New Keynote Speaker Announced for ANC


ANC 2018 Keynote Speaker Gayle King

Doctor’s orders have compelled Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her role as Glinda in the Broadway smash-hit musical “Wicked,” to cancel her keynote speech scheduled for the Opening General Session of SNA’s 2018 Annual National Conference (ANC).

Despite the disappointing news of the cancellation, when SNA asked the Wizard for a new speaker, we were delighted with his answer! We are very pleased to announce that journalist and TV personality Gayle King, will be giving the opening keynote address on Monday, July 9!

Many ANC attendees will recognize King as co-anchor of CBS This Morning, a role she has held since 2012. From sit-downs with world leaders to live broadcasts covering breaking news to entertaining conversations with celebrities, King brings a combination of refreshing authenticity and dogged persistence to her assignments.

Long-time fans of media icon Oprah Winfrey also are well-familiar with her best friend of 40 years, as the pair’s bond is well-documented in the media since King first made numerous appearances on Winfrey’s long-running daytime talk show.

While King is also the editor-at-large for the popular, award-winning print-based O, The Oprah Magazine, she has deep roots in broadcast television, having previously hosted “The Gayle King Show,” a live weekday interview program, and logged many years as a television news anchor in Hartford, Conn., as well as reporting for stations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., and Kansas City, Mo.

Gayle will join Chef Jeff Henderson as a fellow ANC keynote speaker, who will headline the Closing General Session on Thursday, July 12. Unlike most celebrity chefs who get their taste of cooking from a loved one or working at a five-star restaurant, Chef Jeff discovered his passion for cooking in the unlikeliest of places: prison. In Vegas during ANC, he will share his underdog story of how he rose from rock bottom to award-winning chef and best-selling author.

Want to see Gayle and Chef Jeff in Las Vegas? There is still time to register for ANC18! Register before June 8 to ensure the SNA ANC hotel rate. You do not need a crystal ball to know that the biggest and most far-reaching school nutrition conference in the United States is going to be a blockbuster!


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