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Keynote Speaker Robyn O’Brien

Robyn O’Brien

Author, Former Financial Analyst, TEDx Speaker, and Food Industry Advisor

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    Colorado, USA

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.Described as a visionary, Robyn O’Brien has helped transform corporations of every size, from startups to multinationals, in order to help them meet the changing needs of 21st century consumers. Recognized as one of the world’s leading voices in food, Robyn has taken her unique skill set to other industries, presenting to corporations looking to manage health care costs, at global health conferences, food conferences, and investment events.  Executives love her passion, intellect and unique ability to synthesize relevant and important trends and data in order to catalyze and inspire change.

She is the Vice President of rePlant Capital, an impact investment firm, deploying integrated capital from soil to shelf in order to reverse climate change. The rePlant team is investing in privately held, deep impact opportunities, focused on reversing climate change, while supporting American farmers.

Robyn was a founding team member of of AIM/Invesco’s first hedge fund of $100+ million and a team member on their $20 billion Constellation Fund. She was an advisor to Paul Hawken’s “Drawdown”(published in April 2017) and has advised startups, banks and multinationals, while working with global CEOs and management teams in the food industry. Robyn is also the founder of Do Good, a strategic advisory firm, and AllergyKids Foundation, which serves the 1 in 3 children with allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism. Random House published Robyn’s book, The Unhealthy Truth, in 2009, and her TEDx talk has been viewed by millions and translated into multiple languages. She received her BA from Washington and Lee University, her MBA from Rice University on a full scholarship and also received a Fulbright fellowship.  She is an adjunct professor at Rice University and named after a farmer in New Zealand.

Testimonials 6

  • I invited Robyn O’Brien to speak to employees at Target…People from all across the company joined to listen. O’Brien captivated the audience within minutes, not shying away from the hard truths of the food industry… O’Brien is an advocate for people’s right to know, but it is her collaborative approach that sets her apart for others in her field. She understands business, politics and the financials which gives her a stronger voice as a change agent. Robyn O’Brien truly embodies working together to make progress towards a 21st century food system.

    Sarah Benson

    Senior Manager, Target Brands

  • Robyn O’Brien’s fervent message describes the toxic tangle of American food, government, and culture. THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH is a healthy dose of medicine that we all need to swallow, and I say this as an advocate for the environment, but more importantly, as a father of five.

    Graydon Carter

    Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair

  • You are remarkable.  You are going to make a very big difference.  I am rarely moved to such lavish praise after authors speak, but you literally have it all: passion, clarity, intelligence, compassion, wit, authenticity, and a big heart that holds it all together.

    Paul Hawken

  • You have quite literally changed my life and my life’s work.   The work you have done to link our food and how we eat to the massive increase in allergies and other health issues was very compelling and ultimately undeniable for me.    I’ve sent countless people to your TED talk.   I tell people the story all of the time about how I met you, and you simply asked a few questions. I look ahead to what is next for me professionally, I want to work to drive even more meaningful change, and hope we can continue to do so together.

    Steve Young

    Former General Mills Executive

  • Robyn’s analysis is a startling revelation of the corruption of our food supply and our failure to protect two of our country’s most valuable assets, our children and our environment.  Her message of courage, tenacity and hope is a beacon of light in our toxic world.

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

  • In the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health,  which is the greatest gift we have. Robyn O’Brien’s courageous pursuit is an example of how we can all do our parts to protect the health of our families.

    Erin Brockovich

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