Regenerative Earth Summit


Feb 24 & 25, 10am-2pm MT

"What we practice at the small scale sets the pattern for

the whole system." – Adrienne Marree Brown, author of Emergent Strategy 


The third Regenerative  Earth Summit in this 4-part series will focus on Finance, Technology & Policy and takes place February 24-25, 2021 (10am-2pm MT). Over the course of two days, this Summit will address what investing in a regenerative world looks like, finance barriers to overcome, innovations in technology, and policies that can create the missing infrastructure and incentives to advance adaption of both regenerative agriculture and a regenerative-focused economy. As always, the summit will provide opportunity for Q&A and discussion with speakers and panelists as well as amongst attendees.

The Regenerative Earth Summit 4-part series is accelerating the conversation from regenerative learning to regenerative action—from the why to the how.  We are offering the Summit as an opportunity for you to engage with other regenerative leaders in a creational effort, focused on addressing key obstacles to regenerative implementation.  

Our goal, through this 4-part series of content and collaboration, is to collectively clarify these obstacles and to employ our community’s unique genius in order to accelerate working solutions that drive real-world results.  


The Regenerative Earth Summit offers a unique opportunity to not only learn more about the implementation of regenerative principles in the business community, but to help create solutions to the current industry-wide bottlenecks that restrict broader adoption.  Through inspiring keynote content and panel discussions, we’ll seed the framework and set the stage for multi-stakeholder discussions that lead to profound insights and workable solutions in the name of a brighter agricultural future.  These working groups will focus on finance, supply chain, regulatory, farming, technology, marketing and much more.  This is an opportunity to connect with other industry leaders, to create collaborative solutions and to help steer the next step in the regenerative evolution!


The Regenerative Earth Summit convenes visionary leaders from the food and fashion industries, farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, investors, activists, and academics working collaboratively to tackle the audacious vision of shifting how agriculture is practiced. With mindfulness practice, interactive working sessions, Regenerative Slams, and panel conversations, colleagues will generate ideas and actionable steps to change the status quo and bring new vigor and rigor to sourcing and partnerships across sectors.  By working collaboratively across and within industry sectors, we accelerate the systems change we need to see in a regenerative future.

If you are bold, impassioned catalyst for change — this event welcomes YOU.


Wizipan Little Elk

An enrolled Rosebud Sioux Tribe member, Wizipan Little Elk is a nationally recognized young Native leader. Wizipan first met Barb and OJ Semans during South Dakota’s 2004 U.S. Senate race, when Four Directions helped deliver record-breaking levels of Native voter turnout. Wizipan later joined Senator Barack Obama’s campaign for President as Native American Outreach... Read More

Stephen Hohenrieder

Stephen serves as the CEO of Grounded Capital Partners, which invests long-term private capital along the value chain of our food system in ways that create transparent, high-integrity supply chains and build capacity for a more regenerative food system.  In this role, Stephen... Read More


Mitchell Hora
Mitchell Hora is a 7th generation Iowa farmer and the Founder/CEO of Continuum Ag.  His farm has stressed the importance[...]
Eric Deeble
Eric is a large animal veterinarian (University of Pennsylvania, 2013) who prior to joining NSAC worked in the US Senate[...]
Esther Park
Esther is the CEO of Cienega Capital, a regenerative investment firm utilizing an integrated capital approach to systemic change in[...]
Ali Morrow
Ali is a Principal at Astanor Ventures, a venture capital firm investing ‘where tech meets nature’ to seed a food[...]
Gabriel Wilmoth
Gabriel works as a consultant and executive with agriculture-related companies and investors.He currently serves on the Board of FluroSat, MicroTerra,[...]
Clint Brauer
Clint Brauer is a former executive from LA’s technology industry who went home to Kansas to get back into farming,[...]
Pablo Borquez Schwarzbeck
Born and raised in a 4th generation farming family from Mexico, Pablo brings over 10 years experience in the fresh-produce[...]
Britt Lundgren
Britt Lundgren is the Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield. She has over fifteen years of experience working[...]
Bryce Lundberg
Bryce Lundberg is a board member and Vice President of Agriculture at Lundberg Family Farms, a fourth-generation family business that[...]
Jennifer Astone
Jen Astone is a financial activist and philanthropic leader. She founded Integrated Capital Investing to help foundations and investors align[...]
David LeZaks
David LeZaks, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, is an environmental scientist and financial activist whose work is centered around developing innovative mechanisms[...]
Cornelius Blanding
Cornelius Blanding began his career in development work as an economic development intern for the City of Miami Beach. Since[...]
Jenette Ashtekar
Jenette Ashtekar Jenette Ashtekar Jenette Ashtekar After over 8 years managing and evaluating food security and rural health programs in[...]
Jenny O’Connor
After over 8 years managing and evaluating food security and rural health programs in East Africa for a variety of[...]
Aymeric Maudous
Aymeric holds 2 Master’s Degrees: one in International Marketing, completed in San Francisco, his second Master’s in Environmental Management from[...]
Arohi Sharma
Arohi Sharma advocates for policies that protect and restore rivers and aquatic ecosystems in California and promote regenerative agricultural practices[...]
Wizipan Little Elk
An enrolled Rosebud Sioux Tribe member, Wizipan Little Elk is a nationally recognized young Native leader. Wizipan first met Barb[...]
Bethany Davis
Bethany Davis is the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs for MegaFood. She is the President for the Coalition for[...]
Kelsey Scott
Kelsey Scott is a fourth generation tribal rancher that calls the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation home. She’s the owner of[...]
Stephen Hohenrieder
Stephen serves as the CEO of Grounded Capital Partners, which invests long-term private capital along the value chain of our[...]
Erik Bruun Bindslev
Erik is the founder of MERIKA, London. He is also a brand advisor and venture partner.MERIKA Advisory has decades long[...]
Erin Callahan
Erin is the Director of the Climate Collaborative, responsible for management and execution of the Collaborative’s work, including all programming,[...]
Erin Heitkamp
Erin Heitkamp is the Senior Vice President of Impact at Pipeline Foods. She has worked in the fields of corporate[...]
Dave Haynes
Dave Haynes is co-founder of rePlant Capital, a new impact investment group focusing on soil health and regenerative transition at[...]
Aria McLauchlan
Aria McLauchlan is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Land Core, a non-profit organization advancing soil health policies and programs[...]
Elizabeth Candelario
Elizabeth has worked at the intersection of food, climate, and agriculture for the past fifteen years. She is Chief Strategy[...]
John Fullerton
John Fullerton is the founder and president of Capital Institute, a collaborative working to illuminate how our economy and financial[...]


Elizabeth Candelario

Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising & Owner, Studio Airstream

Elizabeth Candelario works at the nexus of food, agriculture, and climate change, and is most passionate about uniting brands and nonprofits to activate social mission causes in innovative ways that benefit both.  She works throughout the USA and Europe via her USA-based consultancy Studio Airstream and as a partner with Merika Advisory in the UK.... Read More


Wednesday Feb 24, 2021

Time Zones are in Mountain Time (MST)

Welcome and Introduction to the Regenerative Earth Summit - Session 3

Elizabeth Candelario, Summit Activator & Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising

Keynote & Q&A: Regenerative Capital: Investing in the Health of a System versus Monetizing the Symptoms of an Unhealthy System 

Stephen Hohenrieder, CEO & Founder, Grounded Capital Partners

Regenerative Slam™: The Regenerative Finance Landscape

 David LeZaks, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute 

Panel with Q&A: A Closer Look at Regenerative Impact Investing, and What it Really Means

Kelsey Ducheneaux, Natural Resources Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council 

John Fullerton, Founder & President, Capital Institute

Jennifer Astone, Founder, Integrated Capital Investing

Moderator: David LeZaks, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute 

Panel with Q&A: Technology Changing the Regenerative Landscape

Jenette Ashtekar, VP of Sustainability and Regeneration, CIBO

Pablo Borquez, Founder, Produce Pay Inc.

Clint Brauer, Co-founder, Green Robotics

Mitchell Hora, Founder, Continuum Ag

Moderator: Gabriel Wilmoth, Consultant

Regenerative Slam™ Drones and Agroforestry 

Aymeric Maudous, Founder, Lord of the Trees

Panel with Q&A: Investment in Agriculture from Soil and Farmers to Agtech and Food 

David Haynes, CEO & Co-founder, rePlant Capital

Ali Morrow, VC Investor, Astanor Venture

Esther Park, CEO, Cienega Capital 

Moderator:  Erin Heitkamp, Senior Vice President of Impact, Pipeline Foods

Summit Roundup 

Elizabeth Candelario, Summit Activator & Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising

Aprés Networking Meet & Greet

Thursday Feb 25, 2021

Time Zones are in Mountain Time (MST)

Welcome and setting the context for our time together

Elizabeth Candelario, Summit Activator & Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising

Keynote with Q&A: Seven Generations 

Wizipan Little Elk, CEO, Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

Regenerative Slam™: The Policy Landscape in a New Administration

Aria McLauchlan, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Land Core

Panel & Q&A: Opportunities to Advance Regenerative Agriculture through Policy

Arohi Sharma, Policy Analyst, Water, Agriculture, & Wildlife, Nature Program,  NRDC

Jennifer O'Conner, Founder and Chief Consultant, Guidelight Strategies

Eric Deeble, Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Moderator: Aria McLauchlan, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Land Core

Regenerative Slam™ :  The Justice for Black Farmers Act and Understanding Barriers for Black Farmers 

Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

Regenerative Slam™ : Europe's Policy

Elizabeth Candelario, Summit Activator & Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising

Erik Bindslev, Owner, MERIKA

Panel with Q&A: Regenerative Advocacy in Action

Bethany Davis, Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs, MegaFood

Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield

Bryce Lundberg, VP of Agriculture, Lundberg Family Farms

Moderator: Erin Callahan, Director, Climate Collaborative

Summit Roundup for Impact

Elizabeth Candelario, Summit Activator & Advisory Board, Regenerative Rising

Aprés Networking Meet & Greet

“The insights we gained from the 2019 Regenerative Earth Summit inspired Nature's Crops to work with our grower partners to transition our focus from sustainable to regenerative practices for all our specialty crop contract production. Collectively this is about 10,000 acres of production, but as these practices become applied to the grower’s overall acreage, the total impact could well be in excess of 100,000 acres.”

– Andrew Hebard, President & CEO of Natures Crops International


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