2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Nicola Dixon

Director of Global Impact

General Mills


Nicola Dixon is director of global impact at General Mills, with responsibilities focused on helping to ensure the advancement of key enterprise-wide social and environmental impact initiatives, company impact and ESG reporting and leading the company’s philanthropy strategy and programs.  As part of the global impact team, Nicola and her team develop strategies and operationalize workstreams and partnerships related to three global focus areas: Increasing Food Security; Regenerating Ecosystems and Strengthening Hometown Communities. 

Prior to joining General Mills philanthropy and global impact group nine years ago, Nicola had a two-decade advertising, marketing and brand management career, including eight years in General Mills marketing roles where she managed some of America’s most recognized brands across grocery retail as well as convenience and foodservice channels. Nicola was the 2018 recipient of the Champions Award at General Mills - the highest award given by the company’s leadership team to employees - in recognition of her leadership of food waste reduction and surplus food recovery initiatives and resulting impacts in North America, Europe and Asia.     

Originally from South Africa, Nicola grew up in Australia and later the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, an MBA in business management, and a Master of Public Affairs degree in business, society and the environment from the University of Minnesota.


Wednesday, May 11th

9:00am - 10:30am

Welcome Day 1 & Mainstage Session 1 - From Global to Local: Fighting Food Waste Around the World

Memorial Hall

Welcome to the Summit! We'll start with a special Land Acknowledgment and then introduce you to all that the next two days have to offer.

How can we create a sustainable future through food waste reduction on a global, national, and local stage? Food waste is a systemwide and far-reaching problem that extends beyond the U.S. Featuring three fireside chats – on international food loss and waste protocols; U.S. food waste-related policy and strategy; and the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment regional initiative – this session will outline the progress being made around the world, and what new opportunities exist for collaborative action. 


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