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Award winning World Food Prize nominee and CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer includes with all keynote speaking engagements and panel discussions, a free colloquium at a nearby college or university. You get two engagements for the price of one!
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Keynote Speaker Topics

Disruptive Solutions, Disruptive Metrics

How disruptive changes call for a new way of measuring success – or failure.

Food Waste and how its costing us our future.

Half of  the produce in America (including 11 billion pounds of locally grown fresh food) is never consumed. Learn the costs of food waste and some of the simple sustainable solutions to the problem. – No Food Left Behind

Difficulties encountered by great ideas and innovations in the non-profit realm and why we should welcome risking success.

Bringing Faith To Food Waste

A look at Food Waste Weekend – how a small non-profit had clergy of all faiths across America learning about and then doing sermons on food waste – each from their own faith perspective.  All at the same time.

America’s Food Safety Net – How We Fight Hunger With One Hand Tied Behind Our Back

While 42 million Americans grow more food in their garden than they can use, preserve or give to friends, 50 million Americans nationwide are food insecure.  A new disruptive solution enables people to reach into their backyard instead of their back pocket to help end hunger.

The Power of One – The story of how an aging geek changed the American food network

A look at how one person with an idea and a passion can make changes that ripple across the world. Being told it can’t be done is what keeps most people from trying. Believing that to do the impossible, you must first believe it isn’t is what makes people succeed.


Audience tweeting while listening…….

Sampling of other feedback….

  • “Your words inspired me.” -K. Robinson – George Washington Carver Centenial Series
  • “That was a nice talk, an eye opener. -S. Fall – George Washington Carver Centenial Series
  • “I remember you and the powerful speech you delivered. . -A Asbogun – Tuskegee University
  • “…your presentation was a clear highlight for many of our students” M. Weinstein – U of Maryland Founder and Executive Director Gary Oppenheimer

Gary Oppenheimer Founder Executive Director

Gary Oppenheimer Founder
Executive Director

Gary Oppenheimer, a CNN Hero, World Food Prize nominee, lecturer and speaker (including a two TED presentations) and a Google Tech Talk, 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow, Points of Light Tribute winner, Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “ 2011 Game Changer“, winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood 2011 “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the 2012 Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, Echoing Green semifinalist and founder of now makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978. He is also a Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director, Environmental Commissioner in northern New Jersey, an avid gardener and long distance cyclist.

An early pioneer in the electronic mail industry,  produced what is believe to be the first “ezine” – published from 1985 to 1996 – while working from a home office located on the boat.

Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, he created – a nationwide effort to enable America’s 42 million home and community gardeners who grow food to be able to easily find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden bounty.

Named CNN Hero a year later, he was introduced on the Larry King Live show which was followed by a live interview with CNN anchor Ali Velshi.

He has appeared in numerous radio interviews and his work has been the subject of countless blogs and newspaper articles.

Because works closely with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to improve fresh food access at thousands of food pantries nationwide, he had the opportunity to meet the President and First Lady and she subsequently highlighted in a speech in early 2012.

In addition to helping continue its expansion to food pantries and gardeners nationwide, Gary also does public speaking about hunger and, individuals making a difference in their community as well as a variety of environmental topics.

He also enjoys boating, hiking, farming (chickens for eggs and vegetables) and attacking challenges of all sorts. He is a firm believer in the notion that to do the impossible, you must first believe it isn’t.

Gary is available for keynote speaking engagements and panel discussions also includes a free colloquium to a nearby college or university with the engagement.  Contact for more information.

Additional background information about Gary Oppenheimer is available here.

Sampling of Past Talks

Gary Oppenheimer speaking:
TED Talk: TEDx Manhattan
TED Talk: TEDx Lancaster
Keynote Speech at awards ceremony
Google Talk
Temple University
Wharton Social Responsibility Conference
PBS’s “Growing A Greener World”