ANC 2018 Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal.

July 9-12, 2018
Las Vegas, Nev.

ANC 2018 Call for Proposals
Important Documents

SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) provides a unique learning experience for school nutrition professionals. ANC is the premier annual event for school nutrition and the educational sessions are on the cutting edge of the field. From the nuts and bolts to the latest hot topics, ANC provide attendees a range of educational sessions to fit their professional needs

To ensure high quality presentations, a volunteer committee representing SNA’s various member segments, in addition to a panel of experts, develop and identify timely topics based on the training needs of SNA members and emerging trends in school nutrition.

To guarantee conference program content that is relevant and targets the attendees’ needs, the committee reviews and rates all proposals. The committee may supplement programming by inviting speakers to address specific topics as identified.

Interested in Submitting a Proposal? What You Need to Know:

Proposals can only be accepted in the following three formats:

ANC 2018 Call for ProposalsEducation Sessions: 60-minute, interactive lecture session on a specific topic that is presented and discussed.

• Includes a brief question and answer within the 60-minute presentation.
• Maximum of 3 speakers/panelists per session.
• Sessions are set theater style and typically accommodate 150-600 attendees per session.

ANC 2018 Call for ProposalsRoundtable Sessions: Small group discussions of approximately 60-100 attendees. Emphasis on participation and peer-to-peer engagement.

• Topics must be current and may be relevant to school nutrition regulations or general operations.
• Must be interactive. Audience will have the expectation to participate in the topic discussions in groups for 60 minutes.
• Maximum of 3 speakers/panelists per session.
• Sessions are set in round tables and typically accommodate 100 attendees per session.

ANC 2018 Call for Proposals4-Hour or 8-Hour Pre-Conference Sessions: Designed as interactive, highly collaborative training programs.

• Attendees expect to actively participate in group exercises with hands-on learning experience with those desirable takeaways.
• Maximum of 3 speakers/panelists per session.
• Sessions are set in round tables and typically accommodate 35-50 attendees per session.

*Please note: Pre-Conference, Education, and Roundtable Sessions are NOT to be used as a sales or promotional platform for any speaker’s company, products, or services. SNA reserves the right to halt speakers from this practice if the situation arises during their presentation.  

Speaker Information

  • Speakers agree to be available on any day which SNA assigns the session.

  • Speakers do not need to be SNA members; however, if a proposal is accepted ALL speakers must register as conference attendees. Complimentary registration is non-transferable.
    • If the speaker plans to attend the conference only on the day of their presentation, they will be given complimentary registration only for the day of the presentation.
    • If the proposal is accepted and speakers plan to attend the full conference, they will receive the early bird price for their registration as well as early access to registration and housing.
    • SNA does not provide speaker fees or travel expense reimbursement for pre-conference session and education session speakers.
    • SNA may provide honorarium for specific *approved* non-governmental agency pre-conference session speakers. The honorarium for the pre-conference session speaker is based on the number of hours for the session. See speaker guidelines for more information.
    • Speakers are expected to make their own travel arrangements unless otherwise mutually agreed upon in writing.
  • *Experience has proven that participation in SNA’s ANC programming has often provided exposure for speakers garnishing future speaking engagements; particularly with SNA state affiliates.

  • Exhibitors who are also speakers should note that while SNA will make every effort not to schedule your session during Directors-Only exhibit hours, due to the evolving nature of the schedule, we cannot guarantee that your session will not be scheduled during these hours.

The Submission Process

Proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm ET on September 29, 2017, to be considered.

The individual submitting the proposal is considered the primary contact. *The primary contact must provide contact information for ALL speakers, including name, address, phone number and email address. The primary contact will be notified of the committee’s decision by decision by December 1st, 2017. 

If approved, all speakers must comply with SNA’s speaker agreement. View the ANC 2018 Speaker Agreement Form.

Submission Timeline

July 7th, 2017   ANC 2018 Online Call for Proposals Open
September 29, 2017   ANC 2018 Online Call for Proposals Closes
at 11:59 pm ET 
December 1st, 2017   Proposal submitters notified of program status: accepted, pending or declined
December 8, 2017   Completed and signed speaker packets are due.
*Note that access to early registration is contingent upon receipt of this packet.*
February 9, 2018   The session speakers will be notified of the session date and time
March 3, 2018   Speaker registration forms are due
April 2018   Webinar specifically for speakers (exact date TBA)
June 8, 2018   Session PowerPoint presentations due
July 9-12, 2018   SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Las Vegas

Helpful Hints Before You Begin
Proposals should focus on one of the following key areas: 

  1. Nutrition
  2. Operations
  3. Administration   
  4. Communications & Marketing 

Once you log in to complete the process, you will have 8 hours until your session times out and you are no longer able to complete your application. Also, please note that once you submit you cannot return to your submission to make any edits. Be prepared prior to log in with your session title, your description, and an overall idea of what you would like the presentation to contain. Before submitting your proposal, download the ANC 2018 Call for Proposals Submission Guide.

PLEASE NOTE: A membership to SNA is not required to submit a proposal. However, on the next page you will be prompted to enter your membership login credentials. If you are NOT a member please select the “Non-Member Registration” link to access the system.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that special consideration will be given to topics that align with SNA’s 2017 Strategic Focus. It is strongly encouraged that proposal submitters review the list and consider the topics listed prior to starting the application. View the ANC 2018 Preferred Topics List.

IMPORTANT:  Please be sure to complete all of the required fields within the application. In the event that you miss a required field, you will see an error message (in red) below the submit button. All required fields must be completed in order for you to receive an email confirmation from SNA and to print a copy of your submission.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Proposal application process, please feel free to email your questions to SNA’s Education Center at

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