General Sessions

SNIC19-jbarehamDaniel Burrus
Global Futurist & Innovation Expert

Turning Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage
Sunday, January 13, 8:45 am-10:30 am
Learn how to separate the “hard trends” that will happen from the “soft trends” that might happen in this thought-provoking session with innovation expert Daniel Burrus. He’ll explain what it takes to accurately anticipate technology-driven disruptions before they occur, prep to meet customer needs before they express them, and identify game-changing opportunities for school nutrition programs.

Technology-driven change is growing exponentially and has created a unique tipping point, one filled with both disruptive problems, as well as amazing opportunities for the school nutrition marketplace. New tools and strategies exist that can transform the customer experience, grow brand loyalty in fresh ways, increase student engagement in school meal programs and accelerate positive results across all areas of your business.

Don’t miss this exciting keynote session, followed by a discussion about growing the business of school nutrition by turning disruptions into new opportunities.

Daniel Burrus’ accurate predictions date back to the early 1980s. He was the first—and only—futurist to accurately identify 20 technologies that would drive business and economic change for decades. Since, he has continued to establish a worldwide reputation for his exceptional record of forecasting the future of technology-driven change and visioning its direct impact on the business world.

“Future success depends on the strategic decisions you make today.”

SNIC19-usdaWorking Together: Partners With a Common Purpose
Sunday, January 13, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Speakers: Gay Anderson, SNS; Aleshia Hall Campbell, PhD, MPH; Cindy Long; Angelice Lowe; Patricia Montague, CAE
Solid partnerships play an integral role in business success, which is why SNA values its longstanding relationships with several top allied partners. Representatives from USDA, the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) and SNA will offer insights into how we can all leverage their initiatives and resources in advancing the K-12 foodservice segment.

Maeve Webster
Foodservice Trends Expert & President of Menu Matters

It’s Your Business! #KidsToday: What Do They Want?
Monday, January 14, 8:45 am-9:45 am
Join foodservice trends expert Maeve Webster for her in-depth insights into what kids want and demand from restaurants and retail experiences. Understanding their expectations outside the school will help you exceed them in the cafeteria.

From understanding what drives young customers’ Instagram posts to appreciating how they anticipate amped up “eatertainment” to recognizing that today’s customers now expect “concepts” and not “menus,” this session is sure to inspire you to greater levels of innovation and imagination. Webster will also offer her thoughts on some of the “whys” of today’s trends, which will help you build your own forecasting skills and stay on the leading edge.

Maeve Webster is a leading consultant focused on helping manufacturers and operators analyze, understand and leverage current and coming foodservice trends. She is a regular speaker at top industry events and has contributed to major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNBC, MSNBC and CBS.

SNIC19-kim-learKim Lear, Generations & Workforce Strategy

Prepare Your Organization for the Workforce of the Future
Tuesday, January 15, 10:30 am-11:45 am
We are in a period of great change in the workplace, and the time has come to challenge conventional thinking about recruitment, retention, engagement and leadership. Lear’s presentation will decode the key trends shaping the future of work for every generation with a mix of data, storytelling and humor.

Takeaways will be focused on hot-button issues such as: recruiting in a competitive landscape, creating collaborative workplaces free from drama, retaining employees and more. Supported with cutting-edge research and category-leading case studies, this presentation will take a deep dive into generational shifts and the future of work.

Kim Lear is a sought-after authority on generational patterns and demographic shifts. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, she is at the forefront of cutting edge research seeking to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. Lear has been featured on NPR, as well as in such national publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, USA Today and TIME magazine.

Close out your #SNIC19 experience with this thought-provoking session!

Contact Us

2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22206  

Tel (703) 824-3000
Fax (703) 824-3015

> For The Media
> Work With US

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Read the latest news and developments facing the school nutrition industry, as well as stay on top of important trends and resources.


> Read the Latest Newsletters

SNA State Associations

The School Nutrition Association has a presence in every state across the country. View links to many of the state associations to find out more about what SNA is doing nationwide. 

> Learn More