WHAT IS AIPDC CONFERENCE?
Be Bold: Move Up and Reach Your Full Potential!
The African Immigrant Professional Development Conference (AIPDC) is a conference that is geared towards bringing African immigrant professionals from all sectors, with the goal of providing training, and networking resources that would help elevate their professional network.
In 2018, the first annual AIPDC was held with over 150 participants. The conference was a huge success which paved the way for the 2nd Annual AIPDC. The 2nd Annual AIPDC will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 under the theme,
" Be Bold: Move Up and Reach Your Full Potential!”
Teddy Bekele, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Land O'Lakes will serve as the Keynote Speaker.
Teddy Bekele is the Chief Technology Officer at Land O’ Lakes. He has a passion for researching, developing and implementing innovative technology solutions to help retailers and farmers produce more food while using fewer resources in new and sustainable ways. Working within Land O'Lakes, Teddy offers a unique farm-to-fork perspective, with insights and visibility into all aspects of food, from the seed planted to the food we consume on the table. Teddy has been featured in several radio shows and technology publications including Fortune, Computer World, MIT Sloan Management Review, Hoosier and RFD radio. In 2016, he was named in the inaugural Precision Ag Magazine Top 10 people driving forward the adoption of precision agriculture. Teddy has also presented at South by South West and Google Next on the utilization of technology to optimize farming decisions. In 2017, was selected as a “Minnesotan to Meet” by WCCO. Teddy was born in Ethiopia, moved to Italy in 1985, finally immigrating to the US in 1993. He holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He has lived in three different continents and speaks fluent Ethiopian and Italian. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Michele and 5-year-old son, Teddy Jr.