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Tickets on sale April 22nd at 12pm


Lori Silverbush

A director and producer, best known for her film, A Place at the Table

Dan Barber

Chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, also the author of The Third Plate

Alan Mulally

Former president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company and the former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Lara Gilmore

Co-founder of the non-profit Food for Soul

Seth Meyers

Host of Late Night with Seth Meyers

Michael Che

Stand-up comedian, actor, and writer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live

Syrita Steib-Martin

Founder and executive director of the non-profit Operation Restoration

Kevin Boehm

Co-owner of BOKA Restaurant Group in Chicago

Victoria Arlen

Former Paralympian gold-medal swimmer, an ESPN sportscaster who has also competed on Dancing with the Stars

Mark Hinchliffe

President of Fishbird and junior partner at SMITH

& IN-Q

World-renowned poet, national poetry slam champion, and one of Oprah’s Super Soul 100

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Welcome Stories:
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.