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The Whole Grains Council holds a major international conference every 18-24 months. Our next conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is scheduled for November 9-11, 2014, in Boston. We invite everyone to enjoy a late-fall weekend in Boston, then join us toward the end of Sunday afternoon for our opening sessions. The event will run through Tuesday afternoon, getting you home in time to apply your new-found knowledge that same week.

This conference will offer members, health professionals -- and of course, key media -- the essential information they need to fully understand today's top, pressing grain issues. We're adding additional speakers to our agenda all the time; here's the latest line-up:

Sunday Nov. 9, 4:00-8:00 pm
• Breaking Barriers: an overview of challenges and successes
   Sara Baer-Sinnott, President, Oldways
• Whole Grain Trends and Consumer Attitudes
   June Jo Lee, VP Strategic Insights, The Hartman Group
• Chefs' Panel: If You Menu It, They Will Come
  Martha Rose Shulman, columnist, NY Times (moderator)
• Cooking Demonstrations and Networking Reception

Monday Nov. 10, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Morning: Celiac, Gluten Intolerance and the "No Grain" Movement
• What's Gluten and Who Should Avoid It
• Why are Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity on the Rise?
   Alessio Fasano, MD, Director, Center for Celiac Research
• Today's Wheat: Fact and Fiction
   Brett Carver, PhD, Professor, Oklahoma State University
Wheat Belly and Grain Brain: the Pitfalls of Pseudo-Science
   James Hamblin, MD, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
• What Did Paleo Man Really Eat?
   David Katz, MD, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
• Health Limitations in Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Diets
   Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, Clinical/Research Dietitian, Center for Celiac Research
Afternoon: Choosing Healthy Carbs
• Glycemic Response: Eat the Right Carbs, not "No Carbs"
• Pasta: Why it's special
• Healthy Benefits of Whole Grains and the Role of Intact Grains
   Nicola McKeown, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Friedman School / Tufts
• Traditional Processing: Sprouting and Sourdough
   Peter Reinhart, Chef and Author, Johnson & Wales
• Real-World Commercial Breadmaking
• Marketing Case Studies Workshop
• Networking Reception

Tuesday Nov. 11, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Marketing Successes That Break Barriers: Inspiration for Companies & Consumers
• School Foodservice Success Panel: Making Whole Grain-Rich Work
• Retail Success Panel: from Supermarkets to Convenience Stores
• Manufacturers' Success Panel: Why Positive Messages Sell Best
• Whole Grain Sampling Day: Synergies from Coordinated Events
   Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies, Oldways/WGC
• The Whole Grain Stamp, Past and Future
   Mallory Cushman, Stamp Program Manager, Oldways/WGC

Save the date, because this conference will give you the crucial updates you need to be more effective in your job. We welcome everyone interested in whole grains -- health professionals, media, manufacturers, marketers, farmers, and product developers to join us at this conference.

Oldways is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. This conference offers 12 credits of continuing education for registered dietitians.

Want general information on Oldways / WGC conferences? Click on the links below.


EarlyBird (to Sept. 14)

Regular (Sept. 15 onward)

WGC Members
(first registration or sponsors*)



WGC Members
(additional people)



RDs, government, non-profits,
and other health professionals



Corporate Rate
(non-WGC companies)



A big thanks to our early sponsors of the Breaking Barriers conference.



Benefactor Sponsors



Carl Brandt / Mestemacher Bread

Access Past Conference Proceedings

You can access a wealth of materials from our previous whole grains conferences through the links below, including:

  • Summary agenda of presentations

  • Reports and handouts (an unbelievable wealth of cool things you never knew about whole grains)

  • Photos

PDFs of most presentations are available either online or on request, as noted on each conference's agenda.


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