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Sam Kass    

Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, Founder of TROVE and venture partner in Acre Venture Partners

Sam Kass is the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration. He is the founder of TROVE, a strategy firm focusing on improving health and sustainability of food and a venture partner in Acre Venture Partners.

After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009 as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. Sam is the first person in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden.

In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is an MIT Media Lab fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Sam is the author of "Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World", which was published by Clarkson Potter on April 17, 2018.

Speech Topics

The Future of Corporate Health Care

Sam Kass understands that health care remains one of the leading costs corporations face today. Infusing wit and candor to captivate audiences with personal stories from inside the White House, Kass offers unique and informative perspectives on the tools and initiatives organizations can implement today to combat these losses. As the former executive director of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and former senior White House policy advisor for nutrition policy, Kass worked with both Congress and the private sector to shape strategic national policies and launch a global discussion. He firmly believes for corporations to successfully address the related costs of health care, executives must first instill a higher value on both employee and customer health. He addresses wellness issues that directly impact your bottom line and explores opportunities that exist for your organization by way of the latest up-and-coming health care developments. Having been a driving force at the forefront of health policy in the United States and an enduring catalyst for global change, Kass earnestly speaks to the issues that bear most on your audience in this thought-provoking and informative presentation.

Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness

How do you create a culture of health and wellness within your organization? Is the benefit of doing so truly worthwhile? As the former executive director of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and former senior White House policy advisor for nutrition policy, Sam Kass has been a leader at the forefront of this national, multifaceted initiative. In this enlightening and instructive presentation, Kass examines the substantial impact wellness and health care policies have on employee morale and consequently workplace productivity. With a charming and easygoing manner, he tackles the serious issues that influence and impact individuals and businesses in nearly any industry. He shares tips and tricks to setting up both home and work environments for success in endeavors towards healthy living, and examines a wide range of incentives that organizations can establish for their employees. Candidly chronicling the challenges he faced in his efforts to lead policy change and negotiate national strategy, Kass shares the lessons he learned as they are relevant to your particular organization. He engages the audience by sharing unique insights and entertaining narratives from the perspective of a White House insider, and audience members leave inspired, motivated and with tangible takeaways.


Sam Kass to depart White House

Sam Kass, the Obama administration’s de facto food policy czar, will step down from his role at the end of the month, the White House announced Monday.

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