venezuelan cocoa is the founder of KaKao, Venezuelan chocolates (2004), Cacao de Origen (2013) and Río Cacao (2017). As an entrepreneur and caterer, she was the owner of more than 15 cafés and restaurants in... Read More →
avatar for Gillian Goddard

Gillian Goddard

Sun Eater Organic Chocolate
Gillian Goddard is a chocolate manipulating activist who spends her time building resiliency in Trinidad and Tobago and the greater Caribbean. She is the Co-Director of ARC TT - The Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago - and the Co-Owner of Sun Eaters Organics - a... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Chocolate
Chloe Doutre Roussel is an author, consultant, educator and world-renowned expert on all things chocolate. Her seminal book, “The Chocolate Connoisseur”, has been translated into 5 languages. Her relationship with chocolate is a genuine passion and love story and her enthusiasm... Read More →
avatar for Emily Stone

Emily Stone

CEO & Founder, Uncommon Cacao


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Underground Floor

4:00pm

Hacking Craft Chocolate Business
Speakers
avatar for Jael Rattigan

Jael Rattigan

Co-Owner, French Broad Chocolate
Jael Rattigan, along with her husband, Dan, lived and worked in the cacao-rich rainforest of Costa Rica for two years. At the restaurant they opened, Bread and Chocolate, they were able to source local chocolate for their handmade desserts, sparking a passion for cacao and all things... Read More →
avatar for Dan Rattigan

Dan Rattigan

Co Owner, French Broad Chocolate
Dan Rattigan, and his wife and partner Jael, founded French Broad Chocolates in 2007, after returning from two years living and working in Costa Rica. Started as a confectioner, they transitioned the company bean to bar between 2012 and 2014. Dan has been organizing shared purchasing... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
5th Floor- Dovetail Room

4:00pm

Cacao Beans For Craft Chocolate
Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Rooftop

4:00pm

Open-space: Dream Machine - the machine you are looking for but is not there yet - Lorenzo Datei
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
4th Floor- The Lumber Yard

4:00pm

Open-space: How to message mainstream consumer, Carolyn Parvs
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
2nd Floor- Parlor House Room

4:00pm

Open-space: Packaging, Valerie Angelique
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
3rd Floor- Klondike Room

4:00pm

Fermentation for Cacao 101: The Basics for Professionals
Speakers
avatar for Nat Bletter, Ph.D.

Nat Bletter, Ph.D.

Cofounder and Chocolate Flavormeister, Madre Chocolate
Dr. Nat Bletter has 15 years of experience in botany, documenting exotic fruits and vegetables, gathering food in the wild, herbal and traditional medicine, and exploring Asia, South America, Central America, and Africa. He has a Ph.D. in Ethnobotany from the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
1st Floor- Square Room

5:30pm

Happy Hour

Thursday November 8, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Underground Floor
 
Friday, November 9
 

8:00am

9:00am

Welcome and Spotlight Presentation: Innovation in Small Acts
Speakers
avatar for Esther Bobbin

Esther Bobbin

NW Chocolate (Un)Conference Director
Esther Bobbin is a passionate global explorer and thrilled to be part of the chocolate community. The path that brought her to chocolate came by way of the tech industry. Her career highlights a diverse background in market research and strategy, software implementation, and budget... Read More →
avatar for Brian Cisneros

Brian Cisneros

Founder and Executive Producer, NW Chocolate Festival
Brian created the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2008 to showcase craft chocolate makers and educate chocolate lovers from all walks of life. In 2014, Brian developed the first industry conference for the cocoa supply chain based on participant-driven dialogue and shared outcomes... Read More →
avatar for Jason Preston

Jason Preston

Co-Founder, DENT
Jason is the co-founder of Dent (Steve Jobs: "we're here to put a dent in the universe"), a company that creates and supports a community of entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.” Dent began as an annual conference but quickly... Read More →
avatar for Maya Townsend

Maya Townsend

Founder / Lead Consultant, Partnering Resources
I'm passionate about helping groups and organizations find their collective voice. I use deep participation to engage people in critical conversations about the issues they care about. Ask me about creating a vision, developing your business plan, and working through conflict.


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Underground Floor

10:00am

Morning Break
Morning 30 minute break

Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
30 Minutes

10:00am

Professional Speed "Dating" Mentorship
Reserve your 15 minute one-on-one slots with a variety of chocolate, cacao, and business experts. Sign-up by clicking on the  "Mentorship Sign-up" button above. 


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Saw Mill Room

10:30am

Building a Workforce
Moderators
avatar for Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler

Chief Chocophile, Chocolopolis
Lauren Adler founded Chocolopolis to satisfy a craving for more than just chocolate. She has a passion for sharing the story of fine cacao, from its origins as a revered Aztec drink to the varied flavor profiles of cacao grown in different regions of the equatorial belt. Lauren opened... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Etienne Patout

Etienne Patout

CEO, Theo Chocolate
Etienne Patout is the CEO of Theo Chocolate.  Prior to joining Theo, Etienne held senior leadership roles at Kraft and Kellogg’s leading brands such as Oscar Mayer, Pop-Tarts, Kashi, Back to Nature, and Boca Burger. Most recently, Etienne was the CMO for Pharmavite, maker of Nature... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Dovetail Room

10:30am

Roast Profile & Flavor Development for Cacao
Speakers
avatar for John Nanci

John Nanci

Founding Alchemist, Chocolate Alchemy
John Nanci, aka Alchemist John, aka The Alchemist, founded Chocolate Alchemy in 2004 supplying people with all the knowledge, equipment and cocoa beans needed to make chocolate and igniting the current Bean to Bar Chocolate movement. He is 13 parts scientist, 8 parts teacher, 5 parts... Read More →
avatar for snooky robins

snooky robins

cocoamojo
Engineer, builder, machine designer, real-stuff fabricator, friend of chocolate makers and makers of all things chocolate, I am fortunate to have the privilege of providing process and machine support, and plant design and construction to a broad variety of chocolate makers, small... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
5th Floor- Open Room

10:30am

Women in Chocolate: Crushing The Status Quo
Moderators
avatar for Gillian Goddard

Gillian Goddard

Sun Eater Organic Chocolate
Gillian Goddard is a chocolate manipulating activist who spends her time building resiliency in Trinidad and Tobago and the greater Caribbean. She is the Co-Director of ARC TT - The Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago - and the Co-Owner of Sun Eaters Organics - a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Cook, entrepreneur, artist and chocolatier.
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe, chef, master chocolatier, and ambassador of Venezuelan cocoa is the founder of KaKao, Venezuelan chocolates (2004), Cacao de Origen (2013) and Río Cacao (2017). As an entrepreneur and caterer, she was the owner of more than 15 cafés and restaurants in... Read More →
avatar for Maricel E. Presilla, Ph.D

Maricel E. Presilla, Ph.D

Dr. Maricel E. Presilla, a descendant of cacao farmers from the eastern mountains of her native Cuba, has been working on fine cacao and chocolate for the last thirty years, combining the high academic standards of a professionally trained historian with a cultural anthropologist’s... Read More →
avatar for Jael Rattigan

Jael Rattigan

Co-Owner, French Broad Chocolate
Jael Rattigan, along with her husband, Dan, lived and worked in the cacao-rich rainforest of Costa Rica for two years. At the restaurant they opened, Bread and Chocolate, they were able to source local chocolate for their handmade desserts, sparking a passion for cacao and all things... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Chocolate
Chloe Doutre Roussel is an author, consultant, educator and world-renowned expert on all things chocolate. Her seminal book, “The Chocolate Connoisseur”, has been translated into 5 languages. Her relationship with chocolate is a genuine passion and love story and her enthusiasm... Read More →
RS

Ruby Shrestha

R&D and Quality/Compliance Director, Seattle Chocolates


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Underground Floor

10:30am

Innovate Now
Speakers
avatar for Jason Preston

Jason Preston

Co-Founder, DENT
Jason is the co-founder of Dent (Steve Jobs: "we're here to put a dent in the universe"), a company that creates and supports a community of entrepreneurs, executives, and creatives who are driven to “put a dent in the universe.” Dent began as an annual conference but quickly... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
1st Floor- Square Room

10:30am

Chocolate Taste and Peer Review
Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Rooftop

10:30am

"Aged" Chocolate / "Raw" Chocolate - Trends or Real Deals - Filipe
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
4th Floor- The Lumber Yard

10:30am

Open-space: Feedback loop & communication between maker and producer- Estanich Grant
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
2nd Floor- Parlor House Room

10:30am

Open-space: On farm perils: pest control, disease, drought
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
3rd Floor- Klondike Room

10:30am

A New Sensory Method & Score System for Evaluating Finished Chocolate
Speakers
avatar for Brian Cisneros

Brian Cisneros

Founder and Executive Producer, NW Chocolate Festival
Brian created the Northwest Chocolate Festival in 2008 to showcase craft chocolate makers and educate chocolate lovers from all walks of life. In 2014, Brian developed the first industry conference for the cocoa supply chain based on participant-driven dialogue and shared outcomes... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
4th Floor- Harbor Room

12:00pm

Lunch Break
This is a lunch break intended for attendees to use this time to network and grab a delicious meal nearby. Lunch is not provided by the (Un)Conference.

Speakers

Friday November 9, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
2 hours

2:00pm

Impact at Origin: Cross Cultural Collaboration
Moderators
avatar for Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla Martin Ph.D

Carla D. Martin, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Carla is a social anthropologist whose current research focuses on ethics, quality... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andre Banks

Andre Banks

Cocoa Sourcer, Luisa Abram Chocolates
I help Luisa in her trips to the Amazon searching for new cocoa origins.
avatar for Madeline Weeks

Madeline Weeks

University of California Davis
Madeline Weeks is a PhD student at the University of California Davis studying ethics and equity in craft chocolate production. She draws upon human geography and political economy to understand the wider social and ecological relations of making chocolate using case studies of value... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4th Floor- Harbor Room

2:00pm

Retail Ready Products, Pricing, Shipping and Packing
Moderators
avatar for Alysha Kropf

Alysha Kropf

Program and Marketing Director, Ecole Chocolat
Alysha Kropf is the Program and Marketing Director at Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts. Founded in 2003, Ecole Chocolat offers a portfolio of programs for chocolate making - mastering techniques and recipes while gaining the expertise and business knowledge needed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler

Chief Chocophile, Chocolopolis
Lauren Adler founded Chocolopolis to satisfy a craving for more than just chocolate. She has a passion for sharing the story of fine cacao, from its origins as a revered Aztec drink to the varied flavor profiles of cacao grown in different regions of the equatorial belt. Lauren opened... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Eder

Kathleen Eder

Business Director, Fran's Chocolates
Since 2010, Kathleen has been obsessing about how to improve the experience of her customers and co-workers at Fran’s Chocolates. Before that, she was immersed in “The Art of Giving Great Service” at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to empowering Fran's... Read More →
avatar for Karen Neugebauer

Karen Neugebauer

Master Chocolatier, Forte Chocolates
Master Chocolatier, Karen Neugebauer is a true Artisan who is at the forefront of the Seattle artisan chocolate scene. She has continually wowed customers with both traditional pieces and her cutting-edge confections and chocolate bars. Her passion for the craft and cunningly balanced... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
5th Floor- Open Room

2:00pm

Chocolate Taste and Peer Review
Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Rooftop

2:00pm

Open-space: Certifications - Farmer Benefit vs Consumer Demand
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
2nd Floor- Parlor House Room

2:00pm

Open-space: Pairing Inclusions & Flavors w Single Origin Chocolate = Rachel McKinley
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
3rd Floor- Klondike Room

2:00pm

Open-space: Participant-selected topic

This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
3rd Floor- Klondike Room

2:00pm

Open-space: Social Entrepreneurship - Jeff Abella
This is session is a reserved space for the participant-driven topics, selected at the conference, that attendees want to lead and create dialogue around.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
4th Floor- The Lumber Yard

2:00pm

Chocolate: The Path to Expert Product Evaluation

Speakers
avatar for Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe

Cook, entrepreneur, artist and chocolatier.
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe, chef, master chocolatier, and ambassador of Venezuelan cocoa is the founder of KaKao, Venezuelan chocolates (2004), Cacao de Origen (2013) and Río Cacao (2017). As an entrepreneur and caterer, she was the owner of more than 15 cafés and restaurants in... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Doutre Roussel

Chloe Chocolate
Chloe Doutre Roussel is an author, consultant, educator and world-renowned expert on all things chocolate. Her seminal book, “The Chocolate Connoisseur”, has been translated into 5 languages. Her relationship with chocolate is a genuine passion and love story and her enthusiasm... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Underground Floor

2:00pm

Fermentation For Cacao 201: Advanced Session

Speakers
avatar for Dan O'Doherty

Dan O'Doherty

Owner, President, Cacao Services
Daniel O'Doherty works independently in over 20 countries with cacao producers ranging from tiny co-ops harvesting wild cacao in the Amazon to large modern plantations. Areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, genetics, and farm management.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
5th Floor- Dovetail Room

2:00pm

QA: Achieving Product Quality Consistency
Speakers
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Erin Andrews

Founder, Indi Chocolate
Erin Andrews started her journey in chocolate when her older daughter, Indi, asked where chocolate came from. Over 10 years after teaching her daughters "how chocolate grows on trees," Erin has founded two successful bean to bar chocolate companies, in Belize and Seattle. Erin talks... Read More →
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Terry Wakefield

Principal, Catalyst4Change
Chocolate maker, chocolatier, former chief chocolate officer, food scientist/engineer with a deep knowledge and appreciation for both the art as well as the science associated with consistently make great chocolate products.


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1st Floor- Square Room

2:00pm

Professional Speed "Dating" Mentorship
Reserve your 15 minute one-on-one slots with a variety of chocolate, cacao, and business experts. Sign-up by clicking on the  "Mentorship Sign-up" button above. 


Friday November 9, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
5th Floor- Saw Mill Room

3:30pm

Afternoon Break
Afternoon 30 minute break

Friday November 9, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
30 Minutes

4:00pm

The Future of Craft Chocolate
Moderators
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Emily Benson

Brand Manager, Theo Chocolate
Emily joined Theo Chocolate in 2016 and focused on the company's supply chain and social impact. Today Emily is the Brand Manager for Theo and manages the company's messaging and brand strategy while also overseeing relationships at origin. Prior to joining Theo, Emily worked in international... Read More →

Speakers
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Luisa Abram

CPO and founder, Luisa Abram Chocolates
Since 2014, together with my family, I make chocolate with only two ingredients (cocoa and organic cane sugar) from wild beans harvested by riverside communities that live in the Amazon Rainforest.
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Greg D'Alesandre

Chocolate Sourcerer, Dandelion Chocolate
Greg has been working with chocolate for over twenty years, and making chocolate for the last decade. He started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with "borrowed" equipment from the physics lab. He's been with Dandelion Chocolate for 5 years as partial owner and Chocolate... Read More →
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Dan O'Doherty

Owner, President, Cacao Services
Daniel O'Doherty works independently in over 20 countries with cacao producers ranging from tiny co-ops harvesting wild cacao in the Amazon to large modern plantations. Areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, genetics, and farm management.
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Maricel E. Presilla, Ph.D

Dr. Maricel E. Presilla, a descendant of cacao farmers from the eastern mountains of her native Cuba, has been working on fine cacao and chocolate for the last thirty years, combining the high academic standards of a professionally trained historian with a cultural anthropologist’s... Read More →
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Emily Stone

CEO & Founder, Uncommon Cacao


Friday November 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Underground Floor

5:30pm