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Alltech Ideas Conference: Investing in tomorrow leads to successful future


Damien McLoughlin, Anthony C. Cunningham Professor of Marketing, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, addressed attendees in Rupp Arena at the closing session of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference Wednesday.

The 32nd annual three-day conference heard from 60 of the brightest international minds in science, agriculture, technology and business.

ONE explored world-changing ideas and challenged attendees to seek out that one-in-a-million idea that will change the future through innovation. During the closing session, McLoughlin spoke about red and blue ocean strategies, and the need to address creative destruction in the food and agriculture industry. He urged attendees to differentiate, apply innovative technology and invest today for tomorrow.

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, addressed over 3,000 attendees at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Photo Provided)

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, addressed over 3,000 attendees at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Photo Provided)

“When you are not investing in tomorrow, you will not see success in the future. Businesses are currently too busy, focusing only on the issues of today,” said McLoughlin.

During the three-day conference, Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer, Inc. and chief scientist, Primary Data, was awarded the Alltech Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award is bestowed annually to someone of strong character, who uses their accomplishments to positively influence and inspire other people. During his talk, Wozniak encouraged young entrepreneurs to work on small fun things, with close friends, for social good.

“We need to start with the people who want to make a social change,” said Wozniak.

By working with close friends, Wozniak started Apple with Steve Jobs in their early twenties, with no money, no savings and no business experience. Apple is now an iconic global brand.

“One idea and one choice can simply change the world,” said Dr. Lyons, founder and president, Alltech. Sharing his perspective from more than 35 years in business, Lyons encouraged attendees to focus on one simple idea that will help to improve their business. Lyons closed the programme by welcoming global phenomenon Riverdance to perform traditional Irish dance on the main stage in Rupp Arena.

The three-day conference heard from Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble (2001-2008), David Hunt, co-founder of Cainthus (formerly known as Agrilarity), Ramez Naam, co-chair of Energy and Environment and a member of the exponential advisory board at Singularity University and many more.

ONE attracted over 3,000 attendees from 71 countries across the globe. The conference returns May 21-24, 2017. Visit one.alltech.com for all the latest information from the event.

From Alltech Communications


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