Opening day of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference focuses on taking bold action on dreams
ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) opened today with the presentation of Alltech’s highest distinctions: the Alltech Medal of Excellence and the Alltech Humanitarian Award. Now in its 35th year, Alltech’s annual international conference has become known as the nexus of global food and agribusiness, bringing together producers and industry experts from around the world to share insights and solutions for today’s most pressing issues.
The Alltech Humanitarian Award, which is bestowed annually to someone of strong character who uses their platform to positively influence and inspire those around them, was awarded to Bear Grylls. The BAFTA award-winning survival expert has completed numerous incredible feats during his life, both on and off the screen. Most notably, he became one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest just 18 months after breaking his back in three places during a parachuting accident. Grylls has since shared his inspirational survival experiences, grit and determination with the world in television shows such as the Emmy Award-nominated “Man vs. Wild.”
Grylls told attendees about the four things that have shaped him and the lessons he’s learned along the way. He guided the audience on a journey to discover how to overcome challenges and adversity and to learn from failures. His stories of resilience, courage and never giving up inspired and empowered the audience to get out and find their own adventures.
“Have faith in yourself, others and the force of goodness,” said Grylls. “We all face our Everest. Everest, really, is just a state of mind. I finally reached the summit of my Everest, and it was extraordinary.”
Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, challenged the audience to take action on their dreams.
“Just get it going,” he said. “Do something. If you do something, you learn from it. If you make a mistake, you will find a better way out.”
Subject- and species-specific breakout sessions with industry experts also took place, giving attendees an opportunity to explore their particular fields, including aquaculture, beef, crop science, dairy, pig, poultry, equine, health and wellness, business, and brewing and distilling. For those who missed the discussions or want to replay their favorite presentations, the Alltech Idea Lab offers the chance to hear talks from the inspiring leaders and future thinkers featured at ONE19.
To learn more about ONE19 and follow live updates, visit www.one.alltech.com.