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Keynote & Education Sessions

Keynote Presentation

"It Takes 4 To Tango”

Candy Whirley, MS, CSP.

In this session, Candy has two meanings when it comes to her “4”. The first meaning … she will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of Confidence, Communication, Creativity and Change in the workplace.


The second meaning … you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance … and recognize your true self and others. Candy gets participants up and out of their seats and networking with other … ANIMALS (Chameleon, Lion, Lamb or Owl) just like them! This is an open and honest way for all the personalities to hear from one another about how to communicate better with other Animals, how to motivate them and which ANIMAL drives them the craziest and why … WITHOUT A TEST!

Education Session One

“The Power Of Persuasion 2.0”

Craig Weidel, SNS, MNLP., MHT.
Have you ever just met someone for the first time and within minutes feel as if you have been friends for a lifetime? Why is this and how does persuasion play into it? One of the reasons is because persuasion is all around you both consciously and subconsciously. This engaging and interesting program is geared toward giving you a better understanding of just how you can become a better connector, communicator, and persuader for both your personal and professional life. You will learn some quick and easy ways to guide and influence others from the fascinating field of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Education Session Two

“Emotional Intelligence – Get Off The Roller Coaster”

Candy Whirley, MS, CSP.

Have you ever had someone know just what buttons to push! We all have … that’s why Candy loves to teach folks how to get their emotions under control. In this education session you will laugh and learn about your emotions and how to CALM DOWN without someone saying, “CALM DOWN!” We will analyze your emotions by exploring what aggravates you by knowing exactly what tics you off! Then we will discuss how to manage the obstacles so you can choose your emotions by being proactive NOT reactive. By the end of this session, you will be able to recognize the emotions in people who are not like you! Simple … right?

Take Aways

Know your emotions so you can be PROACTIVE not reactive industry

Manage your emotions with Candy’s 3-step process that you can use the second you leave the conference in any situation

Learn to Choose your emotions in unpredictable situations

Recognize the personality differences and the emotional characteristics so you can effectively work with people who are NOT like you

Register for 2022 SNAAZ Annual State Conference

Join us on for our 66th Annual State Conference on September 23-24, 2022, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

This year’s theme is “Together We Can Do It”.  Our President’s theme is based on the 1940’s Post WWII era.  It has been three years since our last in-person state conference.  The State Conference Planning Committee has put together an event geared to all levels of child nutrition.  So, if you are a director, supervisor, buyer, manager, or frontline worker there is something just for you. 

We are a state affiliate to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents over 55,000 individuals who have made a commitment to child nutrition.

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