2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Kashi Sehgal

Founder & CEO



Kashi is Founder & CEO of Retaaza – a social impact food solutions company rethinking local supply chains. She also serves as Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Forethica – helping the business world be more actively ethical.

She started her first company in 2007 focused on driving revenue through building authentic relationships with stakeholders via mobile solutions. She has become a seasoned entrepreneur building a variety of businesses and nonprofits spanning technology, education, sustainability, ethics, entertainment, homelessness, and more.

Kashi has worked with several global corporations running strategy and business development across digital, design, ecommerce, supply chain, and manufacturing. As a consultant at a large global firm, she worked with Fortune 100s and governmental agencies on strategy and organizational development. Kashi now consults on purpose, growth, and strategy.

She is a Techstars mentor and serves as an advisor, mentor, and investor to entrepreneurs and companies globally and has served on numerous business, arts, civic, and nonprofit boards. Kashi is driven by creating positive impact through compassionate and creative problem solving in the world around her.


Wednesday, May 17th

11:00am - 12:00pm

Cultivating Food Justice, Seeding Sovereignty: A Primer to Reap an Equitable, Inclusive, and Sustainable Food System

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Bringing back last year’s Fishbowl format, this interactive session will allow attendees to examine and discuss the intersection of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and the food waste sector — providing insights into what work is currently happening, who is involved, where there are gaps, where there are opportunities, and where there are potential inadvertent consequences. You wil get the opportunity to exchange meaningful knowledge, build deep relationships, and make powerful conversations on how to envision our food future together.

Wednesday, May 17th

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mainstage Session | Cultivating an Inclusive Food System Where Everybody Eats: Exploring the Intersection of Justice and Food Waste

Our food systems were never broken and inequities within them are not natural. They are rooted in historic structures of racial, socioeconomic, and cultural discrimination. Acknowledging and addressing the systemic inequities that are deeply ingrained is the first step to creating an equitable, just, and inclusive food system for all. This session will include a share out of the insights from ReFED’s new Landscape Assessment report that examines the intersections between food waste and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). For instance,  what food waste reduction activities have impacts that help or hinder equity movements? And opposingly, what impact does equity movements have on the amount of food going to waste? The report points out the intersections and makes some recommendations for steps to take to increase equity in food systems. The panel will reflect on these questions and panelists will share their own experiences and explore these intersections.

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