Baylor Collaborative on Hunger & Poverty

Panel Discussion: Baylor Collaborative on Hunger & Poverty

Tuesday, March 30 | 12-1 p.m.

Join us for a panel discussion on Baylor University’s Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

During our virtual event, you will learn about ways in which Baylor is working to combat food insecurity and poverty from Jeremy Everett (M.Div. '01) Executive Director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty; Denton McLane (BBA ’99), Chairman at McLane Global; Matt Smith, Sr. Director, PepsiCo Foundation at PepsiCo; and Belinda Oakley, CEO at Chartwells School Dining Services K12.

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About our Guest Speakers

Jeremy EverettJeremy Everett (M.Div. '01)

Jeremy Everett is the founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. The Collaborative integrates research and practice through projects such as: the Texas Hunger Initiative, the Research Fellows program, the Global Hunger and Migration project, and the Hunger Data Lab among others.

Jeremy earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. Jeremy is a Next Generation Fellow of the University of Texas LBJ School’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a Senior Fellow with World Hunger Relief, Inc., and was appointed by U.S. Congress to serve on the National Commission on Hunger.

Jeremy is the author of "I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis."

Denton McLaneDenton McLane (BBA '99)

For the past fifteen years, Denton McLane has been directly responsible for managing McLane Global on behalf of McLane Group. He is responsible for creating and implementing company strategy and overseeing the executive management team. Denton also sits on the family investment committee and is involved with investment strategy.

Prior to joining the McLane Global, Denton worked in several industries. He worked in professional sports for the Nashville Predators and the Houston Astros. Additionally, Denton worked for the international businesses of the McLane family in Portugal and Poland. Other career experience includes the recording industry (EMI Christian music) and real estate investing. Denton lives in Birmingham, Alabama and holds a BBA degree in Economics from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Alabama.

Belinda OakleyBelinda Oakley

Belinda was appointed CEO of Chartwells K12 in January 2018. With nearly two decades of foodservice operations experience, Belinda’s career has spanned multiple countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

Belinda recognizes the critical role she plays in empowering each of Chartwells K12’s employees to create happier and healthier cafeterias to benefit the communities they serve. By focusing on innovation and building collaborative and results-oriented teams, Belinda is elevating the in-school dining experience and helping to change the way a generation thinks about food.

A native Australian, Belinda is married and the proud mother of a young daughter.

Matt SmithMatt Smith

As Senior Director of the PepsiCo Foundation, Matt leads PepsiCo’s global partnerships to provide access to food, water and economic opportunity. Also in his role, Matt leads the Foundation’s signature nutrition operation, Food for Good, an award-winning, break-even initiative that utilizes PepsiCo’s unique capabilities to make healthy food accessible for low-income communities. Under Matt’s leadership, Food for Good has grown to serve communities all across the U.S., creating hundreds of jobs preparing and delivering more than 50 million nutritious meals since 2009.

Matt was a member of the inaugural class of the Dallas Mayor’s Star Council and the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. Matt is married to his high school sweetheart and the proud father of three children.

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