Monday, March 8, 1:20 pm-2:20 pm

Keynote Speaker(s): Andrew H. Card, Jr. and Leon Panetta
Moderator: Dan Glickman

LAC 2021 Speaker Andrew Card Andrew H. Card, Jr., is a politician and academic administrator who was the second longest tenured White House Chief of Staff, and has served in senior government roles under three U.S. Presidents. He currently serves as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C. As of June 2020, Card is also serving as the Interim CEO of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation.

Appointed as White House Chief of Staff in November 2000, Card served for President George W. Bush from January 2001 to April 2006. In this capacity, he coordinated the priorities of the Administration’s agenda, the development of policies and appointments of Cabinet Secretaries and senior officials throughout the government. On September 11, 2001, Card was the one who whispered in President Bush’s ear, while the President was sitting in a classroom in Florida, that terrorists had attacked the United States. Card then led a government-wide reorganization to best allocate resources to deal with the aftermath of 9-11 and the new terrorist environment.

Card is a native of Holbrook, Massachusetts and got his start in politics as an elected official in Holbrook and then as a Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career in politics and the private sector, and has been the recipient of many honorary degrees and awards.

LAC 2021 Speaker Leon Panetta Leon Panetta is a politician who has served in several different public office positions, including the Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as a U.S. Representative from California. Co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, Leon Panetta returned to the Institute in February 2013 after serving as the 23rd Secretary of Defense.

As director of the CIA in the Obama Administration, he ran the operation that brought Osama bin Laden to justice. As Secretary of Defense, he led the effort to develop a new defense strategy, helping bring two wars to an end, and opened up opportunities for everyone to serve in the military.

Over the years, Panetta has served on numerous boards and commissions. His noteworthy life in public service is chronicled in his memoir Worthy Fights.

LAC 2021 Speaker Dan Glickman Dan Glickman is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he is co-chair of its Democracy Project. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration. He was appointed by former Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, as the Chair of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and currently serves on its board. Previously he represented the 4th Congressional district of Kansas for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was very involved in federal farm policy on the House Agriculture Committee.

Tuesday, March 9, 1:15 pm-1:45 pm

USDA 2021 Update Session
2021 brings a host of changes to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including a new Secretary, a Biden Administration and a new set of priorities and initiatives. During this session, top USDA officials will share their insights on upcoming research, USDA Foods, Child Nutrition Programs and plans for addressing challenges facing school meal programs in light of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 9, 1:45 pm-2:00 pm

Report: Operation USDA Foods Task Force
USDA Foods continue to play a critical role in feeding our students and supporting our nation’s farmers. Through "Operation: USDA Foods Task Force," SNA mobilized Association members from across the United States to identify critical challenges and potential opportunities for utilization of USDA Foods entitlements, and to share solutions and recommendations for the new Administration, USDA and Congress to consider and act upon. This session will provide highlights and next steps from the ad hoc task force report.

Tuesday, March 9, 2:15 pm-4:00 pm

Lessons Learned from COVID: Best Practices
Since mid-March, school nutrition professionals have overcome innumerable challenges as they have adapted operations to ensure students continue to receive healthy meals during the pandemic. Hear from a panel of school nutrition directors, State agency and industry representatives about the most important lessons they have learned over the last year and which successful strategies they will maintain moving forward.

Wednesday, March 10, 11:05 am-12:45 pm

Presentation of the SNA 2021 Position Paper
This session will officially unveil SNA's 2021 Position Paper—the roadmap and advocacy plan guiding SNA’s conversations with the new 117th Congress. SNA's Public Policy & Legislation Committee will walk you through each of the Paper's policy requests in detail, preparing all LAC registrants for the “Charge to the Hill” in a virtual world. The session will also include an update on SNA’s recent advocacy work.

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