3 can’t-miss keynotes at Newtopia Now, New Hope Network’s unique event

Three high-profile industry leaders elevate Newtopia Now with keynote addresses examining the future of the natural and organic space. Learn more.

Heather Carter, Associate Editor

June 14, 2024

4 Min Read
3 can’t-miss keynotes at Newtopia Now: Lee Wright, Carla Hall and Dan Buettner

At a Glance

  • The Vitamin Shoppe CEO Lee Wright discusses innovation in wellness products and retail services.
  • Emmy Award-winning chef Carla Hall, an advocate for women's health, explores her experiences with cancer and menopause.
  • Multi-hyphenate celebrity and innovator Dan Buettner highlights exclusive insights from his longevity studies.

The first Newtopia Now is designed to provide more opportunities for brands to learn about the natural and organic industry and connect with the people they need to know, regardless of where they are in their lifecycle.

The inaugural, unique event is scheduled for August 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The first-of-its-kind education and trade show will offer curated matchmaking among a diverse community of buyers, brands and partners; increased avenues for new and emerging brands to engage and network; imaginative new product discovery opportunities for buyers; and the chance for industry leaders to co-create the future of the CPG industry.

Whether you’re a smaller brand looking to expand your business or a well-established brand looking to garner more retail exposure or partnerships, there is surely a discussion that can benefit your operations.

Three keynote sessions will kick off the inaugural event. Check these out to see how they can assist you in the next step of your journey.

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 10:15-10:40 a.m.
Location: Thrive Stage

Lee Wright, CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, will provide meaningful insights in this first keynote of the event. Discover how this national retailer is innovating across product categories, new wellness services, private brands and vendor-retailer relationships to fuel mutual success.

Also dive into the latest trends propelled by new ingredients, TikTok hype and consumer demand—from the boom in weight management products to advances in active nutrition.

Chef Carla Hall: The Joyfulness of Aging Well

Date | Time: Monday, August 26, 11-11:45 a.m.
Location: Glow Stage

Carla Hall is an Emmy Award-winning American chef, author and television personality best known for her appearances on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” After she made her debut on “Top Chef,” Hall served as co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” for almost a decade, where she provided valuable insights on food and lifestyle topics. She has continued her hosting journey on various TV shows, including the most recent 2024 series, “Chasing Flavor” on Max, which she also executive produced.

Aside from her popularity on TV, Hall has also made an impact as an avid advocate for women’s health. After battling breast cancer at Orlando Health Cancer Institute, she became involved with the center’s Women Playing for T.I.M.E. (Technology, Immediate Diagnosis, Mammography and Education) program, which aims to raise critical funds to support breast cancer care.

She has also been vocal about her encounters with menopause, as she celebrated her 60th birthday this year, telling People Magazine about her “cocktail of treatments” to help combat symptoms, including hormone replacement therapy, collagen and magnesium. She also places a large focus on her health—partaking in regular workouts and eating a nutritious diet—to keep her going for decades to come.

Hall will delve into her storied career as a chef, author and health advocate in this engaging discussion.

In addition, Hall and Caire Beauty Founder Lorrie King will discuss issues and opportunities for women over 50 at the Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Over 50: Why You Should Know Her session at 12:45-1:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, on the Glow Stage.

Blue Zones Insights with Dan Buettner

Date | Time: Tuesday, August 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Thrive Stage

Dan Buettner wears many hats. In addition to founding Blue Zones, he’s a National Geographic Fellow, five-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Guinness World Record distance-cycling holder and Netflix host. Though well-known for his accomplishments, in this session, he will unveil never-before-shared insights gleaned from his global longevity research—and what they mean for the future of wellness.

Learn more about the nine commonalities of the Blue Zones—five places in the world where people lived the longest, healthiest lives—for fresh perspectives on how CPG brands and retailers can revolutionize their approach to consumer well-being. During his speech, Buettner will marry the emerging science, ancient wisdom and business insights surrounding longevity to identify how businesses can actively and authentically support consumers on their personalized journeys to optimal health.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a leading wellness changemaker and co-create the future of health at Newtopia Now.

Newtopia Now, New Hope Network's new trade show, is set for Aug. 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. For more information and to register, visit the Newtopia Now website.

About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate Editor, Food & Beverage Insider

Heather Carter is the associate editor of Food & Beverage Insider at Informa Markets. She has worked in trade publishing for nearly a decade, covering a variety of topics, from tile to bedding. Reach her at [email protected].

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