Joel Salatin co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.
His wide-ranging topics include nitty-gritty how-to for profitable regenerative farming as well as cultural philosophy like orthodoxy vs. heresy. A wordsmith and master communicator, he moves audiences from laughs one minute to tears the next, from frustration to hopefulness. Often receiving standing ovations, he prefers the word performance rather than presentation to describe his lectures. His favorite activity?–Q&A. “I love the interaction,” he says.
Megan Shea co-founded Soulfull Project in 2016. Driven by social purpose, the business seeks to eradicate food insecurity in the U.S. The idea came to her on a business trip when she was visiting Texas families to learn about the food they eat. One of the families did not have a single food item in the kitchen, not even a canned good in a pantry. A year later, Soulfull Project was created with the hope that it would bring communities together and help solve the issue of food inaccessibility and food deserts. For every purchase of a Soulfull Project item, a serving of multi-grain hot cereal is donated to a Food Bank in that region. The public benefit corporation works with over 200 Food Banks across the country, ensuring that the ones that need it the most will receive it first. Currently, Megan lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
A social entrepreneur and innovator, Megan will be sharing her expertise with students on a number of topics including how she founded a social enterprise within a for-profit company and how Soulfull Project combines social mission with profitability!
Chip Heim, Soulfull Project
Chip Heim is the Head of Marketing for The Soulfull Project and is focused on how to elevate the work that community partners are doing through Soulfull.
Prior to leading and crafting the marketing strategy for Soulfull, Chip had spent eleven years at Campbell’s as a Designer and Design Manager working across the entire Campbell’s portfolio. Over the past four years, Chip was a key member of Campbell’s innovation teams as a driver of design thinking leading efforts such as Campbell’s Dinner Sauces and Go Soup.
Chip has taught Graphic Design at Burlington County Community College in New Jersey as an adjunct Professor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Penn State University. He lives in Pennsylvania with his son and spends most of his little free time at soccer and baseball games.