Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for this year’s Welcome Conference, both in person and online via Livestream. The day was filled with stories about restoration from the perspectives of our diverse lineup of immensely talented, eloquent, and profoundly thought-provoking speakers. We heard about the restoration of mind and of body, of community and of a business, and so much more! All of the videos from the day will be up in the very near future so that we can relive the day and be inspired over and over again.
Welcome to the welcome conference
& Brian Canlis
Chef and owner of the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia
A director and producer, best known for her film, A Place at the Table
Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, also the author of The Third Plate
Former president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company and the former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Co-founder of the non-profit Food for Soul
Host of Late Night with Seth Meyers
Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live
Founder and executive director of the non-profit Operation Restoration
Co-owner of BOKA Restaurant Group in Chicago
Former Paralympian gold-medal swimmer, an ESPN sportscaster who has also competed on Dancing with the Stars
President of Fishbird and junior partner at SMITH
World-renowned poet, national poetry slam champion, and one of Oprah’s Super Soul 100
Hospitality of Hope
Our friends at San Pellegrino helped us produce these videos for the 2018 Welcome Conference. They give us a glimpse into three organizations that do tremendous work in helping to restore not only individual lives but also entire communities. We are proud to be able to showcase them and to be able to share with you the endeavors that they’ve taken on to make the world a better place.
FareStart provides its participants—individuals facing poverty—practical food service work experience in restaurants, cafes, and catering programs that provide meals to social services, shelters, and schools in the Seattle area. They get the work experience and training that they need in order to join the work force while also giving back to their community.
At Locol they believe that eating well doesn’t take a lot of money and it doesn’t take a lot of time. This fast-food mini chain strives to make healthy food an easy and accessible choice for under-served communities not only through convenience but also through its unequivocal deliciousness.
A non-profit training bakery, Hot Bread Kitchen employs foreign-born, low-income individuals who want to become financially independent through careers in baking. After a year baking at Hot Bread Kitchen, learning both culinary and business skills, they’re given assistance in finding professional baking jobs.