Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced as keynote speaker at the 2022 National Restaurant Association Show

Ohanian, also founder of venture capital firm Seven Seven Six, will discuss how embracing disruption can power business growth.
NRA Show floor
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The National Restaurant Association Show announced Thursday that Alexis Ohanian would be the keynote speaker at the 2022 Show in May.

Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, founder of venture capital firm Seven Seven Six and best-selling author, will discuss how embracing disruption can power both professional and personal growth.

Alex Ohanian

Alex Ohanian photo courtesy of National Restaurant Association Show

The Show, which runs May 21-24 in Chicago, is owned and operated by Restaurant Business parent Winsight LLC in in equity partnership with the National Restaurant Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Ohanian as this year’s keynote speaker at the National Restaurant Association Show,” said Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions, in a statement. “Over the past two years, our industry has been impacted by significant disruptions. By sharing his futuristic viewpoints, our goal is that Mr. Ohanian will inspire our attendees to not only embrace but also create disruptions and fully capitalize on the emerging opportunities that will evolve our businesses and the foodservice industry as a whole.”

Among the disruptions Ohanian will address are the impact of cryptocurrency, the metaverse and future technologies on the restaurant business.

Since its launch in 2020, Seven Seven Six has grown its total assets under management to over $750M and has led investments in companies focused on software, crypto, healthtech, food tech, climate tech and space tech.

The keynote session, scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will be moderated by Starr Marcello, deputy dean of MBA Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Like Ohanian, she is passionate about the power and importance of diversity to business success.

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