General Sessions

General Sessions

Sunday, February 24, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Where Do We Go From Here: Leadership in Turbulent Times

Keynote Speaker: Doris Kearns Goodwin

World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our current unprecedented presidency—a fast-paced, unpredictable and, at times, impulsive Administration. By sharing her deep understanding of the ambition, resolution and resilience of some of our nation’s most revered presidents, Goodwin explains how past setbacks and triumphs shed light on the cultural, economic and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times. With a goal of educating and entertaining audiences, Goodwin brings to life some of our most successful presidents to provide insight for today’s leaders, and to demonstrate that, however fractured our modern political culture has become, our democracy is also resilient and has survived—even thrived—through more troubling times in the past.

Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goodwin will sign copies of this book, which will also be available for purchase, following her presentation.

Well known for her commentary on political topics, Goodwin is a frequent guest on broadcast and cable news networks.

Sunday, February 24, 3:15 pm-4:30 pm

The Supply Chain: Challenges for Industry and Operators

Presiding/Moderator: Gay Anderson, SNS
Speakers: Mike Birkmeyer; Sean Leer; Gary Vonck

Over the past several years, the context for school nutrition has changed dramatically. With nutrition standards, procurement challenges and burdensome regulations facing every facet of the supply chain, the complexity of school nutrition programs is ever-changing. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss what’s ahead and potential solutions for collaborative approaches.

Monday, February 25, 8:30 am-10:00 am

USDA 2019 Update

Presiding: Gay Anderson, SNS
Speakers: Cindy Long and USDA Representatives

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials will share the latest developments in child nutrition programs and research, as well as USDA Foods and other departmental initiatives.

Monday, February 25, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

LAC19 Tom Daschle

Reflections and Dysfunction on Capitol Hill: What Can We Expect With the New 116th Congress?

Presiding: Gay Anderson, SNS
Moderator: Philip Brasher

Speaker Panel: Former Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS)

This session will feature insights from former Senators Trent Lott and Tom Daschle, who led their parties in the U.S. Senate throughout the 1990s and forged a productive, bipartisan relationship. They’ll offer their thoughts on the partisanship and polarization shaping Washington today, with a look to the new 116th Congress.

LAC19 Trent Lott

Senator Tom Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. Representing South Dakota, Daschle was one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and one of only two to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. Since leaving the Senate, Daschle has remained an active and learned voice among policy-makers.

Senator Trent Lott represented the people of Mississippi in Congress for 35 years and is one of a handful of officials to have held elected leadership positions in both the House of Representatives and Senate. During his years in the House and Senate, he worked closely with seven presidential administrations and was regarded as a savvy coalition builder and dealmaker.

Monday, February 25, 2:00 pm-3:45 pm

Presentation of the SNA 2019 Position Paper and Charge to the Hill!

Speakers: SNA Public Policy and Legislation Committee Members

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