November 2022 Meeting

Programming Committee

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

MNIFT NOVEMBER MEETING At General Mills Headquarters - In-Person (Plus a Virtual Option!)

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Leadership in The New Era of Food Safety


Sean Leighton
Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory

Overview: We are in a new era of food safety. Join us on November 29th to network and learn from Sean Leighton on food safety leadership strategies. Building a corporate food safety culture is central to elevating productivity, reducing turnover, and fostering better teamwork. To be successful in corporate food safety, you need to understand the effects of business on food safety and of food safety on business.

Sean Leighton is Cargill’s Global Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory. With a career spanning more than 15 years in the food and beverage industry, Sean has intimate knowledge of the science and standards that make food safe, and the strategies to ensure the quality of supply chains that feed our world.

Before joining Cargill in 2017, Sean served as Vice President of Quality Assurance, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company, where he spent 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility. He also worked at Land O’ Lakes Incorporated.

Sean’s passion for food safety and quality extends beyond Cargill. He is the incoming president for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and sits on the advisory board of many organizations including, but not limited to IAFP’s Journal of Food Protection, The Center for Food Safety (UGA), GMA’s Science & Education Foundation and the Food Fraud Think Tank (MSU).

In these leadership roles, and in his daily work at Cargill, Sean is leading cutting edge work to nourish our world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way.

Sean holds a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,a master of science degree in food science from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from Emory University.


General Mills Headquarters
1 General Mills Boulevard
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Park in Employee Ramp and stop at the guard’s desk to check in


Register online at Registration will stay open until Thursday, November 23th, at 10:00 PM. Early Bird registration ends on November 10th, 2022. If you have questions please contact Hasmukh Patel or Leslie Kowalczyk.

Registration costs will include drinks and heavy appetizers.

NOTE: Virtual registrations will include the Zoom meeting information on the confirmation


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

4:00 – 5:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting**
5:00 – 5:45 PM Social with Heavy Appetizers/Drinks
5:45 – 6:30 PM “Leadership in The New Era of Food Safety” by Sean Leighton
6:30 – 7:00 PM Closing Remarks & Networking
** Zoom link and meeting placeholder will be sent with agenda by MNIFT President for BOD members.


Type Until End of Day November 10th Starting November 11th
In-Person Member $20 $25
In-Person Non-Member $25 $30
In-Person Student $5 $10
Virtual Member $5 $5
Virtual Non-Member $10 $10
Virtual Student Free Free

Reservations must be made by Thursday, November 23rd at 10:00 PM

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