Speaker bios

Keynote: Jordan Figueiredo is an Anti-Food Waste Activist from Northern California. Through social media, talks and activism he connects and ignites the movement to end food waste and hunger. Most notably through The Ugly Fruit And Veg Campaign which uses funny, bizarre, and beautiful images of produce in order to highlight the 20-40% of all fruits and vegetables that go to waste, before stores, due to optional grocer cosmetic standards. The Campaign, through Change.org, has been successful in petitioning Whole Foods Market and Walmart to sell ugly produce. The Campaign recently partnered with the Center for Biological Diversity on the groundbreaking supermarket food waste report and scorecard Checked Out. The Campaign has also been featured on the TODAY Show, in Huffington Post, NPR, Upworthy, Mic, Think Progress, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, and many others. Along with more than 150,000 people in 190 countries, you can follow The Ugly Fruit And Veg Campaign on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. For more, visit www.UglyFruitAndVeg.org.


Event Emcee: Jenny Newtson-Schick

Many folks remember Jenny Newtson-Schick when she was the Morning Edition host on KLCC-FM in Eugene. That was from 1988 to 2003. Mostly they remember her bad puns and goofy public radio fundraising style. After returning to school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Jenny got to realize her dream of travelling to Africa to study music, accompanying drummer Obo Addy and a team of students on the first LC Music school trip to Ghana. However, graduation coincided with the beginning of the 2007 recession, and jobs - especially in journalism - were not plentiful. Jenny then parlayed her hobby into a career: hot glass. Jenny has made glass beads at the torch since 1991, and in 2007 she took a position with a growing glass operation in Portland. She served Trautman Art Glass as sales manager, events manager, soft glass bead trainer and den mother for nearly a decade before following her fiance’ to Denver in 2017. Since then she’s been mostly doing freelance journalism, writing for trade magazines about glass. She’s rediscovering her love of torchwork. Now, Jenny is considering how to get herself and her husband back to the Northwest. And you can still hear Jenny’s voice as a Main Stage Announcer at the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta every July.