General Sessions & Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sunday, April 2,
1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Jon Meacham

Location: Grand Ballroom—Ballroom Level
Presiding: Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, RD, SNS
Pledge of Allegiance: Stephanie Dillard, SNS
Inspiration: Siri Perlman, RD

At LAC 2017, attendees will be introduced to Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing editor atTIME, Jon Meacham. As one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, and a regular guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled storyteller with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs.

General Sessions

Sunday, April 2

3:00 pm-4:15 pm
No Holds Barred—Kids Say the Darndest Things!
Location: Grand Ballroom—Ballroom Level
Moderator: Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, RD, SNS
Speakers: Students from Prince George’s and Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools

After last year’s rave reviews, “No Holds Barred – Kids say the Darndest Things” is back by popular demand! School nutrition’s most finicky critics from Prince George’s and Montgomery County School Districts in Maryland will be joining LAC attendees for a candid and robust Q&A session on school meals. The panel discussion will certainly provide valuable, hilarious and sometimes painful insight into the minds of the people who are the most affected by school meal programs!

Monday, April 3

8:30 am-10:30 am
USDA 2017 Update
Location: Grand Ballroom-Ballroom Level
Presiding: Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, RD, SNS
Speakers: Cindy Long, Laura Castro, Angela Kline, Diane Kriviski, Cheryl Lewis

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide an update on child nutrition program activities, research, USDA Foods and more.

10:30 am-12:00 pm
“Fireside Chat” with Washington Insiders
Location: Grand Ballroom—Ballroom Level
Moderator: Philip Brasher
Panelists: Chuck Conner, Dan Glickman, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, William Hoagland

In this conversational, talk show-style session, four former Executive and Legislative Branch insiders will share their intimate bi-partisan knowledge of USDA and Congress, as well as the various associations and organizations that direct school nutrition policy.

Food, funding, and farming policy perspectives will be represented on stage by panelists who have served in key positions within the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, in addition to a former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in two different Administrations. Become familiar with the historical interplay of our Government branches in order to gain a better understanding of how our current policies were formed and where we may be headed.

2:00 pm-4:15 pm
Presentation of the SNA 2017 Position Paper and Charge to the Hill!
Location: Grand Ballroom—Ballroom Level
Speakers: Doug Davis, SNS, Cathy Schuchart

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sunday, April 2, 9:45 am-10:45 am

  • LAC First Timers
    Location: Russell/Hart/Cannon—Meeting Room Level
    Speakers: Doug Davis, SNS, Stephanie Dillard, SNS, Gitta Grether-Sweeney, Chris Kamradt, SNS, Judy White

    A primer for LAC 2017 and for your Hill visits.

  • Industry Exchange, Part 1 (Industry only)
    Location: Salons FG—Ballroom Level
    Moderator: Barry Sackin
    Panelists: Carole Erb, Mimi Ford

    Ethics is a hot topic in our industry today. What’s appropriate and what’s not? This panel will explore the issue and the possible ways to address it with lots of opportunity for an open discussion.

  • State Agency Section Meeting, Part 1
    Location: Penn Avenue Terrace—Lobby Level
    Speakers: Scott Clements, Cindy Long

    This meeting for state agency directors and staff will provide an update and overview on child nutrition activities from officials at USDA and its Food and Nutrition Service Division, as well as the latest updates on USDA Foods, research priorities and other important topics.

  • Successful State Lobbying Strategies
    Location: Salons DE—Ballroom Level
    Speakers: Toni Hill and Mona Martinez-Brosh, RD

    Wish your state affiliate had a resonant voice in state legislative debates on school nutrition issues? Join Colorado and Virginia SNA’s Public Policy & Legislation chairs to learn key strategies for ensuring the interests of school nutrition professionals are heard in your state capitol.

Monday, April 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Hot Topics in School Nutrition!
    Location: Salon D—Ballroom Level
    Speakers: Toni Aiken, Nadia Davis,
    Sarah Murphy Youssef, Diane Pratt-Heavner, Sara Sanders

    Join SNA Headquarters’ staff for rapid paced, roundtable, rotating discussions in hot topics in school nutrition and the resources available to you from SNA! Bring your questions as SNA staff walk you through its advocacy tools, professional development resources, state membership tools, public relations tools to promote your program and social media ideas!

  • Recruit and Retain Young Professionals  
    Location: Russell/Hart/Cannon—Meeting Room Level
    Speakers: Laura Duba, RD, Siri Perlman, RD

    Generation Z, Millennials, Digital Natives, whatever we call them there is a breadth of young talent ready to bring their new perspectives and fresh passion to the school nutrition profession. Learn how to find them, what they’re looking for and how to keep the cream of the crop working on your team.

  • Industry Exchang, Part 2 (Industry only)
    Location: Salons FG—Ballroom Level

  • State Agency Section Meeting, Part 2
    Location: Penn Avenue Terrace—Lobby Level

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