Featuring keynote speakers on industry topics

Hosted by the Dunwoody Alumni Association

Dunwoody College of Technology
McNamara Center
818 Dunwoody Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event is complementary and includes a hot breakfast buffet.

7:30 a.m. – First Thursday in September, October, November, December, February, March, April, and May

Hear from top industry leaders, and network with other industry professionals at Dunwoody’s LEAD Speaker Series. Held once a month during the academic year, the event features key executives in the business community presenting on a range of industry topics. We invite all alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of Dunwoody College of Technology as well as the Twin Cities community.

Each series features a 30 minute keynote speech by a leader in the business community, followed by a 10 – 15 minute Q&A session.

The LEAD Speaker Series provides attendees current insights, changes and future development of the industry world.

Please note there are no LEAD Speaker Series in June, July, and August.


Thursday, May 5, 2022 Speaker: Teddy Bekele, SVP and CTO, Land O’Lakes

Photo of Teddy Bekele Teddy serves as Chief Technology Officer at Land O’Lakes, a Fortune 500 company with $14B in revenue and third-largest co-op in the United States. Operating in three segments, Dairy Foods, Feed and Crop Inputs, Land O’Lakes touches every aspect of the agriculture and food spectrum. As Chief Technology Officer, Teddy is leading the digital transformation at Land O’Lakes, leveraging existing and emerging technologies, to discover, implement and deliver solutions and ecosystems that enable new business models with partners such as Microsoft.

Teddy holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State. He also serves as Chair for the FCC and USDA Task Force on Precision Agriculture Connectivity, Chair for the Minnesota Broadband Task Force, and a Director on the Board of Stella Health. He has been featured in several publications including 60 Minutes, BBC, Fortune, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Innovate Minnesota.