What Women are Bringing to the Future of Food and Farming

Tuesday, November 9th 2021
This event is sponsored by Wilbur Ellis

Women are inarguably the backbone of most industries and farming is no exception. As early adopters of new technology and advocates of collaborative conservation, they are setting the standard for the future of farming.

Join us to learn what we can do as consumers and bring your questions for the experts!

Audra Mulkern

Audra Mulkern is a 2019 James Beard finalist, writer, photographer, TEDx and international speaker who is changing the way we look at farming and the people who grow our food. She is the founder of “The Female Farmer Project™” – a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world. With a background at a major software company, she may have seemed an unlikely candidate to become the leading documentarian of this blossoming agricultural movement. But in many ways, it made sense - she has created deep roots in a rural farming community, and had witnessed the gender gap in the technology industry. From in-depth stories, personal essays, photographic portraits, a podcast, and in-development documentary film — The Female Farmer Project gives a powerful voice to the fastest growing demographic in agriculture— the female farmer.

Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin is a tastemaker and innovator in media, food and style. Her work spans public speaking, podcasts, social, video, TV, magazines, books, restaurants and events. An award-winning influencer in the food world, Cowin is building brands, speaking across the country and hosting a podcast, Speaking Broadly on Heritage Radio Network and all major podcast platforms.

Cowin started a career coaching business in 2018 that focuses on helping people identify the dreams that are locked inside themselves and the devils that are holding them back. With just one or two sessions, Cowin is able to help clients set out a new, actionable plans for the future.

In 2017, Cowin launched a Brand/Editorial/Food/Digital/PR/Marketing consultancy for businesses as diverse as the farm-fast concept Dig, where she's Chief Brand Advisor, and Neiman Marcus and the Trust for Governors Island.

For 21 years (1995-2016), Cowin was the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine. She transformed Food & Wine into a must-read lifestyle publication and digital outlet for anyone who wanted to track culinary trends, up-and-coming chefs, news about travel destinations, entertaining, wine and spirits.

Lisa Pinckney

Lisa Pinckney is an award-winning chef & restaurateur with a passion for advocating for good. Lisa was introduced to the culinary world by her mother who’s a renowned chef. Lisa calls upon her vast experience in researching food, nutrition & restaurant trends; food manufacturing & development, to create new and sustainable product development.

As a chef, Lisa is renowned for creating wide arrays of delectable, healthy foods, and is highly-adept in menu development, food styling, presentations, research and trend identification. Her decorated career includes creating the Official Dessert for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics; being a 3X-Winner of the "National Pecan Pie Blue Ribbons," (declared "unbeatable"); Responsible for exporting many US agricultural products and foods abroad. Previously, Lisa studied under Julia Child in Florence, Italy.