General Sessions

Erik Qualman 

Socialnomics™: Demystifying the Digital Puzzle
Leaders in this “digital decade” are made—not born. In this motivational session, Qualman showcases the power of what he’s coined “socialnomics™.” Word of mouth, now on digital steroids, drives change at a phenomenal rate, with unprecedented impact. It’s critical we learn to harness this power and put it to work to benefit our businesses, our profession and our individual success. You’ll gain practical takeaways and techniques for leveraging social media, mobile technologies, search engine optimization and much more.

But what makes Qualman a must-see thought leader is not just his ability to put a finger on a futuristic pulse. It’s his declaration that the key to sustainable success hinges on achieving the right online—and offline—balance. Qualman, building from his #1 bestseller, will lead the audience in exploring the benefits of acting like the Flintstones and the Jetsons in the years ahead.
Learn more about SNIC 2018 Speaker Erik Qualman.
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Opening General Session, Sunday, January 21
Sponsored by Kellogg’s

Kaplan Mobray 

Is Leadership Excellence the Missing Piece in Your Team’s Success?
Are you ready to fast-track your team’s success? Buckle up for this session from “the most energetic speaker you’ve ever seen,” leadership expert Kaplan Mobray. Focused on creating life-changing opportunities for career improvement, Mobray challenges his audiences to reflect on and apply their own leadership qualities in empowering members of their team.

Mobray’s “10Ls of Leadership” offers an unconventional and irresistible spin on leadership development. In this dynamic presentation, he will help you create a vision, employ tools that empower and learn how to really know your people—their strengths, their values, their ambitions—to engage them in efforts toward operational excellence. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply your leadership talents in effective team building.
Learn more about SNIC 2018 Speaker Kaplan Mobray.
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Closing General Session, Tuesday, January 23

Solving the Procurement Puzzle 

A primary objective of SNIC 2018 is to address the myriad complexities in school nutrition procurement, identifying innovative approaches to longstanding frustrations.

Working Together to Solve the Procurement Puzzle
Facilitator: Lynn Harvey, EdD, RDN, SNS
Panelists: Jennifer Armstrong; Chris Burkhardt, SNS; Debra Huffman; Sean Leer; Sarah Smith-Homes; Gary Vonck

A panel comprised of key stakeholders will help clarify procurement conundrums to provide solution-oriented strategies to building more effective processes that meet a wide array of needs.
Monday, January 22, 8:30 am-9:30 am, General Session

Closing the Loop: Why Can’t I Get the Product I Ordered?
Facilitator: Barry Sackin, SNS
Panelists: Brian Hofmeier; Jill Kidd, MS, RD; Rock Moen; Nicole Nicoloff; Daniel Witkowski

The bid has been awarded, but that doesn’t mean the procurement process is complete. Contract compliance is often overlooked or underestimated by school nutrition operators. Join your colleagues for a dynamic discussion about ways to improve this part of the procurement process, so that you get the right product, at the right time, that’s right in line with your expectations.
Monday, January 22, 3:45 pm-4:45 pm, General Session

Putting the Pieces Together: Procurement Action Steps
Facilitators: Jennifer Armstrong; Chris Burkhardt, SNS
After three days exploring potential solutions to the many challenges of K-12 school nutrition procurement, it’s time to put all the pieces together! This interactive discussion is designed to help you develop your plan for moving forward, while presenting new directions to shape the future of this essential aspect of school nutrition operations.
Tuesday, January 23, 8:15 am-9:15 am, General Session

Partners for Progress 

Speakers: Aleshia Hall-Campbell, PhD, MPH; Chris Facha, SNS; Cindy Long
You might be able to work out many K12 puzzles on your own, but others contribute significant portions of the big picture. Hear from a few of SNA’s top allied partners (pictured below), including representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) and the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).
Sunday, January 21, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, General Session

SNIC 2018 Speaker Aleshia Hall-Campbell
Aleshia Hall-Campbell, PhD, MPH
Executive Director
Institute of Child Nutrition
SNIC 2018 Speaker Chris Facha
Chris Facha, SNS
American Commodity
Distribution Association
SNIC 2018 Speaker Cindy Long
Cindy Long
Deputy Administrator
for Child Nutrition

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