Sophie has been a guest speaker at conferences including the Fancy Food Show (Moscone Center, San Francisco, in 2019), the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference (New York, NY, in 2018/Louisville, KY, in 2017), and the Global Food Tourism Conference in Montreal, Canada; at colleges and universities including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Northeastern, The Food Business School, Lebanon Valley College, and University of the Pacific; at companies including Google and IDEO; and at cultural hubs including Town Hall Seattle and Litquake in San Francisco.

She brings authority and a fresh take to topics that include:

  • American food culture

  • How American values—a strong work ethic and penchant for productivity; fierce independence and emphasis on personal freedom; and unwavering faith in science, technology, and innovation—shape eating habits

  • Food at the intersection of human and environmental health: how the role of food in daily life (consumption) relates to the problems associated with our current food system (production), and the many delicious ways that what’s good for people is most often good for the planet

  • Consumer insights and the psychology of food

  • Food labeling and health claims: empowering consumers to understand labeling loopholes, identify misleading marketing claims, and outsmart them in the grocery store

  • Health and social behavior: how social norms affect food choices and other lifestyle behaviors that support or undermine well-being

  • The loss of food literacy—from culinary skills and confidence in the kitchen to knowledge about seasonality and where food comes from—particularly among millennials and Generation Z. (All while, ironically, they express greater interest in food and “foodie” experiences than ever before.)

  • Food trends: the separation of fads from long-term shifts in the food landscape, and how those distinctions will shape the future of food

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