Beth Ford is president and CEO of Land O'Lakes, a production and agribusiness company and a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative.

Why you should listen

Beth Ford's 35-year career spans six industries at seven companies. She is a passionate advocate for farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly those in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food. She sits on the board of directors for the Business Roundtable and the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc. She has been recognized by Fortune as one of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" and "Most Powerful Women" and was named to Fast Company's "Most Productive People" and "Best Leaders" lists. She was also featured in the 60 Minutes segment entitled "The Farmers Advocate." Ford holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a master's degree in business from Columbia University Business School.

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Evolutions: The talks of TED@BCG 2021

April 9, 2021

Evolutions don’t happen overnight. After a year of slowing down and shifting priorities due to the pandemic, we can use this moment to find a better way forward. In a day of talks, interviews and performances, nine speakers and performers explored a range of innovative solutions aimed at addressing the climate crisis, cybersecurity, inequality, trust […]

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