Special Sessions & Events


Keynote Speaker

The keynote address will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 1, at the Opening General Session, and will feature commentary from election analyst, Dr. Larry J. Sabato. As a university professor of politics at the University of Virginia (UVA) and the founder and head of the UVA Center for Politics, Sabato’s “Crystal Ball” electoral analysis expertly navigates the shifting sands of American electoral politics.

In July 2008, Sabato correctly projected that Barack Obama would win the presidency in a near-landslide, and his prediction was just one vote away from the final tally. And later in 2010, his “Crystal Ball” was the first in the nation to predict that the Republicans would take over the House of Representatives by a comfortable margin.

In the 2012 presidential campaign, while other pundits predicted a Romney victory, he forecast a large Obama margin in the electoral college, ultimately missing just two states. In fact, Sabato’s accuracy is unparalleled. In 2013, The Daily Beast named his weekly newsletter one of the six best political websites.

Sabato is also the author of 25 books and countless essays on politics, has served on many national and state commissions and is the recipient of more than two dozen major scholarships, grants and academic awards.

Capitol Hill Reception
Following on the success of the 2014 Capitol Hill Reception, the 43rd Legislative Action Conference will once again hold its reception in the backyard of our federal legislators. This year’s gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 5:30-7:00 pm, and will provide a great opportunity for Congressional staff to further network with SNA members beyond their Hill visits. You can continue conversations from during the day in a more casual atmosphere.

SNF Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes
Join the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and your friends and colleagues for an evening of celebration on Monday evening, March 2, from 7:00-9:30 pm as we honor the extraordinary commitment of five School Nutrition Heroes.

This event is an opportunity to applaud this year’s honorees, share memories with old and new friends, celebrate our successes and raise funds to ensure that SNF can continue to support education, research and scholarships for the benefit of the school nutrition community and the millions of students SNA members serve every day.

For more information on how you can be a part of the celebration, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SNHeroesCelebration.

Day on Capitol Hill
Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this annual opportunity to get your message across to your state’s Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 3, is reserved for visiting U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Contact your legislators’ offices now to schedule appointments for this day.

Industry Forum
The LAC Industry Forum, to be held Monday, March 2, 12:00-1:30 pm, is designed to inform and connect industry leaders doing business in the school nutrition segment. Join our panel of thought leaders (foodservice directors and state agency directors) and 300 of your peers for a lively discussion on the hottest topics of the day. Speakers and topics are to be determined. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase.

SNS Credentialing Exam (Cancelled)
The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 28, has been cancelled. A newly updated SNS exam will be available at the SNA’s Annual National Conference in July. Download the SNS Credentialing Handbook and learn more about the new SNS Study Guide and accompanying book at www.schoolnutrition.org/SNS.

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