NOW, NEW, NEXT 2021 at a glance


CRN takes the safety of all attendees seriously. Please respect your fellow attendees. CRN requests that everyone wear masks during all indoor events. Orange County ordinance requires you to wear a mask in all indoor public settings if you are unvaccinated. CRN has set up meeting rooms with social distancing in mind and is providing outdoor space for eating/drinking and networking. Let’s all mask up for one another!

For full descriptions see CRN Connect app details on this event.

TUESDAY  - October 19


7:00 – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception Sponsored by Herbalife Monarch Bay Courtyard

The future is bright! Join your industry colleagues as we light up the night and get creative with a giant Lite Brite. Make the evening pop as you connect with other attendees over drinks and small bites. Bright colored attire—including neon—is encouraged.

WEDNESDAY  - October 20

All sessions in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom unless otherwise noted


6:45 – 7:30 am
Yoga Dana Lawn

7:30 – 8:30 am
Breakfast Monarch Bay Courtyard

8:30 – 8:45 am
Welcome & Introductions
Tara Martin Chair-Elect, CRN Board of Directors; General Counsel, Nutrawise Health & Beauty Corporation

8:45 – 9:45 am      
Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind Breakthrough Ideas 
Suneel Gupta
Bestselling Author, "Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind Breakthrough Ideas" and Harvard Instructor

9:45 – 10:00 am        
Chairman's Remarks
Barry Ritz  Chairman, CRN Board of Directors; Vice President and Head of U.S. Regulatory & Science, Nestlé Health Science

10:00 – 10:10 am      
CRN Business Meeting

Audit Report
Bruce Brown President, Board Member, Natreon; CRN Audit Committee Chair

Treasurer’s Report
Laura S. Harkness Global R&D Vice President for Health & Wellbeing and Personal Care, Church & Dwight; CRN Treasurer

10:10 – 10:40 am     
Break Monarch Bay Courtyard

10:40 – 11:00 am     
President's Address
Steve Mister President & CEO, CRN

11:00 am — 12:00 pm       
You Don't Have a Diversity Problem, You Have a Leadership Problem
Ginny Clarke
Holistic Leadership Specialist & Former Director, Executive Recruiting, Google


12:00 pm        
Lunch Monarch Bay Courtyard

12:30 pm
Golf Tournament Sponsored by Balchem
Meet in the lobby right after sessions end on Wednesday 10/20. The Ritz-Carlton will provide transportation to the Monarch Beach Golf Links. Lunch will be provided at the golf resort. Pre-registration is required.

2:00 — 4:00 pm       
Networking Pavilion The Pavilion
New this year is the Networking Pavilion. Use the space for any prescheduled meetings or stop in and see what connections you make spontaneously. The room is stocked with refreshments and is meeting-ready. Visit the pavilion Wed. and Thurs. 2–4 pm.

6:00 — 7:30 pm       
Networking Reception Sponsored by Amway/Nutrilite Terrace Salon
Step into the sophisticated CRN speakeasy! Enjoy sultry jazz musical stylings as you mingle over cocktails and light appetizers before the evening dine-around.

7:30 — 11:00 pm       
Dine Around Dana Point
Dine at the resort or go to nearby Dana Point and explore one of its many popular restaurantsClick here to get the Uber voucher for rides to and from the resort.

THURSDAY  - October 21


6:30 — 7:30 am
Kyowa Hakko Fun Run & Walk Meet in Lobby

7:30 — 8:30 am
Breakfast Monarch Bay Courtyard

8:30 — 8:35 am
Day 2 Welcome
Tara Martin General Counsel, Nutrawise Health & Beauty Corporation ; Chair-Elect, CRN Board of Directors

8:35 — 9:30 am       
The Political Climate We Live In—A Deep Dive into Current Events
Ronald Brownstein
CNN Senior Political Analyst, Senior Editor for The Atlantic, and Contributing Editor for National Journal 

9:30 — 10:00 am       
Consumer Trends & Insights from Amazon: Vitamins, Minerals, & Supplements and COVID-19's Impact on Various Retail Channels 
Jake Bernstein Director of Sales, ClearCut Analytics
Caroline Davidson Senior Channel Growth Manager,  SPINS LLC   

10:00 — 10:30 am       ​​​​
Break Monarch Bay Courtyard 

10:30 — 10:50 am       ​​​​
Release of CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements Topline Data 
Tom Druke 
Marketing Director, Minerals & Nutrients, Balchem                                                                

10:50 — 11:50 am       ​​​​
Economic Forecast: Impact of Seismic Surprises
Marci Rossell
Expert Economic Forecaster, Former Chief Economist for CNBC and Co-Host of Squawk Box

11:50 am — 1:00 pm 
The View From the President's Chair 

Aaron Bartz President, Ortho Molecular Products, Inc.
Michelle Martin President/COO, Cypress Systems, Inc. 
Scott Ravech CEO, Deerland Probiotics and Enzymes   
Mark Walsh CEO, MeriCal   


1:00 — 2:00 pm      
Lunch Sponsored by Reckitt Monarch Bay Courtyard 

2:00 pm
Afternoon Activities Meet in the lobby

2:00 — 4:00 pm      
Networking Pavilion The Pavilion

6:30 — 10:00 pm      
Closing Reception Sponsored by Pharmavite Dana Lawn
Celebrate our last night together with good vibrations at our beach party themed gala. Let loose with lawn games and get gnarly with sun and surf-themed fun under the stars—including a Beach Boys cover band.

FRIDAY - October 22


7:30 — 8:30 am      
Breakfast Monarch Bay Courtyard

8:30 – 8:35 am
Tara Martin General Counsel, Nutrawise Health & Beauty Corporation ; Chair-Elect, CRN Board of Directors

8:35 — 9:35 am      
Inequalities and Disparities in Healthcare & Nutrition
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall
Life Sciences Leader, Former EVP, Chief Medical Officer, & Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Inc.

9:35 — 10:10 am      
Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Steve Mister President & CEO, CRN

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall
Christine Burdick-Bell 
Vice President & General Counsel, Pharmavite LLC
Michelle Stout Regulatory Policy Director, Amway/Nutrilite
Jon Benninger Vice President & Market Leader-SupplySide, Informa Markets

10:10 — 10:40 am     
Personalized Nutrition
Isabella Davis  Project Manager, Nutrition Business Advisors

10:40 am