Friday, April 29

NLC-2022-Jon-ColbyJon Colby: Opening Keynote

Speaker. Improviser. Value Visionary.
8:45 am–9:45 am

Speaker. Improviser. Value Visionary. 8:45 am–9:45 am

Make That Change
International speaker, Jon Colby has been empowering people with improv since 1998. From presenting to performing, his engaging, interactive approach has successfully helped audiences across the globe to be better communicators, leaders, teammates, food service professionals, and even friends and family members. As a graduate from the world-famous Second City Conservatory comedy program and an educator with 15 years of classroom experience, he is able to keep an audience laughing while sharing practical knowledge that they can put to use right away.  You don't just listen to him speak; you play. 

These days, it’s not a question of if things will change, but how soon they will change. In this interactive keynote, Jon Colby demonstrates how the art of improv can teach us to be more flexible and successful in dealing with changes. 

Saturday, April 30

NLC-2022-Vivian-BladeVivian Blade: Closing Keynote

Leadership and Resilience Expert 
8:30 am–9:30 am

Resilience Ready: Stop Surviving & Begin Thriving 
Whether a global crisis or the daily operational disruptions that arise, the resulting change creates Covid-19 has exacerbated many of the challenges school nutrition professionals face. You’re feeling the effects of the Great Resignation, supply chain shortages, inflationary price increases, and non-traditional methods of feeding children and their families. As pandemic related pressures continue into the unforeseeable future, you also have to juggle the ongoing operational challenges that emerge on a day-to-day basis, such as ensuring food safety, meeting regulatory requirements, passing health department inspections, providing staff training, and securing adequate funding for school nutrition programs, to name a few.

As association leaders, you're dealing with how to manage your state chapters and national association, ensuring you can continue to be a valuable resource and community for your members. 

Whether of global scale or the daily operational disruptions that arise, a crisis creates uncertainty, extraordinary anxiety and stress. The result? We have difficultly shifting psychologically, emotionally, and productively. According to the American Institute of Stress, the impact of stress costs organizations as much as $300 billion each year in higher absenteeism, higher health care costs, and higher turnover. 

Based on her #1 Amazon best-selling book, ResilienceReady: The Leader’s Guide to Thriving Through Unrelenting Crises, Vivian’s keynote will equip you with:

  • A framework of 5 Resilience Ready Principles to foster a culture of personal, team, and organizational resilience to work through ongoing change and uncertainty.
  • 5 ways to achieve greater well-being, engagement, and extraordinary success in 2022.
  • A common language to help leaders work more effectively with their teams in navigating the ongoing operational challenges and disruptions that arise.

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