School Nutrition Industry Conference 2021

Leading in Times of Change

January 10-12, 2021
Virtual Event:

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." – Abraham Lincoln

2020 is a time of unprecedented uncertainty: social movements demanding change, the upcoming Presidential election, and the impact the global pandemic is having on the economy, societal norms and the way we do business. The school nutrition industry is in a state of disruption and the need to do more with less, innovate and motivate your team has never been more important.

One thing does remain certain. Attending SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC) is the single most important thing you can do in 2021 to meet these challenges head on in the coming year. Get ready to “lead in times of change” and put the most innovative ideas in school nutrition into practice while you build an extraordinary team.

Whether you are a school nutrition operator, industry professional or state agency director, motivating your team to think differently and continue to focus on the mission of feeding kids remains paramount. SNIC 2021 is your opportunity to hone your leadership skills for the challenges of today with guidance from the best speakers, critical trends, and practical ideas you can put into place. As participants of SNIC have come to expect, the conference will continue to offer unparalleled education, innovative ideas and sharing among school nutrition operators and industry partners.

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Cutting-edge Leadership and Innovation Speakers 

SNIC 2021 Keynote Speaker Lee RubinOpening keynote and human resources expert Lee Rubin will present "Building an Extraordinary Team in Times of Change." Rubin’s unique ability to understand and articulate winning principles with tremendous clarity and practical application makes him a highly sought-after speaker among Fortune 500 corporations, professional associations and elite sports organizations. You will come away from his presentation with five key components to put into practice to build and lead your extraordinary team.

SNIC 2021 Keynote Speaker Sara FrascaDuring her keynote address "Innovating in Times of Change" and through facilitation of education session panels during the conference, innovation expert Sara Frasca will share how she helps leading organizations cultivate human imagination, build a culture of innovation and solve complex problems in creative ways. Frasca will also share innovative concepts being used by other organizations that could be modified to be used within the school nutrition industry. Frasca is Vice President of Innovation Enablement at Platypus Labs, a global innovation enablement, invention and consulting firm. She began her career at General Mills, helping to build and launch a variety of successful brands before launching Trasca & Co Eatery, a hyper-successful business in Jacksonville, Florida.

Deep Dives and Easy-to-Implement Solutions

  • Industry/Operator Roundtable Discussions will dive deeper into topics that the conference keynote speakers introduce on leadership and innovation in times of change.
  • Ideas@Work Panels, similar to, but even shorter than, the popular 30-minute Ideas@Work sessions that trace the path from a big idea to implementation on a singular topic.These panel discussions will focus on innovative approaches and processes that are being introduced and/or are currently used in schools.
  • For those of you who want to have a more hands-on and in-depth conversation about innovation in times of change, be sure to sign up for the post-conference event with Sara Frasca on Friday, from 2:00-3:30 pm ET.

SNIC is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of your peers, allowing you to benchmark your current best practices, share strategies for success and develop innovative ideas you can apply immediately in the workplace. Don’t miss it!

Registration for SNIC 2021 opens in late fall of 2020. Check back regularly for more conference updates. For more information, email us at

SNIC General Session Speakers are made possible
with funding from Titan School Solutions

SNIC General Session Speakers are made possible with funding from Titan School Solutions

What Past Attendees Say

"I thought the conference was an incredible experience. You learn so much, not only from the speakers, but also from all the people you meet."

"From an industry perspective, I love hearing all the new initiatives that schools are taking on, it gives our company a better idea of how to support these efforts... The keynote speakers were exceptional!"

"This is the perfect conference to be able to go in depth on trends."

"Phenomenal topics and speakers/panels."

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