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2024 SNAAZ Annual
Professional Growth Conference
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Keynote & Education Sessions

Keynote Presentation

“How Knowing Your Personality Type Can Change Your (Personal & Professional) Life”

Lori Anna Harrison

Ever felt like you simply just ‘click’ with some people and with others it is more of a chore? Embark on a riveting journey of self-exploration as we do a deep dive into the various personality types. During this time, we will examine how to identify different personalities and learn effective strategies for successful interaction. In addition, we will also discover how our chronotype impacts our personal and professional daily life. Enjoy waking up early?

Like staying up late? These are biproducts of our circadian rhythm and are innate in our being. Learn how to structure your day to accomplish the most based on your internal clock and have fun in the process!

Education Session One

“Top AZ School District Success Story”

Laveen ESD Team Leaders

This class will highlight one of the premier child nutrition programs in the state of Arizona. Check out all the amazing things Laveen ESD is doing to market, feed, and prepare their student customers to be the best learners they can be!

Education Session Two

“Kitchen Tips and Tricks for School Foodservice”

Chef Robert Simmelink

Join Excutive Chef Robert as he shares some amazing tips, and time saving kitchen hacks, along with how to utilize your kitchen and staff more efficiently. He will also share some SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures), new technology and best practices he has learned working with K-12 kitchens around Arizona and other states in the nation.

Education Session Three

"Repaso Sobre Seguridad Alimentaria/HACCP Para Nutrición Infantil"

Yezica Hostetler

Aprende cómo implementar de manera efectiva los principios de HACCP, identificar posibles riesgos y mejorar tus prácticas de seguridad alimentaria. Juntos, aseguremos que nuestras comidas escolares no solo tengan un gran sabor, sino que también se preparen con los más altos estándares de seguridad. Esta sesión será presentada en español.

Education Session Four

“Conflict Resolution & People Management”

Tyler Ross

This presentation offers child nutrition professionals practical strategies for resolving conflicts and fostering teamwork.  Attendees will learn to create a positive work environment, through effective communication and respect.  We empower teams to overcome challenges and collaborate effectively.  Join Tyler to gain valuable skills for promoting harmony and productivity for your kitchen team.

Education Session Five

“How To Be Successful On Your Next Job Interview”

Craig Weidel

Does the idea of going into a strange room and anwering questions from one or more strangers make you nervous?  Imagine instead walking into your next job interview completely confident and looking and sounding your best.  Join Craig as he gives you some secrets from the worlds greatest interviewers so you can prepare and give a great interview and walk out knowing that the job interviewer understands and respects your unique talents.

Education Session Six

“Public Policy & Legislation – Everybody CAN Make A Difference”

Melissa Reason

Do you know what happens on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and the effect it has on your child nutrition program? Learn how you as a voting American and child nutrition professional can protect and influence the members of Congress to keep supporting child nutrition programs in America and especially Arizona’s school districts.  Join Melissa as she shows you how you can make a difference and more importantly to help you protect your job in child nutrition.  You don’t want to leave it totally in the hands of legislators at the state and national level.  Also learn how SNA and SNAAZ has developed some powerful tools to combat this scenario.

Register for 2024 SNAAZ
Professional Growth Conference

We are so excited to announce the 2024 Professional Growth Conference (PGC).  This year’s conference will be held at the beautiful Little America Hotel and Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The PGC planning committee has planned a spectacular event for every level of child nutrition.  So, if you are a director, supervisor, manager, frontline team member, or central office/warehouse there will be some wonderful education classes and information geared specifically for you.  Also, we will be presenting an education track in Spanish for those more comfortable learning in that language.

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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