Cindy Schweitzer Ashton

As director of research and technical information with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Chicago, Schweitzer networked with researchers around the country to promote red meat based on their scientific findings. As manager of global nutrition at McDonald’s Corp., she contributed to improving the quality of McDonald’s nutritional information reporting around the world. She has since switched from beef to dairy as technical director at Global Dairy Platform—a reasonable career move for someone who grew up on a dairy farm appreciating all aspects of the cow.