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Dunwoody announces keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony

Land O’Lakes, Inc. Chief Technology Officer Teddy Bekele will address the Class of 2023 on May 20

Minneapolis — Dunwoody College of Technology, a private, non-profit institution and pioneer in technical education, is proud to announce that Teddy Bekele, the Chief Technology Officer at Land O’Lakes, Inc., will deliver the keynote address during this year’s Commencement Exercises.

The College will honor the graduating Class of 2023 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

About Teddy Bekele

As Chief Technology Officer, Bekele leads the digital transformation at Land O’Lakes, leveraging existing and emerging technologies to keep the enterprise competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape. Under Teddy’s leadership, teams implement technology solutions and industry ecosystems that leverage disruptive technologies such as advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and internet of things to help retail and farmer customers produce more sustainable outputs. Bekele is also responsible for the information technology and information security functions at Land O’Lakes.

Bekele holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He’s active in his community, serving as Chair for the FCC and USDA Task Force on Precision Agriculture Connectivity and the Minnesota Broadband Task Force. He’s also on the boards of Stella Health, Genesys Works Twin Cities, and MnTech. He has been featured in several publications including 60 Minutes, BBC, Fortune, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Innovate Minnesota.


Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2022 annual sales of $19 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 232 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 100 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minnesota.


Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Having provided hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 individuals, Dunwoody is the college for experimenters and makers, a place where the curious and the confident learn by doing.

Located in Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers a unique campus experience in dedicated labs, studios, and shops that treat students like future professionals from day one.

With certificates, associates, and bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors – including engineering, robotics, design and other STEM-related fields – Dunwoody challenges students to come determined and graduate destined.

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