Pre-Conference Workshops

Please note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

Monday, July 12, 1:15 pm–3:15 pm

Pre conference speaker Nika White A Deeper Dive to Becoming an Intentional Inclusionist™
Speaker(s): Dr. Nika White

As a team leader, it’s paramount that you find methods to identify and overcome your own implicit biases. Join diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert, Dr. Nika White, for a closer look into becoming an intentional inclusionist. In this two-hour pre-conference, Dr. White will introduce techniques to foster a culture of belonging where your team members respect and value each other and are given every opportunity to thrive. You’ll leave this session empowered with practical steps to become a more inclusive leader and develop a more successful team. (Part of SNA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series, made possible with support from TITAN-a LINQ solution)
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: D, MC, M, SA, I

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

Make the most of this year’s conference by creating a schedule of education sessions unique to your needs and interests by referring to the Target Audience Key:

E: Employee
M: Manager
D: District Director/Supervisor
MC: Major City Director/Supervisor
SC: School Chefs
SA: State Agency
C: College
I: Industry


Standardize Your Favorite Recipes
Speaker(s):Chef Garret Berdan; Chef Patrick Garmong; USDA Representatives

Does your team have a favorite recipe they want to try, but you’re not sure how to prepare it consistently for hundreds of students? Need a little assistance with standardizing recipes? Join the ICN’s Culinary Team as they walk you through the Recipe Standardization Process. This session is sure to increase your recipe standardization skills so you can have recipes that produce consistent, high-quality, and most importantly, tasty results. In this two-hour session, you will receive a guided training on best practices and techniques for standardizing recipes to ensure consistent results. You will also receive a brief overview of how to use Team Nutrition’s Food Buying Guide and its Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW) to credit your recipes.
Cost: $99; CEUs 4; Key Area: 1
Target Audience: All

Start Spreading the News: Change Perceptions and Promote Your School Nutrition Program
Speaker(s):Heather D’ambrosi, MS, RD/N; Amanda Musick, RD/LDN, SNS; Shawn Sawko,MS, RD/N

School nutrition professionals are innovative, caring, motivated and just plain fabulous individuals! Every day, we serve healthy meals to our student customers, so they are fueled up for a day of learning. But oftentimes, we fall short when it comes to sharing the many great benefits of our school nutrition program with stakeholders (students, parents and the community!). In this pre-conference workshop, join a group of K-12 operators as they share successful initiatives and ideas for promoting your program to your customer base and beyond, including successful engagement from a distance during COVID. Plus, by attending this session, you’ll also receive an additional valuable takeaway—a prepared presentation for your next face-to-face meeting with the PTA. So, start spreading the news…because your school nutrition program is awesome!
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 4
Target Audience: D, MC, SA, I

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Monday, July 12, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

Conflict Resolution in the School Nutrition Workplace
Speaker(s): Nancy Rice, MEd, RD, LD, SNS

Conflict can be a part of any workplace, but dealing with it is likely your very least-favorite part of the job. In this session, you will learn the various aspects of conflict, study real-life kitchen conflict scenarios and discover the best way to manage and resolve these issues head-on.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 3
Target Audience: E, M

Free Digital Tools to Bring Your Marketing to Life
Speaker(s): Christine Clarahan, MS, RD, SNS; Liz Roesel

Back by popular demand! This workshop is a crash course on six smartphone apps that will help you better market your program and engage customers. Inspired by GIFs, memes and videos created by school nutrition programs across the country, learn to easily create professional marketing content in minutes using these free or very low-cost tools: TextingStory, Talking Pet, Meme Generators, Instagram Stories, MoShow, Record It!. Bring your smartphone and get ready to create. We will move fast and have a lot of fun!
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 4
Target Audience: All

Small Districts Writing to Win: Formulating and Writing Foodservice Equipment Specifications
Speaker(s): Jeremy Berry; Mike Burke, SNS; Hailey Elting; Laura Lynn, SNS

When it comes to procurement guidelines for foodservice equipment—it’s important to spell out what you require to ensure you get what you need. As a small district, don’t worry if your resources are limited or you are new to writing equipment specifications, this presentation will provide the key concepts for writing fair and clear requirements to enable a level playing field to all bidders as well as allow for robust competition.
Cost: $99; CEUs: 2; Key Area: 2
Target Audience: D, MC, SA, I.

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