Education Sessions—Virtual

SNIC-2022-better together

Thank you for?your interest in?Virtual SNIC! Whether you are new to this year’s SNIC, or participated in person in San Antonio, we’re glad you’re here. At this online event, take advantage of can’t miss education sessions on hot topics, join the conversation on issues you’re passionate about?or?catch up on?sessions you missed?if you attended SNIC in person.?We have?two?days?of?amazing?content?to?be?explored?through the SNIC22?Virtual Platform?(available?by phone,?computer?or tablet).?Plus,?throughout the conference,?look for plenty of?built-in?opportunities?to?share ideas and?collaborate?face-to-face?via live video?and chat.

Tuesday, January 25 Wednesday, January 26 ?

Tuesday, January 25?

1:00 pm–1:10 pm

Welcome to SNIC
Kickoff Virtual SNIC with opening remarks from SNA President Beth Wallace, MBA, SNS ?

1:10 pm–2:00 pm

Opening Keynote: Collaborate Faster and Further Together
Erica Dhawan
Leading Authority on 21st Century Teamwork

SNIC 2022-Speaker Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance and frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal.?

“Collaborate Faster and Further Together”

We all leave a digital impression on each other. For example, if someone doesn’t text back for hours, do you think they are being rude? Or is using an emoji or an acronym like “LOL” unprofessional? Or is t maybe creating a human connection with your team? Whether your team works on separate floors, in separate buildings or?even in different states, you often?have to?use written communication to collaborate. What impression does your boss, team, or colleague get from your communication style? Written misunderstandings happen all the time and are regrettably reducing employee engagement morale, and team performance.??

In this keynote presentation, learn new rules and nuances of Digital Body Language,?a? fresh? approach? to collaborate faster and further together. Erica Dhawan will use cutting-edge research, real-world?examples?and dynamic visuals to guide participants to start applying these breakthrough principles today.?Sponsored by?TITAN – A LINQ Solution

2:05 pm–2:35 pm

LIVE Zoom Breakout: ?Ready, Set, Take Action with Erica’s Collaboration Ideas
Are you ready to collaborate more productively? Let’s put Erica Dhawan’s insights into action! During this moderated ZOOM meetup, Erica’s research and examples will guide the discussion and detail how these concepts can be applied to your job responsibilities. You’ll also be provided with takeaways to begin implementing these tips and tricks in your own program. ?Sponsored by?TITAN – A LINQ Solution

2:45 pm–3:15 pm

Innovative Solution Sessions
Innovative Solution Sessions are a valuable opportunity for operators to preview the newest products on the market and let their industry partners know more about the unique needs of their individual programs.?(See list below for company assignments)

  1. Cool Tropics
  2. LTI, Inc.
  3. Mushroom Council

3:20pm – 3:50pm

Innovative Solution Sessions
Innovative Solution Sessions are a valuable opportunity for operators to preview the newest products on the market and let their industry partners know more about the unique needs of their individual programs.?(See list below for company assignments)

  1. TITAN – A LINQ Solution
  2. inTEAM?Associates, LLC
  3. ITW – Food Equipment Group (Hobart)

4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Learning Burst
Top 5 Ways School Nutrition Prepared Me to Compete as a Top Chef
Speaker: Bettina Applewhite, MS, RDN, LDN, SNS

Top Chef Amateurs is a competition-based television show where two amateur cooks work on a team with a professional chef to make the best possible meal using a random selection of ingredients in a limited amount of time and serving it to panel of picky eaters. Sound familiar? Thinking on your feet, and being able to make delicious, nutritious meals based on the available foods is certainly a skill of school nutrition professionals. That’s why School Nutrition Specialist, Bettina Applewhite, was uniquely prepared for the challenge of competing on Top Chef Amateurs. Hear the lessons she learned, and why you may be more prepared than you think for your next big challenge.

4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Sponsored by PrimeroEdge

A Fresh Take on Farm to School
Speaker: Kate Murphy, SNS

Farm to school is an incredible sustainability model, but can it increase student engagement and participation? Most definitely! Discover how a school farmers’ market that incorporates produce samples and farmer demonstrations gets students excited to see fresh ingredients on their cafeteria trays. Learn fresh approaches to introducing farm to school, like corn shucking in PE class or pickling in math class, and the best ways to give teachers and administrators a “tiny taste” when it comes to incorporating farm to school into the curriculum. This session will show you how farm to school is a win-win-win for students, teachers and your school nutrition program’s bottom line, too.

Remodeling in a Pandemic: A Small District Meet-Up!
Speaker: Leah Feagin, SNS

Are you from a small district and thinking about renovating? Learn how the pandemic and supply chain issues didn’t stop one small school district from pursuing a high school cafeteria renovation. Actually, these obstacles only made the payoff more rewarding—higher student satisfaction, a boost in participation and improved staff morale! Discuss how a redesign and new cafeteria equipment can increase meal flexibility, food customization, cost savings and energy efficiency. Gain practical inspiration with plenty of examples and renovation pictures, and?? use this opportunity to ask questions, compare notes and expand your network of peers from small districts across the country.?

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Wednesday, January 26?

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Keynote: The Demographic Drought: How a Lack of People will Change How We Look at Labor
Ron Hetrick
Director of Staffing Product and Data, Emsi

SNIC 2022 Speaker-Ron HetrickThe U.S. is suffering the beginning stages of a “sansdemic”: a lack of people to do all the work that needs to be done. Did you know that between 2011 and 2021, nearly every county in the U.S. saw declines in its working-age population???In fact, the 2020 census shows that 16 states saw net population decline over the past years—the worst numbers since the Great Depression.

Employers are already feeling the?pain,?but the people shortage is only projected to get worse. So how did we get here? What are the economic ramifications? And is there anything we can do about it??

As lead author of?The Demographic Drought, Ron Hetrick answers these questions by analyzing past, present and future workforces. From baby boomers to millennials to the 2020 Baby Bust, Hetrick?will? track?the rise and fall of America’s population and labor force participation rate.

Guided by?Hetrick’s research?and understanding of future workforce demographics, take part in facilitated breakout groups, to?develop specific?solutions for school nutrition.?Sponsored by PrimeroEdge.

2:15 pm –2:45 pm

Innovative Solutions Sessions
Innovative Solution Sessions are a valuable opportunity for operators to preview the newest products on the market and let their industry partners know more about the unique needs of their individual programs. (See list below for company assignments)?

  1. PrimeroEdge

2:50 pm –3:20 pm

Innovative Solutions Sessions
Innovative Solution Sessions are a valuable opportunity for operators to preview the newest products on the market and let their industry partners know more about the unique needs of their individual programs.??(See list below for company assignments)

  1. Imaginate Your Space, formerly known as
  2. Elior North America (K12 by Elior)

3:25 pm–3:55 pm

Sponsored by PrimeroEdge
Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box: How Storage Containers Solve Program Constraints
Speaker(s): Cacyce Davis, MPH, RD, LD

Some say “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and as school nutrition programs nationwide face tight regulations, labor shortages and supply issues, one district took this adage to heart and got creative. Learn how inventive serving and storage solutions for curbside pickup and summer feeding have also been the solution to staffing and product constraints due to supply chain issues.? Discover creative ways to use bulk meal service and shipping containers to save time, minimize labor and serve more students.?

Make Your School Nutrition Program TikTok Famous!
Speaker(s): Brittany Garcia, RDN

While you may be on Facebook…your student audience is likely on TikTok and Snapchat Switching social media platforms may seem daunting, but it’s vital to ensure that your marketing efforts are seen. In this session, you’ll learn that these newer platforms are easier to use and navigate than ever before.?? See how one district uses TikTok, Snapchat and QR codes to promote their menu, engage with students and even motivate their staff. You’ll takeaway easy to implement ideas to promote your own school nutrition program.

4:00 pm–4:45 pm

Supply Chain and What Else is Keeping You Up at Night

Supply-chain disruptions are undermining our mission of advancing the accessibility and quality of school nutrition programs. As school nutrition programs continue to experience inconsistent or reduced inventories and product delays, we can all benefit from hearing what other programs are doing to remain resilient. This ZOOM panel discussion will bring together thought leaders who will share what they are currently experiencing in the field and what they see on the horizon.

We will then share dilemmas we face and use our group brainstorming power to find a better way forward as we come together to problem solve common issues and collectively reduce our stress!

This session is part of SNA's School Nutrition Supply Chain Series made possible with support of TITAN – A LINQ Solution?and inTEAM.

5:00 pm–5:45 pm

2022 FAME Awards

Basic American Foods FAME-awards is honored to present the outstanding heroes in K-12 foodservice at the 2022 FAME Awards virtual ceremony—Join us!

The stars of school nutrition will shine at the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence?(FAME) Awards, where operators and industry will come together to honor these outstanding leaders in the school nutrition profession for their innovation and service. This event is being held virtually to allow all our award recipients to participate as well as to allow as many people as possible to attend. Visit here?for more information.?Sponsored by Basic American Foods.

Available On-Demand – Watch anytime!

School Nutrition Partner Updates
Speaker(s): Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Garrick Howell; Kristen Hyatt; Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS
Hear the latest updates from SNA Allied Partners including USDA, the ICN, USFSA and ACDA.?

Tuesday, January 25 Wednesday, January 26 ?


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