Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Here are just a few events and ANC favorites that will connect you with school nutrition professionals of all levels:

Closing Event Concert:
Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil

Thursday, July 12

Be front and center for the awe-inspiring performance of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop. This special event closes out ANC 2018 in most of the most majestic ways possible.

Driven by Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, ONE takes the audience through a seamless visual and musical montage, at the heart of a world that is in turn majestic, playful, magical and heart-warming. In Michael JacksonONE, Michael's spirit is channeled through the vibrant energy of the cast of 63 dancers and performers, underscored by aerial performance, driving acrobatics and vivid choreographies that use the urban/hip hop idiom as a springboard for exploration.

Two Show Times!
6:00 pm-7:30 pm; 8:30 pm-10:00 pm at Mandalay Bay Theatre

Sign up for tickets at time of registration. Additional information on seating and instructions on picking up tickets will be provided in May.

Special Events

First-Timers Session
Monday, July 9

Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Join the ANC 2018 Program Advisors Vanessa Hayes, SNS and Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, as they provide a rundown of the highlights and events to participate in this year. Get your who, what, when, where and whys answered for ANC!

SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony
Monday, July 9

Sponsored by Schwan’s Foodservice
Celebrate the amazing contributions of members at the annual SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, with special guest host Jason Smith, the cafeteria manager who won Season 13 of the “Food Network Star.” State, regional and national award-winners will be honored, and prestigious awards will be given during the ceremony including the prestigious Employee, Manager and Director of the Year awards, as well as the Industry Member of the Year.

New Connections Reception
Monday, July 9

ANC is all about networking! At this special event, ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, and the directors who nominated them, come together to make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend to this invitation-only networking event.

STEPS Challenge Wellness Activity
Tuesday, July 10

ANC is always an exciting and jam-packed few days of learning, networking and connecting. It might be hard to make time for yourself to exercise, so be sure to join us for the STEPS Challenge Wellness Event on Tuesday morning at 6:45 am.
Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store

Star Club Breakfast
Tuesday, July 10

The SNA Star Club is a program for recognizing and thanking members who are working hard to ensure the future of the Association by recruiting new members. This is an invitation-only event and Star Club members must RSVP to attend.

State Delegation Photos
Tuesday, July 10–Thursday, July 12

Memorable connections go hand-in-hand with hot topics at ANC. Celebrate the friendships you’ve made with other members of your state association with a keepsake photo. All photos will be taken Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and SNA has worked to minimize conflicts with key ANC activities. Mark the day and time that’s been scheduled for your state photo on your agenda—and spread the word to your friends and colleagues to be sure that everyone shows up ready to smile!

Targeted Learning Opportunities

Membership Section Meetings
Monday, July 9–
Wednesday, July 11

These special meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together to discuss challenges and solutions for school nutrition programs. Take a look at what’s planned for this year’s Membership Section Meetings.

Chapter Leadership Day
Sunday, July 8

Are you a local or state SNA chapter leader looking for ways to reinvigorate your chapter or start a new chapter? Join speaker JoAnne Robinett, SNS, for this annual interactive, informative and fun event featuring networking opportunities with chapter leaders from across the country on topics such as planning engaging meetings, recruiting new members and more.
Registration required | Cost: $25

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Sunday, July 8
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam will be administered at ANC. Registration, approval and payment of fees must be completed prior to ANC and cannot be done on site. To register, contact SNA at (800) 877-8822 or The registration deadline is June 18, 2018.
Cost: $225 (SNA members); $325 (Non-members)

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase
Tuesday, July 10–Wednesday, July 11

The Showcase is the place to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. Discover what sort of interesting ideas, techniques and tactics are being applied in school and districts nationwide. Take advantage of time to stroll through and review the posters, as well as dedicated time to speak with the posters’ authors to learn more about their research.

Richard B. Russell Leadership Series:
Leadership Reimagined: Engaging Your Team for Success
Wednesday, July 11

Leaders at all levels should be open to exploring ways to improve and become more effective. In this session, led by speaker Erin Meehan, learn to be more intentional about your leadership growth and build the skills needed to empower your team and deliver effective results.

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