General Sessions

New Challenges, New Opportunities: Future Environments and Innovation 


This energetic, interactive opening session will set the tone for the entire conference. A spirited and passionate professional speaker, Futurist Christian Crews will focus on identifying solutions with ideas to address your current challenges in school nutrition. And, he’ll have you thinking about the future in a whole new way when he discusses the hottest trends in this business and society at large—and how they will impact both operators and industry.

Crews has 15 years of experience leading teams and projects that apply foresight to innovation and strategy development. Prior to his current role as principal at And Space Consulting, Crews held several foresight and strategy roles at Pitney Bowes Inc. As a project leader driving the development of a new corporate strategy he also built a cross-business unit strategy team tasked with creating a more integrated approach to growth opportunities.

For four years as Director of Futures Studies at the Waitt Institute, Crews assisted Gateway founder Ted Waitt spin up a global foundation committed to helping the disenfranchised gain access to essential technologies. He has managed projects with Harvard and MIT, and run multi-stakeholder scenario planning initiatives for communities of all sizes. 

You can expect collaborative discussions and lively dialogue in this session,  as Crews’ expertise spotlights what matters most today and in the future!

To learn more about this session, future trends and Christian Crews, click here. To share with us the hot topics you would like to see discussed in this session, visit

Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking Strategic Advantages


Gain the Millennial perspective from an expert with insights into how our multigenerational workforce can better work together and move forward with thought-provoking, new opportunities in school nutrition.

Curt Steinhorst is a certified generational keynote speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics whose clients range from GM and Raytheon to the Naval Academy. A Millennial himself, Steinhorst has a reputation as a leader among this generation. At age 20, he was elected president of his 10,000-member class at Texas A&M University. Since graduating from college he has worked extensively to make the most of generational differences for clients around the world.

Steinhorst’s entertaining speaking style has wowed audiences of up to 20,000 leaders from California to New York City to Africa. His personal experiences leading Millennials and serving as a speaking coach for top performers—from business executives and TV personalities to a Heisman Trophy Winner—make him a powerful and entertaining communicator on how to bridge generations among employees and customers. His unforgettable message will make you laugh, think and take action.

To learn more about Curt Steinhorst and what to expect from this session, click here.

Inside-Out Leadership: Discovering Your Personal Leadership Brand


Join Valia Glytsis, CEO and founder of The Paradox of Leadership, at SNIC’s closing session to ensure you take home practical tips and solutions to becoming a successful leader. This interactive session will demystify the elusive concept of personal branding—and, more importantly, why it matters. A brand is so much more than a logo, a tagline, a Linked In profile, a job title, a way of dressing. A personal brand is the anchor of transformational personal and professional leadership. It’s a perpetual and conscious choice of aligning how you see yourself (or want to see yourself!) with how the world sees you. It’s defining what you stand for in a way that truly sets you apart.

In this session, you will learn the Top 5 lessons on personal branding through the lens of a leadership mindset. From discovering what you stand for and declaring your non-negotiables to unraveling the habits that stand in your way and choosing how you respond under stress, we will take a deep-dive to explore the multiple dimensions of branding. You will walk away inspired, stretched, and armed with a very practical toolkit for discovering your own personal leadership brand.

To find out more about Valia Glytsis and to gain additional insight into her program, click here.

USDA Update


Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, will provide an update on the latest federal regulations regarding school meal programs and convey any late-breaking news vital for both school nutrition professionals and industry members.

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