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About 2024 SNAAZ
Industry Conference

Join us on February 23-24, 2024 in the beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona for our School Nutrition Industry Conference.  

After two long years, we are thrilled to be back in-person with our conference theme of “Better Together: Leading the Way for School Nutrition.” Whether you are an industry member, director, or supervisor, you will walk away from this event feeling refueled to lead your teams into the next school year.

 

Our keynote speaker, Candy Whirley, will give a captivating presentation on the “4 C’s of Leadership” and an additional breakout session on Emotional Intelligence. In addition, SNAAZ’s Executive Director, Craig Weidel, is providing an incredible session on “Persuasion Power 2.0”. School Districts will the opportunity to meet individually with manufacturers at the vendor show, to make upcoming menu plans and share ideas with school nutrition professionals.

Conference
Agenda

FRIDAY – FEBRUARY 23, 2024

LITTLE AMERICA RESORT/CONFERENCE CENTER

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Breakfast on your own

This time is set aside for all attendees to register and pick up their registration packets.  If you are an Industry Member assigned to Round One of Flash Networking take this time to set up your table with POS materials prior to Round One Flash Networking (10:15 – 12:00 PM).

9:30 – 9:45 AM

Patti Bilbrey, SNAAZ State President
Brienne Ross, SNIC Chair

Be sure to attend this important time to learn about all the ins and outs of this conference.

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Melissa Reason, SNAAZ PPL Chair

SNAAZ Legislative Chair, Melissa Reason will bring you up to date on all the current legislative information at both the national and state level with child nutrition programs.  She will also give a brief overview of SNA’s LAC 2024 event taking place in Washington, D.C.

10:15 – 12:00 PM

This will be the first of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Take a breather to enjoy a delicious lunch and meet with other industry and school friends to network about all the great things happening on your personal and professional lives.

1:15 – 2:45 PM

Kristen Brown, Keynote/Education Session 1: The Energy Experience

Let’s celebrate YOU! During this interactive and fun session, we will explore your seven Energy Centers (Vision, Strategy, Communication, Relationships, Confidence, Creativity, Motivation) so you are more resilient to change, feel excited to make your goals happen, and create better connections with your team and the people you serve. You will learn fast and easy Energy Hacks to uplevel your energy – and have a ton of fun and laugh a lot in the process during an interactive game of Energy Bingo.

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Enjoy either a warm or cold beverage as you take a breather from today’s events.  If you are an industry member participating in Round Two Flash Networking these few minutes will give you time to set up your POS materials at your assigned table.

3:00 – 4:45 PM

This will be the second of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

3:00 - 4:00 PM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

5:45 – 6:30 PM

Wow what a day … you need a rest so this time is set aside for your to enjoy more social networking time with attendees at SNIC 2024.

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Enjoy a wonderful meal with your school and industry colleagues and also have some fun playing some games designed by our SNIC committee.

SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 24, 2024

LITTLE AMERICA RESORT/CONFERENCE CENTER

7:30 - 8:00 AM

Guess what your Mom was right … breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So be sure to take advantage to start your day off right with a delicious breakfast prepared by the award winning staff of Little America.  If you are an industry member participating in Round Three Flash Networking you can use part of this time to set up your POS materials at your table.

8:15 – 10:00 AM

This will be the last of the three informative sessions where school attendees will meet face-to-face with industry members and their companies to learn about the latest and greatest innovations of products, services, and equipment available to help you make your CN program bigger and better.

8:15 - 9:15 AM

If you are an industry attendee and not currently in a Flash Networking session join the SNIC committee for this informative session to answer questions about how to make SNAAZ events better in the future.

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Take a few minutes to grab your favorite beverage as you get ready for the final exciting education session of the conference.  Or take this time to check out of your hotel room.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Kristen Brown, Keynote/Education Session 2: Map Your Mission

Dig deeper into your energy, mental health, and resilience through an eye-opening Energy Map exercise. You will identify your triggers and energizers and use what you’ve uncovered to take action on your biggest goals and dreams. You will also write your own unique Mission Statement tied to your goals…and learn ways to energize your team too.

11:15 – 11:30 AM

You won’t want to miss these last few minutes because we will be giving away some great items that you just might WIN!

Educational Sessions

We’ve got great educational content on critical school nutrition topics this year
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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).

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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 • 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

2024 SNIC Corporate Partners

JTM Food Group

Keynote Address Sponsor
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MCI Los Cabos

Monday Lunch Sponsor
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Shamrock Foods

Monday Dinner Sponsors
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Integrated Foodservice

Monday Dinner Sponsors
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Buena Vista Foods

Monday Break Sponsor
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McCain Foods

Tuesday Breakfast Sponsors
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LINQ/Titan

Tuesday Breakfast Sponsors
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Darlington Farms

Tuesday Energy Break
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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.

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